Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Brie Larson is Captain Marvel, Marvels First Leading Lady!

Despite the experience of winning an Oscar for her role in the film “Room,” Brie Larson’s world is about to change like never before. This month (March) the actress’ next film “Captain Marvel” opens around the world, and with it, Larson becomes an overnight superhero sensation, joining the ranks of Chris Evans, Robert Downey, Jr & Chris Hemsworth, among others, as members of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And according to a new interview, the actress plans on using this newfound fame for some real-life good.

Brie describes her role as Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel as her “form of activism.”

She spoke with Marvel’s Vice President of Content and Character Development Sana Amanat in an article in InStyle about her upcoming role as Captain Marvel. Amanat was the editor for Marvel’s Ms. Marvel series which introduced Kamala Khan.

Larson explains why she decided to take on the role of Captain Marvel:

“She didn’t apologize for herself. I felt like that was a really valuable trait, because she is incredibly flawed and makes a lot of mistakes … and has to ask to atone for them, and that is super valuable. She’s not ever shrinking herself down.”

She would continue, “The movie was the biggest and best opportunity I could have ever asked for. It was, like, my superpower. This could be my form of activism: doing a film that can play all over the world and be in more places than I can be physically.”

Larson described her emotions when she went in for her first fitting, “It was very weirdly emotional, and I just kept thinking, ‘Oh my god. Am I going to be a Disneyland character?’ ”

She would go on to compare her role as Captain Marvel and the upcoming film to Indiana Jones. “I remember losing my mind,” she recalls after first seeing Indiana Jones. She continues, “I couldn’t think of a female equivalent. There was Sigourney Weaver in Alien,of course, but there wasn’t enough of that spectrum of confidence and sass and a little bit of a mess, just a mix of everything. Women weren’t allowed to do that.”

Brie Larson also discussed what it's like to see her likeness on toys and other merchandise. And how she sought out help from Captain America's own Chris Evans on how to deal with the idea of becoming a global icon.

"World War Z" Sequel Not Moving Forward Due To Budget Issues

After numerous delays, it looks as if the sequel to Brad Pitt's zombie apocalypse movie World War Z won't be happening after all.

Last month, production on the film was reported to finally be starting in March, with filming scheduled to take place in Spain and Thailand, as well as Atlanta, Georgia.

But according to The Hollywood Reporter, those plans have changed and now studio Paramount has halted pre-production on the sequel, with Pitt's production company Plan B making calls to the crew on Wednesday morning.

THR adds that the decision may be down to "budgetary issues" and that it's unclear if the project will go back into development or if it is being shelved indefinitely.

A sequel to World War Z has been planned ever since the original was released in 2013 and grossed $540 million worldwide.

At first, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom's JA Bayona was on board as director. But by 2016, he had left the project, later admitting he was "not the right guy for this."

Then in 2017, David Fincher, director of Pitt classics Seven and Fight Club, came on board, but he delayed production again due to his work on the series Mindhunter.

The film was then delayed again, this time by Pitt, who prioritised his making Once Upon a Time in Hollywood with Quentin Tarantino.

Will Smith's "Gemini Man" Begins Filming.

Filming has officially begun on the Ang Lee directed sci-fi thriller Gemini Man, with Will Smith leading the cast as an aging hitman who faces his greatest enemy: himself (sorta). The two-time Oscar winning director Lee has never been content to stick with one genre, nor has he ever been lacking for ambition as a storyteller. Following his venture into 3D with Life of Pi and his use of ultra high frame rate visuals for Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, Lee will be tackling a different sort of technical challenge altogether in order to bring multiple Will Smiths to life onscreen - but more on that shortly.

Gemini Man is a project that has been bouncing around Hollywood since 1997, with names  ranging from Game of Thrones co-showrunner David Benioff to Gattaca & The Truman Show screenwriter Andrew Niccol having taken a stab at the screenplay at some point. Lee will be shooting from a Gemini Man script draft written by Stephen J. Rivele & Christopher Wilkinson, whose previous credits include the memoirs Miles Ahead & Pawn Sacrifice, as well as Smith's Muhammad Ali biopic Ali. Based on the caliber of the creatives here, Gemini Man should amount to much more than just another disposable futuristic action thrill ride.

As further evidence of the project's bonafides, Paramount Pictures & Skydance have confirmed that Gemini Man is now officially in production with a cast that includes the previously reported Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen, along with Doctor Strange and Annihilation actor Benedict Wong.