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Space Jam 2 Casts Don Cheadle In Mystery Role | ScreenRant

Space Jam 2 casts Don Cheadle in an unknown role. After years of lingering in development hell, a followup to the 1990s touchstone, Space Jam, is finally on the way. With a July 2021 release date in place, the film is currently in production under the direction of Terence Nance. Black Panther director Ryan Coogler is also a prominent member of the creative team, producing Space Jam 2 and co-writing the script. LeBron James headlines a cast of all-star NBA and WNBA players, which includes Anthony Davis, Klay Thompson, and several other famous faces from the sport.

Obviously, much attention was given to the basketball players appearing in Space Jam 2, but the movie is making room for traditional actors as well. Star Trek Discovery’s Sonequa Martin-Green joined the film in March, playing LeBron’s onscreen wife. And even though Space Jam 2 is in the midst of shooting, there are still some roles left to be cast.

Related: Steph Curry Turned Down A Cameo In Space Jam 2

According to Deadline, Cheadle has joined the Space Jam 2 cast, though details about his character are unknown at this time. Cheadle was last seen on the big screen in this April’s Avengers: Endgame, where he reprised his role as James Rhodes/War Machine for the seventh time (including an uncredited appearance in the Captain Marvel post-credits scene).

Though most viewers these days will recognize Cheadle for his work in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, his career spans several decades and a wide variety of roles that showcased his range as an actor. Cheadle was nominated for an Oscar for his work in Hotel Rwanda, and he has several other awards nods to his name thanks to an extensive résumé in both film and television. Cheadle’s demonstrated a penchant for both drama and comedy over the years, and is comfortable handling just about any material given to him. So, he should prove to be a natural fit in Space Jam 2, which will likely be more of a light-hearted film. As for characters he could play, Cheadle might be a member of LeBron’s social circle, a sports agent, or someone else entirely. With his talents, it’s hard to guess at this juncture.

Using the original Space Jam as a template, it wouldn’t be hard to imagine Cheadle filling a role similar to what Bill Murray or Wayne Knight did in the first film. That being said, it’s a bit premature to call Space Jam 2 a carbon copy of its predecessor that’ll rehash the same story beats. The film is envisioned as a reboot of the property, not a sequel, and Coogler has demonstrated an ability to inject fresh life into sports movie franchises before (see: Creed). It wouldn’t be surprising if Space Jam 2 mixed things up and put its own spin on the concept, while still paying respects to the first film.

More: 10 Things We Know So Far About Space Jam 2

Source: Deadline


2019-07-11 02:07:49

Chris Agar

Hilarious Fan Edit Casts Stranger Things’ David Harbour as Hopper P.I.

SPOILERS for Stranger Things 3

Stranger Things has received a fan edit in the style of 1980s television show Magnum P.I., featuring David Harbour’s Hopper and titled Hopper P.I. The short, trailer-like edit features a lot of Hopper’s pivotal scenes in season 3 in his Hawaiian shirt accompanied by Magnum P.I.‘s theme music. Season 3 of Stranger Things saw Hopper take on a more outright aggressive role, which the edit happily takes advantage of.

Stranger Things season 3 has been one of Netflix’s most popular releases yet, setting viewing records with over 40 million people watching at least some of the show since its debut. It also features some of the most shocking moments of the entire show, including the apparent death of Hopper, Winona Ryder’s Joyce Byers and family moving out of Hawkins, and Millie Bobby Brown’s Eleven seemingly losing her powers. This sets up what could very well be the show’s most vitally different season yet in 4 (should it be renewed). Still, despite potentially being dead, it hasn’t stopped fans from imagining what Hopper could look like in his very own show.

Related: What To Expect From Stranger Things Season 4

Posted on Twitter by user Eddie Spuhghetti, Hopper P.I. imagines Harbour’s Hopper as his very own private investigator. The intro was recorded on VHS to add more of a time period-appropriate feel and features many of Hopper’s scenes in season 3 of Stranger Things. Also tagging along is Joyce Byers as Wheelbarrow and Brett Gelman’s Murray Bauman as himself. Check out the fan edit below.

While Hopper is most likely dead in Stranger Things (unless he proves to be “the American” that the Russians are holding captive), it’s still really fun to imagine the character getting his own spinoff in the same style as Magnum P.I. This is made even more fun because of the character’s far more erratic and angry nature in the latest season of the show. And given the high popularity of season 3, it seems almost a waste for Netflix not to at least consider pursuing spinoffs, especially if the show is nearing the end of its run. Given Netflix’s penchant for canceling high profile shows lately, it’s not a stretch to imagine Stranger Things ending sooner rather than later (though there are reports that people are rejoining Netflix just to watch the show).

Regardless, this is a fun fan edit that captures the 1980s nostalgia feel that Stranger Things has become known for throughout its 3-season run. Even if nothing actually happens in the spinoff area, fans can probably expect more of these fan edits to pop up over the coming months. Perhaps even a buddy comedy edit centered around Steve Harrington and Dustin Henderson. Only time will tell.

More: Stranger Things Season 3 Breaks Its Own Rules & References The 1990s

Source: Eddie Spuhghetti‏/Twitter



2019-07-10 09:07:57

Corey Hoffmeyer

Third Walking Dead TV Series Casts Three Key Roles | ScreenRant

The planned third Walking Dead TV series has reportedly cast three of its major roles. Robert Kirkman kicked off the whole Walking Dead phenomenon in 2003 with the original post-apocalyptic zombie comic book, and in 2010 the comic made the jump to television, as AMC debuted the first season of what would go on to become one of the most successful series in cable history.

With The Walking Dead proving that television fans had a hunger for ongoing post-apocalyptic zombie mayhem (mixed with a big helping of soap opera), AMC in 2015 debuted the spinoff series Fear the Walking Dead. Even though the original show has seen its ratings dip in recent years, and Fear itself has never entirely found its footing, AMC still plans a third series in the franchise, this one featuring two young female protagonists and focusing on the first generation to come-of-age in the apocalypse. Scott Gimple is developing the new series along with Matt Negrete, the latter of whom will act as showrunner, with an eye toward kicking off production this summer.

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With production set to commence soon, that third, as-yet-untitled Walking Dead series has now begun putting together its young group of apocalypse survivors. As reported by Variety, the show has added actors Alexa Mansour, Nicolas Cantu and Hal Cumpston to the cast. Sources say Mansour’s character is a “a good-natured rule breaker who lives for today. She is likable and funny on the outside but sad on the inside.” Cantu’s character is described as “small for his age” and is a black belt in karate. Cumpston’s character is “big for his age” and a “shy loner that scares some kids.” AMC has yet to confirm the report.

Of the three above actors, Alexa Mansour has the most experience, with previous credits that include Madame Secretary and the horror film Unfriended: Dark Web. She’ll be playing one of the show’s two female protagonists, with a second actress yet to be added. Mansour’s new TWD universe co-star Cantu previously appeared on The Good Place, and had a voice role on the animated series The Amazing World of Gumball. Cumpston meanwhile has just one prior credit, the 2019 Australian comedy Bilched.

Given the flagging ratings for The Walking Dead, many were surprised to learn AMC was going back to that well for a third series. But, TWD continues to be a money maker for the network despite the dip in ratings, and the network obviously has faith that Scott Gimple can deliver a successful series (even though Gimple is widely blamed for having driven the flagship series into the ground during his showrunner tenure). Considering the problems TWD has had depicting kid characters, Carl Grimes being the most notable case of a young protagonist whom fans became increasingly annoyed with, it’s fair to wonder if it’s really wise for them to make a whole series focusing mainly on younger characters.

More: The Walking Dead: 10 Most Vicious Fighters, Ranked

Source: Variety


2019-07-10 05:07:39

Dan Zinski

Dark Tower TV Show Casts Game of Thrones’ Jerome Flynn

Game of Thrones star Jerome Flynn has been added to the cast of Amazon’s series adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower. Published in 1982, the novel The Gunslinger kicked off King’s Dark Tower series, an epic story about a young boy named Jake Chambers who meets a mysterious other-dimensional gunfighter named Roland and joins his epic quest across worlds. Since then, King has published six official Dark Tower books as well as a pair of tie-in stories.

After years of speculation about a potential Dark Tower movie, fans finally got their wish in 2017 when Idris Elba took on the role of the Gunslinger alongside Matthew McConaughey as the villainous Man in Black. Unfortunately, the film’s truncated take on King’s work did not go over well with fans, and neither did it attract casual moviegoers. Now, Amazon will take their own stab at adapting King’s epic story, and this time they’ll give it the series treatment. Sam Strike and Jasper Pääkkönen have already been named to the show’s cast as, respectively, the Gunslinger and the Man in Black.

Related: Stephen King Explains Why The Dark Tower Movie Didn’t Work

With Dark Tower the series reportedly going before cameras beginning this month, the show has also added Game of Thrones actor Jerome Flynn to the cast (via Mirror). Details have not been revealed about Flynn’s role, except that he will play a “cowboy” in the new adaptation. “I’ve always said I’d like to play a cowboy – and now one has come along. I’m excited for that,” Flynn said of the role.

Flynn’s casting in The Dark Tower gives the actor another chance to enter a sprawling fantasy world after playing the sellsword Ser Bronn on HBO’s Game of Thrones. As of now, Bronn is still alive on Thrones, and is currently headed to Winterfell on a mission for Cersei to murder her brothers Tyrion and Jaime (in the event they survive the battle with the White Walkers that the show is about to depict after two episodes of set-up). Of course, Bronn previously was friends with both Tyrion and Jaime, so it’s entirely possible he will end up rejecting his mission and the riches that go with it in order to fight alongside the Lannisters and the rest of the living trying to defend Westeros against the dead. In addition to Thrones, Flynn is also set to appear in the action film John Wick: Chapter 3: Parabellum.

It will be interesting to see what role Flynn tackles when he joins Amazon’s Dark Tower TV series. Flynn gets to play both devious and loyal as Bronn on Game of Thrones, an ambiguity that has made him a fan favorite, so it’s easy to see him playing either a good guy or a bad guy – or something in between – in King’s sprawling fantasy universe.

More: Every Stephen King Movie Ranked, From Worst To Best

Source: Mirror


2019-04-22 01:04:11

Dan Zinski

Star Trek Jean-Luc Picard TV Show Casts Alison Pill, Harry Treadaway & More

The cast of CBS All Access’s upcoming Picard Star Trek series grows with Alison Pill, Harry Treadaway, and Isa Briones joining Patrick Stewart in the ongoing adventures of the beloved Jean-Luc Picard. The series was announced late in 2018, as the Eye Network’s streaming service continues to build its library of original content by sticking to its genre guns. That being, of course, another series in the long-running space franchise, as well as Jordan Peele’s reboot of The Twilight Zone, and the upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand. 

The Picard series certainly has the potential to appeal to long-time Trek fans, as instead of being prone to retcons like the prequel series Star Trek: Discovery, it picks up with the Starfleet captain long after his voyage aboard the Enterprise in Star Trek: The Next Generation has concluded. Yet the series promises fans the chance to be reunited with an immensely popular character, presumably without the threat of undoing or altering already existing storylines and character arcs. What it may do, however, is introduce audiences to a Picard who has changed in the years since viewers have seen him last. One need only look as far as The Last Jedi to see how open some fans are to such changes. 

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Nevertheless, the as-yet-untitled series is moving forward as casting announcements were reported by Deadline, bringing Pill (Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, The Newsroom), Treadaway (Penny Dreadful, The Crown), and Briones (Hamilton, American Crime Story: Versace) into the far-flung future with the former captain. As is so often the case with series like this, there were no details available about the characters the actors would be playing, so it’s time to spark up the internet speculation machine to try and figure out if anyone will have a connection to pre-existing Star Trek lore. 

While any guess is as good as the next at this point, it’s worth noting that both Pill and Treadaway come with some genre bona fides, and may help the series secure an audience once details about who they’re playing are released. With Pill having been in Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World and American Horror Story: Cult, she’s no stranger to outlandish stories or those involving creative visuals. The same goes for Treadaway, who spent three seasons playing Dr. Victor Frankenstein on Showtime’s Penny Dreadful and more recently starred opposite Brendan Gleeson in Audience Network’s Stephen King adaptation, Mr. Mercedes. Briones, however, is the unknown quantity as far as the new cast members are concerned. Her participation in the touring company of Hamilton may bring some recognition, but this role may be her highest profile yet. 

So far, the details on the new series seem to have slowed to a trickle, but that will likely only help build anticipation for whatever it is that CBS All Access has cooked up regarding the return of Picard and the extension of the Star Trek franchise on television. With any luck, more details will be available soon. 

Next: Game Of Thrones Season 8 Review: Reunions & Introductions Raise The Series’ Stakes

The Picard-centric Star Trek series does not currently have a release date. 

Source: Deadline


2019-04-17 11:04:42

Kevin Yeoman

Marvel’s Eternals Movie Casts Train to Busan Actor In Undisclosed Role

Casting on The Eternals continues to heat up with Train to Busan star Ma Dong-seok joining the ensemble. Marvel Studios has seemingly had little trouble turning obscure comic book properties – like the Guardians of the Galaxy – into household names. They are hoping this can happen again with The Eternals. The upcoming Phase 4 entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is based around an ancient group of humans who were experimented on by Celestials and will be directed by The Rider‘s Chloe Zhao.

Even though many are not familiar with the story of The Eternals, interest in the property has continued to rise as the casting process began. It was previously reported that Angelina Jolie was in talks to join the cast, making her the latest A-list star to possibly join the MCU. After potentially getting Jolie on board, it was then shared that Silicon Valley‘s Kumail Nanjiani was in talks to play an unknown role too. There are still several roles that need to be filled, but Marvel appears to have found one more cast member.

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According to The Wrap, Ma Dong-seok has joined the cast of The Eternals in an unknown role. The South Korean star broke out in 2016’s zombie apocalypse action movie Train to Busan, where he shined as a tough but caring husband. He has spent his entire career to this point working on international films, making The Eternals his first American project.

Thanks to the amount of characters that will appear in The Eternals, there are a few roles that could fit Ma. One of the biggest such roles would be Druig, who is expected to be the main villain of the film. Ma’s intensity and presence could make him a great choice for this part. He also has a history in training mixed martial artists and has done his fair share of action roles in the past, so Ma’s could possibly even fit the mold for The Forgotten One.

There may not be any hints of who Ma will be playing, but anyone who has seen Train to Busan or any of his other work knows that he is solid selection for The Eternals. Between him, Nanjiani, and Jolie, Marvel Studios is already rounding up an impressive cast for Zhao to work with. The goal has been to assemble a diverse cast for the film as well, which may include the first openly gay Marvel character, and Marvel’s doing just that already. Hopefully this continues to be true as the casting process moves forward, but The Eternals is shaping up nicely early on.

MORE: Every Phase 4 MCU Movie In Development

Source: The Wrap


2019-04-17 02:04:28

Cooper Hood

Macgyver’s Season 3 Finale Casts Robocop’s Peter Weller as New Villain

Peter Weller has been cast in the upcoming season 3 finale of CBS’s MacGyver. Weller is best known for his role as the title character in Robocop and Robocop 2.

CBS’s MacGyver is a reboot of the hit series from the 1980s and 1990s of the same name. Starring Lucas Till (X-Men: Apocalypse), MacGyver follows young Angus “Mac” MacGyver on his adventures working for a secret government agency. Following the fashion of the original – which starred Richard Dean Anderson – MacGyver is often thrust into bizarre situations and must save the lives of others only armed with unconventional thinking, limited resources, and problem-solving skills. Despite mixed reviews for the re-imagined series, CBS picked up MacGyver for a full order, and the show is almost upon the end of its third season. The season 3 ending of MacGyver should prove an exciting one – especially now with the addition of Weller.

Related: MacGyver Series Premiere Review & Discussion

According to TV Line, Weller has been tapped to play the antithesis of Macgyver. Film and TV vet Weller is set to take on the role of a clever villain named Mason, who rivals Macgyver’s brain power. Following the storyline of a recent bombing attempt and a slew of trouble for Mac, Mason will no doubt cause quite a stir in next month’s season finale. Showrunner Peter M. Lenkov gave his thoughts on Macgyver’s newest – and perhaps most deadly – villain:

“Ultimately, all roads are going to lead to Peter Weller being his Big Bad who – and I think it was Lucas Till who came up with this – is basically a ‘bad MacGyver’. He’s someone who has the same head as Macgyver, the same skills but he uses it for nefarious purposes.”

Weller may be most recognized as Robocop, but he’s a veteran TV actor and director, having played roles in shows such as Dexter, 24 and Star Trek: Enterprise. Weller is also well versed with Lenkov’s CBS reboot trilogy, and has directed episodes of MacGyver and Magnum P.I. Along with Till, Weller joins cast members Riley Davis (The Vampire Diaries), Justin Hires (Rush Hour) and Meredith Eaton (Battle Creek). The show faced an upset last year when George Eads – who played the pivotal role of Mac’s partner –  exited the series due to conflicts on set.

Even though Weller has a history with MacGyver’s showrunner, any project would fare well in bringing Weller onboard. Weller has a knack for playing dark, nefarious characters and will broaden the talent base and storyline of the MacGyver series. It’s still unclear if MacGyver will be renewed for a season 4, but after the appearance of Weller as Mason, it may leave the audience thirsty for more, and CBS inclined to renew MacGyver for another season.

Next: Peter Weller Reportedly Not Returning for Blomkamp’s Robocop Sequel

Source: TV Line


2019-04-16 09:04:42

Bethany Guerrero

Fear Street Movie Trilogy Casts Community’s Gillian Jacobs

Fans of R.L. Stine’s novels can rejoice, as the latest cast member for the upcoming Fear Street trilogy has been confirmed to be Gillian Jacobs. The possibility of a Fear Street film was first teased in 2015, when Stine confirmed that something was in the works for his other best-selling horror series. Stine is most known as the author of the Goosebumps series, which was also adapted, first for the small screen in the 1990s, and for the big screen in 2015. The film of the same title, and its 2018 sequel Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, stars Jack Black as Stine himself, and doesn’t directly adapt any of the books.

Jacobs most recently starred in Judd Apatow’s Love, with Paul Rust as her co-star. Prior to starring in the Netflix comedy, Jacobs played the role of Britta Perry on Dan Harmon’s Community, which ran for five seasons on NBC before airing its sixth and final season on Yahoo! Screen. Jacobs gained a fan following during her six season run on the show, and although a movie had been in talks since the show’s conception, it doesn’t appear as if the Community film will be happening anytime soon, if at all. Either way, Jacobs will be a welcome addition to the already impressive cast list of the Fear Street films.

Related: R.L. Stine’s Fear Street Movie Finds a Writer

THR reports that Jacobs signed on for all three films in the trilogy. So far, Kylie Killen (The Beaver) is slated to write the script, with Leah Janiak as director. Other confirmed cast members are Kiana Madeira, Olivia Welch, and Stranger Things’ Sadie Sink, making Jacobs the latest to confirm her involvement in the trilogy. Fear Street is another young adult horror series penned by Stine that has gained notoriety over the years, and will likely target a more mature audience than the Goosebumps films. Fear Street, while still aimed at a YA readership, is darker and more sinister than the Goosebumps books, so the films will likely reflect this maturity.

The 20th Century Fox/Chernin Entertainment film series is already filming in Atlanta at the moment, and some elements of the plot have been revealed. The films will span three different time periods, 1994, 1978 and 1666. Jacobs is slated to play a maintenance worker at a summer camp in the 1994 setting, but her other roles in the trilogy have yet to be confirmed. With Disney’s recent acquisition of Fox, the distribution plans for the trilogy are currently unknown.

As more information about the Fear Street films develop, the anticipation for a release date is rising. The first film in the franchise officially has a writer, director, and now an impressive list of talent behind it, but when can fans expect to see the film in theaters? Aside from a young adult audience, those who were fans of the novels in childhood will likely makeup a majority of the audience as well, if not for the thrilling content then for nostalgia. While a date has yet to be determined, fans can rest assured for now that the film series is in good hands.

More: R.L. Stine’s Fear Street Trilogy Casts Stranger Things’ Sadie Sink

Source: THR


2019-04-16 08:04:24

Taylor Charendoff

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In The Heights Movie Casts Jimmy Smits & More

In the Heights, the brainchild of Lin-Manuel Miranda, has added Jimmy Smits, Olga Merediz, and Gregory Diaz to the cast. Hailed as a Broadway sensation, In the Heights will be adapted into a movie musical film by Warner Bros. After a bumpy road to begin production, the Tony-award winning musical inches closer to the finish line with the recent additions to the cast.

Written by Miranda, In the Heights follows residents of a predominantly Latino neighborhood in Washington Heights. Set over the course of three days, darkness consumes the neighborhood when a power outage occurs, and issues of the characters come to light. While In the Heights put Miranda on the map, he became revered in the Broadway world for his composition of Hamilton. Other notable works of Miranda’s includes Moana, Mary Poppins Returns and His Dark Materials. On Broadway, Miranda played Usnavi de la Vega, the lead and narrator of the story. Anthony Ramos (A Star is Born) has been tapped to play Usnavi in the film version. Usnavi is a bodega owner with mixed feelings about closing his store. When the power goes out, Usnavi and the neighborhood residents are thrust into a slew of issues, including financial desperation, love affairs, familial obligation, and the reveal that one resident is a lottery winner. Now, eager fans of In the Heights are starting to see the cast list filled out.

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According to Deadline, Miranda announced the additions of Smits, Merediz, and Diaz via Twitter. Smits has been tapped to play Kevin Rosario and Diaz will be Sonny. Smits has an impressive list of credits to his name, including The West Wing, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, Dexter and How to Get Away with Murder. Diaz made his Broadway debut in Matilda: The Musical and recently appeared in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Merediz joins the cast as Abuela Claudia, the matriarch of the barrio who has looked after Usnavi since he was a child. Merediz is already in harmony with her character, as she played Abuela in In the Heights’ entire Broadway run – earning a Tony nomination for her performance.

The three casting choices join the ones already announced, including Leslie Grace, Melissa Barrera, and Corey Hawkins as Benny. In the Heights is in the creative hands of producers Anthony Bregman, Mara Jacobs, Scott Sanders, and Miranda. Marc Klein is set to pen the script and Quiara Alegria Hudes – author of In The Heights book – is in charge of the musical book. Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians), who’s shown interest in the adaptation for years, has been tapped to direct. Warner Bros. previously announced a 2020 release date for the movie musical.

Hollywood has seen a resurgence in the popularity of movie musicals the past five years. Musicals that only appeared from behind a curtain, such as Into the Woods, Wicked and Cats, are now becoming a moviegoing experience. While putting a beloved stage play onto a big screen allows for further preservation of the story, some stage purists often find themselves reluctant to see the film adaption. Adding well-known names from the Broadway world to A-list talent makes fans of the musical more inclined to see the film. With Miranda overseeing the production and casting choices bringing the characters of Washington Heights to life, In the Heights will no doubt resonate with both experts and beginners of the musical world.

Next: Cats Movie Musical From Les Miserables Director Wraps Filming

Source: Deadline 


2019-04-15 06:04:11

Bethany Guerrero

Into the Badlands Casts Daughter of Martial Arts Legend as Sunny’s Sister

Sunny’s sister, Kannin, made her first appearance on Into the Badlands in the latest episode, played by Chinese-American actress and former Olympic gymnast Eugenia Yuan. Interestingly, Yuan has deep connections to the martial arts genre, and not just through her own work in movies. Yuan is the daughter of Cheng Pei-pei, a martial arts legend known to many as the “Queen of Swords”, and the first major female martial arts star.

Sunny’s sister is one of the season’s most important mysteries. Earlier in Into the Badlands season 3, Sunny was told that he had a sister named Kannin who helped him escape from Azra several years ago. Despite his efforts to learn more about her, Sunny has been unable to find out what happened to her after Azra was destroyed by the Black Lotus. After being captured by the Black Lotus in “Black Lotus, White Rose”, Sunny finally reunites with his sister, who has been a member of the secret cult since she was recruited as a child.

Related: Exclusive Into the Badlands Clip: Sunny Versus the Black Lotus

The actress who plays Kannin is no stranger to the martial arts genre. Eugenia Yuan has appeared in a handful of martial arts films, including Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny and The Man with the Iron Fists 2. Her mother, on the other hand, is a kung fu icon who starred in dozens of martial arts movies in the 1960s and ’70s.

Chinese actress Cheng Pei-pei rose to stardom in 1966 with her role as Golden Swallow in King Hu’s Come Drink with Me. In Come Drink with Me, Cheng Pei-pei’s Golden Swallow is a one-woman army who effortlessly wipes out a large number of swordsmen in an effort to rescue her brother. The film is widely regarded as one of the best and most influential kung fu films of all-time. Come Drink With Me served as the inspiration for Ang Lee’s Academy Award-winning classic, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, which featured Cheng Pei-pei as the villain, Jade Fox. At 72, the actress is still active in the industry, and will next appear in Disney’s Mulan in 2020.

Her work is credited with revolutionizing the martial arts genre. Before Come Drink with Me, kung fu films typically featured male actors in the lead roles. Cheng went on to play the main character in several films in the years that followed, including The Lady Hermit, The Jade Raksha, The Lady of Steel, and several more. Over the years, her warrior woman image earned her the title of “Queen of Swords”. Her work in the industry has also set the standard for other female martial arts stars, such as Michelle Yeoh. The link between Into the Badlands’ Eugenia Yuan and this martial arts legend is easy to miss, but it provides a fun connection between the AMC series and a legendary pioneer of kung fu cinema.

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2019-04-15 02:04:00

Nicholas Raymond