Jordan Peele’s Candyman Starting Production in August

Production on Jordan Peele’s take on Bernard Rose’s 1992 hit film Candyman begins in August. The original film is beloved by horror fans to this day and is considered a contemporary classic. Two sequels followed, but they weren’t regarded in the same manner as the original film, which starred Tony Todd as the titular villain. There has been little to no backlash towards the new project, but this can be credited to Peele’s involvement, since he has garnered a reputation in the horror genre due to his two successful film’s Get Out and Us.

Based on Clive Baker’s short story “The Forbidden,” the film follows graduate student Helen Lyle as she and her friend explore local myths and legends for a research paper. After doubting the existence of a legend called Candyman, Helen’s skepticism leads her to discover that he is more than just a myth. Candyman received critical acclaim for numerous reasons, particularly for tackling social issues and its love story. Peele will be penning his take on the classic film, producing it through his Monkeypaw Production company. It is being called a “spiritual sequel” to the original, but what that means is still unknown. Todd, who initially had mixed feelings about the project, will be participating as well.

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According to the Chicago Tribune, production on Peele’s Candyman will commence in Chicago next month. While the original 1992 film had some scenes shot on Los Angeles sound stages, Peele’s take will only be shot in the Chicago area. Specific filming locations were not revealed, but production is expected to begin mid-August and end in the fall.

No official plot details have been revealed for the film, but it is going to tackle the rise in toxic fandom and probably a multitude of other relevant issues. Candyman, a former slave, was an artist that was lynched by an angry mob for his relationship with a white woman. How exactly the toxic fandom will tie into the legend of Candyman is unclear. With Production set to begin in a few weeks, expect more details to be revealed regarding what the movie will be centered on. However, Lakeith Stanfield will reportedly play a character named Anthony, a name shared by a child who was kidnapped in Barker’s classic film. Perhaps Peele’s take will feature the same character trying to research the legend and avenge the death of Heather Lyle, the woman who saved his life.

With production set to begin, horror fans will have their first look at the new Candyman sooner rather than later. Peele is undoubtedly the right person to get a shot at expanding on the mythos of the titular villain, as the content of the original is right up his alley. His involvement is a big selling point for the project, and hopefully, he can resurrect the myth of Candyman properly.

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Source: Chicago Tribune

2019-07-12 08:07:47

Eric Trigg

Jordan Peele Explains Us Movie’s Ambiguous Ending Scene

Jordan Peele explained Us’ ambiguous ending scene. As the follow-up to Peele’s directorial debut Get Out, Us has already achieved record-breaking status at the box office, as well as huge amounts of critical acclaim. Arguably one of the most genuinely frightening horror films to come along in some time, Us provides solid proof that Jordan Peele’s success with Get Out wasn’t a one-off.

Starring Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, and Tim Heidecker, Us follows the Wilson family (Nyong’o and Duke) as they head to their family beach house with their two children for the summer. Adelaide (Nyong’o) feels an uncomfortable attachment to the local area since having accidentally been separated from her parents one evening when she was a child. As her feelings turn to anxiety, the Wilsons are visited by a strange family one night, its members exact doppelgängers of the vacationing Wilsons. These doppelgängers (known as the Tethered) quickly become the Wilson’s worst nightmare, and the film progresses at a nail-biting rate, escalating until its final, shocking twist.

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Because the ending is so surprising, some have found it to be rather ambiguous. Us packs a lot into its 116-minutes, making it easy for audiences to be distracted or too scared to immediately consider the film’s open ending. Fortunately, The A.V. Club have relayed Jordan Peele’s explanation of the ending – in which the surviving version of Adelaide is revealed to actually be a Tethered – as a metaphor for the monster being us; that it’s about looking at ourselves as individuals and a group. Peele said:

“This movie’s about maybe the monster is you. It’s about us kind of looking at ourselves as individuals and as a group. The protagonist in a movie is the surrogate for the audience. So it felt like, at the end of the day, I wasn’t doing my core theme any justice if I wasn’t revealing that we have been the bad guy in this movie. We’ve been following the villain.”

In addition to this insight, Peele also stated that he uses the term “villain” lightly, as the film strives to create questions surrounding good and evil, as well as how we perceive otherness when confronted with the mixture of human beings that are both Tethered and Untethered in Us. Lastly, Peele explained his take on that final creepy smile that Adelaide gives the audience and her son, Jason, at the film’s conclusion:

“I think the little smile she gives him is a lot of things. I think it’s a connection to the evil smile she once had as a little girl, but also a sort of understanding that her family unit was stronger from this experience.”

The ambiguity of what becomes of Earth and the people living among the Tethered is central to many of the questions being asked about Us. And while the internet continues to be filled with theory after theory regarding the Tethered and the Untethered, Peele’s ability to keep fans thinking and talking long after they’ve seen the film is a marvel in an era that typically sees popular Hollywood films answer any questions with sequels. For his part, Peele has made his point with Us, leaving audiences with an untold number of unique secrets to be explored on their own.

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Source: The A.V. Club

2019-04-06 04:04:43

Mike Jones

Netflix’s To All the Boys 2 Casts Jordan Fisher As John Ambrose McClaren

Netflix’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before sequel, titled To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You, casts Jordan Fisher as John Ambrose McClaren as filming on the movie gets underway. Last summer, Netflix debuted their adaptation of Jenny Han’s 2014 novel, and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before became a smash hit for the streaming service. The film follows teenager Lara Jean Covey (Lana Condor) whose love letters to her past crushes get sent out. In an attempt to avoid one particular letter recipient – her older sister Margot’s (Janel Parrish) ex-boyfriend Josh (Israel Broussard) – Lara Jean starts a fake relationship with another boy to receive a letter: Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo).

When it premiered, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before received positive reviews, and became a veritable social media phenomenon. But fans of Han’s original novel were quick to wonder whether Netflix would adapt the other two books following Lara Jean. The To All the Boys mid-credits scene teased the arrival of John Ambrose McClaren, another boy to receive one of Lara Jean’s letters – and one that plays a major role in the book sequel, 2015’s P.S. I Still Love You. In December 2018, Netflix officially announced the To All the Boys sequel and now John Ambrose officially joins the production as filming starts.

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On Twitter, actor Jordan Fisher posted a video of Condor confirming he’s joined the cast of To All the Boys 2 as John Ambrose McClaren. Fisher is perhaps most well known for his roles in live TV musicals Grease Live! and Rent: Live, though he’s also appeared in Disney Channel originals like Teen Beach Movie and Liv and Maddie. He’s also worked with Netflix before, having voiced Seahawk on the streamer’s She-Ra and the Princesses of Power animated series. Now he joins the highly anticipated To All the Boys sequel in a major role. See the announcement video below.

Further, the Twitter for To All the Boys confirmed filming started earlier today with a photo that reveals the title of the sequel is To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You – at least, for the time being. It’s unclear if that’s the final official title of the sequel, since it may be a working title. Check out the photo below.

As fans of Han’s books know, John Ambrose comes back into Lara Jean’s life in P.S. I Still Love You thanks to the love letter he received. The two teenagers become close at the same time as Lara Jean’s relationship with Peter becomes strained because of his continued friendship with his ex, Gen (Emilija Baranac). This new love triangle was teased in the To All the Boys mid-credits scene, which introduced John Ambrose. Of course, Fisher did not play John Ambrose in that particular scene, and the sequel instead recast the role.

Given Fisher’s experience, he’s undoubtedly talented and charming enough to hold his own alongside Condor and Centineo. Thanks to the video introducing Fisher to the fans, they have an idea of who will be taking on the role. But, fans won’t know exactly what to expect from To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You until a trailer is released – or more videos from the set are released.

Next: How To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before’s Book Changes Will Impact The Sequel

Source: Jordan Fisher, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before/Twitter

2019-03-28 05:03:56

Molly Freeman

Us Director Jordan Peele Unlikely to Cast White Male Leads in Future Films

Us director Jordan Peele says he’s unlikely to cast white male leads in future films. Since grabbing the attention of audiences during his early days on FOX’s long-running sketch comedy series MAD TV, Peele has fallen into the role of the consummate artist, working as a comedian, actor, producer, writer and director.

It was his work on Get Out – the 2017 racially charged horror film debut he wrote and directed – that not only gained him mainstream acclaim, but also earned him a best original screenplay Oscar. Overnight, Peele went from being a well-known comedian to the first black recipient of a best screenplay Oscar – a veritable game changer in terms of his career and arguably for black filmmaking in general. Here was a talent who had arrived in a big way, right in the middle of a controversy surrounding the lack of minority inclusion in the making of films, and the annual awards ceremonies that failed to recognize the few who were included.

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With the release of Us – Peele’s follow up to Get Out – now obliterating box-office records and earning the distinction of the second highest-grossing opening for an original live-action film, THR has reported that during a conversation at L.A.’s legendary Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater, the red hot writer/director revealed that he’s unlikely to cast any white male leads. Peele was met with applause and shouts of agreement when he stated to the standing room only audience that:

“I don’t see myself casting a white dude as the lead in my movie. Not that I don’t like white dudes. But I’ve seen that movie. It really is one of the best, greatest pieces of this story, is feeling like we are in this time – a renaissance has happened and proved the myths about representation in the industry are false.”

Ever since its release, audiences have praised Us, and the film’s ability to terrify with its unrelenting pace and downright creepy onscreen depictions of the Tethered – a brutal population of doppelgangers who want everything that the earth’s current population has denied them. The film differs from Get Out in numerous ways, but one major difference is that it doesn’t try to implement notions of race into its narrative. Instead, Peele has given audiences a spectacle of true horror movie proportions – one in which its lead characters just happen to be black. In this way, Peele has already begun to single-handedly change what many would argue has previously been a film industry that’s only interested in black casts when the focus is specifically on race.

Perhaps numerous reasons and catalysts can currently be pointed to as an explanation for Hollywood beginning to change its outdated ways. And while small pockets of people might argue that Peele shouldn’t be discounting potentially casting a white male lead at some point, the fact of the matter is that Peele’s right. He has seen that film before, as we all have. Like him or not, his arrival marks a definite turning point – not just in Hollywood inclusion or race relations, but in cinema as a whole. With that in mind, it’s hard to deny that he’s the game-changer that so many have been waiting for.

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Source: THR

2019-03-27 06:03:04

Mike Jones

10 Black Horror Films to Watch Before Jordan Peele’s Us

Jordan Peele’s Get Out shattered both minds and expectations when it hit cinemas in 2017: scoring both a best original screenplay Oscar and bringing a welcome critical eye to a genre that has historically sidelined people of color in favor of white narratives. The young director brought “Black Horror” to new prominence, but as Shudder’s recent documentary Horror Noire proves, Black films and filmmakers have always been a crucial (though not always visible) part of the fright flick landscape. This deep well of genre cinema has championed, explored, or exploited the lot of people of color since the medium’s earliest days, and with Peele’s sophomore effort, Us primed to tear up the box office, now is a perfect time to re-discover the highs and lows of African American Horror cinema that came before.

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10 Night Of The Living Dead

Directed by the late, great George A. Romero, Night of the Living Dead (1968) was a landmark film for both the development of independent cinema and the positive portrayal of POC on film. Romero did what was then unthinkable, casting Duane Jones as his heroic lead – elevating what might have been a run-of-the-mill shocker into a blistering cultural commentary on the tumultuous 1960s. Though Jones resented his association with the film up until his death in 1988, his iconic turn as a take-charge everyman calling the shots for a primarily Caucasian group of survivors was a watershed moment for cinematic representation in the Civil Rights era.

9 Blacula

William Crain’s 1972 update of the Dracula myth has shed its problematic “blaxploitation” label over the years and emerged as something of an essential classic. Though these types of films were primarily aimed at the pocketbooks of urban black audiences, their over-reliance on stereotype has since marked them as necessary though troublesome steps forward in representation. Crain, however, as one of the first black filmmakers from a major film school (UCLA) to achieve commercial success, created in the undead 18th-century African prince Mamuwalde (William Marshall) a figure of suaveness and grace that challenged the dominant Hollywood narrative that a black man must be brutal or criminal to wield power.

8 Ganja And Hess

Named one of the ten best American films of the decade by the Cannes film festival, Bill Gunn’s Ganja and Hess (1973) is an experimental horror film that follows an anthropologist, Dr. Hess (Duane Jones of Night of The Living Dead) as he learns to cope with his transformation into a vampire and navigate the choppy waters of a blooming romance with Ganja (Marlene Clark), the woman whose deceased husband is responsible for his affliction. Gunn, a playwright and stage director, was initially reticent to make the film. But when he landed upon the idea to use vampirism as a metaphor for addiction, he produced a mesmeric, thought-provoking arthouse stunner unlike anything else at the time. Ganja and Hess has since been adopted into the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection due to its significance.

7 Abby

Not all of the films on this list, are good ones, and William Girdler’s Abby (1974) is an archetypal example of how myopic white directors can be when co-opting black narratives.

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An Exorcist rip-off starring Carol Speed as a pastor’s wife who becomes possessed by a West African Yoruba spirit, Abby’s unfortunate portrayal of a woman taken over by an insatiable sexual mania plays on the well-worn stereotype of the black woman as a sexually ravenous temptress. Whether Girdler’s intentions were good or not, the film fails even as campy entertainment and is a discomfiting reminder of just how important it is for black filmmakers to tell their own stories.

6 Candyman

Drawn from the imagination of Clive Barker, 1992’s Candyman features a storyline about a lily-hued grad student, Helen Lyle (Virginia Madsen) doing research on a folkloric boogeyman said to haunt Chicago’s now-demolished Cabrini Green projects that reeks of a white savior complex. Even worse, when the titular baleful spirit (Tony Todd) turns his romantic attentions toward Helen, it further fuels the problematic fire as the black man fixated on the conquest of white women is another old and offensive trope. Yet, Candyman is essential in the context of its time, due to Tony Todd’s elegant phantasm being the first black horror icon of his kind, joining the likes of Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, and Leatherface as an indelible maker of bewitching cinematic nightmares.

5 Tales From The Hood

Rusty Cundieff’s Tales from the Hood (1995) uses the anthology format first popularized by Dead of Night (1945) to comment on social awareness and black identity in the 90s through a horror lens. The film is made up of four tales featuring dirty cops, racist politicians and abusive husbands, all told by a grinning funeral home proprietor (Clarence Williams III) in the film’s ingenious wraparound narrative more witty and menacing than the Crypt Keeper, himself. Spiritually similar to Get Out, Cundieff’s masterwork takes The United States to task for the sins it continues to perpetrate against black bodies and still proves potent watching almost twenty-five years on.

4 Tales From The Crypt: Demon Knight

Frequent Spike Lee collaborator Ernest Dickerson’s Tales From The Crypt: Demon Knight (1995) is an entertaining though derivative horror comedy that proved somewhat revolutionary when it gave viewers what may yet be the first and only African American “final girl,”- Jeryline (Jada Pinkett years before meeting Will Smith), a convict on work release who comes into her own as a demon-slayer.

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At the time of release, Dickerson and his screenwriters shattered the expectations of an audience who could, like clockwork, anticipate the early onscreen deaths of any black female lead in a horror film. That Jeryline doesn’t just survive to the final reel but is actually the Demon Knight of the title gives the film both an intersectional feminist appeal and deflates the ingrained pop-cultural narrative that people of color must sacrifice themselves so their white costars can live.

3 Eve’s Bayou

Selected for preservation in the National Film Registry last year, Eve’s Bayou (1997) was written, directed and shot by two women: Kasi Lemmons and Amy Vincent. The female talent behind the camera mirrored that in front of it, with actresses Lynn Whitfield, Debbi Morgan, and Meagan Good all bringing deeply-felt performances to this southern gothic tale of sisterly bonds, voodoo, and dark family secrets. The women in Lemmons’ film exhibit a depth and agency that are so often lacking in mainstream cinema, and though it toes the line between melodrama and outright horror, Eve’s Bayou is a spooky, underseen jewel of African America female filmmaking.

2 Get Out

It’s impossible to overstate just what a shock to the system Jordan Peele’s directorial debut turned out to be. Riding the current “smart horror” wave to box office success and exposing the racist roots of white liberalism, Peele not only ushered in a new dawn of possibility for POC filmmakers but also paid homage to and shed a spotlight on those who had come before him with his studied, razor-sharp satire. The fact that it’s actually scary didn’t hurt either!

1 The First Purge 

The Purge series has never been particularly subtle in its skewering of American values, and the fourth entry in the franchise is no exception. The First Purge (2018) is a prequel (obviously) that shows how the New Founding Fathers party managed to seize the government and carry out the first purge of the title: a 12 hour period during which all crime, including murder, is made legal. The big shocker? The event is an experiment designed to cull minority populations. The First Purge may be far from a modern classic, but it places minority characters at the forefront of the typically white series and shows how one man’s bloody bacchanal is another man’s government-mandated ethnic scrubbing. 

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2019-03-23 01:03:34

Rocco Thompson

Everything We Know So Far About Jordan Peele’s Us

Here’s a riddle: What type of people are petrified of teacups? Answer: Anyone who has seen Get Out. Jordan Peele’s directorial debut was a smash-hit, both in terms of box office and critical acclaim. It earned a near-perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes and a plethora of Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. Above all, Get Out elevated the horror film genre, offering up bone-chilling scares and a cutting commentary on race relations in America.

Peele is back again, with his follow-up Us, one of the buzziest films of 2019. The comedian-turned-director has promised ginormous scares and all signs point to him delivering. So what exactly does the creator of the Sunken Place have in store for us this time? Will Us do to scissors what Get Out did to teacups? Will beachfront properties take a nosedive? Here is Everything We Know So Far About Jordan Peele’s Us:

8 Us stars Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, and Elisabeth Moss

Right out of the gate, we’re impressed with this stellar cast. Us is a reunion of sorts for Nyong’o and Duke, who co-starred in Black Panther. They play a married couple, as do Moss and actor Tim Heidecker. Both Nyong’o and Moss are awards darlings—Nyong’o won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in 12 Years a Slave and Moss has picked up multiple awards for her work on The Handmaid’s Tale. Horror movies don’t typically generate serious awards buzz, but between the pedigree of Us’s stars and Jordan Peele’s deserved reputation as one of the best new filmmakers around, Us may be a serious contender come next awards season.

7 Jordan Peele passed on big Hollywood projects in order to film Us

After the success of Get Out, Peele was one of Hollywood’s most sought-after directors. He was given the opportunity to direct the film adaptation of popular manga Akira, but turned it down.

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The reason? Peele would prefer to create original content. Certainly he’s up to the task, given that he won a Best Original Screenplay Oscar for Get Out. He has said that the horror genre is his “sweet spot” and given the evidence, we agree.

6 Us is about a family who is terrorized by a group of people who look exactly like them

If this premise alone doesn’t make you double check that your doors and windows are locked, I don’t know what will. Adelaide (Lupita Nyong’o) is a wife and mother with a secret, traumatic past. She, along with family and friends, visit her childhood beach house where come nightfall, a group of visitors, known as “the Tethered” show up. The creepy part? They are doppelgangers of Adelaide and her family. And they’re out for blood. The nightmares create themselves.

5 The premise was inspired by a Twilight Zone episode.

Peele has said that Us was inspired by a Twilight Zone episode in which a woman at a bus stop sees her doppelganger and fears that this stranger is an evil force whose goal is to replace her. Sounds a bit creepy, no?

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Peele has been a longtime fan of The Twilight Zone, so much that he is producing a reboot of the series for CBS All Access.

4 The first trailer dropped on Christmas Day

For most, Christmas is all about spending time with family. So what better holiday to give us a trailer about the family from hell? The first Us trailer, prominently featuring the Luniz song “I Got 5 On It”, raises a ton of questions. Who are these scissor-toting lookalikes? How did they get here? What’s with all the rabbits? Will I scream so loud I get a ejected from the theater?

3 Peele has said Us isn’t about race

The director spoke to Rolling Stone about his vision for the film. He described Us as “spill-your-soda scary” as opposed to Get Out, which is more of an “existential” horrror. Though viewers may expect more skewering social satire à la Get Out, Peele has vehemently stated that Us is not a race movie. In the interview, he stressed the importance of being able to “tell black stories without it being about race”.

Home invasion movies with white leads are a dime a dozen. The Strangers, Funny Games, the list goes on. Us not only adds some diversity to this group, but to the entire horror film genre.

2 Us is expected to have a bigger box office opening weekend than Get Out

This is a huge deal, given what a cultural phenomenon Get Out was. Get Out’s opening box office was $33.3 million; Us is expected to net $35-40 million. That number is just the beginning. As a whole, Get Out grossed over $250 million. Genre films generally perform better at the box office than arthouse fare. Given that Us appears to be more of a classic horror film than Get Out, a gigantic box office success isn’t an unrealistic prediction for Jordan Peele’s sophomore film.

1 Us premiered at SXSW to rave reviews

Not only did Us have its world premiere at the festival, it was the opening night film. The crowd’s response was overwhelmingly positive and vocal. As in people screamed during the screening. Critics in attendance have already labelled the film a success.

The SXSW premiere may have something to do with Us being pushed back a week from its original release date. However, the wait will soon be over. Us graces theaters this Friday, March 22. If the critics and Peele himself are telling us the truth, keep a firm grip on your soda and popcorn when watching.

In other words, watch yourself.

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2019-03-18 03:03:02

Liz Hersey

Jordan Peele’s Twilight Zone Casts Zazie Beetz & Betty Gabriel

Jordan Peele’s Twilight Zone reboot once again adds to its already stellar cast, bringing Zazie Beetz and Betty Gabriel aboard. Originally airing from 1959 to 1964, The Twilight Zone brought sophisticated and socially conscious anthology style horror, sci-fi and supernatural storytelling to network TV, and would go on to become one of the classic shows of all-time.

Now, 60 years after creator and host Rod Serling first took audiences on a trip to the Twilight Zone, CBS All Access will revive the show for the streaming era, with Get Out director Jordan Peele as executive producer and presenter. The list of actors lining up to appear on the new incarnation of the Zone includes Seth Rogen, who will co-star in an episode with Jacob Tremblay, John Cho and Allison Tolman. Adam Scott is also set to star in an episode that remakes the classic Twilight Zone story “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet.”

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As reported by Deadline, Atlanta star Zazie Beetz and Get Out‘s Betty Gabriel are the latest actors to sign up for a tour of Peele’s Twilight Zone. There’s no word on the specifics of their roles, but the two will reportedly star together in an early episode of the anthology series. Indeed, details on most of the series’ 10 episodes are being kept under wraps.

Beetz has of course already made her mark in series television on Donald Glover’s acclaimed show Atlanta, playing Earn’s sometime-girlfriend Van. Beetz has also made the crossover to movies, starring as Domino in Deadpool 2. She’s also set to appear alongside Joaquin Phoenix in Joker. Betty Gabriel for her part has a prior connection to Peele, having played the housekeeper Georgina in his Oscar-winning horror movie Get Out.

Beetz and Gabriel join a series cast that also includes Sanaa Lathan, who reportedly stars in the kick off episode “Rewind.” The series’ second episode, entitled “The Comedian,” appropriately stars a pair of funny men in Kumail Nanjiani and Tracy Morgan. Another early season episode, “The Traveler,” stars Steven Yeun and Greg Kinnear. Ginnifer Goodwin and James Frain are also on the cast list, for an episode entitled “Point of Origin.”

Whatever Peele has in store for his new take on The Twilight Zone, it’s already clear he will have a strong roster of actors realizing his vision on screen. Powerful performances were of course a hallmark of the original Zone, as much as the strong, imaginative, thematically challenging writing, and of course the iconic presence of the cigarette-smoking Serling as your guide through the unknown.


Source: Deadline

2019-03-08 10:03:57

Dan Zinski

Michael B. Jordan Starring in Denzel Washington’s Journal for Jordan

Denzel Washington will direct Michael B. Jordan in Journal for Jordan, a film adaptation of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Dana Canedy’s memoir. After years of delivering one terrific performance after another, Washington turned to directing in 2002 with Antwone Fisher, a movie that was based on the real-life Fisher’s autobiography Finding Fish. He returned to the director’s chair five years later on another true story-inspired project, The Great Debaters, but it took another nine years for Washington to call the shots on his third feature, Fences.

The latter, which was adapted from August Wilson’s Pulizer Prize-winning play, earned Washington his first Best Picture Oscar nomination, in addition to yet another Best Actor nod for his performance in the film. Fortunately, it looks like the wait for the Oscar-winner’s fourth directorial effort, Journal for Jordan, will be much shorter than the breaks between his previous three features. In fact, the film has already found its leading man.

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Variety is reporting that Jordan is closing a deal to star in Journal for Jordan, with Washington directing from an adapted script by Oscar-nominee Virgil Williams (Mudbound). The project is an adaptation of Canedy’s 2008 book A Journal for Jordan: A Story of Love and Honor, which tells the true story of her relationship with her fiancé, First Sgt. Charles Monroe King (whom Jordan will play in the movie). King was killed during his time serving in Iraq back in 2006, but left behind a journal full of important life lessons and teachings for his and Canedy’s son Jordan, who was only seven months old when King died.

Between Washington directing, Williams writing, and the meaningful subject matter, Journal for Jordan has the makings of something special, even before you factor Jordan (the actor) into the equation. It’s also nice to see the Creed and Black Panther star continue to find room in his schedule for standalone offerings like this, in-between his studio productions and would-be franchise starters like the upcoming Tom Clancy adaptation, Without Remorse. Case in point: Jordan’s next major big screen project is Just Mercy, a legal drama that he’s starring in for Short Term 12 and Glass Castle director Destin Daniel Cretton.

At the same time, Jordan has played an increasingly large role behind the scenes on his recent films and that will continue with Journal for Jordan, which he’s also producing alongside Washington, Escape Artist’s Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, and Steve Tisch. Depending on how the rest of the film comes together, there’s a real possibility that Washington and Jordan will both find themselves in the heat of a future awards season race for their efforts here. The same goes for whomever ends being cast as Canedy in the film, seeing as the role should be pretty substantial and emotionally-challenging.

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We’ll bring you more details on Journal for Jordan as they become available.

Source: Variety

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2019-02-21 01:02:02

Original Candyman Actor Has “Mixed Feelings” About Jordan Peele’s Reboot

The original Candyman actor Tony Todd has “mixed feelings” about the upcoming reboot. Todd starred in the 1992 horror film as Daniel Robitaille, a.k.a. The Candyman. The film revolved around a graduate student named Helen Lyle (Virginia Madsen), who summons The Candyman while researching urban myths and legends. Todd starred in the original cult classic, and also returned for the two sequels Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh and Candyman: Day of the Dead.

It’s been almost 20 years since fans were last terrorized by The Candyman, but like all popular slasher properties, there are plans to reboot the franchise. Word broke back in September that Jordan Peele was in talks to produce a Candyman reboot, which seems to be moving forward. While Peele won’t be directing the film, he’ll act as a producer and co-writer with Nia Dacosta directing. While the last two sequels were less than well-received by fans, this upcoming film is said to be a “spiritual sequel“, which means the stories of the last two films will likely be retconned, so that the new film can take place directly after the original. Fans have had a few months to process the news, but now the original Candyman actor has revealed his feelings about the film.

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In an interview with SYFY Wire, Todd expressed that he has “mixed feelings” about the project. When asked about how he felt about the upcoming Candyman movie, Todd revealed, “I have mixed feelings because I thought they were gonna make this 15 years ago. If this had been 10 years ago when I had heard news, I would have been devastated. I would have fought for it. Now I’m in a different place. I’ve got so many other options that even if they make it without me, which I doubt, the attention the new movie will create will lead folks back to the original [film] because people like to see the source material”. He also explained that Candyman is still relevant to this day since some neighborhoods deserve, “Candyman justice”. 

As Todd touches upon in his interview when he talks about the film being relevant, Candyman isn’t just a murderous soul, as he also somewhat protected the Cabrini-Green housing projects in Chicago. While Todd is mostly known for his role in Candyman, the actor has continued to act in horror projects to this day, appearing as a recurring character in the Final Destination films, as well as recently playing the role of The Barker in Hell Fest.

While details about the next Candyman movie are slim, Todd’s interview does spark the question of if he’ll be returning to the role he made famous over 25 years ago. Todd is still incredibly popular within the horror community, and even recently won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the New York City Horror Film Festival. His comments in his interview make it seem like he doesn’t think the filmmakers will make the project without him, but also seems understanding if they decided to cast someone new. Either way, horror fans are likely to be terrorized all over again when the film is released in a few years.

More: M. Night Shyamalan’s Tales from the Crypt Reboot Probably Won’t Happen

Source: SYFY Wire

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2018-12-05 08:12:41

20 DC Characters Who Can Be In James Gunn’s Suicide Squad (And Who Should Play Them)

James Gunn may be off the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 project after being fired by Disney for some controversial tweets surfaced from long ago, but not only has he apologized and insisted that he’s a much different person than he was at that period in his life; he’s reportedly also getting another stab at creating a comic adaptation with the next Suicide Squad film.

While Marvel fans mourn the loss of the man behind some of the best movies in the MCU, it’s quite possible that Gunn will give the DC universe the boost it desperately needs to really compete with Marvel.

While we’ll have to wait and see what the actual film brings to the party, we have plenty of time to speculate about what its plot might be, what kind of tone to expect and above all, which characters might be included and who might be cast in those roles. While many of us are hoping to see some members of the Squad from the first film return, we’re also crossing our fingers, wishing for a chance to meet more members who weren’t included in the first movie. There’s really an endless amount of speculation to enjoy here and many fans have already photoshopped their choices for the best portrayals of characters audiences have loved for decades.

Casting for these iconic personalities won’t be an easy task, but here are 20 DC Characters Who Can Be In James Gunn’s Suicide Squad (And Who Should Play Them).

20 Christina Ricci As Harley Quinn

Let’s be honest: Margot Robbie is a sure-in for Harley Quinn at this point. The star surprised many fans while proving others right with her incredible performance as the psychiatrist turned psychopath. Ensuring that Quinn not only shone as the premiere talent in a film with its problems, but that she would endure for her own film afterward, Robbie is a fan favorite, through and through.

We could definitely see this version of Harley in a Gunn movie.

If for some reason Robbie had to back out of the project, as much as it would pain fans, some have taken to casting other ideas for actresses who could play Harleen Quinzel. Artist D3SIGNMILTIA’s piece depicts an interesting version of the character that might work well with Christina Ricci.

19 Joaquin Phoenix As The Joker

We’ve seen so many incarnations of The Joker over the years that it’s getting more and more difficult to choose the perfect person to play an updated version of Batman’s most notorious foe. Whether or not he’ll be in the next Suicide Squad film is unclear. Who can measure up to Jack Nicholson’s chilling Joker and Heath Ledger’s perfect monster?

Joaquin Phoenix, currently starring in Todd Phillips’ solo Joker, is certainly one candidate. Phoenix, who’s also utilized some unorthodox acting methods in the past, might give us a bit more grave swagger as the criminal mastermind. His ongoing presence in the DCEU will likely depend on the success of Joker, due out in October 2019.

18 Neil Patrick Harris As The Riddler

Everyone’s favorite child doctor has grown up to become a much beloved singer, showman, and nemesis of the Baudelaire children. Neil Patrick Harris shines in just about everything he’s in, so including him in the next installment of Suicide Squad makes perfect sense.

Harris as the Riddler is pure gold.

He’s got the chops to bring the perfect blend of humor and intelligence that the Riddler needs to truly succeed, which might hopefully replace the slapstick Riddler we got in Batman Forever years ago. Harris isn’t everyone’s favorite for the Riddler, though; stay tuned for more artist manipulations involving the Riddler later.

17 Manu Bennett As Deathstroke

Given the fact that the Arrowverse and TV adaptations of DC stories have proven so successful, it makes sense to borrow from that character pool to not only connect the universe but to help ensure the success of Suicide Squad 2. If Gunn and company are planning on including Deathstroke in the sequel, we think Manu Bennet would be a clear choice for the character.

While some fans speculate that Joe Manganiello will play the part, since he is Mr. Wilson in Justice League and has announced that he’s working on three more films featuring the character, his involvement in Suicide Squad 2 remains speculation at this point. Many believe that Deathstroke will indeed be a primary villain in the film, and Bennet has already proven that he would do the character justice.

16 Sophie Turner As Oracle

Lots of fans are imagining Marvel actors in DC roles, which is pretty delightful for those of us who Make Ours Marvel and DC. Sophie Turner, who gave us the Jean Grey that we were waiting for in X-Men: Apocalypse and is set to reprise the role in Dark Phoenix, would also make an excellent Oracle.

Barbara Gordon’s time as Oracle has included a gig as tech support for the Suicide Squad.

With Ruby Rose’s debut as Batwoman and a Batgirl movie announced, the inclusion of Oracle could provide some timeline intrigue. Plus, after decades of Batman saturation, this much Bat-women power would be so much fun.

15 Oprah Winfrey As Amanda Waller

Viola Davis was a pretty stellar Amanda Waller, which comes as no surprise to anyone who has ever seen Viola Davis in anything. Davis could read a grocery list and deserve an Oscar. That said, Kode Logic has imagined what Oprah might bring to the role and we have to say that it looks impressive. Firm, ruthless and beautiful, Oprah’s Waller seems to give the character a bit more experience points, which are conveyed in that hard gaze.

Davis has said that she loved playing Amanda Waller, who is aligned so well with her character Annalise Keating in the hit TV drama How to Get Away with Murder in many ways, but how much fun would it be to see Oprah bend the rules?

14 Will Smith As Deadshot

You don’t mess with what works, and Will Smith certainly worked as Deadshot in the original Suicide Squad. He did so well, in fact, that plenty of people thought that he deserved his own film and said that they’d have watched Suicide Squad again if it only starred Smith. This really isn’t a surprise, given Smith’s star power, and it’s been announced that he’s returning to the franchise in the role again.

It’s a good thing that we have some time before the movie’s released, too, since Smith is set to star in Bad Boys for Life and Bright 2 around the same time. Smith’s got three films releasing in 2019 alone, and while one is only a vocal role, he’s definitely going to be busy for the next couple of years.

13 Jeffrey Dean Morgan As Batman

Utter the words “Jeffrey Dean Morgan” in the same sentence as “The Batman” and you’re bound to get a room full of excited fans. He’s absolutely perfect for Wayne in an adaptation of something like Batman Beyond, but we could definitely see him as the Batman in just about any adaptation of the series, and DeviantArt user evelius has given us some visual art to really picture the idea.

Morgan has the darkness and the voice necessary for Batman to match this ragtag team of violent convicts.

While Bale and Affleck had their time in the cowl, it’s time for a new man behind the mask. Why not Negan?

12 Rila Fukushima As Katana

While Katana was featured in the first Suicide Squad film, most people believe her role was too small to really critique or appreciate. Japanese-American actress Karen Fukuhara wasn’t bad in the role; she just didn’t get much to do.

Adding Rila Fukushima in the second movie might lend Katana some traction given that she already portrays the character in the Arrowverse.

While Fukuhara, who is set to play Glimmer in the new She-Ra and the Princesses of Power TV series, is rumored to be reprising the role, Fukushima, star of last year’s Ghost in the Shell, was also fantastic as Yukio in The Wolverine, which would give us another fun link between the DC and Marvel universes.

11 Emma Stone As Poison Ivy

Who doesn’t love quirky, smart, and funny Emma Stone? The actress would be perfect for an updated role as Poison Ivy following Uma Thurman’s beautiful but wonky portrayal of Pamela Isley. One of BossLogic’s many creative manipulations, this artwork features Stone as the iconic plant-loving villain and it’s pretty impressive.

We already know that Ivy will be a big part of the upcoming Gotham City Sirens film, which will also feature Harley Quinn and Catwoman at its heart, so why not include her in the Suicide Squad movie as well? There are several other cool artist manipulations of actresses who might be great in the role, such as Jessica Chastain, so it’s going to be a tough one to cast.

10 Kristen Wiig As Cheetah

Many of us can’t stop celebrating Kristen Wiig being cast as Cheetah in Wonder Woman 1984. The strongest thing the DC movies have going for it right now is all the incredible female characters, most notably Harley Quinn and Wonder Woman, and we can’t wait to see where Aquaman takes us. If all goes well it would make perfect sense to include Wiig in Suicide Squad 2, especially since weaving in characters from multiple films would help provide better continuity for the DCEU.

Wiig is funny, smart, and beautiful, and we think she’s going to make an excellent foe for Wonder Woman.

In that case, her inclusion in another movie would also be fantastic to see.

9 Nathalie Emmanuelle As Vixen

DeviantArt artist farrou has created some truly amazing fanart of DC characters, and one of them, which features Nathalie Emmanuelle as Vixen, makes us believers. While we’re not sure if Emmanuelle has a Tantu Totem, we’re pretty sure she could make it work if Gunn and co. gave her one. The actress, best known for her role as Missandei on HBO’s Game of Thrones, is definitely ready for a a super suit and action in a big movie like this.

Then again, Jada Pinkett Smith has expressed interest in the role of Vixen, which would not only be interesting due to her husband’s presence in the movie but also due to her previous DC role as Fish Mooney in the TV series Gotham. Both actresses would be well-cast for the movie.

8 Jake Gyllenhaal As The Riddler

Do we really need the Riddler to come out and play in Suicide Squad 2? After the weirdness of Batman Forever and the sinister developments of Gotham, perhaps it’s time to reinvent the villain. Jake Gyllenhaal makes sense to play the villain not only because he was David Goyer’s original choice to play Batman in the Christopher Nolan movies, but because this fanart made by Vaskoho is something to behold.

While there are several people who could pull off the role, we think Donnie Darko has a fighting chance.

Fans point out that there were some Riddler Easter eggs in the Batman v Superman movie, so it’s possible that we’ll see The Riddler on film someday.

7 Dave Bautista As Bane

Can we all agree that, no matter the context, Dave Bautista must appear in Suicide Squad 2? Not only has the Drax actor delighted us all with his hilarious yet poignant portrayal in the Guardians of the Galaxy series, but he’s also publicly stated that he supports Gunn and wants to be involved in his next project.

We’re pretty sure any role could be molded to make room for such a beloved actor, but as as BossLogic has pointed out, he’d make an excellent Bane. After having two Banes that didn’t work so well in the Batman universe, we could definitely use a fresh face for the role. If he’s not Bane, Bautista would make a fantastic Solomon Grundy, too. We’re not too picky on this one.

6 Michael K. Williams As Black Manta

Could Black Manta make an appearance in Suicide Squad 2? It’s too early to rule anything out and many fans think he’d make a good inclusion, particularly following the Aquaman movie. While the majority of his screen time might simply have his head shrouded in a big bubble, his casting would be nonetheless important. Artist diamondking13 suggests actor Michael K. Williams for the job and we love the idea.

It would be cool to see how Gunn and co, would update the suit for a more modern, movie-friendly look.

Famous for his critically acclaimed roles in The Wire and Boardwalk Empire, Williams was just cast in Jordan Peele and Misha Green’s Lovecraft Country, but Suicide Squad 2 is far enough in the future to give him time for both gigs.

5 Bill Skarsgård As The Joker

This one is a no-brainer. Many of us just don’t care to see Jared Leto return as The Joker and it’s quite possible that The Joker won’t even see a second of footage in the second film. While we’d all probably be okay with that, if a new Joker is cast, Bill Skarsgård is a fantastic choice.

Skarsgård is hot right now following his success as Pennywise in the new adaptation of Stephen King’s It. He also played a less troubling character in Castle Rock over the summer, proving his mettle yet again in King’s world. Considered one of the good things to come out of Netfix’s Hemlock Grove, Skarsgård could probably do the Joker justice, as artist aikoaiham has shown.

4 Teresa Palmer As Killer Frost

After witnessing Killer Frost in the Arrowverse, many fans are calling for her inclusion in Suicide Squad 2. DeviantArt creator farrou has imagined what it might look like if Teresa Palmer played the villain and it’s a pretty spot-on representation.

The Australian actress is no stranger to action movies and could do well in the role.

Kristin Bauer van Straten has already voiced Killer Frost in the animated Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay, while Danica McKellar voices her in Lego DC Superhero Girls. She’s also been in 2009’s Public Enemies animated feature between Batman and Superman, but she’s never been in a live action movie before. Danielle Panabaker portrays the character in The Flash, but she hasn’t made a film in a few years.

3 Jon Bernthal as Rick Flag

Jon Bernthal is another actor already present in the MCU, portraying the most accurate and adept version of the Punisher we could ever hope for, so tossing the talented actor into the DC mix would just be plain fun. It’s not that Joel Kinneman was terrible as Rick Flag, and he’s done a great job standing up for the original film and its purpose, but Jon Bernthal would just be better.

The skill Bernthal has in striking that tricky sweet spot between ruthlessness and gravitas while still being a compelling, empathetic human being isn’t something anyone can do. Artist Riku7kun shows us what Bernthal as Flag might look like. It’s a little bare in comparison to Kinneman’s look, but that might actually work with Bernthal.

2 Josh Gad As The Penguin

It’s no secret that Josh Gad wants the role of The Penguin, having pushed for it himself in social media, and fans are clamoring for the opportunity to see the voice of the snowman, Olaf, and Gaston’s buddy LaFou in a much more sinister role.

Whether or not Gad will show up in The Batman remains to be seen but he definitely has the flippers to play the beloved villain.

BossLogic has given us some art imagining what he might look like in the role and it can only get better from here. In March, Gad started hilariously trolling Matt Reeves on Twitter, sending him animated penguin GIFs and hinting at what he could bring to the Batman franchise.

1 Margot Robbie As Harley Quinn

It’s an obvious inclusion, but it’s necessary. While the original Suicide Squad, hyped up to be the most incredible DC movie of all time, had plenty of problems, most fans and critics agree that the shining star of the whole production was Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. Robbie’s portrayal was everything we hoped for– brutal, nuanced, and a delicate balance between her joker obsession and Harley coming into her own person without being too over-the-top.

Who isn’t excited to see Robbie return as Harley in theBirds Of Prey adaptation featuring the awesome women of DC, which is so ardently anticipated that it pushed Suicide 2 to the back burner? After this much love, Robbie has to be in this universe.

Who do you most want to see in a new Suicide Squad movie? Let us know in the comments!

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2018-10-11 02:10:45 – Sara Schmidt