Jessica Chastain turned down Doctor Strange to wait for bigger Marvel role

Jessica Chastain turned down a role in Doctor Strange because she had her sights set on a bigger role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.The two-time Oscar nominee was approached by Scott Derrickson, who directed the 2016 fantasy blockbuster starring Ben…

Jessica Chastain turned down a role in Doctor Strange because she had her sights set on a bigger role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The two-time Oscar nominee was approached by Scott Derrickson, who directed the 2016 fantasy blockbuster starring Benedict Cumberbatch, to play the role of Christine Palmer.

Palmer is a surgeon and the girlfriend of Stephen Strange, who helps him recover after his devastating car accident. However, she dumps him after an argument over their relationship, but the pair eventually reunite when Strange becomes a sorcerer. Palmer saves his life when he’s badly injured during a fight with villain Kaecilius.

Doctor Strange writer C. Robert Cargill revealed during an interview on the Junkfood Cinema podcast that he and Derrickson wanted Chastain for the role, but she candidly turned them down, leading them to cast Rachel McAdams instead.

“This is the interesting thing that Hollywood’s starting to find out, is that a lot of the actresses out there want to be superheroes as much as the actors do. I know this happened with Scott. He went to Jessica Chastain to get her on Doctor Strange, because we were considering her,” he explained.

“And she’s like, ‘Hey, look, this project sounds awesome, and I would love to do it. But I’m only going to get one shot at being in a Marvel film and becoming a Marvel character; and I trained in ballet, and I really want to wear a cape.’ And that was the coolest rejection ever.”

Chastain went on to star in last year’s X-Men spin-off Dark Phoenix, in which she played the leader of an alien shape-shifting race.

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Sophie Turner ‘game’ to play Boy George in biopic

Sophie Turner is open to playing Boy George in an upcoming biopic of the musician’s life. On Monday, George spoke about the project during a sit down for Australian radio show Fitzy and Wippa, and commented that the Game of Thrones star was a possible…

Sophie Turner is open to playing Boy George in an upcoming biopic of the musician’s life.

On Monday, George spoke about the project during a sit down for Australian radio show Fitzy and Wippa, and commented that the Game of Thrones star was a possible contender for the lead role.

“There’s been some really interesting suggestions,” he said. “One of the most interesting suggestions was Sophie Turner.”

George also revealed he had no qualms about a woman playing him on screen.

“(People will say), ‘She can’t play you, she’s a woman,’ you know. But when I was 17, I would have loved to have been her,” the 58-year-old added.

And later on, Sophie expressed her delight in being considered for the forthcoming production.

“I’m SO down @BoyGeorge,” the 23-year-old, who is currently headlining the X-Men film Dark Phoenix, wrote on Twitter.

Announced last month, a cast for the film, written and directed by Sacha Gervasi, has yet to be revealed.

Born George O’Dowd, the popstar initially shared his excitement over the film in an Instagram post, writing, “A MOVIE! @mgm_studios Thrilling!”

The feature is being made on the back of recent musical biopics Rocketman and Bohemian Rhapsody, about Elton John and the late Freddie Mercury, respectively, both of which were box office smashes.

And when asked during the radio chat if the idea of seeing his life played out on screen made him nervous, George insisted he’s just pleased there’s a demand for the story.

“In our game, there is always stuff that is written about you that is so ridiculous. That you say, I don’t mind it though, it makes me sound more interesting. ‘He sleeps upside down on the roof. He only lives on lentils,’ that kind of stuff,” he shared. “I think it just makes a great picture.”

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Jessica Chastain modelled Dark Phoenix look on Tilda Swinton

Actress Jessica Chastain chanelled her inner Tilda Swinton to perfect her “otherworldly” look for her character in new X-Men movie Dark Phoenix. The Molly’s Game star, who is naturally a redhead, wanted to do something different with her appearance to…

Actress Jessica Chastain chanelled her inner Tilda Swinton to perfect her “otherworldly” look for her character in new X-Men movie Dark Phoenix.

The Molly’s Game star, who is naturally a redhead, wanted to do something different with her appearance to play the villain, and she decided to draw inspiration from Swinton, who has a similar skin tone.

“Honestly, it’s no makeup, and for me, with a lot of redheads, we have very fair features, so we’re not wearing mascara or tinting (eyelashes) and stuff…,” she explained of her image for the film.

Jessica continued on U.S. breakfast show Today: “I go very white. My eyes are very present, and I thought that would be a very interesting, otherworldly look for the character.”

The 42 year old typically chooses a new fragrance to use with each new acting job as it helps her get into character.

“I have a different fragrance for each part that I play and I start wearing it when I’m at home prepping the part because… fragrance is very connected to a deep, emotional memory to me,” she told Forbes.com, “so if I’m working on something and in my subconscious I have this fragrance around me, when I’m on set and I use the fragrance, it’s going to bring everything back.”

However, for Dark Phoenix, she opted to leave her perfume behind, because she found it tough to pinpoint the way her mysterious villain, an original creation for the Simon Kinberg movie, would smell.

“That one I actually didn’t wear anything,” Jessica shared. “I can’t reveal too much; for me it’s something that wouldn’t even be a scent that we could recognise.”

Chastain stars alongside X-Men favourites James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, and Nicholas Hoult in the upcoming comic book adaptation, in which Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner plays mutant superhero Jean Grey, who develops strong powers and becomes a Dark Phoenix.

The film opens in theatres in June (19).

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Sophie Turner to tackle mental health issues in Dark Phoenix role

Sophie Turner hopes her portrayal of Jean Grey in new X-Men movie Dark Phoenix encourages people to talk more about their mental health. The actress takes on the lead role of the troubled mutant in the upcoming superhero film, which focuses on Jean’s b…

Sophie Turner hopes her portrayal of Jean Grey in new X-Men movie Dark Phoenix encourages people to talk more about their mental health.

The actress takes on the lead role of the troubled mutant in the upcoming superhero film, which focuses on Jean’s battle to control her telepathic and telekinetic powers.

Describing her approach to the character, she told Harper’s Bazaar magazine: “She’s spiralling out of control and she can’t understand what’s happening to her. She has auditory and visual hallucinations, so (myself and Dark Phoenix director Simon Kinberg) started to liken her mental state to schizophrenia. It was a way to ground the character and make her more relatable.”

Playing Jean is especially important to Sophie as she has struggled with mental health issues and also seen friends suffer from similar problems. She feels that the effect of depression and anxiety on personal relationships is not discussed enough and hopes Dark Phoenix inspires people to talk about this more.

“The biggest thing I took away from this movie is what mental health problems can do to a family and friends, and how people can walk away from you because it’s too painful to see,” the 23-year-old added. “I have had a lot of people close to me who have struggled with their mental health, including myself, so it’s something I’m really passionate about.”

The Game of Thrones star also expressed anger at the lack of mental health provision in her native Britain and claimed that she has flown pals out to the U.S. to get them treatment.

“I have had people in my life who have been the lowest of the low, the bottom of this pit, and I’ve had to fly them out to America because they just can’t get the right help in the U.K.,” Sophie explained. “In the U.S., they are more willing to talk about their emotions. Or at least, more willing to talk about mental health. In the U.K., we have this mentality of, ‘Chin up, get on with it, you’ll be fine.'”

Dark Phoenix, which also stars X-Men regulars Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, and Michael Fassbender, hits cinemas in early June (19).

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Nicholas Hoult: ‘I learn so much as an actor’

Nicholas Hoult loves learning new things through the characters he plays.The British star first came to cinemagoers’ attention in Hugh Grant flick About a Boy in 2002 and has been acting ever since, mostly in huge Hollywood movies like the X-Men fran…

Nicholas Hoult loves learning new things through the characters he plays.

The British star first came to cinemagoers’ attention in Hugh Grant flick About a Boy in 2002 and has been acting ever since, mostly in huge Hollywood movies like the X-Men franchise.

Talking about acting in the new issue of Esquire magazine, Nicholas explained the biggest upside of his career.

“I’m very fortunate,” he smiled. “I found something as a kid that I really enjoyed, then was lucky enough to turn that into a career. Also, it’s a career where I’m constantly getting to learn new things, to run toward new things. That’s what I love about pretending to be new people. You learn new passions that you didn’t have, and you learn about history that you don’t know. And then you strive to create an environment for other people around you to do the same.”

The 28-year-old has recently finished working on new movie Tolkien, where he stars as The Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien alongside Lily Collins, Derek Jacobi and Pam Ferris.

He also has TV mini-series Watership Down coming up and new X-Men flick Dark Phoenix.

When it comes to how he picks his jobs, Nicholas says he avoids bland projects at all costs.

“You know when you see things and it doesn’t make you feel anything? I want to avoid that, if possible. Both in terms of when I’m doing the work and when people are reacting to it. I want to avoid nonchalance,” he stated.

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