Josh Trank wanted black actress to play Sue Storm in Fantastic Four

Josh Trank faced “heavy pushback” over his decision to cast a black actress as Sue Storm in Fantastic Four.The filmmaker, who helmed the 2015 comic book blockbuster, has revealed that he had a lot of “controversial conversations” when it came to castin…

Josh Trank faced “heavy pushback” over his decision to cast a black actress as Sue Storm in Fantastic Four.

The filmmaker, who helmed the 2015 comic book blockbuster, has revealed that he had a lot of “controversial conversations” when it came to casting decisions with bosses at 20th Century Fox.

In an interview with Geeks of Color, Trank recalled wanting the roles of Sue Storm, her brother Johnny Storm, and their father Franklin Storm to be played by black actors, but faced a lot of resistance.

“There were a lot of controversial conversations that were had behind the scenes on that. I was mostly interested in a black Sue Storm, a black Johnny Storm, and a black Franklin Storm,” he stated, noting that studio bosses were keen for a white actress, such as Margot Robbie, to be the film’s leading lady.

Kate Mara was eventually cast as Sue Storm, who was adopted, while Michael B. Jordan played her brother Johnny Storm and Reg E. Cathey portrayed Franklin Storm.

Trank confessed he felt he had “failed” when he relented and scrapped his vision to cast black actors in the superhero roles, and wished he had stood up for his values instead.

“When it came down to it, I found a lot of pretty heavy pushback on casting a black woman in that role… When I look back on that, I should have just walked when that realisation sort of hit me, and I feel embarrassed about that, that I didn’t just out of principle,” he shared. “Because those aren’t the values I stand for in my own life; those weren’t the values then or ever for me… I feel bad that I didn’t take it to the mat with that issue. I feel like I failed in that regard.”

The director previously revealed he received death threats over casting Jordan as Johnny Storm in the 2015 reboot.

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Josh Trank feared for his life after casting Michael B. Jordan in Fantastic Four

Josh Trank feared for his life after casting Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm in Fantastic Four.In a new interview with gaming website Polygon, the director discussed working on the troubled 2015 comic book adaptation, which also starred Miles Teller …

Josh Trank feared for his life after casting Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm in Fantastic Four.

In a new interview with gaming website Polygon, the director discussed working on the troubled 2015 comic book adaptation, which also starred Miles Teller as Reed Richards, Kate Mara as Sue Storm, and Jamie Bell as The Thing.

Noting that he fought with bosses at Fox to cast Jordan as Storm, who transforms into the Human Torch after being exposed to cosmic rays, Trank also revealed that he was left on edge at one point during the shoot after he read posts on IMDb message boards from disgruntled fans who threatened to shoot him over the news the Creed star had landed the coveted role.

“I was so f**king paranoid during that shoot,” he confessed, adding that he slept with a gun during production. “If someone came into my house, I would have ended their f**king life. When you’re in a headspace where people want to get you, you think, ‘I’m going to defend myself.'”

Trank also claimed he was left out of overseeing reshoots on the highly anticipated reboot and that the film’s ending was changed after studio bosses were unimpressed with the dark tone.

“It was like being castrated,” the 36-year-old commented of watching reshoots that were overseen by producers Simon Kinberg and Hutch Parker.

Elsewhere in the interview, Trank explained it was his bad experience making Fantastic Four that led to him quitting the standalone Star Wars movie about Boba Fett that he was due to direct.

“I quit because I knew I was going to be fired if I didn’t quit,” he recalled, adding that he believed Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy was about to fire him anyway.

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Zoe Kravitz didn’t enjoy making Divergent franchise

Zoe Kravitz didn’t enjoy making the Divergent film franchise because “nobody really knew what we were doing”.The 31-year-old played Christina alongside Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Miles Teller, and Ansel Elgort in the action trilogy, based on the dys…

Zoe Kravitz didn’t enjoy making the Divergent film franchise because “nobody really knew what we were doing”.

The 31-year-old played Christina alongside Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Miles Teller, and Ansel Elgort in the action trilogy, based on the dystopian book series of the same name by Veronica Roth.

But during an appearance on the Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard podcast on Monday, Zoe admitted that she doesn’t have fond memories of making those movies, which began with 2014’s Divergent.

“Those films, (with) all due respect, those weren’t my favourite films that I’ve made, and I think as we went on, the story really kinda got lost and nobody really knew what we were doing anymore, and that makes it really hard,” she confessed. “I’m happy to go wherever (in her acting), if I know what we’re making and why, but once you lose sight of that, it becomes really hard.”

Zoe shared that she disliked shooting in front of a green screen in the scorching heat of Atlanta, Georgia for three consecutive summers.

“I think it depends what it is too, like, when you’re running away from something and you’re like, ‘What? Why?!” the star continued. “And it’s a million degrees, you can’t see anything, it’s all CG (computer-generated).”

Although the films performed well at the global box office, the first instalment, directed by Neil Burger, received mixed reviews from critics, while the sequels, 2015’s Insurgent and 2016’s Allegiant, which were both helmed by Robert Schwentke, garnered negative reviews.

The poor reactions led to a planned fourth movie, inspired by the second half of the Allegiant novel, to be cancelled altogether.

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Top Gun: Maverick release postponed until December

Tom Cruise has announced that the release of his blockbuster Top Gun: Maverick has been delayed by six months due to the coronavirus pandemic.The action sequel, also starring Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, and Val Kilmer, was due to hit cin…

Tom Cruise has announced that the release of his blockbuster Top Gun: Maverick has been delayed by six months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The action sequel, also starring Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, and Val Kilmer, was due to hit cinemas on 24 June, but has now been postponed until 23 December, as cinema chains around the world remain closed amid the global pandemic.

“I know many of you have waited 34 years. Unfortunately, it will be a little longer. Top Gun: Maverick will fly this December. Stay safe, everyone,” Cruise, who is reprising his role from the 1986 original, wrote on Instagram and Twitter, alongside a still from the movie of his character Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell flying a fighter jet.

To accommodate the change in the schedule, Paramount Pictures executives have also moved the Chris Pratt sci-fi movie, The Tomorrow War, to an as-yet-unspecified date.

Top Gun: Maverick is now going up against the live-action/animated movie Tom & Jerry, starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Michael Pena, World War II drama The Nightingale, featuring Dakota and Elle Fanning, and DreamWorks Animation sequel The Croods 2.

And it’s not the only movie with a new release date. Paramount Pictures’ horror A Quiet Place Part II, which was originally expected to hit cinemas on 20 March, will now open on 4 September.

John Krasinski’s follow-up to 2018’s A Quiet Place was pulled from schedules amid the growing Covid-19 pandemic, along with films such as No Time To Die, Wonder Woman 1984, Fast and Furious 9, and Black Widow.

Production has also been halted on films including The Batman, the third Fantastic Beasts film, and Uncharted.

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Tom Cruise thought Top Gun sequel was ‘never going to happen’

Tom Cruise thought Top Gun: Maverick would never be made as he and producer Jerry Bruckheimer couldn’t think of a worthwhile story.The 57-year-old made his debut as Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell in the 1986 original, and is reprising his role alongside Val …

Tom Cruise thought Top Gun: Maverick would never be made as he and producer Jerry Bruckheimer couldn’t think of a worthwhile story.

The 57-year-old made his debut as Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell in the 1986 original, and is reprising his role alongside Val Kilmer for the upcoming sequel, which also stars newcomers Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, and Jon Hamm.

In an interview with Empire magazine, Cruise revealed that even though people were telling him to make a follow-up to the hugely successful ’80s blockbuster, he didn’t know where to start.

“Everywhere I went, people would be like, ‘Do Top Gun’, and I’m like, ‘Guys, I don’t know how to do it’,” said Cruise. “I don’t know what the story is. I don’t make movies just to make movies. I was like, ‘Jerry, it’s never going to happen’. I honestly never thought I would make it.”

And the Mission: Impossible star, who is well-known for performing his own death-defying stunts on the big screen, was adamant that he was only going to do a sequel if there were no computer-generated effects.

“We just started talking. And I realised that there were things that we could accomplish cinematically. And I started getting excited about this big challenge of, ‘How do we do it?’ So I said to Jerry, ‘I’ll do it if…’ meaning, I’m not going to do the CGI stuff,” he explained.

And it was Cruise’s idea to have his co-stars, including Teller and Hamm, be able to withstand the force of being in a real supersonic fighter aircraft, something that was missing from the 1986 original.

“I said to the studio, ‘You don’t know how hard this movie’s going to be. No-one’s ever done this before.’ There’s never been an aerial sequence shot this way. I don’t know if there ever will be again, to be honest,” he shared.

Top Gun: Maverick will be in cinemas from 24 June.

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Harry Styles, Miles Teller and Ansel Elgort in running to play Elvis Presley – report

Harry Styles, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort and Austin Butler are reportedly in the running to play Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann’s new biopic. The young Hollywood stars all did screen tests for the Australian director late last month, according to editor…

Harry Styles, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort and Austin Butler are reportedly in the running to play Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann’s new biopic.

The young Hollywood stars all did screen tests for the Australian director late last month, according to editors at The Hollywood Reporter, with Luhrmann set to make a decision next week.

The Warner Bros. movie will tell the story of the iconic musician and his manager Colonel Tom Parker, who is set to be played by Oscar winner Tom Hanks.

Baby Driver star Elgort, 25, is about to start filming Steven Spielberg’s remake of West Side Story, while Whiplash star Teller – who at 32 is the oldest of the actors competing for the role of Presley – is currently working on the upcoming Top Gun sequel, Top Gun: Maverick.

Butler, 27, has had roles in Jim Jarmusch’s offbeat zombie comedy The Dead Don’t Die and Quentin Tarantino’s highly-anticipated Once Upon a Time In Hollywood.

And former One Direction singer Styles, who launched a successful solo career after the boyband went on hiatus, put his music on hold as he tried to crack Hollywood. The 25-year-old was last seen on the big screen in Christopher Nolan’s 2017 epic, Dunkirk.

Luhrmann, who also helmed classics such as Strictly Ballroom, Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge!, wrote the script for the Presley biopic with Craig Pearce.

The movie will focus on the relationship between veteran manager Parker and the young singer, who came from poverty but eventually changed the course of music.

The Dutch-born manager reportedly controlled Presley’s career, took half of his earnings, and banned him from touring outside the U.S.

The Blue Suede Shoes icon died at the age of 42 in 1977, while Parker passed away in 1997 aged 87.

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Monica Barbaro lands love interest role in Top Gun 2

Monica Barbaro has been cast as Miles Teller’s love interest in Top Gun: Maverick.Preliminary production on the upcoming military action-drama, a sequel to 1986’s Top Gun, has already begun in California, with Tom Cruise set to reprise his role as Pete…

Monica Barbaro has been cast as Miles Teller’s love interest in Top Gun: Maverick.

Preliminary production on the upcoming military action-drama, a sequel to 1986’s Top Gun, has already begun in California, with Tom Cruise set to reprise his role as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, and Miles taking on the part of Bradley Bradshaw, the son of Anthony Edwards’ character Nick “Goose” Bradshaw in the original.

Now, producers have rounded out the casting for the new film, with Variety reporting that rising talent Monica will play a pilot who is romantically involved with Miles’ character.

According to the film publication, Monica was one of several actresses who had undergone screen tests with the Whiplash actor and was selected for the role by executives over the weekend (18-19Aug18).

The 28-year-old is a former ballet dancer who is known for portraying the character of Yael on the second season of Lifetime’s TV series UnREAL. She has also had parts in legal dramas Chicago P.D. and Chicago Justice, with Top Gun: Maverick set to be her first major Hollywood feature.

The second Top Gun instalment will follow Tom’s Maverick as he mentors a new generation of U.S. Navy fighter pilots.

Among the other actors cast in the film are Jojo Rabbit’s Thomasin McKenzie, GLOW’s Bashir Salahuddin, Insecure’s Jay Ellis and Assassination Nation’s Danny Ramirez.

In addition, Val Kilmer will once again portray Tom “Iceman” Kazansky, while Jennifer Connelly and Glen Powell will have central roles. The film is being produced by Tom, David Ellison and Jerry Bruckheimer, with Tom’s Oblivion director Joseph Kosinski helming it.

Top Gun: Maverick is slated for release in July 2019.

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Glen Powell thrilled to be feeling the need for speed in Top Gun sequel

Actor Glen Powell has confirmed reports he has joined the Top Gun sequel cast by sharing a snap of himself on the set. The 29-year-old Hidden Figures star initially lost a role in the Tom Cruise film to Miles Teller, but reports suggest producers were…

Actor Glen Powell has confirmed reports he has joined the Top Gun sequel cast by sharing a snap of himself on the set.

The 29-year-old Hidden Figures star initially lost a role in the Tom Cruise film to Miles Teller, but reports suggest producers were so impressed with him, they offered Powell another part in Top Gun: Maverick.

“Guess some things aren’t so classified…,” he wrote under a shot of himself wearing aviators and a bomber jacket while posing in front of a fighter jet on Instagram. “This movie is one of the reasons I became an actor. It’s why I always go low after a high-five, always fall in love with my teachers, say things like ‘clean ’em and fry ’em’ on a daily basis, end volleyball games in oiled-up flexing, and why I can blame all my speeding tickets on Kenny Loggins.”

Loggins recorded the Top Gun theme, Danger Zone.

“In all seriousness,” Powell adds, “I just had my ten-year anniversary since moving from Austin to Los Angeles to give acting a shot. Victories are rare, dreams are mostly broken, so I am truly grateful for everyone in my life who’s helped me beat the odds to get into this flight suit.

“This role is a dream come true. Don’t ever give up. Missile Lock is Real.”

After losing the role of Goose’s son in the sequel to Teller, Powell retweeted the casting news, joking: “I’m taking down all the Tom Cruise posters in my bedroom. Maybe, I’ll leave one. Two for symmetry. Okay, the posters are staying.”

The Top Gun sequel will also feature Val Kilmer and Jennifer Connelly.

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Miles Teller lands Top Gun: Maverick role – report

Actor Miles Teller has reportedly beaten the competition to star alongside Tom Cruise in the long-awaited Top Gun sequel. The Whiplash star was said to be facing off with X-Men: First Class’ Nicholas Hoult and Hidden Figures actor Glen Powell to play …

Actor Miles Teller has reportedly beaten the competition to star alongside Tom Cruise in the long-awaited Top Gun sequel.

The Whiplash star was said to be facing off with X-Men: First Class’ Nicholas Hoult and Hidden Figures actor Glen Powell to play the new onscreen sidekick of Cruise’s hotshot pilot Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell, with all three recently attending screen tests in Florida.

According to Variety.com, Teller has since soared above Hoult and Powell to clinch the part, portraying the son of Nick ‘Goose’ Bradshaw, the character originated by Anthony Edwards, who was killed off in the 1986 military drama.

The Maze Runner’s Dylan O’Brien and Zoey 101 actor Austin Butler were also considered for the role, according to reports, before the shortlist was whittled down to the final three.

Paramount studio officials have yet to comment on the casting news.

Twins Aaron and Adam Weiss previously shared the role of the young Bradley Bradshaw in filmmaker Tony Scott’s original Top Gun, with Meg Ryan portraying his mother, Carole.

Production on Top Gun: Maverick began at the end of May (18), as Cruise reunited with his Oblivion director Joseph Kosinski to start work on the movie on location near San Diego, California.

Filming has reportedly been paused as Cruise prepares to embark on a global press tour for Mission: Impossible – Fallout, but once he gets back on set, he will be also be joined by Val Kilmer, who was recently confirmed to be returning as Maverick’s rival pilot, Tom ‘Iceman’ Kazansky.

Top Gun: Maverick, which will feature Cruise’s character serving as a mentor for a new generation of young U.S. Navy fighter pilots, is scheduled to launch in movie theatres next summer (Jul19).

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Nicholas Hoult and Miles Teller among frontrunners for Top Gun 2 role

Actors Nicholas Hoult and Miles Teller are reportedly two of the favourites to join Tom Cruise onscreen in the highly-anticipated Top Gun sequel. The long-awaited follow-up is thought to be in the early stages of production, with Cruise reprising his …

Actors Nicholas Hoult and Miles Teller are reportedly two of the favourites to join Tom Cruise onscreen in the highly-anticipated Top Gun sequel.

The long-awaited follow-up is thought to be in the early stages of production, with Cruise reprising his role as hotshot pilot Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell at the end of May (18) on location near San Diego, California.

However, it seems filming has been paused as Cruise and his Oblivion director Joseph Kosinski fill out the rest of the cast, before the screen icon embarks on a global press tour for his other upcoming blockbuster, Mission: Impossible – Fallout.

Cruise and his fellow producers, including movie mogul Jerry Bruckheimer, have been holding screen tests in recent weeks to find the perfect fit for the son of Maverick’s wingman and best pal Nick ‘Goose’ Bradshaw, the character originally played by Anthony Edwards, who was killed off in the 1986 military drama.

Among those allegedly being considered for the part were The Maze Runner’s Dylan O’Brien and Zoey 101 actor Austin Butler, but now the shortlist has been whittled down to X-Men: First Class star Nicholas Hoult, Whiplash’s Miles Teller, and Hidden Figures actor Glen Powell, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Twins Aaron and Adam Weiss previously shared the role of the young Bradley Bradshaw in filmmaker Tony Scott’s original Top Gun, with Meg Ryan starring as his mother, Carole.

It’s not yet known if Meg will be reuniting with Cruise for the sequel, but earlier this month (Jun18), Val Kilmer was confirmed to be returning as rival pilot, Tom ‘Iceman’ Kazansky.

Top Gun: Maverick, which will feature Cruise’s character serving as a mentor for a new generation of young U.S. Navy fighter pilots, is scheduled to open in movie theatres next summer (Jul19).

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