Martin Freeman: ‘I will be returning for Black Panther 2’

Martin Freeman believes he will be reprising the role of Everett K. Ross in the next Black Panther movie. The Sherlock actor first played the CIA operative, who had been tasked to control and regulate the actions of the Avengers, in Captain America: C…

Martin Freeman believes he will be reprising the role of Everett K. Ross in the next Black Panther movie.

 The Sherlock actor first played the CIA operative, who had been tasked to control and regulate the actions of the Avengers, in Captain America: Civil War, and returned for 2018’s Black Panther, where he was injured in the line of duty and saved by Shuri, played by Letitia Wright, before going on to help Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa and his forces battle Michael B. Jordan’s antagonist Erik Killmonger. 

 Original director Ryan Coogler has signed on to direct a follow-up, but further details are currently unknown. However, in a new chat with Collider, the British actor said he expected to be back for the sequel.  

 “As far as I know, I will be returning,” he shared. “As far as I know, I will be in another Black Panther. That’s my understanding. As to when that will happen, I don’t know.”  

 It isn’t known when the sequel will be released, but as it didn’t appear on Marvel’s slate for 2020 and 2021 during their San Diego Comic-Con presentation, it’s likely it won’t be due until at least 2022.  

 Alongside Freeman, other castmembers expected to return for the sequel include Wright, Boseman, Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong’o, and Winston Duke. 

 Last year, Marvel boss Kevin Feige told Entertainment Weekly the plot for the sequel was coming together and he teased that audiences would be seeing more of Wright’s Shuri.   

 “One of the favourite pastimes at Marvel Studios is sitting around on a Part One and talking and dreaming about what we would do in a Part Two. There have been plenty of those conversations as we were putting together the first Black Panther. We have ideas and a pretty solid direction on where we want to head with the second one,” he said. 

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Jordan Peele’s impressions helped Lupita Nyong’o capture Us character

Us director Jordan Peele’s impressions of Lupita Nyong’o helped her get into her role in the horror movie.The 12 Years a Slave star plays Adelaide Wilson, a mother-of-two who comes across her terrifying doppelganger in the filmmaker’s follow-up to Get …

Us director Jordan Peele’s impressions of Lupita Nyong’o helped her get into her role in the horror movie.

The 12 Years a Slave star plays Adelaide Wilson, a mother-of-two who comes across her terrifying doppelganger in the filmmaker’s follow-up to Get Out.

Lupita found acting opposite herself tough and told film website Collider: “It was a challenge to act against yourself and never meet your scene partner. That was twisted.”

However, she revealed that Jordan’s knack for doing impressions of her and her castmates really helped.

“We did have incredible support,” the 36-year-old commented. “Jordan was actually awesome. For me, what he would often do – because he’s such a good mimic and impressionist – he would often play on the mic, play the other character. That was really, really helpful.”

The Oscar-winner explained that although her director’s mimicry could have come across as unkind or unprofessional, it hugely improved her performance.

“Because he’s so good at it you think it would be funny but it was actually intriguing because he would kind of own it,” she added. “He was not making fun of you, he was actually trying to give you (advice). That was the coolest thing, to have a director who could do that, who (would) take on that responsibility so that you’re actually working with a spirited version of your other side.”

Lupita’s co-star Winston Duke, who plays Adelaide’s husband Gabe Wilson, also found that Jordan’s impressions added to the “shock value” of being on set.

Us is in cinemas now.

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Winston Duke: ‘Avengers: Endgame is going to be crazy’

Winston Duke has teased that the final instalment in Marvel’s Avengers franchise will be “bigger than Infinity War”.According to the Black Panther star, bosses at Marvel Studios have covered new ground with Avengers: Endgame which he insists is going t…

Winston Duke has teased that the final instalment in Marvel’s Avengers franchise will be “bigger than Infinity War”.

According to the Black Panther star, bosses at Marvel Studios have covered new ground with Avengers: Endgame which he insists is going to wow fans and will easily top Avengers: Infinity War.

The 32-year-old actor spoke to Entertainment Tonight at the 50th NAACP Awards on Friday (29Mar19), before celebrating Black Panther’s eight awards on the night.

“Honestly, what I can tell you is that it’s bigger than Infinity War … It’s going to be a lot of fun, going to be crazy, and they have a way of still topping themselves when you feel like they might have jumped the shark,” gushed Winston. “They still have a way of making it new.”

The Us star, who won a legion of fans for his portrayal of Wakandan warrior M’Baku, shared that he was also stunned by the superhero deaths in Infinity War, including his former adversary Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman).

In Endgame, which premieres 26 April, the remaining superheroes band together to defeat Thanos (Josh Brolin), while also trying to find a way to bring their friends back from the dead.

“I went through the same thing, too,” he revealed. “I just went back to the comic books, because I didn’t know anyone was going to die. They shot things separate. Even some of the people who died didn’t know they were going to die.”

Winston’s comments come after the directors, Joe and Anthony Russo, revealed that the film’s runtime will be 182 minutes, making it 22 minutes longer Infinity War.

“We’re very rigorous about storytelling points, and we spend months in the edit room twisting and turning the narrative a bunch of different ways until we think we’ve unlocked the best one,” Joe Russo explained to Box Office Pro. “We’re vigilant about using test audiences to tell us whether we’re on the right track or we’re making bad decisions.

“With Endgame, it had one of the most incredible audience responses in Marvel history. Irrespective of the length, it’s been consistently embraced by the test audiences.”

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Jordan Peele was determined for Us to be a ‘monster’ movie

Jordan Peele knew from the outset that Us would be a “monster” movie.The new psychological horror film, written and directed by the Get Out helmer, stars Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke, with the story following a family who are confronted by a g…

Jordan Peele knew from the outset that Us would be a “monster” movie.

The new psychological horror film, written and directed by the Get Out helmer, stars Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke, with the story following a family who are confronted by a group of doppelgangers.

Speaking about the doppelgangers, especially the double of Lupita’s character Adelaide Wilson, Jordan has now shared that he wanted not only to create a character, but also a monster that would be on the same level as horror film icons Freddy Krueger or Jason Voorhees.

“That was the goal from early on,” he said in a video interview for Collider.com. “I wanted to make a monster movie. I think part of it is, you know, when you see a charismatic and well-designed monster, it is magnetic and in the tradition of monster stories I think, empathy lies underneath it.”

Jordan went on to explain that he had been intrigued by the idea of a doppelganger from a young age, though he confessed to spending a lot of time down a “rabbit hole” investigating the concept while working on the script.

“I tried to get to the bottom of why doppelgangers (are) fairly universal. Just about every mythology has some version of the doppelganger tale. And there tends to be a harrowing menace attached to the mythologies as well. I did some research,” the 40-year-old smiled.

Elsewhere in the chat, Jordan explained that he gave his set production designer Ruth De Jong and her team permission to include “Easter eggs” for viewers wherever possible.

And on the topic of whether he plans to continue to make a shared universe of horror movies, following on from Us and his acclaimed 2017 movie Get Out, the star remained tight-lipped.

“Yes, I have thought of it. (I’ll) save it (for now),” he laughed.

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Lupita Nyong’o studied spasmodic dysphonia to come up with Us voice

Lupita Nyong’o came up with the creepy voice used by her evil doppelganger in hit horror movie Us by studying people who suffer from spasmodic dysphonia. The 12 Years A Slave star features alongside Winston Duke in the new film, about a vacationing fa…

Lupita Nyong’o came up with the creepy voice used by her evil doppelganger in hit horror movie Us by studying people who suffer from spasmodic dysphonia.

The 12 Years A Slave star features alongside Winston Duke in the new film, about a vacationing family haunted by a group of demon lookalikes.

Lupita had to distort her voice to portray her onscreen antagonist, Red, and she decided to borrow aspects of the neurological disorder after learning that it was something attorney and environmental activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. had once overcome.

“I was fascinated, and I started doing research,” she told The New York Times. “I met with people who have the condition and built it from there.”

Medical experts have yet to pinpoint the exact cause of spasmodic dysphonia, but that gave the Oscar winner flexibility in the way she developed her broken speech pattern.

“It could be a trauma in your life – someone dying, or a physical assault. It varies,” she shared. “For me, it felt very organic as an inspiration for Red, who’s had this kind of strangled past.

“Red’s character is very ID-driven, so one of the things that we were looking for was for that to come across in the quality of her voice – just the raw emotion, the raw rage.”

The sounds she began spewing as Red gave director Jordan Peele a chill, and he knew at that moment Lupita had perfected the part.

“I (had just) described it as a voice that hadn’t been used in years,” he recalled telling the actress. “She sat me down and said ‘Are you ready?’ It was like nothing I had ever heard. So creepy.”

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Us scares up a $70.3 million North American debut

Filmmaker Jordan Peele’s horror movie Us has scared up a storm at the North American box office, debuting with a record $70.3 million (£53.2 million). The hugely successful launch makes it the highest-grossing opening for an original horror film in b…

Filmmaker Jordan Peele’s horror movie Us has scared up a storm at the North American box office, debuting with a record $70.3 million (£53.2 million).

The hugely successful launch makes it the highest-grossing opening for an original horror film in box office history, easily overshadowing the $50.2 million (£38 million) set by John Krasinski and Emily Blunt’s A Quiet Place last year (18).

Us, starring Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke, also ranks third among all theatrical releases in the horror genre, behind the $123 million (£93 million) grossed by the 2017 It remake, and the $76 million (£57.5 million) take earned by the recent Halloween franchise reboot.

It also becomes the second-best debut weekend of 2019, behind Captain Marvel, which struck gold with $153 million (£115.8 million) upon its release earlier this month (Mar19), and eclipses the $33.3 million (£25.2 million) grossed by Peele’s directorial debut Get Out in 2017.

“Put simply, Jordan Peele is a genius,” Universal chief Jim Orr told Variety. “He’s managed to tap into something that the domestic box office can’t get enough of. People can’t wait to see what he does next.”

Us, about a vacationing family terrorised by a group of demon doppelgangers, topples Captain Marvel from number one; the Brie Larson-fronted superhero blockbuster falls to two with a strong $35 million (£26.5 million) take in its third week on release.

Animated adventure Wonder Park lands at three, ahead of romantic drama Five Feet Apart and How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World at fourth and fifth place, respectively.

Meanwhile, Captain Marvel is still flying high in the global box office, holding on to first place with an impressive $87 million (£65.8 million) gross, taking its total haul to date to $910 million (£688.5 million).

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Winston Duke offered to shine Jordan Peele’s shoes to land Us role

Actor Winston Duke would have done anything to star in Jordan Peele’s new horror movie Us, even though he has never been a fan of scary movies. The Black Panther star was first approached by the Get Out filmmaker about the project while they were both…

Actor Winston Duke would have done anything to star in Jordan Peele’s new horror movie Us, even though he has never been a fan of scary movies.

The Black Panther star was first approached by the Get Out filmmaker about the project while they were both attending the 2018 Academy Awards, and Winston was thrilled when Jordan followed up on their chat with a phone call to further discuss the big screen collaboration.

“I met him at the Oscars, we had a great conversation,” Winston recalled. “Three weeks later, he called and I’m like, ‘I’ll do whatever you want! I’ll shine your shoes, if that’s what we’re doing…!'”

“He told me to read the script, ‘Let me know if you want to do it…,'” the 32 year old continued. “I read it immediately, I had to jump in. He’s a good guy.”

Winston, who was born in Trinidad and Tobago, admits the movie is a bit of a departure for him as the horror genre never really appealed to him as an actor, because black characters rarely make it out alive.

“I was not a big fan of scary movies – black people always die! First five minutes…!” he laughed on U.S. breakfast show Today. “I was like, ‘I’m never really gonna get in there and do anything!'”

However, he began reconsidering his stance after seeing what comedy star Jordan had done with his directorial debut: “And then Jordan Peele did Get Out and changed the whole genre,” he said.

Winston reunites with his Black Panther co-star Lupita Nyong’o for Us, about a vacationing family terrorised by a group of demon doppelgangers, and they had to study a number of classic horror films to prepare for the project.

“He (Jordan) actually gave us a list of films to watch and research, so we’d get how the genre functions…,” the actor shared. “I really was drawn to The Shining, one of the greats, but it had a family at the centre and they had a familiar villain, the father, that was turned into something else.”

Us, which also features Elisabeth Moss, opens in the U.S. on Friday (22Mar19).

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Lupita Nyong’o freaks out fans by wearing gold contact lenses for TV interview

Lupita Nyong’o has freaked out her fans by donning gold coloured contact lenses for a TV interview.The Oscar-winning actress made an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Monday night (18Mar19) to promote her new movie Us, a psychological…

Lupita Nyong’o has freaked out her fans by donning gold coloured contact lenses for a TV interview.

The Oscar-winning actress made an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Monday night (18Mar19) to promote her new movie Us, a psychological horror film written and directed by Jordan Peele, which follows a family who are confronted by a group of doppelgangers.

To pay homage to her Us character Adelaide Wilson and her double Red, Lupita showed up for the chat in a sparkly pink Bande Noir suit and bright gold contact lenses, with host Stephen immediately drawing viewers’ attention to her bold look.

“Just because I want the audience to have the same experience I’m having right now, I just want to let everybody know out there that talking to Lupita Nyong’o was always engrossing because you have beautiful eyes but they’re particularly arresting tonight. Can you show (the audience)?” he said, with his guest then glancing at the cameras and joking, “I could use some rest, you know?”

Lupita then went on to explain that the role had caused her to get in touch with her “dark” side.

“I’m going for the darkest things in life, right now. It’s good to get it out,” the 36-year-old laughed.

The star also uploaded a snap of her golden eyes on Instagram, with her followers amazed by the distracting choice, with one fan commenting, “Ehhh Lupita you almost made me drop my phone!” and another user writing, “Nearly had a heart attack mid-scrolling.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Stephen confessed that he was afraid to watch horror movies and asked Lupita if she found it hard to make such a terrifying flick. Yet, she explained that the story was more “challenging” than scary to shoot.

“Well, no. Not when the scary thing is you, you know, which was the case in this movie,” she responded. “I play Adelaide and she is traumatised by this thing that happened to her as a child… and she has this feeling that something bad is about to happen and it happens when her doppelganger shows up with her family to get her. And so, in this film, we were the monster, we never acted with ourselves, we never saw our scene partners, so that wasn’t particularly scary to shoot – it was definitely technically challenging.”

Us, also starring Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, and Tim Heidecker, opens in cinemas on Friday.

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Lupita Nyong’o: ‘I had to go to some dark places within to film Us’

Lupita Nyong’o has revealed she had to dig deep “to go to some dark places” in order to channel the terrifying doppelganger character she plays in new movie Us.The film, which is the sequel to Jordan Peele’s nightmarish Get Out, follows a family who is…

Lupita Nyong’o has revealed she had to dig deep “to go to some dark places” in order to channel the terrifying doppelganger character she plays in new movie Us.

The film, which is the sequel to Jordan Peele’s nightmarish Get Out, follows a family who is terrorised by a group of horrifying doppelgangers while enjoying a vacation at the beach.

Speaking during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Wednesday (13Mar19), the 36-year-old, who plays the roles of Adelaide Wilson and doppelgänger Red, admitted that she found the roles difficult.

“They’re very different, they’re diametrically opposed to each other but they’re also connected,” she suggested. “I had to go to some dark places within myself to find the doppelgänger, Red.”

Despite confessing that she was convinced that she would “give up and buckle,” the 12 Years a Slave actress confessed that it was the support from those around her that got her through.

“I was playing not one, but two characters in the same movie and I was panicked, because usually I have the time it takes to prepare for one film and (even then), the critic in my head is powerful, and she knows how to freak me out,” she told Nischelle Turner from Entertainment Tonight on Tuesday. “It took having people I love around me who could remind me of the things I wasn’t able to see for myself, and to build that confidence.”

Nyong’o highlighted Black Panther co-star Winston Duke, who appears as her husband in the new movie, as playing a fundamental role in supporting her through the process.

“I could trust him and go to dangerous places and I knew he was there to really support my process and I could support his,” she added.

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Jordan Peele’s movie Us inspired by The Twilight Zone

Jordan Peele’s follow-up to hit movie Get Out was inspired by a classic episode of TV series The Twilight Zone.The Oscar-winning writer/director’s second film Us is set to debut in March, starring Black Panther’s Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke as a co…

Jordan Peele’s follow-up to hit movie Get Out was inspired by a classic episode of TV series The Twilight Zone.

The Oscar-winning writer/director’s second film Us is set to debut in March, starring Black Panther’s Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke as a couple with two children who are terrorised by doppelgangers called the Tethered.

And in a cover interview with Rolling Stone, Peele shared his inspiration for the feature came from a 1960 episode of the Rod Serling anthology series called Mirror Image, in which a woman encounters her double in a bus station and becomes convinced it arrived from a parallel universe, bent on replacing her.

“It’s terrifying, beautiful, really elegant storytelling and it opens up a world,” Peele, who is also executive producing a reboot of the classic series for CBS All Access, told the publication. “It opens up your imagination.”

In contrast to his directorial debut, which he made on shoestring budget of less than $5 million (£3.8 million), and grossed more than $250 million (£190 million) worldwide, Peele explained that despite casting the main parts with all black actors, Us will not be a direct commentary on race.

“It’s important to me that we can tell black stories without it being about race,” the 39-year-old explained. “I realised I had never seen a horror movie of this kind, where there’s an African-American family at the centre that just is.

“After you get over the initial realisation that you’re watching a black family in a horror film, you’re just watching a movie. You’re just watching people,” he continued. “I feel like it proves a very valid and different point than Get Out, which is, not everything is about race. Get Out proved the point that everything is about race. I’ve proved both points!”

Us sees Oscar-winning actress Lupita take on dual roles and the director was full of praise for her dark performance.

“She carried this anticipatory gravity in that scene where you just know,” he praised. “I feel like her performance is on par with Hannibal Lecter gravitas in this movie.”

Us hits cinemas in March.

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