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Trailer For ‘Fast Color’ Starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Video)

The trailer for Fast Color, a new superhero woman-led drama starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, was released on Thursday. The actress, also known for Beyond The Lights, plays Ruth, a woman who has been on the run since her superpowers were discovered. Now, years after abandoning her mother and daughter, she returns to the farmhouse where she grew up and faces her family again.

Julia Hart, who directed and co-wrote the film with her husband, producer Jordan Horowitz (La La Land), told EW:

“When Jordan and I were first writing the script, we saw Beyond the Lights, and we were like, ‘Oh my God, this is the character that we’re creating, she has to play this part,'” says the filmmaker. “What was interesting about that was, what started out as a story about female power and the power of mothers, ultimately became about the power of women of color, which, as a white woman, was something much bigger than me and my understanding of the world. Having such incredible actresses like Gugu, and then Lorraine Toussaint who played her mother, and Saniyya Sidney who plays her daughter, who are also women of color, was a pretty incredible experience. It was such a privilege to watch the story become something bigger than me and my experience of being a woman.”

Fast Color had its world premiere at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival and is set to hit theaters March 29.
 

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Spike Lee to Become The First-Ever Black President of the Cannes Film Festival Jury

This is a historic moment in the French festival’s 73-year history.

The Cannes Film Festival announced Tuesday that Spike Lee would serve as president of its jury in May. He has premiered seven films at the festival, including his 2018 movie BlacKkKlansman starring John David Washington which was greatly received. The film went on to win Lee an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Lee celebrated his appointment in an Instagram post that read: “Spike Lee To Head Cannes Film Festival Jury. The Director will be the first Black person to lead the jury in the festival’s 73 year history – BROOKLYN WINS!!! BROOKLYN!!! BROOKLYN WINS!!! (AGAIN).”

Additional jury members and the schedule of films will be announced in April. The festival will run from May 12 – 23

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‘Morbius’: First Look at Tyrese Gibson as FBI Agent Simon Stroud

Sony released the first official trailer for Morbius starring Jared Leto, Adria Arjona, and Tyrese Gibson.

The Fast and Furious actor plays Simon Stroud, an FBI agent assigned to hunt down Morbius (played by Leto), a living vampire, the Spiderman anti-hero. According to the comics, Morbius acquired vampire-like powers using science. 

Here is the official synopsis for Morbius:

One of Marvel’s most compelling and conflicted characters comes to the big screen as Oscar winner Jared Leto transforms into the enigmatic antihero, Michael Morbius. Dangerously ill with a rare blood disorder, and determined to save others suffering his same fate, Dr. Morbius attempts a desperate gamble. What at first appears to be a radical success soon reveals itself to be a remedy potentially worse than the disease.

The newly released trailer also featured Michael Keaton, who appears to reprise his role as Vulture from Spider-Man: Homecoming. This surprise appearance hinted that the film will be set in the Marvel Universe. Gibson later confirmed the theory by posting a celebratory Instagram video that read, “MORBIUS TRAILER 1HOUR AWAY!!!! Evil is amongst us!!! #DarkClouds #MARVEL #MCU #SONY #Crossover”.

Morbius will hit theaters on July 31, 2020. Watch the full trailer above.

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Meghan Markle Has Signed a Voiceover Deal With Disney

The Duchess of Sussex is returning to Hollywood.

Meghan Markle has reportedly agreed to do voiceover work for an undisclosed Disney project in exchange for a donation to Elephants Without Borders, a charitable organization dedicated to conserving wildlife and natural resources.

So, how did the project come about at such a perfect time for Markle? (As a reminder, the couple recently announced that they will be disengaging from royal duties) We now have a pretty good idea! PEOPLE.com recovered a video from The Lion King London premiere back in July of 2019. In the clip, Prince Harry can be seen having a conversation with Disney’s CEO Bob Iger.

“You know she does voiceovers,” Harry says. “Oh, really?” Iger responds. “Did you know that? You seem surprised,” he laughs. “She’s really interested.” “Sure,” Iger replies, “We’d love to try.”

You can watch the video below.

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