Nothing says redundant, unnecessary, and unneeded like a beat-for-beat, (nearly) shot-for-shot remake of a beloved animated classic like the faux-live-action (re) iteration of Disney’s beloved, 1994 animated classic, The Lion King. Since its premiere twenty-five years ago, The Lion King has become a permanent pop-culture fixture, passed on from generation to generation as one of – if not, the – highlights of Disney’s animation renaissance. Like practically ever Disney film-turned –classic, it’s become a self-perpetuating brand of its own, expanding to straight-to-video sequels, animated TV series, and a Broadway musical that’s become the highest grossing musical of all time. In short, we didn’t need a faux-live-action remake of a classic, maybe just a re-release or even a big-screen, old school animated sequel. For the Disney Industrial Complex eager to exploit its back catalog of animated classics, a live-action (or faux-live-action) version of The Lion King was all but inevitable. Just because you can, though, doesn’t mean you should. The bland, dull, ultimately soporific result, however, suggests that for once, the Disney Industrial Complex erred badly. (more…)
If you hadn’t noticed, Disney has been doing a few live-action remakes of some of their greatest films. So far, we have seen a live-action (with some hefty CGI) version of The Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast. Disney has been working on future releases of The Little Mermaid and other hit animated films, but it seems we might get to see The Lion King with Chiwetel Ejiofor potentially playing Scar in the near future.
It’s less than a month now till Captain America: Civil War comes to a theater near you. That’s all very exciting, of course, but come on, let’s start getting those Doctor Strange teasers! We know that the Sorcerer Supreme is coming to theaters this November, but aside from a few spy pics from set and a couple of official images released by Marvel Studios earlier this year, we’ve got nothing! So when Benedict Cumberbatch and Chiwetel Ejiofor show up on the streets of New York City, in costume, you’re going to make some news. (more…)
We’re getting our first real look at Doctor Strange‘s costume on set with Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Benedict Wong. There’s still months to go until the November 4th release, and we’re sure to start seeing more once principal photography wraps up. It’s an interesting scene, it appears that Wong has been thrown out a window and Doctor Strange and Baron Mordo have come to his aid. (more…)
When the first video from the Nepal set of director Scott Derrickson‘s Doctor Strange hit the Internet a couple of days ago, there was a mysterious hooded figure that seemed to be following Benedict Cumberbatch. Now we can safely say that the hooded figure was Chiwetel Ejiofor, who is playing Baron Mordo, another of the Ancient One’s Apprentices. There are some great shots of his costume, which is very cool and quite in line color-wise with the comic book version. (more…)
It’s been a day full of news from D23, Disney’s bi-annual celebration of all things Disney. Star Wars has owned the day with all new details about Rogue One, The Force Awakens, and the announcement of their choice to direct Episode IX, but Marvel Studios will not be outdone. You’ve probably read the footage description of Captain America: Civil War, but Marvel has two big movies coming out in 2016, and the other is Doctor Strange. Of course, the big screen adaptation of the Sorcerer Supreme is another gamble for Marvel, but the movie’s lead is pretty confident in the material saying that Doctor Strange promises”girls, cars, explosions, and astral projections into multiple universes; The usual fare.” (more…)
Have you seen Serenity? Well if you’re a fan of this site, I assume that you have. Anyway, you will surely remember what a compelling villain that Chiwetel Ejiofor made in the part of the Operative, the bloodless functionary of the galactic parliament who will do anything to protect their secrets. It’s was a star-making turn, or at least it would have been if more people had seen Serenity, but it certainly made people who did go to the trouble to watch Serenity stand up and take notice. One of those people must have been Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson, or Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige, because they’ve cast Ejiofor in an unnamed role that has now been revealed to be the villainous Baron Mordo. (more…)
Word is making the Internet rounds that Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave, Serenity) is currently in early talks with Marvel for a role in Doctor Strange. Marvel has already locked up Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role. What role might the Oscar nominated actor be playing? Let’s speculate… I do so love to speculate.
The first official production still for Robert C. O’Brien‘s Z for Zachariah starring Chris Pine (Star Trek, This Means War), Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street, Pan Am), and Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave, Children of Men) has hit the Internet. While it doesn’t really give us much to go one, there is one big glaring issue staring us right in the face. (more…)
Chiwetel Ejiofor is a name that’s been bounced around since these Star Wars: Episode VII casting rumors began. It’s also a name I’m happy I don’t need to pronounce, just copy and paste. Presumably after last night’s Golden Globes – where Ejiofor was nominated for his starring role in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave (the film won, he didn’t) – the Press Association asked him about these Star Wars rumors, (more…)