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Three Questions in the News

by Murtada 

As Carrie Bradshaw would say, some of today's movie news got us thinking. The news offered more perplexion than usual. We'll present you with the questions and maybe you can help with the answers. Or just join in the bewilderment:

How many franchises can one actor be in?
You’d think being Superman would be enough. But no Henry cavill is joining Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible 6. No details about who he’s playing. Simon Pegg, and Rebecca Ferguson are expected to be back for the new adventure.  Jeremy Renner is not.

Who is starring in Jennifer Kent’s follow up to The Babadook? We know who Sam Claflin is, as we’ve seen him in a few films including The Hunger Games. But he’s not the lead, the new film titled The Nightingale is set in Tasmania in the 1820s, and follows a young Irish female convict whose family is murdered by a British soldier. With the help of an Aboriginal tracker, she heads for the wilderness in hope of exacting revenge. Have you heard of Aisling Franciosi? Well she nabbed the coveted lead role. Digging into her IMDB we found out that she played Lyanna Stark in Game of Thrones, you know in that famous flashback scene. She was also in Ken Loach’s Jimmy’s Hall (2014). Can’t say we remember either performance, but we are very excited to see whatever Kent chooses to show us.


And finally buried in a news item announcing Andrew Dominick's new film; War Party which is billed as an action-adventure movie about Navy SEALs that will star Tom Hardy, is this nugget about his long gestating Marilyn Monroe project, Blonde:

he has been trying to get his Marilyn Monroe movie Blonde off the ground [], but has struggled to find a leading lady everyone can agree on

Hmmm. The names that have been publicly shared so far were Naomi Watts in the first iteration and then a few years later Jessica Chastain. We wonder who else was up for playing Marilyn and was deemed not appropriate?

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Reader Comments (11)

Why can't they just cast Megan Hilty as Marilyn Monroe and be done with it?!?

#SmashForever #Bombshell #DontForgetMe

March 17, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDancin' Dan

Aisling Franciosi was in the TV show 'The Fall' with Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan. She really was quite impressive, she played an increasingly frustrating and unlikeable character, but handled herself very well. I'm excited to see her get this leg-up.

March 17, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJB

Also, Hugo Weaving and Jeremy Renner are surely the franchise kings!?

March 17, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJB

Wasn't Henry Cavill angling to be the next James Bond at some point too ?

March 17, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRami

Excellent answer, Dancin' Dan! (Can't wait for the Broadway show!)

March 17, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterforever1267

Henry Cavill was probably thinking, "Eh, they're not approaching me to be Bond and Man From UNCLE bombed. I need SOME spy franchise."

March 17, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMatt St. Clair

Charlize Theron is the only person who I think could play Marilyn as well as she could be played,that woman is just too famous and iconic to really be played by any1.

March 17, 2017 | Unregistered Commentermarkgordon

Henry Cavill should be a leading man by himself - seriously playing second banana to Cruise

March 17, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJaragon

Christina Hendricks. Period.

March 18, 2017 | Unregistered Commentercal roth

What about Jeremy Renner? He's Hawkeye in Avengers, Brandt in Mission Impossible and Aaron Cross in Bourne.

March 18, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMarcos

Didn't Michelle Williams got a bunch of awards nominations for playing Marilyn? I'd say, look no further...

March 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJesus Alonso

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