Actresses We Wish Were Testing for ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’s Storm Casting

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Apocalypse had the same reaction to the casting rumors as I did.

 

I’m gonna jump right into the deep end and state that I have very little faith in how Hollywood casts. Period. Ever since D. W. Griffith cast white men in black-face in 1915’s atrocious “The Birth of a Nation,” casting directors of major motion pictures have consistently screwed up casting for PoC’s, either getting it completely wrong (Exodus: Gods & Kings, I’m glaring at you), or giving us an actor so out of left field that the characters energy is seven kinds of ‘What the fluff?’

Such is the case of the casting of beloved X-Men wind-rider, Storm. When Halle Berry was cast, fans of the comic side-eyed the Oscar winner, knowing that a big name does NOT a character make. Sloppily written dialogue didn’t help matters, as we STILL don’t know what happens to a frog when lightning hits it. We need to know, Halle. We need to know!

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Pictured: No. An entire galaxy of NO.

Currently, Bryan Singer is testing actresses for the coveted role and thus far, two names are being bandied about, like we should be happy we’re getting Storm at all: Alexandra Shipp (Lifetime’s Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B) and Zendaya Coleman (Shake It Up!). Frankly, I don’t think either of these actresses have what it takes to bring us out of our collective Storm misery and allay the ‘meh’ filled Berry performances.

Anywho, rather than whine, I decided to give you my wee wish list for who should take on the mantle of the beloved Rain Goddess.

Nathalie Emmanuel:

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Known to most as Missandei, Khaleesi’s right hand, in HBO’s Game of Thrones, this British born actress certainly carries herself in a queenly manner. That goes a LONG way for Storm’s on-screen presence. And let’s face it, she is absolutely S.T.U.N.N.I.N.G. Her ability to portray quiet dignity puts her miles above the ‘other two’ in my opine. She’d kick major booty as Storm.

Nichole Beharie:

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I know she’s tied up with Sleepy Hollow. I KNOW. But damn it, a man can dream can’t he? Clocking a solid DAYUM on the Fione-o-Meter, Beharie is certainly no slouch in the acting department. With deep, resonant eyes capable of rendering the hardest hearts to mush, she’s a shoo-in for the Silver-Haired One.

Lyndie Greenwood:

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Possessed of steely glare and blistering biceps, Greenwood has already shown that she has what it takes to don the tights and cape. Capable of swinging fists as well as the ability to emote entire lines with a single word, Lyndie would be front and center as Storm. Caveat: she just might be outside of the age range Singer and co are looking for at 31. Hollywood’s ageism on women sucks.

Candice Patton:

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Currently starring as Iris West on CW’s The Flash, Patton could easily drape the bangled cape and we’d buy it wholesale. With a bit of muscle tone, it’d be hard to argue that she could indeed trade punches with Apocalypse. She has my vote.

Honourable Mention: Quvenzhané Wallis

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Though she is clearly too young for the role at the moment, there is no denying that Wallis has the talent to pull off a young Storm, if only via a flashback scene. Filled with the kind of boundless energy that our favorite mutant must surely possess, Quvenzhané has also displayed the no-nonsense sense bearing of Storm when she corrected a lazy AP reporter who insisted “I’m calling you Annie now,” with a curt “My name is NOT Annie. My name is Quvenzhané.” You ROCK, little one.

So dear Bryan, if you’re reading this, kindly (through gritted teeth) reconsider your criteria for casting Storm. We understand the need for hue consistency, but whatever happened to finding somebody who could actually act? Someone who would care enough about the character to actually read Greg Pak’s take on her? Someone who wasn’t just looking to collect a check? Seriously, we thought that you of all people would have given us our goddess resplendent on-screen. Instead, we got Pitof’s Catwoman in a badly adjusted lacefront. C’mon bruh. If you cared about your black fans at all, you’d recognize that we represent a significant chunk of your audience. We deserve to see the sole black woman on screen treated with the same dignity afforded her less powerful white team-mates.

Make us feel gooood.

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Sirius XM’s TheMoms Host Annie Event Sponsored by Norwegian Cruise Line

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Sirius XM’s TheMoms hosted a screening for the movie Annie starring Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhane Wallis at the Sony screening room on Tuesday afternoon. The event was sponsored by Norwegian Cruise Line and one lucky family that attended will win a cruise! There were tons of families lined up, little boys and girls all dressed in red and ready to see Annie. norwegian-cruise-cupcakes In the waiting area, the children helped themselves to some yummy cupcakes and slices of pizza while the moms and dads talked amongst themselves, each hoping that they’ll be the lucky family who wins the cruise prize.

Before the actual screening of Annie, we had a few commercials from Norwegian Cruise Lines which had me ready to fight to the “death” for a chance to win the family cruise prize. A vacation was needed right there and then, pretty sure there were more families who thought the same thing. THIS. IS. SPARTA! A duel was definitely going to break out right there in the Sony screening room, if it was announced that you had to fight to win. TheMoms, Denise Albert and Melissa Musen Gerstein, announced that the winner would be notified before Christmas. They also had another surprise, some of the cast members would be in attendance!

There were about 15 children who sat on the floor to watch Annie and only a couple of children moved from the spot where they sat. They were so mesmerized by the movie, one little girl would dance her little heart out during certain musical scenes.quvenzhane-wallis-opportunity My nieces attended the AnnieMoms event and my eldest niece, 14, broke out in tears during several scenes that featured Annie, namely the “Opportunity” number. The movie won her over, my 12-year-old-younger niece was not here for Annie. She told me “nothing beats the original”, it was an “okay” movie, that was “missing mysterious elements” and was curious why they were “singing off-key.”

Yikes!

After the screening of Annie, in walked four members of the cast…

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Zoe Margaret Colletti (Tessie), Nicolette Pierini (Mia), Eden Duncan-Smith (Isabella), and Amanda Troya (Pepper). These lovely ladies played four foster girls in Miss Hannigan’s (Cameron Diaz) care. They stopped by to answer a few questions from the audience and later took pictures with the children in attendance. This was the first feature film for 3 of the young ladies, all have done previous commercials before Annie. Here’s a few videos from the interview.

Nicolette Pierini who plays Mia spoke on Cameron Diaz being an awesome set mother.

The young ladies speak about experiences on set.

Just a few pictures of the four foster girl actors from the Annie remake movie and attendees.

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For more pictures of the event visit TheMoms on FaceBook.

Academy Award® nominee Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) stars as Annie, a young, happy foster kid who’s also tough enough to make her way on the streets of New York in 2014. Originally left by her parents as a baby with the promise that they’d be back for her someday, it’s been a hard knock life ever since with her mean foster mom Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz). But everything’s about to change when the hard-nosed tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) – advised by his brilliant VP, Grace (Rose Byrne) and his shrewd and scheming campaign advisor, Guy (Bobby Cannavale) – makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in. Stacks believes he’s her guardian angel, but Annie’s self-assured nature and bright, sun-will-come-out-tomorrow outlook on life just might mean it’s the other way around.

Annie is in theaters December 19th.

Final Trailer for Annie Starring Jamie Foxx

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Check out the final trailer for Annie starring Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhané Wallis, and Cameron Diaz.

Academy Award® nominee Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) stars as Annie, a young, happy foster kid who’s also tough enough to make her way on the streets of New York in 2014. Originally left by her parents as a baby with the promise that they’d be back for her someday, it’s been a hard knock life ever since with her mean foster mom Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz). But everything’s about to change when the hard-nosed tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) – advised by his brilliant VP, Grace (Rose Byrne) and his shrewd and scheming campaign advisor, Guy (Bobby Cannavale) – makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in. Stacks believes he’s her guardian angel, but Annie’s self-assured nature and bright, sun-will-come-out-tomorrow outlook on life just might mean it’s the other way around.

Annie skips into theaters on Christmas Day 2014.

Sony Pictures Drops New “Annie” Trailer

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“It’s a hard knock life…” There’s a remake for the movie “Annie” and it stars Jamie Foxx as Benjamin Stacks, (yeah all about the money with THAT name) the new Daddy Warbucks, Cameron Diaz as Miss Hannigan and Quvenzhané Wallis as Annie. Sony Pictures released the trailer today and I have to say that I am quite surprised and am interested in seeing this movie. I’m not a Jamie Foxx fan and that had me quite hesitant, but after seeing this trailer, I just might watch Annie. Heck, I might see this movie without my nieces.

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Here’s the first trailer from Sony Pictures “Annie”, it’s just absolutely adorable.

So what do you think of the trailer? Interested in seeing the reboot of “Annie” or nah?

Annie skips into theaters on Christmas Day

Sony Pictures “Annie” Official Trailer

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“It’s a hard knock life…” There’s a remake for the movie “Annie” and it stars Jamie Foxx as Benjamin Stacks, (yeah all about the money with THAT name) the new Daddy Warbucks, Cameron Diaz as Miss Hannigan and Quvenzhané Wallis as Annie. Sony Pictures released the trailer today and I have to say that I am quite surprised and am interested in seeing this movie. I’m not a Jamie Foxx fan and that had me quite hesitant, but after seeing this trailer, I just might watch Annie.

So what do you think of the trailer? Interested in seeing the reboot of “Annie” or nah?