(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fan-made productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)
In this edition, Marvel Studios takes a closer look at the many sides of Loki with the cast and crew of the new series. Plus, Ted Lasso star Jason Sudeikis sits down for a wonderful interview with WandaVision villain Kathryn Hahn. Finally, Disney+’s The Deets take a look back at the animated classic Beauty and the Beast with some facts you may not have known. Read More »
Loki audiences have not seen the last of Gugu Mbatha-Raw‘s Time Variance Authority judge, Ravonna Renslayer – not by a long shot.
In a new interview, the actress behind that elevated bench reveals details about the future of her character (she teases “secrets” and “betrayal”), and Renslayer is also the focus of a new featurette from Marvel Studios, which you can watch below. So don your favorite brown suit and read on for more of what to expect from this mysterious character in the upcoming episodes of the Disney+ series.
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Gugu Mbatha-Raw is set to star in a different kind of haunted house thriller. The Morning Show star is set to star opposite David Oyelowo in The Girl Before, a new HBO Max limited series co-produced by BBC One that follows a young woman who gets trapped in a house designed by Oyelowo’s architect.
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Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who you may know from The Morning Show and Beyond the Lights, is about to headline her own TV show.
She’s set to star in Surface, a new psychological thriller for AppleTV+ which hails from creator Veronica West, who was one of the key people behind the cancelled-too-soon Hulu re-imagining of High Fidelity. Read More »
Disney+ has added another star to tussle with everyone’s favorite trickster god. Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who has recently been seen in the Apple TV+ series The Morning Show, has been cast in the upcoming Loki series for Disney+. Mbatha-Raw joins star Tom Hiddleston in the Loki series cast, alongside Sophia Di Martino and the recently cast Owen Wilson.
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The story of the 1970 Miss World Competition gets the big-screen treatment with Misbehaviour, starring Keira Knightley, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Greg Kinnear wearing a disturbing fake nose to play Bob Hope. The movie tells two different stories: that of feminist activist Sally Alexander (Keira Knightley) protesting the competition, and of Jennifer Hosten (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the first black woman to ever be crowned Miss World. Watch the Misbehaviour trailer below.
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Edward Norton’s adaptation of Jonathan Lethem‘s novel took over twenty years to bring to the screen. But while delays like this are traditionally to a film’s detriment, it actually works in favor of Motherless Brooklyn. The distance allowed by this time in development leads to a movie that is likely significantly more mature and thematically rich than what Norton would have made in 1999. Read More »
The British-born Gugu Mbatha-Raw has been working so steadily as an actor in both the UK and America that you might not realize just how many things you’ve seen her in over the years, even before her breakout, one-two punch of leading roles in the 2013 period drama Belle and 2014’s music industry love story Beyond the Lights, both of which were directed by women—something that continues to mean a great deal to the actress. In fact, throughout her years in television and film, Mbatha-Raw has always sought out films with strong female characters at the center and/or works helmed by female filmmakers and scripted by female screenwriters.
After parts in such works as Concussion, Free State of Jones and The Wachowskis’ insane Jupiter Ascending, she took on more recent substantial supporting parts in films like A Wrinkle In Time and Miss Sloane, as well as the ensemble cast of Netflix’s The Cloverfield Paradox. Her latest film, Fast Color, was an audience and critical favorite at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival and is finally making it to theaters thanks to the Lionsgate imprint Codeblack Films. Directed by Julia Hart (and co-written by Hart and Jordan Horowitz). The movie focuses on Ruth, who is constantly on the run from those who wish to examine and experiment on her because she has abilities. In order to keep her family (including a young daughter) safe, she left home years ago but finds herself coming back to the family farm when she has no where else to hide. It turns out that her mother (Lorraine Toussaint) and daughter (Saniyya Sidney) also have powers, and the three must figure out how to proceed as the world comes closing in. As it turns out, this family may be the key to helping save a world that is slowly dying around them, if the paranoid folks chasing them don’t destroy these very special women.
/Film spoke with Mbatha-Raw recently to discuss the fundamental differences between Fast Color and every other film about people with special powers, how a pair of kick-ass combat boots helped her find her character, and how working in a Jim Henson-created universe is a bit of dream job for her. Fast Color is in theaters now.
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Netflix is reviving a cult favorite for many children of the 1980s in the form of the prequel series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. The series serves as a follow-up to Jim Henson’s dark fantasy adventure The Dark Crystal from 1982, which featured some extremely impressive and immersive puppet work and production design. But don’t worry if you’ve never seen the original movie – this series is set long before the events of The Dark Crystal, telling a new epic story.
Netflix has revealed the first photos from the Dark Crystal series, which show a loyal recreation of the Gelfling characters from the first movie. Plus, the voice cast has also been announced, including Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service), Anya Taylor-Joy (Split) and Nathalie Emmanuel (Game of Thrones) in the lead roles, with voices like Mark Hamill, Mark Strong, Simon Pegg, Natalie Dormer, Gugu Mbatha-Raw filling out the cast.
Get the full Dark Crystal prequel series voice cast and see the first photos below. Read More »
Warner Bros. is on the lookout for their Birds of Prey cast, and they’re considering several exciting actresses for parts. A new report indicates Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Justina Machado and more have all tested for parts. Janelle Monae has also been mentioned, although it remains unclear if she tested for a part or not. More on the potential Birds of Prey cast below.
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