O’Shea Jackson Jr. may not be guaranteed a long and successful career as a film actor, but there is certainly no shortage of motivating and inspiring factors in his life to get him there. Although he’s been acting for less than five years, he’s had a succession of fascinating roles in a short time, beginning with playing his father, the rapper Ice Cube, in the 2015 N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton. After key supporting parts in the dark comedy Ingrid Goes West (opposite Aubrey Plaza) and the brutal ensemble crime drama Den of Thieves, Jackson jumped at the chance to play Seth Rogen’s best friend Lance in Long Shot, a romantic-comedy set against the backdrop of politics, with Charlize Theron playing Charlotte Field, the current U.S. Secretary of State, who is on the verge of announcing her run at the presidency. Rogen plays journalist Fred Flarsky, who has known Charlotte since they were kids and she used to babysit for him. When she hires him to help her punch-up her speeches, the two begin to have all the feels for each other.
But Jackson’s May is just beginning. He also co-stars as the head of the secret, kaiju-fighting branch of the military in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, due May 31. And he just wrapped work on the drama Just Mercy, the latest from Short Term 12 writer/director Destin Daniel Cretton; the film co-stars Brie Larson, Michael B. Jordan, and Jamie Foxx. And it appears Jackson is gearing up to star opposite LeBron James in Space Jam 2 (working from a new script by Black Panther‘s Ryan Coogler and Searching‘s Sev Ohaniandue), for release in 2021.
/Film spoke with Jackson in Chicago recently to discuss the importance of not being pigeonholed as an actor, what he learned from working with Rogen and Theron, and just how many monsters he has scenes with in Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Long Shot opens nationwide on Friday, May 3.
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Den of Thieves 2 is on its way, whether you like it or not. You may as well just accept the fact that audiences demand more of Gerard Butler and his team of angry bros wearing tactical vests and wraparound sunglasses. New Den of Thieves 2 plot details have surfaced, which hint at a trip to Europe. Pack your bags, Gerard Butler!
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Bank heist movies are a dime a dozen in Hollywood. Every year there’s a few new action thrillers built around that subject, and the first one out of the gate in 2018 is arriving pretty early.
Den of Thieves sees Gerard Butler as the leader of an elite unit of cops from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department who are desperate to stop a group of bank robbers who have left them out in the wind. With the crew planning to rob the Federal Reserve Bank in downtown LA, apparently the one bank than has never been robbed, this is the one opportunity they have to bust the crew for this job and all the others. Read More »
Gerard Butler, who can currently be seen fighting the weather in Geostorm, has yet another film on the horizon. In Den of Thieves, Butler is an unorthodox cop chasing after a team of robbers. It’s sort of like heat, but instead of Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, we get Gerard Butler and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. Watch the Den of Thieves trailer below.
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If you’re looking for some motivation to stop scrolling through Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and all that nonsense, the indie dark comedy Ingrid Goes West might help cure you of your incessant desire to stay connected to everyone through your phone.
The movie, which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, follows Parks and Recreation star Aubrey Plaza as the titular social media obsessed stalker who latches on to someone she meets online, adapts her personality to become best friends with them, and inevitably ruins the relationship when she becomes way too clingy. A new red band trailer just debuted which shows how crazy Ingrid can get as she tries to impress a social media celebrity played by Elizabeth Olsen.
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Here’s the second trailer for Ingrid Goes West, a satire of Instagram culture and obsession that marks the directorial debut of filmmaker Matt Spicer. Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation) plays Ingrid, a pathetic stalker who develops an obsession of an Insta-celeb named Taylor (Elizabeth Olsen). When Ingrid heads across the country to ingratiate herself into Taylor’s life, things seem to go well before they quickly go off the rails.
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One of the buzzed about titles from the 2017 Sundance Film Festival this year was Ingrid Goes West, a dark comedy about a girl (Aubrey Plaza of Parks and Recreation) who lives vicariously through those she follows on Instagram and has delusions of her friendship with them. The film was one of the many that got picked up from the festival this year, and now you can watch the first Ingrid Goes West trailer to see what you have to look forward to. But beware, because this is a red band trailer, due to one particularly inappropriate word being used rather viciously. Read More »
Following Straight Outta Compton, the stars who played the core members of the groundbreaking rap group NWA became quickly rising stars. Jason Mitchell played Eazy E, Corey Hawkins played Dr. Dre and O’Shea Jackson Jr. stepped into the shoes of his father as Ice Cube. Since then, Hawkins went on to lead 24: Legacy while Mitchell took a solid supporting turn in the comedy Keanu and made a huge splash with an award-worthy performance in the Sundance selected Mudbound. Then they both went on to play key supporting characters in Kong: Skull Island. Now their NWA partner is joining the same movie monster universe.
O’Shea Jackson Jr. is currently in talks to take a role in Godzilla: King of Monsters, the sequel to the 2014 blockbuster directed by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story helmer Gareth Edwards, who won’t be back this time around. Find out more below. Read More »
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It is only two days into the 2017 Sundance Film Festival but Ingrid Goes West is already my favorite of the seven films I’ve screened thus far. A hilarious dark comedy version of Single White Female, it stars Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen and is set in the age of social media idolatry.
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Straight Outta Compton, produced by Ice Cube based on his own life and starring his son O’Shea Jackson Jr., has proven to be box-office gold, and you can already see evidence of producers trying to kickstart projects that might imitate or borrow some of Compton’s qualities. One film sounds like it is riding Compton‘s coattails, but in fact comes from one of the producers on the film, and may pull in Cube and his son.
April 29, 1992 is a thriller set against the backdrop of the 1992 Los Angeles riots that followed the acquittal of police offers in the Rodney King beating case, as depicted in Straight Outta Compton. The story follows a father and son caught up in their own problems as the riots rage, and Ice Cube and O’Shea Jackson, Jr. are in talks to star.
Update: Another report has a quote from Cube saying they have “no plans” for this movie. More below.
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