Casting Make Me Feel Good



All this week, the internet has mostly been focused on the out-of-no-where casting and release date announcement of Paul Feig's Ghostbusters reboot: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and July 22nd 2016 respectively. And it does appear that it will be a hard reboot, essentially meaning that it will be an original film with a similar premise borrowing heavily on an established name. Which, I suppose, is better than pissing on the heavily established name by making an utterly lackluster third installment (face it Hollywood, twenty-years-later sequels all suck).

Personally, I consider the original Ghostbusters to be the perfect high-concept comedy, and am willing to write ten thousand words in defense of that position. But I'm actually pretty apathetic about this reboot. I foster no ill will towards the idea of it, nor to any of it's creative team of cast (I'm not the biggest fan of McCarthy because it seems like she plays the exact same character in every film, and that doesn't interest me). Part of me wishes that they didn't have to trade on the name, and could make a genuinely original project that the studio was willing to back on it's own merits. After all, The Heat wasn't called Leth-gal Weapon. But, if the end result is a quality film that manages to earn the right to call itself Ghostbusters, than I'm all for that (even if it only turns out they've earned the right to use the name Ghostbusters 2).

Personally, I was much more excited about the announcement that David Tennant, currently being impressive in the second series of Broadchurch (the good, British version of the shitty FOX show Gracepoint), had been cast as the big bad Kilgrave in the second Marvel Netflix series, AKA Jessica Jones. Casting for the follow-up to Daredevil is moving fast, as late yesterday it was announced that Australian actress Rachel Taylor has been cast as Patsy "Hellcat" Walker, Jessica Jones' (Krysten Ritter) best friend. There are several things that are impressive about these pair of announcements.

One, it begins to reveal how interconnected these Netflix series will be, making a mini-MCU between them. Kilgrave, in his comic form, was a third tier Daredevil villain until his role in Jessica Jones' origin story made him far more menacing. Daredevil will obviously be preceding Jones, potentially allowing that history to remain. And, of course, Luke Cage (Mike Colter) will be a presence in Jones' life before graduating to his own series next. So, each series will clearly be feeding the next in line with material, until they all join up in The Defenders. It's also very exciting to see Tennant enter the MCU in a villainous role. These Netflix villains are shaping up to be complex and engaging creatures. Even if they are ultimately all monsters, they'll be charming monsters, which I suspect is the point.

But better than that, is the sign that, despite apparently following pretty close to the plotline of Alias, the comic that introduced Jones to the Marvel universe, the casting of Taylor as Walker indicates that Marvel is willing to go off book as required, and make use of a character that likely would never have the opportunity or much attention in the larger MCU (which is why the TV end of the MCU s a very good thing). Granted, this seems like a small change made because Jessica Jones' comic book best friend was Carol Danvers, and Marvel isn't going to introduce the future star of their own film series on a Netflix show. But hey, if Melissa Rosenberg is willing to go off book a little more, I'll support that decision. Not that I don't think Alias is a quality source to adapt, but I already know that story. I'm more taken by the idea of something new.

Via the CBC, The Mary Sue, and the Radio Times.
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Adopting the descriptor of "successfully unpublished author", MR. Clark began writing things on the internet in 2012, which he believed to be an entirely reputable and civilized place to find and deliver information. He regrets much.

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