I hope it's not actually the primary role of the film, or this is a missed opportunity by Nolan, given JDW's more serviceable than great work so far. If it's like JGL in Inception or something, then fine.
I was really liking the idea of him doing a glossy romantic thriller like North by Northwest or From Russia With Love. Especially since he's probably not going to get to do a Bond film. But I guess that's old news now.
Wow! Happy for JDW..he might become an A-lister faster than I thought..working with Spike Lee as the lead in his most successful film in years and now Nolan in a summer release. Denzel and him might be the new Kirk & Michael Douglas duo.
Of all the wannabe celebrity offspring in recent years, JDW is the only one that appears to have the talent and work ethic to get to the A-list. He hasn't just come out of nowhere. He's done like 4-5 seasons of Ballers as an apprenticeship. So yeah, he could well reach the equivalent heights of Michael Douglas, as far as acting dynasties go. Not saying he's as talented as Michael though. That remains to be proven. But Blackkklansman was an auspicious start as a leading man.
I'm shocked at this casting (like some others) because I never expected to see Nolan cast a black lead. He seems like one of those directors who self-identify with his leading men (like Woody Allen) and I didn't see him neccesarily identifying with a protagonist who wasn't a white guy. I'm assuming JDW is the lead, and not the leads best friend.
I think the self-created economic barrier for black casts and leads (who are not JDW's father or Will Smith) has been shattered with the global success of things like Black Panther and Get Out. I don't think this casting would have happened without these recent tangible successes. Ridley Scott's excuse of casting mostly white people for Exodus would not fly today. The success of filmmakers like Jordan Peele and Ryan Coogler telling stories with black casts and leads that travel around the world is changing the game somewhat.
It'll be interesting to see if any other directors known for only using white leads change up their flow because Nolan has done it. It'd be weird to see people like Alexander Payne suddenly discover non-white leads exist
Even noted liberals like George Clooney tend to only cast non-white people in side or support parts. Bet Clooney is prepping his remake of The Color Purple as we speak. Hop on that bandwagon George!
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My understanding is that Pattinson and Washington (BlacKkKlansman) will play the two leads, and there will also be an age-appropriate female lead, as well as an older male co-star. I don’t know if there’s a love triangle in play here, or whether Pattinson and Washington will be friends or enemies, so just like all of you, I can’t wait to find out what Nolan’s next movie is actually about.
I was just thinking yesterday how worried I was about Debicki's career prospects after Widows "flopping" and The Tale completely overlooked. Excellent news and glad to see my worries were all for nothing.