In whats starting to be a tide of change in Hollywood, there’s plenty of feminist movies coming our way including a badass female lead version of the Oceans Trilogy! Check out the details below.
Equity in Theatres This Summer:
In ‘Equity’, Gunn’s Naomi fights for promotion at her male-dominated Wall Street firm while courting a controversial tech startup, then taking it public in a highly-scrutinized IPO. For Thomas and co-producer Alysia Reiner, life imitated art behind the scenes: they pitched the film to investors themselves, seeking capital so they could make it their own way, with a woman director (Meera Menon) and screenwriter (Amy Fox ).
During their pitch, she and Thomas showed a sizzle reel they’d made that included clips of women in existing Wall Street movies, most of them secretaries, prostitutes, mistresses, or “a token woman in the background.” They juxtaposed those snippets with real interview footage of women financiers, bankers and executives — the very women they were targeting for investment, and whose stories they were seeking to tell.
Look out for Hidden Figures:
‘Hidden Figures’ is “the incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe)—brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world.” As the official film synopsis concludes, “The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.”
These are the details of the monumental event Katherine, Dorothy, and Mary’s collective brain power made possible…
On February 20, 1962, Glenn piloted the Mercury-Atlas 6 “Friendship 7” spacecraft on the first manned orbital mission of the United States. Launched from Cape Canaveral (Florida) Launch Complex 14, he completed a successful three-orbit mission around the earth, reaching a maximum altitude (apogee) of approximately 162 statute miles and an orbital velocity of approximately 17,500 miles per hour. Glenn’s “Friendship 7” Mercury spacecraft landed approximately 800 miles southeast of Cape Canaveral in the vicinity of Grand Turk Island. Mission duration from launch to impact was 4 hours, 55 minutes, and 23 seconds. (Source: NASA)
The film, in theaters January 13, 2017, also stars Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali, Aldis Hodge, and Glen Powell. It’s based on the book Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly, which is due out this September 6th.
Casting Begins for Oceans 8:
Warner Bros has firmed an October start date in New York for Ocean’s Eight, the female-driven caper spinoff directed by Gary Ross, and the studio is closing with its principal cast. Aside from the previously identified Sandra Bullockand Cate Blanchett, deals are close with Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling and Awkwafina. The latter is the hip-hop moniker of Asian-American rapper and actress Nora Lum, who most recently had a role in Neighbors 2.
The picture is still casting — the firmed roster so far falls one shy of the title — and there is every possibility for cameos from the stars of the original trilogy, which grossed a collective $1.12 billion worldwide. Ross discussed the possibility of Bullock, Blanchett, Carter and Kaling while he was out promoting his most recent film, the Matthew McConaughey starrer Free State of Jones. Village Roadshow Pictures is co-financing and co-producing with Warner Bros.
The film will be produced by Ocean’s Eleven director Steven Soderbergh, and Ross wrote the script with Olivia Milch. Ross and Soderbergh are longtime informal collaborators, serving as second unit director on each other’s films and as sounding board on scripts and projects.