Thursday, March 31, 2016

David Oyelowo and Gugu Mbatha-Raw to star in Bad Robot's 'God Particle'

Bad Robot is probably the most quietly powerful studio in Hollywood. The production company of Tinseltown superstar J.J. Abrams, the studio has been behind some of the biggest blockbuster franchises in recent years- Mission: Impossible, Star Trek, and of course, Star Wars. But soon, Bad Robot could have its first home-grown franchise- the Cloverfield series. 2008's Cloverfield seemed like a successful stand-alone flick, but Abrams brought the possibility of an anthology series roaring back to life this year with Dan Trachtenberg's well-received 10 Cloverfield Lane. God Particle, the next film from Bad Robot, has not been confirmed to have any sort of connection to the Cloverfield universe. But all you need to do is read the plot synopsis to see why I'm drawing that conclusion. Centering around a team of astronauts who make a terrifying, reality-challenging discovery, God Particle seems like the kind of mysterious sci-fi project that would warrant the Cloverfield name. And now, the film has the acting clout to back it up.

According to a Variety exclusive, David Oyelowo and Gugu Mbatha-Raw have joined the cast of God Particle. Presumably, the two actors will lead the team of astronauts, with no other word on additional cast members. First-time feature director Julius Onah will be at the helm, with the film set to begin production soon for a February 24, 2017 release date.

People give J.J. Abrams a lot of hate for everything that he does. He's accused of being a rip-off who steals from the best, with his dissenters using films like Star Trek Into Darkness, Super 8 (a masterpiece, by the way) and even Star Wars: The Force Awakens as examples. But as a 17-year old kid, for my generation, he's the closest thing to a Spielberg that we have. Sure, you could throw Nolan in that mix as well, but Abrams means something to a lot of people around my age. He's one of the most influential filmmakers in Hollywood, and I absolutely love the standard that he's setting. In a world where whitewashing and gender inequality are still major topics of discussion, Abrams is shutting all of that down with critical roles for African-American and Latino actors, strong female protagonists and a celebration of diversity behind the camera too. Whether or not God Particle connects to Cloverfield, I'm excited either way. This sounds like an intriguing film, and with a similar formula to what Abrams did with 10 Cloverfield Lane, this could be another fun sleeper smash that announces the talent of a promising young filmmaker. Count me in.

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