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'Beyond the Lights': Watch Gugu Mbatha-Raw transform into a pop star

In Beyond the Lights, Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle) plays Noni, a young singer thrust into the music-industry pressure cooker—one that seems to transform female performers into hypersexualized commodities. Writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love & Basketball) came up with the idea after noticing that her favorite genre, hip-hop/R&B, had lost its edgy playfulness, becoming more of a dark force that, in her opinion, objectifies women. “It’s moving into an ugly, angry place,” she says.

Before she could comment on the genre, she had to first create her own pop star. And she did so with help from the pros, including Lady Gaga’s choreographer LaurieAnn Gibson and Beyonce’s hairdresser Kim Kimble. The goal was to meld Beyonce’s swagger with Rihanna’s edge and Rita Ora’s playfulness, making a star all her own. READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Orlando Bloom may be back on board for 'Pirates 5'

• After taking a break from the franchise, Orlando Bloom has revealed that he has been in discussions to return as blacksmith-turned-pirate Will Turner in Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Johnny Depp has already signed on to reprise his Oscar-nominated performance as Captain Jack Sparrow in the fifth film of the Disney series, which seems to be what has sealed the deal for Bloom. Norwegian directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg are taking the commands of the ship from a screenplay by Jeff Nathanson (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull). The film is scheduled for a July 2017 release date. [Yahoo]

• Albert Brooks and Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle) may tackle the world of football for their next film. The two are in talks to join Will Smith and Alec Baldwin in an untitled film about football concussions based on the GQ article “Game Brain” by Jeanne Marie Laskas. Peter Landesman (Parkland) is writing and directing the film that follows forensic neuropathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu (Smith) on his discovery of CTE, the concussion syndrome attributed to the suicides of two NFL players. Brooks would play Omalu’s mentor Cyril Wecht with no word on Mbatha-Raw’s role. [Variety, Deadline]

• Kyle Gallner (Veronica Mars) and Holliday Grainger (Bonnie & Clyde) have both joined the cast of Disney’s The Finest HourCraig Gillespie, who directed Million Dollar Arm for the House of Mouse, will take charge on the disaster picture that follows the 1952 rescue mission of workers in Cape Cod after two oil tanks collided. Gallner has been cast as the rescue-boat’s engine man opposite the previously announced Chris Pine and Casey AffleckPaul Tamasy and Eric Johnson  (The Fighter) have adapted the script from Casey Sherman and Michael J Tougias’ 2010 book of the same name. [Deadline]

• German Til Schweiger and Russian Fedor Bondarchuk are joining forces to try and bring a little piece to their respective countries in the culture clash comedy Antalyagrad. Schweiger stars as a divorced dad on vacation with his son on the Turkish coast who helps out Bondarchuk’s character by posing as his mistresses’ lover when his wife arrives unannounced. [THR]

Gugu Mbatha-Raw becomes a pop star in 'Beyond the Lights' -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

It was 2007 and Alicia Keys was singing “Diary” at the Hollywood Bowl when inspiration struck writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love and Basketball) for her new movie Beyond the Lights, the tale of a perfectly packaged pop star, played by Belle‘s Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who’s been groomed for stardom from a young age by her overbearing, opportunistic mother (Minnie Driver).

The movie spent years in development while Prince-Bythewood, who helmed 2008′s Secret Life of Bees, argued with Sony Pictures over her lead actress. “The studios wanted a big star, and I wanted the right person for the role,” says Prince-Bythewood, who hired her own casting agent to find Mbatha-Raw. “There is an innate vulnerability in Gugu. And you can sense her star power. That’s what we needed to believe–that she could be Rihanna or Beyonce.” READ FULL STORY

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