Press: Deadpool 2’s Original Director Had Fantastic Four 2015 Cameos

The original director of Deadpool 2, Tim Miller, planned to have characters from Josh Trank’s 2015 Fantastic Four in the film. Deadpool 2 hit theaters earlier this year and it was a huge success for Fox. Fans were delighted by the sequel, which somehow lived up to the monumental hype. Though Deadpool 2 turned out amazing, the road to its release wasn’t all Wham! and unicorns.

Last year, fans of the first film were stunned when Deadpool 2’s original director, Tim Miller, left the project citing creative differences. Details regarding Miller’s exit were scarce. However, it was clear that his vision for the sequel didn’t align with other members of the production team – most notably, Ryan Reynolds. Since Miller directed the first Deadpool, it seemed strange that he left the sequel. Fox, however, quickly brought in John Wick’s David Leitch to direct. While we don’t know much about Miller’s original concept for the film, an artist for Deadpool 2 recently revealed that Miller planned to have the Fantastic Four cameo in the film.

Marvel Entertainment illustrator, Alexander Lozano, recently took to Instagram to share concept art from Miller’s version of Deadpool 2. He showcased early concept art of Juggernaut, Domino, Cable and the unused villain Blaquesmith. He then revealed that Miller had planned for Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell reprise their roles from Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four. Lozano shared the concept art for the Fantastic Four, which you can see below:

Lozano’s concept art is intriguing and has led many fans to wonder what might have been. Sure, Fantastic Four was a critical and box office failure, however the cast was hardly the issue. It would have been a delight to see the actors reprise their roles. Maybe of the cast could have even redeemed themselves in the eyes of fans a little bit. Beyond seeing the cast together again, their cameo would have also been an endless source of jokes. It’s not that Deadpool 2 didn’t have enough comedic ammunition, but it would have been a nice change of pace from the endless slew of X-Men and Green Lantern meta-humor.

All things considered, Deadpool 2 was an excellent film and the recently released Super Duper Cut was even better. It’s doubtful that the Fantastic Four cameo would have changed much, but some fans still wonder what Miller’s version of the film would be. Much like Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man, people who are invested in comic book films are curious of what could have been. It’s also important to note that Miller’s version of Deadpool 2 would have possibly been the last time the Fantastic Four cast was together on film. Now that Disney has acquired 20th Century Fox, it’s likely that Marvel Studios will recast the roles if they bring the Fantastic Four into the MCU.

Source: Screen Rant

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Press: Now Casting: Netflix’s ‘Raising Dion’ Starring Michael B. Jordan Needs Basketball Players

In today’s casting roundup, the upcoming Netflix superhero series “Raising Dion,” starring Michael B. Jordan, is looking for real high school basketball players of all genders for background roles. Plus, the Broadway production of the Tony-winning musical “Kinky Boots” is casting ensemble singers, a short is seeking actors and crew, and a noir caper is casting its proof of concept.

“RAISING DION”
Join the upcoming Netflix series “Raising Dion,” starring Jason Ritter and Michael B. Jordan. High school basketball players, aged 15–21, are wanted for background roles in the series, which will follow a widowed single mom who discovers her son has superpowers and must figure out how to raise him responsibly. The series will shoot from Sept. 10–14 in Atlanta, Georgia. Pay is $75 for eight hours of work. Apply here!

Source: Backstage

Press/Video: Michael B. Jordan Surprises Fan Who Took Cardboard Cutout of Him to Prom

Michael B. Jordan knows how to treat his fans right.

The Creed actor, 31, surprised super-fan Audeva Agyeman after she took a life-size cutout of him to prom as her date earlier this year. Agyeman thought she was invited to the Creed 2 set just to look around and was told Jordan wouldn’t be there.

“I thought that was super sweet so I just wanted to do something special for her and get her to come by and check out the set,” Jordan says in a video of the surprise before sneaking up behind Agyeman.

Agyeman immediately freaks out and runs into Jordan’s arms before hilarious saying, “Oh my gosh, you’re touching me!”

Jordan posted the video of the whole exchange on his Instagram.

“I had to surprise @de.gye after hearing about her taking me (kinda. Lol) to Prom. She had no idea we would bring her to the set of @creedmovie but you know I had to show her some love since I couldn’t actually be her date,” he wrote alongside the video.

The former high schooler first went viral when she posted pictures of her with the cutout at prom, explaining that she had to come up with a date last minute.

“After not being able to get a prom date from procrastinating and waiting ’til the last minute, i spent 3 hours making my sexy prom date,” she wrote after the dance, captioning several photos of herself posing affectionately with the cutout.

When her post got picked up by The Shade Room’s Instagram account, Jordan popped up in the comment section to give Agyeman his seal of approval.

“This is called commitment,” Jordan wrote, along with some playful emojis.

Source: People

Press/Photos: ‘Creed II’ First-Look Film Stills: Sylvester Stallone & Michael B. Jordan Suit Up

Creed II won’t be in theaters until Wednesday, November 21, but MGM and Warner Bros gave us a peek at what to expect with two first official film stills (see both below) from the movie. And not a slab of raw meat in sight.

The latest installment in the indefatigable Rocky saga, directed by Steven Caple Jr., stars Michael B. Jordan stars as Adonis Creed and Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa.

The set up: Life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed. Between personal obligations and training for his next big fight, he is up against the challenge of his life. Facing an opponent with ties to his family’s past only intensifies his impending battle in the ring. Rocky Balboa is there by his side through it all and, together, Rocky and Adonis will confront their shared legacy, question what’s worth fighting for, and discover that nothing’s more important than family. Creed II is about going back to basics to rediscover what made you a champion in the first place, and remembering that, no matter where you go, you can’t escape your history.

Also starring are Tessa Thompson, Wood Harris, Russell Hornsby, Florian “Big Nasty” Munteanu, Andre Ward, Phylicia Rashad and Dolph Lundgren.

Creed II is produced by Stallone, Kevin King-Templeton, Charles Winkler, William Chartoff, David Winkler, Irwin Winkler, and exec-produced by Ryan Coogler, Michael B. Jordan and Guy Riedel. MGM and Warner Bros distribute.

Source: Deadline

Press/Video: Michael B. Jordan on His Intense ‘Creed 2’ Diet, Plus: His Sweet Comments About Tiffany Haddish

Michael B. Jordan is fighting for a good cause!

“Extra’s” Terri Seymour sitting down with Michael at his MBJAM fundraiser for lupus, a disease that his own mother battles.

Jordan is about to hit the big screen with Sylvester Stallone again in the highly anticipated “Creed 2.” He said, “This is the first time I’ve ever come back to do a sequel to anything.”

Michael said he trained even harder this time, sharing, “The diet was a little stricter. I ate like four or five times a day… Worked out two to three times a day. A lot of cardio and just boxing a lot.”

The 31-year-old is up for an Emmy for his HBO drama “Fahrenheit 451.” He commented, “I’m on a high right now. I’m really enjoying it.”

Jordan is hoping he can make it to the ceremony, despite his busy schedule. He said, “I’m trying to make sure I’m gonna get there ’cause I’m gonna be filming my next project, so hopefully we can work out a way for me to be in the building.”

Perhaps he could take Tiffany Haddish if he goes? The funnywoman recently made it loud and clear she has a huge crush on him. Michael gushed, “Tiffany, she’s amazing. She’s so funny and talented.”

Michael was joined by Jamie Foxx at MBJAM at Dave & Buster’s, where they raised $250,000 for lupus. He shared, “It wasn’t just my mom going through it, everybody in the family kind of went through it. So I kind of wanted the celebration, the fundraiser, the charity so everybody can be involved.”

His mom is “pretty proud” of his work. Michael said, “I think she’s proud. She’s always crying.”

His mom is currently in remission. She shared, “Everything sort of worked out really, really well for me and I’m just grateful for all of it. I really am.”

Source: Extra

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Press: Here’s what Michael B. Jordan has to say about a Thanos-Killmonger fight

Michael B. Jordan’s time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is probably over, barring some flashback scenes in the Black Panther sequel or a weird side effect of the snap heard ’round existence at the end of Avengers: Infinity War. But his raw and powerful performance as Erik Killmonger (a.k.a N’Jadaka) earned him lots of critical acclaim, as well as an edge over all the other big-screen villains at the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards.

So Killmonger remains a part of the MCU discussion, even after Thanos (Josh Brolin) pulled off one of the greatest upsets in the movie franchise. Fans of the character have even suggested on Twitter that the former black-ops soldier could hold his own against the Mad Titan. But what does Jordan think of his odds against a world ender? The A.V. Club asked the actor—who was in LA promoting his MBJAM event in support of Lupus LA, where he helped raise over $250,000—for his thoughts on this battle between the two stand-out Marvel villains.

“[laughs] This is the first I’m hearing of it. I think the one thing about Killmonger is he really plans his attacks, and they’re well thought out. So if he ever stepped in a situation with Thanos, he would feel confident that he had the upper hand—at the very least, he would know he had a shot. So I mean, we already know that Erik’s willing to sacrifice himself for a greater good, so I don’t think he’s ever fearful of losing his life. So I think if he ever stepped in front of Thanos, he’d already have a plan for taking him down.”

Thanos really seemed to dot all his i’s and cross his t’s, too, but we’ll let Jordan have that one. The actor is more evenly matched against Florian Munteanu, who plays the son of Drago in Creed 2. You might recall that Jordan took some serious knocks on the first film (his second with Ryan Coogler), including one punch that led to a real knockout. Has anything like that happened on the set of the sequel? According to Jordan, he didn’t quite eat mat, but “there was definitely a lot of real moments where we got hit. When you do a boxing film, you can’t fake everything, so to achieve the angles and the shots that we really wanted—to make it as real as possible—I had to take some real punches. And Florian did, too. But that’s part of the job, you know? It’s what we signed up for.”

Jordan has lined up a project that’s decidedly less physical—voicing a pilot named Julia Chase on the Rooster Teeth anime series, gen:Lock. It was announced at the Television Critics Association summer press tour that David Tennant was joining the voice cast of the show which is—wait for it—set in a dystopian future Earth, with giant robots that sound not unlike those in the Pacific Rim movies. Asked about that show, Jordan says he can’t divulge much, but “it’s action-packed and very futuristic. Like all the projects I like to get involved with, it’s got a lot of heart and character.” We do know the first season is eight episodes long.

Source: The A.V. Club

Press/Video: Michael B. Jordan Praises ‘Big Brother’ Jamie Foxx As They Face Off in Basketball Shoot Off

There’s nothing like a basketball battle to bring out the rivalry between two Hollywood A-listers!

Actor pals Jamie Foxx and Michael B. Jordan faced off in an action-packed shoot off at Dave & Busters in Hollywood, California, on Saturday. And, while things got humorously heated — like when Foxx faced a shortage of (basket)balls — Jordan opened up about how the two are in fact like family.

“I met Jamie when I was about 17/18 — when I was really young and first moved out here,” the Black Panther star told ET before the “Pop A Shot” battle, which was part of his second annual MBJAM fundraiser for Lupus LA. “Playing basketball together, we had a lot of mutual friends and he’s just always been a mentor and a big brother to me. So, when I finally had something I could call somebody out to, I was like, ‘Hey, can you show up and help support this cause?’ and it was an easy conversation.”

Following Foxx’s appearance on the orange carpet, the two pals went up against each other over several rounds, with Foxx scoring 59 hoops to Jordan’s 43 during one bout, before Jordan took the last round scoring 61. Every hoop raised $20 for Lupus LA.

Having experienced a whirlwind few years as his starpower rocketed thanks to Creed and Black Panther, the support of an industry veteran like Foxx, 50, has been invaluable to the 31-year-old actor and philanthropist.

The greatest thing he has taken away from Foxx — who recently took a moment while hosting the 2018 Bet Awards to praise Jordan for having “moved everybody [and] changed the culture,” with Black Panther — has been learning about “longevity.”

“He’s a multi-faceted, talented man who can do so many different things and he’s always found a way to do what he cared about — drama, comedy, action, hosting,” Jordan said. “He’s a man who wears many hats. I’ve also [learned from him] just being able to never take yourself too seriously. Just have fun and enjoy yourself.”

While enjoying themselves was clearly the theme of the afternoon, the friends may soon get down to work together on the movie, Just Mercy.

Based on the book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, the court drama is based on a true story and will see Jordan starring as Bryan Stevenson, a lawyer fighting for equal justice. Foxx is reportedly in talks to play Bryan’s client, a death row inmate.

Jordan also reprises his role as Adonis Creed, opposite Sylvester Stallone, in Creed 2, which hits theaters on Nov. 21. The sequel follows Adonis as he prepares to go up against the son of one of his biggest enemies under the guidance of Rocky Balboa (Stallone), and Jordan teased that fans can expect some new but familiar characters.

“There’s a lot of familiar faces that weren’t really present in the Creed franchise, but were in the Rocky world,” he shared. “It’s going to be action-packed, but there’s still a lot of character and a lot of story.”

Jordan also has the 2019 Netflix series Raising Dion (which he’s producing and starring in) and the animated series gen: Lock (with David Tennant) in the works, so it’s no surprise he was relishing some downtime at the event.

Family, friends and fellow Lupus LA supporters including Master of None’s Lena Waithe, Suits and Shameless star Scott Michael Campbell, 13 Reasons Why’s Meredith Monroe, A Wrinkle in Time’s Storm Reid, TV host Mario Lopez and This Is Us actors Niles Fitch and Mackenzie Hancsicsak also showed up.

The celebs, many of whom brought their kids, were joined by 200 lupus patients and their families who attended the event for free courtesy of sponsors, and enjoyed sliders, mac and cheese, cotton candy and photo booth fun in between playing arcade games.

But as he sweetly planted kisses on her forehead while they hit the orange carpet, it was Jordan’s dear mom, Donna, who was clearly his most special guest at the bash, which raised more than $250,000 before it had even ended and was accompanied by an ongoing online auction. The money will benefit Lupus LA, which helps sufferers of the inflammatory disease that affects more than 1.5 million Americans — including Selena Gomez, Nick Cannon and Donna — and over 60,000 people in LA County alone.

Jordan was only a young boy when Donna was diagnosed and he has since worked tirelessly with Lupus LA chairman and patient, Adam Selkowitz, to bring awareness and funds to the cause.

“With my success in the entertainment industry, being able to find an organization like Lupus LA and becoming an ambassador and then to put on my own charity fundraiser has been great,” said Jordan, who was previously presented with Lupus LA’s 2015 Loop Award for his work as an ambassador for the organization. “It’s just me trying to do my part.”

“My mother is the inspiration behind MBJAM, and my personal superhero,” he later added while addressing the crowd. “With lupus, it’s not just the one person that’s affected, it’s the whole family. I want to thank you all for coming out to support a cause that means so much to me and my family.”

Source: ET Online