Deadpool's Ed Skrein LEAVES Hellboy Reboot Over Whitewashing Controversy – The CineFiles Ep. 36

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Did you hear that Blade Runner 2049 released a short film and will be the longest blockbuster of 2017? That Joaquin Phoenix’s You Were Never Really Here dropped its first trailer? What about Deadpool’s Ed Skrein dropping out of the new Hellboy reboot? No? We’ve got you covered. Welcome to The CineFiles! A weekly show where we zoom in on the most buzz worthy news Hollywood and the indie scene has to offer.

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The CineFiles Ep. 36

Did you hear that Blade Runner 2049 released a short film and will be the longest blockbuster of 2017? That Joaquin Phoenix’s You Were Never Really Here dropped its first trailer? What about Deadpool’s Ed Skrein dropping out of the new Hellboy reboot? No? We’ve got you covered. Welcome to The CineFiles! A weekly show where we zoom in on the most buzz worthy news Hollywood and the indie scene has to offer.

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#3: “Blade Runner 2049” the Longest Blockbuster of 2017


If you already had trouble containing your excitement for this one, it might just be impossible after this news. Denis Villeneuve’s highly anticipated follow-up to the iconic original is set to run a massive 2 hours and 43 minutes in length, which would make it the longest blockbuster of 2017, according to Slash Film and Sony Russia. In addition to the already lengthy run time, the story of Blade Runner continues to sprawl, as Villeneuve recently spoke to Collider and provided a six minute short film to accompany the film. Directed by Luke Scott, the short film takes place in the year 2036, after the original film but before the events of Blade Runner 2049. The short follows Jared Leto’s character, Niander Wallace, who has created the perfect replicant which he calls the Nexus 9 as he seeks to rid the law of repealing replicants. The film which also stars Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford comes out October 6th.


#2: First Trailer to Joaquin Phoenix’s “You Were Never Really Here” Drops


After taking the Cannes Film Festival by storm earlier this year by winning best screenplay and best actor, audiences finally got a closer look at Joaquin Phoenix’s You Were Never Really Here, after the first international trailer dropped. Directed by We Need to Talk About Kevin’s Lynne Ramsay, the film follows Phoenix’s tormented enforcer who goes searching for a missing girl. The film is extremely violent, but the trailer opts to avoid showing that, instead focusing on the despair as well as the potential violence within its characters. What is made apparent, though, is that the enforcer’s weapon of choice is a hammer, which is sure to translate into some heavy and brutal scenes. The trailer is dark, gritty and full of style, drawing similarities to films like Taxi Driver and Drive. The movie will be distributed by Amazon Studios, but no release date has been officially announced yet.



Before we get to our final pick, here are a couple new releases:

“Tulip Fever” (2017)

“Goon: Last of the Enforcers” (2017)


#1: Deadpool’s Ed Skrein Drops “Hellboy” Reboot After Whitewashing Controversy


Ed Skrein didn’t quite do his homework. After accepting a role in Mike Mignola’s reboot of Hellboy titled Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen, his casting led to public outcry, as his character Major Ben Daimio was drawn as an Asian in the comic books. The move was largely seen as another example of Hollywood whitewashing, with Scarlett Johansson’s role in Ghost in the Shell being a recent example. Due to the backlash, Skrein promptly announced his dropping of the role, and also released a statement on the matter. “I accepted the role unaware that the character in the original comics was of Asian heritage,” read Skrein’s Instagram post. “It is our responsibility to make moral decisions in difficult times and to give voice to inclusivity.” While the casting itself drew controversy, many celebrities voiced their respect for Skrein’s decision, including former co-star David Harbour and The Big Sick’s Kumail Nanjiani.
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