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Millie Bobby Brown Wrote A Fanfic And Netflix Gave Her A Movie Deal, Hbu?

Time to dust off all those Twilight scribbles from high school and call up Netflix.

Since Stranger Things 4 won’t be hitting Netflix anytime soon, Millie Bobby Brown has plenty of time on her hands and she’s decided to spend it by writing some fanfiction and uh, *checks notes* turning it into a movie.

Recreation of the movie’s development process.

According to The Wrap, the Stranger Things star will be developing and producing a film for Netflix based on an original fanfiction story she wrote with her older sister.

Titled A Time Lost, the film revolves around a long-standing feud between two Long Island families that escalates when one of the teenage daughters is diagnosed with cancer.

That… sounds like a pretty intense story to come out of the brain of a 15-year-old teenage girl. At least it’s not Twilight.

Okay, we’re getting too judgy about the whole “Millie Bobby Brown wrote some fanfiction and is making a movie out of it” thing so let’s look at it pragmatically.

Yes she and her older sister wrote a story that seems to be well beyond her years, but the film’s actual script will be written by Anna Klassen so there will be an experienced writer onboard to make sure the project isn’t just some scribbles from the diary of a teenager.

Besides, Netflix wouldn’t be giving MBB a movie deal like this without ensuring she is surrounded by people to help make it not suck so let’s not give it the doom and gloom treatment (yet).

Producing and writing a movie isn’t easy, let alone doing it when you’re 15, so the fact that she’s doing it at all is quite remarkable.

Let’s also not forget the fact that Millie Bobby Brown is only 15. That’s an age where it’s typical to broaden your horizons and to fail and succeed and a bunch of things so let’s just see how this all pans out.

Marvel Royally Screwed DC's Casting Plans For The New Batman Film

Certainly no shortage of hurdles for Matt Reeves' Batman film.

Matt Reeves is trying awfully hard to get his solo Batman movie off the ground but it’s proving harder than expected. And if a mega juicy scoop is to be believed, Marvel played a bit of a part in these headaches for Reeves and DC because of their Phase 4 MCU plans for Blade.

According to Collider‘s Jeff Sneider’s podcast, The Sneider Cut, Oscar winner Mahershala Ali was apparently the “top choice” for Reeves and DC to play Commissioner Jim Gordon in the upcoming Batman flick, even meeting with Reeves for the role.

Presumably this meeting took place on the top of a rooftop while skylights with the Bat symbol were blasting into the night sky.

Now Ali joining the DC Extended Universe as Batman’s important ally would’ve been awesome but Marvel royally screwed DC and Reeves’ big plans by casting him as Blade.

While it is possible for actors to stick their fingers in both the MCU and DCEU pies – just ask Laurence Fishburne and Zachery Levi – it doesn’t look like Ali will be double-dipping as Sneider says the actor isn’t looking to “do yet another comic book movie” now that he’s got his own Marvel movie franchise to lead.

It doesn’t just apply to food.

It’s quite the first world problem situation we’ve got here – one which should be taken with a mountain of salt – but if it all is true, we certainly don’t blame Ali for choosing Marvel over DC here.

Why play second fiddle to Batman in a Robert Pattinson flick when he can be Blade in his own Marvel franchise and have “Mahershala Ali is Blade” in big letters on posters everywhere?

But don’t feel bad for DC and Reeves as there are plenty of other great actors out there who would make a great Jim Gordon.

Maybe we’ll get to see J.K. Simmons back in the role. He’ll probably want to have another crack at the character after the travesty that was Justice League.

Shelve The 'Whitewashing', It's Fine For Hailee Steinfeld To Play Kate Bishop In Hawkeye

No need to lose all the arrows in your quiver.

Marvel really have a thing with hiring over-qualified people with their movies and TV shows. Case in point: they’re courting Hailee Steinfeld to play Kate Bishop in their upcoming Hawkeye limited series.

According to the scoop by Variety, the actress has been offered the lead role for Marvel’s upcoming Disney+ MCU show, which will also star Jeremy Renner as, well, Hawkeye.

Hi Clint.

Now the reception to Marvel nabbing Hailee Steinfeld for Hawkeye (assuming she says yes) has been very positive, as it should be because she is a fantastic actress and seeing her banter with Renner over Hawkeye-y stuff is going to be electrifying.

But the internet being what it is, there are a few people who aren’t too pleased with this news because they perceive Steinfeld’s casting as *checks notes* whitewashing.

You see, there are some folks out there who are claiming that Kate Bishop is Asian and casting a “white woman” like Hailee is whitewashing that’s akin to Scarlett Johansson as The Major in Ghost In The Shell.

Now I’m all for folks getting all up in arms when it comes to Asian representation and whitewashing in Hollywood but there are a couple of issues with this whole Hailee Steinfeld/Hawkeye thing.

Firstly, Kate Bishop isn’t depicted as Asian in the comics. In fact, her ethnicity isn’t referenced at all and the whole “Kate is Asian” thing most likely spawned from fans who assumed she is (or wish she is) due to the different art styles used over the years.

Now that’s not to say that an Asian actress couldn’t have played Kate Bishop, but Marvel clearly go for the most talented actors and it’s hard to argue against Hailee not doing a great job.

Secondly and most importantly, Hailee is actually Asian – she’s part Filipino on her mother’s side – which renders any whitewashing claim immediately moot.

So to all those people having a whinge over Marvel whitewashing Kate Bishop, please put this “argument” away because it’s got no legs to stand on. It’s perfectly fine for Hailee to play Hawkeye so there’s no need to lose all your arrows in your quiver.

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