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This 'Cats' Star Is Not Having Any Of Those Whitewashing Claims

"Let's not read into it."

Mixed-race ballerina Francesca Hayward has responded to allegations the upcoming movie adaptation of the musical Cats whitewashed her.

Hayward plays Victoria the White in the musical and is seen in the trailer with a face of white fur. Fans are accusing the film of whitewashing the actress, saying they believe her feline form should have been portrayed using fur that matched her natural skin tone.

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One Twitter user wrote, “How come you can clearly see this is Taylor Swift/the entire bottom half of her face is visible, but you wouldn’t know the black lead was black unless you knew her already.”

Another fan responded, “She’s BLACK?!” Adding, “Wow. You cannot tell. That’s deliberate and terrible.”

Other people brought up the fact the character is literally called Victoria the White with one fan writing, “It’s based on the musical where Victoria is specifically a white kitten, a symbol of her purity as she comes of age in the story. Any person can play any colour cat.”

Another person added, “Francesca was chosen for her awesome ballerina skills and not her skin [colour]. Victoria is a white cat. I’m pretty sure if she had a problem with this, she would have refused the role.”

Speaking with The Sunday Times, the Royal Ballet’s first mixed-race female principal dancer said, “Obviously I would never have agreed to be a part of something that would change the colour of my skin had I been playing a human.

“The bottom line is, I’m playing a cat … a cat that’s white, let’s not read into it.”

Meanwhile, other fans have called out the film for the “introducing Francesca Hayward” text in the trailer when she is already highly accomplished and well known in the ballet world.

The star also appeared in Vogue as one of Meghan Markle’s trailblazers earlier this year.

In an Instagram post, Hayward wrote, “I feel so proud to see myself in this iconic magazine for the legendary September issue and to be one of Vogue’s #forcesforchange chosen by HRH The Duchess of Sussex and Edward Enniful.”

Hayward was born in Nairobi and moved to Sussex at the age of two to live with her British grandparents. She started learning ballet at three and became training at a professional dance school at 11.

She joined the Royal Ballet in 2010 after winning the Young British Dancer of the Year award.

Um, The Petition To Have Danny DeVito Play Wolverine Hit A Huge Milestone

"Cast Danny DeVito as Wolverine, you cowards."

Since Disney’s merger with 20th Century Fox, fans have been left wondering when the X-Men will join the MCU – and more importantly, who will play Wolverine?

Well, it looks as though some fans have an idea for who it should be and it’s probably the person you’d least expect – Danny DeVito!

Seriously, a bunch of X-Men fans have started a petition to have DeVito play the mutant and it just reached a huge milestone with more than 50,000 people signing the petition at Change.Org.

Considering the actor is now 75-years-old we don’t have a lot of hope that he’d actually be hired for the gig, but hey, the fans are definitely keen.

The petition states that DeVito is the only person who’d be able to play Wolverine convincingly.

It reads, “The only man able to take the throne after Hugh Jackman. We believe that if Wolverine is to make an appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that the only man able to pull it off is Danny DeVito.

“A couple good reasons as to why I believe so strongly that he suits the character:

“Danny DeVito’s height is a lot closer to the comic books portrayal of Wolverine. With Danny being 4’10” and Wolverine 5’3″.

“Secondly, we all saw Danny’s portrayal of the Trashman. So, we know he is fully capable of fighting, and that he is not afraid when things get dirty!”

The Trashman, was DeVito’s character Frank Reynolds’ wrestling persona, in It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia.

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There are plenty of other actors that fans want to portray the superhero including Daniel Radcliffe, Taron Egerton, Scott Eastwood, Keanu Reeves and Garrett Hedlund. But perhaps DeVito is the dark horse we need to watch out for?

OK, so there’s probably very little chance DeVito will portray Wolverine, but he was considered as the voice of Rocket Raccoon in The Guardians of the Galaxy, but director James Gunn decided to go in another direction with Bradley Cooper according to CinemaBlend.

You can check out DeVito in Jumanji: The Next Level, which is out this month.

Carrie Fisher Left 'Star Wars' Director JJ Abrams A Cryptic Message In Her Book

"It was really strange."

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker director JJ Abrams has revealed Carrie Fisher left him a cryptic message in her book before she passed away in 2016.

Speaking to Stephen Colbert on The Late Show, Abrams revealed the actress left him a message in The Princess Diarist, which was released in November 2016, a month before her passing.

He said, “I wasn’t supposed to work on this film [Rise of Skywalker], and she passed away before The Last Jedi was released, and she wrote this book.”

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“She thanks me at the very end, she says, ‘Special thanks to J. J. Abrams, for putting up with me twice.’ And I had never worked with her before The Force Awakens and I wasn’t supposed to direct Episode IX. And it was a very Carrie thing to write something like that and to somehow know. It was really strange.”

Somehow, Fisher knew she’d work with Abrams again, even if it was after she passed away.

Wow.

Colbert asked Abrams about the rumour that George Lucas had intended the third series of Star Wars films to be Leia’s story. The director responded that he didn’t know if that was the case or not, but explained how they brought Leia to life in the last film in the Skywalker saga.

“She was the greatest. And we knew that there was no way that we could finish this Skywalker saga without Leia. It was impossible. And we knew we’d never want to do a digital Leia and of course couldn’t recast it,” he said.

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Thankfully, he figured out a way around it.

“I remembered we had these scenes that we had shot in The Force Awakens that we’d never used, which at the time I was really upset that we weren’t using them because it was Carrie and it was Leia and how do you not use them? But it just didn’t work in the movie. And weirdly, those scenes were material that we 100 per cent realised that could be used to tell her story in this film.

“So every time you’re seeing Leia in scenes with characters it’s Carrie in this movie.”

He added, “And I still can’t quite believe that she’s gone, because we’ve been working on these scenes in editorial and she’s as there as anyone. It’s really uncanny.”

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