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Thandiwe Newton Reveals She Turned Down Role In Superhero Film

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Thandiwe Newton Reveals She Turned Down Role In Superhero Film

Thandiwe Newton has revealed that she turned down a role in a superhero film. Watch here:

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The actor has starred in huge movie franchises such as Mission: Impossible and more recently Star Wars, and many fans would love to see the 48-year-old in the Marvel or DC universe.

But it turns out the Line of Duty star has already rejected an underwhelming part in one of the blockbuster movies.

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Speaking to LADbible to promote the release of her new film, Reminiscence, Newton said: "I was offered a role playing someone's mum who just dies. I was like, 'Meh, no'.

"It was more the role, you know what I mean?"

Indeed, Newton said she would definitely be open to featuring in one of the films, if the role was right - particularly given the direction a lot of the movies and series have taken in recent years.

Newton has plenty of thoughts about superhero films and the direction they are headed in. Credit: PA
Newton has plenty of thoughts about superhero films and the direction they are headed in. Credit: PA
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"I love what's happening with these genres now, where filmmakers are f*****g with the genre," she said.

"The perfect example is Taika Waititi, what he did with Ragnarok. I love that the actors in it really want to push it too, of course they do - it's boring otherwise, Jesus.

"And you know, the fact that Watchmen used Tulsa [race massacre of 1921] in the origin story of that show, that's critical race theory, you know, looking into the past and actually merging with it in the present so that we have a better understanding for our future."

She continued: "As a genre they bore me these big franchises, and I'm quite cynical about it too, because it's just about money; it's this behemoth of money that's just like rolling forward gathering more money, right?

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"But now I feel like there is a demand from both the audience, I think people who are involved in the movies - but certainly the world - that there is better substance around these superhero things."

Newton believes the onus is on these film franchises to have more depth, because there is no real need for Spider-Man, Batman, Captain America and co.

She said: "We don't actually need artificial superheroes. We have superheroes on the ground.

"I remember when Obama became President and there was the Met Ball - and it was a superhero Met Ball - and someone said to me, 'Who's your favourite superhero?' I was like, 'Barack Obama'.

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"Why do they have to be fantasy? They don't have to be fantasy."

Whether we get to see Newton in a superhero film remains to be seen, but you can catch her starring alongside Wolverine actor Hugh Jackman in sci-fi flick Reminiscence, in which she plays the role of alcoholic assistant, Emily 'Watts' Sanders.

Newton stars alongside Jackman in Reminiscence. Credit: Warner Bros.
Newton stars alongside Jackman in Reminiscence. Credit: Warner Bros.

The movie's synopsis reads: "Nick Bannister (Jackman), a private investigator of the mind, navigates the darkly alluring world of the past by helping his clients access lost memories.

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"Living on the fringes of the sunken Miami coast, his life is forever changed when he takes on a new client, Mae (Ferguson). A simple matter of lost and found becomes a dangerous obsession.

"As Bannister fights to find the truth about Mae's disappearance, he uncovers a violent conspiracy, and must ultimately answer the question: how far would you go to hold on to the ones you love?"

Reminiscence is out in cinemas now.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: TV and Film, Celebrity, Marvel, DC

Jake Massey
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