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