Shortly after announcing his plans to direct a movie about first U.S. president George Washington, acclaimed director Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave, Shame) revealed that he intended to cast Idris Elba, known for his roles in Pacific Rim, Thor, and the BBC program Luther, in the starring role.
The film, Washington, will chronicle the titular president’s life over the course of his eight years as President of the United States.
"I’m very excited for this project," McQueen told us. "It goes without saying, this was a monumentally significant period in history, and George Washington was, and continues to be, a very significant figure. I hope I can do it justice."
Following the announcement, the Twittersphere immediately went abuzz in confusion, outrage, and controversy. One person tweeted, “how can you cast a black man? washington was white #smh”. Another said, “damn hollywood. how u gonna change someone’s race? what if we did that 2 other races? they’d riot #hypocrisy”.
However, McQueen responded to this controversy, saying, “I understand it looks like an unusual decision. But at the end of the day, it wasn’t about casting someone who was the right race. We went with the person who was the most talented, the most qualified, and that just happened to be Idris [Elba]. I think people will agree when they watch the movie, he truly captures who Washington was on the inside.”
Washington is scheduled to release December 11, 2015.
Idris Elba Cast As George Washington In New Film
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*giggles* But I would absolutely watch the fuck out of that movie. :)
thank u for sharing this with me eli
PACIFIC RIM CUT SCENES WITH TOPLESS IDRIS ELBA?? YOU FUCKING MONSTERS.
I only vaguely know what Pacific Rim is, but I know exactly what a great tragedy this is
#no no no #this is so important #because Raleigh has those scars too #they’re the only two pilots to ever ride a Jeager solo #and doing to burned the circuitry of their suits onto their skin #I think that’s part of mako’s staring at Raleigh shirtless #like part was obvs he’s hot as hell #but he’s the only one aside from her father to pilot a Jeager solo #and she must know about Stacker’s scars #so she’d be curious about Raleigh’s #sorry I’m having a lot of feelings right now
Dear employers, I will have to take the day off today because:
☐ It’s December and the streets are papier-mached with wet bronze leaves and it’s so dark outside that the cars have their headlights on at 3pm
☐ I have recently been through a breakup, or I have been through a breakup at any time in my life really, and I woke up today with the absolute conviction that I will never be loved again
☐ A dog looked at me
☐ I got a text from someone for whom I feel a mix of concern and frustration and recognition and longing that is both more and less than romance
☐ Someone made a joke about dead pets meeting you in heaven
☐ Daylight savings time
☐ I passed a knot of flowers that were so bright they glowed through the dim grey water of the day and when was anything in my life last that luminous?
☐ Girls are too pretty
☐ For the first time I genuinely comprehend that there is not enough time to have all the lives I wanted
☐ I accidentally listened to Leonard Cohen
Here’s a version of Van Gogh’s Starry Night created using thousands of curled up strips of paper. Susan Myers used a process called paper quilling to painstakingly build up her version of the piece.
"He’s my mate and I love him."
Jessica Williams talks to John Tamny, columnist for Forbes
P.S. He’s an asshole
If you haven’t seen the whole segment, find a way to watch it. It’s truly worth it for how much Jessica Williams exposes his ignorance and privilege in three minutes.
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A 21-Year-Old College Student Is About To Become The Youngest Member Of The Mississippi House
BY PETER JACOBS
Tulane University senior Jeramey Anderson turns 22 on Friday — the same day he will be sworn into the Mississippi House of Representatives, making him the youngest member of the legislative body.
The Tulane student won the seat after a general election against the candidate backed by the local Democratic Party, even though Anderson had led the Democratic primary. Anderson took 60% of the vote in Tuesday’s election, the Sun Herald reports. [Continue reading the article in its entirety.]
Well Goddamn. I had no idea. Well done, sir.
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