Antoine Fuqua and Will Smith will move production on their big-budget, runaway slave thriller “Emancipation” out of Georgia in protest over the state’s controversial new voting restrictions.
The announcement continues the economic fallout from Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican, and the GOP-controlled state legislature’s decision to pass new regulations that critics maintain amount to voter suppression, aimed at reducing the turnout of people of color. The new laws were passed in the wake of former President Donald Trump’s unfounded claims of voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election, and after Georgia voted for a Democrat for president for the first time in decades.
The rules shorten the duration of absentee voting, require absentee voters to produce identification, limit the use of drop boxes and make it a crime to hand out free food or water to voters standing in line.
Director Malcolm D. Lee told Entertainment Weekly that Zendaya’s voice is perfect for Lola because it will “reflect the authenticity of strong, capable female characters.”
“We reworked a lot of things, not only her look,” Lee explained about the character. “Like making sure she had an appropriate length on her shorts and was feminine without being objectified, but gave her a real voice.”
“For us,” he continued, “it was, let’s ground her athletic prowess, her leadership skills, and make her as full a character as the others.”
Filmmaker James Gunn reported on Twitter that the first red band trailer for his upcoming The Suicide Squad movie hit a first-week record with over 150M views.
That number beats the 116M first-week views of New Line’s Mortal Kombat, which recently held the record as the most-watched red band trailer.
At the time of The Suicide Squad trailer drop on March 26, Warner Bros. hadn’t received an official rating for the follow-up to the 2016 movie, but it’s been made clear today that the DC film will be what is arguably the comic book cinema series’ fourth title to receive an R-rating after Watchmen, Joker, Zack Snyder’s Justice League and the extended DVD cut of Batman v. Superman (which had a PG-13 theatrical release).