Pinch yourself. Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson are the new PiB (People in Black), an update to the MiB franchise that originally starred Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. There is proof below.
tessa thompson and chris hemsworth in MIB appreciation post pic.twitter.com/lUeGQWqmhT
— ⎊ lord tony of house stark (@tonystankstan) October 21, 2018
On paper, it doesn’t seem like they made major adjustments to the dynamic. Instead of a black man, we have a black woman, and instead of an old white dude, we got a… younger white dude.
However, the obvious asterisk is that we’ve seen this duo before in “Thor: Ragnorak” and surprise, surprise, they were so good together that they got another franchise.
We’ve been blessed with great duos stemming back from Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte in the “48 Hours” movies all the way to the “Rush Hour” trilogy and the recent collaboration between Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart.
— BossLogic (@Bosslogic) October 27, 2018
But what other duos would we like to see on screen? Specifically, what other POC duos would we love to see interact and potentially remake or update past or current franchises. Let’s explore a few options.
Lethal Weapon has technically already been “remade” on TV, but it doesn’t seem to be breaking new ground in terms of its casting choices. What if the franchise was resurrected back on the silver screen in the way of Ghostbusters, but with a bit more effort than supplanting the male cast with a female one.
[SPOILERS] The cancellations of #IronFist and #LukeCage not only nix the potentially intriguing arcs they were setting for their leads, but also deny Colleen Wing and Misty Knight of a chance to step into the spotlight. https://t.co/xT45IiGMxr pic.twitter.com/hX7CF57DJk
— Miguel Lopez (@mklopez) October 24, 2018
What if Simone Missick, who played Misty Knight in Luke Cage, plays a detective in a predominantly black precinct and gets stuck with an Asian-American detective, played by let’s just say Jessica Henwick (their shows did just get cancelled), who secretly is also an IA officer investigating Simone Missick’s previous case where a white civilian was shot and killed.
I know this is a completely different story, but I’m betting the new MiB is as well and at least Lethal Weapon has some name recognition to bank off of. Speaking of name recognition…
Teen Vogue's first digital cover celebrates the 'Young Hollywood Class of 2018'. Featured are upcoming actresses Bria Vinaite, Sasha Lane, Margaret Qualley, Ellie Bamber, Letitia Wright, Laura Harrier, Storm Reid and Awkwafina. pic.twitter.com/I06MmEjefa
— Models Of Diversity (@ModsOfDiversity) March 3, 2018
How about an update to Rush Hour, but this time we have Awkwafina play a wild child New York detective and Letitia Wright play a police officer from England come to investigate an ambassador’s missing child case that American police won’t take on because… racism.
Also, this person has the right idea:
With the announcement of a female JUMP STREET spinoff, I could think of some pairings they could go with:
J-Law and Emma Stone
Gina Rodriguez and Awkwafina
Letitia Wright and Anya Taylor-Joy
Just to name a few.
— Matthew St.Clair (@filmguy619) October 2, 2018
Now, there are numerous duos/teams we’d love to see, but how likely is it? Erring on the side of optimism and the development of the past few years, I’d say… it’s possible. Why? Because the crazy thing is that sometimes the internet works.
— VANITY FAIR (@VanityFair) July 26, 2018
If you want to see certain people on screen, your voice matters in bringing those people up. In a literal way, #StarringJohnCho proved that people can speak things into existence. Or at least, tweet them into existence.
And thanks to the #TimesUp campaign, we were surprised with an all star cast of international actresses in a spy movie.
Jessica Chastain Spy Thriller ‘355’ Sells to Universal https://t.co/YUYkXZepj4
— Variety (@Variety) May 12, 2018
Nothing’s impossible and it looks like when we ask, we shall receive. What duos/teams would you like to see on the screen?
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Written in VA. An MFA graduate in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia.