Tessa Thompson is taking over 2018.
Thompson, whose latest film Annihilation, hits theaters on the 26th, has her hands full with upcoming roles and hopeful projects, including Sorry to Bother You, Little Woods, Avengers and Furlough.
The stunning actress who played Michael B. Jordan’s love interest in Creed, has been tapped to play legendary jewelry thief, Doris Payne, in an upcoming action-drama.
The 34-year-old confirmed the big news via Twitter on Tuesday, writing; “After chasing Doris and her story for years— and then keeping this secret for awhile— I’m screaming that this dream is coming true.”
Talking about Payne, who for six decades traveled the world to steal diamonds, Tessa explained that “she is a deeply fascinating woman. So pleased to bring this story to the screen with CodeBlack & Lionsgate. Beyond grateful.”
Tessa, whose credits also include Thor: Ragnarok and Westworld, also wouldn’t mind joining forces with Mark Millar and John Romita Jr., the writers behind comic, Kick-Ass.
According to the creators, if the project ever went to the big screen, Thompson would be one of their top pics to star in the feature — an honor Tessa wouldn’t necessarily turn away from. “Kicking ass is something I’m highly interested in,” Thompson tweeted after Mark threw her name out.
Thompson further explained her desire to maybe kick some ass when HipHollywood caught up with her over the weekend to talk about Annihilation. “I’m so excited. Mark Milliar’s Kick-Ass is so cool,” she told us exclusively. “I love the previous ones and the new Kick-Ass is going to be a Black woman and she has a daughter and that’s apart of her journey. For whatever reason Mark Milliar thought that I would be great for that and is excited for me.”
She added, “Even if they don’t make a movie I just think it’s so cool in the comic book, graphic novel space to have representation of women in color. In fact, I think it’s happening more in print than it is in film and I love that. It’s so nice to see.”
This, folks, is Tessa’s year.
‘Annihilation’s’ Leading Ladies Use Intense Military Training As Bonding Experience
Annihilation is one hell of a visually stunning sci-fi film with five female leads on an expedition to uncover the mysterious phenomenon that is expanding across the American coastline.
For Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson and Gina Rodriguez, the film, which also lends a voice to what is being called the year of the woman, dressing in head to toe military gear and going through tactical training was a bonding experience.
“”t was really fun. It’s weird to say that. But to have all these women in military training together, where we had to do these exercises … it was a great bonding experience with each other.” Portman told us.
And although the women had the opportunity to use real guns, firearms is not something the ladies of Hollywood advocate. “I’m anti gun to be honest,” Rodriguez said. “I say no guns. There’s no reason for people to have guns especially when you have these,” she said while holding up her firsts.
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