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Could "The Compton Cricket Club" Signal A Changing Of The Guard For Hollywood's Leading Men?

Shadow and Act By Emmanuel Akitobi | Shadow and Act February 12, 2012 at 3:37PM

Could "The Compton Cricket Club" Signal A Changing Of The Guard For Hollywood's Leading Men?
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The Express.co.uk is reporting that despite industry heavyweights Denzel Washington and Jamie Foxx both vying for key roles in the planned upcoming film The Compton Cricket Club, studio heads are leaning more towards British actors Idris Elba and Adrian Lester.

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The Compton Cricket Club will tell of English woman Katy Haber’s campaign to save a community by calming gang warfare in Los Angeles.

From The Express:

Movie bosses want British actors Idris Elba and Adrian Lester on board and Cold Feet’s Helen Baxendale is being lined up to play Haber, who became an MBE last month.

Film producer Haber said there had been huge interest from studios. “My vision is to create an academy, teaching youth about the sport,” she said.

The CCC, made up of ex-criminals, police and gang members, has toured the UK and Australia. A source said: “This story has everything: the drama of gang warfare, Katy’s determination to beat the odds and how the efforts saved kids from the streets.”

With Idris Elba snagging a Golden Globe this year for his work on the BBC's Luther, and Adrian Lester wrapping up a very successful run on the popular BBC series Hustle, their profiles have risen considerably, as of late.  Now, with word that they are favored for these possible roles, over Washington and Foxx, should we interpret this as some sort of shift in star-power?  Or is this just a case of movie execs preferring British actors to play British chararcters?  And the biggest question of all, probably, is "Do we really care to see yet another film about a white hero who shows up to save a minority group that just can't seem to save itself?"

This article is related to: Idris Elba, Denzel Washington, Jamie Foxx, Adrian Lester


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