Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Watch: Taraji P. Henson, Viola Davis + Other Emmy Season Drama Actresses Talk Race, Sexism, Aging in Hollywood Watch: Taraji P. Henson, Viola Davis + Other Emmy Season Drama Actresses Talk Race, Sexism, Aging in Hollywood Teaser: Tahir Jetter's Dark Romantic Comedy, 'Occasionally Dating Black Women' Teaser: Tahir Jetter's Dark Romantic Comedy, 'Occasionally Dating Black Women' ‘Straight Outta Compton’ May Be F. Gary Gray's Best. So What’s Your Opening Box Office Prediction? ‘Straight Outta Compton’ May Be F. Gary Gray's Best. So What’s Your Opening Box Office Prediction? Bill Duke Attached to Direct Ensemble Dramedy About a Wealthy, Dysfunctional Black Family Bill Duke Attached to Direct Ensemble Dramedy About a Wealthy, Dysfunctional Black Family 'Jessica Jones' Producers Share Details on How Involved Luke Cage Will Be in the Series 'Jessica Jones' Producers Share Details on How Involved Luke Cage Will Be in the Series Danny Glover's Toussaint L'Ouverture Film That Never Was, But Could Still Be & Other Films on the Haitian Revolutionary Danny Glover's Toussaint L'Ouverture Film That Never Was, But Could Still Be & Other Films on the Haitian Revolutionary HBO Boss Says Issa Rae's Series Casting Now, Slightly Different in Tone from Web Series, Don't Expect Until 2016/2017 HBO Boss Says Issa Rae's Series Casting Now, Slightly Different in Tone from Web Series, Don't Expect Until 2016/2017 Nice! Lupita Nyong’o Will Star in Danai Gurira's Liberia Civil War Drama ''Eclipsed' Nice! Lupita Nyong’o Will Star in Danai Gurira's Liberia Civil War Drama ''Eclipsed' S&A Call for Films That Speak to the #BlackLivesMatter Movement - Cash Award for the Strongest S&A Call for Films That Speak to the #BlackLivesMatter Movement - Cash Award for the Strongest Watch Episode One of Controversial Caribbean-Set TV Series ‘Chee$e’ Watch Episode One of Controversial Caribbean-Set TV Series ‘Chee$e’ John Legend and His Get Lifted Production Company to Executive Produce WGN America's 'Underground' John Legend and His Get Lifted Production Company to Executive Produce WGN America's 'Underground' Nollywood Is a Genre of Nigerian Film & Not the Entire Nigerian Film Industry (Watch Al Jazeera's New Documentary) Nollywood Is a Genre of Nigerian Film & Not the Entire Nigerian Film Industry (Watch Al Jazeera's New Documentary) It Looks Like 'Beasts of No Nation' Will Be THE "Black Film" in Awards Season Contention This Year - With 9 Other Potentials It Looks Like 'Beasts of No Nation' Will Be THE "Black Film" in Awards Season Contention This Year - With 9 Other Potentials Marvel Hopes to Release a New Netflix Series Every 6 Months - Including 'Luke Cage' & 'The Defenders' of Course Marvel Hopes to Release a New Netflix Series Every 6 Months - Including 'Luke Cage' & 'The Defenders' of Course Starz Announces Return Date for Original Series 'Power' + New Key Art + Trailer Starz Announces Return Date for Original Series 'Power' + New Key Art + Trailer Why Was Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) Really Replaced on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'? Buzzfeed Investigates Why Was Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) Really Replaced on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'? Buzzfeed Investigates Third 'Best Man' Movie Gets a Title, an Official 2016 Release Date & A Most Unexpected Wedding Third 'Best Man' Movie Gets a Title, an Official 2016 Release Date & A Most Unexpected Wedding Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie... Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie...

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?
10
GroupShot

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.

CCC

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


Shadow & ActNewsletter