Thanks for coming back to another YA Onscreen. I'm recovering from my second bachelorette party within a month, so forgive me if we're a bit light on links this week. But I have lots of casting news for you and new footage of Michael B. Jordan to drool over, so somehow I think it will be okay. Let's get to it!
A candid conversation with the Oscar’s only 4 African-American director nominees in more than 90 years.
Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel will be getting a new friend…sidekick…villain(? Guys, I don’t know anything about this comic book.) in Gemma Chan, who has been cast as Minn-Erva, a Kree geneticist and spy, for the upcoming movie.
Relevant to our interests: Gina Rodriguez will be producing and starring in Sweet/Vicious creator Jennifer Kaytin Robinson’s directorial debut called Someone Great. It’s a rom-com about friendship going straight to Netflix.
First trailer for HBO’s Fahrenheit 451 starring Michael B. Jordan:
Sabrina’s nemesis on the upcoming reboot will be Father Blackwood, now played by Richard Coyle of Covert Affairs and Crossbones. Father Blackwood—yup, he sounds evil to me.
We’re getting that much closer to the Power of Three—Sarah Jeffrey has been tapped to play the youngest Charmed sister, joining Melonie Diaz. The description of this character isn’t exactly giving me the “more feminist than the other version” vibes I’ve been told I should feel. According to this, she’s supposed to be “…a bubbly college freshman who finds witchcraft at odds with her goal of getting into a super-fun sorority.” Like, OMG, what a drag!
Are you on the fence about the new Heathers reboot, starting on March 7, like me? (Saw the movie, really don’t remember much about it except that I obviously didn’t love it enough to remember it that well.) Let me provide a positive review and a negative one (FYI, this one says it’s super spoilery) to give you both sides.
Netflix is creating its first Arabic mini-series, a six-part supernatural teen drama about a group of friends who find a jinn. It’s set to come out sometime in 2019 and will film in Jordan and feature Arab actors.
That’s it for the week! Let us know what we missed in the comments.