Something I forgot to post about yesterday: Mindy was on Star Plates, a new Food Network show where celebrities cook in their favorite restaurants. It was pretty funny, the food she made looked amazing, and turns out the show is executive produced by Drew Barrymore! It’s probably online now and I recommend watching it if you’re looking for a nice half hour pick me up.
Seven out of the needed-eight women are reportedly signed up to join the all-female cast of Ocean’s Ocho, the spinoff of Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean movies. According to Deadline, Rihanna, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, and rapper/YouTube star Awkwafina are set to join the stars of the film, Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett.
The movie will be directed by Gary Ross, known for The Hunger Games, and produced by Ocean’s Eleven director Steven Soderbergh.“I think it’s a pretty similar tone,” Ross told Slashfilm about the upcoming movie in June. “This is very much an extension and a continuation… I’m in no way trying to reinvent the tone, and I’m thrilled and honoured to be extending it. It’s really fun to work with.”
The story centers on Meg Murry, a young girl traumatized by the disappearance of her scientist father years before, who finds herself on an interplanetary journey with a schoolmate and her younger brother to find him. They are aided on their quest by a trio of supernatural beings, Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon), Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling) and Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey).
As THR first reported, Disney has made the race of L’Engle’s main characters black or mixed race, making the Murry family now a mixed-race one.
The studio is currently looking for a non-white actor to play the schoolmate, Calvin O’Keefe.