Director Ava DuVernay
is no stranger to being bold. Not only was her 2014 Martin Luther King
Jr. biopic “Selma” nominated for a best picture Oscar, she’s the first
woman of color to direct a live-action film with a production budget
over $100 million. And she’s used that clout to cast a young actress of
color, 13-year-old Storm Reid, as protagonist Meg Murry, previously
played by a white actress, in Madeleine L’Engle’s beloved classic “A
Wrinkle in Time.”
Still, with “Queen Sugar,” the scripted drama
DuVernay created for Oprah Winfrey’s OWN, bold might be an
understatement. With a young male character who plays with a Barbie
doll, the Long Beach-born writer-director is consciously aiming to stoke
conversation about identity in the African American community.
Fresh off the awards cycle for her Martin Luther King Jr. biopic, DuVernay is allegedly entertaining a very interesting future project. The Wrap reported Tuesday evening that Marvel was interested in bringing DuVernay on to helm one of its two upcoming films, either Captain Marvel or Black Panther. While it’s not clear yet which she’s up for, The Wrap says one hero is the more probable.
She’s beautiful, Eggsy thinks, not
for the first time and not for the last time. She has dark hair and even darker
eyes, a small, sharp face. She doesn’t smile much; she’s the kind of woman who
gets accosted in the streets by men telling her to cheer up, love. She’s also the kind of woman who snaps her fingers
to have them beaten to a bloody pulp when they do.
The infrequency of
her smiles makes it all the more special when she does smile. And she smiles at
Eggsy, has done so quite often ever since she found him bleeding out into the
pavement and nursed him back to health.
“A rash tactic,”
Merlin had said dryly, “but it’s your mission, Eggsy, and you have to do what
you think is best.”