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Rosario Dawson Joins Marvel’s Daredevil!

Good day to you ladies and gents, time for some news from the world of upcoming comic book adaptations and today I’ll be talking about a casting update relating to Daredevil. Now I talked about Charlie Cox’s involvement in the show, since then Vincent D’Onofrio was announced as Wilson Fisk (aka Kingpin) and now we have another face to add to the show The following information comes from superherohype:

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Marvel and Netflix announced today that Sin City and Kids star Rosario Dawson is set to join the cast of “Marvel’s Daredevil,” the new 13-episode series coming to Netflix in 2015.

Dawson will, according to the press release, play “a dedicated young woman whose quest to heal the wounds of Hell’s Kitchen brings Matt Murdock unexpectedly crashing into her life, while her own journey forever alters the course of his battle against the injustices of this broken city.” She joins Charlie Cox (previously announced as Matt Murdock) and Vincent D’Onofrio (previously announced as Wilson Fisk).

Although its purely speculative at this point, that character description does fit the Marvel Comics character “Night Nurse,” who was reintroduced to the Marvel Universe during Brian Michael Bendis’ run on “Daredevil” in 2004. The character also played a major part in Brian K. Vaughan’s “Doctor Strange” miniseries in 2006.

“Rosario Dawson is one the most charismatic, talented and powerful actresses in Hollywood, so she was always at the top of our list for ‘Marvel’s Daredevil,’” said Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s Head of Television. “Her role in the series is absolutely critical to Matt Murdock’s journey to become the hero we know as Daredevil.”

Well I think this is the biggest casting news to come out of this series so far and to be honest it is the most interesting. Dawson has been on my radar of actress since I saw her in Men In Black 2 (yeah sure it wasn’t a very good film, but she wasn’t bad it in), ever since then I’ve enjoyed her performances in films like Sin City, Trance, Clerks 2 and Seven Pounds. She’s a fine actress and she is a gorgeous woman too and I for one am happy that someone of her caliber is being added to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As for who she’ll be playing, I’m not sure. I know nothing of the characters that reside within the world of Daredevil besides the main character himself and a few of the villains and allies. As for the character that is speculated in the article, I done a bit of reading up about the character and this Night Nurse character sounds pretty important and would really fit into not only this show but also the connected world Marvel Studios are trying to create with these Netflix shows with Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones.

So what do you think of this casting news? Be sure to leave a comment below and let me know! 😀

 
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Posted by on June 21, 2014 in Media, Television

 

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Trance Review

Before I start this review I have to say that it’s taken me far too long to watch this film. I’ve been meaning to watch Trance since it opened in the cinema weeks ago, but every time I wanted to watch it times wouldn’t match up with other films or I couldn’t be arsed to go to the cinema and I put it off for weeks. But I FINALLY got around to watching it a few hours ago and I wish I’d seen it sooner, it’s pretty damn good and I’ll tell you why in this review.

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So the story of the film involves Simon, a fine art auctioneer who becomes involved in the theft of a painting from his own auction house. Simon attempts to double-cross his colleagues and keep the painting for himself but a blow to the head leaves him with amnesia. Unable to remember the location of the painting, Simon’s colleague Franck arranges a consultation with a hypnotherapist Elizabeth in order to unlock Simon’s memories as to where the painting is. As Elizabeth continues her sessions with Simon things in his mind start to become more complex and his life along with Elizabeth and Franck blur, fluctuate and change a great deal.

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I thought the story was very good, it was very deep, complex and so much more than I was expecting. The trailers really didn’t give you any indication of what was coming and what you learn in the film really is some surprising stuff. I also didn’t expect there to be as much humour as there was in the film given the dark and twisted nature of what was going on. With the hypnotherapy sessions and dream sequences the film really does blur the line between what is reality and what isn’t. Some of the scenes and story elements are truly unnerving and freaky and it is mighty impressive. Also like many films before this one Danny Boyle knows how create these scenes of tension, uneasiness and psychologically impactful stuff in a stylish and raw manner. I definitely got flashbacks from Trainspotting and Sunshine while watching this film. There were a couple of elements about the film I didn’t like but that’d be jumping into spoiler territory so I’ll just keep those points to myself, but all in all the story was very nice.

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But what is a film without a cast? Thankfully they’re more than up for the challenge as they are all on top form here and give us characters who are very interesting enticing. Let’s start with James McAvoy as Simon. McAvoy was incredible! This is the best role I’ve seen him in so far, now I’m a late fan of McAvoy’s but I can see why there are a lot of people who like him as an actor. In this film his performance is so powerful, believable and engaging from start to finish. As for Rosario Dawson as Elizabeth she was grand, I’ve always liked her and besides the fact that she’s astonishingly beautiful she played her part very well and I was very invested in her character. And lastly Vincent Cassel as Franck was great, I first came across Cassel in Black Swan and he was great in that film and in Trance his performance is nothing short of fantastic, he is intimidating, funny and very much impressive throughout.

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When it comes to visual presentation it is great. The way the film is shot looks great and it displays London in a very fancy way and it is interesting to see places in London that you’ve been before presented in a film in a very different way from the way you see it normally. In additional to the wonderful shots there’s some fine work done with the lighting, I loved the scenes at night and the use of colour only amplified the scenes they were used in to highlight moments of fear, confusion, tension etc. I especially loved the use of the blue, red and orange. Also the soundtrack by Rick Smith deserves a mention too, Smith’s compositions are both lighthearted and serious and capture the emotions of what’s going on at the time in a fantastic way. The music is impactful and the electronic style feels contemporary and nostalgic at the same time, I think that’s due to the fact that Smith’s collaborated with Danny Boyle many times before.

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In conclusion Trance is a great film with a very deep and complex story, a fabulous cast, an awesome visual style and wonderful soundtrack too. I see what all the hype was about and while I can’t say it’s my favourite Danny Boyle film it’s still a fabulous piece of filmmaking that deserves your attention.

Rating: 8/10 (Totally worth a watch!)

So have you seen Trance and if yes then what did you think of it? Whatever your thoughts are drop them in the comments section below. Thank you for reading and I’ll see you on the next film review yo! 😀

 
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Posted by on April 15, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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