Saturday, February 13, 2021

Tessa Thompson Like Actress for Transformers 7 Leading Role?

Joining the rumor of a possible title for Transformers 7 as Transformers: Beast Alliance, we now have another one. This is about the casting of one of the lead roles for the film. The goal apparently is to cast a Tessa Thompson (Thor: Ragnorok, Westworld) like actress. This does not mean to actually cast Tessa Thompson herself, likely because at this point in her career she is probably more than they want to spend and she is very busy and likely unavailable anyway.

Nope by "like" they seem to mean another African-American actress with enough filming experience to be a familiar face but not so famous that she would be too expensive for the budget to cast. Examples cited include Ruth Negga (Preacher), Jurnee Smollett (Lovecraft Country), and Zoe Kravitz (Big Little Lies). These are example, not necessarily in contention for the role.

Now before get insulted by the "like" reference, its pretty common term use in Hollywood. Its a short hand for using a very famous face to reference the similiar body and look type they are seeking for a role. So they will say they want someone "like" Tom Hanks or "like" Scarlett Johansson, think of what characteristics pop in your mind for that actor, then actors that remind you of them, and just like that have a short list of potential actors for a role and an easy way to describe how invision that role being handled. Based on all that, what other actors do you think would be good candiates for the "like" Tessa role in Transformers 7?

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