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Ava DuVernay scores yet another new job

Ava needs to clone herself, that woman is busy! She has yet another project in the works.

On top of Sugar and A Wrinkle in Time, Ava will direct The Battle of Versailles about the 1973 fashion show at the historic palace that pitted the upstart American designers against the established French elite. By the end of the night the Americans scored a major victory and American fashion was raised to the world stage. This show was also notable for the fact that out of the 30 models used by the Americans, 10 of them were WOC. It was ground breaking.

Can’t you just see the visuals now? Ohmygod peeps, Ava is going to slay this!

Ava is also exec producing co-writing the flick for HBO. The film will be  based on the 2015 book The Battle Of Versailles: The Night American Fashion Stumbled Into The Spotlight And Made History by fashion journalist Robin Givhan.

This project is apparently still in the early development stages, so no word when we will actually get to see it yet. Stay tuned!

Ava DuVernay to direct “A Wrinkle in Time” for Disney

Well we now know what Ava will be doing after shooting on her TV show Queen Sugar wraps. She’s gotten the nod to direct the classic YA novel A Wrinkle in Time for Disney studios!

Ava apparently had been the front runner for the position from day 1, and today it looks like Disney finally sealed the deal. Ava remains in talks to direct Intelligent Life, starring Lupita Nyong’o.

You may remember A Wrinkle in Time from your school days, it’s been a staple of school reading list for decades. The book by Madeline L’Engle tells the story of young girl whose father disappears while doing research on a tesseract (note to Marvel fans, it’s not same thing as the one in the Marvel-verse). The girl is forced to travel to the fifth dimension in order to find her father and she has interesting adventures along the way. It’s very beloved book and the comments I am reading on the internet are very positive on Ava helming the project.

Congratulations to Ava, I’m sure she will slay!

More casting news for “Queen Sugar”

Several more characters have been cast in Ava DuVernay’s new TV show Queen Sugar, based on Natalie Baszile’s novel of the name that follow the trials and tribulations of a group of sublings trying to save teh fmaily sugar cane farm. So far we already have Bordelon siblings Nova (Rutina Wesley), Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner) and Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe) cast. Here’s the scoop on the newly announced cast members:

  • Tina Lifford (Minority Report, Scandal) will portray Violet Bordelon, the aunt to the Bordelon siblings, described as a spunky woman involved in a long-term relationship with a younger man, played by Omar Dorsey (Django Unchained)

    Tina Lifford
  • Dondré Whitfield (Mistresses)will play Remy Newell, a trusted friend working on the Bordelon land as a water irrigation specialist
  • Timon Kyle Durrett (72 Hours) Davis West, a professional basketball player married to Bordelion sibling Charley
  • Nicholas L. Ashe (Are We There Yet?) will play Micha, Davis and Charley’s 15-year-old son who, despite a privileged life, is grounded and has a great relationship with his parents.

Imagine a world where there is a film with Lupita Nyong’o as the star and Ava DuVernay as the director

This could be our world!!!!!

Lupita Nyong’o is currently in talks to star in Intelligent Life. and SciFi thriller for Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment. Rumor has it, according to The Hollywood Reporter, that Ava DuVernay will be offered the director’s chair.

The movie is about a UN worker in the department that would represent mankind in the event of alien contact. The worker falls in love with a mysterious woman – the part Lupita is currently interested in – who turns out to be an alien.

Ava is currently working her series Queen Sugar for OWN network, so she might not be available for the project, but I want this to happen so bad it hurts.

Also, Ava is apparently on the short list of directors being considered for Disney’s adaption of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time. Again I don’t know the timing yet for these projects, so she may have conflicts to work out before she can sign on the dotted line. I think a lot will depend on which projects fit best with Ava’s own creative vision; remember she did turn down the Black Panther directing gig that eventually went to Creed‘s Ryan Coogler because of creative differences. Whatever her choices are, I’m sure she will slay it.

Rutina Wesley returns to the South for Ava DuVernay’s “Queen Sugar”

Rutina Wesley will head South once again. The True Blood alum has been tapped to star in OWN’s original TV series Queen Sugar, based on the novel by Natalie Baszile. She will portray Nova, a journalist/activist living in New Orleans whose life is altered when her sister returns to Louisiana to help run the failing family sugar cane farm after a tragedy strikes.

Ava DuVernay will write/direct/executive produce the drama. Oprah Winfrey will also be an executive producer, and will have a recurring role. Last time Ava and Oprah teamed up, we got Selma, so this could be really good.

Ava DuVernay direct a Stars Wars movie? YES PLEASE!

I have to give JJ Abrams credit for expanding the Star Wars universe to include more women and POC. He ain’t perfect, but he does seem to be trying to make Star Wars more inclusive. He’s added female characters and cast a black man as the lead. Now he is floating Ava DuVerany as a possible director on a future film.

“To me the knee-jerk reaction, if I had to, is Ava DuVernay, who I think would just kill it,” he said. “And she is as much a fan of genre movies, and hearing her talk not just ‘Star Wars’, but hearing her talk about those kinds of films is evidence that she would just kill it.

“And when you look at her work in ‘Selma’, which was as well-told and as sophisticated and humane a film as I think has come out in the last decade, if she can do that story that well, there’s no question she would kill this movie.”

Oh, is that movie that Quentin Tarantino though was worthy of an Emmy? #pettycake

Ava herself seems to be down with it.


Who wants the Ava DuVernay Barbie doll?

Yup, it’s real. Another suggestion for Christmas for the young WOC on your list. No word yet on where you can buy this marvelous doll, but when I find out I’ll let you know.

Ava DuVernay responds to Quentin Tarantino in the best way

You all might remember Quentin Tarantino’s snide comments about Selma in the New York Times T Magazine,

“She did a really good job on Selma but Selma deserved an Emmy.”

He made things worse a few days later by admitting he hadn’t even seen Selma. This from a guy who repeats the N-word in his movies like a 3 year old who just learned a new word.

Like a lot of people I had been wondering if Ava DuVernay had seen those comments and how she felt about it. If you were like me, wonder no more, Ava has spoken and it’s perfect.

“I was surprised by how surprised everyone was. When you look at his work and his persona, there’s nothing surprising about what he said,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “But it didn’t bother me like so many assumed it would.”

In other words: we all know he’s dick, so why is everyone surprised by him being acting like a dick and why should I care he’s a dick? Stand aside, the adults are talking here! #TeamAva

Ava Duvernay Covers Elle Magazine

Ava Duvernay will appear on the November issue of Elle magazine’s “Women in Hollywood” issue, and she looks amazing.

I remember seeing her name pop here and there a couple of years ago, and now she’s all over the place.  She deserves every bit of recognition that she’s getting now, which is way overdue.

You can get your very own copy on October 20th.