About Annihilation (2018) Full Movie
Based on Jeff VanderMeer’s best-selling Southern Reach Trilogy, Annihilation stars Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny and Oscar Isaac. It was written and directed by Alex Garland (Ex Machina, 28 Days Later).
Initial release: February 22, 2018 (Brazil)
Director: Alex Garland
Budget: 55 million USD
Adapted from: Annihilation
Music composed by: Geoff Barrow, Ben Salisbury
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Annihilation (2018) Full Movie NEws – Annihilation: Natalie Portman Says She Didn’t Know Her Character Was Whitewashed
Actresses Natalie Portman and Jennifer Jason Leigh have responded to criticisms of Annihilation’s choice to cast two white women—the two of them—in roles that, in the books on which the film is based, were originally women of color. Their responses were simple: they didn’t know their characters were originally conceived to be nonwhite.
Yahoo Entertainment recently asked the actresses what they thought of the whitewashing controversy, which has been brewing for months. In both cases, though, their characters’ literary lineages appeared to be news to them. (Both characters’ backgrounds are not revealed until Authority, the sequel to Annihilation and the second book in the Southern Reach trilogy.) Portman agreed that casting her as a someone who, in the books, is of Asian descent “does sound problematic.” But as she told Yahoo, “I’m hearing it here first.”
“We need more representation of Asians on film, of Hispanics on film, of blacks on film, and women and particularly women of color, Native Americans,” Portman added. “I mean, we just don’t have enough representation . . . And also, these categories like ‘white’ and ‘nonwhite’—they’re imagined classifications but have real-life consequences . . . And I hope that begins to change, because I think everyone is becoming more conscious of it, which hopefully will make change.”
Leigh agreed that accusing the film of whitewashing is “probably a valid criticism,” but also said that she didn’t previously know about the lineage of her character; in Authority, it is revealed that she is half Native American. The actress told Yahoo she supposed that director Alex Garland cast whoever he thought was appropriate for each role, but added, “Obviously there should be more parts for everyone and more diversity in all films.”
A representative for Paramount Pictures did not immediately respond to V.F.’s request for comment.
Annihilation (2018) Full Movie ‘Annihilation’ Star Jennifer Jason Leigh Responds to Whitewashing Accusations
Rodriguez said she was drawn to the film because it allowed her to transform into a character so different from her “Jane the Virgin” persona. “How often do brown girls get to play in sci-fi?” she asked.
Rodriguez, who recently directed an episode of “Jane the Virgin,” discussed how directors can aid industry efforts to make casts more diverse, like the one shown in “Annihilation.” “I think it would be wonderful if we got to a space where people felt that they were conscious of their attempts at creating good characters, not characters specified by race,” she said.
Rodriguez added that people of color “want to be able to do anything and play in any different world and have opportunities like anyone else.”
For Thompson, the “most remarkable thing” about the film was working with a predominantly female cast. “When you’re one of two women on set or the only woman on set, sometimes what happens is that you’re otherized,” she said. “No one means you harm; it’s just the way that it is. In this case, there was no other.”
While praising the female casting, Novotny said she hopes that is not the only aspect audiences focus on. “We’re in a transition era which needs attention, too,” she said. “So I’m happy that there’s a focus around the female cast. At the same time, as a movie, I’m hoping we can move past that and just be seen as a good movie.”
“Annihilation” hits theaters on Feb. 23.
Annihilation (2018) Full Movie – Oscar Isaac Sometimes Shot The Last Jedi and Annihilation on the Same Day
Apparently they were in the same studio and he would bounce between both productions when they needed him. There were even days when he shot both movies on the same day and Garland described a time when he’d catch Isaac on lunch and say they needed to go shoot something now. Isaac went on to describe the experience as “wild” and a “little of PeeWee’s Big Adventure“.
It was pretty wild. It reminded me a little of Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, when he’s on the lot and you see all the different actors walking around. There was something very classic about it. So there was very little time, and not a lot of rehearsal time, and Natalie and I didn’t know each other. It happens in movies, obviously – you have to suddenly be very intimate with someone very quickly. I think the fact that she was willing to trust me and I was trusting her, and we just went in there and did it and tried to find a real intimacy. Which is always a weird, awkward, strange thing to do suddenly in front of a bunch of people. But we found that, and I really enjoyed those scenes with her. She is very focused, but also in those scenes, very emotionally available as well, so I really enjoyed that.
Garland was more impressed that director Rian Johnson and producer Ram Bergman were even willing to share Isaac considering the relative sizes of the two productions.
It makes me want to name-check Rian [Johnson] and Ram [Bergman], the producer on Star Wars [The Last Jedi]. I think because they come from an indie film background, here they are making like the biggest movie of all time, and they were unbelievably helpful and accommodating to us. And they really didn’t have to be at all. Most big productions would not even dream of doing that. And they went out of their way – whilst making fucking Star Wars, for Christ’s sake – to help this really small movie next door. It was very cool and I’m truly grateful for it, actually.
That really is something you don’t hear about often and says a lot about Johnson and Bergman as people. Maybe everything in Hollywood isn’t quite as soulless as we think. Maybe.
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