Gugu Mbatha-Raw

‘Free State of Jones’ Review: An Ignorant Civil War Drama About White People
‘Free State of Jones’ Review: An Ignorant Civil War Drama About White People
Watching ‘Free State of Jones’ transported me back in time, but not back to the Civil War era. The 139 minute war drama took me back to high school on the days when my U.S. History teacher would play a historical movie, like 1986's Glory, in place of a lesson plan. But if any teacher is looking to add a movie to their syllabus, it shouldn’t be Gary Ross’ ‘Free State of Jones.’
‘God Particle’ Casts David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw
‘God Particle’ Casts David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw
J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot’s God Particle is picking up some steam, and following last year’s recruitment of newcomer Julius Onah to direct the long-developing sci-fi thriller, the project has found a pair of impressive actors. Selma’s David Oyelowo and Beyond the Lights star Gugu Mbatha-Raw will play the lead roles in God Particle, which will finally begin shooting sometime this year for a 2017 release.
‘Concussion’ Review: Will Smith’s NFL Drama Is Hugely Important, But Not Very Good
‘Concussion’ Review: Will Smith’s NFL Drama Is Hugely Important, But Not Very Good
Dr. Bennet Omalu, the subject of the new biopic Concussion, was the first man to publish a study linking head injuries suffered playing football to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), and his pioneering work as a forensic pathologist deserves recognition and appreciation. But that pioneering work involved things like autopsies, painstaking research, and lots of paperwork — not exactly the stuff of blockbusters — combined with (at least in Concussion’s telling of the tale) a lot of scolding and righteously indignant speeches. This subject is hugely important, but as shaped by writer/director Peter Landesman, it’s not especially cinematic.
‘Concussion’ Trailer: Will Smith Tackles the NFL
‘Concussion’ Trailer: Will Smith Tackles the NFL
A new trailer for Concussion has arrived, featuring more footage from the upcoming sports drama starring Will Smith as Dr. Bennet Omalu, a forensic neuropathologist who discovers just how traumatic — and fatal — head injuries can be for football players. Based on actual events (and ongoing controversy), Concussion looks like a very different kind of sports movie, though there’s still something a bit average about these trailers.
Rumor: ‘Star Wars: Episode 8’ Casts Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Rumor: ‘Star Wars: Episode 8’ Casts Gugu Mbatha-Raw
First revealed a few weeks ago, the lead actress shortlist for Star Wars: Episode 8 includes Tatiana Maslany, Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez, and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’s Olivia Cooke. That’s a pretty solid list, but a new rumor suggests that another name has been added to it: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, star of last year’s incredibly powerful music drama Beyond the Lights.