Don’t mess with these bad-asses. And Hollywood, give these talented women more action!
Way back in 1979, Ridley Scott’s “Alien” brought us our first genuine female action hero in Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley. Despite the three sequels that followed, Ripley proved to be something of an outlier. Until fairly recently, a woman could kill someone in a movie only if she faced brutal punishment afterward, as in Scott’s “Thelma and Louise,” or in the inevitable fates of Bond girls: They could dole out lethal action, but rarely survived.
Today, ass-kicking women are no longer an anomaly or subject to automatic retribution. This weekend, we watched Scarlett Johansson lay waste to her enemies (although not the box office) in “Ghost in the Shell,” following a path blazed by the likes of Linda Hamilton (“Terminator 2: Judgment Day”), Uma Thurman (“Kill Bill”), and Michelle Yeoh (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”). These roles may strike a blow for equality and diversity, but what these women — and their agents — realize most of all is that carrying an action movie brings global marquee value and a much higher asking price. It’s a strategy that’s served men for decades.
Charlize Theron is a fighter and a lover as butt-kicking MI6 agent Lorraine Broughton in the gritty upcoming actioner Atomic Blonde. And it’s not just James McAvoy’s David who “thinks he f–king loves her.” In the movie’s steamiest scene, Brougton “makes contact,” so to speak, with French operative Sandrine, played by Kingsman and Star Trek Beyond breakout Sofia Boutella.
“I was really nervous at first, but [Charlize] made it so easy for me,” Boutella told Yahoo Movies at Cinemacon in Las Vegas (watch above). “Honestly, she made me so comfortable… She’s gorgeous, so that wasn’t too hard.”
The pairing with Boutella is not Theron’s first onscreen relationship with another woman. In her Oscar-winning performance as serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster, the actress romanced Christina Ricci, who played Aileen’s girlfriend Selby.
As Boutella pointed out, there are “technical” aspects to filmmaking that often render seemingly sexy celluloid moments more clinical as the scene is being shot. “But at the end of the day, [Theron] just made it easy,” Boutella said. “I had a blast.”
Universal dropped the terrifying new trailer for its latest take on “The Mummy” on Sunday, which shows Sofia Boutella’s evil mummy, Ahmanet, on a quest to swallow the earth. But don’t worry — she won’t if Tom Cruise has anything to say about it.
Cruise’s Nick Morton unearths Ahmanet from her crypt, and, as seen in the first trailer, dies in a plane crash while trying to transport the mummy. However, he’s resurrected himself, and is joined by Annabelle Wallis’ Jenny Halsey and Jake Johnson’s Sgt. Vail on his quest to stop Ahmanet from destroying the world.
“She will not stop until she makes our world her own,” says Russell Crowe’s Dr. Jekyll of Ahmanet in the new footage.
Universal Pictures’ “The Mummy” and Focus Features’ “Atomic Blonde” Arrive in Theaters on June 9, 2017 and July 28, 2017 Respectively
Sofia Boutella will receive the “CinemaCon Female Star of Tomorrow Award,” it was announced today by CinemaCon Managing Director Mitch Neuhauser. CinemaCon, the official convention of The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), will be held March 27-30, 2017 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Boutella will be presented with this special honor at the “CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards” ceremony taking place on the evening of Thursday, March 30, at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, hosted by the Coca-Cola Company, the official presenting sponsor of CinemaCon.
“Sofia is a remarkably skilled and disciplined actress who has translated astonishing talents in dance to the big screen,” noted Neuhauser. “With her ability to mesmerize audiences through some of the most diverse, captivating and physically demanding roles in Hollywood, she is poised to be the next great female star. We are excited to honor her as this year’s “CinemaCon Female Star of Tomorrow.”
Boutella is a multifaceted talent whose career exemplifies her artistic versatility, magnetic strength and charisma, and on June 9, 2017, she will star alongside Tom Cruise in Universal Pictures’ “The Mummy,” the all-new cinematic version of the legend that has fascinated cultures all over the world since the dawn of civilization. Thought safely in a tomb deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess (Boutella) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension.
Welcome to the first fansite for Sofia Boutella. Sofia is known both for her dancing and her acting. She toured as a backup dancer with Madonna, starred in a Micheal Jackson video, and became the feisty fan favorite 'Jaylah' from Star Trek Beyond. This summer, she'll star as in the blockbuster film, The Mummy opposite Tom Cruise as well as Atomic Blonde with Charlize Theran
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An ancient princess is awakened from her crypt beneath the desert, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension.