Ava DuVernay Wanted by Marvel To Direct Diverse Superhero Movie
She may not have won the Best Director Golden Globe for “Selma,” but the doors are certainly opening for Ava DuVernay. The Los Angeles native, who recently had a Barbie doll made in her likeness, is reportedly in talks with Marvel to direct one of its diverse superhero movies, which include “Black Panther” and “Captain Marvel.”
Multiple insiders told TheWrap.com that Marvel is intent on hiring an African-American director for “Black Panther” and a female director for “Captain Marvel.”
DuVernay, while in Atlanta celebrating former Atlanta Mayor and U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young’s 83rd birthday, slyly told AJC.com, “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
If the rumors are true, DuVernay’s hiring would make her Marvel’s first African-American and first female director.
“Black Panther” is set to star Chadwick Boseman (42, Get On Up) as T’Challa, the prince of Wakanda who must take over his father’s throne and avenge his death—a character he’ll also play in the next Captain America movie. “Captain Marvel” follows a woman named Carol Danvers who receives powers after encountering an alien from the Kree Empire.
Marvel is known for its strict adherence to the written script, so it will be fascinating to see where this goes for DuVernay, who has famously rebelled against mainstream filmmaking.
Recently, 42-year-old DuVernay has been developing the OWN series "Queen Sugar" with Oprah Winfrey and executive-producing the CBS civil rights drama “For Justice.”
Chris Brown’s Baby Mama Demanding Increase in Child Support Payment
It appears Chris Brown is having even more female drama—and this time, it’s not with his on again/off again girlfriend Karrueche or his ex-girlfriend, Rihanna.
In March it was revealed that the 26-year-old singer had fathered a child with Texan model Nia Guzman. Brown has been showing off the one-year-old girl named Royalty on his social media accounts as well as at red carpet events such as the Billboard Music Awards last month.
Recently, TMZ reported that Brown stopped sending Guzman the $2,500 monthly payments they had agreed upon when Guzman started pushing for $15,000—and that Brown suspended the payments around the same time the world found about his love child. Sources said Guzman will file court papers if a settlement isn’t reached in the next few weeks.
And the plot thickens... Apparently, Brown isn’t even named on Royalty’s birth certificate, Guzman’s ex-boyfriend is.
“[Brown] has no legal obligation to pay Nia child support,” L.A. attorney Mychal Wilson told HollywoodLife.com. “If Chris wanted to, he could walk away from the whole situation and not pay one dime.”