Word on the Street: What do Vin Diesel, Sebastian Stan, and Judy Blume have in common?

After you read the title for this post, you probably wondered what these three people have in common, besides the fact they are all well-known human beings. Here’s the answer: Vin, Sebastian, and Judy are the subjects of recent movie news stories! Since it seems like not a lot of attention has been given to these stories, I decided to take the time to talk about them. As I usually do with these Word on the Street posts, I’ll not only report on each story, but I’ll also share my thoughts about them. So, let’s start talking about these stories!

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While on the website, Superhero News, I came across a movie news story about Vin Diesel being cast as the lead in Valiant Comics’ first movie, Bloodshot. Reading the rest of the story on comicbook.com, Vin explained why he chose to join the cinematic project. As I read this article, Vin’s reason brought some interest to the film’s story. Within this same article, Dinesh Shamdasani, one of the producers of the film, shared some insight about Bloodshot. One thing Dinesh said that stood out to me was the following:


“The reason Bloodshot’s been so popular and so successful is that he isn’t an extraordinary human being who becomes a superhero. He’s an ordinary guy that through extraordinary situations, becomes this larger than life character”       

— Dinesh Shamdasani


Dinesh brings up a really good point. After reading Dinesh’s statement, I started thinking about all of the superheroes that have been featured in the MCU so far. The only characters I could think of that fit Dinesh’s description of Bloodshot are Clint Barton/Hawkeye, Sam Wilson/Falcon, and Peter Quill/Star Lord. Because I’m not familiar with this story, I looked up the first Bloodshot book on Goodreads. Based on some of the reviews that I read, Bloodshot sounds like a combination of the Winter Soldier story from Marvel and the Jason Bourne series. When it comes to cinema, I enjoyed Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the majority of the Jason Bourne films, so the story of Bloodshot does sounds interesting. However, the one thing that does concern me is how much violence this film could contain. When I read some of the reviews for the first Bloodshot book, I discovered that the story contains a certain amount of violence and gore. According to this article, Bloodshot is scheduled to premiere in early 2020, so it’s likely that this movie hasn’t gone into production yet.

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Yesterday, Collider reported that Sebastian Stan has joined the cast of Drake Doremus’ upcoming film, which currently does not have a title. The film will also star Jamie Dornan and Shailene Woodley. Based on the film’s synopsis within this article, the story sounds like something I would find on Hallmark. In most movies on Hallmark, the story revolves around a woman who not only has a career, but also has to choose between two potential boyfriends. Because it sounds like this movie is in the pre-production stages, not much is known about the film, other than what Collider has shared.

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Speaking of Collider, in a recent episode of Collider Movie Talk, it was announced that Judy Blume’s novel, Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret will receive a movie adaptation. According to Mark Ellis, host of Collider Movie Talk, Gracie Films will be the production company behind this movie. Also, Kelly Fremon Craig (director of The Edge of Seventeen) will write and direct this movie, with James L. Brooks also attached to this project. As of October 2018, the film is not yet partnered with a distribution company. I’ve never read this book, but I have definitely heard of it over the years. Because I’m unfamiliar with this story, I had to look up the synopsis on Goodreads. It seems like the creative team behind this movie have enough literary material to work with in order for this movie to be as memorable as the book has been for all these years. The panel in this Collider Movie Talk video also contemplated on whether the film would take place in the ‘70s or if the story would be modernized. Since I haven’t read this book, I’m not sure which of these two choices would work better for the movie.

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What are your thoughts on these movie news? Do any of these upcoming films interest you? Share how you feel in the comment section!


Have fun at the movies!

Sally Silverscreen


If you want to read the articles I referenced in this post, you can visit these links:




If you want to watch the video I referenced in this post, you can either visit the Collider Videos Youtube channel or type in “Guardians of the Galaxy 3 Working Title Is Hot Christmas – Movie Talk” into Youtube’s search bar.


If you want to read the synopsis for the first Bloodshot book or Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret, type in “Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret” or “Bloodshot, Volume 1: Setting the World on Fire” into Goodreads’ search bar (just to let you know, some of the reviews for the first Bloodshot book do contain language)

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