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Regina King shocked to find out she’s in the running to direct new Superman movie — WATCH

Regina King shocked to find out she’s in the running to direct new Superman movie — WATCH

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Regina King says she hadn’t heard she’s on a reported shortlist of filmmakers in the running to direct a Superman reboot for Warner Bros. and producer J.J. Abrams.

A report from The Hollywood Reporter named the Oscar-winning actress and One Night in Miami director as one of the Black filmmakers the studio could potentially tap for its new Superman movie with a Black lead actor, a project revealed to be in the works in March with writer Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Asked about “gossip” naming the Watchmen star as a possible candidate on the studio’s filmmaker wishlist, King responded to the rumor while speaking to MSNBC’s Tiffany Cross:

“Tiffany, that is news to me. You have broke the news to me. News break! Live on MSNBC!” King said during an appearance on The Cross Connection. “Yeah, no, I have not heard that until just now. Oh wow.”


King, an Oscar-winning actress who made her feature-directing debut last year on the Oscar-nominated One Night in Miami, is no stranger to the comic book genre. She starred in HBO’s Watchmen last year and is currently gearing up to direct Bitter Root based on a comic book series set during the Harlem Renaissance.

“I think there are people who want to see you, particularly because you’re directing Bitter Root,” Cross said.

Superman still hasn’t cast its lead, and it also doesn’t have a director. At the beginning of the month, Abrams stated that he would not direct, and Warner Bros. is said to be looking for a Black director to helm the film.

It’s been reported that the studio is eyeing Steven Caple Jr., J.D. Dillard, Regina King, and Shaka King as possible directors but that they have also met with other directors as well.

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