Coincidence is a fickle bedfellow, and it has come to rear its ugly head as soon as once more. The truth is, this could be the worst case of dangerous timing since Dua Lipa launched an album filled with floor-filling pop songs two weeks after a world pandemic lockdown.
On Wednesday, Selection broke the information that three girls had accused Uncut Gems producer and Emily Ratajkowski’s estranged ex-husband, Sebastian Bear-McClard, of sexual misconduct throughout his tenure working at co-directors Josh and Benny Safdie’s manufacturing firm, Elara Photos. The next morning, Deadline reported that rapper/singer/large ole freak, Megan Thee Stallion, was in talks to star alongside Adam Sandler within the Safdie brothers’ subsequent movie.
Had this potential casting information dropped on Tuesday, it will’ve been a trigger for celebration. Megan Thee Stallion starring in a film, directed by the pair who introduced the world a bleach-blonde Robert Pattinson? A movie helmed by the duo that launched the mainstream to its first dose of Julia Fox? Irrespective of your emotions on Fox’s journey from artist to film star to socialite couturier, it will be powerful to not anticipate Megan making her movie debut similarly.
The Safdies have turn out to be identified for reworking actors completely, serving audiences a dose of extremely surprising, uber-stylish pandemonium. Their strategy to filmmaking completely aligns with that of A24, the stylish distribution and manufacturing firm that launched the brothers’ final two movies, Good Time and Uncut Gems. A24 has been heralded by movie fanatics and informal watchers alike for its championing of distinctive scripts and daring creative imaginative and prescient. Past its humble beginnings, the corporate reached a brand new echelon this month when Every thing In every single place All at As soon as took house Finest Image on the Oscars—the corporate’s second trophy, following 2017’s Moonlight.
However the information surrounding Bear-McClard’s alleged misconduct paints the Safdie brothers and A24 in a important mild.Selection reported that A24 signed a first-look cope with the Safdies after the allegations turned identified amongst insiders, together with the administrators themselves.
Merely put, Megan Thee Stallion deserves so significantly better than any affiliation with this mess.
Now, I’ll fortunately admit that I might’ve been one of many scores of people that would’ve been hooting and hollering about this information had it dropped earlier. Regardless of not being an Uncut Gems fanatic like so many appear to be, I’m a Good Time advocate. That movie is a wild, color-strewn trip by the dregs of New York’s underworld, accompanied by a scorching synth rating.
Each of the Safdies’ large movies have been scored by digital musician Oneohtrix Level By no means, so it’s secure to say OPN can be behind the rating of their subsequent film, too. The concept of Megan Thee Stallion leaping on the soundtrack—Whitney Houston for The Bodyguard (or Lindsay Lohan for Herbie: Totally Loaded, should you’re younger and lovely like myself)-style—for a track or two is a dream in itself. Megan is not any stranger to an icy, robotic synth, and a collaboration with the Safdies and their beloved composer may place her in a number of fanbases she hasn’t crossed into but. Megan Thee Stallion, musician and indie scene queen? I’ve all the time mentioned it: She’s our subsequent Björk.
Nonetheless, given Megan’s troublesome previous couple of years—throughout which she was embroiled in a court docket battle with Tory Lanez, after Lanez shot Megan within the foot in 2020—the very last thing she wants is to be tangentially caught up within the Safdie brothers’ and Bear-McClard’s mess. Megan has spent practically three years preventing to guarantee that girls will not be simply heard, however believed. And although the Safdies have severed their ties with Bear-McClard, the allegations towards the producer famous that the brothers have been on set when Bear-McClard introduced in a then-17-year-old for a intercourse scene, which was ultimately faraway from Good Time’s ultimate lower for “inventive causes.”
Megan has been preventing towards systematic injustice within the music business because the begin of her profession. In early 2020, she sued her document label, 1501 Leisure, asking to be launched from a contract that the rapper known as “grasping.” On the time, Megan alleged that 1501 was withholding the discharge of her EP Suga, and severely underpaying her based mostly on the quantity of income she introduced in for the label. Shortly after the go well with, Suga was launched as deliberate, full of defiant songs that appeared semi-pointed at her label. As an example, “B.I.T.C.H.” opened with Megan asserting, “It ain’t all the time about what you want, generally it’s about what’s proper.”
Although starring in a Safdie film can be an thrilling new enterprise for Megan, its implications following the allegations introduced towards Bear-McClardy are too bitter to disregard. Positive, there could also be just a few Hotties amped concerning the prospect of their favourite musician starring in one other A24 film—Megan is because of seem within the firm’s musical-comedy F***ing An identical Twins later this 12 months. Others might not even understand the Safdies’ identify is at the moment intrinsically linked to allegations towards Bear-McClardy.
However, not like what most of stan Twitter may suppose, being a fan of a musician doesn’t imply blindly supporting their each transfer. The concept of seeing Megan on this film is a bit like seeing Taylor Swift’s glorified cameo in David O. Russell’s newest movie: disappointing and short-sighted. Although, I’d enterprise to guess by Megan’s look in She-Hulk that she will be able to, at the very least, really act. However that doesn’t imply we wish to see her like this!
Nothing is confirmed but, so there’s nonetheless loads of likelihood that Megan received’t find yourself entangled in any murky morals—or on the very least, a clumsy press tour. However given how a lot she’s been by, and every little thing she stands for, Megan wants an arthouse debut deserving of her skills and prowess. It’s actually not too late to solid Megan Thee Stallion in Robert Eggers’ Nosferatu! Now, greater than ever, we want Nosfer-thot-tu.