Learn Why Everyone Is Excited About This New Melissa McCarthy And Octavia Spencer Film
Yes, there are a lot of superhero films out there. Marvel and DC have certainly done their part to make this a popular genre. But sometimes, it’s fun to subvert the usual tropes. Enter this exciting new project, starring Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer.
Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer have been in a few films together
These actresses have known each other for a long time. They appeared in the 2003 short film Chicken Party together. Then, they were in the 2007 psychological thriller The Nines. The next year, the reunited with the director of Chicken Party on Pretty Ugly People.
Interestingly, both had their breakout roles come the same year. In 2011, McCarthy earned an Oscar nomination for Bridemaids, which she lost to Spencer for her own acclaimed turn in The Help. So, in many ways, they’ve had careers that mirror one another.
Now, they’re starring in ‘Thunder Force’ on Netflix
Now, the actresses are filming Thunder Force. The movie was written and is being directed by McCarthy’s husband, Ben Falcone. McCarthy is also a producer on the flick, which has been deemed as superhero comedy.
DailyMail managed to capture some early footage of the film, along with a few excellent shots of the two starring actresses in what we can assume are their superhero costumes. The movie was first reported by Deadline months ago. Little else is known.
What else do we know about ‘Thunderforce’?
Here’s a little bit more of what we do know. Falcone marked the first day of shooting one month ago, with the above Instagram post. Like so many projects these days, they’re shooting in Atlanta.
We also know that Pom Klementieff (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2) will be starring alongside Spencer and McCarthy. There’s no word yet as to whether or not she will also have superpowers, but given her look in these photos from Just Jared, we suspect she could be the villain of the story.
A video that was taken during filming also points towards Klementieff being the antagonist here. However, we know nothing about the plot of any of the other possible stars who will appear in Thunder Force.
What other projects are the actresses working on?
Given their high status in Hollywood, there are plenty of other projects in the works for these established actors. McCarthy has another action comedy that’s currently in post-production, titled Superintelligence. It was also directed by Falcone, and will be coming to the new streaming service HBO Max sometime in 2020. And just before she started shooting on Thunderforce, McCarthy wrapped an upcoming dramedy The Starling.
If you thought that was a lot to take on, here’s what Spencer’s been up to. She’ll be lending her voice to two highly anticipated upcoming animated films, Dolittle and Onward. She also stars in the new film adaptation of The Witches. Spencer then has not one, but two TV series due out in the next year: Truth Be Told on Apple TV+ and Madam C. J. Walker on Netflix.