Teen Wolf News 041917
Froy Gutierrez Talks ‘Teen Wolf’
Froy Gutierrez has a new straight-to-DVD movie out this week and made the rounds to various media outlets to promote the film. Thanks to this added exposure, we got a little more insight into his new Teen Wolf character. Nolan will be one of the several new faces in Beacon Hills when the show’s final ten episodes air this summer.
“I’m very much looking forward to being on Teen Wolf. This has been such a great experience just to get to know them. My character specifically is a bit of an unexpected thing that you would have on Teen Wolf. I’m really looking forward to how Nolan, the name of my character, kind of messes in with the rest of the cast and the overall story as a whole. I think the audience is going to be in for quite a little surprise with him. You’re going to see something a bit more gritty, a bit more real, and a bit more ugly this season. It’ll be very interesting for sure.”
Gutierrez is in the movie A Cowgirl’s Story with Bailee Madison which is currently available on DVD and VOD streaming. Teen Wolf returns with all new episodes this summer on MTV.
Source: (HollywoodLife - https://t.co/p4c9VJ1bA6)
Arden Cho on Ethnic Casting
When Teen Wolf decided to create an Asian character in the show’s third season, the producers and writers went to great lengths to incorporate Arden Cho’s Korean heritage into her Kitsune character. They made her father Korean and her mother Japanese and even wrote an explanation into the show as to why the Yukimura family has a Japanese surname.
This “extra mile” to accurately portray Cho’s heritage was partially in response to the backlash the show suffered after casting an African American to play a character with a Hindu name. That controversy drove Executive Producer Jeff Davis off Twitter but was only a small early skirmish in what became an all-out assault on the idea that characters of color are interchangeable.
Now though, that push for accurate representation of ethnic characters in television and film is creating some issues for the former Teen Wolf star. On the one hand, she says some in the industry still lump all Asians into the same category. “I think in Hollywood sometimes they think we’re all the same and that’s very frustrating,” Cho told students at Syracuse University recently. “I’m always going in for things, and I have people telling me I’m not Asian enough or that I am too Asian.”
At the other end of the spectrum, Cho is finding some studios and producers are ultra sensitive to racial differences. When a student asked if she had auditioned for a particular project, Cho responded, “I didn’t audition for it because they wouldn’t see me because I wasn’t Chinese. There are the people that will say, ‘Well good. You shouldn’t be in it because you’re not Chinese.’ I didn’t sign up to be an actor to only play a Korean-American girl.”
In fact, Cho says her looks should allow her to pass for other ethnicities, “To be honest, I don’t think I’m fully Korean. I just say I’m Korean because my mom and dad are Korean. My Grandpa spoke Japanese, and I’m pretty sure that one of my relatives is Chinese. I’m pretty sure I’m mixed, but all I know is that I’m Korean-American. It really breaks my heart when people tell me I can’t play a certain character because she’s Chinese. Now, am I going to go play a Filipino girl? Maybe not because I don’t think I can pass for that. I don’t think I look that part, but I think there are certain ethnicities within the Asian race I definitely think I can pass for.”
The push for accurate inclusion and the recent heated debate over whitewashing of Asian an other ethnic characters is apparently working to change Hollywood, but that’s not helping Cho, “I think the way that casting is seeing it these days is - they’re so scared of the backlash they’re like, ‘Let’s just be authentic.’”
You can watch Cho’s entire lecture interview with the Syracuse Lambda Fraternity on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ueDbKKVhCtU
'American Assassin' Trailer Drops Hard
If anyone had doubts that Dylan O’Brien could make the transition from TV teenager to badass adult action star, the first trailer for his new film American Assassin should put all those doubts to rest.
O’Brien’s fans and those who love the book series could not contain their excitement over the action-filled trailer.
- @sandravets - A movie to look forward to - the books are amazing, the movie will be magic. Looking forward to this one! @VinceFlynnFilm #americanassassin
- @MitchRappFans - I like, can't even handle today... #AmericanAssassin is going to be epic!
- @daildylanobrien - THE #AmericanAssassin TEASER TRAILER IS FINALLY OUT. LOOK HOW BADASS DYLAN O'BRIEN LOOKS!
- @KsanaProf - OMG! OMG! OMG! The trailer #AmericanAssassin is amazing! WOW! It will be a great movie! @dylanobrien Ideal in the role of Mitch!
- @juggiestilinski - I can't wait to see dylan o'brien in #AmericanAssassin the trailer looks badass.🤘
- @VinceFlynnFilm - What a launch!!! We want to thank all of our extraordinary fans for your support today and promise everyone that you ain't seen nothing yet.
The trailer quickly racked up over two million views and was trending on YouTube in the US. American Assassin will debut in US theaters on September 15.
Jeff Davis Still Shopping ‘Let The Right One In’
I’ve heard a lot about what went wrong with Jeff Davis’ Let The Right One In pilot project over at TNT. No one is willing to talk on the record, but it’s clear no one was really happy with final product filmed over four weeks in Vancouver last fall. We now know for sure that the project is officially dead with the Turner folks.
Davis is now 0 and 2 in efforts to bring LTROI to television having first failed to land it at A&E, but, like the prepubescent vampire at the heart of the story, the show won’t die easily. Davis and Tomorrow Studios are still shopping the adaptation, and it’s entirely possible someone else will bite.
Hollywood is stacked high with initially rejected hit shows. Stranger Things was passed over by 15 networks before landing at Netflix. HBO had the opportunity to make both Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead but turned both down.
It’s less common for a show to make it through the failed-pilot stage and then re-emerge later at another network, but it has happened. Sitcom 3rd Rock From the Sun initially developed at ABC. When they passed, NBC picked it up and ran it for six seasons. Super Fun Night’s pilot was put together for CBS but landed, unspectacularly, at ABC.
More often than not, a failed pilot is never heard from again. As Jules from Pulp Fiction so aptly explained, “Well, the way they pick TV shows is, they make one show. That show’s called a ‘pilot.’ Then they show that one show to the people who pick shows, and on the strength of that one show they decide if they want to make more shows. Some get chosen and become television programs. Some don’t become nothing.”
Currently, Let The Right One In is in the “nothing” category, but anything could happen.