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Winston Duke Gears Up To Flex His Acting Chops In Two New Films + Michael B. Jordan Sexes Up VF, Praises LeBron James & Talks Diversifying Hollywood


Marvel BAE Winston Duke has two new gigs coming down the pipeline. Get the deets, plus find out what his Black Panther co-star Michael B. Jordan said about LeBron James' work in the black community and how he's helping to diversify Hollywood inside...

More Winston Duke on the big screen and our TV screens? Yes, please!

Our Marvel BAE has two new projects in the works, following his breakout role in the global blockbuster hit Black Panther. He's about to flex his acting chops in an action thriller and a crime thriller and we can't wait to see what he has in store.

The Yale graduate has signed on to star in writer-director Dan Casey’s (Kin) action thriller, Heroine. The film tells the story about a mother/domestic abuse survivor who moves into a new neighborhood for a fresh start, only to fall into new danger after witnessing a kiddnapping by an Aryan gang. Winston is set to play her neighbor - a tragic figure who turns out to be much more than she expected, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Filming for the action thriller, backed by Paramount Players, is expected to start this spring.

Flipping the script on the small screen...

Winston will star in the upcoming Netflix crime drama, Wonderland, starring opposite Mark Wahlberg. The movie is being adapted from the novel, "Robert B. Parker's Wonderland," written by Ace Atkins. Pete Berg ("Friday Night Lights") will direct the film with Neal H. Moritz producing via his Original Film banner, alongside Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson and Berg via his Film 44 company.

Variety reports:

The book is part of the Spenser series — named after a fictional character in the series of detective novels initially written by American mystery writer Parker and later by Atkins.

The story follows Spenser who, fresh out of prison, is sucked back into Boston’s underbelly as he uncovers the truth about a sensational murder and the twisted conspiracy behind it.

Parker’s Spenser character has been the basis for 48 novels, all New York Times bestsellers.

Sean O’Keefe is adapting the script. Toby Ascher will executive produce alongside Film 44’s John Logan Pierson.

Duke will play Hawk, Spenser’s close friend and an equally tough, but somewhat shady image of Spenser himself. Production is expected to start this fall.

Things are about to get mad busy for Winston and we're here for all of it.

As for his Black Panther co-star...

Michael B. Jordan is gearing up for the CREED sequel to hit theaters this Thanksgiving, so he's heavy on the promo trail.

The YBF hottie got us all riled up when we saw his face on the cover of Vanity Fair in a pool giving us the sexy model stare. Y'all know what we talking about.

Lawd this man's fineness.

In the cover story, the 31-year-old actor talked about creating stories FOR us, BY us and how he's doing his part to help diversify Hollywood. He's not just an actor. He has his own production company, Outlier Society Productions. MBJ's production company was the first in Hollywood to include inclusion riders, a contract clause where actors would require filmmakers to reach diversity benchmarks in their cast and crew.

"I want to create projects for Brad Pitt, but at the same time I want to be able to create a movie for Will Smith, or Denzel, or Lupita, or Tessa," Jordan told Vanity Fair. "It's gonna be eclectic. It's gonna be animation. It's gonna be non-scripted. It's gonna be digital. It's gonna be film, television. It's gonna be video games."

"We live in the times where everything is based around race. And for me, it's like, I get it, I understand. It just makes everything so loaded. When the way to do it is to Trojan-horse it, so then people look up, and say, 'Oh wow, what happened? I didn't even realize that.'"

He said it's important that we create our own stories to tell to keep dreams alive:

"We don't have any mythology, black mythology, or folklore. Creating our own mythology is very important because it helps dream. You help people dream."

The CREED actor also praised Lakers player LeBron Jamesfor all he's doing to better the black community.

"Whenever I see [James], it's love, always trying to represent our generation, represent our culture, like, 'Why not us?' Things don't have to be the way they've always been done. I just happen to do more than just act."

Loves it. You can read his full interview here.

CREED 2 hits theaters on Thanksgiving.

Photos: Getty/Cass Bird via Vanity Fair

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