Djimon Hounsou joins a new video game adaptation

Djimon Honsou has joined the upcoming Gran Turismo movie.

By Marc McKee
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Video game adaptations are hit or miss when they hit the big screen; some are successful enough to see massive franchises, sequels and reboots like resident Evil starring Milla Jovovich, while others fall flat and earn them nothing more than cult status like Dwayne Johnson‘s two attempts in Loss and Carnage. Sony Pictures, which owns Playstation and therefore has a wide range of properties to adapt, has had its fair share of success with silent Hill, resident Eviland Unexplored; and also so many failures with Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, monster hunterand angry Birds. The studio’s next adventure, Gran Turismoa (according to The Hollywood Reporter) added Djimon Hounsou to the cast, a big step to add him to the hit list.

The Hollywood Reporter reveals he’s joining an already stacked cast of David Harbor (stranger things and Black Widow), Archie Madekwe (See and Midsommar), Orlando Bloom (the Lord of the Rings and Pirates of the Caribbean), Darren Barnett (Agents of SHIELD and I have never), Daniel Puig (Noemie), Josha Stradowski (The wheel of time) and Thomas Kretschmann (Captain America: The Winter Soldier and King Kong).

The report also reveals that former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell-Horner, better known by her character Ginger Spice, has also joined the cast. From what it sounds like, Hounsou and Halliwell-Horner play a married couple and the parents of the main character, Madekwe.

The film will follow the son of Djimon Hounsou’s character, Madekwe, a teenager who is so good at playing the game that he has the opportunity to become a real racing driver. David Harbor will play a veteran driver who tries to teach him the ropes of the industry, while Josha Stradowski plays a rival driver, along with her father, played by Thomas Kretschman. The film is written by Jason Hall, who wrote American sniper and Thank you for your serviceand is directed by Neill Blomkamp, ​​who directed District 9 and Elysium.

Djimon Hounsou has had a career that spans over three decades; in his early years he began to gain recognition when he portrayed Horus in the sci-fi hit, stargate and like Cinque in Amistad. He began earning bigger roles, starring alongside Russell Crowe in Gladiator and Leonardo DiCaprio in blood diamond; he also played supporting characters in Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life and midnight in Constantine. He is one of the most underrated actors in the entire industry, most recently appearing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Korath in both guardians of the galaxy and Captain Marvel.

While video game adaptations seem like dicey business in Hollywood, they don’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon, with a new Super Mario Brothers, sonic the hedgehog 3, Borderlands, and a host of other upcoming projects. Even though Gran Turismo it looks like it’s more inspired by the property than actually basing it on the racing game, adding Djimon Hounsou to a cast only helps in the long run that it becomes a success.

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