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Rihanna Desires Female Lead in 'Scarface' Reboot?  

One could describe Battleship as a major disappointment for a tent pole blockbuster, and Rihanna's role as forgettable along with the performance of Taylor Kitsch.  Yet that hasn't discouraged the famous pop artist turned actress from pursuing more work in the movie biz.  She will co-star in Seth Rogen's apocalypse comedy and rumor has it there's a place for in The Fast and the Furious 6.

Now reports have Rihanna, a huge fan of Michelle Pfeiffer's Elvira Hancock in Scarface, as wanting a similar lead in the Scarface reboot coming from Universal.  I had almost forgotten all about the news of the David Ayer (Training Day, End of Watch) script that will blend the two previous Scarface plots into one new gangster flick carrying the familiar Scarface name.   

Here's what Ayer had to say about the project when we first wrote about it last November.

"I sought it out; I went after it hard.  I see it as the story of the American dream, with a character whose moral compass points in a different direction. That puts it right in my wheelhouse," Ayer said.  "I studied both the original Ben Hecht-Howard Hawks movie and the De Palma-Pacino version and found some universal themes.  I’m still under the hood figuring out the wiring that will translate, but … there are enough opportunities in the real world today that provide an opportunity to do this right.  If it was just an attempt to remake the 1983 film, that would never work."

I'm still not looking forward to this reboot, and having a mediocre actress interested in a major role isn't sweetening the deal any.  While this isn't a direct remake of Al Pacino's Tony Montana version, I doubt myself or many others will ever be fully supportive of such an idea.  I hate to dog movies that are only in the developmental stages, but this remake/reboot or whatever just feels wrong on so many levels. 

Do you want to see more Scarface or Rihanna playing the lead female in a reboot?  I can't be the only one turned off by both ideas...

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It's a story that CAN be retold every few generations, picking up the things unique to the era of the movie's release. The challenge is to keep that fresh so it's not just the same story, the same rise and fall cycle of the same character just dressed up in the duds contemporary to the movie's times. There are plenty of lower grade asian movies that have retold this story over and over again. The upcoming movie "Dredd" even sounds like it would be portraying the demise of the kind of character Rhianna is talking about. Also too in the movie "Hannibal"'s intro we saw that same kind of thing. So they REALLY have to change things around, make it something we haven't seen - preferably don't even call it "Scarface".

Sunday, September 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJ.Bradley

Rihanna being in such an iconic film, even as a reboot, is as bad an idea as a "Total Recall" reboot that's rated PG-13 with only a head shot of the 3 breasted woman in the bar. There's not much that's believable about Rihanna as an actress and I'm sorry, but some musicians just can't make the full leap across platforms. Justin Timberlake has done a pretty good job, same with Jaime Foxx, but this chick....I ain't buyin it.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterK.Jallah

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