Melissa McCarthy, Octavia Spencer to Star in Netflix Superhero Movie ‘Thunder Force’
Superheroes. Disney has ’em. Warner Bros. has ’em. Hell, even Sony has ’em. And Netflix? Well, Netflix wants ’em. That’s why they signed Mark Millar, the creator of Kingsman and Kick-Ass, to a major deal, and that’s why they’re getting into business with Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer. The duo are closing deals to play super-powered individuals in a Netflix comedy titled Thunder Force, per Deadline.
Ben Falcone will direct from his own screenplay and he’ll also produce alongside McCarthy, his wife and longtime collaborator, as well as Marc Platt. While I haven’t loved McCarthy and Falcone’s recent films together, such as Tammy, The Boss and Life of the Party, I do have faith in their next film, the New Line comedy Superintelligence with James Corden and Brian Tyree Henry.
Plot details are being kept under wraps, so I have no idea whether McCarthy and Spencer will play superheroes, or whether one will be the superhero and the other a villain. Of course, it’s also possible that the film isn’t about good vs. evil. Maybe one of them is playing a soccer mom who gets some superpowers and uses them to make her life much easier, with the other actress playing a non-powered sidekick who discovers the secret. Honestly, parents are already superheroes in my book (well, most of them anyway!), so it makes sense that powers should be part of the deal. I know whenever my brothers and I were horsing around, my mom would warn us that she had eyes in the back of her head, and who knows, maybe it was true!?!
McCarthy and Spencer are coming off an awards season that was kind to both of them. McCarthy earned an Oscar nomination for her career-best turn in Can You Ever Forgive Me? and Spencer was an executive producer on Green Book, which won Best Picture. She also won an Academy Award for The Help, and was nominated for two more Oscars for Hidden Figures and The Shape of Water, another film that won Best Picture. Jeez, maybe Thunder Force will win Best Picture too now that Netflix scored its first nomination in that category for Roma.
Spencer next stars in the Blumhouse thriller Ma, which looks awesome, while McCarthy will soon be seen in New Line’s crime drama The Kitchen. She and Falcone are represented by CAA and MGMT, while WME reps Spencer.