Phoebe Waller-Bridge & Donald Glover in a ‘Mr. & Mrs. Smith’ series: meh or yay?

CINEMA : 71 eme Festival de Cannes - Tapis rouge du film Solo A Star Wars Story - 15/05/2018

I have a great deal of affection for the original Mr. and Mrs. Smith. There is still a pretty special aura around that film, and it remains one of the biggest hits of Angelina Jolie’s career and Brad Pitt’s career. It started out as a silly action movie about two assassins who didn’t know they were married to each other. Nicole Kidman was supposed to star in it. Angelina’s manager had to convince her to take the role because she wasn’t really that interested. They had to stop production for several months because Brad needed to promote Ocean’s Twelve that summer (2004) and then Brad and Angelina reassembled that fall to complete the movie. By the end of the year, Brad’s marriage to Jennifer Aniston was over, and it was widely assumed that Brad and Angelina had an affair while making it. Plus, it’s a pretty good action movie. It’s not deep or anything, but Angie and Brad are both really good in it.

And now there’s going to be some kind of remake. Amazon Prime will be doing a series based on the film, and they’ve got Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Donald Glover to star. Which… eh.

Donald Glover and Phoebe Waller-Bridge will be putting a new spin on “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” for New Regency and Amazon Prime Video. The series, which is based on the 2005 hit New Regency film, is due in 2022.

Glover and Waller-Bridge will star in and executive produce the series, and she made the announcement via social media, posting a video to Instagram Stories with details of the project. Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke also posted the news of the new show to her Twitter account on Friday.

“Talk about the dream team! Donald and Phoebe are two of the most talented creators and performers in the world. It’s truly a dream for us, as it will be for our global audience, to have these two forces of nature collaborating as a powerhouse creative team,” Salke said in a statement. “’Mr. and Mrs. Smith’ is an iconic property, and we can’t wait to see how Donald, Phoebe and Francesca make it their own. We’re thrilled to be working with them, and with such great partners at New Regency.”

[From Variety]

Don’t get me wrong, I think Phoebe and Donald are both super-talented people. I think Phoebe could probably bring a badass edge to the role, and Donald Glover could be enigmatic and sexy. But… I don’t know, this irritates me. To remake such an iconic film (I said what I said) and do it as a series with these two? At least they do know each other – they were in Solo: A Star Wars Story and they seemed especially friendly at the 2019 British Academy Britannia Awards. Eh, maybe it will work? IDK.

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23 Responses to “Phoebe Waller-Bridge & Donald Glover in a ‘Mr. & Mrs. Smith’ series: meh or yay?”

  1. Tiffany says:

    If that can continue the chemistry they has together in Solo, I am down for this.

    Seriously, they were fantastic together in Solo and were my favorite parts of the film.

    • MarcelMarcel says:

      Same! I can’t work out where Atlanta is streamed in Australia. So I’m excited for this! They are both talented actors and I loved seeing them in Solo!

      • MorganaSM says:

        @MarcelMarcel
        Atlanta is on BINGE for Aus :) I signed up a couple weeks ago and funnily enough just noticed Atlanta on there as a show last night!

    • John R. says:

      They would be fun together in a series or movie–but not this.

  2. sara says:

    No. Neither of these people have any sex appeal. Just…..no.

    (Not to mention Donald’s rampant misogyny or phoebe being the poshest of the posh cosplaying as working class)

    • Sandra says:

      How has she cosplayed at working class? She gets flack for Fleabag because it’s about an upper middle class family. Which is exactly what Phoebe came from.

    • Darla says:

      I think he’s hot, but i don’t know anything about him being sexist, so…that could change. But sex appeal is in the eye of the beholder.

    • tcbc says:

      I’m guessing it will be a wholly comedic, meta take on the material. Because while he is okay looking (but she isn’t) and neither one of them are great actors or movie stars, they would be fools to try and play it straight.

  3. Ariel says:

    I’d watch Mr. Glover read a phone book. He has that much charisma. I hope it is good, i will definitely tune in and hope it does not suck.

  4. Stacy Dresden says:

    Sounds fun

  5. Killfanora says:

    Nope. Don’t mess with something iconic, it never works. It’ll sink like a stone.

  6. SARAH says:

    If they turn this into a comedy then I’m all for it and I’d love to see what kind of spin they put to this.

  7. TheOriginalMia says:

    Had no idea she was in Solo. Now, that pairing makes sense. Still no go for me, but now I don’t have to wonder how they got those two together.

  8. Lilly (with the double-L) says:

    I’m excited about this, very rare around announced shows for me. I was so bummed about no second season of Giri/Haji on Netflix and then Emily in Paris gets a second season right away. Anyway I think both would be amazing together. I’d love to see it resurrected without Vince Vaughn.

  9. Melheid says:

    Nope!! Give me Michael B. Jordan with Phoebe or someone like Lucy Liu or with Zoe Zaldana

  10. Darla says:

    I just don’t see the original as iconic. Like, at all. I tried to watch it once and thought it was so stupid I couldn’t finish it. Maybe because Pitt and Jolie met on set? I don’t know, but that’s not a thing for me, so…

    • Lilly (with the double-L) says:

      Yes, I think there will be many younger viewers who don’t know much about it and will enjoy this series as a stand alone, without seeing the original.

  11. MA says:

    Sorry but the original worked because you had 2 charismatic impossibly beautiful stars. They can do a movie together if they want but it should not be a Mr and Mrs smith reboot.

    Imagine if they cast like Rege-Jean Page and Margot Robbie.

  12. Mee yo says:

    This will have to be a very different take from the original, which is one of my favorites! It can’t be about a sexy couple ala Brad and Angie, this will have to be goofy.

  13. laura-j says:

    I mean I love them both with a white hot passion. I was lucky enough to get the last ticket in London to see Fleabag… And was the biggest dork fan girl. Phoebe is my favorite and a genius, and Danny amazing and is a genius.

    I really liked the original film, iconic.. maybe, hopefully it will be a What We Do In Shadows situation, where I was all “NOPE! I love the movie”, and ended up absolutely adoring the tv show which was the same but totally different… just as much if not more… Either way, I know I’ll watch. :)

  14. Robin1 says:

    I say, yay!🙃

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