Sunday, May 26, 2024

Annette Bening on Joining the Marvel Universe: “I signed an NDA! I’m just like Stormy Daniels!”


Annette Bening is already pretty Marvel-ous. The multiple Oscar nominee is now starring in Michael Mayer’s very accessible and commercially tipped film adaptation of “The Seagull” along with an all star cast that includes Saorise Ronan and Elisabeth Moss, as well as Brian Dennehy, Corey Stoll, Mare Winningham and one of my favorite actors from “Billions,” Glenn Fleshler.

At last night’s premiere of “The Seagull,” Annette was happy to see lots of friends and well wishers including the great Patti Smith, John Cameron Mitchell, newly engaged Tony winner Nikki James, and Tony winner Lena Hall, plus famed writer Patricia Bosworth and A.M. Homes. All of them converged on Lincoln restaurant in Lincoln Center.

And while Annette is super (I’m not getting into awards-worthy, because she always is) in “The Seagull,” there was some talk of her next venture– joining the Marvel Universe in the upcoming “Captain Marvel.” Is it true? Can it be?

“It is,” Bening told me. “But I can’t say a word. I signed an NDA. I’m just like Stormy Daniels!”

Does she have any super powers?

“I can’t even tell you that! I can’t say a word. You know how they are!”

Alas, we do.

“The Seagull” opens this weekend. And let we fear about those awards, Oscars, etc, Annette stars this fall in one of the most anticipated movies of the year, Dan Fogelman’s “Life Itself,” from the creator of “This is Us.” So hold on.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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