This sounds very made-for-TV to me. But Chris Evans (you know, Captain America?) is stepping out of his superhero costume to play a caring uncle of a child prodigy in the Fox Searchlight drama, GIFTED. While the synopsis is pretty generic if you ask me, I do like the fact that the child genius is actually a girl this time (too often it's been either a boy or an adult male character), and any reason to see Octavia Spencer on the big screen is a good thing. So, there's that.
Read the description:
Frank Adler (Chris Evans) is a single man raising a child prodigy - his spirited young niece Mary (Mckenna Grace) - in a coastal town in Florida. Frank's plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the seven-year-old’s mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank’s formidable mother Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan) whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary. Octavia Spencer plays Roberta, Frank and Mary’s landlady and best friend. Jenny Slate is Mary’s teacher, Bonnie, a young woman whose concern for her student develops into a connection with her uncle as well.
Yeah...we'll see how this goes. Also, it's been how long since Spencer's Oscar win and she is still playing a "best friend?' Come on, Hollywood.
Principal photography on GIFTED has started in Savannah and on Tybee Island, GA. I'll keep you posted on any other details as I receive them. What do you think so far?