Gabrielle Union Recasts 'Bring It On' With Keke Palmer for a Younger Generation
By Antoinette Bueno
This October will mark 15 years since Bring It On hit theaters, and in a new interview with Yahoo! Style, Gabrielle Union is revealing who she would cast in a remake of the beloved cheerleading film that made her a star.
And we gotta say, we completely agree with her choices.
Gabrielle, now 42, reveals she would pick Masters of Sex star Keke Palmer to play her own role (Isis, the captain of the East Compton Clovers squad) and Dakota Fanning to play Kirsten Dunst's Torrance, the captain of the Toro cheerleading squad. Rounding out the lead parts in her mind is Selena Gomez as Eliza Dushku's "bad-girl" Missy.
While Gabrielle has clearly made a name for herself beyond her breakout role more than a decade ago, in the candid new interview, the outspoken actress opens up about everything from her thoughts on current race relations, and why she insisted on a prenup when she tied the knot with Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade in August.
"There's a bit of a gap between what I really want to say and what I know is responsible to say," she admits. "The general lack of compassion for your fellow man is really frustrating. I think what the protesters are saying, or at least some of them, is it’s not just about police brutality. It's about a widespread systematic crippling of some people in this country by birthright, and no one’s acknowledging it."
She feels this definitely spills over to the types of roles she's offered in Hollywood.
"They say, 'We just went with the best candidate,' but if you're never considered, you never have a chance," she says about Chris Rock recently shouting her out in a recent interview in The Hollywood Reporter, calling attention to the lack of roles for black women in film and television. "I don't think people won’t tune in to True Detective if I was Colin Farrell's wife, or if it was Eva Mendes or Viola Davis. I think it was part of a larger conversation about a lack of real inclusion in the casting process."
As for her role as a broadcast journalist on BET's Being Mary Jane, just don't compare it to Scandal.
"What bugs me is that they're making the comparison because they're both shows that star black women," she says. "It's such apples and oranges. It's like comparing True Detective and Law & Order -- you would never do that. What it says is we need so much more diversity in TV. We need shows starring women of color or women of a certain age or women who aren't a size 2. If that happens, the world isn't going to end."
Gabrielle is similarly blunt when it comes sharing why she insisted on asking her husband to sign a prenup.
"For women in Hollywood, when they’re coupling, everything is about the brand. Everything is about latching on to a rising star, so you can kick your heels up. That's never been my story, ever," she strsses. "Now that it's time to get married to a man who happens to play basketball and has done well for himself, I want to make it clear that I have in no way hitched my wagon to his star. I have my own wagon and star."