The first trailer for “The Defenders” is here and it looks LIT.
Superhero fans, rejoice! Netflix has just dropped the first trailer for the new “The Defenders” series and it is as action packed as it is funny. There are a couple things that we learn from the two-and-a-half-minute-long trailer and one of them is how the team first got together. The Defenders, a team made up of Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Daredevil, are tasked with keeping New York City from literally falling apart after threats from evil forces. One unlikely hero is Claire Temple, who is played by Rosario Dawson. Temple might only be a doctor but she plays a pivotal role in getting the team together. Specifically, we get to see how Temple brings together Iron Fist and Luke Cage after they fight each other in an alley. Apart from Dawson’s brief cameos in the trailer, “The Defenders” promises lots of action, including those hallway fights Marvel’s Netflix series appear to love.
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Recently, news broke that beloved Mexican-American director Robert Rodriguez is set to executive producer Disney+’s new Star Wars series, The Book of Boba Fett. This news broke at the same event that Disney announced that Rosario Dawson will be getting her own Star Wars series on Disney+, a Mandalorian spinoff entitled Ahsoka.
Pair these events with Pedro Pascal headlining The Mandalorian, and it appears that Disney is making some real and concerted effort to hire Latino talent.
And the pattern didn’t just start this year. Since the franchise’s reboot in 2015, Disney has consistently hired Latinos to take part in Star Wars Universe in front of and behind the camera.
In light of this, we’ve compiled a definitive list of all of the Latinos that have been involved in the Star Wars Universe. Take a look below!
1. Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron
Guatemalan-American actor Oscar Isaac was one of the first Latinos to set off Disney’s streak of hiring Latino talent for the Star Wars franchise. Isaac (nee Óscar Isaac Hernández Estrada) played Poe Dameron, a fighter pilot who rose in the ranks to become General of the Resistance. He appeared in all three movies of the Star Wars reboot trilogy: The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and The Rise of Skywalker.
2. Pedro Pascal as Mando
Chilean-American actor Pedro Pascal plays the titular character in The Mandalorian (his true name is a spoiler), a solitary bounty hunter who travels to the “outer reaches” of the galaxy in order to protect Baby Yoda.
3. Rosario Dawson as Ahsoka Tano
This season, Rosario Dawson played Ahsoka Tano in The Mandolorian–an alien of the Togruta race who is also a Jedi knight and army commander. It was also recently announced that the actress of Cuban and Puerto Rican descent would be headlining a spinoff series on Disney+ entitled Ahsoka.
4. Diego Luna as Cassian Andor
Mexican actor Diego Luna played Rebel Alliance soldier Cassian Andor in 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Luna will also star in his own standalone series revolving around Cassian Andor on Disney+ called Andor.
5. Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata
Mexican-born actress Lupita Nyong’o played alien pirate queen Maz Kanata via motion capture in all three of the Star Wars reboot trilogy: The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and The Rise of Skywalker.
6. Benicio Del Toro as DJ
Boricua actor Benicio Del Toro played the villainous hacker DJ in The Last Jedi.
7. Jimmy Smits as Senator Bail Organa
Brooklyn-born Boricua actor Jimmy Smits played Bail Organa in two of the Star Wars prequel movies, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith as well as reprising his role in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
8. Horatio Sanz as Mythrol
Although you might not recognize him through such heavy character makeup, Chilean-America comedian Horatio Sanz played Mythrol, a wanted fugitive that was carbon-frozen by Pascal’s character in the first episode of The Mandolorian.
9. John Leguizamo as Gor Koresh
Again, you’d be hard-pressed to recognize John Leguizamo amidst all the heavy alien makeup, but the Colombian-American actor played the character Gor Koresh in The Mandolorian–boastful forager of the Abyssin alien race.
10. Robert Rodriguez
As we reported above, Robert Rodriguez is a legendary Mexican-American director who helmed a popular episode of The Mandolorian entitled “The Tragedy”. He is now set to executive produce a new Disney+ Star Wars series called The Book of Boba Fett.
11. Adria Arjona
Puerto Rican actress Adria Arjona has not officially appeared in any Star Wars properties yet, but it was recently announced that she will be appearing in Diego Luna’s Star Wars spinoff series Andor as a yet-to-be-named character.
12. Pablo Hidalgo
Pablo Hidalgo is the definition of behind-the-scenes talent. The Chilean-Canadian LucasFilm creative executive is in charge of keeping narrative and creative cohesion between all of the stories within the Star Wars Universe. In essence, he is the definitive Star Wars expert.
It seems like Rosario Dawson is an enthusiastic marijuana user, according to her boyfriend, Senator Cory Booker.
As we have reported, legalized recreational drugs made huge strides this election year, with 15 states passing laws to legalize marijuana and Oregon voting to decriminalize all drugs. One of the states that voted to legalize marijuana was Senator Cory Booker’s home state of New Jersey.
While Booker made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live to discuss both his reelection and the state of the 2020 presidential race, Kimmel wanted to talk about something much more important: weed.
Kimmel introduced Booker as a senator from a state that legalized marijuana “just in the nick of time” and Booker was quick to laugh and play along. “Rosario was a little concerned that pot might have done better than me in the last election,” he said in response to Kimmel’s ribbing.
Kimmel then asked the question that all of us wanted to know: will Booker be indulging in some of the green flower to celebrate marijuana’s big win? At that point, Booker turned the camera to a surprise guest: a grinning Rosario Dawson.
Booker jokingly said: “I don’t know what she was more excited to do: vote for me as a new New Jersey resident, or vote for marijuana.”
Rosario Dawson took the joke in stride, saying that she was happy that she “got to vote for my man and I got to vote for marijuana” in the state of New Jersey.
While Booker’s joke was funny, it appears that it has no basis in reality–Dawson seems to be overjoyed that her boo won back his seat. In fact, she was so happy that she posted a touching tribute to Booker on her Instagram page.
In fact, Dawson was so happy about Booker’s re-election that she posted a touching tribute to her boyfriend on Instagram explaining how “proud” and “grateful” she was of him.
“So proud of and grateful for you my love,” she wrote in her caption under an adorable black-and-white photo of the two of them. “I got to vote for you here in New Jersey and am so glad that you overwhelmingly and rightfully won your seat again. To know your leadership will continue to guide us with love, brilliance, patience, grace and effectiveness is the kind of representation and hope we need.”
Booker, as well, has also previously been effusive in his praise for Dawson. Last October, he was quoted as calling his girlfriend “an extraordinary person who has changed my life” and adding that he was “the happiest I’ve ever been in my personal life.”
Who knows? Maybe they’ll celebrate his win and the new law together.