The Fallout is the major thing I am excited for to get to see soon. It is a film where Jenna plays the lead. It was shown at this year’s SXSW festival where it won the main price which also means that it is eligible for an Oscar.
It looks like this is a project where Jenna gets to display her acting talent in full, being a deep emotional portrayal focusing on her character.
The film will be released soon on HBO Max wherever HBO Max exists. In one source they mentioned early 2022. Unfortunately, HBO Max does not yet exist in my country and the contract my cable provider (Ziggo) has with HBO expires end of 2021. There is mention of HBO Max starting in my country somewhere in 2022, but no dates are mentioned. It looks like I’ll have to wait longer than most people to see this one.
In countries where HBO Max is not available, this film will be released in cinemas. But whether it is at the same time, and whether cinema’s will even be open, is not known.
IMDb has a release date for this film, but note that it is user-edited like Wikipedia, so as long as there is no official date we can ignore that.
Recently the trailer for the fifth instalment of Scream was released, mainly showcasing the scene where Jenna’s character was hunted by ‘ghostface’, mirroring a similar scene in the first film of the franchise. It was brilliantly acted, to the level that it was difficult to watch a girl being hunted when it looks so realistic.
It leaves me with double feelings. It is great to see Jenna in such a major franchise, where so many people will be able to enjoy seeing her acting talent. But at the same time the trailer suggests that this is Jenna’s only scene in the film and that instead of going to the cinema we could just play the trailer on repeat. I hope this is not the case and that a surprise will be in store.
The film has an official release date of 14 January 2022 when it will be shown in cinemas. Let’s hope that’s worldwide and that cinemas are safe to go to at that time.
This is going to be a Netflix series around Wednesday Addams. Jenna is the lead. The character is of course iconic (I love Christina Ricci’s performance) and it looks like they found in Jenna the right person to give it the layered performance that is both true to the originals and complex enough to lead the multiple stories of a series.
For the series Jenna studied playing the cello with the Angeles Academy of Music, who were quite taken by her talent and posted on their social media about it (here and here).
Since I think Jenna should be the lead in everything, this is going to be the next big thing to be excited about after The Fallout.
During the corona pandemic Jenna filmed a film in New Zealand, which required her to stay in quarantine for a while. Other than some beautiful photos of New Zealand’s epic nature that Jenna posted on her Instagram, not much is known about it. It may be called X and it is a horror film.
Jenna spent some time in quarantine in London as well, which she reported on her social media. We can only assume this was to film something, but it has not been mentioned which film. Rumours were circulated that it was for another major franchise, but I like to go by official sources.
The Spanish project
Even before the pandemic, Jenna has filmed in Spain, around Madrid. She posted some things from the set and later visited other European places like Paris with her parents. Nothing much has been heard of this project since. One of her co-stars referred to the film as “American Carnage“, but it is unclear whether this was the title or his description of what a bunch of Americans were doing in Spain.
So what happened to Songbird? Jenna filmed for this, which is a film about the pandemic and the first to film during the pandemic. However it has since been released on DVD, without any of Jenna’s scenes. Also the deleted scenes on the DVD (there are many, enough to make a full other film) do not contain her.
At some point an Instagram post showed Jenna being fitted for a head cast. So you’d assume some horror film somewhere will contain a severed head; I haven’t seen such a scene yet. Either that, or she just wanted a cast of her head iCarly‘s Gibby-style.
If you haven’t seen Yes Day (a comedy) or The Babysitter: Killer Queen (a horror comedy) yet, please do so. They are both on Netflix. As always, Jenna makes her character more complex, more memorable and more touching than you would expect from reading the film description alone. I’m hoping for DVD releases of these as well.
Will Jenna be in any new season of You? She was in season 2 and made quite the impact with her character of Ellie. Ellie was not in season 3, but mentioned many times. The writers have already mentioned that they think Ellie is a really important character in the story and for that reason mentioned her repeatedly in season 3. That Jenna was not in season 3 was just because she’s so busy (I think she was filming Scream at the same time You S3 was filming and the pandemic would require people to stay in one bubble). So there is much hope for season 4, which is currently being written. BTW You S2 is released on DVD, though with US region coding only.
Happy Birthday to Jenna Ortega who turns 19 today!
Jenna is a great actress you may know from You, The Babysitter: Killer Queen, Yes Day, Stuck in the Middle, Jane the Virgin, Saving Flora and of course Know It All Nina. You will soon know her from The Fallout, Scream, X and as lead Wednesday Addams in the Netflix series Wednesday.
I hope she gets to celebrate her birthday at home this year; I gather the last couple of years she had to celebrate her birthday on a film set or when away for other commitments.
Let’s celebrate here with these great photos recently taken by Jess Wasson for the American Eagle fashion campaign.
The photographs are copyright the photographer. Please visit the source links to see the originals.
The film starring Jenna Ortega, The Fallout, has won the Grand Jury prize at the 2021 SXSW film festival! That’s kind of a big deal. It’s also been getting great reviews that often single out Jenna’s performance. Here’s Jenna’s Instagram post about it.
Jenna Ortega’s film The Fallout has its world premiere today 17 March at SXSW festival (held online) and competes in the Narrative Feature Competition. The film has me really excited because I know the combination of Jenna’s talent and the film’s story is going to cause a lot of impact. I really liked the vibe that came across from the various behind the scenes posts that have been made from the film’s set. Very much a people making art and feeling good about it vibe.
Jenna plays the character Vada.
In the teaser trailer there are many impressive moments that suggest this is a must-see film. The scene where Vada slides down the stairs looks iconic. What stands out to me is maybe something less obvious; at some point Vada seems to be looking at a computer screen (this moment is also the thumbnail for the YouTube video) while we look at her eyes where their small tense movements betray supressed emotional turmoil and despair. Jenna is such a great actress and that moment we’re looking straight into that greatness. Also the moment where Vada is lying on her bed looking at her phone shows someone who’s emotionally not well at all.
On SXSW the film can only be watched by US residents (link to watch The Fallout here), so that leaves me out. I’m very jealous. But the international distribution rights have already been secured by a major studio, so I’m sure I’ll get to see it one day.
The film Yes Day is available on Netflix from today. It stars Jenna Ortega and is a comedy about parenting, responsibility and maturity. I’ve just seen it and it’s great. It’s both funny and heartfelt.
Soon, next week to be precise, Jenna can be seen in the film The Fallout which will have its world premiere on the SXSW festival, which will be held online. She’s also filming the film X (“how very un-googleable”), has filmed Scream (the fifth instalment of that franchise) and then there’s still ‘the Spanish film’ which she filmed over the summer in Spain even before the corona pandemic (the title is likely American Carnage). A lot of films to look out for still.
Reminder that Jenna Ortega’s book It’s All Love is out in less than a month, on 5 January 2021. Here’s the link she shared with information about the many places you can preorder it: It’s All Love by Jenna Ortega.
I’ve already preordered it and can’t wait for it to arrive. Her wisdom has impressed me for a while now, so the chance to read her thoughts in her words is quite exciting.