Christine Gledhill and Richard Dyer’s Star Theories
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
This one’s a strange one because Andy Serkis is the star attraction of this film franchise, despite the fact you never see his face. This article introduces a nice explanation of the fact the film focuses on his character and how that was a surprise. It also discusses how the film could still feature Serkis without his character in it (evidence that he is the main draw).
There is a lot of information about the fact that the film would not have been made without Ryan Reynolds’s intervention – this is one article.
Click here for an article that the Telegraph published about Ryan Reynolds’s use of Twitter.
Click here for a short article about the Twitter ‘feud’ between Reynolds and Hugh Jackman based on the relationship between Wolverine and Deadpool.
Grown Ups 2
Adam Sandler is definitely an example of Star as Commodity – here is an article that talks about why he was signed up for a four film deal with Netflix (not the institution for this film, but still talks about his power to draw money to a film).
A good example as well, would be the use of the poster which features school photos of the main stars in the expectation that the audience will recognise them.