A remake of Ang Lee’s ‘Brokeback Mountain’ starring Emma Watson and Margot Robbie is exactly the kind of film that would create a whirlwind of controversy and debate online.
Such a film does not exist, but a fake report speculating about that it does has fooled a large number of people online.
“Rumours” that a gender-swapped version of the 2005 Oscar contender was in the works had been started by The Portly Gazelle (via Hollywood.com), which name aside, is a thinly-veiled parody site dedicated solely to generating easy traffic.
The fake report stated that 'Harry Potter’ star Watson would fulfil the role played by Jake Gyllenhaal in the original, while Robbie take on the role originally played by the late Heath Ledger.
Users were asked to use the hashtag #Brokeback2 to discuss the movie, leading to many excited and a some baffled tweets.
It is a joke.
The original is widely regarded as one of the best films of recent years. It is also remembered for shockingly losing out on the Best Picture Oscar in 2006 - a prize that went to 'Crash’.
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