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Fake News: 'Braveheart' NOT To Get All-Female Reboot Starring Lena Dunham

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Thu, 20 Dec 2018 23:08:56 Z)

Is Paramount Pictures planning to release an all-female reboot of the classic 1995 movie Braveheart? No, that's not true: the story was made up by a Christian-themed satire website, it is not real. Despite that it went viral anyway, likely because many people found it funny but others may have believed it was actual news.

The story originated from an article published by The Babylon Bee on December 20, 2018 titled "'Braveheart' To Get All-Female Reboot Starring Lena Dunham" (archived here) which opened:

LOS ANGELES, CA--Classic historical drama film Braveheart is receiving a reboot by Paramount Pictures next year, this time with an all-female cast.

Lena Dunham will play the starring role of Willow Wallace, a "fierce Scottish she-warrior who don't need no man."

Co-stars include Melissa McCarthy, Amy Schumer, and Beyonce. The band of female fighters will go on a brave quest to topple the patriarchy in 14th-century England, attempting to establish an all-female commune in present-day Scotland.

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'Braveheart' To Get All-Female Reboot Starring Lena Dunham

LOS ANGELES, CA--Classic historical drama film Braveheart is receiving a reboot by Paramount Pictures next year, this time with an all-female cast.Lena Dunham will play the starring role of Willow Wallace, a "fierce Scottish she-warrior who don't need no man." Co-stars include Melissa McCarthy, Amy Schumer, and Beyonce. The ba ...

There was no trace of the announcement on the press releases and news section of Paramount's website exactly as could be expected since "The Babylon Bee" comes with following dislaimer on every page:

The Babylon Bee is Your Trusted Source For Christian News Satire.

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About the author:

Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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