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Chris Pratt signs up for ‘4% challenge’ after pledge to work with Elizabeth Banks

Count me in: Chris Pratt

CHRIS PRATT has said he will appear in a movie directed by Elizabeth Banks in response to the ‘four per cent challenge’, which encourages members of the film industry to commit to working with a female director within the next 18 months.

The challenge was launched at the Sundance Film Festival last month and refers to the fact that just four per cent of the directors of the 1,200 top grossing films from 2007 to 2018 were women.

Brie Larson, Tessa Thompson, Amy Schumer, Bryce Dallas Howard and Kyra Sedgwick are among the stars that have accepted the challenge, as well as Universal Pictures, MGM Studios and Paramount Pictures.

Taking the helm: Director Elizabeth Banks PICTURES: REX/GETTY

Disney boss Bob Iger also said 40 per cent of upcoming Disney Studios films are being directed by women.

Asked about the challenge, Banks, who directed Pitch Perfect 2 and the upcoming Charlie’s Angels reboot, said: ‘I’m here and ready for it. I’m in the four per cent and I would love for people to get involved.

‘I’ve got movie roles ready to go, Chris is committing to my next film.’

Pratt added: ‘I am, yep. I don’t even know what it is but I told her I’m in. That’s my agent on the phone but I’m not even going to answer it because it’s in.’

The duo then shook hands and Pratt said: ‘Just happened,’ before whispering, ‘What’s the movie?’