There’s casting news on the sixth installment in the Mission: Impossible franchise, and one familiar face won’t be returning. Cinema Blend reports that Jeremy Renner‘s William Brandt character is reportedly not part of the upcoming film, but Tom Cruise‘s Ethan Hunt will be flanked by returning cast members Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Alec Baldwin and Sean Harris. Newcomers to the franchise include Henry Cavill, Sian Brooke and Vanessa Kirby, though the nature of their characters has yet to be revealed. Christopher McQuarrie will direct the film for a July 2018 release.
Beyonce is reportedly the first choice of director Jon Favreau to voice Nala in a Disney live-action remake of the 1994 hit film Lion King. Variety reports that the singer-actress has not committed to the role as of yet though. Donald Glover has signed on as Simba and James Earl Jones will be reprising his role as Simba’s father Mufasa.
Speaking of voice roles, Channing Tatum will voice the first president of the United States, George Washington, in an upcoming animated film, America: The Motion Picture. Netflix is backing the film, which will be an R-rated revisionist history take on how the U.S. came to be.
Jake Gyllenhaal has been cast in Stronger, a film centered around the Boston Marathon Bombing. Deadline reports that Gyllenhaal will star as Jeff Bauman, a working class Bostonian who struggles to recover after losing both his legs while watching his girlfriend cross the finish line in the marathon. Though traumatized by the explosion, Bauman helped Boston law enforcement identify the killers. The film is set to arrive on Sept. 22.
Coming off an Oscar nomination for Hacksaw Ridge, actor Andrew Garfield has signed on to star in and produce Black Lion. Deadline reports that the film is about the memorable life and controversial death of war correspondent Carlos Mavroleon. The shipping empire heir left his job as a Wall Street trader to become a war correspondent in Afghanistan. During his final assignment he was tasked with sneaking into tribal territories not long after President Clinton’s missile strikes against Osama bin Laden’s camps. He was found dead in his hotel room under mysterious circumstances.
Mark Wahlberg and director Peter Berg are ready to team up again on Mile 22, a film that may turn into an action franchise. Not much is known about the film as of yet, but Wahlberg told Variety that it was “an intelligent, adult action film.”
O’Shea Jackson Jr., who broke out starring as his father Ice Cube in the film Straight Outta Compton, is reportedly in talks to join Godzilla: King of the Monsters. The film is a sequel to the 2014 Godzilla film that starred Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Ken Watanabe. Variety reports that Watanabe may be the only cast member returning, but Jackson joins a cast that also includes Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga and Millie Bobby Brown. The movie isn’t expected to arrive until 2019.
Amber Heard has landed the lead role in the upcoming crime thriller The Kind Worth Killing. The movie is based on Peter Swanson‘s 2015 novel, with Heard playing a mysterious killer who meets a man on a flight from London to Boston who wants to murder his unfaithful wife. The pair then strike up a bond while plotting his wife’s demise.
Though the film has yet to receive an official title, director Paul Thomas Anderson‘s latest collaboration with actor Daniel Day Lewis is expected to arrive in time for Christmas this year. Focus Features confirmed that the movie would be part of their 2017 release schedule. The Playlist reports that the untitled film is set in the couture world of 1950s London. The story illuminates the life behind the curtain of an uncompromising dressmaker commissioned by royalty and high society.
The Whedonverse may soon include Batgirl. Deadline reports that Joss Whedon is in negotiations to write, direct and produce a stand-alone Batgirl film for Warner Bros.
The story of incorruptible lawman Elliott Ness has been a favorite big screen character over the years, and it looks like we’re about to get an update. Deadline reports that director Paul Greengrass is negotiating to helm Ness, a project written by Brian Helgeland for Paramount Pictures. The project is based off a graphic novel titled Torso penned by Brian Michael Bendis and Marc Andreyko.
Singer, producer and frequent Voice coach Pharrell Williams is reportedly the muse for a new musical that’s been acquired by 20th Century Fox. Deadline reports that the story would follow Williams’ childhood in Virginia Beach, with Michael Mayer set to direct.