That’s a Wrap: The Week in Movie News

Denzel – Well hello Sarah Connor! According to the Hollywood Reporter, Linda Hamilton is set to reprise her iconic onscreen role in a new Terminator film. Creator James Cameron is also returning to the franchise and revealed the news, stating “There are 50-year-old, 60-year-old guys out there killing bad guys, but there isn’t an example of that for women.” Tim Miller will direct the new film, based on a story crafted by Cameron, and Arnold Schwarzenegger will also return. According to reports, this installment is treating the movie as a direct sequel to the Cameron-helmed Terminator tale, Judgment Day.

– Could we see another Beverly Hills Cop movie? It’s been years since the panned Beverly Hills Cop 3, but during a chat with Holland talk show The World Turns, directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah mentioned that they had auditioned for Eddie Murphy after receiving support from Jerry Bruckheimer. The directors plan is to shoot a film primarily in Detroit with the transplanted Axel Foley returning home and clashing with a hardened cop while tracking down a criminal, with Tom Hardy and Channing Tatum being mentioned as possibilities for the “big bad” of the film. But nothing has been confirmed as of yet.

– Tom Hanks has signed on to star in a remake of A Man Called Ove. According to Deadline, Hanks will play a grumpy widower whose state gets worse when he’s dumped as the chairman of his neighborhood association. Pushed into retirement, Ove decides to end his life, but each of his attempts at suicide end up being interrupted by neighbors in need, leading Ove into situations where he’s forced to open up to others and examine his own life again. The original Swedish comedy became the highest grossing foreign language film of 2016.

– Matt Damon‘s next film project will be the film Charlatan. Variety reports that the actor will star as John R. Brinkley, an early 20th century physician who conned his patients into thinking he’d found the cure for impotence. When his schemes failed, Brinkley was eventually accused in court of the deaths of several of his patients from botched procedures.

– Fresh off her Emmy win for The Handmaid’s Tale, Elisabeth Moss‘ schedule is filling up. She’s signed on for the indie feature Call Jane from My Week With Marilyn director Simon Curtis and also booked Mad to Be Normal opposite David Tennant and directed by Robert Mullan. Variety reports that Call Jane is based on the true story of the ’60s movement called the Jane Collective who secretly provided safe abortions for women prior to the Roe vs. Wade decision. Moss will play the titular character. Meanwhile, Deadline reports that Mad to Be Normal follows the story of ’60s celebrity psychologist R.D. Laing (Tennant), whose experimental testing changed the views on mental health in the ’60s.

Sly Stallone will continue the Escape Plan franchise, this time working with a cast that includes Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Dave Bautista, Jaime King, Lydia Hull, Tyler Jon Olson, Devon Sawa, Harry Shum Jr. Max Zhang, Malese Jow and Sergio Rizzuto. Deadline reports that Escape Plan 3: Devil’s Station finds Stallone’s character Ray Breslin and Bautista’s Trent DeRosa teaming up to rescue a team member from a seemingly impenetrable prison known as Devil’s Station. John Herzfeld is directing.

– Variety reports that Mark Wahlberg has joined the new comedy Instant Family. Wahlberg’s Daddy’s Home director Sean Anders is overseeing the film, which is about a couple who decide to start a family through adoption and end up raising three kids with no desire to be parented.

– Deadline reports that Gal Gadot is in talks to join Bradley Cooper in Deeper, a drama about a disgraced astronaut who embarks on a mission to reach a newly discovered oceanic trench thought to be the lowest point on Earth. Max Landis will produce the psychological thriller, based upon his script, while Kornel Mundruczo has been chosen to direct.

– Sony has pushed up the release of The Equalizer 2 to Aug. 3, 2018. The film will have plenty of competition during its opening week, squaring off against Fox’s Predator, Disney’s live-action Christopher Robin film and Lionsgate’s Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral.

– Dame Judy Dench is in talks to join Disney’s Artemis Fowl. Variety reports that Kenneth Branagh will direct the film, which is being written by Irish playwright Conor McPherson. Based on a children’s book, the story centers on a brilliant 12-year-old criminal mastermind attempting to extort gold from the secret Fairy People, only to become an anti-hero over time.

– The cast is coming together for the Vincent D’Onofrio-directed film The Kid, based on the famous gunslinger Billy the Kid. Dane DeHaan will star in the titular role, while Ethan Hawke, Adam Baldwin and Jake Schur have also been cast. The film centers on a young boy who reaches out to the outlaw hero to help save his kidnapped sister.

– Teyana Taylor, Blair Underwood and musicians French Montana, Wiz Khalifa and Kyle Harvey have all been cast in Netflix’s new film The After Party. Deadline reports the coming of age comedy also co-stars Jordan Rock, Harrison Holzer and Shelley Henning and revolves around two best friends on their last night together attempting to land a record deal before one leaves for college and the other for the military.

– How did The Purge start? According to the Tracking Board, the latest film in The Purge franchise will be a prequel set to explore how the dystopian world came to be. The film will star Y’lan Noel and Lex Scott Davis, with Gerard McMurray directing. A 2018 screen date is expected.

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