That’s a Wrap: The Week in Movie News

stallone-creed-best-supporting-actorThe Rocky franchise took an interesting turn with 2015’s Creed, and Sly Stallone may have tipped another Rocky universe character returning to the big screen. In an Instagram post, Stallone offered, “Just done. If you are curious, around 439 handwritten page translates into about a 120-age typed screenplay … #writerscramp #rockybalboa #drago #adoniscreed #MGM.”

During Warner Bros’ Comic-Com session, Deadline reports that a new sizzle reel offered up the potential titles Shazam, Suicide Squad 2, The Batman, Justice League Dark, Batgirl, Green Lantern Corps, The Flash and Wonder Woman II as supposed films in the works. Wonder Woman II reportedly has a Dec. 13, 2019 target date, but no director has been chosen as of yet.

Anne Hathaway is reportedly circling the role of Barbie for a big screen adaptation. Amy Schumer had been cast at one point, but had to drop out of shooting due to a conflict, but Schumer gave her approval to Hathaway as a potential replacement.

Michelle Pfeiffer will reportedly play Janet Van Dyne, with Walton Goggins as Ghost, Laurence Fishburne as Dr. Bill Foster and Randall Park as Jimmy Woo in the upcoming Ant-Man sequel, Ant-Man and the Wasp. Paul Rudd will return as the titular character, with Michael Pena also set to return as his comic relief pal. The film is due July 6, 2018.

Jared Leto is set to give the comics world another shot, with the actor/singer supposedly in talks to star in Bloodshot for Sony. Deadline reports that Leto would play the film’s protagonist, Angelo Mortalli, a ruthless killer who gets set up by the mob family he works for and framed for a murder. After realizing his situation, he enters Witness Protection, but is betrayed and forced into an experimental program where his mind is erased and his body rebuilt with superhuman powers.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Sarah Paulson has joined the cast of M. Night Shyamalan‘s Glass. The film, set for Jan. 18, 2019, brings Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson from Unbreakable and James McAvoy and Anna Taylor-Joy from Split into the same world.

Rosemarie DeWitt, Danny Huston, Devon Terrell and Odessa Young have all joined the cast of Richard Says Goodbye, starring Johnny Depp as a college professor given a life-changing medical diagnosis who discards all pretense in his life feeling there will be no consequences.

Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail will reportedly write and direct a still untitled film based on the Bermuda Triangle, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Danny Glover, David Cross and Patton Oswalt have joined the cast of Sorry to Bother You, which is currently shooting in Oakland with fledgling writer/director Boots Riley. The film centers on a black telemarketer with self-esteem issues who discovers a magic key to business success, and uncovers a macabre secret held by corporate management. But with his newfound success, will the man stand up for his onetime fellow workers or sell out by keeping the secret having just achieved his success.

John Hawkes, Jon Bernthal, Thomas Haden Church and rapper Yelawolf have all joined the cast of the upcoming action film The Peanut Butter Falcon. Deadline reports the movie also stars Zachary Gottsagen, Shia LeBeouf, Dakota Johnson and Bruce Dern. Gottsagen, the inspiration for the film, stars as Zak, a young man with Down Syndrome who breaks out of retirement home where he lives to seek out a his favorite retired wrestler and makes friends while on his journey.

That’s a Wrap: The Week in Movie News

MCDPADA EC027There’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 WatanabeVariety 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.

TV’s Original Batgirl Chose Brains Over Beauty: Yvonne Craig R.I.P.

batgirl_cycle1Fans of popular mid-century television were saddened yesterday to learn of the death of YVONNE CRAIG, who lost her battle with breast cancer at the age of 78. Probably best known for her role as BATGIRL on the hugely successful BATMAN TV series, CRAIG also had highly visible roles in such series as THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E., FANTASY ISLAND, THE MOD SQUAD and THE MANY LOVES OF DOBIE GILLIS as well her scene-stealing part as the ‘green slave girl’ intent on killing Capt. Kirk in the third season of STAR TREK.

Originally trained in classical ballet, CRAIG was spotted by director JOHN FORD’s son, PATRICK, and cast in THE YOUNG LAND opposite PATRICK WAYNE and DENNIS HOPPER. That led to roles in two ELVIS PRESLEY films (KISSIN’ COUSINS and IT HAPPENED AT THE WORLD’S FAIR) and, from there, steady TV work followed.

While promoting her memoir FROM BALLET TO THE BATCAVE AND BEYOND in 2000, we had the pleasure of sitting down with CRAIG, who confessed that she was oblivious to her sex appeal in the ’60s and considered herself to be more brains than beauty. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)

YVONNE CRAIG 1937 – 2015

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