While feelings are mixed about the upcoming Jason Reitman directed requel, Ghostbusters, that hasn’t stopped it from moving right along. According to Variety, Carrie Coon (The Leftovers) and Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things) have entered final talks to star in the new film. While Reitman was hesitant to cast Wolfhard given the similarities to Stranger Things, he was reportedly “blown away” by the youngsters audition.
The report indicates that Coon and Wolfhard will play a single mother and her son, respectively, showing some pretty strong similarities to previous entries of the film franchise.
Disney continues to move forward with its many live-action adaptations, with three films set for release next year, including Dumbo on March 29th, Aladdin on May 24th, and The Lion King on July 19th. Now, it’s being reported that Tom Hanks is in talks to join the live-action Pinocchio, playing the fabled woodworker, Gepetto, who dreams of having a son.
Pinocchio is being directed by Paul King (Paddington), from a screenplay by King, Chris Weitz (Cinderella), and Simon Farnaby (Paddington 2). The story is said to follow the 1940’s original animated film, with slight alterations to twist the story for modern times. Production on the live-action Pinocchio is slated to begin next summer.
TVLine is reporting that Emmy Award-winning actor Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men) has signed on for the fourth season of The CW’s Supergirl, in the recurring role of Lex Luthor. Cryer is surprisingly no stranger to the DC Universe, as he portrayed Lenny Luthor, the insufferable nephew of Lex Luthor in Superman IV: A Quest for Peace.
“We are enormous fans of Jon Cryer, and he was instantly our dream actor to play the iconic role of Lex Luthor. Jon is a super-talent, and the fact that he played Lenny Luthor in ‘Superman IV’ brings an added layer of legacy to his casting. We’re beyond thrilled to welcome Jon to the Supergirl family.”
We’ve known for quite some time that Jeremy Irons (Justice League) was a part of Damon Lindelof’s upcoming Watchmen series for HBO, but his character has remained a mystery… until now. SlashFilm is reporting that Irons will portray an older version of Adrian Veidt, aka Ozymandias, the mastermind behind the horrific attack on New York in the Watchmen universe.
The series takes place 10 years after the events of the graphic novel, hence the older casting, and the inclusion of Veidt confirms that he’ll still be involved with the world of vigilantes at this time, despite their outlawed nature.
In what is most certainly a surprise, given his rising star, Taron Egerton revealed while promoting his upcoming film, Robin Hood, that he will not be returning to the role of Eggsy in Kingsman 3 for Matthew Vaughn. Kingsman 3 is currently set for a November 9th, 2019 release, and the cast is slowly being revealed with names like Brad Pitt and Ralph Fiennes rumored to star.
“I don’t know how hot off the press this is, and I think I’m allowed to say it, but I’m not in the next Kingsman movie. We’re still very much in business together, but his next journey in that world doesn’t involve me.”
The reboot of Hellboy continues to up its amazing-factor, with Discussing Film revealing that Thomas Haden Church (Spider-Man 3) has been cast in the role of Lobster Johnson in the upcoming film. As crazy as it sounds, Church actually revealed his role in an untitled comic book film earlier this year in an interview with JoBlo, and it’s now been confirmed as the vigilante.
In the comics, Lobster Johnson is a 1930’s pulp hero, established in comic books and radio, with the public believing him to be fictional. However, there was a real Lobster Johnson that protected the world from mobsters, Nazis, and paranormal threats, eventually crossing paths with the B.P.R.D. Hellboy hits theaters on April 12th, 2019.
The DC Universe streaming series, Swamp Thing, continues to round out its cast, with the addition of Will Patton (Halloween, Armageddon) as the show’s villain, Avery Sunderland. According to Deadline‘s description on Sunderland, this take will “serve as the de facto patriarch of his Louisiana hometown, always giving back to the community. His benevolent veneer, however, masks a ruthless determination to harness the power of the swamp for profit.”
In the original comics, Sunderland was a minor character setting up the introduction of The Floronic Man, so it’s entirely possible we may see a major villain in the second season of the series.
It’s being reported that Naomi Watts (King Kong, Mulholland Drive) has signed on to play the lead role in HBO’s upcoming Game of Thrones prequel series. Her character remains a mystery, but she is described as “a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret.” The series is currently casting several supporting roles, while searching for directors, with Jane Goldman (Kingsman: The Secret Service) teaming up with author George R.R. Martin to write and show-run the series.
“Taking place thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones, the series chronicles the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. And only one thing is for sure: from the horrifying secrets of Westeros’s history to the true origin of the white walkers, the mysteries of the East, to the Starks of legend … it’s not the story we think we know.”
In a interview with The Hollywood Reporter, showrunner for the upcoming Netflix adaptation of The Witcher, Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, has revealed plenty of casting news for the upcoming series, as well as addressing the fan backlash regarding casting rumors from several months ago. First off, Freya Allan (Into The Badlands) and Anya Chalotra (Wanderlust) will join Henry Cavill’s Geralt of Rivia, as Ciri and Yennefer of Vengerberg, respectively. Additionally, Jodhi May will play Queen Calanthe of Cintra, while Björn Hlynur Haraldsson will play her husband, Eist. Adam Levy will play Mousesack the Druid, and MyAnna Buring will be the head of a magical academy named Tissaia.
Hissrich had this to say regarding fan backlash:
It boils down to a couple things. One, this property has such a passionate fanbase. I think any leak at all was going to attract this type of attention, and with any attention comes backlash to that attention. I do think that whatever information is trickling out there, there will be people responding positively to it and people responding negatively to it. I think that’s just part of making a television show, and especially a show this big. In terms of why people responded so strongly, I think the fans really have pictures of these characters in their minds and I don’t blame them for that. I get it. When I read my favorite books I certainly imagine characters a certain way. There’s obviously a couple lines of description of Ciri in the books and people become very enamored with their own vision of it. I think coming in as a writer and saying my vision might look different than yours is scary for fans, but truthfully I don’t think it has to be. One of the things I feel most strongly about is people being afraid that we’re going to strip out the cultural context of The Witcher, to remove its Slovak roots, the very thing people in Poland are proud of. That couldn’t be further from the truth. What I’ve always wanted to do is take these Slovak stories and give them a global audience.
More details on The Witcher will hit when available as currently a release date is not set for the highly anticipated series.
Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Djimon Hounsou (Guardians of the Galaxy) has been cast as The Wizard in DC’s Shazam! Hounsou will be replacing Ron Cephas Jones (This Is Us) after a scheduling conflict prevented Jones from taking the role on further.
The new casting is a bit of a shock, but continues the trend of great casting for the film, though Ron Cephas Jones will be missed as a fantastic choice. Djimon Hounsou will be reprising his Guardians of the Galaxy role as Korath in Marvel’s Captain Marvel which releases only a few short weeks before Shazam!
The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed the long-standing rumor that Billy Dee Williams would be returning to a galaxy far, far away and will reprise his role of Lando Calrissian for next year’s Star Wars: Episode IX. After the deaths of Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, and the sad, real life death of Carrie Fisher, it makes sense to bring back the other fan-favorite classic character, particularly after the character’s revival in Solo: A Star Wars Story.
In Star Wars: Episode IX, Williams will join returning franchise stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and Adam Driver, as well as newcomer Keri Russell.
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According to That Hashtag Show, The Avengers star Jeremy Renner may be in line to play detective Twitch Williams, the meek but skilled officer that Jamie Foxx’ Spawn will partner with in an effort to track down a killer.
While not the most spot-on casting in the world, it makes sense that they would trade in for a more capable seeming Renner instead of the skinny, yet surprising appearance often associated with Twitch Williams. Or, maybe Renner will undergo quite the transformation for the film? Only time will tell.
Variety is reporting that Sony Pictures is currently in talks with Academy Award-nominee Liam Neeson (Taken) to join their upcoming Men In Black film, which will see Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson reprise their Thor: Ragnarok partnership in the lead roles. The plot and character details for the film are all under tight lock and key, so it’s unknown who he will be playing.
F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton) will be directing with a script from Iron Man scribes Matt Holloway, and Art Marcum. Production is expected to begin this summer, with a June 14th, 2019 release date set.