Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week.
More than 20 million people have watched the new Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer on YouTube since it’s nationwide release on Monday. Watch the full trailer here. (YouTube)
Disney’s Gigantic is “ending active development for now” according to Pixar President Ed Catmull. The project, first announced in 2015, is being shelved in favor of a new film Catmull says is “set for Thanksgiving 2020.” (Hollywood Reporter)
Spies in Diguise, a new animated comedy currently in production, just confirmed two A-List leads. Will Smith will voice Lance Sterling, “the world’s most awesome spy,” while Tom Holland portrays socially awkward genius and Sterling’s partner, Walter. The film hits theaters January 18, 2019. (Slash Film)
Mark Ruffalo and Kevin Feige are planning a story arc for The Hulk that exists in Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4, a workaround from the rights issues that prevent Ruffalo’s character from taking a lead role in any Marvel films. The Hulk’s lack of dialogue in Thor: Ragnarok, according to Ruffalo, is intentional and a key component of the “special trilogy.” (Cinema Blend)
Universal pumped the brakes on Fast and Furious 9’s April 2019 release, pushing the project back another year to April 10, 2020. (Hollywood Reporter)
While we wait for Fast and Furious 9, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson posted a mini trailer to Instagram of a spinoff featuring himself and Jason Statham. The duo face off in theaters July 26, 2019. (Moviefone)
Leah Remini will join Jennifer Lopez in the cast of the upcoming romantic comedy Second Act. Remini will play the role of Joan, Lopez’s best friend and co-worker. (Coming Soon)
Former Uber Engineer Susan Fowler’s accounts of her “very strange year” at the startup may hit the big screen, as the project is reportedly being shopped around Hollywood. (TechCrunch)
The Austin Film Festival will close with a screening of I, Tonya. Starring Margot Robbie, the film details the accusations against former Olympic ice skater Tonya Harding‘s attack on competitor Nancy Kerrigan. (Entertainment Weekly)
A new Tron film is in the works, but this time exclusively for the VR market. When asked about the project, Jeff Bridges enthusiastically welcomed the opportunity to work with Olivia Wilde from 1982’s Tron. (Den of Geek)
- Happy Death Day: A college student relives the day of her murder with both its unexceptional details and terrifying end until she discovers her killer’s identity.
- Goodbye Christopher Robin: A behind-the-scenes look at the life of author A.A. Milne and the creation of the Winnie the Pooh stories inspired by his son C.R. Milne.
- Marshall: About a young Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, as he battles through one of his career-defining cases.
- The Foreigner: A humble businessman with a buried past seeks justice when his daughter is killed in an act of terrorism. A cat-and-mouse conflict ensues with a government official, whose past may hold clues to the killers’ identities.
- Professor Marston and the Wonder Women: The story of psychologist William Moulton Marston, the polyamorous relationship between his wife and his mistress, the creation of his beloved comic book character Wonder Woman, and the controversy the comic generated.