Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week.
For the first time, Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep and Steven Spielberg are collaborating on a film together. The Post tells the true story of a newspaper publisher attempting to expose a government secret that spanned four U.S. Presidents. Watch the new trailer here. (20th Century Fox)
Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin, slated for release in 2019, will not include Jasmine’s pet tiger Rajah. According to Naomi Scott, who will portray Jasmine in the new movie, the decision was made to focus on Jasmine’s relationship with her handmaid, Dalia, as the Disney princess’ connection with other women was “missing from the animation.” (CinemaBlend)
Quentin Tarantino is in search of a new home for his ninth film, simply referred to as #9 at this time. All major studios except Disney are reading the film which is “a drama set in late ‘60s-early ‘70s Los Angeles.” (Deadline)
Black Adam fans may get their first introduction to the comic book villain in Suicide Squad 2. To be played by Dwayne Johnson, Black Adam is rumored to be the “weapon of mass destruction” the Suicide Squad are in search of in the sequel. (ScreenRant)
Jon Hamm will star in Off Season, a supernatural thriller about a man in search of his missing elderly father. The project is currently in pre-production with principal photography to begin in Canada in early 2018. (Deadline)
In response to the success of Wonder Woman, Millennium Media is charging forward with their own comic book heroine: Red Sonja. The studio has plans to franchise the project, reviving Red Sonja after its first theatrical release in 1985 starring Brigitte Nielsen and Arnold Schwarzenegger. (Deadline)
Universal’s “Dark Universe” project-a series of films based on characters including the Invisible Man, Wolf Man and Frankenstein-is in danger of being pulled after the departure of Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan. According to Universal President of Production Peter Cramer, “We are not rushing to meet a release date and will move forward with these films when we feel they are the best versions of themselves.” (Hollywood Reporter)
In response to surprised DC fans that Justice League would have the shortest runtime of all films in the DCEU universe, Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara confirmed that the decision was intentional. He pushed for a “last-minute rewrite” that would give the film a lighter tone and a much shorter runtime than the 151-minute Dawn of Justice film. (Slash Film)
Stranger Things’ Millie Bobby Brown was offered a leading role in the upcoming Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair. Brown, who has not confirmed her participation in the film, will still be on the big screen when Godzilla: King of the Monsters roars into theaters in 2019. (ScreenRant)
Natalie Portman will lend her voice to a new animated film titled Foxy Trotter. The film follows a motorcycle-riding photographer, Foxy, in the 1970s on a mission to take the perfect photo. Portman will portray Foxy’s best friend, Ronnie. (Empire)
- Murder on the Orient Express: A lavish train ride unfolds into a stylish & suspenseful mystery. From the novel by Agatha Christie, Murder on the Orient Express tells of thirteen stranded strangers & one man’s race to solve the puzzle before the murderer strikes again.
- Daddy’s Home 2: Brad and Dusty must deal with their intrusive fathers during the holidays.
- Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri: In this darkly comic drama, a mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter’s murder, when they fail to catch the culprit.