Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week.
Chinese actress Liu Yifei, also known as Crystal Liu, has been cast to play the lead in the live-action adaptation of Disney’s Mulan. The film is currently eyeing a 2019 release. (Hollywood Reporter)
Ryan Reynolds is going undercover. The Deadpool star will play the lead in the Pokémon movie, Detective Pikachu. According to Hollywood Reporter, the film will involve some motion-capture. Shooting will begin mid-January in London. (Hollywood Reporter)
X-Men is prepared for a hot 2018. Dark Phoenix will be the next superhero to receive a feature film, starring Sophie Turner as the titular character. Entertainment Weekly has a first look at the fiery film which required nearly a year of post-production “to deliver on the nuance of the visual effects, not just the scale of them” according to director Simon Kinberg. (Entertainment Weekly)
Days after firing director Bryan Singer, Fox has tapped Dexter Fletcher as the new director of Bohemian Rhapsody, the Freddie Mercury biopic. Production will resume next week in London. (Variety)
Entertainment Weekly has released two of the first photos from the set of Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald. The first shot shows Newt Scamander, Eddie Redmayne’s character, walking through the sewers, while the second showcases Redmayne and co-star Jude Law talking in between takes. The much-anticipated sequel arrives in theaters November 16, 2018. (Entertainment Weekly)
In a year of exciting releases, Wonder Woman was the most Tweeted about movie of 2017. Runners-up include La La Land, Dunkirk, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Justice League. (Twitter)
Kristen Bell will make history as the first ever host of the SAG Awards. The 24th Annual SAG Awards air January 21. (SAG Awards)
Paramount has confirmed their big screen adaptation of Nickelodeon’s Are You Afraid of the Dark will hit theaters October 11, 2019. This is the second film with an October 11, 2019 release date after Warner Bros.’ The Goldfinch. (Variety)
Ten days before its debut, John Travolta’s Gotti parted ways with Lionsgate Premiere, Lionsgate’s specialty films distributor. Instead, outside investors have backed the film with hopes of a wide release next May. (Deadline)
- I, Tonya: Competitive ice skater Tonya Harding rises amongst the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the activity is thrown into doubt when her ex-husband intervenes.
- Just Getting Started: A two-hander action comedy in the vein of Midnight Run (1988), about an ex-F.B.I. Agent (Tommy Lee Jones) and an ex-mob lawyer in the Witness Protection Program (Morgan Freeman) having to put aside their petty rivalry on the golf course to fend off a mob hit.
- November Criminals: A teenager takes on his own investigation of a murder in Washington D.C.