Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week.
As Pacific Rim: Uprising passed Black Panther on the box office charts, the latest Marvel Studios release became the top-grossing superhero film of all time domestically. Black Panther closed last weekend with $630.9 million, passing The Avengers’ $623.4 million earned in 2012. Black Panther becomes only the seventh film to ever earn $600 million or more domestically. (Hollywood Reporter)
In an interview with the New York Times, Chris Evans said the unnamed Avengers 4 will be his last Marvel film. “You want to get off the train before they push you off,” stated Evans regarding his future as Captain America. The comics suggest that either Anthony Mackie (Falcon) or Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes) could take Evans’ place in future films. (Entertainment Weekly)
Marvel released new character posters for Avengers: Infinity War. The 23 superheroes featured in the trailer are organized on five posters rumored to represent their relationships and involvement in the upcoming Avengers film. Each poster also utilizes a color reminiscent of the Infinity Stones antagonist Thanos is pursuing. (Marvel)
Production has begun for Captain Marvel starring Brie Larson as the titular superhero. Marvel Studios also announced that Clark Gregg’s Agent Coulson is joining the cast, returning to the big screen for the first time since The Avengers. Two Guardians of the Galaxy actors will also reprise their roles in Captain Marvel. Lee Pace will play Ronan the Accuser, and Djimon Honsou will return as Korath the Pursuer. (Hollywood Reporter)
The Spice Girls are reuniting for an animated film. The project, currently being shopped to potential production partners, will feature a likeness of each member from the 90s pop group voiced by The Spice Girls themselves. Each Spice Girl will have a “girl power” that reflect each girl’s personality. (Variety)
Fox changed the release dates for Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemain Rhapsody and X-Men spinoffs The New Mutants and Dark Phoenix. Bohemian Rhapsody has been moved up to November 2, 2018 from its original Christmas Day release date. The New Mutants and Dark Phoenix will release in 2019 on August 2 and February 14 respectively. (Variety)
John Cena is on board to portray video game character Duke Nukem on the big screen. Producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller confirmed Cena’s involvement, stating “We don’t have a script yet…but right now [Cena’s] our guy.” Form and Fuller are looking to the success of Deadpool to create the right tone for a film that draws on similar characteristics. (PASTE)
Robert Downey Jr. shared a photo announcing the voice cast of The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, in theaters April 12, 2019. Downey Jr. will play the titular character, Doctor Dolittle, with high-profile supporting actors including Tom Holland, Kumail Nanjiani, Rami Malek, Emma Thompson and Selena Gomez. (Twitter)
Tom Cruise wrapped production on Mission: Impossible FALLOUT yesterday. Cruise returns to theaters as Ethan Hunt on July 27. (Twitter)
Click below to watch the latest trailers.
- Avengers: Infinity War (Release Date: April 27)
- Deadpool 2 (May 18)
- The Darkest Minds (August 3)
- The House With a Clock in its Walls (September 21)
- Ready Player One: When the creator of a virtual reality world called the OASIS dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune.
- Tyler Perry’s Acrimony: A faithful wife (Taraji P. Henson) tired of standing by her devious husband (Lyriq Bent) is enraged when it becomes clear she has been betrayed.
- God’s Not Dead: A Light in the Darkness: Pastor Dave (David A.R. White) responds to the unimaginable tragedy of having his church, located on the grounds of the local university, burned down.
- Finding Your Feet: On the eve of retirement a middle class, judgmental snob discovers her husband has been having an affair with her best friend and is forced into exile with her bohemian sister who lives on an impoverished inner-city council estate.