Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week.
Warner Bros. is developing a Batgirl film with Christina Hodson signed on as screenwriter. Hodson penned the script for upcoming Transformer spinoff Bumblebee. Joss Whedon was originally tapped to write, but left the project in February after failing to come up with a story. (Hollywood Reporter)
After Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford reunite for Ford’s final Indiana Jones film in April 2019, Spielberg stated that he’s open to reprising the role with a female lead. A strong advocate of the Time’s Up campaign, Spielberg hopes that Indiana “Joan” could help enforce gender equality in Hollywood. (Hollywood Reporter)
He’ll be back. The next Terminator film, currently untitled, will open on November 22, 2019. Arnold Schwarzenegger will reprise his role as the star cyborg with Tim Miller directing and James Cameron producing. The film was originally scheduled for release on July 26, 2019. (Deadline)
Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone are teaming up again for action comedy Super-Intelligence. McCarthy’s husband Falcone will direct the film, the couple’s fourth collaboration in an actor-director capacity. Their latest collaboration, Life of the Party, hits theaters May 11. (Hollywood Reporter)
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson anticipates filming for Warner Bros.’ Black Adam to begin in 2019. Johnson will play the titular character who will eventually face off against hero Shazam in a future DCEU film. “The script came in, it’s great, we’re working on it,” said Johnson of Black Adam preparations. “If things come together in the way we anticipate them coming together, that feels like a 2019 movie, in production.” (Yahoo Movies)
Eagle-eyed fans may have noticed a hidden character in the latest Solo: A Star Wars Story trailer (link below). Tam Posla, a bounty hunter, can be found in the background of a conversation between Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) and Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover). A slightly obscure presence in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Posla has connections to Star Wars: A New Hope, in particular two characters (Dr. Evanzan and Ponda Baba) he’s hunting who hassle Luke Skywalker at the Mos Eisley cantina. (/Film)
Co-director Josh Cooley made it official: Toy Story 4 hits theaters June 21, 2019. Jonas Rivera will co-direct the project with Cooley after Pixar head Jon Lasseter stepped down and Rashida Jones left the project over “philosophical differences.” (Moviefone)
Damian Lewis will portray former Toronto mayor Rob Ford in Run This Town, a drama about, according to Hollywood Reporter, “a reporter (Ben Platt) who attempts to expose a scandal involving a politician (Ford) who doesn’t play by the rules.” The story will play out over the last year of his mayoral term. (Hollywood Reporter)
Matthew McConaughey’s White Boy Rick has been pushed to release wide September 21 this year, a month after its original August 17 release. The film is set in 1980s Detroit and based on a true story of “a blue-collar father (McConaughey) and his teenage son, Rick Wershe (Richie Merritt), who became an undercover police informant and later a drug dealer, before he was abandoned by his handlers and sentence to a life in prison.” (Variety)
Click below to watch the latest trailers.
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (Release Date: May 25)
- The First Purge (July 4)
- The Meg (August 10)
- Johnny English Strikes Again (October 12)
- Rampage: Primatologist Davis Okoye shares an unshakable bond with George, the extraordinarily intelligent gorilla who has been in his care since birth. But a rogue genetic experiment gone awry transforms this gentle ape into a raging monster. As these newly created monsters tear across North America, destroying everything in their path, Okoye teams with a discredited genetic engineer to secure an antidote, fighting his way through an ever-changing battlefield, not only to halt a global catastrophe but to save the fearsome creature that was once his friend.
- Truth or Dare: A harmless game of Truth or Dare among friends turns deadly when someone — or something — begins to punish those who tell a lie or refuse the dare.
- The Rider: After suffering a near fatal head injury, a young cowboy undertakes a search for new identity and what it means to be a man in the heartland of America.
- Beirut: Caught in the crossfires of civil war, CIA operatives (Rosamund Pike, Dean Norris) must send a former U.S. diplomat (Jon Hamm) to negotiate for the life of a friend he left behind.