Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week.
On Twitter, Ava DuVernay broke the news that Victoria Mahoney will be the second unit director for Star Wars Episode IX. Mahoney will be the first African-American woman to serve in any directing role for a Star Wars film. (Variety)
Cathy Yan will make history as the first female Asian director to helm a superhero film. Warner Bros and DC Entertainment have chosen Yan for a Harley Quinn spinoff based on the Birds of Prey comics. Production is scheduled to begin by year’s end or early next year after star Margot Robbie concludes her work on Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. (Deadline)
Steven Spielberg is also joining the DC Universe. The Ready Player One director will collaborate with writer David Koepp on an adaptation of WWII comic book hero Blackhawk. Spielberg is busy working on the fifth Indiana Jones installment and a remake of West Side Story. (Hollywood Reporter)
Speaking of Spielberg, the iconic director’s lifetime box office revenue passed $10 billion (when adjusted for inflation). Spielberg now sits head and shoulders above the competition with Peter Jackson as his closest competitor with $6.5 billion. The Ready Player One director has helmed 32 films and counting. (Forbes)
DreamWorks revealed the title of the third and final How to Train Your Dragon film to be How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. The movie will hit theaters in 2019 with a voice cast that includes Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler and Craig Ferguson. (Variety)
The Cannes Film Festival lineup was announced last Thursday. Asghar Farhadi’s Everybody Knows will open the festival, while notable entrants including Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman, Jean-Luc Godard’s The Image Book and Under the Silver Lake are also present. Lucasfilm’s Solo: A Star Wars Story will also be screening at Cannes, but will not be under consideration for any awards. Cannes Film Festival begins May 8. (Variety)
The Russo Brothers revealed that Carrie Coon voices Proxima Midnight in Avengers: Infinity War. Midnight is a member of the Black Order, Thanos’ inner circle of antagonists. The identities of the other “Children of Thanos,” with the exception of Loki’s Tom Hiddleston, have yet to be revealed. (Entertainment Weekly)
John Brolin confirmed that his Deadpool 2 character, Cable, will appear in four films. “We think about it in four movie terms,” said Brolin in an Empire interview. “We tried to think of Cable as a full arc, not just in [Deadpool 2], but in the trajectory of four films. That made it a lot more fun for me.” It’s not yet clear if the four films will be Deadpool sequels or the upcoming X-Force movies. (/Film)
Jackie Chan and Constance Wu will voice star in Wish Dragon, an animated re-telling of the classic genie in a bottle tale from One Thousand and One Nights. The film is projected for a 2019 release in China with US and International releases also planned. (Hollywood Reporter)
Click below to watch the latest trailers.
- Hereditary (Release Date: June 8)
- Hotel Artemis (June 8)
- Ocean’s 8 (June 8)
- Incredibles 2 (June 15)
- Hot Summer Nights (July 27)
- I Feel Pretty: A woman struggling with insecurity wakes from a fall believing she is the most beautiful and capable woman on the planet. Her new confidence empowers her to live fearlessly, but what happens when she realizes her appearance never changed?
- Super Troopers 2: When a border dispute arises between the U.S. and Canada, the Super Troopers are tasked with establishing a Highway Patrol station in the disputed area.
- Traffik: A couple off for a romantic weekend in the mountains are accosted by a biker gang. Alone in the mountains, Brea and John must defend themselves against the gang, who will stop at nothing to protect their secrets.