Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week!
Alec Baldwin has stepped away from Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker standalone film. Baldwin was set to play Thomas Wayne, Bruce Wayne/Batman’s father. Baldwin says the decision was made because of “scheduling issues,” though went on by saying “I’m sure there are 25 guys who can play that part.” (USA Today)
Former Doctor Who Matt Smith and Lord of the Rings’ Dominic Monaghan have been cast in Star Wars: Episode IX. It is unclear which roles Smith and Monaghan will play, but Variety says Smith will have a “key role.” Episode IX is currently in production and scheduled to hit theaters December 2019. (Variety, Hollywood Reporter)
In an interview with Variety, standalone Flash film co-star Kiersey Clemons confirmed that the DC film is currently on hold. “So far, I’m not doing Flash for the rest of ,” said Clemons, “but let’s just hope for 2019.” (Variety)
Warner Bros. and New Line won an auction for the film rights to The King which will star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. To be directed by Robert Zemeckis, the film features Johnson as King Kamehameha, the legendary Hawaiian leader who was the first to unite Hawaii’s feuding islands. Johnson’s films with New Line have grossed a combined $1.2 billion. (Deadline)
The Russo Brothers’ follow-up directorial project to Avengers: Infinity War will be a film adaptation of Cherry, a novel by Nico Walker. The Russo’s earned the rights to the adaptation in an auction last week. The novel is based on Walker’s life as a former veteran whose PTSD and drug addictions led to a series of bank robberies. The Infinity War directors bought the rights through their upstart studio AGBO for $1 million. (Deadline)
The Walking Dead’s effects specialist and fan favorite Greg Nicotero has signed on to create the design for Jamie Foxx’s Spawn remake. Spawn will be directed by the comic’s creator Todd McFarlane and be produced with Blumhouse (Get Out, Split, The Purge). (Variety)
Wile E. Coyote is taking his antics to the big screen in Warner Bros. Coyote vs. Acme. The LEGO Batman Movie’s director Chris McKay will direct the film with Jon and Josh Silberman tapped to write the script. Only 2 Looney Toons films have hit the big screen in the last 22 years: Space Jam ($230.4MM worldwide) and Looney Tunes: Back in Action ($70MM worldwide). (Deadline)
The first official merch for Captain Marvel reveals the promo art and official logo for the film. One of the branded notebooks also features an image of Blake Lively as Captain Marvel wearing the iconic costume. Marvel Studios’ next film debuts March 8, 2019. (IGN)
Click below to watch the latest trailers.
- I Think We’re Alone Now (September 21)
- Hell Fest (September 28)
- Bad Times at the El Royale (October 5)
- First Man (October 12)
- Johnny English Strikes Again (October 26)
- Vox Lux (TBD)
- Kin: Chased by a vengeful criminal, the feds and a gang of otherworldly soldiers, a recently released ex-con and his adopted teenage brother are forced to go on the run with a weapon of mysterious origin as their only protection.
- Operation Finale: A team of secret agents set out to track down the Nazi officer who masterminded the Holocaust.
- The Little Stranger: After a doctor is called to visit a crumbling manor, strange things begin to occur.