Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week!
Marvel Studios is fast-tracking a new superhero film starring Shang-Chi, a martial arts master at war with his father known as The Devil’s Doctor. While Marvel searches for a director, Dave Callaham is already on board to write the script. Marvel is looking to create a film that “blends Asian American themes, crafted by Asian and Asian American filmmakers.” (Deadline)
Emma Stone has been in talks to play Cruella de Vil in a 101 Dalmatians live-action remake, but according to Hollywood Reporter, the film will instead be an origin story for the infamous villain set in an early 80’s punk scene. I, Tonya director Craig Gillespie is also in the conversation to direct. (Hollywood Reporter)
Anne Hathaway has been offered the starring role in a Sesame Street live-action film. Portlandia director Jonathan Krisel will direct the project which will be a musical. While Hathaway is accustomed to musicals – she won an Oscar for her role in the film adaptation of Les Miserables – she’s fielding another offer for Robert Zemeckis’ The Witches. (Variety)
Wes Anderson’s next film following Isle of Dogs has begun production in Angoulême, France. Titled The French Dispatch, the live-action film will be “a love letter to journalists set at an outpost of an American newspaper in 20th-century Paris.” The film boasts an impressive cast including Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Benicio del Toro, Jeffrey Wright and Timothée Chalamet. Brad Pitt, Natalie Portman and Léa Seydoux are also rumored to have roles. (Den of Geek)
Universal Pictures has acquired the rights to several songs from Prince’s catalog for the purposes of developing an original film inspired by the late artist’s music. Those with knowledge of the film clarified that it is not a biopic “but an original story with Prince’s classic songs driving the plotline.” (Yahoo!)
Rhys Ifans could be joining the upcoming Kingsman prequel. The former Harry Potter, Spider-Man and Alice in Wonderland actor is being considered for the role of “a dangerous and manipulative Russian mystic.” Captain America: Civil War’s Daniel Brühl and Game of Thrones’ Charles Dance are also in talks to join the cast, though their involvement in the film remains under wraps. (Collider)
In a Tonight Show interview, Margot Robbie made it clear that Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is not a “serious film.” After sharing a photo of the script on Instagram with the full title, many Birds of Prey fans had mixed reactions. Some accused Warner Bros. of extending the original comic book title in a cash-grab move to include Harley Quinn’s name. In response, Harley Quinn co-creator Paul Dini argued that the title reflects Quinn’s “skewed worldview” and gives the film her own touch. Production for Birds of Prey is scheduled to begin in early 2019. (ScreenRant, Instagram)
San Diego, listen up. Anchorman’s Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) is getting his own podcast. The first of two 12-episode seasons will air in the first quarter of 2019. In a press release, Burgundy was quoted admitting he’s unfamiliar with podcasts. “I don’t know what a podcast is,” said Ferrell reprising his character for the release, “but I currently have a lot of time on my hands and a lot to talk about.” (Collider)
Click below to watch the latest trailers and clips.
- Mary Queen of Scots (December 7)
- Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (December 14)
- Welcome to Marwen (December 14)
- Mary Poppins Returns (December 19)
- Happy Death Day 2 U (February 14, 2019)
- Captain Marvel (March 8, 2019)
- Mary Queen of Scots: Mary Stuart’s attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England, finds her condemned to years of imprisonment before facing execution.
- Ben is Back: A drug addicted teenage boy shows up unexpectedly at his family’s home on Christmas Eve.
- Vox Lux: An unusual set of circumstances brings unexpected success to a pop star.