Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week!
With writer-director Thomas Bezucha’s fiery thriller Let Him Go opens in theaters this weekend! Based on the novel of the same name by Larry Watson, Let Him Go follows a retired sheriff named George Blackledge (Kevin Costner) and his wife Margaret (Diane Lane), who are still grieving the death of their son when they embark on a trip to rescue their young grandson from the dangerous Weboy clan, who are living off the grid in the Dakotas. Things go from bad to worse when the Blackledges face off with the family, which is led by fierce matriarch Blanche Weboy (Lesley Manville). (EW)
Christopher Nolan revealed he’s “thrilled” with Tenet’s nearly $350 million box office performance. In a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, the director expressed his excitement towards the film’s success, but also urged Hollywood to adapt and rebuild rather than using the current times as an excuse. “Long term, moviegoing is a part of life, like restaurants and everything else,” he said. “But right now, everybody has to adapt to a new reality.” (Deadline)
It’s official – there’s a new 007 in town and she’s making history! Lashana Lynch will be the first Black female 007 in the 25th Bond film – No Time to Die. Whispers began last year of her possible new role; however, it was recently confirmed in a Harper’s Bazaar Women of the Year feature. Lynch will star as Nomi, the secret agent who inherits the 007 title while Bond is in exile. Lynch most recently starred in Captain Marvel as pilot Maria Rambeau. No Time to Die is currently set to arrive in theaters on April 2, 2021. (Harper’s Bazaar)
BuzzFeed is getting into the movie business with its first feature, 1UP. The film is an underdog eSports comedy that finds Ellen Page coaching a college a team of misfit women gamers who team up to take down a team of chauvinist male players on campus. Paris Berelc will also star in the film directed by Kyle Newman. Production is expected to begin in Toronto in the November. With movies like 1UP and future projects, BuzzFeed Studios is aiming to create socially relevant and high-concept feature films for global millennial and Gen Z audiences. (The Hollywood Reporter)
A remake of The People Under the Stairs is currently underway, courtesy of Jordan Peele. The original Wes Craven horror film was released in 1991 and starred Brandon Adams, Everett McGill, Wendy Robie, A.J. Langer and Ving Rhames in a story about a young boy and two adult thieves who become trapped in a house belonging to a strange couple known as the Robesons. After breaking in with hopes to steal their rare coin collection, the thieves find a lot more than they bargained for waiting for them in the basement. Prior to his passing in 2015, Craven was developing a TV adaptation of the film. Peele will produce the film alongside Win Rosenfeld for Universal Studios. (Collider)
Kevin Bacon has joined the cast of Andrew Baird’s action thriller, One Way, alongside Colson Baker and Travis Fimmel. The film is expected to begin production the beginning of next year in Los Angeles and Tulsa, OK, and tells the story of Freddy, played by Baker, who goes on the run with a bag full of cash after a robbery of his former crime boss goes wrong. With a potentially fatal wound, he slips onto a bus headed into the unrelenting California desert. After a call for help, Freddy’s estranged father, played by Bacon, betrays him, notifying the crime boss where he is. With his life slipping through his fingers, Freddy is left with very few choices to survive. (Deadline)
Conjuring fans get ready! A glimpse into the third installment of The Conjuring franchise has been released in a new video shared via Warner Bros.’ YouTube channel. The 30-minute video goes behind-the-scenes of all the films in the series, including the upcoming The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It. The new footage can be seen at the 29:40 mark, along with a plot breakdown that expands the film’s focus on Arne Johnson, whose 1981 case marked the first time that demonic possession was cited as a defense in a murder trial and who was on set and involved in the filmmaking process. The new horror film, starring Ruairi O’Connor, is set to hit theaters in June 2021. (ScreenRant)
Eva Longoria is set to star alongside Matt Walsh in the upcoming comedy, Unplugging. The independent film follows Walsh’s character as he takes his wife away to a remote town for a “digital detox.” Their romantic weekend quickly turns disastrous with unearthly encounters, strong edibles and bizarre locals. With no cell and internet service, they’re lost, but eventually reconnect along the way. Lea Thompson, Keith David, Nicole Byer and Al Madrigal have also joined the cast. (Variety)
Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain will star as best friends and neighbors in the psychological thriller Mothers’ Instinct. Hathaway and Chastain’s characters both live an idyllic traditional lifestyle with manicured lawns, successful husbands, and sons of the same age. Set in the 1960s, their perfect lives are suddenly shattered by a tragic accident that unravels their sisterly bond. The film, directed by Olivier Masset-Depasse is an English-language remake based on his 2018 film Duelles. (Variety)
Like father, like daughter! Maya Hawke will be joined by her father Ethan Hawke in the upcoming comedy Revolver, based on a true-life incident when the Beatles unexpectedly landed in Alaska. The iconic band’s plane was forced to make a stop in Anchorage on June 27, 1966, and once word traveled of their arrival, hundreds of teenage fans mobbed the group as they waited at the Anchorage Westward Hotel. Jane, an Alaskan teen played by Maya, decides to make the most out of an extremely unlikely Beatles pit stop and fulfill a personal dream of hers. Ethan Hawke will reportedly play Jane’s dad. (Vulture)
Tom Hardy, Tye Sheridan, Stephan James, Bill Skarsgard, Pete Davidson, and Ashton Sanders are set to star in the upcoming war film The Things They Carried. The feature film is based on Tim O’Brien’s acclaimed collection of stories about a group of young soldiers and their experience on the front line during the Vietnam War. Rupert Sanders will direct the feature, while Hardy will produce alongside Dean Baker and David Zander. Production is expected to begin in Thailand in 2021. (Film News)
In something of a Frozen reunion, Kristen Bell and Jonathan Groff will reunite in a musical film called Molly and the Moon from the creators of How I Met Your Mother, Craig Thomas and Carter Bays. It’s is a comedic and musical story of a couple played by Bell and Groff who are expecting a child and who sing to their unborn baby in the womb. But the film also takes us inside the womb and imagines a little girl in a rowboat singing back and using the sound of her parents’ voices to try and reach “the moon,” or a metaphor for being born. (TheWrap)
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