Back in the beginning of August, we learned that Warner Bros. had staked out a slew of future release dates for DC Comics films, but with no indication of what films might be arriving in those slots beyond the promise of Justice League following sometime after Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Well, thanks to the same shareholders meeting that revealed Ezra Miller will play The Flash in a standalone film arriving in 2018 (along with Jason Momoa getting his own Aquaman film that same year), we now have a much better idea of what films Warner Bros. has lined up, and when we'll see them hit theaters. Read on!
This morning, Warner Bros. is having a big shareholder talk, and a whole slew of news about their future plans for DC Comics properties has finally been revealed. Thanks to Wall Street Journal reporter Ben Fritz on Twitter, we now know that the studio has cast We Need to Talk About Kevin and The Perks of Being a Wallflower star Ezra Miller as The Flash, and they have confirmed that Jason Momoa will play Aquaman in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and the actor will reprise the role in his own standalone film as well. Both The Flash and Aquaman movies will hit theaters sometime in 2018. Read on!
If I told you that one of the creators and stars of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" was going to write and direct a feature film, you'd probably assume that it was an R-rated comedy. However, you just might be surprised to learn from Deadline that Rob McElhenney (who plays Mac on the FX comedy series) has actually been lined up as the writer, director and producer of a family action film called Figment set up at Legendary Pictures. The film will follow an imaginative boy and his family who are thrown for a loop when their greatest fears come to life, and that sounds like the kind of original film we need right about now.
Following 20th Century Fox's release date shifts that bumped up Independence Day 2 a week earlier in the summer of 2016 and pushed Hitman: Agent 47 back six months in 2015, it looks like The Weinstein Company and Paramount Pictures have made some calendar changes too. First up, THR has word that Paddington has vacated its original Christmas Day release this winter and has opted to arrive on January 16th, 2015 instead. The film is based on the beloved children's book series and will feature Ben Whishaw as the title bear about town in London after Colin Firth exited the role in June. But that's not all. Read on!
After being pushed back from a release next summer, 20th Century Fox settled on releasing Independence Day 2 on July 1st, 2016. But again, the studio has decided to change the release date. Fortunately, instead of pushing back the film, Fox has bumped it up a week to hit theaters on June 24th, 2016. That means it will arrive the same weekend as Universal Pictures' reboot of The Mummy, and it will get an extra week in theaters before a Marvel film arrives on July 8th (it's likely Doctor Strange). We're still no sure who's starring in Independence Day 2, or when it will start production, but we're keeping our ear to the ground.
For those who haven't heard, Joaquin Phoenix is officially out of the running for Marvel's forthcoming Phase Three title Doctor Strange. He was in talks, but apparently it just didn't work out. So now Marvel is still looking for a leading man to become the Sorcerer Supreme in the film directed by Scott Derrickson (Sinister) and written by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus). And in typical internet fashion, a new rumor has popped up from Badass Digest, citing an untested source, that has pegged Ewan McGregor as doing some research for the role by checking out some comic books. But it sounds like he's one of a few contenders.
Briefly: After landing boy wizard Daniel Radcliffe for a supporting role earlier this month, Now You See Me 2 has added another new cast member to the magician heist sequel from Summit Entertainment. Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Mark Ruffalo have all been confirmed to return, and now The Wrap reports they'll be joined by Lizzy Caplan (Mean Girls, "Masters of Sex"). However, the film from director Jon M. Chu is still laying low when it comes to revealing plot details, and we don't even know what character Caplan will play. Stay tuned for more updates.
After years of spending time in the world of horror, followed by blockbuster territory with Spider-Man and most recently prequel adventures with Oz: The Great and Powerful, it sounds like director Sam Raimi is ready for something completely different. Deadline has word that Raimi is currently in talks to direct an adaptation of Love May Fail, the book by Matthew Quick, the same author who wrote the book that was turned into the acclaimed film Silver Linings Playbook. Raimi will still be sticking with Sony Pictures for the project with Spider-Man franchise producer Matt Tolmach on board the film as well. So what's it about?
After once being in talks to take the role of Blackbeard in Joe Wright's Pan (the role eventually went to Hugh Jackman), it sounds like Javier Bardem might end up setting sail after all. The Wrap reports the Spanish actor is in early talks to take the villain role in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. The role would make Bardem a ghost pirate named Captain Brand, who is hellbent on getting revenge on Captain Jack Sparrow, because he believes the perpetually drunk and flamboyant hero to be responsible for killing his brother. The role was offered to Christoph Waltz previously, but didn't stick.
Thanks to "The X-Files," there's no doubt that Gillian Anderson will always be one of the most prominent females in the genre of science fiction. However, since she's not so busy tracking conspiracies, aliens and other strange cases, she's looking to enter the world of the paranormal. Anderson just recently took part in a Reddit AMA (via THR) and was asked whether or not she was interested in the all-female Ghostbusters reboot that's in the works from director Paul Feig and his The Heat writer Katie Dippold. Surely every female actress in Hollywood is hungry for a role in the film, and Anderson revealed that she's no different.
This is the biggest Marvel news to arrive since the revelation that The Avengers would be assembling on the big screen. While Robert Downey Jr. dashed hopes of Iron Man 4 happening, he did say that had some other Marvel projects coming up and that an announcement was imminent. Well, that news has broken and it has Downey reprising the role of Iron Man in a completely different franchise. Variety reports Downey will star in Captain America 3, and the sequel will kickstart the massive Civil War storyline that rocked the entire Marvel Comics universe eight years ago and pit Steve Rogers against Tony Stark. More below!
One of the most divisive talents working today is Lena Dunham. Most either love her or you hate her, mostly based on her HBO series "Girls," without a lot of middle ground for negotiation. However, from my perspective, Dunham seems to be an undeniably great writer, easily delivering a genuine voice from her generation, whether you like it or not. But the writer, director and actress has something much different in her future as THR reports that Duham has revealed that she is currently working on an adaptation of the 1994 Newbery Honor-winning children's novel Catherine, Called Bird, set in Medeival-era England.
Following a creative hiccup that resulted in the loss of director Fredrik Bond, the action sequel London Has Fallen is seemingly back on track with Scandinavian director Babak Najafi, director of the Snabba Cash sequel Easy Money II: Hard to Kill, behind the camera. We already knew Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman were all returning from Olympus Has Fallen, and now The Wrap has added a new cast member into the mix with Watchmen and A Nightmare on Elm Street remake star Jackie Earle Haley taking the role of Deputy Chief Mason. What are the odds that he ends up being the main bad guy?
The reboot of National Lampoon's classic road trip comedy Vacation is already in production with Horrible Bosses writing duo Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley making their directing debut. Well, Vulture recently got a change to catch up with Daley, a veteran of the short-lived but beloved series "Freaks & Geeks," and he teased that a reunion of some of the cast members just might be happening in their comedy reboot, which is also a sequel to the original franchise. Daley also opened up a bit about the pressure of a reboot like this with such iconic source material, and it just might get more people on board.