Movie News Wrap Up: ‘Insurgent,’ ‘The Revenant,’ ‘Tarzan’ & More

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This Week:

Will Smith is set to star in Ridley Scott’s NFL concussion film; Tom Hardy may join The Revenant; Naomi Watts signs on for the Divergent franchise; Tarzan nabs Djimon Honsou; and Wahlberg and Ferrell may reteam for Daddy’s Home;


Will Smith has signed on for Ridley Scott’s upcoming film about NFL concussions.

Wall Smith Star NFL Concussion Film Movie News Wrap Up: Insurgent, The Revenant, Tarzan & More

The news comes shortly after Smith formally dropped out of the blockbuster Brilliance, which was just a few months away from shooting. He now takes on a very controversial topic in NFL concussions, both because of their impact on players and because the NFL organization has fought to keep the issue out of the limelight.

With Smith now on board, it appears this film, based on the GQ article “Game Brain,” is slowly gearing up for production. Just recently, the project tapped Peter Landesman (Parkland) to write and direct.

Source: Variety


Tom Hardy is reportedly in deep negotiations to join Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s The Revenant.

Tom Hardy Co Star Dicaprio The Revenant Movie News Wrap Up: Insurgent, The Revenant, Tarzan & More

Although nothing is official yet, The Revenant would reunite Hardy with his Inception co-star Leonardo DiCaprio. DiCaprio, who has already committed to the film, will play a fur trapper that is left for dead by his companions and then goes on a quest for revenge.

Earlier in development, Sean Penn was slated to play the villain in the film, one of the cowardly companions, but he has since pulled out of the project. Now, many are assuming that it will be Hardy who steps into the villain role. DiCaprio vs. Hardy? Sounds like a winner in our books.

Source: Schmoes Know


Naomi Watts has agreed to co-star in the last two films in the Divergent trilogy, Insurgent and Allegiant.

Nomi Watts Cast Insurgent Allegiant Movie News Wrap Up: Insurgent, The Revenant, Tarzan & More

Well, technically Watts will be starring in three films, as Allegiant will follow the new YA trend of splitting the final book into two separate films. Either way, the actress is committed to what is reportedly a pivotal role in the forthcoming films as Evelyn, the leader of the Factionless.

She joins a cast that includes returning stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Kate Winslet. Divergent‘s director Neil Burger, however, will not be back; instead it will be Robert Schwentke who helms both Insurgent and Allegiant.

In other Divergent trilogy news, Daniel Dae Kim (LOST, Hawaii Five-0) has agreed to the role of Jack Kang in Insurgent. Much like Watts, Kim’s role is a pivotal one, but he doesn’t have as big of a commitment.

Source: THR


Djimon Honsou (Guardians of the Galaxy) is set to co-star in Warner Bros. upcoming Tarzan reboot.

Djimon Honsou Cast Tarzan Chief Mbonga Movie News Wrap Up: Insurgent, The Revenant, Tarzan & More

Honsou will play Chief Mbonga, but little is known about his character. There are references to a Mbonga in the Tarzan novels, but they are a race of people not a single character.

And so the Tarzan cast continues to grow, with Alexander Skarsgard slated to play the vine-swinging hero and Margot Robbie (Wolf of Wall Street) on board as Tarzan’s number one gal Jane. Harry Potter 7 helmer David Yates will direct.

Source: Deadline


The Other Guys co-stars Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg are in talks to reunite for the comedy Daddy’s Home.

Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg Reteam Daddys Home Movie News Wrap Up: Insurgent, The Revenant, Tarzan & More

The film will feature Ferrell as a doting step dad who wants nothing more than to win the affections of his wife’s kids. Unfortunately, when the kids’ neglectful father returns, the stepdad is forced into a competition of sorts.

Ferrell has been committed to the project for quite some time, but production struggles have kept it from getting off the ground. At one point, Vince Vaughn was set to play the father, but now it appears Wahlberg will be taking on that role.

Horrible Bosses 2 directors Sean Anders and John Morris are set to helm the film, based off a script by Brian Burns, Ferrell’s producing partner Adam McKay, Chris Henchy, and Etan Cohen. Warner Bros. is hoping to begin production on Daddy’s Home in the fall.

Source: Deadline

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  1. About the only one of those that I might be interested in in Tarzan. I’ll give that one a watch.

    • “in in” should be “in is”. Good thing I was not trying to write big words…heaven only knows what would’ve happened!

  2. Man seein Djimon Honsou up there in that photo really makes me wonder how he could hav been as T’challa… he already did a voice over as him and that worked great to bad the show was not. on another note i cld check out that revenant that tarzan and anything wit Will Ferrell ..

  3. the revenant sounds pretty cool, ive heard about the revenant for awhile now but i thought it was maybe one of those movies that would stay in pre-production forever…i am shocked at the fact that hardy and dicaprio are being eyed for the parts being that it seems like a period piece with maybe an action theme too it, dicaprio has shyed away from action movies recently so it good to see him back doing them