Movie News Wrap Up: ‘Ms. Marvel,’ ‘Red Sparrow’ & More

Published 1 year ago by

This Week:

Katee Sackhoff talks Ms. Marvel and Expendabelles; Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve nabs a new project; Darren Aronofsky will not direct Red Sparrow; Oliver Stone’s MLK biopic loses steam; and Miles Teller will play Dan Aykroyd in the John Belushi biopic.

While out promoting the home video release of Riddick, Katee Sackhoff discussed the possibility of playing Ms. Marvel and teased the tone of the female Expendables film.

Katee Sackhoff Interested Ms Marvel Movie News Wrap Up: Ms. Marvel, Red Sparrow & More

As far as the female Expendables film is concerned, Sackhoff says the script is “amazing.” Much like the male version, headlined by Sylvester Stallone, the forthcoming film will sport a “hard, gritty, and nasty approach,” according to Sackhoff. It certainly sounds like they have the tone right, but we will have to wait and see how the various other moving pieces come together.

With regards to Ms. Marvel, Sackhoff said she’d “be stupid if [she] wasn’t interested,” and continued by sharing her love for strong female characters in comics, among other mediums.

Obviously, there is no official offer out to the Battlestar Galactica star, but there is a fan campaign pushing for her to take on the role. Not to mention, Marvel reportedly expressed interest in casting Sackhoff in one of their upcoming films. Could this be the first tease of an inevitable casting announcement?

Source: Metro

The forthcoming sci-fi adaptation The Story of Your Life has found its director in Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners).

Denis Villeneuve Direct Story of Your Life Movie News Wrap Up: Ms. Marvel, Red Sparrow & More

Villeneuve will work off a script by Eric Heisserer that is, itself, based on a short story by Ted Chiang. Chiang’s short story was published in 1998 and went on to win the Nebula Award for excellence in sci-fi writing.

The story in…er…The Story of Your Life follows a female linguist who is hired to communicate with a race of aliens that unexpectedly land on Earth. However, as the linguist learns the alien’s language she also discovers some harrowing secrets about humanity’s past.

Although Prisoners was more of an intense character drama, Villeneuve’s previous work has been more along the lines of high concept “think pieces,” which makes The Story of Your Life right up his alley. The premise certainly sounds intriguing, and the Nebula Award win suggests there is some substance to the material.

Source: THR

Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky has decided he will not direct Red Sparrow, the forthcoming espionage thriller in development at Fox.

Darren Aronofsky Not Directing Red Sparrow Movie News Wrap Up: Ms. Marvel, Red Sparrow & More

While the project, which centers on a female Soviet spy forced to become a “sparrow,” or seductress, for a naïve CIA officer, sounds right up Aronofsky’s alley, things apparently couldn’t come together. Now, the Oscar-nominated director is back on the hunt for his next project, which may or may not be The General, and Fox begins their search for a director anew.

In the mean time, Aronofsky will be plenty busy putting the finishing touches on his biblical epic Noah, which releases in late March.

Source: THR

Speaking of Oscar-nominated, or in this case Oscar-winning, directors dropping projects, it appears Oliver Stone’s Martin Luther King biopic has run out of steam and will not be moving forward.

paul greengrass memphis martin luther king Movie News Wrap Up: Ms. Marvel, Red Sparrow & More

Stone broke the news on Twitter, claiming that he did an extensive rewrite on the feature but the producers “won’t go with it.” Furthermore, Stone claims that the King estate would not approve his particular approach. In other words, Stone’s film ran into the same immovable force that Paul Greengrass’ Memphis did, and a deal could not be reached, at least not if Stone’s script is attached.

Since it’s pretty clear that Stone’s vision will not meet the silver screen, he revealed some details from the script that you can read below:

Say what you will about Stone as a filmmaker, but there’s no denying he approaches his films with a unique perspective. Whether that angle is always the “best” is another matter entirely.

Source: Oliver Stone – Twitter

Rising star Miles Teller will reportedly play Dan Aykroyd in the forthcoming John Belushi biopic.

Miles Teller Might Play Dan Aykroyd in John Belushi Biopic Movie News Wrap Up: Ms. Marvel, Red Sparrow & More

Emile Hirsch, who will play Belushi in the film, broke the news at a party held during the Sundance Film Festival saying:

“A shout-out to Miles Teller! We’re going to be working together soon. He’s playing Dan Aykroyd in the Belushi movie.”

Although Belushi’s career was filled with plenty of top talent collaborators, Aykroyd and the late actor had a special bond, both as SNL cast members and as The Blues Brothers. In fact, the real Dan Aykroyd is producing this biopic.

Teller’s representation is not denying that an offer is out to the Spectacular Now star, but they are also claiming a deal has not been struck. They say the actor is focused on promoting his new films Whiplash, which just premiered at Sundance, and That Awkward Moment, which releases wide January 31st.

Source: THR

Get our free email alerts on the topics and author of this article:


Post a Comment

GravatarWant to change your avatar?
Go to and upload your own (we'll wait)!

 Rules: No profanity or personal attacks.
 Use a valid email address or risk being banned from commenting.

If your comment doesn't show up immediately, it may have been flagged for moderation. Please try refreshing the page first, then drop us a note and we'll retrieve it. Keep in mind that we do not allow external links in the comments.

  1. yeah…….Katee, it’s never going to happen. You can keep wishing, but your acting isn’t getting any better.

    • I personally think she is a fantastic actress and I would absolutely love to see her play Ms. Marvel, who is my favorite female Marvel superhero.

      To each his own, though.

    • Considering how amazing she was in BSG it doesn’t need to be.

    • Yah, she’s pretty desperate it seems. She’s “interested” in playing any female comic book character it seems…

  2. is Miles Teller somehow related to Shia LaBuffed ?
    They look a bit alike !

  3. Katee, I’ll say it as a friend…you can play Ms.Marvel and Harley Queen just fine, just not on this planet.

    Also i’d like to see Ms.Marvel movie at some point and Harley in some Batman/Suicide Squad movie =)

    • Who the hell is Harley Queen?? Is she related to Oliver Queen?

  4. Katie is a decent enough actress but I do not see her as Ms Marvel. She doesn’t look or feel the part to me. The acting I’ve seen from her (BSG, Longmire, Riddick) doesn’t show much range. I have to assume her version of Ms Marvel will be a dolled up version of Starbuck very similar to her portrayal on The Big Bang Theory. And while she’s pretty she is the same person no matter what TV show or movie she is on. It’s very easy to see what Katie’ s version of Ms Marvel would be. IMO, It’s would not be that good.

    Now Harley Quinn is a different story. She could pull off that role much better. Harley fits her personality better. Again, just my opinion.

  5. Acting aside, she simply isn’t attractive enough to be Ms Marvel

  6. Literally just finished watching Riddick like 15 minutes ago, so this is interesting news to see right away. I think it’s the first thing I’ve seen Katee in (never watched BSG), and while I didn’t care for the movie much, I didn’t think Katee did all that bad. All that being said, from what I’ve seen I think Katee could pull off Ms. Marvel, but I do think there are better choices. Personally, my top pick would still be Yvonne Strahovski. However, I wouldn’t be upset if Katee got the role.

  7. Katee would pull Abigail Brand better, let Yvonne Stravohsvi to be Ms. Marvel 😀

  8. Ms. Marvel will likely come down either Charlize Theron OR Yvonne Strahovski – count on it!
    No one doubts Charlize Theron could do it BUT … Yvonne Strahovski … after being on Chuck … will ALWAYS top most fans list.
    Charlize has an Oscar … but Yvonne would be cheaper … either way … Marvel wins !

    And the likely 2nd solo female film would be She-Hulk – again Marvel will win … both Ms. Marvel & She-Hulk films will draw in the main demos – fans, guys (who aren’t fans but down to see a HOT female hero) and of course women who REALLY want to see a female-centric superhero and with the power and reliability of Marvel films – average movie goers will trust them to be great !

    And if they don’t cast Yvonne Strahovski as Ms. Marvel – they’ll definitely find another role for her – may be Mockingbird ?

    as for the Wasp … it will probably be Rachel Bilson, Minka Kelly or someone of that type – a gorgeous actress who is between 25 – 30 and is considered mainly a TV actress (cheaper) and comes across as super sweet, girly and is every guys dream girl but has something about her that says she’s can be tough.

  9. I think Alecia Moore,”PINK” would be perfect for Ms. Marvel.