This week in movie news:
10 hidden adult jokes in children’s movies (see above); Milla Jovovich announced the end of production on Resident Evil: The Final Chapter; Jane Got a Gun receives a UK trailer; David Oyelowo and Ray Fisher are eyed for Ang Lee’s Ali/Frazier boxing drama; Benedict Cumberbatch will star in The War Magician; horror film The Forest gets a motion poster; a new trailer for Where to Invade Next has arrived, and John Goodman will voice an alien in Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter wraps production
Star Milla Jovovich has confirmed that this week marked the end of filming for Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, the sixth entry in the long-running film series based on the popular video games. As its name implies, the film — written and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson — is intended as the last entry in the series, which began in 2002.
In addition to Jovovich, the film stars Ali Larter, Wentworth Miller, Iain Glen, Shawn Roberts, Ruby Rose, Eoin Macken, William Levy, Fraser James, and Japanese model and celebrity personality Rola. The story is expected to pick up immediately following the end of the last entry, Resident Evil: Retribution. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is set to hit theaters on January 27, 2017.
Source: Milla Jovovich
Natalie Portman goes Western in Jane Got a Gun’s UK trailer
Lionsgate has released a new UK trailer for Jane Got a Gun, the upcoming Western from director Gavin O’Connor (Warrior). In the film, Oscar-winner Natalie Portman stars as a woman whose past catches up with her in the form of her husband’s ruthless gang, causing her to reach out to an old flame for help in taking them down once and for all.
The film marks a reunion of sorts for Portman and fellow Star Wars alumni Joel Edgerton and Ewan McGregor, who play her former lover and the gang leader Portman must face, respectively. Jane Got a Gun once had actors Michael Fassbender, Jude Law and Bradley Cooper attached at various points before its current cast was finally assembled. The film is set for release in early 2016.
David Oyelowo and Ray Fisher may star in Ang Lee’s boxing drama
Selma star David Oyelowo and Ray Fisher — who is set to play DC superhero Cyborg in Warner Bros.’ Justice League and a subsequent solo film — are reportedly the frontrunners to share the screen in director Ang Lee’s boxing drama Thrilla in Manilla. In the film, Oyelowo and Fisher would play Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali, respectively, as the film would chronicle the titular 1975 match between the two boxers.
Fisher previously played Ali on stage in Fetch Clay, Make Man, and while he has the experience to reprise that role on the big screen, word is that schedule conflicts stemming from his Justice League obligations could complicate his casting. Lee’s film — written by Peter Morgan (Rush) — would likely be released in 3D upon its theatrical release.
Source: The Wrap
Benedict Cumberbatch will star in The War Magician
Benedict Cumberbatch is attached to star in a new World War II epic titled The War Magician. In the film, the Sherlock star will play Jasper Maskelyne, the illusionist whose visual trickery aided the Allied fight against Nazi forces. Notably, Cumberbatch previously earned an Oscar nomination for his role as Alan Turing in the World War II-set The Imitation Game, in which his code-cracking computer helped decipher Nazi messages.
The War Magician is based on the fact-based book by David Fisher, and while no director is currently attached to the project, the plot is set to center on the group of accomplices Maskelyne assembled known as “The Magic Gang”, whose tactics hid targets from the Nazis. Fittingly, Cumberbatch is currently shooting the mysticism-heavy Marvel Studios release Doctor Strange.
Horror film The Forest gets a motion poster
Upcoming horror release The Forest has received a new motion poster, courtesy of Focus Features. The film stars Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones) as a young woman who ventures into the real-life Aokigahara Forest at the base of Japan’s Mount Fuji to find her missing twin sister. Once inside, she must contend with the tortured souls that inhabit the forest.
The film — which costars Taylor Kinney (Chicago Fire) — marks the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Jason Zada. Dormer currently reprises her role as Cressida in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, her most high-profile film role to date. The Forest arrives in theaters on January 8, 2015.
Source: Focus Features
Michael Moore’s Where to Invade Next gets a trailer
Where to Invade Next — the latest film from Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Michael Moore (Bowling for Columbine) — has just received a new trailer. In his new project, Moore travels the world and pinpoints laws, policies and cultural practices that are working so well for other nations that the United States should consider adopting them as well.
The film is among the more positive releases Moore has put together since kicking off his film career in the late 1980s. Where to Invade Next has already been selected as one of the documentary features on this year’s Oscar shortlist, and it’s scheduled to arrive in theaters on December 23.
Source: Yahoo! Movies
John Goodman joins Luc Besson’s Valerian
John Goodman — who can currently be seen in theaters in both holiday comedy Love the Coopers and awards contender Trumbo — will voice a CG alien in Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. The live-action sci-fi epic from writer/director Luc Besson (The Fifth Element) is based on the comic book series that debuted in 1967, from Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mezieres.
Filming is slated to begin in early 2016 for an anticipated July 21, 2017 release date. Goodman — who has also secured a supporting role in the upcoming Kong: Skull Island — joins an ensemble cast that already includes Dane DeHaan (as the title character), Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Ethan Hawke, and Rihanna. The film’s budget is reportedly as high as $180 million.
Source: The Wrap