This week in movie news:
Penelope Cruz has officially joined the cast of Zoolander 2; the Fletch reboot is moving forward at Relativity Studios; director Shawn Levy is developing a Sesame Street film; Chris Pratt will star in The Real McCoy; Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone may star in the next film from the director of Whiplash; Kung Fu Panda 3 and more get new release dates; and Gugu Mbatha-Raw joins Beauty and the Beast.
Ben Stiller took to Instagram to confirm that Oscar winner Penelope Cruz has joined the cast of Zoolander 2. Stiller also recently announced that Cyrus Arnold is costarring as Derek Zoolander’s son.
Cruz joins a cast that is also expected to include returning cast members Stiller, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell and Christine Taylor. Thus far, no details have been released on her character, and the film’s plot remains largely under wraps.
Source: Ben Stiller
The Fletch franchise reboot – which was previously in development at Warner Bros. – has found a new home at Relativity Studios. The project aims to breathe new life into the character of reporter I. M. Fletcher from the titular series of Gregory McDonald novels.
Jason Sudeikis is still in talks for the role, which was played by Chevy Chase in a pair of 1980s comedies. There’s no word on whether the film will be based on “Fletch Won”, the novel that tells the story of Fletch’s first big career move, though it is expected to be an origin story.
The film was previously in development over at Fox, but the version in the works at Warner Bros. is expected to feature a different approach. No writers have been confirmed just yet, but the film is expected to be a New York-set adventure similar in tone to 2011 film The Muppets.
Source: Tracking Board
Chris Pratt will star in The Real McCoy, a new action-adventure film for Universal. The project – written by Bill Dubuque (The Judge) – centers on bootlegger Bill McCoy, whose life inspired the title expression.
The film marks the latest in a long string of lead roles in high-profile action films for the Guardians of the Galaxy star. Pratt will appear later this year in Jurassic World and will star alongside Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke in director Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven remake (due to arrive in early 2017).
Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone may reunite for La La Land, writer/director Damien Chazelle’s follow-up to the Oscar-winning Whiplash. The film is described as an old-fashioned romantic musical focusing on a love story between a jazz pianist and a young actress.
No deals are currently in place, but it sounds like both the studio and stars are keen to reach an agreement. Gosling and Stone previously shared the screen in the 2011 romantic dramedy Crazy, Stupid, Love.
Dreamworks Animation and distributor Fox have moved the release of Kung Fu Panda 3 up two months from March 18, 2016 to January 29, 2016.
Ang Lee’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk – which features an ensemble cast that includes Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Steve Martin, Vin Diesel and Chris Tucker – will arrive in theaters on November 11, 2016. Universal and Illumination Entertainment have also moved their animated film The Secret Life of Pets from December 12, 2016 to July 8, 2016.
Source: Fox, TriStar, Universal
Beyond the Lights star Gugu Mbatha-Raw has joined the cast of Disney’s live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. She will play the role of feather duster Plumette, a supporting character previously known as either Babette or Fifi.
Mbatha-Raw joins a cast that includes Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, Josh Gad as LeFou and Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts. Ian McKellen also recently joined the film – which hits theaters on March 17, 2017 – as Cogsworth.