This week in movie news:
10 biggest movie mistakes you missed in Disney films (see above); Charlie Hunnam’s King Arthur film has been delayed; Robert Knepper joins Jack Reacher: Never Go Back; Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly to headline Laurel & Hardy biopic; Universal picks up Mary Magdalene film from The King’s Speech producers; Scoot McNairy and Maggie Grace join Schwarzenegger thriller 478; Term Life gets a new trailer; The Way, Way Back directors will helm slasher comedy Dead Mall; Money Monster international trailer released; Jennifer Lawrence joins Marita Lorenz biopic; Barbershop: The Next Cut gets a second trailer; and Josh Gad joins Chadwick Boseman in Thurgood Marshall biopic.
Charlie Hunnam’s King Arthur Film Has Been Delayed
The release of Guy Ritchie’s upcoming King Arthur film — which stars Charlie Hunnam as the legendary character — has been pushed back over a month, from February 17, 2017, to March 24, 2017. The film had previously been set for a July 2016 release, and it will currently go up against Lionsgate’s Power Rangers, the first big-screen release for that franchise in 20 years.
Ritchie’s film is expected to be an origin story for King Arthur and possibly the launching pad for an ongoing franchise about his exploits. Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey will star in the film as Guinevere, while Jude Law, Djimon Hounsou and Katie McGrath are also appearing as well. The film will mark Ritchie’s follow-up to last year’s The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Robert Knepper Joins Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Cast
Robert Knepper has joined the cast of Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, the upcoming sequel that will see Tom Cruise return to the world of Lee Child’s eponymous hero. Knepper recently appeared in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2 and is set to appear in David Lynch’s relaunch of Twin Peaks on Showtime.
In the film, Reacher returns to his old Army headquarters to find himself accused of murder. Knepper plays the retired general who is the CEO of a private military contractor firm, though it’s unclear exactly how he factors into the plot. Cobie Smulders, Robert Catrini, Danika Yarosh, Aldis Hodge, Patrick Heusinger, Holt McCallany and Austin Hebert co-star in the Edward Zwick film.
Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly to Headline Laurel & Hardy Biopic
Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly will star in Stan and Ollie, the upcoming biopic about iconic comedy duo Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. From the late 1920s to the mid-1940s, the pair won over audiences with their slapstick comedy and starred in 107 films, including 72 short films and 23 full-length features.
Jon S. Baird (Filth) will direct the film, which will center on the 1953 variety hall tour that the duo embarked on during the late stage of their partnership. Oscar-nominated screenwriter Jeff Pope (Philomena) will write the film, and the project has yet to receive an official release date, though production will take place later this year.
Universal Picks Up Mary Magdalene Film By King’s Speech Producers
Universal Pictures is developing an untitled biopic centering on the Biblical figure of Mary Magdalene with the Oscar-winning producers of The King’s Speech. Gareth Davis will direct the film based on a script by Helen Edmundson and Philippa Goslett, and the project is said to be a humanistic portrait of the character.
A key figure in the story of Jesus Christ, Mary Magdalene is often depicted as one of his most devoted followers, and in many incarnations, she witnesses both his crucifixion and resurrection. Actresses like Anne Bancroft (Jesus of Nazareth), Barbara Hershey (The Last Temptation of Christ) and Monica Bellucci (The Passion of the Christ) previously played the role.
Scoot McNairy & Maggie Grace Join Schwarzenegger Thriller 478
Maggie Grace and Scoot McNairy have joined the cast of 478, the upcoming revenge thriller starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Elliott Lester is directing the film, which centers on a man (Schwarzenegger) who loses his family in a plane crash. McNairy plays the air traffic controller responsible for the tragedy, and Grace stars as his wife.
The film — which will be produced by Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) — marks the latest project from McNairy, who will also appear in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice in an undisclosed role. Grace is best known for her roles on Lost and alongside Liam Neeson and Famke Janssen in the Taken franchise.
Source: The Wrap
Term Life Gets a New Trailer
Focus World has released a new trailer for the upcoming black comedy/thriller Term Life starring Vince Vaughn and Hailee Steinfeld. The film — directed by Peter Billingsley (Couples Retreat) — follows a thief (Vaughn) who has been marked for death and takes out a life insurance policy payable to his estranged daughter (Steinfeld).
Bill Paxton, Jonathan Banks, Mike Epps, Jon Favreau, Shea Whigham, Taraji P. Henson, Jordi Molla and Terrence Howard are also part of the ensemble cast. Based on the graphic novel of the same name, Term Life is set for release on video-on-demand on March 1 and will hit theaters on April 8, 2016.
Source: Yahoo! Movies
The Way. Way Back directors to Helm Slasher Comedy Dead Mall
Nat Faxon and Jim Rash — the writers and directors of 2013 comedy/drama The Way, Way Back — will take on a horror comedy titled Dead Mall. The film’s title refers to second-tier malls that have fallen in disrepair and faded from prominence, as the events of the project follow a group of forty-somethings trapped in one.
The film will reportedly toy with slasher film storytelling conventions, though further details — including who might join the cast — are hard to come by at this point. Faxon and Rash previously co-wrote the Oscar-winning screenplay for The Descendants with Alexander Payne, as well as a pair of episodes of Community season 6.
Money Monster international trailer released
Sony Pictures has released a new international trailer for Money Monster, the upcoming thriller starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts. The film marks the latest directorial effort from Jodie Foster and her first since 2011 drama The Beaver.
The film follows a television host (Clooney) whose show is taken hostage when his financial advice leads an irate investor (Jack O’Connell) to suffer. Roberts plays the show’s producer, and Dominic West, Giancarlo Esposito and Caitronia Balfe round out the cast. The film is set to hit theaters on May 13, 2016.
Source: Sony Pictures
Jennifer Lawrence Joins Marita Lorenz Biopic
Jennifer Lawrence will star in an upcoming biopic named Marita, based on a pitch by American Hustle writer Eric Warren Singer. The film centers on Marita Lorenz, who began a love affair with Cuban leader Fidel Castro in the late 1950s. She was later recruited by the CIA for an assassination mission and returned to Cuba in 1960.
Lawrence — nominated for an Oscar for her lead performance in as Miracle Mop creator Joy Mangano in David O. Russell’s Joy — remains one of the highest-paid and most in-demand stars in Hollywood. With her roles in The Hunger Games and the X-Men films potentially coming to a close, she is also writing a comedy with Amy Schumer.
Barbershop: The Next Cut Gets a Second Trailer
Warner Bros. has released a new trailer for upcoming comedy sequel Barbershop: The Next Cut. The film features returning stars Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Eve, Anthony Anderson and Sean Patrick Thomas, along with new additions like Regina Hall, Common and Nicki Minaj. Malcom D. Lee (The Best Man Holiday) directs the film.
Barbershop: The Next Cut follows Calvin (Ice Cube) and his friends as they rally the community to save both the barbershop and the neighborhood from gang members roaming the streets. The film marks the first entry in the Barbershop franchise in over a decade, since the release of spinoff Beauty Shop in 2005.
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures
Josh Gad Joins Chadwick Boseman in Thurgood Marshall Biopic
Josh Gad has joined the cast of Marshall, the upcoming biopic about Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. Reginald Hudlin — whose last big-screen release was 2002 comedy Serving Sara — will direct the new film based on a script by Jacob and Michael Koskoff, the former of whom recently wrote the Macbeth adaptation that starred Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard.
Chadwick Boseman — who’s set to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Black Panther in this year’s Captain America: Civil War — will star as Marshall, and the film will reportedly tell the story of a pivotal case early in his career. Gad was most recently seen in Adam Sandler comedy Pixels and has starred in films like The Wedding Ringer and Frozen.
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