Walt Disney Animation Studios have today announced ‘Moana’, a sweeping, CG-animated comedy-adventure about a spirited teenager on an impossible mission to fulfill her ancestors’ quest. Set to arrive in cinemas late 2016, the film is directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker (The Little Mermaid, The Princess and the Frog, Aladdin). “John and I have partnered on so many films – from ‘The Little Mermaid’ to ‘Aladdin’ to ‘The Princess and the Frog,'” said Clements. “Creating ‘Moana’ is one of the great thrills of our career. It’s a big adventure set in this beautiful world of Oceania.”
In the ancient South Pacific world of Oceania, Moana, a born navigator, sets sail in search of a fabled island. During her incredible journey, she teams up with her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui, to traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous sea creatures, breathtaking underworlds and ancient folklore. “Moana is indomitable, passionate and a dreamer with a unique connection to the ocean itself,” Musker said. “She’s the kind of character we all root for, and we can’t wait to introduce her to audiences.”
Last week, news broke that Robert Downey Jr. is on the verge of joining the cast of ‘Captain America 3,’ with Tony Stark’s Iron Man set to play a key role in bringing the crossover “Civil War” comicbook storyline to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Apparently, if Variety’s original report is true, the ‘Captain America 3′ plot will pit Tony Stark/Iron Man against Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) as they feud over the Superhero Registration Act, which forces anyone with superhuman abilities to reveal their identities to the U.S. government and agree to act as a police force for the authorities. Tony Stark supports the program, while Steve Rogers does not, saying it threatens civil liberties, causing sides to be taken and Rogers, among others, to go on the run to avoid arrest.
Linked to the role December, last week Warner Bros. Pictures finally confirmed that Jason Momoa will play Aquaman in their DC Cinematic Universe. The studio also revealed that they will release a slate of at least 10 movies – as well as stand-alone Batman and Superman films – from 2016 through 2020 that expands this universe of characters:
- The already announced ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ will open on March 25th, 2016, and then David Ayer’s (End of Watch, Fury) will follow on August 5th, 2016 .
- ‘Wonder Woman’ starring Gal Gadot will be released on June 23rd, 2017.
- ‘Justice League Part One’ is set for November 17th, 2017 with Zack Snyder returning to direct and Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, and Amy Adams reprising their roles as Superman, Batman, and Lois Lane. Furthermore, Snyder will also direct ‘Justice League Part Two’ for release on June 14th, 2019.
- ‘The Flash’ starring Ezra Miller (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) will be released on March 23th, 2018, and ‘Aquaman’ starring Jason Momoa will be released on July 27th, 2018.
- ‘Shazam,’ starring Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam, will be released on April 5th, 2019.
- ‘Cyborg’ starring Ray Fisher will open on April 3rd, 2020, and a ‘Green Lantern’ reboot opens on June 19th, 2020.
Over the weekend, Jason Momoa spoke about his role as Aquaman for the first time at Walker Stalker Con in Atlanta. “I was asked to play it. You know, you audition and stuff like that, but the fact is you’ve just got to keep it quiet,” Momoa said (quotes via ComicBook.com). “You know what I mean, I was just trying to respect Warner Bros. and everyone’s wishes. I’m really, really happy that I don’t have to be quiet anymore, because that’s really hard for me.”
The good people over at StudioCanal and Heyday Films have just sent over this new behind-the-scenes featurette for ‘Paddington.’ The cast for the first ever live-action film inspired by Micahel Bond’s best-selling books includes Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington, ‘Downton Abbey’ star Hugh Bonneville as Mr. Brown, and Nicole Kidman as an evil taxidermist determined to wreak her revenge. They are joined by Sally Hawkins as Mrs. Brown, Julie Walters as Mrs. Bird, the housekeeper, and Jim Broadbent as Mr. Gruber, the owner of the antiques shop. Finally, Michael Gambon and Imelda Staunton are voicing Paddington’s Uncle Pastuzo and Aunt Lucy. The film will still open in the UK on November 28th and in the US on January 16th.
Warner Bros. Pictures has unleashed this new banner poster for ‘Horrible Bosses 2,’ the follow-up to the 2011 comedy ‘Horrible Bosses.’ The film reunites Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis as Nick, Dale and Kurt. Jennifer Aniston and Oscar winners Jamie Foxx and Kevin Spacey also reprise their ‘Horrible Bosses’ roles, while Chris Pine and Oscar winner Christoph Waltz star as new adversaries standing between the guys and their dreams of success. Opening on November 26th in the US and November 28th in the UK, the synopsis for ‘Horrible Bosses 2′ is as follows.
The 58th BFI London Film Festival announced this year’s Festival Awards’ winners at its high profile Awards ceremony, at The Banqueting House, Whitehall, this evening. Celebrating the most original, intelligent and distinctive filmmaking, the winner of the “Official Competition Winner – Best Film” award went to Andrey Zvyagintsev’s ‘Leviathan,’ a striking film that tells the tragic tale of conflict between an individual and a corrupt system in a small Russian town. The award was announced by Jeremy Thomas, BFI Fellow and President of the Official Competition jury.
Jeremy Thomas said, “We were all very engaged by the twelve films selected for Competition and really admired many of them, there were extraordinary stories and impressive images. But there was one film that we were unanimous in wanting to award Best Film, “Leviathan” directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev. Its grandeur and themes moved all of us in the same way.” The jury also commended Celine Sciamma’s ‘Girlhood’ about a young woman’s search for identity in the underprivileged suburbs of Paris.