For the past year or so Dwayne Johnson has been teasing fans with the possibility that he’s playing a DC Comics character in the Warner Bros/DC Cinematic Universe – for me, it sounds like he’s alluding to either Shazam or Black Adam. And with that in mind, Boss Logic has put together this great piece of Johnson as Shazam for us to feast our eyes on. Fingers crossed we get some concrete news on the Dwayne Johnson/DC front shortly.
Following the announcement that Andy Serkis-directed rendition is set for October 21st, 2016, Disney have revealed that Bill Murray will provide the voice of Baloo in director Jon Favreau’s live-action/CG hybrid adaptation of ‘The Jungle Book.’ Murray joins Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o as Raksha, Golden Globe winner Idris Elba as Shere Khan, Academy Award winner Christopher Walken as King Louie, Scarlett Johansson as Kaa, and Giancarlo Esposito (Critics Choice Award winner and Emmy nominee for ‘Breaking Bad’) will voice Akela, the leader of the wolf pack. The film also marks the debut of newcomer Neel Sethi as Mowgli, who will be the only actor to physically appear on screen. Favreau’s version is set for October 9th, 2015.
Warner Bros. Pictures send word that they’ve set an October 21st, 2016 release date for Andy Serkis’ directorial debut, ‘The Jungle Book: Origins.’ The film will be released a year after Jon Favreau’s ‘The Jungle Book’ adaptation, which has been set by Disney for an October 9th, 2015 release. At this moment in time, no casting for Serkis’ film has been revealed. Favreau’s take includes newcomer Neel Sethi and the voices of Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong’o, Ben Kingsley, Christopher Walken and Giancarlo Esposito.
Andy Serkis is perhaps best known for his performance capture roles as Gollum in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy and ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,’ King Kong in the eponymous 2005 film, Caesar in ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ and ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,’ and Captain Haddock in Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Adventures of Tintin.’ He’s also earned a Golden Globe Award nomination for his portrayal of serial killer Ian Brady in the British television film ‘Longford’; and he was nominated for a BAFTA Award for his portrayal of New Wave and punk musician Ian Dury in the biopic ‘Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll.’
20th Century Fox has pushed forward the release of ‘The Martian,’ which is based on the hugely entertaining novel by Andy Weir and adapted by Drew Goddard – who had to pull out of directing due to his commitments with his Spider-Man spinoff ‘The Sinister Six’ and ‘Daredevil’ series.
Now with Ridley Scott set to helm, ‘The Martian’ follows NASA astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon), a botanist and mechanical engineer, who becomes stranded on Mars and must figure out how to survive long enough to return to Earth. Originally set for March 4th, 2016, the sci-fi survival thriller will now arrive in cinemas on November 25th, 2015. With that new date, I expect filming will commence very shortly, so expect more casting appointments and production details shortly. The synopsis for the grippingly detailed and ingenious novel is as follows. (Side note: for those eager for ‘Prometheus 2′ release details, there’s still no concrete word from 20th Century Fox at this moment in time).
Celebrating the expansion of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) with ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ Marvel Studios has just unleashed this brilliant ” a look back” video focusing on the first two phases of the MCU. The first film released in the MCU was 2008’s ‘Iron Man,’ which began the first phase of films, culminating in 2012’s ‘The Avengers.’ “Phase Two” began with 2013’s ‘Iron Man 3,’ and is to conclude with 2015s ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron.’ ‘Phase Three’ kicks off with ‘Ant-Man’ next summer.
The below video highlights a number of the key newcomers to the MCU, including Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch, Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Quicksilver, Thomas Kretschmann’s Baron Wolfgang Von Strucker, and Josh Brolin’s Thanos, who can also be seen in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ which is out now.
From 20th Century Fox comes this new poster for David Fincher’s ‘Gone Girl.’ Starring the likes of Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit and Carrie Coon, the film is an adaptation of the Gillian Flynn novel that has sold 2 million copies. ‘Gone Girl,’ Flynn’s third novel, is a dark and suspenseful story that kicks off with the five-year anniversary of a married couple. Flynn wrote the screenplay for the film, which has been penciled in for a October 3rd release. ‘Gone Girl’ is described as follows.
On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick Dunne’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick Dunne isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but hearing from Amy through flashbacks in her diary reveal the perky perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer? As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister Margo at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was left in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?