The principal cast has been announced for the feature-length project ‘Dead Rising: Watchtower,’ which is an adaptation of the survival horror videogame series created by Capcom. Rob Riggle (Let’s Be Cops, 22 Jump Street), Harley Morenstein (Epic Meal Time, Epic Meal Empire, Tusk), Keegan Connor Tracey (Bates Motel, Once Upon a Time), and Aleks Paunovic (This Means War) will join previously-announced cast members Jesse Metcalfe, Meghan Ory, Virginia Madsen and Dennis Haysbert. Riggle will join the cast as Frank West, a weathered photo-journalist skilled in surviving Zombie attacks; Morenstein will play Pyro, a menacing biker and Logan’s (Paunovic) second-in-command; Paunovic portrays Logan, a hard criminal and the head of a biker gang and Tracey will take on the role of Jordan, a straight-laced journalist. The “Dead Rising” game franchise has sold over 7.6 million copies worldwide.
Last week it was announced that writer-director David Ayer’s DC Entertainment flick ‘Suicide Squad’ will open on August 5th, 2016. Ayer was the writer of ‘Training Day,’ and he both penned the script and directed ‘End of Watch’ and ‘Fury.’ Closely following that official announcement, a report indicated that Ryan Gosling, Tom Hardy, Margot Robbie and Will Smith had all been approached for roles in the film, although nothing has been confirmed at this moment in time.
And while ‘Suicide Squad’ is still in early development and the script is being worked on, that is not stopping the filmmaker and the studio from making overtures for what will seemingly be an A-list ensemble piece filled with colorful anti-heroes. Now, during the promotional campaign for ‘Fury,’ David Ayer said the following to Empire about his upcoming ‘Suicide Squad’ adaptation, “‘Fury’ whetted my appetite for a bigger canvas and this idea of world creation. You can do amazing things as a filmmaker if you have the proper tools, and those are time and money…I can say that it’s a Dirty Dozen with supervillains. Then I can ask the question, ‘Does a movie really need good guys?'”
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.”