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Thursday, August 17, 2017

‘Star Wars’ Obi-Wan Kenobi Movie in Early Development at Disney by Justin Kroll

With Disney’s untitled Han Solo “Star Wars” standalone film approaching the finish line, Disney is now looking to tell the story of another iconic character in a galaxy far…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:19PM
Friday, August 4, 2017

Disney’s Live-Action ‘Aladdin’ Reboot Casts ‘Mummy’ Actor as Jafar by Justin Kroll

Marwan Kenzari is in negotiations to play Jafar in Disney’s live-action “Aladdin” reboot from director Guy Ritchie, sources confirmed to Variety. He joins Naomi Scott, who …

SOURCE: Variety at 02:37PM
Wednesday, August 2, 2017

‘Agent Carter’ Star Hayley Atwell Joins Ewan McGregor in Disney’s ‘Christopher Robin’ (EXCLUSIVE) by Justin Kroll

Hayley Atwell is set to co-star with Ewan McGregor in Disney’s “Christopher Robin,” sources tell Variety. “World War Z’s” Marc Forster is directing. ̶…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:23PM
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

‘The Newsroom’s’ Thomas Sadoski to Star in Indie ‘The Mimic’ by Justin Kroll

Thomas Sadoski is set to star in the indie “The Mimic.” Thomas F. Mazziotti wrote and directed the pic. The film also stars Jake Robinson, Gina Gershon, and Austin Pendleton. The…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:03PM
Monday, July 31, 2017

Jaume Collet-Serra to Direct Dwayne Johnson in Disney’s ‘Jungle Cruise’ by Justin Kroll

“The Shallows” helmer Jaume Collet-Serra is set to direct Dwayne Johnson in “Jungle Cruise,” which is based on the Walt Disney World theme park attraction. Plot detai…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:00PM
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Bill Hader Eyeing Disney’s Female Santa Claus Film ‘Nicole’ With Anna Kendrick (EXCLUSIVE) by Justin Kroll

Bill Hader is in talks to co-star with Anna Kendrick in Disney’s upcoming female Santa Claus film “Nicole,” sources tell Variety. “Miss Congeniality” scribe Mar…

SOURCE: Variety at 05:15PM
Thursday, May 4, 2017

‘Parenthood’ Star Mae Whitman Joins ‘Valley Girl’ Musical Remake (EXCLUSIVE) by Justin Kroll

Mae Whitman is joining MGM’s musical remake of the 1983 romantic comedy “Valley Girl.” The film is toplined by Jessica Rothe and Josh Whitehouse as Julie and Randy — the …

SOURCE: Variety at 02:00PM
Friday, April 28, 2017

‘Logan’ Gets B&W Release in Theaters by Justin Kroll

Following its box office success earlier this year, Fox has decided to release a black and white version of “Logan” in theaters on May 16 for a limited run. Director James Mangol…

SOURCE: Variety at 05:59PM
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Ewan McGregor to Star in Disney’s ‘Christopher Robin’ by Justin Kroll

Ewan McGregor is in talks to star in Disney’s “Christopher Robin,” sources confirmed to Variety. “World War Z” director Marc Forster is helming. In line with Di…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:33PM
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner to Voice Timon and Pumbaa in Live-Action ‘Lion King’ by Justin Kroll

Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner have been tapped to voice Timon and Pumbaa in Disney’s live-action adaptation of “The Lion King,” sources confirmed to Variety. Donald Glover i…

SOURCE: Variety at 05:08PM

‘Spotlight’ Director Tom McCarthy Eyeing ‘Timmy Failure’ at Disney by Justin Kroll

“Spotlight” writer-director Tom McCarthy is in talks to direct an adaptation of the children’s book “Timmy Failure” for Disney. McCarthy would also co-write the…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:23PM
Thursday, March 30, 2017

Beyonce Top Choice to Voice Nala in ‘Lion King’ Remake (EXCLUSIVE) by Justin Kroll

Disney’s “Lion King” live-action reboot is getting in formation. Sources tell Variety that Beyonce is director Jon Favreau’s top choice to voice Nala in the upcoming…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:30PM
Friday, March 24, 2017

Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Talks to Direct, Star in Musical Comedy With Channing Tatum (EXCLUSIVE) by Justin Kroll

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is eyeing a return to the director’s chair, tackling a movie musical with Channing Tatum by his side. Sources tell Variety that Gordon-Levitt is in early negoti…

SOURCE: Variety at 06:47PM
Monday, March 13, 2017

Sony’s ‘Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ Sequel to Hit Theaters October 2018 by Justin Kroll

Sony Pictures’ “The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” the sequel to the Oscar-nominated “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” will debut in theaters on Oct. 5, 2018. Fe…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:37PM
Friday, March 10, 2017

King Kong Statue Catches Fire at ‘Skull Island’ Vietnam Premiere by Justin Kroll

A fire broke out during the “Kong: Skull Island” premiere in Ho Chi Minh City, engulfing a large model of King Kong in flames. A Vietnamese representative for WB released a state…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:47PM
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Tony Goldwyn, Julianna Margulies to Narrate Refugee Documentary ‘Above the Drowning Sea’ by Justin Kroll

“Scandal” star Tony Goldwyn and Julianna Margulies will narrate the documentary “Above the Drowning Sea.” The doc is about the Jewish refugee experience in Shanghai …

SOURCE: Variety at 03:51PM
Friday, February 17, 2017

‘Lion King’ Remake: Donald Glover Cast as Simba, James Earl Jones as Mufasa by Justin Kroll

Donald Glover and James Earl Jones are ready to sing “Hakuna Matata.” The “Atlanta” star is in talk to play Simba in Disney’s live-action “The Lion King…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:53PM
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Mel Gibson and John Lithgow Join ‘Daddy’s Home’ Sequel by Justin Kroll

Mel Gibson and John Lithgow have closed deals to join Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell in Paramount’s “Daddy’s Home” sequel. It had been previously reported that the st…

SOURCE: Variety at 06:14PM
Friday, February 3, 2017

John Lithgow Joins ‘Pitch Perfect 3’ Cast (EXCLUSIVE) by Justin Kroll

John Lithgow, hot off his SAG Awards win for his performance as Winston Churchill in Netflix’s “The Crown,” will be rounding out the cast of Universal’s “Pitch …

SOURCE: Variety at 02:00PM
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Colin Farrell in Talks to Star Opposite Denzel Washington in Dan Gilroy’s ‘Inner City’ by Justin Kroll

Colin Farrell is in negotiations to co-star with Denzel Washington in the legal drama “Inner City” from “Nightcrawler” director and scribe Dan Gilroy. Sony recently a…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:00PM
Thursday, January 26, 2017

Bryan Cranston to Play Howard Beadle in ‘Network’ Revival at National Theatre in London by Justin Kroll

After playing President Lyndon B. Johnson in the Broadway play “All the Way,” Bryan Cranston is crossing the pond to play one of the classic characters of 1970s cinema. Cranston …

SOURCE: Variety at 07:04PM
Friday, January 13, 2017

‘Moonlight’ Star Andre Holland Joins Viola Davis in Steve McQueen’s ‘Widows’ (EXCLUSIVE) by Justin Kroll

Andre Holland is in negotiations to join Viola Davis in the New Regency’s heist thriller “Widows,” directed by Steve McQueen. Cynthia Erivo, known for Broadway’s “T…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:10PM
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Anna Kendrick Eyeing Female Santa Claus Tale for Disney and Marc Lawrence (EXCLUSIVE) by Justin Kroll

Anna Kendrick is in talks to star in the untitled Disney Santa Claus film from “Miss Congeniality” scribe Marc Lawrence. Currently going by the running title “Nicole,”…

SOURCE: Variety at 05:41PM
Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Forest Whitaker to Reprise ‘Rogue One’ Character in Disney XD’s ‘Star Wars Rebels’ by Justin Kroll

Forest Whitaker isn’t done with his “Rogue One” character Saw Gerrera just yet. The actor will voice the same character in Disney XD’s animated series “Star War…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:49PM
Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Sony Animation and Lin-Manuel Miranda Team on Animated Movie ‘Vivo’ by Justin Kroll

Following the success of Disney’s “Moana,” Lin-Manuel Miranda, who penned the music for the pic, has set up another animated project, “Vivo,” with Sony Animatio…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:03PM
Friday, November 18, 2016

Marc Forster to Direct ‘Christopher Robin’ the Live Action ‘Winnie the Pooh’ Movie for Disney by Justin Kroll

Marc Forster will direct “Christopher Robin,” the live-action adaptation of Disney’s classic cartoon “Winnie the Pooh” which centers on boy who befriends the …

SOURCE: Variety at 02:58PM
Thursday, November 10, 2016

‘The Color Purple’ Actress Cynthia Erivo Joins Viola Davis in Steve McQueen’s ‘Widows’ by Justin Kroll

Cynthia Erivo, who won a Tony Award for her performance in “The Color Purple” on Broadway, has joined Viola Davis in New Regency’s heist thriller “Widows,” dire…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:25PM
Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Adam DeVine and Jeffrey Tambor to Star in Disney’s ‘Magic Camp’ by Justin Kroll

Walt Disney Pictures has set Adam DeVine and Jeffrey Tambor to star in the family comedy “Magic Camp.” “Mean Girls” director Mark Waters is attached to direct. The st…

SOURCE: Variety at 05:00PM
Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Kevin Hart Eyes Santa Claus Role in Disney’s ‘Dashing Through the Snow’ by Justin Kroll

Kevin Hart is in talks to play Santa Claus in Disney’s “Dashing Through the Snow”, Variety has confirmed. The film is based on an original idea by Scott Rosenberg with Ro…

SOURCE: Variety at 04:48PM
Friday, October 21, 2016

Chris Pine Joins Disney’s ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ by Justin Kroll

Chris Pine is in talks to join the cast of Disney’s adaptation of “A Wrinkle in Time.” He joins newcomer Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling in th…

SOURCE: Variety at 05:29PM
Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Colin Firth Joins Emily Blunt in ‘Mary Poppins’ Sequel (EXCLUSIVE) by Justin Kroll

Colin Firth is in negotiations to join Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda in Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns.” Firth will play William Weatherall Wilkins, president of Fidel…

SOURCE: Variety at 05:10PM

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