REEL NEWS: OCTOBER 12TH-OCTOBER 19TH
Gal Gadot & Patty Jenkins Cleopatra Movie
From Themyscira to Egypt, Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins and her Amazonian warrior, Gal Gadot, are re-teaming for a movie based on Egyptian ruler, Cleopatra.
Cleopatra’s romantic exploits with Roman leaders Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, and perceived beauty were legendary and grant her historical fame.
Laeta Kalogridis, who wrote Shutter Island and Alita: Battle Angel, will write the screenplay with Paramount Studios behind it.
Gadot announced her excitement for the role on Instagram, pointing to opportunity to “tell her story for the first time through women’s eyes, both behind and in front of the camera”.
Israeli actress Gadot will play the last ruler of the Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt, who was of Macedonian Greek descent.
Gadot’s casting has drawn many criticisms online for either:
· Being another example of Hollywood whitewashing, with many arguing over Cleopatra’s presumed ethnicity not being
· Gadot’s service in the Israel army sparking outrage over geo-political relations in the region regard Israel
· The belief that someone of North African heritage should play the role.
This is not the first time the casting of Cleopatra has been questioned, with defunct projects including Angelina Jolie and Lady Gaga in the role.
Most famously is the 1963 film Cleopatra which starred Elizabeth Taylor in the role, and is one of Hollywood’s biggest box office bombs and nearly bankrupted 20th Century Fox.
While controversial, Gadot’s casting may not be changed as she is a financial draw and growing ever popular as Wonder Woman.
Gadot and Jenkins latest project, Wonder Woman 1984 is scheduled for release December 26th 2020.
Anya-Taylor Joy Starring in Mad Max: Fury Road Prequel
George Miller’s next Mad Max movie now has a confirmed cast for the Fury Road prequel, Furiosa.
Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch, The New Mutants) will play the role of Furiosa, who was played by Charlize Theron in Fury Road.
Taylor-Joy is joined by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Aquaman, Watchmen) and Chris Hemsworth (Avengers: Endgame, Extraction).
Abdul-Mateen II and Hemsworth’s roles have not been disclosed, with the assumption being they are allies of Furiosa or potential underlings of Immortan Joe who ‘owned’ Furiosa in Fury Road.
Fans have been waiting for news on a continuation of the Aussie automobile apocalypse, with the action masterpiece Fury Road released in 2015.
Around the release of Fury Road, director George Miller confirmed that his next Mad Max movie would be a Furiosa prequel, with a sequel titled The Wasteland.
Recently Miller gave an update on the prequel saying that he would not de-age Charlize Theron for the role, similar to MCU films or The Irishman.
Anya Taylor-Joy can be seen in Netflix’s upcoming chess-drama The Queen’s Gambit and later in 2021 in Edgar Wright’s Last Night in Soho.
More Casting for Don’t Worry, Darling
Olivia Wilde has announced the final additions to the all-star cast of her next film, Don’t’ Worry, Darling.
On her Instagram, Wilde posted a photo that welcomed Douglas Smith, Nick Kroll, Asif Ali, Kate Berlant and Sydney Chandler to the ever-growing cast.
They will play supporting characters and join the main cast of Florence Pugh, Chris Pine, Harry Styles, Gemma Chan, Kiki Layne and Wilde herself.
Little is known plot wise about the film, other than it is a psychological-thriller set in the Southern California desert in the 1950s about a suburban housewife.
Katie Silberman, who worked on Wilde’s directorial debut Booksmart, has written the film based on a spec script from Carey and Shane Van Dyke.
Filming on Don’t Worry, Darling has begun with the all-star cast locked in after both Shia LaBeouf and Dakota Johnston left due to scheduling conflicts.
Netflix & Adam McKay’s Don’t Look Up
Speaking of mega casts, Netflix and Adam McKay, both no stranger to big A-List casts have revealed the cast for McKay’s next film.
McKay, the director and writer of The Big Short, Anchorman and Vice, is writing and directing Don’t Look Up which is eyeing a 2021 release date.
The recent cast listing includes (*breathe in*):
Leonardo DiCaprio. Timothée Chalamet. Jennifer Lawrence. Cate Blanchett. Jonah Hill. Matthew Perry. Himesh Patel. Kid Cudi. Rob Morgan. Tomer Sisley. Ariana Grande…. Ariana Grande? Okay. Oh, and Meryl Streep.
Don’t Look Up follows two astronomers who attempt to warn everyone that a meteorite will crash into Earth in six months.
Like a dark-comedy version of Deep Impact, this is feels like a timely film of scientists being ignored and people rejecting impending doom and continuing to live their lives without offering any alternative solution.
McKay has made a transition over the past few years from Will Ferrell comedy director (Step Brothers, The Other Guys, Talladega Nights) to award nominated political dark-comedies that deal with the Global Financial Crisis and the machinations of the Bush administration managed by Dick Cheney.
In the stacked cast, the black sheep of the lot is definitely popstar Ariana Grande whose previous feature film credits include Zoolander 2 and Men in Black: International.
However, McKay has included bizarre cameos in his movies before, with Selena Gomez appearing in The Big Short alongside Richard Thaler, an economist, to explain what Synthetic CDOs are.
So potentially most of this cast is only 5 minute cameos, with a core 4-5 cast members.
One thing’s for sure, this is already an awards contender. It’s got Meryl Streep, of course it’ll get nominated for something, even if she just breathes for 5 seconds.
Sarah Shahi Cast in Black Adam
DC’s upcoming anti-hero movie, Black Adam, starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has added Sarah Shahi to the cast.
Shahi’s role is being described as a university professor who lead the freedom fighters in Kahndaq, the country where Black Adam is enslaved and later ruler of.
Shahi joins Johnson as well as Noah Centineo who is playing Atom Smasher and Aldis Hodge as Hawkman, both members of the Justice Society team which will appear in the film.
Little plot is known about Black Adam, a project which Johnson has been attached to for now over 7 years.
At DC FanDome in August, in a teaser Johnson described the power of the character and his story as a slave of Kanhdaq, with comparisons between with sword-and-sandals movies like Gladiator or Spartacus.
Recently, Black Adam was removed from the upcoming release calendar after Warner Media delayed the majority of their DC films and other blockbuster films.
Production has not begun yet, but with casting ramping up, filming cannot be far away for the film that was first announced back in 2014.
Black Adam is directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, who recently worked with Johnson on Disney’s Jungle Cruise movie which is out July, 2021.
Michael B Jordan Producing DC’s Static
Continuing with DC news, Michael B Jordan announced he is producing a Static movie.
Jordan, who has worked with Marvel on Fant4stic Four (2015) and Black Panther, confirmed the news on Instagram posting the cover of Static #1, which was released in 1993.
In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Jordan said he is “proud to be a part of building a new universe centred around black superheroes; our community deserves that”.
Jordan is helping produce the film with his production company Outlier Society partner with Warner Media, who announced the film at DC FanDome in August.
Static a.k.a Virgil Hawkins is similar to characters like Miles Morales who are fans of the superheroes that inhabit their world and ultimately become their own hero.
Virgil is the high school nerd who is caught up in police brutality and subjected to an experimental tear gas that mutates him and grants him electromagnetic powers.
Static first appeared as a part of the Milestones line of DC Comics, which offered black superheroes by black creators.
The line was defunct since 1996 until this year’s DC FanDome where they announced it returning with John Ridley, writer of 12 Years A Slave, writing a Batman story with a black character under the cape-and-cowl.
Static lived on with a cult animated TV series in the early 2000s, Static Shock which was one of the first animated series with a black lead.
Doctor Strange in The Multiverse of Madness Casts Xochitl Gomez in Unknown Role
Finally, the campy titled Doctor Strange in The Multiverse of Madness has added a new mysterious cast member.
Xochitl Gomez, who recently appeared in Netflix’s remake of The Babysitter’s Club has joined the mystical Marvel movie in an undisclosed role.
Gomez joins Benedict Cumberbatch who returns as the Master of the Mystic Arts, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo, Benedict Wong as…Wong and Elizabeth Olsen whose appearance as Scarlet Witch is confirmed to be a crossover with the Disney+ WandaVision series.
Little is known plot wise about the film besides what can be speculated from the title, which makes it harder to predict who Gomez could be playing.
Since the film will deal with other dimensions and realities, plus bringing Scarlet Witch who may encounter parallel dimensions in the Disney+ series, Gomez could be playing America Chavez a.k.a Ms. America.
Ms. America is raised in a place called the Utopian Parallel, which sits outside space and time, who absorbs superpowers from the dimension and travels through the multiverse as superhero.
A dimension hopping, teen superhero seems like the most likely candidate for the role but there is no behind the scenes rumours of this occurring.
Also introducing a new superhero in a film that is all ready set-up to be full of other storylines, including Scarlet Witch and even Loki, may not gel well.
Doctor Strange in The Multiverse of Madness is directed by Sam Raimi, who directed the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man trilogy, and is set for release 25th March, 2022.