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Joke’s On You: Joaquin Phoenix Cast As Martin Scorsese’s Joker

We’re going to be getting a lot of Joker for the next several years.

Several projects attributed to Batman’s arch-nemesis has been making its way out of the woodwork for the past several weeks now. For one thing, DCEU confirmed a Joker spinoff following Jared Leto’s portrayal of the character after his debut in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad. The character is also reportedly rumored to make an appearance in upcoming movies from DCEU’s slate, including Suicide Squad 2, Gotham City Sirens, and The Batman.

Beyond that, however, there’s another Joker movie that functions as a prequel and is being produced by Martin Scorsese (Goodfellas, Wolf of Wall Street) and directed by Todd Phillips (The Hangover trilogy). The casting for Martin Scorsese’s Joker has just been announced, and it is none other than Walk The Line actor Joaquin Phoenix.

At first glance, this casting seems like an odd choice to play the Joker, especially in a Martin Scorsese production. With roles in movies including I’m Still Here, The Master, and Her, Phoenix is more recently known for playing the introverted, quiet character. He isn’t really known for playing extroverted, animated characters outside of Gladiator and Walk The Line. With that in mind, it seems odd to cast him as a psychotic criminal who wears a purple suit and clown makeup on his face.

That is until you realize this is a Joker prequel, and most of the scenes presumably are going to portray the character before he took on the villainous mantle. Rumored to be loosely adapted on The Killing Joke storyline by Alan Moore which showed the Joker before going on a downward spiral of madness, it’s very possible that Phoenix’s portrayal is just going to be a regular old Joe that has one very bad day that transforms him into the Clown Prince of Crime. Through that scope, Phoenix’s casting is pitch-perfect, and it will be fascinating to see how he slowly turns from a Gotham City everyman into Batman’s greatest nemesis.

What do you guys think? Are you excited to see Phoenix become the Joker, or are you going to skip it in favor of Jared Leto’s portrayal? Comment below, let me know.

– David Dunn

SOURCE: The Independent, Screen Rant
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Ewan McGregor Cast In ‘The Shining’ Sequel

Ewan McGregor is having a great year.

First, he’s starring in the titular role of Walt Disney’s upcoming live-action Winnie the Pooh movie Christopher Robin. Then Disney announced an upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi movie, which is potentially looking at McGregor to reprise his popular role. Now he’s being tapped to play the lead in the upcoming sequel to Stephen King’s horror saga, The Shining.

Indiewire first broke the news that McGregor officially signed on for the role of Danny Torrence in Doctor Sleep, which shows what happens to an older Danny and his mother after his father Jack (Jack Nicholson) goes mad in The Shining. Details of the film are still being kept under wraps, however much of it is expected to loosely follow the events of the book which it is based on. It’s also going to be written and directed by horror filmmaker Mike Flanagan, who gained notoriety years earlier for directing the slasher film Hush and Stephen King’s Gerald’s Game.

Ewan McGregor? Stephen King? The Shining? Yes please, sign me up for all of it. Stephen King has had no shortage of success in the film industry, his most successful adaptations including The Shawshank Redemption, Misery, The Mist, Carrie, and more recently It. Hearing that we’re going to get more Stephen King horror goodness is exciting enough on its own. The fact that an actor as talented as McGregor is going to be on board with it is downright heart-stopping.

What do you guys think? Are you excited that McGregor is going to be entering the Stephen King universe, or do you wish they’d leave King’s classics alone? Comment below, let me know.

– David Dunn

SOURCE: IndieWire, Entertainment Weekly

‘Star Wars’ FINALLY Gives Boba Fett His Own Movie

SOURCE: Comic Book Movie

As the opening weekend for Solo: A Star Wars Story quickly approaches, another Star Wars character was added onto the lineup for their own solo feature. That character is none other than the fan-favorite bounty hunter Boba Fett.

Finally.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that not only would Boba Fett get his own feature film, but that it would also be written and directed by James Mangold, whose most recent Wolverine film Logan garnered critical appraise and earned a best screenplay nomination at the Academy Awards. X-Men and Sherlock Holmes screenwriter Simon Kinberg was also listed to produce and co-write the film as well.

Honestly, at this point hearing that a Boba Fett movie is getting made at all is reason enough to be excited. When LucasFilm originally confirmed Rogue One and Han Solo prequels for its spinoff series separate from the main Star Wars storyline, fans were understandably wondering why on Earth the studio didn’t start with a Yoda or Boba Fett prequel, considering that so little is known about those characters to begin with. While wait, Yoda will, for his own solo feature, the fact that Boba Fett is finally put on the drawing board is cause for celebration. Solo: A Star Wars Story tickets, anyone?

But more than that, the fact that they brought on Mangold and Kinberg straight from the get-go is cause enough to take a breath of fresh air and feel assured that the movie is in good hands. Kinberg has been involved in writing and producing several of the X-Men films, from X-Men: First Class all the way to Deadpool 2. His involvement in the production is definitely something to look forward to, but it’s even more exciting knowing that Mangold is going to be the one behind the camera. Besides The Wolverine and Logan, Mangold has also directed several other successful features, including the psychological thriller Identity, the Johnny Cash-biopic Walk The Line, and the western remake 3:10 To Yuma. The guy has a very solid and strong career behind him. With his hands on Boba Fett, there’s no telling where he can take it, besides a galaxy far, far away.

It’s unclear if they will bring back Temuera Morrison to portray Boba Fett for the film, who previously played his father Jango in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones. But what do you guys think? Are you excited we’re finally getting a Boba Fett movie? Or do you wish he stayed buried in the stomach of the Sarlacc Pitt? Comment below, let me know.

– David Dunn

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter, IGN

Star-Lord Confirms ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’ Is Filming Next Year

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD FOR AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR.

For those of you still in shock after watching what happened at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, don’t worry. Here’s some news that might pick your spirits up just a little bit.

In a recent Instagram birthday message to co-star Pom Klementieff, Chris Pratt, the actor who plays Peter Quill a.k.a. Star-Lord in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, confirmed that not only is writer-director James Gunn working on the script for the third Guardians of the Galaxy movie, but that the Guardians will actually begin filming for it next year as well.

For those of you that aren’t confused at reading this, that’s probably because you haven’t watched Avengers: Infinity War yet. With that, this is your last warning.

SPOILERS AHEAD FOR AVENGERS : INFINITY WAR.

At the end of Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos wins against the Avengers, collects all of the Infinity Stones, and uses them to wipe out half of all life in the universe. This includes half of the known superheroes as well, which of course includes the Guardians of the Galaxy. With the exception of Rocket, who remains on Earth with Steve Rogers, Bruce Banner, and Thor, the rest of the Guardians disintegrated thanks to the Infinity Gauntlet, including Groot, Mantis, Drax, and Star-Lord.

Since the Guardians were killed at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, however, how is it that they’re all back for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3? My guess is that their deaths, as well as everyone else’s, will be undone for the sequel Avengers 4. After Thanos wiped out half of the universe in the comic books, Nebula gets ahold of the Infinity Gauntlet and uses the Time Stone to undo everything that Thanos has done up until then. Since the title and premise for Avengers 4 is still being kept heavily under wraps, it’s impossible to know whether the newer movies will follow this storyline or not. Nevertheless, it’s safe to assume it will follow some loose adaptation of the storyline, and that it will lead to the Guardians getting resurrected in time for their third movie.

What do you guys think? Are you excited to see the Guardians come back from the dead, or do you expect the sequel to introduce a new team of Guardians to the Galaxy? Comment below, let me know.

– David Dunn

SOURCE: Sceenrant, MovieWeb

The Academy Awards Ousts Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski

Time’s up for Bill Cosby.

After a lengthy court battle that has dragged on since 2015, 80-year old comedian and actor Bill Cosby was declared guilty on three counts of sexual assault. Shortly after his sentencing, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences followed up by expelling Cosby from their membership, citing its standards of conduct for their expulsion.

“The board continues to encourage ethical standards that require members to uphold the Academy’s values of respect for human dignity,” the Academy said in a released statement.

But Cosby was not the only one the Academy expelled from their ranks. Polish filmmaker Roman Polanski was also expelled from the Academy as well, for drugging and raping a 13-year-old girl in the late 70’s. Polanski is most known for directing Rosemary’s Baby, Chinatown, and The Pianist, the last of which won him an Oscar for Best Director in 2003.

Given the Academy’s more recent escapade with media mogul and pig excretion Harvey Weinstein, this marks the second time the Academy has taken action against sexual predators working in the entertainment industry. It’s action that has been long overdue. Cosby was first accused of sexual assault in 1980 when the first incidents took place, then again in 2014 after a resurgence of accusers mounted against him. Polanski was charged for his assault in 1977, but fled the country before he could be sentenced.

It took a long time for the Academy to finally respond to these men’s vicious crimes. Better late than never, I suppose.

– David Dunn

SOURCE: Reuters, CBS News

Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth Are The New ‘Men In Black’

Thor: Ragnarok isn’t the last time you’re going to see the God of Thunder and Valkyrie together. In fact, their next team-up might be much sooner than you think.

After months of speculation, Columbia Pictures recently confirmed a spinoff was in the works for the Men In Black series, and just yesterday, they announced their stars. Thor: Ragnarok actors Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson will play the leads for the upcoming Men In Black reboot, taking place separately from the main film trilogy starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. Hemsworth has not closed his deal yet, but he’s expected to in the coming days.

I feel a weird mix of excitement and disappointment with this news. As far as the actors themselves, I find them impeccable. Hemsworth has demonstrated time and time again that he has the chops for both serious, dramatic roles and sillier, comedic ones, while Thompson is just a revelation all her own. I loved her years ago when I first saw her as Adonis’ love interest Bianca in Creed, and since then she’s taken a mold all by herself in movies including Thor: Ragnarok and Annihilation. She is a natural and an inspiration, an up-and-coming star whose career I can’t wait to see skyrocket forward in the near future.

So as far as the casting goes, I am open to seeing these two in another movie together. In a Men In Black reboot, however, I find it indefensibly stupid. We already got our conclusion to the series six years ago with Men In Black 3. Why are we resurrecting it now for a reboot? That didn’t work with The Karate Kid, that didn’t work with Ghostbusters, and it definitely won’t work now with Men In Black, especially with one of those men in black being a woman (although I guess People In Black doesn’t sound as good of a title).

Overall, I find this to be just another recycled news story on Hollywood Boulevard: another cog in the constantly-working machine of remakes, reboots, and unoriginal ideas. But what do you guys think? Are you excited to see Thor and Valkyrie in a Men In Black movie together, or do you wish the neuralyzer could be used on you to forget this development?

Comment below, let me know.

– David Dunn

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter, Variety

Shia LaBeouf Is Writing And Starring In A Movie About Shia LaBeouf

SOURCE: WireImage

This is the most Shia LaBeouf thing Shia LaBeouf has done in a long time.

After being mostly absent from the movies since his last appearance in 2014’s Fury, as well as a recent arrest scandal involving him shouting racial epithets at police, LaBeouf is now coming back onto the film scene with a project very personal to him. It’s a self-biographical picture called Honey Boy, and LaBeouf will be writing the film as well as starring as his own father Jeffrey.

The film will reportedly be centered on LaBeouf’s childhood with his father, mostly taking place during the 2000’s when LaBeouf became a breakout star on Disney’s “Even Stevens.” LoveTrue director Alma Har’el will direct the film, while Manchester By The Sea actor Lucas Hedges to play LaBeouf’s younger self. “Honey Boy” was a nickname given to LaBeouf by his father.

What do you guys think? Are you curious to see a self-biopic by Shia LaBeouf, or do you wish he’d just leave and put a paper bag over his head? Comment below, let me know.

– David Dunn

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter, Entertainment Weekly

Danny Boyle Directing 25th James Bond Film

The name’s Boyle. Danny Boyle.

The Academy Award-winning English director, whose work ranges from Best Picture-winner Slumdog Millionaire to the biopic Steve Jobs, recently confirmed his next project. He will be directing the 25th film in the James Bond franchise, co-writing a screenplay with frequent collaborator John Hodge (Trainspotting, Trance).

Plot details are under wraps, so there’s still much unknown about the untitled 25th Bond film. What is known is that Daniel Craig will be reprising the titular role and the film will take place after the most recent events portrayed in Spectre. How that’s supposed to happen since James Bond’s story supposedly wrapped up in Spectre is beyond me. Maybe Christoph Waltz will return as the villainous Blofeld to continue to haunt Bond’s life? We can only hope.

Overall, I’m very excited to see Boyle take on this project. He has a long and diverse filmography, from the zany and unusual Trainspotting to the Aaron Ralston survival epic 127 Hours. Granted, he hasn’t had much experience in the spy genre. In fact, the only action films you can really credit him for is 28 Days Later and Trance. However, the same could also be said for American Beauty director Sam Mendes, and he ended up giving us some of the best James Bond films in Skyfall and Spectre. Boyle will bring a welcome change of pace for James Bond, and however he chooses to approach the project, I have confidence he’ll bring it with the same Boyle flair that he always has in all of his other films.

What do you guys think? Are you guys excited for Danny Boyle to take on 007, or would you have preferred Sam Mendes come back for round three?

Comment below, let me know.

– David Dunn

SOURCE: Business Insider, Variety

Kristen Wiig Cast As Cheetah In ‘Wonder Woman 2’

Things are getting feisty up in here for DC Films.

After announcing the sequel to Wonder Woman during Comic-Con last year, director Patty Jenkins just confirmed yesterday who the villain will be for the film. The villain will be longtime Wonder Woman foe Cheetah, and she will be portrayed by none other than Kristen Wiig.

SOURCE: Getty Images

Debuting in Wonder Woman #7 in August 1987, Cheetah is a feminine feline savage who cut herself with an Amazonian dagger, transforming her into a human/cheetah hybrid hellbent on getting back at Wonder Woman. Besides Ares, Cheetah is perhaps one of the more well-known Wonder Woman villains, and their rivalry has been featured multiple times in miscellaneous media, more recently in the NetherRealm Studios video game Injustice 2.

With that, it seems odd that DC would cast Kristen Wiig in a role as menacing and vicious as Cheetah. Don’t get me wrong, I like her as an actor. She was funny in Bridesmaids, and she was great in smaller roles for movies including The Martian and Mother!. Yeah, she was pretty ditzy in that terrible Ghostbusters reboot, but then again everyone was pretty bad in that movie. As comedian actresses go, Wiig is a reliable talent, and it definitely seems like she belongs in a superhero movie somewhere.

But to be completely honest, I don’t see it in a villain role. Wiig has mostly portrayed friendly, loveable characters up until now. She strikes me more as a love interest akin to Lana Lang or Vicki Vale, not a supervillain as spiteful or cruel as Cheetah is. I’ll admit, I’m curious to see how she will approach this portrayal as opposed to her other film roles in the past. But at the very least, I’m more confident in this casting choice than I was when Jesse Eisenberg was cast as Lex Luthor in Batman V. Superman.

What do you guys think? Are you excited to see Kristin Wiig’s Cheetah go head-to-ahead against Diana in Wonder Woman 2? Or do you wish she’d just stick to comedy?

Comment below, let me know.

– David Dunn

SOURCE: The Washington Post, Twitter

Joss Whedon Stepping Away From DC’s ‘Batgirl’

The Avengers and the Justice League were assembled onto the big screen thanks to writer-director Joss Whedon. Too bad he can’t assemble a Batgirl movie too.

After months of pre-production, Avengers director Joss Whedon announced this week that he would be stepping away from directing Batgirl, citing a lack of creative inspiration to write a premise for the film. Reported to be helming a Batgirl movie back in March 2017, many fans were excited at the possibility of Whedon directing a DC movie.

Obviously, their hopes fell a little short of expectations.

SOURCE: Warner Bros.

This isn’t the first time Whedon was involved with a DC property. When Justice League director Zack Snyder had to step away from production in May 2017 due to a personal tragedy, Whedon stepped in as co-director to help oversee reshoots and post-production. His work as director was later criticized for interjecting forced humor into Snyder’s vision, as well as that facial hair controversy where he made the visual effects team digitally remove Henry Cavill’s mustache in post-production (the effects, as you can see above, were nothing short of terrible.) In 2007, he was also slated to write and direct an adaptation for Wonder Woman long before actress Gal Gadot and director Patty Jenkins were attached to the project. Again, his work received a lot of backlash from the comic-book community, mostly for overtly sexualizing his female characters while at the same time toxically characterizing some of the male figures in the script.

Maybe it’s a good thing that he’s no longer attached to directing Batgirl.

With Whedon’s removal, Warner Bros. is currently on the market for a new female director to take over for the project. The next film to be released on the DCEU’s slate is James Wan’s Aquaman, which is scheduled for release in December later this year.

– David Dunn

SOURCE: Screenrant, ComicBookMovie.com
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