Each week, Lauren Gallaway brings you the best and most exciting pop culture news. Get ready for a fresh perspective on the week’s most buzzed-about stories in the business.
Mary Poppins Returns Officially Moving Forward
It has been speculated for some time that Emily Blunt would be stepping into Julie Andrews’ shoes to play the effervescent Mary Poppins. Disney made Blunt’s casting official this week and also announced that Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda will co-star in the pic as new character Jack the lamplighter. The film will hit theaters on Christmas Day 2018 and will tell the tale of Mary’s influence on a new generation of children in Depression-era London. Based on P.L. Travers’ subsequent Mary Poppins books, the film will introduce Mary to Michael Bank’s three children who are left heartbroken in the wake of a terrible tragedy.
Mary Poppins Returns will sing its way into theaters on December 25, 2018.
Brie Larson Early Frontrunner for Captain Marvel
Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel, is a key member of the Avengers in Marvel comics and a character that fans have been longing to see on screen since her solo movie was first announced. While her character was meant to debut in numerous Marvel films previously, it’s likely she won’t appear until Avengers Infinity War Part One. While no one has been cast in the role yet, reports this week suggested that Academy Award-winner Brie Larson may be the one to wear Captain Marvel’s mantle. Larson has been acting for almost 20 years but didn’t make waves until her breakout role in Room. While her involvement isn’t confirmed yet, Larson would be a dynamic actress to cast as the Airforce pilot-turned-superhero.
The Flash Movie Lands New Director
When The Flash director Seth Grahame-Smith left the film, speculation began to circulate about what that could mean for the film. While Warner Bros. didn’t immediately assign a new director to the film, news broke this week that Rick Famuyiwa will be taking over for Grahame-Smith. Famuyiwa has experience directing both comedic and dramatic projects, as he most recently helmed both Dope and HBO’s Confirmation. The Flash currently stars Ezra Miller as Barry Allen and will establish his character in DC’s team of Justice League heroes.
Batman v Superman Ultimate Edition Features New Footage
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is getting a very special home release edition. Not only will the digital downloads, Blu-rays, and DVDs include the original theatrical cut, but they will also include over 30 minutes of new footage. Some of that new footage can be seen in the home release trailer above including Jenna Malone’s never-before-seen character. The ultimate edition will also include two hours of behind-the-scenes bonus footage like interviews, featurettes, and more. This special ultimate cut is also rated R, and may provide more continuity to the film than the theatrical edition.
X-Men Based Legion Gets Series Order
FX has officially picked up Marvel and Noah Hawley’s new X-Men based show Legion. The series will run for eight episodes in its first season. It will star Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens as the lead character David Haller. The show will focus on Haller, who for years thought he was insane because of the tormenting voices in his head. As he will learn in the pilot, he is actually a mutant with telekinetic powers. In the comics, Haller is the son of Professor Charles Xavier — the founder of the X-Men — but it’s not clear if the show will make that connection. Parks and Rec’s Aubrey Plaza joins Stevens in the series, alongside Designing Women’s Jean Smart.
Colony Co-Creator Joins Logan’s Run Remake
Ryan Condal has been signed as the new screenwriter for the new Logan’s Run. The film, while not a straight remake of the 1976 film, will be a secondary take on the 1967 novel by William F. Novel. Logan’s Run tells the story of a futuristic society where citizens are executed on their 21st birthday. Logan’s Run is a co-production of Simon Kingberg, Greg Berlanti, and Joel Silver. Condal is currently helming USA’s Colony with Carlton Cuse — the pair are also working on an adaptation of Rampage.
The Division Adaptation Casts Jake Gyllenhaal
Video game adaptations are all the rage these days. With Warcraft hitting theaters later this month and Assassin’s Creed opening this Christmas, numerous video games are poised to be adapted in the coming months. Ubisoft has officially greenlit a feature film based on their game Tom Clancy’s The Division. The film will star Jake Gyllenhaal, who is also signed up to produce. The Division follows the story of a man in the Strategic Homeland Division who is sent to investigate a small pox outbreak in New York City. The game earned over $300 million in sales on its first day and has received overwhelmingly positive reviews. No studio is attached to the project yet.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles “Vastly Improved” Sequel Review
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows opens in theaters today, and the Tracking Board has a full advanced review of the sequel. While the first film was met with mostly lukewarm critical reception, this second Turtles installment seems to be fairing much better. “As opposed to the first movie, it gives just the perfect amount of emotional investment to the turtles and actually makes them relatable. There’s the ongoing theme of “brotherhood” which flows throughout the movie and they touch upon the turtles’ struggle to want to look “normal” so they can go out into public. But they don’t spend too much time on that because they know that we just want to see high-octane turtle-grade action and at least one mention of the catchphrase “Turtle Power!” (SPOILER ALERT: it does happen).”
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Entertainment journalist who’s passionate about science fiction, superheroes, and all things nerdy. Regular Comic Con attendee, co-founder of The Marvel Report and co-host of The Flash Podcast and the Peggy Carter Podcast. Assistant editor at CBR and contributing writer to The Tracking Board. Obsessed with British accents, strong female characters, Sherlock, and Steve Rogers.
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