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.
Pete’s Dragon Comes Out of the Shadows in First Trailer
Disney continues stack the deck at the box office with films like Finding Dory, BFG, and Pete’s Dragon, all of which hit theaters this summer. Jurassic World’s Bryce Dallas Howard, Star Trek’s Karl Urban and veteran actor Robert Redford all star in this live-action remake of the whimsical tale of Pete and his dragon, Elliot.
For years, old wood-carver Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford) has delighted local children with his tales of a fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), who works as a forest ranger, those stories are little more than tall tales until she meets Pete (Oakes Fegley), a 10-year-old with no family and no home who claims to live in the woods with a giant green dragon named Elliott. From Pete’s descriptions, Elliott seems remarkably similar to the dragon from her father’s stories. With the help of Natalie (Oona Laurence), an 11-year-old girl whose father Jack (Wes Bentley) owns the local lumber mill, Grace sets out to determine where Pete came from, where he belongs, and the truth about this dragon. However, Jack’s brother and Natalie’s uncle Gavin (Karl Urban) is interested in capturing the dragon.
Dwayne Johnson is a Polynesian God in First Moana Trailer
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson seems to be in everything these days. Not only is he returning for Fast 8 and starring in both the Jumanji and Baywatch reboots, he’s also co-staring in Disney’s original animated musical Moana. Johnson stars as the legendary demi-god Maui, who sets out on an adventure with a young traveler Moana. Moana is voiced by 14-year-old Hawaiin actress Auli’i Cravalho. Moana takes place in ancient Oceania and features the musical talents of Lin-Manuel Miranda, who just won a Tony Award for his Broadway musical Hamilton.
Musical Wicked Adaptation Takes a Huge Step Forward
Universal is finally moving forward with their adaptation of Broadway’s hit musical Wicked. This week the studio announced director Stephen Daldry will helm the film, which will open in theaters December of 2019. The musical, Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz, was the 10th longest running musical on broadway. Based on the 1995 book by Gregory Maguire, the musical followed the origin story of the witches of Oz: Glinda the Good Witch and Elphaba the Wicked Witch of the West. The original Elphaba and Glinda were played by Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth, but there’s no word yet on whether Menzel or Chenoweth will star in the movie.
Supergirl Casts Teen Wolf’s Tyler Hoechlin as Superman
Last week The CW announced that Superman would make his Supergirl debut next season. The network announced this week that Tyler Hoechlin will play Clark Kent, Kara’s superpowered cousin Superman. Hoechlin is best known for his role as Derek Hale on MTV’s Teen Wolf. While Superman was mentioned a few times last season, the character was always considered an off-screen member of the show. Hoechlin’s casting could open the door for more Justice League characters to make their way to The CW, since Superman was previously considered “off the table”. Hoechlin is currently filming 50 Shades Darker in Vancouver.
Spider-Man: Homecoming Adds Donald Glover and More
Marvel Studios released a slew of casting announcements this week for Spider-Man: Homecoming, including one very important fan casting. Donald Glover, Logan Marshall-Green, and Martin Starr are all suiting up to appear alongside everyone’s friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. While Glover is technically in talks for the film, it’s likely his casting will be confirmed shortly, considering the fan cry for him to play Spider-man for a number of years. Marshall-Green is also in talks to play a villain, and Starr is confirmed. Spider-Man: Homecoming currently stars Robert Downey Jr., Tom Holland, Marisa Tomei, Zendaya, Michael Barbieri, Kenneth Choi, and Tony Revolori.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Heads to San Diego Comic Con
Today on Facebook, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 director James Gunn celebrated Chris Pratt’s last day on set. He thanked Pratt for his tireless work on the film, which then caused Pratt to praise Gunn for his ability to finish such a massive shoot in 90 days. They both reveled in the scale of the film, saying it is the best legacy that they could ever put their names to. Gunn and Pratt then both turned to the camera to invite fans to come see them at San Diego Comic Con. Gunn mentioned attending SDCC to Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson on Twitter previously, but this video announcement confirmed what fans were hoping to hear: Marvel studios will be back in Hall H this year. Marvel Studios had to skip Hall H last year due to scheduling conflicts. Hopefully this news also inspires the casts of Doctor Strange, Spider-Man, and Avengers: Infinity War to make an appearance. SDCC takes place at the San Diego Convention Center July 21 through July 24.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 opens in theaters on May 5, 2017.
Dame Helen Mirren Joins Fast 8
Dame Helen Mirren has officially joined the cast of Fast 8. While typically starring in period films and biopics, the British actress is apparently looking forward to joining this “fun” film. While no details of her role have been shared, it’s possible she could be the matriarch of the Shaw family — the villains from Fast and Furious 6 and Furious 7. She will be co-starring alongside Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Elsa Pataky, Lucas Black, Kurt Russell, and Charlize Theron.
The CW Announces the New MADTV Revival Series Cast
The CW has announced the full cast roster for its upcoming MADTV reboot. Jeremy Howard will be joined by Adam Ray, Carlie Craig, Chelsea Davison, Amir K, Lyric Lewis, Piotr Michael, and Michelle Ortiz. These new cast members have a wide variety of comic experience ranging from appearances on Brooklyn 99, Todrick, Last Comic Standing, and Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD. Previous season cast members will return to host various episodes, covering pop culture parodies and notoriously politically incorrect humor — perfect fodder for an election year.
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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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