The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (08.04.17)


Jafar AladdinDisney’s “Aladdin” Remake Finds Its Jafar as “SNL” Alum Nasim Pedrad Also Joins Cast as New Character

Newcomer Mena Massoud is set to play Aladdin, while Naomi Scott (Power Rangers) will play Jasmine. They’ll be joined by Will Smith, who will play the wish-granting genie.


christopher nolanGoing to War Over Christopher Nolan

Christopher Nolan is regularly praised for his work, but not everyone is in love. Neil Turitz is ready to go to battle with Nolan fans as he gives some critical words to the acclaimed director.


natalieportmanxcerptSony TriStar Eyeing Natalie Portman Bull-Riding Drama “Bronco Belle”

Packaged as the next movie for The Fits director Anna Rose Holmer, the empowering story of a waitress that wants to break into the male-dominated world of rodeo steer riding was recently packaged as a vehicle for the Oscar-winning actress.


More News From Around the Web

  • Tudors alum Jonathan Rhys Meyers has joined the period drama The Aspern Papers. The project is being directed by Julien Landais and is an adaptation of the Henry James novel. (Variety)

  • That 70s Show star Topher Grace circling a new TV role with Treasure Squad, an hourlong dramedy he co-wrote and will executive produce. (Deadline)

  • Bug Juice, the 90s camp series, is getting a revival series at the Disney Channel. The show aired for three seasons and followed young kids at summer camp. (Variety)

  • Jeff Ward will have a recurring role on the upcoming season of Agents of SHIELD. The role is being kept under wraps but the actor will be seen in a major multi-episode arc. (Deadline)

  • Timeless star Abigail Spencer will be pulling double duty for a little while this fall, as she stars in both the NBC series and takes on the role of Owen’s sister, Megan Hunt, on Grey’s Anatomy. She replaces Bridget Regan who was unable to continue in the role due to scheduling conflicts. (Variety)

  • Warner Bros. has given an October start to their digital network Stage 13. The network will provide a range of unscripted and scripted series spanning horror, comedy, and drama. (Variety)

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Still quiet here.sas

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