Hollywood was on temporary pause but productions are gearing back up, release dates continue to be tweaked in preparation for theaters reopening, and things are slowly starting to return to normal – or at least, our temporary new normal. Movie news is once again starting to flow, with us bringing you a few hand-picked stories we think you’ll like.
Let’s hop to it.
Edgar Wright To Direct Adaptation Of Stephen King’s ‘The Running Man’
Stephen King is one of the most popular wells from which Hollywood has drawn in the past few years, the King renaissance unfolding across movies and television. Next up is an adaptation of The Running Man, King’s fourth book written under his pseudonym Richard Bachman. Already, it has a really intriguing name lined up to direct according to Deadline: Edgar Wright (Baby Driver, Hot Fuzz), whose already stacked plate just got stacked a bit higher. Meanwhile, Simon Kinberg (Fox’s X-Men universe) is on board to produce for Paramount. Wright will be co-writing the story with Michael Bacall, who will take on scriptwriting duties from there. Reportedly, their version is set to be much more faithful to King’s original novel than the 1987 adaptation starring Arnold Schwarzenegger in the role. The dystopian sci-fi thriller is set in a future America in which the economy has collapsed and violence is rising like a tide. Protagonist Ben Richards is tapped to compete in the ghoulish game show The Running Man in which contestants are allowed to run and hide anywhere in the world while “Hunters” are deployed to track them down and kill them. Reportedly, this project has become a top priority for Paramount and considering Wright and Bacall are already working on the story, it seems that’s certainly the case.
Sasha Calle Cast As Supergirl In ‘The Flash’ Movie
After years of development hell, Warner Bros.’ The Flash helmed by It director Andy Muschietti, is firing on all cylinders as it heads into production. It’s been embroiled in controversy, from its revolving door of directors and screenwriters to titular star Ezra Miller’s problematic fan interactions to Cyborg actor Ray Fisher being cut from the film after a very public and protracted battle with Warner Bros. over alleged things that went down on the set of the Justice League reshoots. But a recent bit of casting news is nothing but good. Muschietti himself announced on his Instagram that not only is Supergirl going to appear in The Flash, but that longtime The Young and the Restless actress Sasha Calle had been cast to play the Girl of Steel. Calle is a relative unknown; outside of the aforementioned soap opera, she’s only appeared in shorts. However, Muschietti auditioned a number of young actresses for the role and Calle was it for him, so he apparently saw something in her that no one else possessed. It will be exciting to see her make her big-screen debut when The Flash hits theaters on November 4, 2022.
Mena Massoud In Talks To Play Ezra Bridger In Live-Action Role
Disney+’s Star Wars universe hasn’t moved as fast as the Marvel universe, but it’s finally starting to gain speed with a slew of shows having been announced in the past year. One character expected to make the jump from animation to the live-action Star Wars world is Ezra Bridger, who first appeared in the beloved animated series Star Wars Rebels. And one familiar face is reportedly deep in talks to star in the role in multiple Star Wars shows including Ahsoka. According to the Kessel Run Transmissions YouTube show, Aladdin star Mena Massoud is Lucasfilm’s top choice for the character, though it’s worth noting Disney has not confirmed the casting, as is their M.O. Ezra Bridger is a young, Force-sensitive teen who gets taken in as a Jedi padawan before later becoming a leader of the revolution in the early years of the rebellion against the Galactic Empire. If he is indeed cast, Massoud’s boyish charisma would suit Bridger’s easygoing, roguish character well. Fingers crossed the reports are true and Massoud signs on to the role.
Blue Beetle Movie In The Works, Will Be DCEU’s First Latino Superhero Movie
The Wrap broke some interesting news earlier this week: Charm City Kings director Angel Manuel Soto is set to direct a Blue Beetle movie for DC, their first movie with a Latino character in the lead. The project is apparently moving quickly, with Mexican-born writer Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer (upcoming Scarface remake, Miss Bala) already having penned the screenplay and the production aiming to start shooting this fall. As with many comic book characters, a number of characters have held the Blue Beetle mantle over the years, but the movie will reportedly focus on the third iteration of the character, Mexican-American character Jaime Reyes. Jamie is a working-class kid living in El Paso when he stumbles across an ancient blue beetle scarab in an abandoned lot and takes it home. That night, the magical scarab comes alive and grafts itself to Jamie’s spine, whereupon it grants him the powers of an extraterrestrial suit of armor that gives him extra speed and strength, along with multiple weapons and shields and, of course, wings. On his end, Soto could not be more excited, saying in a statement, “It is an honor to direct Blue Beetle, the first Latino superhero film for DC. I want to sincerely thank everyone at Warner Bros. and DC for trusting me to bring Jaime Reyes to life. I can’t wait to make history together.”
‘Spider-Man: Homecoming 3’ Gets Official Title
After the “Home” theme was established in the first two Spider-Man titles from Marvel with Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home, fans have been speculating about what the name for the third Spider-Man movie might be. Today, that name was officially revealed: Spider-Man: No Way Home. It’s just one more bit of confirmation that the third Spider-Man movie is surely going to be a multiverse movie, with various actors from Sony’s Spider-Man and Amazing Spider-Man franchises reprising their roles in some way. The title reveal came a day after stars Tom Holland, Zendaya, and Jacob Batalon had a bit of fun some good-natured trolling of fans on social media sharing fake titles that included Spider-Man: Phone Home, Spider-Man: Home Slice, and Spider-Man: Homewrecker. But the real title was revealed in a cute video on social media that referred to Holland’s famously loose-lipped ability to accidentally spoil things.
Henry Cavill Accidentally Teases He Might Be Involved In A Mass Effect Project
Last but not least, in news that may not be actual news but is worth sharing anyway, Henry Cavill set the internet abuzz when he shared a cryptic Instagram post of him holding a blurred-out script in a dressing room with the caption, “Secret project? Or just a handful of paper with random words on it… Guess you’ll have to wait and see. Happy hump day all.” However, the enterprising folks at Gamepressure ran the blurred script through a special software called Focus Magic and cleaned up enough of the script to glean the words “Cerberus,” “Reaper,” “Geth,” and “Tali’Zorah.” If you’re a Mass Effect fan, you just let out a shout reading that. For those who aren’t, those words are all recognizable from the wildly popular Mass Effect video game franchise. Take it all with a monstrous grain of salt as “blurry script run through image clarifying program” isn’t exactly the most reliable source. Still, video game adaptations have been picking up steam in Hollywood in recent months, with projects like the Halo series and Borderlands movie racing along into production. It’s only a matter of time before Mass Effect gets adapted, whether as a movie franchise or TV series, gets adapted. Further, Cavill, being the enormous gamer he is, would fit in nicely to the world of Mass Effect. Once again, this is all highly speculative, but still – keep an eye on this one because it will likely be officially announced soon from the looks of it.