News Round-Up: Leonardo DiCaprio Casting; ‘Terminator’ and ‘The Good Dinosaur’ New Release Dates; ‘Harry Potter’ Spin-Off; and More
It’s not quite another Star Wars sequel or Ben Affleck as Batman, but this week saw one of the bigger movie news pieces in a long time. Before I get to the Harry Potter spin-off by J.K. Rowling, I’ve got to talk about Leonardo DiCaprio in Wilson, Julianne Moore confirmed in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and Part 2, Kelsey Grammer in The Expendables 3, and Lucas Black in Fast & Furious 7. Also, I’ll quickly mention the new release dates for the Terminator reboot, Nebraska, The Good Dinosaur, Finding Dory, and Maleficent.
Leonardo DiCaprio will be the next big name to play a President. He’ll be portraying Woodrow Wilson in the biopic Wilson. It’s still in the planning stages, but DiCaprio will also produce the movie that is based on a popular novel that just released recently. (Source: THR)
Although Julianne Moore (Children of Men) has been attached to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay for some time now, she was officially revealed as President Coin this week. I won’t ruin how President Coin fits into The Hunger Games universe, but I will say she’ll be in both Part 1 (releasing November 21, 2014) and Part 2 (releasing November 20, 2015). Both will star Jennifer Lawrence and return Francis Lawrence as director. (Source: EW)
First he was cast in Transformers: Age of Extinction, now he’ll be playing a badass in The Expendables 3. Kelsey Grammer will apparently take the role Nicolas Cage left behind (oh darn). Patrick Hughes is directing the movie that stars some of the other Expendables (Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and more), which will release August 15, 2014. (Source: Deadline)
Last in the casting section is Lucas Black (The Fast & the Furious: Tokyo Drift) rejoining the franchise for Fast & Furious 7. Given the events of Tokyo Drift and their relation to Fast Five, it makes a whole lot of sense. He’ll apparently stick around the final three films in the franchise. The seventh movie is directed by James Wan (The Conjuring), stars Vin Diesel and Paul Walker, and will release July 11, 2014. (Source: IGN).
I’ve compiled a list of movers and shakers when it comes to release dates. They’re as follows:
The Terminator reboot moved back from June 26, 2014 to July 1, 2014. (Source: Collider)
Nebraska (Alexander Payne’s next movie) will release November 15, 2013 instead of November 22nd. (Source: Collider)
Pixar shuffled their slate, moving The Good Dinosaur back more than a year to November 25, 2015. They also distanced Finding Dory by moving it back to July 17, 2016. Disney moved in with Maleficent to occupy The Good Dinosaur’s original spot on May 30, 2014. It’s all sort of confusing, so maybe use a pencil when writing in these movies. (Source: Collider)
The final bit of news is no doubt the biggest. Just when we thought the Harry Potter franchise was over, Warner Brothers had Potter fans rejoicing. Apparently, J.K. Rowling and Warner Brothers will team up to make an original story in the same universe as Harry Potter. Details are a little sparse, but we do know that it’ll take place 70 years before the first book/movie. It’ll also center around the author of “Harry Potter: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” a Hogwarts textbook by Newt Scamander. It’ll be interesting to see how it all fits together, including how big the franchise grows. It’ll also be interesting to see Rowling’s first ever screenplay. We’ll keep you updated on details as they come in. (Source: IGN)
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