News Round-Up: LeBron James Cast; ‘Nymphomaniac’ Release Date; ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Announcement; and More
In a very wide-open News Round-Up, I’ll have quite the array of things to talk about. For one, basketball star LeBron James has been cast in Ballers with Kevin Hart. For release dates, a two-part release date for Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac was finally unveiled. As for other news, you’ll find the announcement of X-Men: Apocalypse, the IMAX plan for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the title of Terminator: Genesis, the announcement of Juan Antonio Bayona as the World War Z sequel director, and Mitch Hurwitz’s newest project (titled Guinea Pigging).
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Basketball superstar LeBron James will make his on-screen debut alongside Kevin Hart in the comedy Ballers. This certainly isn’t the first time a basketball player has been involved in a movie (Space Jam baby!); however, I just don’t find this news that interesting. We’ll see, I suppose. Ballers still doesn’t have a director or release date, but Hart himself will co-write the script. (Source: Deadline)
The lone release date news comes for Lars von Trier’s (Melancholia) sex addiction drama Nymphomaniac. There has been quite a bit released for the movie, but a U.S. release date was looming for quite some time. It now appears that the movie is so long (err…) that it’ll be released by Magnolia in two parts. The first one will be available March 21, 2014 with the second is set to release April 18, 2014. It most notably stars Shia LaBeouf, Willem Dafoe, and Charlotte Gainsbourg (Melancholia). (Source: THR)
Arguably the biggest news splash came from Bryan Singer’s announcement of the next X-Men movie! Not only will he be returning to the franchise, but we know the next installment will be called X-Men: Apocalypse. The big deal here is that the villain Apocalypse will be involved, so that’s pretty cool. Singer has quite the X-Men reputation, so that’s also a plus. Exactly who and what will go into the story is still up in the air, but expect the movie to come out on May 27, 2016, two years after next year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. (Source: Vulture)
An announcement also came down for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and its planned IMAX release. With a heftier movie ticket price tag, this sounds about right. To my knowledge, nothing was filmed with actual IMAX cameras, but that doesn’t stop the movie from existing on the big, big screen starting May 2, 2014. For those that are unaware, Marc Webb’s sequel returns Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, with Jamie Foxx taking over as the main villain. (Source: THR)
For those wondering, the newest Terminator movie will officially be called Terminator: Genesis. The reboot should see Arnold Schwarzenegger return with Jason Clarke rumored as the star. Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World) will be directing. A release date was also set for July 1, 2015, adding to the blockbuster apocalypse of 2015. (Source: IGN)
The World War Z sequel (seriously…everything becomes a sequel) won’t move forward with the original director (Marc Forster). Instead, Juan Antonio Bayona (The Impossible) will be the next to tackle the zombie (now) franchise. Not much more is known about the plot, production, or possible release dates. My guess is somewhere in 2015 or 2016. We’ll keep you posted. (Source: THR)
In news more near and dear to my heart, it appears the Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz will be directing a movie soon! Hurwitz’s project, titled Guinea Pigging, will mark his first official endeavor into feature film directing. Writers Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant (Night at the Museum) will handle the writing with no casting or release date details yet. (Source: Collider)
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