News Round-Up: Meryl Streep Cast in ‘Ricki and the Flash’; ‘Boyhood’ Release Date; and More
In today’s edition of News Round-Up, I’ll have a lot of casting compared to release dates and other news. However, that doesn’t mean this isn’t a well-rounded post. For instance, there are an array of different films featured in the casting department – including Meryl Streep’s involvement in Ricki and the Flash, Sam Worthington and Anna Kendrick’s names included in Cake, Toby Kebbell’s villainous ties to the Fantastic Four reboot, 50 Cent’s inclusion in Spy, and the addition of T.J. Miller’s voice to Big Hero 6. In release dates, the biggest news came by the way of Richard Linklater’s long-in-development film Boyhood. Finally, I’ll have information on Magic Mike XXL (yes, that’s the title to the Magic Mike sequel).
The first bit of casting news belongs to Ricki and the Flash. That movie will star the Academy Award winner (and one of Hollywood’s most decorated actresses) Meryl Streep. Streep’s film was auctioned off with TriStar winning out. Unfortunately, a director, co-stars, and release date aren’t known yet. (Source: Variety)
Although she’s not quite Meryl Streep, the rising star Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect) has bolstered her filmography with the addition of Cake. She’s not alone in the latest casting break since Sam Worthington (Avatar) will also apparently star in the movie. Before this week, we knew Jennifer Aniston was involved in the “Black List” script winner. Cake will be directed by Daniel Barnz (Won’t Back Down) with an undetermined release date. (Source: TheWrap)
The Fantastic Four remake has been in the news quite a bit lately and that is only going to continue to happen. The latest bit of news came with the addition of Toby Kebbell (Wrath of the Titans) set to play the notorious Doctor Doom. He will antagonize the Fantastic Four on June 19, 2015 with Josh Trank (Chronicle) set to direct. (Source: Collider)
Although he’s known more for his musical talents, 50 Cent has appeared in quite a few movies. He’ll add Spy to that list. 50 Cent will join the comedy (which was referred to as Susan Cooper until this week) alongside Melissa McCarthy. Paul Feig’s (The Heat) comedy will hit theaters May 22, 2015. (Source: Comingsoon)
You may not know T.J. Miller’s (Cloverfield) name, but you’ve probably heard about the upcoming Disney project Big Hero 6. Since information on this film has been scarce, I thought I’d pass along the news that Miller has been confirmed as the first voice actor in the movie. The movie is directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams with a release set for November 7th. We’ll undoubtedly pass along more information when we get it. (Source: Cinema Blend)
This week’s lone notable release date release went to Richard Linklater’s (Before Midnight) Boyhood. The film, which has been in production for more than 12 years, will finally come out on July 11th. Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette (True Romance) star in the movie. To be honest, I expected this to get a later release date; however, I do expect this film to release in limited theaters so it’ll probably be awhile after the 11th before most people see it. (Source: Deadline)
Finally, I did want to mention the confirmation of a Magic Mike sequel. When the movie was successful, I figured we’d get another movie (it is in Hollywood’s nature to do this). This week, fans of the first movie can rejoice because there will be more male stripping! They can also rejoice because the movie is titled Magic Mike XXL. Greg Jacobs will direct the movie that should return Channing Tatum (who co-wrote the newest script). (Source: MTV)
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