News Round-Up: Ben Kingsley Joins ‘The Jungle Book’; ‘Pacific Rim 2’ Release Date; Scott Cooper’s Next Film; and More
After a successful week of trailers, posters, and photos, you’d think today’s News Round-Up would be pretty exciting. However, that just doesn’t seem to be the case. Don’t get me wrong, the items below are significant, but there is a lack of shocking news.
Still, I’d scroll below to find casting news (Ben Kingsley in The Jungle Book, Scoot McNairy in Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Jason Bateman in an untitled FBI comedy), release dates (Pacific Rim 2 and Black Mass), and directing gigs (Scott Cooper taking on Granite Mountain Hotshot tragedy and Sarah Polley adapting Looking For Alaska). Check it all out below!
Disney’s The Jungle Book (the one directed by Iron-Man’s Jon Favreau) has added Ben Kingsley to its growing cast. The established cast included Idris Elba (Pacific Rim), Scarlett Johansson, and Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave). This one is set to release on October 9, 2015. (Source: EW)
Although we don’t know what role he’ll play, it was announced Scoot McNairy (Argo) will again star alongside Ben Affleck. Affleck’s Batman will battle Superman (reprised by Henry Cavill) in DC’s Avengers-like project. Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice (as it will be called) is directed by Zack Snyder (Man of Steel) and will lead into Justice League. Check out Dawn of Justice on May 6, 2016. (Source: Deadline)
Getting to a smaller project, I wanted to pass along the news that Jason Bateman (Bad Words) boarded an untitled FBI comedy. Bateman has had a rise in stardom the last couple of years (coming off his Arrested Development role) and this is more proof. Unfortunately, there are no details other than David Bar Katz’s (The Pest) name on the screenplay and Universal’s involvement as the studio sponsor. (Source: IndieWire)
As for release dates, Pacific Rim 2 gets top billing this week. After a somewhat disappointing box office haul, it wasn’t a given that Guillermo del Toro’s monsters vs. robots sequel would be made. However, del Toro will again direct the movie that was firmed into a April 7, 2017 playdate. We don’t know which actors will reprise their roles, but I’d guess most (including Charlie Hunnam and Idris Elba) will be back. (Source: Variety)
I also have a release date for Black Mass. The Whitey Bulger biopic is set to release on September 18, 2015. Johnny Depp will apparently play the infamous gangster. Scott Cooper (Into the Furnace) is directing the movie and I’ll have more on him…(Source: Collider)
Speaking of Cooper, it appears he’ll be taking on the Granite Mountain hotspot tragedy. It still seems a bit “too soon,” at this point, but the story of the 19 casualties is ripe for getting the Hollywood treatment. That doesn’t make it right, though. We’ll see where this project goes, including stars and a release date, later. (Source: Deadline)
Coming off the success of The Fault In Our Stars, author John Green will again see his novel come to the big screen. Titled “Looking For Alaska,” the book will be adapted by Sarah Polley (Stories We Tell). Like other far-out projects, we don’t know more about this movie quite yet. (Source: The Guardian)
Come back tomorrow for the latest movie clips.
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