News Round-Up: Christian Bale Cast as Steve Jobs; Marvel Cinematic Universe Release Dates; and More
Welcome to another News Round-Up. Today’s edition has a healthy blend of casting (Christian Bale as Steve Jobs, Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther, Chiwetel Ejiofor in The Martian, and Mark Rylance as The BFG). I also have news on Marvel’s full “Phase 3” slate to go along with Paul Greengrass’ next project and some news about the writers of The Lego Movie 2.
Even though we just got a Steve Jobs movie last year, there’s another one in the works (go figure!). There are a few redeeming factors, though. The fact that Aaron Sorkin (writer of The Social Network) is in charge of the script is definitely exciting. News also came out about Christian Bale’s involvement as the iconic tech guru. To make things even better, Danny Boyle (Trance) will be directing the movie. Keep your ears peeled for a release date. (Source: Examiner)
I’ll get into all the Marvel news later on but I did want to mention that Chadwick Boseman (42) has been cast as Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. To me, this is a very good sign because it starts adding some diversity to the predominantly white genre. It’s about time, right? Watch for the movie November 3, 2017. A director will be announced later.
Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) was added to the Matt Damon-fronted film The Martian. This one is directed by Ridley Scott (Prometheus) and will tell the story of a stranded astronaut on Mars. Seems like right up Scott’s alley. Kate Mara (Shooter), Jessica Chastain, and Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids) are also involved in the movie that’ll release November 25, 2015. (Source: EW)
Steven Spielberg’s (War Horse) Roald Dahl adaptation The BFG added its title character. Mark Rylance (Intimacy) will play the monster who sets out to rid the world of other man-eating giants. They’ll be plenty more to talk about between now and its July 1, 2016 release date. (Source: Deadline)
Along with news about Chadwick Boseman becoming Black Panther, Marvel announced its entire “Phase 3” line-up. I’m not going to go into complete detail but there were some notables I did want to touch on. The third Avengers (Avengers: Infinity War) will be split into two separate movies. They’ll be a Doctor Strange movie in 2016 (that’ll likely star Benedict Cumberbatch). Lastly, Captain Marvel will be Marvel’s first female-driven superhero movie (and it’ll release in 2018). Check here for all the titles and release dates.
Perhaps the biggest director news of the week came out of Paul Greengrass’ camp. He’ll be tackling a movie called The Tunnels that’ll focus on smuggling across the Berlin Wall in the 1960s. Knowing his filmography, I’m sure we’ll have an iconic star when it’s announced. As of now, the movie is without a release date. (Source: Variety)
I talked a little bit about The Lego Movie 2 last week when I mentioned the project still didn’t have a director. The Lego Movie’s Phil Lord and Chris Miller haven’t signed on to direct the sequel yet, but they have committed to at least writing the movie. I’ll let you know about the director and the reprising stars when we find out. The Lego Movie 2 releases sometime in 2018. (Source: IGN)
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