News Round-Up: ‘The Hateful Eight’ Full Cast; ‘Moana’ Release Date; ‘Toy Story 4’; and More
Hello everyone and welcome to a very crowded News Round-Up. Following Monday’s trailers, Tuesday’s posters, and yesterday’s photos, today you can find casting news for The Hateful Eight and Suicide Squad as well as release dates for Zootopia, Moana, and Mechanic: Resurrection. I’ll finish it off with the big announcement for Toy Story 4 and tidbits on Daddy’s Home and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
All the info is below!
We’d found out earlier that Jennifer Jason Leigh was headlining Quentin Tarnatino’s (Django Unchained) The Hateful Eight. However, until this week we didn’t know who the other hatefuls would be. The official cast was announced and it includes some pretty exciting names. Both Channing Tatum and Demian Bichir (FX’s The Bridge) will work with Tarantino for the first time while frequent collaborators Samuel L. Jackson, Tim Roth, Kurt Russell, Bruce Dern, Walton Goggins, and Michael Madsen round out the cast. The Hateful Eight will release next year (presumably in the fall or winter). (Source: Wall Street Journal)
The other exciting bit of casting is still technically unconfirmed (although some sources have pretty much confirmed it). Either way, it looks like Margot Robbie (seen in yesterday’s Photo Mania) will play Harley Quinn in David Ayer’s (Fury) DC pic Suicide Squad. This is definitely exciting given Robbie’s great performance in The Wolf of Wall Street which put her on the map. Suicide Squad is set to release on August 5, 2016. (Source: Collider)
As for release dates, I wanted to quickly highlight dates for Disney’s animated movies Zootopia and Moana. Disney, which won’t have a movie next year, will release Zootopia (directed by Tangled’s Byron Howard) on March 4, 2016 while Moana (co-directed by Ron Clements and John Musker) will sail into theaters November 23, 2016. Both movies are considered Disney originals and we’ll update you on voice casts later. (Source: ScreenRant)
I also wanted to give you a quick update on the long-awaited Mechanic sequel. The movie is officially going forward with Jason Statham, Jessica Alba, and Tommy Lee Jones. Officially titled Mechanic: Resurrection, the movie will this time be directed by Dennis Gansel (Die Welle) and release on January 22, 2016.
No doubt the biggest news of the week involves the resurrection of the Toy Story franchise after just a few short years in retirement. After vowing they’d make more original films, Pixar has apparently gone back to the well for more. Toy Story 4 will at least see the return of all the talent behind the original trilogy (including voice actors Tom Hanks and Tim Allen and director John Lasseter). The fourth adaptation will grace theaters June 16, 2017. Check out all my thoughts on it here.
Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg will again team-up for a movie titled Daddy’s Home. The two worked together during The Other Guys. The two stars will apparently be pitted against each other in what is being called a rivalry comedy. Daddy’s Home will be directed by Sean Anders (That’s My Boy) and is expected to release next year. (Source: EW)
Lastly, I wanted to quickly mention that Star Wars: Episode VII finally got an official title. J.J. Abrams’ (Super 8) movie will officially be titled Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The movie recently wrapped production but still won’t come out until December 18, 2015. It’ll star Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Adam Driver (HBO’s Girls), and some Star Wars returners like Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher. (Source: Rolling Stone)
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