Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week!
Disney is off to a great start with The Lion King live-action remake. The teaser trailer received 224.6 million global views in its first 24 hours, making it the second most-viewed trailer from any studio during that time span. The Avengers: Infinity War trailer currently holds the 24-hour record with 238 million views. (Hollywood Reporter)
Amy Sedaris will voice a new character in The Lion King. Sedaris will join the kingdom as an elephant shrew, a small mammal known for their long noses that resemble elephant trunks. She joins a cast that includes Donald Glover (Simba), Beyoncé (Nala), James Earl Jones reprising his role of Mufasa and more. The Lion King hits theaters July 19, 2019. (Variety)
Keanu Reeves is also lending his voice to a new Disney character, but for 2019’s Toy Story 4. In an interview on The Tonight Show, voice of Buzz Lightyear Tim Allen confirmed Reeves’ involvement in the film, saying “Keanu Reeves has got a great part…even he said, ‘This sounds too much like Buzz Lightyear.’ And his character does have an edge to that.” Reeves’ character has not made an appearance in the first two teaser trailers for Toy Story 4, but rumors suggest that the new character appeared as an Easter Egg in Incredibles 2 in the form of an astronaut action figure lying on the floor of Jack-Jack’s playpen. (Film)
Early reviews for Aquaman give the film high praise for its “ambitious” approach to a well-known superhero franchise. Some consider the Jason Momoa film to be on-par with last year’s Wonder Woman which grossed $821 million worldwide. Early projections have Aquaman opening at $100 million or more domestically. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was the last film to open to nine-figure earnings back in June. (The Wrap)
Rita Moreno is returning to the world of West Side Story. In the new adaptation directed by Steven Spielberg, Moreno will play an original character named Valentina, “a reconceived and expanded version of the character of Doc, the owner of the corner store in which Tony works.” Moreno won an Oscar and Golden Globe Award in 1962 for her role of Anita Palacio. Filming for West Side Story begins in the summer of 2019. (Deadline)
Little Woods director Nia DaCosta will direct Jordan Peele’s “spiritual sequel” to Candyman. Peele cites the original Candyman as “a major inspiration for me as a filmmaker.” “The original was a landmark film for black representation in the horror genre,” said Peele. “To have a bold new talent like Nia [DaCosta] at the helm of this project is truly exciting.” The film is slated for release on June 12, 2020. (Variety)
Weeks before its wide release, Sony Pictures Animation is already in talks to franchise Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Avatar: The Last Airbender and Voltron’s Joaquim Dos Santos has been tapped to direct the sequel with Wonder Woman 1984 writer David Callaham handling the script. At the same time, Lauren Montgomery, who also worked on Voltron with Dos Santos, is negotiating to direct an untitled female-centric Spider-Man film. No plot details are available for either film. (Hollywood Reporter)
Yesterday, Black Panther returned to the big screen for one night only at nonprofit art house theaters nationwide in honor of Giving Tuesday. The screenings were followed by a live-streamed Q&A with director Ryan Coogler. The art house screenings come at the start of Oscar season and Marvel’s campaign for Black Panther’s Best Picture bid. (/Film)
Empire released an exclusive new photo of David Harbour as Hellboy in the reboot of Guillermo Del Toro’s films. Director Neil Marshall promises the latest Hellboy will be “more violent and more bloody,” consistent with the original comic series. “We weren’t making [Hellboy] with handcuffs on,” said Marshall. Hellboy will be released on April 12, 2019. (Empire)
Click below to watch the latest trailers.
- Once Upon a Deadpool (December 12)
- If Beale Street Could Talk (December 14)
- Vox Lux (December 14)
- Mary Poppins Returns (December 19)
- Aquaman (December 21)
- The LEGO Movie 2 (February 8, 2019)
- What Men Want [RED BAND] (February 8, 2019)
- The Lion King (July 19, 2019)
- Artemis Fowl (August 9, 2019)
- The Possession of Hannah Grace: When a cop who is just out of rehab takes the graveyard shift in a city hospital morgue, she faces a series of bizarre, violent events caused by an evil entity in one of the corpses.
- Anna and the Apocalypse: A zombie apocalypse threatens the sleepy town of Little Haven – at Christmas – forcing Anna and her friends to fight, slash and sing their way to survival, facing the undead in a desperate race to reach their loved ones. But they soon discover that no one is safe in this new world, and with civilization falling apart around them, the only people they can truly rely on are each other.
- Head Full of Honey: A man suffering from Alzheimer’s embarks on a final road trip with his granddaughter.