Everyday I’m morselin’, morselin’… Oh, hey there! Welcome back to Movie Morsels. Today, we’ve got some confirmation from James Gunn on which fan-favorite characters won’t be appearing in his sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy, as well as the latest word on David Ayer’s Suicide Squad from actor Joel “Rick Flag” Kinnaman. Plus, Andy Serkis’ long-planned Jungle Book adaptation finally starts shooting, Tim Burton’s latest goth fantasy gets a new cast member, and more! Everyday I’m morselin’…
Guardians of the Galaxy 2
Director James Gunn has reconfirmed on Twitter that Captain Marvel will not, alas, appear in Guardians of the Galaxy 2, even after Marvel Studios announced the character will appear in its cinematic universe at some point in the future. Gunn also nixed the idea that Venom or his fellow symbiotes would appear in the film…
“@Ali_Akhtar_: what about the symbiote rumours?” There are no rumors. Just guesses, which are fun. Only 6 of us know who’s in GotG2.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) March 7, 2015
Gunn recently remarked that he’ll add one of his favorite superheroes to the sequel, but it looks like we’ll have a little longer to wait before we learn who that is.
Run All Night star Joel Kinnaman has a few things to say regarding his role as Rick Flag in Warner Bros.’ Suicide Squad. The actor explains why the project will likely succeed where his Robocop reboot failed: “…This is also a universe that [director] David Ayer is going to create – there’s a lot more. Also, when you’re doing the first movie in a comic book, you always have the leeway of you’re going to move it from a comic book to a film and put it in real life – you’re always going to make a lot of changes and create a new universe. So you’re kind of setting a precedent. When you’re remaking a movie that’s already been made and a character that was made for the film, then it becomes a different thing and it’s more difficult to create something new without offending some people.” Co-starring Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney, Viola Davis, and Cara Delevingne, Suicide Squad bows on August 5, 2016.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Casting continues on Tim Burton’s next film, with Deadwood and House of Cards star Kim Dickens the latest actor to sign on for Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. (Dickens has also been cast as one of the stars of the upcoming Walking Dead spinoff series.) Miss Peregrine’s is based on Ransom Riggs’ YA novel about a teenage boy (played by Asa Butterfield) tasked with protecting a gang of super-powered orphans (led by the title character, played by Eva Green) from monsters on a remote island. Ella Purnell, Allison Janney, and Samuel L. Jackson co-star.
The Jungle Book
Production has finally begun on director Andy Serkis’ adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book for Warner Bros. The mo-cap cast includes Christian Bale as Bagheera, Cate Blanchett as Kaa, Benedict Cumberbatch as Shere Khan, and Serkis himself as Baloo. The Jungle Book arrives on October 6, 2017.
Comedian Tricia McAlpin is adapting author Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Forever, Interrupted: A Novel, about a woman who marries suddenly only to be widowed and forced to unite with her late husband’s mother, who was unaware that she was a mother-in-law. Dakota Johnson is slated to star and executive produce. McAlpin is also writing a spinoff of the Melissa McCarthy-Sandra Bullock comedy The Heat.
And just in case you were on a day-long underwater expedition yesterday, Sony announced that it plans to expand its Ghostbusters franchise from the upcoming Paul Feig-directed reboot into an entire cinematic universe, including a “male-oriented” film that may star Channing Tatum and be directed by the Joe and Anthony Russo.
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