Happy hump day, folks! Today’s Movie Morsels helps you break the back of this workweek with yet another Avengers: Age of Ultron TV spot, plus the final word on just who will direct Avengers: Infinity War. Plus, we know the latest comic character to join Fox’s Deadpool adaptation, the release date for Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World, and news on Brie Larson and Kristen Schaal’s next films!
Avengers: Infinity War
Though it was all but guaranteed, we’ve finally got official word from Marvel that brothers Joe and Anthony Russo will be directing Avengers: Infinity War Parts 1 and 2, arriving on May 4, 2018 and May 3, 2019. The brothers’ next film, Captain America: Civil War, lands on May 6, 2016. In the meantime, we’ve still got Avengers: Age of Ultron to enjoy when it opens on May 1st. Here’s the latest TV spot for the film, presented by Robert Downey Jr. through his Omaze campaign, which raised two million dollars for the charity Julia’s House.
Ed Skrein’s role in director Tim Miller’s Deadpool has been officially confirmed at last via Twitter. The actor will play Ajax, the unstoppable killing machine who is partially responsible for Special Forces operative Wade Wilson becoming Marvel’s Merc with a Mouth. Rounding out the cast of the February 12, 2016 release are TJ Miller as Weasel, Gina Carano as Angel Dust, Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Morena Baccarin as Copycat, and, of course, Ryan Reynolds in the title role.
— Ed Skrein (@edskrein) April 7, 2015
Warner Bros. has selected a June 26th release date for New Line Cinema’s Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World, starring Julia Roberts and directed by Dana Nachman. The “narrative film documentary”, which debuted at this year’s Slamdance Film Festival, is based on the true story of how the Make-a-Wish Foundation transformed San Francisco into Gotham City for one little Bat fan.
Five Nights at Freddy’s
Five Nights at Freddy’s, Scott Cawthon’s supremely spooky video game series about a Chuck-E-Cheese-style pizza playland from Hell, is getting a movie adaptation at Warner Bros., courtesy of producers Roy Lee (Vertigo Entertainment) and Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg (KatzSmith Productions). Of the film, Grahame-Smith said, “We’re looking forward to working with Scott to make an insane, terrifying and weirdly adorable movie.”
“The story really lends itself to being a movie and it taps into a largely unexplored niche of horror that a lot of people will be able to relate to,” Cawthon added.
Last Man on Earth and Bob’s Burgers star Kristen Schaal has joined the cast of Melissa McCarthy’s insider-trading-gone-awry comedy, Michelle Darnell, as what will no doubt be the funniest “scout leader” on the planet. Peter Dinklage, Kristen Bell, and Kathy Bates co-star in the film, which is directed by McCarthy’s husband Ben Falcone.
The tremendously talented Brie Larson has just signed on to star in Kill List director Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire, a period film set in 1978 about rival gangs, that’s already drawing comparisons to Reservoir Dogs. Larson replaces Olivia Wilde who had to pass on the project due to scheduling conflicts. Luke Evans, Armie Hammer and Cillian Murphy co-star. Larson’s next film is the Judd Apatow comedy Trainwreck, due out in July.
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