While we can expect another big weekend at the box office with today’s release of Pixar’s Finding Dory, today’s Movie Morsels has a plethora of goodies to keep you looking forward to the weeks, months, and even years ahead. Starting with some most welcome news about the adaptation of Broadway musical phenomenon Wicked. Plus, the latest from Star Trek Beyond and much more!
One of the most popular plays in Broadway history is finally coming to the big screen. Writer Winnie Holzman and composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz’s Wicked, based on author Gregory Maguire’s Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, will be released by Universal Pictures on December 20, 2019. The same date on which Disney will release an as yet unnamed “live-action fairy-tale movie.” Could this be the fairy-tale movie battle to end all battles? One thing’s for sure: the roles originated by Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth, a.k.a. the good and wicked witches of Oz, are likely to be among the most sought after Hollywood film parts thus far this century. Stephen Daldry directs the adaptation, on which Holzman and Schwartz will reteam.
Here’s the official announcement from Twitter with the film’s first promotional image, based on Wicked‘s iconic Broadway poster…
The musical phenomenon WICKED comes to the big screen. In theaters 12.20.19. pic.twitter.com/rFojgh56oH
— Universal Pictures (@UniversalPics) June 16, 2016
Star Trek Beyond
Star Trek has often been at its best when adhering to its original mission statement: “To seek out new forms of life.” Unfortunately, most Star Trek movies have showcased the same life forms the franchise introduced on television. Thankfully, for the 50th anniversary film Star Trek Beyond, the Enterprise will again encounter new faces. The most intriguing of which belongs to Sofia Boutella’s alien ally Jaylah, who’s featured in the film’s latest poster…
A Monster Calls
In other movie poster news… We have a new poster today for A Monster Calls, the children’s film fable based on the bestselling novel about a young boy who retreats to a fantasy world when his mother becomes ill. The Orphanage and Jurassic World 2 director Juan Antonio Bayona helms the October 21 release, which stars Lewis MacDougall, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell, Sigourney Weaver, Geraldine Chaplin, and Liam Neeson as the titular monster.
The Greatest Showman on Earth
There was a time not so long ago when Zac Efron held little to no interest for me. But after the actor delivered a string of successful roles, including his best to date in this summer’s Neighbors 2, I’m onboard with whatever the pretty boy’s involved in. The Greatest Showman on Earth is the latest production to seek Efron’s services. He’s now in talks to costar with Hugh Jackman in this musical biopic about legendary circus impresario legendary P.T. Barnum.
Finally today, a little something lighthearted to end a difficult week. It’s the trailer for Storks, an animated film that looks to inform a whole new generation of little kids where babies come from. Andy Samberg, Kelsey Grammer, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Jennifer Aniston, and Ty Burrell provide the voices for this September 23 release. Enjoy.
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