Congratulations! You’ve made it through yet another week. Well, almost. You still have Friday to contend with, but we’re here to make the countdown to the end of the day a little bit better with a fresh batch of Movie Morsels. On today’s menu, we’ve got the latest on Zoolander 2, updates on Professor X in X-Men: Apocalypse, your first look at Mission: Impossible 5, and a heck of a whole lot more.
I’ve been hearing that the follow-up to 2001’s fashion comedy Zoolander is coming for so long that I feel like I’m taking crazy pills. Recently, Will Ferrell revealed that they’re doing a read-through of the seqeul script very soon, and Mugatu is definitely a part of it. What is this, a Movie Morsel for ants? It needs to be at least…three times bigger.
Okay, I’ll play ball. Back in 2011, Ben Stiller told Empire a bit about the potential plot:
“Now the studio has the script and we’re at that point where we’re waiting to see what they want to do. It’s ten years later and most of it is set in Europe. I don’t want to give away too much, but it’s basically Derek and Hansel ten years later – though the last movie ended on a happy note a lot of things have happened in the meantime. Their lives have changed and they’re not really relevant anymore. It’s a new world for them.”
All I can say is that David Bowie better make another cameo or you’re going to have to have a long, hard talk with my friend Billy Zane. [CinemaBlend]
Is James McAvoy losing his luscious locks for X-Men: Apocalypse? It’s entirely possible. In an interview, the star revealed that “I’ll be older in this one. I think I’m losing my hair finally.” While not a heck of a whole lot is known about the 1980s-set X-venture, we’ve heard rumblings that both Gambit and Nightcrawler will make appearances. Considering the film doesn’t drop until May 27, 2016, go ahead and CALM YOUR MIND lest you drive yourself crazy with anticipation. [The Huffington Post]
Is Finding Dory going to take us to the gritty streets of Baltimore to run the corners and maybe develop a crippling Old Bay seasoning habit? Maybe, maybe not, but the fact remains that Pixar’s Finding Nemo sequel, which drops summer 2016, added Dominic West and Idris Elba to the cast, reuniting the The Wire duo. We have no idea who they’ll play, but I have a very good idea of who I want them to play: McNulty and Stringer Bell. [Badass Digest]
Mission: Impossible 5
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to gaze upon the majesty of this cast photo of the “Impossible Mission Force” from Mission: Impossible 5. The photo features Jeremy Renner, Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, and Ving Rhames. Not pictured are confirmed stars Rebecca Ferguson and Alec Baldwin. You may want to stand clear as this sentence will self-destruct as soon as you finish reading it. [ComingSoon]
Tired of seeing nothing but Marvel and DC properties on the big screen? Well, you might be excited to hear that a creation belonging to Rob Liefeld, he who created Deadpool and refuses to draw normal legs, could make its way to the big screen. On Twitter, Liefeld revealed that two studio literature departments called him regarding film rights for Supreme. That’s right, you read “Supreme”. In case you don’t remember, Supreme started in the early 1990s as an alternate version of Superman who was more Dirty Harry than Boy Scout.
Gaining powers from a meteorite made of Supremium, which granted him super strength, heat vision, and flight, Supreme fought against the villainous Darius Dax. Once Alan Moore took over, the series got super meta and turned Supreme’s alter ego into a comic book artist, which made for some fun, tongue-in-cheek stories, so hopefully that’s the road they’ll take. And who should play Supreme? According to Liefeld, none other than Jon Hamm. [Rob Liefeld]
Recently, we reported that the Underworld series was set to get a fifth movie, and today there’s finally some more news! Divergent star/unreasonably handsome British dude Theo James is returning to Underworld. Previously, he played a vampire named David in 2013’s Underworld: Awakening, who will be the main character of the new film, which is evidently not a reboot, but rather an expansion of the existing Underworld universe. James will star opposite two new female characters, and the film is set to start shooting next spring based on a script being written by Cory Goodman. Tumblr, start your engines. [The Hollywood Reporter]
While rumors have been swirling about Tom Hiddleston hopping aboard the Ben-Hur remake, news broke today that Ted 2′s resident civil rights lawyer Morgan Freeman has officially joined the project as Ildarin, the man who teaches the slave Ben-Hur to become an amazing chariot racer. MGM, Paramount, and director Timur Bekmambetov are getting ready to begin production on their Ben-Hur remake in Europe early next year, and this is the first official bit of casting news we’ve heard about. The film is set to release on February 26, 2016, and it is said to hew closer to the 1880 Lew Wallace novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ rather than the 1959 William Wyler film. [Deadline]
Giddy up, pardner! The latest trailer for Tommy Lee Jones’ western The Homesman, which he directs and stars in, has a brand new trailer and it looks better than ever. Following a hardy frontierswoman (Hillary Swank) and claim-jumping scoundrel (Jones) as they escort three insane women from Nebraska to Iowa while facing grueling conditions. The film, which releases November 14, 2014, boasts a dynamite cast including Hailee Steinfeld, James Spader, Meryl Streep, William Fichtner, Jesse Plemons, and Tim Blake Nelson too. [Collider]
Much like a shark can’t stop moving, James Franco needs to constantly be developing new projects or he’ll die. At least, that’s what all modern science tells us. The multi-hyphenate’s latet project is an adaptation of Fight Club writer Chuck Palahniuk’s book Rant. Little else is known at this time, but knowing Franco, he’ll likely write, direct, star, and handle craft services all by its lonesome
Here’s the synopsis per Amazon:
“Buster “Rant” Casey just may be the most efficient serial killer of our time. A high school rebel, Rant Casey escapes from his small town home for the big city where he becomes the leader of an urban demolition derby called Party Crashing. Rant Casey will die a spectacular highway death, after which his friends gather the testimony needed to build an oral history of his short, violent life.” [Indiewire]
In case you missed it, we ran an adorable exclusive The Boxtrolls featurette yesterday which took you behind the scenes with LAIKA CEO Travis Knight, directors Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable, and actors Dee Bradley Baker and Steve Blum. [Nerdist]
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