There’s a lot of breaking news in Hollywood happening every minute. In the age of the blockbuster, it’s easy for some smaller movie and television news to slip through the crack. Last Week in Hollywood is our new weekly series highlighting all the interesting news from the last week that we thought didn’t warrant its own post, but was still worth mentioning. It’s less personal opinions and more a hearty roundup of what you might have missed.
Alan Ritchson Cast as Jack Reacher
Alan Ritchson (Titans) has been cast as the titular character in Amazon’s Jack Reacher, an upcoming series based on author Lee Child’s bestselling series of books.
Amazon has been developing Jack Reacher for the past year with the first season to be based on the debut Reacher novel, The Killing Floor. The character was previously played by Tom Cruise in two feature films released in 2012 and 2016. At 6’4″ and 235 pounds, Ritchson fits the descriptions of Reacher in the books (6’5″, easily 235+ pounds). Cruise’s portrayal is what got me to read the books, and while he never fit the description he definitely embodied the character. Let’s hope Ritchson can do the same.
Minor Hollywood nitpick: Both Cruise and Ritchson are way too attractive for Reacher. This is a guy who has had his face beat in with a shovel or fist more than a dozen times. Fingers crossed they at least try to represent that in Ritchson.
Marvel Superhero Silk Getting Her Own TV Series
Sony is reportedly developing a live-action series based on the Marvel Comics Spider-Man character Silk. Lauren Moon (Good Trouble, Atypical) is in talks to write. Phil Lord and Chris Miller are executive producing under their Lord Miller production banner along with former Sony Pictures Entertainment head Amy Pascal. Amazon is rumored to be in talks to acquire the project, along with other potential Marvel series based on characters Sony controls. I have to say that I’m surprised Pascal and Sony didn’t reach out to Disney for a deal first given the potential to tie it into the MCU, but perhaps they want more creative control.
A Silk standalone film has been in the early stages of development since 2018. It looks like that project has since evolved into a TV series which will give the character more time to grow. In the comics, Silk is the alter ego of Cindy Moon, a Korean-American classmate of Peter Parker’s who was bitten by a radioactive spider which gave her the ability to move at incredible speeds, shoot webs out of her fingertips, and possess an advanced Spider-Sense (known as Silk Sense).
No word yet on who might star. We’ll keep you updated.
Bill Skarsgård Exits The Northman
In a recent interview with Collider, Bill Skarsgård (It) revealed that he had to drop out of Robert Eggers’ forthcoming Viking revenge film The Northman due to a scheduling conflict. The actor said:
“No, unfortunately. It’s been a scheduling nightmare during COVID. It is what it is. It’s a big shame. Eggers is one of the great filmmakers out there and working with my brother [Alexander Skarsgård]…I don’t want to talk about it, it’s going to make me burst into tears.”
The Northman, described as a Viking revenge film set in Iceland at the turn of the 10th Century, would have been Bill Skarsgård’s first project with his brother Alexander Skarsgård in 20 years since starring together in the 2000 Swedish film White Water Fury.
Harry Styles Cast in Don’t Worry Darling
Harry Styles (Dunkirk) has picked his next project. After making his acting debut in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk in 2017, Styles has joined Olivia Wilde‘s next directorial effort Don’t Worry Darling at New Line. He joins already announced cast members Florence Pugh, Chris Pine and Dakota Johnson. Wilde will also be starring in a supporting role. Styles replaces Shia LaBeouf, who had to exit due to scheduling conflicts.
The film will be set on an isolated, utopian community in the 1950s California desert and center on a housewife who uncovers a disturbing truth about her seemingly perfect life.
Very Nice! Borat 2 Coming Soon
A few weeks ago someone spotted (and filmed) Sacha Baron Cohen shooting something in Los Angeles in character as Borat. Obviously fans began to suspect that a project featuring the popular Kazakhstan reporter was in the works. Well, it looks like Borat 2: Great Success has already been shot and is trying to find a distributor.
Plot details are scarce, but it is stated to revolve around the idea that Borat is “no longer the little-known Kazakh TV personality he played in the original 2006 movie. The public knows who he is now, so he has to go “undercover” to interview people.” It’s unclear if Larry Charles (who directed the first film) is back in the director’s seat or if any of the writers and producers also returned. Will Pamela Anderson make a cameo? I guess we’ll have to wait to find out.
RoboCop Prequel No One Asked For in the Works
A RoboCop prequel is in the works at MGM. But no this isn’t a series about a pre-RoboCop Murphy, but will reportedly center on the life of a young Dick Jones. You know, Dick Jones, the corrupt Omni Consumer Products (OCP) Senior Vice President who gets thrown out of the window by RoboCop. Yes, that Dick Jones, played by Ronny Cox in the 1987 film.
Franchise writer Edward Neumeier is behind the idea, which means there’s a chance this doesn’t suck. He wants the prequel to provide commentary on the corporate world, the “snakes in suits” aspect of the job. The project doesn’t have an official greenlight from MGM, but Neumeier is optimistic the series will happen.
The Harder They Fall Casts Regina King, Lakeith Stanfield & More
The upcoming Netflix movie The Harder They Fall is assembling one hell of a cast. Director Jeymes Samuel and producer Jay-Z have cast Regina King, Zazie Beetz, Lakeith Stanfield, Danielle Deadwyler, Delroy Lindo, Edi Gathegi, and RJ Cyler. Jonathan Majors and Idris Elba also star in the all-Black Western, which follows “outlaw Nat Love (Majors) as he rounds up his old gang to help him seek revenge when he discovers that Rufus Buck (Elba), the man who killed his parents two decades ago, is being released from prison.”
Samuel is directing from a script he co-wrote with Boaz Yakin. Samuel previously collaborated with Jay-Z on The Great Gatsby soundtrack, and the duo will be writing and producing original music for The Harder They Fall as well.
Wonder Woman 1984, Candyman Delayed
Two more films have been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Warner Bros. has pushed back the release of Wonder Woman 1984 from October 2 to December 25, 2020. Nothing says Christmas like superheroes! Over at Universal, Candyman has been delayed to an unset date in 2021.
Neve Campbell Ready to Scream Again
Neve Campbell has finally signed on to reprise her iconic role as Sidney Prescott in the upcoming Scream 5. She joins by previously announced returning cast members David Arquette and Courteney Cox. As well, Marley Shelton, who first appeared in Scream 4, is also returning.
Campbell also joins new cast members Jack Quaid, Melissa Barrera, and Jenna Ortega as well as just added Mason Gooding, Dylan Minnette, Kyle Gallner, Jasmin Savoy Brown, and Mikey Madison. The bodies, I mean cast, is beginning to grow which means we’ll be seeing Ghostface again soon.
Addison Rae Joins She’s All That Remake
I bet you didn’t know there is a gender-swapped remake of She’s All That in the works. Yup, He’s All That is apparently happening and they’ve just cast TikTok star Addison Rae Easterling in the role formerly played by Freddie Prinze Jr. Easterling will play a teenage influencer who tries to make a nerdy boy popular.
Many She’s All That alums are returning to work on the upcoming remake like writer R. Lee Fleming and producers Jennifer Gibgot and Andrew Panay. Miramax will be behind the new film and Mark Waters (Mean Girls, Freaky Friday) will direct.
That’s it for this week. What projects mentioned are you interested in seeing once completed? Tell us down in the comments!