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.
Renée Elise Goldsberry Joins She-Hulk
Renée Elise Goldsberry has joined the cast of She-Hulk as Amelia. Unless this is a placeholder name to hide the identity of a Marvel Comics character, Amelia is a wholly new character created for the show. Goldsberry is best known for her roles in the Broadway show Hamilton and Girls5eva.
She-Hulk will stream on Disney+ in 2022.
Gay Conversion Camp Horror Movie in Development
Blumhouse announced that they are teaming with John Logan (Penny Dreadful creator) for Whistler Camp, a horror movie described as a “queer empowerment story set at a gay conversion camp.” Logan will write the screenplay as well as make his directorial debut on the project. Deadline reports Whistler Camp is currently in the midst of casting.
Nia Vardalos Announces My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3
Nia Vardalos has announced that she is currently working on a script for My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3. She made the announcement on her Instagram. She stated:
“Yes, it is true that for over a year we have been trying to film a script that I wrote called My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3.”
She revealed that they are hoping to film in Greece once the pandemic lessens making it easier to secure funding and insurance for shooting. She also said that the “entire cast is invited back” for the threequel. Now “invited back” isn’t technically the same thing as “coming back”, so I guess we’ll have to wait for an official announcement to see who while be returning.
Paul Dano Boards Spielberg Biopic
Paul Dano will play Steven Spielberg‘s father in the upcoming movie inspired by Spielberg’s own childhood. Dano will play a fictional version of Spielberg’s father, Arnold Spielberg. Dano joins a cast that already includes Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen.
The film will be loosely based on his own childhood growing up in Arizona in the late 1950s and early ’60s, around the time that he first began making movies with a Super 8 camera. Production begins this summer, with a release planned for sometime in 2022.
Benny Safdie Joins Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret
Benny Safdie, one half of directing duo the Safdie brothers, is apparently one heck of an actor. He was recently announced as being part of the cast for the Obi-Wan Kenobi series, and now he’s boarded Lionsgate‘s adaptation of Judy Blume’s novel Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.
Safdie will play Margaret’s father, Herb, who in the book is depicted as “a Jewish insurance salesman, while her mother, Barbara, is a Christian housewife who likes to paint.” Abby Ryder Fortson and Rachel McAdams were previously announced to be playing Margaret and Barbara. Kathy Bates is also part of the cast playing the grandmother.
Cast Grows For Bodies, Bodies, Bodies
Amandla Stenberg (The Hate U Give) and Maria Bakalova (Borat Subsequent Moviefilm) are set to star in Bodies, Bodies, Bodies, a mysterious new horror movie from indie distributor A24. The film is being described as a “secret slasher film.”
Additionally, Pete Davidson (Saturday Night Live) and Myha’la Herrold (Modern Love) are reportedly in talks to appear as well. Halina Reijn (Instinct) is set to direct the project.
Adaptation of My Best Friend’s Exorcism in the Works
Amazon Studios is developing an adaptation of Grady Hendrix’s best-selling book My Best Friend’s Exorcism. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news. Production started this week. Here’s the official synopsis:
The year is 1988. High school sophomores Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since fourth grade. But after an evening of skinny-dipping goes disastrously wrong, Gretchen begins to act…different. She’s moody. She’s irritable. And bizarre incidents keep happening whenever she’s nearby. Abby’s investigation leads her to some startling discoveries—and by the time their story reaches its terrifying conclusion, the fate of Abby and Gretchen will be determined by a single question: Is their friendship powerful enough to beat the devil?
Elsie Fisher (Eighth Grade) will lead the movie as Abby while Amiah Miller (The Water Man) will portray Gretchen. Cathy Ang (Over the Moon) and Rachel Ogechi Kanu (making her feature film debut) have also been cast as Abby and Gretchen’s friends.
The book has been described as Heathers meets The Exorcist that “blends teen angst, adolescent drama, unspeakable horrors, and a mix of ’80s pop songs into a pulse-pounding supernatural thriller.”
Damon Thomas (Killing Eve) is at the helm of the movie. The script comes from Jenna Lamia (Good Girls). Christopher Landon (writer/director of Freaky and Happy Death Day) is producing.
Lucy Liu to Play Villain in Shazam! 2
Lucy Liu has been added to the cast of Shazam! Fury of the Gods in the role of Kalypso. She will act alongside Helen Mirren‘s Hespera as the film’s central villains, who will also be sisters. Zachary Levi and Asher Angel will also be back to play Shazam! and Billy Batson. David F. Sandberg also returns to direct the film from a screenplay by Henry Gayden.
Shazam! Fury of the Gods hits theaters June 2, 2023.
That’s it for the last week. What projects mentioned are you interested in seeing once completed? Tell us down in the comments!