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 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.
Venom 3 Adds MCU Star Chiwetel Ejiofor
Chiwetel Ejiofor, who is best known among comic book fans for playing Baron Mordo in the Doctor Strange films, has closed a deal to star opposite Tom Hardy in Sony Pictures‘ Venom 3.
Plot details remain unknown at this time. Hardy is reprising his role as Eddie Brock/Venom in the threequel. Ted Lasso star Juno Temple is also on board to star. Kelly Marcel will direct from a screenplay she wrote, based on a story by herself and Hardy. | Source: Deadline
Two Deadpool Stars Returning for Threequel
Brianna Hildebrand and Shioli Kutsuna have closed deals to return for Deadpool 3. Hildebrand will once again play Negasonic Teenage Warhead while Kutsuna will reprise her role from Deadpool 2 as Yukio. They are the latest returning Deadpool cast members to board the threequel after Ryan Reynolds, Karan Soni, Leslie Uggams, Morena Baccarin, Stefan Kapicic and Rob Delaney, who portray Deadpool, Dopinder, Blind Al, Vanessa, Colossus and X-Force member Peter, respectively.
Plot details for Deadpool 3 are under wraps, though we know Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine will factor into the story. There have been whispers of a time travel element to the threequel (and a possible TVA appearance) but nothing has been confirmed yet. Deadpool 3 opens in theaters on November 8, 2024. | Source: Deadline
Eddie Murphy in Talks for Pink Panther
Eddie Murphy is in negotiations to star in Pink Panther, an updated take on the classic MGM property. He would star as Inspector Clouseau. Sonic the Hedgehog filmmaker Jeff Fowler is directing from a script by Chris Bremner.
Sources have indicated that Pink Panther will feature elements from both the live-action films and the animated cartoon. The live-action/CG hybrid would see Inspector Clouseau and the Pink Panther teaming up for the first time ever on the big screen in what is being described as a “buddy cop movie.” The film is reportedly deep into development. | Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Gladiator 2 Rounds Out Supporting Cast
Gladiator 2, an upcoming sequel to the 2000 Oscar-winning movie Gladiator, has added May Calamawy, Lior Raz, Derek Jacobi, Peter Mensah, and Matt Lucas to its cast. Furthermore, Fred Hechinger is in negotiations to replace Barry Keoghan in the role of Emperor Geta. Keoghan had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. Jacobi will reprise his role from the first film as Gracchus.
Ridley Scott returns to direct Gladiator 2 from a screenplay penned by David Scarpa. The newest cast members join the previously announced ensemble that includes Paul Mescal in the titular role, Denzel Washington, Pedro Pascal, Joseph Quinn, and Connie Nielsen, with the latter reprising her role as Lucilla. | Source: Deadline
Physical to End With Season 3
Apple TV+‘s hit dark comedy series Physical will end with its upcoming third season. The Rose Byrne-led show will kick off its 10-episode third season on August 2, 2023.
“We are so grateful to Apple… and all our creative collaborators for the chance to bring Sheila to life in all her gritty glory,” said Byrne and series creator/writer/EP Annie Weisman in a shared statement. “With this final season, Sheila’s three act saga of rebellion, recovery, and redemption comes to the satisfying conclusion that she and her fans so richly deserve. We feel so proud to share this last chapter with everyone.” | Source: TVLine
That’s it for last week. What projects mentioned are you interested in seeing once completed? Tell us in the comments!