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.
Borderlands Rounds Out Cast
Borderlands has added two more to its growing cast. Florian Munteanu (Creed II) and Haley Bennett (Hillbilly Elegy) are the latest actors to join Eli Roth’s adaptation of the popular video game Borderlands for Lionsgate.
Munteanu will play “Krieg, the musclebound, rhetorically challenged protector of Tiny Tina, the unstable 13-year-old explosive expert.” Bennett will be playing a new role created for the film that is tied to Cate Blanchett’s character’s past.
The rest of the cast includes Kevin Hart, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jack Black and Ariana Greenblatt. The game features “a motley group that travels to a distant planet in search of fables riches and alien technology.” Production begins mid-April in Hungary.
Alicia Silverstone Will Fight Some Sharks
Alicia Silverstone will fight some sharks in The Requin. Saban Films just picked up the U.S. rights to the shark flick, which stars Silverstone and James Tupper (Big Little Lies). The Requin follows “a couple on a romantic getaway in Vietnam, who find themselves stranded at sea after a massive tropical storm sweeps away their seaside villa. With the husband maimed and dying, the wife must fight the elements alone, while great white sharks circle below.”
The film has already been shot and is currently in post-production. It will arrive sometime in June. Le-Van Kiet (Furie) wrote and directed the project.
Killers of the Flower Moon Adds 4 More
Tantoo Cardinal, Cara Jade Myers, JaNae Collins, and Jillian Dion are the latest actors to join Martin Scorsese‘s Killers of the Flower Moon. Cardinal (Dances with Wolves) will play Lizzie Q, mother to Lily Gladstone’s character Mollie Burkhart. Myers, Collins and Dion will play Mollie’s sisters — Anna, Reta, and Minnie. The four round out a cast that includes Gladstone, Jesse Plemons, Robert De Niro, and Leonardo DiCaprio.
The film tells the “true story about a series of murders targeting wealthy members of the Osage Nation in 1920s Oklahoma.”
Elle Fanning Joins Francis and the Godfather
Elle Fanning has boarded Francis and the Godfather, an upcoming film from Barry Levinson that will explore the “chaotic, Shakespearean behind-the-scenes drama” that took place during the production of The Godfather. Fanning has signed on to play Ali MacGraw, who was married to Paramount’s head of production Robert Evans during the film’s production.
Fanning joins a cast that includes Oscar Isaac as Francis Ford Coppola, Jake Gyllenhaal as Robert Evans, and Elisabeth Moss as Eleanor Coppola. Production on the film is expected to kick off this fall.
Mission: Impossible 7 Adds Cary Elwes & More
Mission: Impossible 7 already had an impressive cast, but somehow it got even better. Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride), Rob Delaney (Deadpool 2), Charles Parnell (Top Gun: Maverick), Indira Varma (Game of Thrones), and Mark Gatiss (Sherlock) have all joined the seventh instalment of the popular action franchise.
They join an already stacked cast that includes Tom Cruise, Hayley Atwell, Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Vanessa Kirby, Henry Czerny, Shea Whigham, Pom Klementieff, and Esai Morales.
Derek DelGaudio Joins KIMI
Performer and magician Derek DelGaudio (Derek DelGaudio’s In & of Itself) has joined the cast of KIMI, the next film in development from Steven Soderbergh. Zoë Kravitz has already signed on to play the lead. There’s no word on who DelGuadio is playing in KIMI, but this will mark his first feature film performance.
Written by David Koepp, KIMI follows “an agoraphobic tech worker, played by Kravitz, who discovers recorded evidence of a violent crime during an ordinary data stream review and tries reporting it up the chain of command at her company. Met with resistance and bureaucracy, she realizes that in order to get involved, she will have to do the thing she fears the most — leave her apartment.”
Action-Movie Havoc Adds Forest Whitaker
Forest Whitaker will act opposite Tom Hardy in Havoc, an upcoming Netflix action flick from The Raid franchise director Gareth Evans. The film is “set after a drug deal gone wrong, when a bruised detective must fight his way through a criminal underworld to rescue a politician’s estranged son, while unraveling a deep web of corruption and conspiracy that ensnares his entire city.”
Tom Hardy will play the detective, but there’s no word on Whitaker’s character just yet. Anyone who has seen The Raid should be instantly on board to see what sort of insanely awesome fights Evans will have whipped up for Hardy to accomplish.
Kingsley Ben-Adir Joins Marvel’s Secret Invasion
Kingsley Ben-Adir (One Night in Miami) has been cast in Secret Invasion, the upcoming Disney+ series from Marvel Studios. He joins Samuel L. Jackson and Ben Mendelsohn, who are reprising their MCU roles as Nick Fury and Talos. Character details on who Ben-Adir is playing are being kept under wraps, but Variety states he will be playing the main villain of the six-episode series.
Jamie Foxx to Co-Star in God is a Bullet
Jamie Foxx, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, January Jones, Andrew Dice Clay, and Maika Monroe are all set to star in God is a Bullet, the latest film from Nick Cassevetes (The Notebook).
Deadline reports that Coster-Waldau will lead the film as “vice detective Bob Hightower, who finds his ex-wife murdered and daughter kidnapped by a satanic cult. Frustrated by the botched official investigations, he quits the force, gets tattoos, and infiltrates the cult to hunt down the cult leader with the help of the cult’s only female victim escapee, Case Hardin (Monroe).” Foxx will play “a pivotal supporting role of The Ferryman,” while there is currently no word on who January Jones and Andrew Dice Clay are set to play.
In addition to directing, Cassavetes wrote the screenplay, which is based on a 1999 novel of the same name by Boston Teran. Pre-production has already begun in Mexico City and shooting is due to start in May.
Mckenna Grace Boards Crater
In my eyes, Mckenna Grace has what it takes to become the next Shirley Temple or Macaulay Culkin. The 14-year-old actor has already appeared in numerous high-profile films and series like Captain Marvel, Ready Player One, I, Tonya, Annabelle Comes Home, Gifted, and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. She also has a major role in Ghostbusters: Afterlife. All she needs is is that one breakthrough role to really establish herself as one of the upcoming actors to keep an eye on.
Maybe Crater, an upcoming Disney+ sci-fi coming-of-age movie, will open more doors for her? Grace is set to play a supporting role in the film as one of the lead’s best friends. Crater is being described as being similar to Stand By Me, but set on a moon colony. It is set “after the death of a his father, a boy growing up on a lunar mining colony takes a trip to explore a mysterious crater, along with his four best friends, prior to being permanently relocated to another planet.”
Filming on Crater is hoping to begin this spring.
Daniel Radcliffe to Play Villain in The Lost City of D
Daniel Radcliffe will play the villain in The Lost City of D, the adventure rom-com that has essentially been called the new Romancing the Stone. Radcliffe will star opposite leads Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum. Patti Harrison and Da’Vine Joy Randolph are also part of the cast, with Adam and Aaron Nee directing a script from Dana Fox and Oren Uziel.
The Lost City of D story follows “a reclusive romance novelist (Sandra Bullock) who was sure nothing could be worse than getting stuck on a book tour with her cover model (Channing Tatum) until a kidnapping attempt sweeps them both into a cutthroat jungle adventure, proving life can be so much stranger, and more romantic, than any of her paperback fictions.”
Martin Freeman Back for Black Panther 2
Martin Freeman will reprise his role as CIA agent Everett K. Ross in Black Panther 2. In an interview with Collider, Freeman confirmed that he would be “doing the second Black Panther” and that he was “going to be speaking to Ryan Coogler soon about what shape that’s going to look like.”
The actor (and character) previously appeared in Captain America: Civil War and Black Panther. I’m a big fan of Martin Freeman and I actually really enjoyed his screentime in Black Panther (he was probably my favorite character after Killmonger, sue me).
We don’t yet know what shape Black Panther 2 will take following the passing of star Chadwick Boseman, but we do know that T’Challa will not be recast. Tenoch Huerta was reported last year as being cast as the sequel villain, but otherwise we know nothing about what direction the sequel will take. We do, however, know that it is slated to hit theaters on July 8, 2022.
Andy Garcia to Star in Father of the Bride Remake
Andy Garcia is set to star as the father in Warner Bros.’ Father of the Bride remake, which will center on a Cuban-American family. Gaz Alazraki (Club de Cuervos) will direct Father of the Bride, which has been penned by Matt Lopez.
Per Deadline, “the film will tell the story of a father coming to grips with his daughter’s upcoming wedding through the prism of multiple relationships within a big, sprawling Cuban-American family. It will be more of a rom-com than previous versions of film.”
That’s it for last few weeks. What castings mentioned are you interested in seeing the most onscreen? Tell us down in the comments!