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.
Sydney Sweeney Joins Madame Web
Sydney Sweeney (Euphoria) has joined Madame Web, the upcoming Marvel movie from Sony. Dakota Johnson has already been cast in the titular role. S.J. Clarkson is on board to direct the comic book film. Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless penned the screenplay.
It is unknown who Sweeney will be playing in the film. Of course, that hasn’t stopped fans from guessing. The current (and best) theory has her pegged as Black Cat, and I’m down for that. Fingers crossed that she’ll eventually end up in the MCU to face off against Tom Holland’s Spider-Man.
You Expands Season 4 Cast
The cast for season 4 of You has grown. Charlotte Ritchie, Tilly Keeper, Amy Leigh Hickman, and Ed Speleers have all been cast as series regulars on the Netflix drama. They join returning stars Penn Badgley, Tati Gabrielle, and previously announced castmember Lukas Gage.
Ritchie is playing Kate, who is described as “smart, independent, suspicious, misses nothing. She is fiercely loyal to her friends, a brick wall to everyone else. Kate prefers “arrangements” to love, which is why she dates fun but self-centered partier Malcolm. When Malcolm invites Joe (Badgley), an American outsider of no apparent means, into their privileged world, Kate not only immediately dislikes him, she strongly suspects something about the man is not what he seems.”
Keeper will play Lady Phoebe, “as sweet and kind as she is rich, famous, and chaotic, Phoebe’s every bikini wax has been documented by the tabloids since she was 15 years old. An aristocratic socialite with an avid fan base, Phoebe’s true colors show when she’s alone with her friends. She’s a steadfast cheerleader, especially to American entrepreneur boyfriend Adam. She’s also a wild card: when misfortune strikes, will she rise to the occasion, or shatter?”
Hickman will play Nadia, “a literature major with a love of genre storytelling and the aspiration to be a serious author, Nadia’s outspokenness and intensity are a perfect cover for the insecurities carried by a young woman who’s never been accepted by her peer group. She’s made some big mistakes; now, they threaten to destroy her life. She’ll need help, even if it’s from the wrong people.”
Speleers plays Rhys, “an author whose memoir garnered him acclaim and pressure to launch a political career. Born into poverty, Rhys lived a traumatic early life before he came into money, going to Oxford and making all the right friends. Now, he moves easily in any social circle, while also seeing through those around him. He doesn’t have much time for partying, though he enjoys staying in touch with his eccentric circle of friends. After all, they were there for him in his troubled youth.”
Production is under way in London on the new season. You can head to Deadline to read about the eleven actors who were cast in recurring roles for the fourth season.
Scarlett Johansson & Chris Evans Cast in Project Artemis
Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson are reuniting for Project Artemis, a new film set to be directed by Jason Bateman. Apple acquired the Project Artemis package for $100+ million.
Plot details for Project Artemis are limited, but we know that it will involve some form of a space race. Rose Gilroy wrote the screenplay.
Bill Skarsgård is the New Crow
Bill Skarsgård is trading It‘s Pennywise the Dancing Clown for The Crow‘s Eric Draven. Skarsgård is the latest actor to board The Crow remake, which has spent an eternity in development hell. Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) is also set to direct from a script by Zach Baylin (King Richard). Production is hoping to get started in June.
Will the remake actually happen this time? Before Skarsgård, Jason Momoa, Mark Wahlberg, Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Channing Tatum, Tom Hiddleston, and Luke Evans were at one point attached to the project. They all eventually dropped out. Maybe this time will be different. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
Dolly Parton to Star in Adaptation of Her Novel Run, Rose, Run
Dolly Parton is set to star in and produce an adaptation of her bestselling novel, Run, Rose, Run, which she co-wrote with James Patterson. The project is in the works at Hello Sunshine.
Set in Nashville, “Run, Rose, Run is about a young woman who comes to country music’s capital city to pursue her music-making dreams. The source of her heart-wrenching songs is a brutal secret she has tried desperately to hide, but the past she has fled is reaching out to control her future—and it may destroy everything she has worked for.”
More Casting News
- Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride), Michiel Huisman (Game of Thrones), Alfonso Herrera (Ozark), and Corey Stoll (Ant-Man) have all joined the cast of Zack Snyder‘s sci-fi epic Rebel Moon. The film begins production this year.
- Gary Oldman and Alex Wolff have joined the cast of Christopher Nolan‘s Oppenheimer in undisclosed roles. Oldman did reveal that he is only in one scene.
- Christina Ricci will be a series regular in Wednesday, the Addams Family series about Wednesday Addams. Ricci previously played Wednesday in two live-action films in the ’90s. No word yet on who she is playing in the series, but it will be an entirely new role.
- Alexandra Shipp has joined the cast of the live-action Barbie film. (Variety)
- Christopher Lloyd will guest star in the third season of The Mandalorian. No other details have been revealed at this time concerning his appearance on the Star Wars series.
That’s it for last few weeks. What projects mentioned are you interested in seeing once completed? Tell us down in the comments!