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Alec Baldwin Drops Out Of Joker, Will No Longer Play Batman’s Father

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Just a couple of days after it was announced that Emmy award-winning actor Alec Baldwin would be portraying Thomas Wayne (a.k.a. the father of Bruce Wayne / Batman) in director Todd Phillips’ forthcoming Joker, the veteran thespian has departed the role.

In an interview with USA Today in which Baldwin was asked about the role, he replied “I’m no longer doing that movie. I’m sure there are 25 guys who can play that part.”

Despite citing “scheduling” conflicts as his reason for exiting the project, it appears to have been more a problem of ego and a fear of typecasting.  When he was hired, rumours began swirling that the actor had signed on to portray Thomas Wayne in a similar vein to his comic performance as President Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live, a rumour he took to Twitter to dispel, writing: “Let me state for the record, that I have NOT been hired to play a role in Todd Phillips’ JOKER as some Donald Trump manqué. That is not happening. Not. Happening.”

Despite superficial similarities (both Wayne and Trump are influential billionaire company-owners with their names on the sides of skyscrapers) it’s hard to imagine Baldwin’s volatile, petulant portrayal of the Cheeto-in-Chief being a fit for the genteel and kind-hearted physician-turned-philanthropist, whose death alongside his wife Martha would eventually inspire their young son to become the caped crusader. But it appears that the mere mention of said similarities may have pushed Baldwin away from the role, and as such Joker is now searching for a new daddy for the dark knight.

Joker will be a gritty origin story for the clown prince of crime, and will see Joaquin Phoenix in the title role. The film will also star Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, and Marc Maron. Sources close to the production stress that the feature will be separate from Warner Bros.’ DCEU shared universe (which encompasses Man of Steel, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, Justice League, and the upcoming Aquaman). Musician Jared Leto is still signed on to portray the Joker in the DCEU, and made his first appearance in 2016’s much-maligned cinematic abortion Suicide Squad.

Joker is eyeing a 2019 release.

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Pedro Pascal Confirmed To Be Under The Helmet Of The Mandalorian

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Game of Thrones and Kingsman: The Golden Circle actor Pedro Pascal has been officially named as the man under the helmet of the titular bounty hunter of Star Wars: The Mandalorian.

Little is known of the steaming-first live-action series, which will air on Disney+, save for a brief synopsis: “After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic...”

Helmed by showrunner Jon Favreau (Iron Man, The Jungle Book), the series recently announced its first crop of directors. Of note to Star Wars die-hards was the news that Dave Filoni, showrunner of fan favourite animated shows Clone Wars and Rebels, would be directing the series’ premiere episode. Meanwhile, Thor: Ragnarok’s beloved eccentric director Taika Waititi will helm an episode, along with Bryce Dallas Howard (daughter of Solo: A Star Wars Story director Ron Howard), Rick Famuyiwa (Hope), and Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones).

In Star Wars canon, the Mandalorians are a fierce race of armoured warriors that exist in tribal ‘families’, and who – until the dawn of the Clone Wars – largely kept out of the way of the rest of the galaxy. Following the devastation of their kind in the galactic civil war their numbers dwindled, until few remain by the time of the new show (roughly seven years after the events of Return of the Jedi, and twenty-three years before The Force Awakens). The race are an integral part of the Star Wars mythos, and even once warred with the Jedi Knights.

Pascal’s involvement had been heavily rumoured for the past month. The Mandalorian is currently awaiting a release date.

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Japanese Actor Shun Oguri To Make His Western Debut With Godzilla Vs. Kong

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Shun Oguri, the Japanese actor best known for Takashi Miike’s Crows Zero and Gintama, is set to join the cast of director Adam Wingard’s Godzilla vs. Kong.

The movie will mark Oguri’s first Hollywood production. He joins Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood), Julian Dennison (Deadpool 2), Rebecca Hall (Iron Man 3), Jessica Henwick (Iron Fist), and Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta). Stranger Things‘ Millie Bobby Brown (who will also star in next year’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters) is also signed on to star. The film marks the fourth entry in Legendary Pictures’ Monster-Verse, which began with 2014’s Godzilla (directed by Gareth Edwards), and continued with last year’s Kong: Skull Island (from Jordan Vogt-Roberts).

Plot details are sparse, presently, and filming is expected to begin shortly. Godzilla vs. Kong will punch its way into UK cinemas on the 22nd May, 2020.

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Thrones’ Jessica Henwick On For Godzilla vs. Kong

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Game of Thrones‘ Sand Snake Nymeria Sand, a.k.a. actress Jessica Henwick, has joined the cast of director Adam Wingard’s forthcoming kaiju creature-feature Godzilla vs. Kong.

The flick is also set to star Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things), Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood), Julian Dennison (Deadpool 2), Rebecca Hall (Iron Man 3), and Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta).

The film will mark the fourth entry into Legendary Pictures’ Monster-Verse, which began with 2014’s Godzilla (directed by Gareth Edwards), and continued with last year’s Kong: Skull Island (from Jordan Vogt-Roberts).

Plot details are being firmly kept under wraps, and nothing is known of the film’s narrative save for the almighty scrap that the title somewhat gives away.

Godzilla vs. Kong will careen into cinemas on the 22nd May, 2020. Jessica Henwick was last seen in Netflix’s Iron Fist, season two, as martial artist Colleen Wing.

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