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Gore Verbinski Will No Longer Direct ‘Gambit’

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Gore Verbinski, who had come aboard to direct the long-in-the-works X-Men spinoff Gambit, is pulling off of the 20th Century Fox movie. This was an amicable split, we hear, owing to scheduling issues with several other projects on the director’s plate. Channing Tatum remains aboard as the lead role.

Fox has already set a February 14, 2019 release date for the film; no word if that will have to change given the new news.

It is the latest turn on the project, which at previous points had Doug Liman and Rupert Wyatt attached to direct the pic about Gambit/Remy LeBeau (Tatum), who has the ability to charge matter with volatile kinetic energy, turning anything he touches into a weapon. The character had a brief appearance in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, played by Taylor Kitsch.

Free Association’s Tatum and Reid Carolin are producing the film with X-Men overseers Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg. Josh Zetumer wrote the script. Lizzy Caplan was in talks to co-star.

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Breaking Bad’s Bob Odenkirk Signs On For Remake Of Little Women

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Breaking Bad actor, and Better Call Saul lead, Bob Odenkirk has joined the cast of director Greta Gerwig’s forthcoming adaptation/remake of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel Little Women.

Odenkirk joins a cast which already boasts such high-profile names as Meryl Streep, Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan, Timothee Chalamet, Laura Dern, Florence Pugh, James Norton, and Eliza Scanlon. Odenkirk and Streep recently both starred in Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-nominated The Post.

Little Women has been adapted to script by Gerwig herself, who is coming off an astounding awards run for Lady Bird, in which Ronan also featured. The feature is currently expected to shoot early next year, and has been slated for the 17th of January, 2020. Bob Odenkirk can currently be seen in the fourth season of AMC’s Better Call Saul.

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Kate McKinnon Joins Fox News Sexual Harassment Drama

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Actress, comedienne, and SNL alum Kate McKinnon has joined the cast of Trumbo director Jay Roach’s next project, Fair and Balanced.

The film will tackle the culture of toxic masculinity and sexual assault at Fox News that led to the ousting of former studio head (and alleged serial-abuser) Roger Ailes, in a ‘based on a true story’ script from The Big Short screenwriter Charles Randolph. Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie, and John Lithgow are all already on board, set to portray Megyn Kelly, Gretchen Carlson, an unnamed Fox News Associate Producer, and Ailes himself respectively. Allison Janney, fresh off her Oscar-winning performance in I, Tonya, joined the cast in an unknown capacity last week.

Kate McKinnon is just coming off the moderate success of Mila Kunis’ action-comedy The Spy Who Dumped Me, and has also lined up Danny Boyle and Richard Curtis’ forthcoming untitled musical rom-com. She will portray a Fox News producer in Fair and Balanced, in what is undeniably her highest-profile non-comedic role so far.

Fair and Balanced is currently lacking a release date, and is due to begin shooting later this year.

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Margot Robbie’s Next DC Film, Birds of Prey, Sets Release Date

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Following the casting rumours late last week, it appears Warner Bros. is really getting the ball rolling with their all-female superhero feature Birds of Prey, which is set to star The Wolf of Wall Street’s Margot Robbie.

Robbie, who will be reprising her role as Harley Quinn from director David Ayer’s critically-derided Suicide Squad, has been in chemistry tests for the past week with potential co-stars for Birds of Prey – including actresses Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle), and Sofia Boutella (Kingsman: The Secret Service).

Those tests appear to be giving Warner Bros.’ cause for confidence, as the flick has now been given a release date of the 7th of February 2020. Also out that month will be Sony’s Peter Rabbit sequel, and Bond 25 (which recently shifted its release due to a director reshuffle). Stiff competition, to be sure, indicating that WB – for good or ill – have faith in the DC project.

Birds of Prey will follow Harley Quinn as she unites a team of costumed vigilantes – including Orphan, The Huntress, and Black Canary – with Gotham City detective Renee Montoya to take on legendary crime lord Black Mask. The film will be directed by Dead Pigs’ Cathy Yan, and has a script from Bumblebee’s Christina Hodson. Margot Robbie can next be seen in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

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