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Jake Gyllenhaal Playing Villain Mysterio In Spider-Man: Homecoming Sequel

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Nightcrawler actor Jake Gyllenhaal has finally, after years of rumours, joined a comic book movie. However, in a curious twist of fate, he’s not signed on to the DCEU as had been long-suggested, and will instead play super-villain Mysterio in Marvel Studios’ upcoming sequel Spider-Man: Far From Home.

The casting is another high-profile ‘get’ for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which already boasts such heavy hitters amongst its ranks as Robert Redford (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), Glenn Close (Guardians of the Galaxy), Michael Keaton (Spider-Man: Homecoming), Kurt Russell (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2), and Jude Law (Captain Marvel).

Mysterio is, in the comics, the alter ego of special effects stuntman Quentin Beck – a man who uses his mastery of illusion and theatricality to take revenge after being shunned by Hollywood. He is one of Spider-Man’s most iconic foes, with his ‘fishbowl’ helmet and green/pink colour scheme, and was formerly planned to be portrayed in a cameo by B-Movie legend Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead) in the scrapped Spider-Man 4, from director Sam Raimi.

Spider-Man: Far From Home is currently shooting now, in Venice. Though Marvel Studios have yet to confirm the casting, fans managed to nab and leak videos of Jake Gyllenhaal on set. Those videos have since been deleted. It is, however, worth noting that the actor is officially listed as playing the character on the film’s IMDb page.

Homecoming director Jon Watts will return for the sequel, along with cast members Tom Holland (Spider-Man), Zendaya (MJ), Marisa Tomei (Aunt May), and Michael Keaton (The Vulture). Avengers stars Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury) and Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill) are both rumoured to appear in the film as well.

Spider-Man: Far From Home is eyeing a 5th of July, 2019 release date. Tom Holland’s Spider-Man can next be seen in Avengers 4, out the 29th of April, next year.

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Ana de Armas Joins Daniel Craig In Rian Johnson’s Knives Out

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Ana de Armas (Blade Runner 2049) has officially signed on to join actors Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, and Michael Shannon in Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson’s Knives Out.

The film, which Johnson also wrote, is scheduled to start shooting next month. Knives Out has been described as a contemporary whodunit, with Craig portraying an archetypal grizzled detective, tasked with getting to the bottom of a classic locked-room murder mystery.

Johnson is set to produce with his creative partner Ram Bergman, and studios are expected to bid fiercely for the rights to distribute the feature in the coming months. Craig was previously pencilled in to begin shooting Bond 25 for director Danny Boyle at the tail end of this year, but when Boyle departed that project following creative differences it freed up the Casino Royale actor’s schedule to join Knives Out.

Somewhat ironically, Ana de Armas can next be seen in an untitled project from Danny Boyle, which is likely to release prior to Johnson’s crime thriller.

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Michael B. Jordan To Lead, Produce Hitman Novel Adaptation The Silver Bear

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Black Panther and Creed star Michael B. Jordan is set to produce and star in Lionsgate’s adaptation of Derek Haas’ hitman novel The Silver Bear.

Haas, who penned the screenplay for both Wanted and 3:10 to Yuma, released the novel online in 2008 (and it was later collated into physical print with its two sequels, becoming The Assassin Trilogy). The book follows an assassin named Columbus, a.k.a the Silver Bear, who is initially tasked with hunting and eliminating a wily politician who dreams of being president, before becoming embroiled in a high-action conspiracy. Frank Baldwin (The Godmother) adapted the script from Haas’ novel, with the intention clearly being to kick off a franchise.

Lionsgate chairman Joe Drake released a statement, exuberating that “The Silver Bear is the kind of story that needs to be experienced on the big screen and Michael is the perfect movie star to inhabit the skin of this dynamic character and take us into the cinematic world of Columbus. We’re incredibly honoured that Michael and [his production house] Nickel City chose Lionsgate to partner with in bringing this exciting property to life”.

The project is presently seeking a director with experience in handling high-octane, contemporary action. Meanwhile, Michael B. Jordan can next be seen in Creed II, which releases in UK cinemas on the 30th November, rated 12A.

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Idris Elba Joining Taylor Swift, Sir Ian McKellan In Cats Adaptation

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Apparently Shere Khan isn’t done with Cats. The Jungle Book and Luther actor Idris Elba has joined the cast of The Danish Girl director Tom Hooper’s upcoming adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stage musical, alongside an all-star cast.

Already on board are Lord of the Rings‘ Sir Ian McKellan, entertainer James Corden, and pop stars Jennifer Hudson and Taylor Swift. The film, which is being produced by Universal Studios, ran for 21 years in the West End and 18 years on Broadway.

Idris Elba is currently filming the gleefully-anticipated Fast and Furious spinoff Hobbs & Shaw, which will pit him as the antagonist against Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham’s fan-favourites.

Cats is eyeing a December 20th, 2019 release.

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