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James Gray To Direct ‘I Am Pilgrim’ For MGM

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Last year serving us an absorbing adventure led by Charlie Hunnam and Robert Pattinson, with ‘The Lost City Of Z’. James Gray is now all set to enter the world of espionage.

It has been confirmed today that the director has been snapped up by MGM, to bring the Terry Hayes trilogy ‘I Am Pilgrim’ to the big screen, a project which has been considered high priority by the company for some time. Hardly a surprise, considering their success within this genre already through the longevity of James Bond.

‘Pilgrim revolves around an adopted son of a wealthy American family, who previously headed up a secret espionage unit for US intelligence, writing a book on forensic criminal investigation before entering retirement. Yet it’s a book that soon comes back to haunt him, triggering a race-against-time scenario to save the country from oblivion.

Ever the chameleon. Up next for ‘Gray is science-fiction thriller ‘Ad Astra’, boasting Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland and Ruth Negga, which is scheduled to be released in January 2019.

Source: Deadline

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Birds Of Prey: WB Considers Sofia Boutella, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, More For All-Female Superhero Team

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Despite ostensibly being six years into their DC Comics shared universe experiment, Warner Bros. still seem to be trying to get things figured out, with more films supposedly in the works than most independent studios’ next decade of plans. To date, we know of Aquaman, Shazam, Wonder Woman 1984, Man of Steel 2, Supergirl, The Batman, Batgirl, Nightwing, Deathstroke, Suicide Squad 2, Gotham City Sirens, Green Lantern Corps, The Flash: Flashpoint, and Birds of Prey.

Now, news is trickling through that Birds of Prey is at least making some serious headway, with Warner Bros. compiling shortlists for casting the film’s key roles.

Even though she’s supposedly a villain, we know that Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn will reprise her role as a member of the film’s titular all-female super-team, and the characters she’ll be joined by are set to be Helena Bertenelli / Huntress, Dinah Lance / Black Canary, Renee Montoya, and Cassandra Cain (presumably in her role as the vigilante Orphan, as opposed to the role of Batgirl that she has played in the comics – Warner Bros. have made clear that the Barbara Gordon incarnation of Batgirl will be getting her own film later down the line, despite the fact the character has traditionally been a mainstay of the team), as they take on the villainous Black Mask.


On the shortlist for the Huntress – mob boss daughter turned crossbow-wielding superhero – are Sofia Boutella (Kingsman: The Secret Service), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World), Cristin Milioti (How I Met Your Mother), and Margaret Qualley (The Leftovers).


For the sonic-powered siren Black Canary, Belle’s Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Underground’s Jurnee Smollett-Bell are both up for the part. Lady Gaga was reportedly offered the role, but turned it down.


Finally, Gotham City detective, and ally to Commissioner Gordon, Renee Montoya will reportedly be portrayed by either One Day at a Time’s Justina Machado or Vida’s Roberta Colindrez.

No decisions have been made surrounding the potential casting of Cassandra Cain or the film’s antagonist Black Mask as of yet, but more news is expected shortly as roles begin to fill up.

Birds of Prey will be directed by Cathy Yan (Dead Pigs), and has a script from Christina Hodson (Bumblebee). No release date has yet been set.

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Chris Hemsworth Shares First Look At Men In Black Reboot

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When the original Men in Black hit way back in 1997, it was like an adrenal shot to the blockbuster scene, deftly balancing humour, science-fiction, and action set-pieces. However, neither of the film’s two sequels managed to manage to capture audience’s hearts in quite the same manner, so now Sony Pictures has endeavoured to reboot the franchise with a brand new cast.

Chief amongst that cast are Thor: Ragnarok co-stars Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth. Yesterday, Hemsworth himself even posted a picture of the two on set to his social media. Check it out below.


The Untitled Men in Black will be directed by F. Gary Gray (Fast and Furious 8), and will also star Rebecca Ferguson, Emma Thompson, and Kumail Nanjiani. It is eyeing a 14th of June, 2019 release date.

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Disney Confirms That The X-Men Will Join The MCU Following Fox Merger

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It was inescapable; the moment the rumours began to swirl about The Walt Disney Corporation adding 20th Century Fox to its long list of acquisitions, comic book fanboys everywhere began salivating at the thought of Wolverine finally getting to kick seven bells out of the Hulk.

Fox has owned the rights to the X-Men (and, unfortunately, the Fantastic Four) since 1993, and as such the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been barred from using any of the fan-favourite mutants ever since – despite the fact that the X-Men and the Avengers regularly team-up in the comics. The MCU has largely stayed away from any and all mutant-related characters and storyline adaptations, save for director Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron in 2015, which saw siblings Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch (portrayed by Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen respectively) featured prominently. In the comics, the two were mutants, and the children of classic X-Men villain Magneto, though in the MCU they were referred to as ‘miracles’, and their heritage never alluded to. Indeed, as of X-Men: Days of Future Past in 2014, Evan Peters has portrayed Fox’s version of Quicksilver. The MCU’s incarnation was swiftly killed off, and Fox’s Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch has never been mentioned by name, appearing only as a young girl beside her brother in a solitary scene – a confirmation many saw as a compromised workaround (the siblings were, traditionally, both Avengers and X-Men characters, meaning the studios would have shared-ownership, and simply split the two between them).

With the legal allowance earlier this year of the Disney / Fox merger, many have been eagerly awaiting the news that the Marvel universe would finally be complete, and come that news now has; yesterday, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Disney CEO Bob Iger stated unequivocally that the X-Men were coming to the MCU:

“I think it only makes sense. I want to be careful here because of what’s been communicated to the Fox folks, but I think they know. It only makes sense for Marvel to be supervised by one entity. There shouldn’t be two Marvels.”

That ‘one entity’ is of course the man, the myth, the legend himself, Mr. Kevin Feige. Feige has been in charge of Marvel Studios, spearheading the entire shared universe concept, since prior to the release of Iron Man in 2008 and has been instrumental in the creation and running of the MCU for over a decade. To date, the MCU has now made $17.5 billion, and is the most successful film franchise of all time.

When Iger was somewhat jokingly asked if fan-favourite X-Men character Deadpool could become an Avenger, Iger was slightly more cagey: “Kevin’s got a lot of ideas. I’m not suggesting that’s one of them. But who knows?”

Whilst the idea of R-rated character Deadpool trying desperately to get past the censors in a PG-13 Avengers flick is undoubtedly hilarious, it seems most likely that he’ll be kept away from the larger Marvel ballpark – though definitely expect a cheeky reference or two to the merger whenever the merc’ with a mouth next appears.

Deadpool 2 and Avengers: Infinity War are both out for home release now, on DVD, Blu-Ray and 4K.

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