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Jeremy Renner Joins Jamie Foxx For ‘Spawn’

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Jeremy Renner has been set to star alongside Jamie Foxx in Spawn, the Blumhouse film that marks the directorial debut of Todd McFarlane from his scripted adaptation of his comic book creation. In late May, Foxx was set to play the title character, who started out in the comics as Al Simmons, a member of a CIA black ops team who is twice betrayed: after being set up by his cohorts to be murdered with his corpse set aflame, Simmons is then double crossed in Hell. He is convinced to become a Hellspawn warrior in exchange for being able to be reunited with his wife, only to find himself stuck in his demonic creature shell, and that his wife moved on and married his best friend. Spawn turns his rage on street scum and revenge. He realized long ago that he can’t battle the constant evil permeating the globe alone, and must enlist the aid of humans to help him fight the war. Detective ‘Twitch’ Williams has the intelligence and intuition that Spawn needs most. This unconventional detective is near fearless and compliments Spawn’s demonic powers, and it is that combination that will help Spawn win his war.

“As a first time director, I wanted to surround myself with the most talent and the most skilled people I can on all fronts,” McFarlane told Deadline. “I was lucky enough to land Jason Blum and then Jamie Foxx, and I knew the person on screen the most is this police officer, Twitch Williams. We needed as strong a person as possible because he will be the face of the film. I took my naïve Hollywood approach again, and said let’s start at the top and work down. Jeremy was at the top. I’m a huge fan of his. The character doesn’t need to be a bodybuilder or GQ handsome. I was looking for somebody who’s a person you’ve met before; I needed someone who can pull off the grief of an average human being. I’ve seen Jeremy do that in more than a few of his movies. He was at the top of my list, just like Jamie.”

While Renner’s biggest grossing films are those he has made at Marvel as Hawkeye, McFarlane doesn’t go see those movies. “Spawn is King Arthur and Twitch is Sir Lancelot, and this isn’t about physicality, or jumping over buildings,” he said. “This is more a brawn and brain combination, and the first film I think of with him is The Hurt Locker, the army grunt doing the job, and that spilled out into all these roles leading up to Wind River. There was a sense of melancholy to that character that is important and that was a movie also made by a first time director, but one who wrote the thing and so wasn’t nervous about trying to get what you want. Jeremy had the experience of working with the first timer and saw that if you put a good crew together, the whole is way better than the parts and you don’t have to worry.”

Said Jason Blum: “Jeremy is the ideal choice for Twitch Williams. He radiates honesty, intelligence and a hard-working, everyman charisma, the same qualities that make Twitch such a compelling character.”

 

Source: Deadline

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jamie Foxx Join Untitled Netflix Sci-Fi

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Jamie Foxx and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are boarding Netflix’s untitled sci-fi movie which long-time collaborators Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman are directing off Mattson Tomlin’s screenplay.

The pic’s storyline is being kept under wraps.

Eric Newman and Bryan Unkeless’ Screen Arcade will produce as part of their first look deal with Netflix. Newman, who has been behind such productions as the Oscar-nominated Children of Men, and Zack Snyder’s reboot of Dawn of The Dead, has a strong, on-going relationship with Netflix that goes back to the streaming service’s second original series Hemlock Grove.  He also conceived and packaged Narcos for Netflix on which he serves as writer, show-runner and EP.

Unkeless recently produced the three-time Oscar-nominated film I, Tonya, starring Margot Robbie and Allison Janney; the latter winning an Academy Award for best supporting actress. Unkeless’ film First Match, which he produced for Netflix, won the Audience Award at SXSW earlier this year.

Ray Oscar best actor winner Foxx is currently shooting the courtroom drama, Just Mercy opposite Michael B. Jordan and Brie Larson for director Destin Cretton.  Foxx can next be seen in Lionsgate’s Robin Hood on Nov. 21 and his Fox show Beat Shazam, which he serves as EP and hosts, was recently renewed for a third season. Gordon-Levitt can next be seen in the airline hijacking thriller, 7500 from Patrick Vollarth. Gordon-Levitt is a two-Golden Globe nominee in the comedy/musical lead actor category for 50/50 and (500) Days of Summer.

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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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