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Stacy Martin On For Gavin Rothery’s Sci-fi Drama Archive

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Vox Lux’s Stacy Martin has signed on to join director Gavin Rothery’s upcoming science fiction drama, Archive.

Martin will star opposite lead Theo James, in a tale of a remote secret facility that works on cutting-edge artificial intelligence. The feature will follow George (James), a prodigal scientist who is developing a new AI prototype, but is secretly hiding an ulterior motive to digitally resurrect his deceased wife.

Rothery has penned the script himself, and Archive will be his feature film debut following his short film The Last Man. Shooting is expected to start early next year. Stacy Martin can next be seen in indie drama 3 Way Junction.

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Newcomer Ella Jay Basco Cast As Cassandra Cain In Birds of Prey

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Child actor and relative-newcomer Ella Jay Basco is seemingly in final negotiations to join the cast of director Cathy Yan’s DCEU feature Birds of Prey, as Cassandra Cain.

In the comic books, Cassandra Cain is the daughter of master assassins David Cain and Lady Shiva. Raised mute and devoid of social contact, she is imprinted by a harsh conditioning program in order to create the deadliest killer in the world. Cain later shakes off her conditioning, befriends Bruce Wayne, and takes on the mantle of Batgirl. It’s unlikely this will play into Warner Bros’ slated Batgirl feature, however, which is expected to use the Barbara Gordon version of the character.

In the Birds of Prey film, Cassandra Cain will be the catalyst for the feature’s narrative, as Gotham kingpin Roman Sionis (aka Black Mask, Ewan McGregor) hunts her down following her escape from the League of Assassins, and Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), the Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), and Detective Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez) team up to protect her.

Birds of Prey is due for release on the 7th of February, 2020. The next flick in the DC Extended Universe will be December’s Aquaman, starring Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, and Nicole Kidman, and Willem Dafoe.

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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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