Director of the upcoming Jem and the Holograms movie, Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Step up 3D), announced on his Twitter page that they’ve casted for the roles of Jem and all of the members of her band, the Holograms. The titular role belongs to Aubrey Peeples, whose filmography includes roles on Nashville, Sharknado, and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Jr. The Holograms will be played by Stefanie Scott (A.N.T. Farm), Hayley Kiyoko (Lemonade Mouth), and Aurora Perrineau (A House is Not a Home). Chu dropped one more truly outrageous surprise with a teaser poster for the movie. The movie is currently filming and no release date has been announced.
Flash…aaaaaaaaahhhhhh….he’s getting a reboot! Vague rumors had been circulating and now the Hollywood Reporter confirms that a deal has been made with Fox to bring Flash Gordon back to the big screen. The man with a man’s courage is a football player (originally polo player) shot into space and lands on the planet Mongo and fights Emperor Ming the Merciless. Producer John Davis (Chronicle and upcoming The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) has spent a while trying to secure the rights to bring the comic strip hero to the big screen again. Currently writing the script is the duo of J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, who are also writing the script for Star Trek 3. No word yet as to whether Sam J. Jones will be involved.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
The news is that the third movie is now called The Battle of the Five Armies as opposed to what it was previously titled, There and Back Again. As described by Peter Jackson in a post on Facebook, when the book was originally going to be split into only two movies, the title There and Back Again would have been appropriate for the second film but since The Hobbit book was split into three films, the new title seemed more appropriate. Desolation of Smaug grossed “only” $935 million, whereas An Unexpected Journey broke the billion dollar mark. The final film is schedule for release on December 17, 2014.
Batman vs. Superman
According to Variety, theater actor Ray Fisher has been cast as Cyborg for the currently titled Batman vs. Superman, which seems to be shaping up to be more like a Justice League movie. As detailed in the release by Variety, the character will not play much of a part in this film but is a member of the Justice League and will be featured more prominently in the future when more films based on the Justice League are developed. It seems Warner Bros. and DC are content by giving brief introductions of characters that will later be key cogs in the Justice League adaptation, but it will be interesting to see exactly how much time is dedicated to the characters yet to be brought to life on the big screen.
The Goonies sequel
As per TMZ, The Goonies sequel is gradually gaining more steam and original writer Steven Spielberg is onboard for the sequel. Original director Richard Donner had previously acknowledged that a sequel was in the works and it’s a good indication of how serious things are getting now that Spielberg is brainstorming a plot for the second film. Spielberg was also an executive producer for the first film as well as assisting in writing the story. Donner says he is not sure if the original Goonies will return for the sequel. Shame on us for thinking a sequel wouldn’t happen; Goonies never say die!
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