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Rachel Weisz to Star In and Produce ‘Lanny’ Adaptation

Hot off her Oscar nomination for her role in The Favourite, actress Rachel Weisz is back to work on what looks to be another great film.

Weisz is set to produce and star in the film adaptation of the Max Porter novel Lanny. Releasing in the U.S. in May, it tells the story of a boy named Lanny who moves to a mysterious village and discovers the myth of Dead Papa Toothwort, an unknown figure who watches and listens to the other villagers every day.

 

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Lesley Thorne, who represents the literary agency that owns the rights to the book, expressed her excitement for the upcoming adaptation.

 

“With such a peerless combination of talent involved this was an easy decision to make. We can’t wait to see how they realize Max’s unique storytelling on screen.”

 

The film adaptation will also be produced by London based production company The Bureau along with BBC Films. The companies are currently looking for a screenwriter for the film.

 

The book is available for pre-order now.

 

 

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Tom Hanks to Produce ‘In the Garden of Beasts’ Adaptation

The director of Darkest Hour, the film that earned Gary Oldman his first Academy Award, has sett his sights on another World War II story. The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Joe Wright is in talks to direct an adaptation of Erik Larson’s In The Garden of Beasts, with Tom Hanks to produce.

 

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This nonfiction book tells the story of William Dodd, who served as the United States Ambassador to Germany during Hitler’s rise in the 1930s. The book also examines Dodd’s family, particularly his daughter Martha who had an affair with Gestapo head Rudolf Diels. Larson chronicles the Dodd family as they slowly begin to realize the horrors and brutality of Nazi Germany.

An adaptation of this novel had been shopped around Hollywood for a while. Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman are set to produce the film through their Playtone production company. Though Hanks was rumored to star in the lead role at certain points, it is unknown if this will go ahead.

Some of Joe Wright’s other film hit adaptations include Pride and Prejudice, Atonement and Anna Karenina.

 

 

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9 Unexpected Batman Casting Rumors We Need To Hear

Like all recently vacated roles, rumor has been circulating the role of Gotham’s Dark Knight. As Batfleck settles into the past, a coveted opportunity opens up for a wide variety of hungry actors. Everyone from Jon Hamm (Yes) and Armie Hammer to Jon Snow (No) and Edward Cullen (Maybe, who knows?) have been linked to the cape and scowl in previous weeks. However, all these rumors have been confirmed as malarkey.

 

Most of the time the list of rumors we find on the internet aren’t even as ridiculous as they should be; they’re often pretty possible. However, here are some Batman casting rumors (some spiced with only a hint of believability and others more so) I hope to hear in the time leading up to Matt Reeves’ The Batman

 

  1. Maisie Williams (anointed with the powers of Arya Stark)

 

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Batman could be described as a faceless man. More of a symbol than a man, Bruce Wayne runs around Gotham City giving people hope; the line from 2005’s Batman Begins goes “as flesh and blood I can be ignored, I can be destroyed but as a symbol, as a symbol, I can be incorruptible, I can be everlasting.” Well, I’ll be dipped in an existential crisis that makes me turn to a life of secluded vigilantism if this philosophy doesn’t align with that of The Faceless Men based in Bravos from Game Of Thrones.

This guild of assassins specializes in the relinquishment of identity and possess the ability to shapeshift and change faces. As we all know, everyone’s (living) favorite Stark is taken in by the guild and trained to be a faceless man. Not only do Arya’s combat abilities make her an obvious bat-person choice but her supernatural abilities would be a gamechanger. Also, Arya’s upbringing is eerily like that of Bruce Wayne’s…

 

  1. Meryl Streep

 

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In Westeros, The Faceless Men are well renowned shapeshifting assassins. In the real world, Meryl Streep is a well renowned shapeshifting assassin—in that she kills it. Arguably the greatest actor EVER, Streep’s transformative nature is unparalleled. Twenty-one Oscar nominations and counting. We owe it to ourselves, nigh the world to appoint such an icon as the face of the DC universe. #MerylStreep2020. The Mirror actually did an article about this back in 2016, referencing Meryl Streep’s reaction to that rumor at the time.

 

  1. Timothée Chalamet (accent game on point)

 

Timothée Chalamet is the right age and has the right demeanor to play a young Caped Crusader.

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Okay, so I’ve joked about this before, but for real; if one were to assign this kid the task of fighting crime in Gotham, he would demolish expectations. I’m sure Timothée would stock up on the whey protein, chicken and chocolate milk whilst doing pushups all day long. This would move him from Indie life into the realm of overwhelming celebrity. Not only does Timothée Chalamet have the acting chops (having already been nominated for an Academy Award) but he fits the bill regarding DC’s idea of a younger Batman in Reeves upcoming film. He could literally be the studio’s Batman for the next thirty years.

 

  1. Donald Glover

 

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When this man acts, we call him Donald Glover and when he raps, we call him Childish Gambino; we do this without questioning it or ever really talking about it. Basically, Donald Glover already inhabits two entirely separate personas so well that some people don’t even realize the two are one and the same. That’s Batman/Bruce Wayne AF. In addition to this display of dual life swagger, Donald Glover was an amazing Lando Calrissian in Solo: A Star Wars Story (or, at least, I thought so).

 

  1. Pete Holmes

 

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Bruce Wayne needs to be handsome and charming. False. Batman needs to be strong and intimidating. False. Pete Holmes proved these falsehoods when he took it upon himself to don the cape himself in a series of web parodies. These skits recreated scenes from Christopher Nolan’s Batman films—the comedic twist was often that Batman is either incompetent or sex-obsessed. If the studio really wanted to bring something new and fresh to the table…

 

 

  1. Christian Bale

 

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The hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now. He’s a silent guardian, a watchful protector, a Dark Knight.

Always and Forever *Heart Emoji*

 

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  1. The guy from HISHE

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How It Should Have Ended or HISHE is an animated web series that parodies films through changing their endings and pointing out their flaws. An ongoing theme of their superhero related videos is the interjection of Batman and Superman having coffee Seinfeld-style. They discuss everything from the Marvel vs. DC rivalry to Batman’s impervious nature. Superman will ask Batman “How?” to which Batman always replies, “Because I’m Batman!” Below is a clip where the brilliant people over at HISHE parody that scene from the 1996 Jon Favreau film Swingers.

 

 

  1. Emma Stone

 

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Just because I’m a BIG fan.  Ten times fiercer than Batman and twenty times more charming than Bruce Wayne. I’ll probably include Ms. Stone on every list I write until the end of time. Henceforth, she shall be my reoccurring motif. But really, odd numbers in lists just get more clicks according to “experts.” She could definitely do it though; many internet fanatics have imagined this national treasure as Batgirl already:

 

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  1. Oscar Isaac

 

Oscar Isaac can pretty much do anything. He has already played a mysterious CEO in Ex Machina (although a very sinister one) and rocked the gunslinger mentality in the Star Wars Trilogy. He’s been attached to the role via the internet in the past for a while and fans seem to love it. My only request would be that of a melancholy musical number because Oscar Isaac is a god damn songbird…

 

 

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‘Dune’ Fills ‘Fantastic Beasts 3’ 2020 Release Date Spot

Denis Villeneuve’s Dune remake now has a release date. Warner Bros. announced that the film will come out on November 20th, 2020. This is the second film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s 1965 science-fiction epic after the 1984 film by David Lynch.

Dune follows the Atreides family as they acquire control of the planet Arrakis, a desert planet that is the only source of a valuable drug that can extend human life on Earth. The novel explores the various royal families and political figures all fighting over control of the drug.

The all-star cast features Timothée Chalamet, Oscar Isaac, Zendaya, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Charlotte Rampling, Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem and Jason Momoa.

 

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Interestingly, the Dune remake is occupying the release date previously occupied by Fantastic Beasts 3, the third installment in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter spin-off series centered around Newt Scamander. Critical and commercial reception for The Crimes of Grindelwald was the lowest for the Harry Potter series yet. Filming for the third installment was delayed until autumn of this year for retooling.

Are you excited for the new film?

 

 

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Michael B. Jordan to Adapt Marlon James’ ‘Black Leopard, Red Wolf’

The star of Creed 2 and Black Panther is bringing a recently published novel to the big screen.

 

Michael B. Jordan and Warner Bros. recently acquired the film rights to Marlon James’ fantasy novel Black Leopard, Red Wolf, which was published on February 5th.

 

The first in a planned series called the Dark Star trilogy, set against the backdrop of two warring kingdoms in an epic fantasy world, the novel follows a hunter named Tracker who has been hired to find a missing child. The story draws heavily from African history and mythology, with James jokingly describing the novel as an “African ‘Game of Thrones’”.

 

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Jordan will produce the film under his Outlier Society production label, which he founded in order to bring more diverse stories to the big screen.

James is also known for his novel A Brief History Of Seven Killings, which is being adapted into a series by Amazon.

 

 

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