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Marwan Kenzari Nabbed for ‘Old Guard’ Film Adaptation!

Marwan Kenzari, who recently played Jafar in Disney’s live-action Aladdin remake, Skydance and Netflix’s adaptation of Greg Rucka’s The Old Guard.

 

The Old Guard-Book One

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A tragedy of immortality,  The Old Guard follows Andy, the leader of elite group of super soldiers who has been alive since ancient Greece. He leads this rag-tag team of immortals, which has two members who were on opposing sides during the Crusades.

They’ve lived through many wars, but now they’ve encounter encountered a genuine threat in the technology age when a black woman serving in the Marines turns out to be an immortal, forcing them into action just as an organization, lead by a  businessman who wants the secret to eternal life for himself, waits to capture their powers on camera.

The problem? Andy has met others of her kind and learned that at some point death will come for them, with no warning and no apparent explanation for why that arrow, sword, or bullet ended them when so many others failed.

 

The Old Guard

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First published in 2017, the five issue mini-series has each issue revealing bits and pieces of the past traumas as the story jumps through characters, locations, cultures, and even timelines.

The Neighbor writes that the authors have described their work as a “fairytale of blood and bullets”.

 

Greg Rucka

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The AV Club writes that:

Rucka has written for so many different artists that he’s developed a talent for crafting stories that play to his collaborators’ specific strengths, and Fernández has made major leaps refining his linework and composition without losing the bold graphic elements that energize his artwork.

Emotional, bold, it was only a matter of time before the comic series would be adapted, and, according to Variety, Sky Dance Media, after buying the rights to the comic, tapped Gina Prince-Bythewood to direct.

 

Gina Prince-Bythewood

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Previously, Prince-Bythewood directed Love & BasketballThe Secret Life of Bees, and Beyond The Lights. She and her husband, Reggie Rock Bythewood, served as series creators and executive producers on Shots Fired, a special ten hour series that examined the dangerous aftermath of two racially charged shootings in a small Southern town.

With Sky Dance Media came David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger, all serving as producers.

 

Charlize Theron

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Soon afterwards Netflix got on board and nabbed Charlize Theron, of Mad Max: Fury Road and Atomic Blonde

 

KiKi Layne

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…as well as Kiki Layne, of If Beale Street Could Talk and Native Son fame. For reference, Native Son was an adaptation of Richard Wright’s novel.

Theron then agreed to produce the film through her company Denver and Delilah, alongside Skydance’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger, according to Digital Spy.

 

Marwan Kenzari

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Now Jafar actor Marwan Kenzari is set to play a man who was once a Moor warrior, writes The Hollywood Reporter.

The Dutch-born Kenzari has appeared in The Mummy and What Happened to Monday and held his own in the recent all-star adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express.

Are you excited as much as I am?

 

 

 

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Nicholas Hoult and Lilly Collins in Tolkein

Tolkien Estate Disavows Film Based on The Father of Fantasy

Ouch!

The film based on the life of J.R.R. Tolkien, writer of The Lord of the Rings, won’t be released until May 10th, but the Tolkien estate has already disavowed the film.

 

Tolkien Film Poster

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As per the Irish Examiner, the family released a statement  saying:

The family of JRR Tolkien and the Tolkien Estate are aware of the Fox Searchlight motion picture entitled Tolkien that is due for release in May 2019.

The family and the Estate wish to make clear that they did not approve of, authorise or participate in the making of this film.

They do not endorse it or its content in any way.

 

The film stars Nicholas Hoult, known for playing Beast in X-Men: First Class and Nux in Max Max: Fury Road. According to The Guardian, the film is follows “the formative years of the renowned author’s life as he finds friendship, courage and inspiration among a fellow group of writers and artists at school…until the outbreak of the first world war which threatens to tear their fellowship apart”.

 

J R R Tolkien, Nicholas Hoult, and Lilly Collins

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It’s another biopic but instead of being based on a rock n’roll star a la Bohemian Rhapsody or the new Elton John film, Rocketman, this film is about a writer. Given that Lilly Collins plays Edith, Tolkien’s romantic interest and later wife, you probably already know what this film is about.

But let’s keep an open mind: Just because the film doesn’t have the family’s approval doesn’t mean it’s bad—or even inaccurate. The Tolkien estate isn’t known for their love of The Lord of the Rings, either. Christopher Tolkien, son of the writer, told Cinema Blend that, “They gutted the book, making an action movie for fifteen-twenty-five year olds. And it seems that The Hobbit will be of the same ilk.”

At least the filmmakers—from the actors to the cast and crew to the producers—can sit easily with this quote from The Independent: “The family of Tolkien are understood to consistently turn down approaches to make biopics, and wished to clarify their position.”

Meanwhile, the Tolkien estate sold the rights for a Lord of the Rings television series to Amazon back in 2017, and a series based on the trilogy is currently in development. Meanwhile, the film, produced by Fox Searchlight (which is now owned by Disney!) will still be released come May 10th.

Check out the trailer before!

 

 

 

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