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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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Letitia Wright Joins ‘Death On The Nile’ Adaptation

Kenneth Branagh’s film adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder On The Orient Express made over $300 million when it released in 2017. Following this success, 20th Century Fox was more that ready to schedule a sequel based on Death on the Nile, another Christie novel featuring the same detective from the first film, Hercule Poirot (who was also played by Branagh). And a big star has just joined the new film.

 

 

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The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Letitia Wright, who broke out into the mainstream as Shuri in Marvel’s Black Panther, has joined the cast. She will star alongside Gal Gadot and Armie Hammer as well as the Branagh reprising his role as Hercule.

 

The novel takes place in Egypt along the Nile River and follows Hercule Poirot as he tries to solve the murder of an heiress aboard a steamer traveling down the river. Wright will play Rosalie Otterbourne, a lead suspect in the case. Gadot will play Linnet Ridgeway Doyle, the heiress at the center of the murder. It is unclear what role Hammer will play.

 

Shooting for the film will commence in September, with an October 2020 release date planned.

 

 

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Gal Gadot smiling on the Red Carpet.

Gal Gadot to Star in Agatha Christie’s ‘Death on the Nile’

Wonder Woman actor Gal Gadot is set to star in the new movie adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile, directed by Kenneth Branagh. Gadot is still shooting Wonder Woman 1984 but is the first confirmed member of the cast. The project was created after the success of Branagh’s adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express which grossed $352.8 million worldwide. 

 

Christie’s sequel to Orient Express sees Detective Hercule Poirot return with the challenge of investigating another murder. However, this murder does not take place on a train but on a cruise down the River Nile in Egypt. 

 

Judy Hofflund, Ridley Scott, Kevin Walsh, Mark Gordon and Simon Kinberg are the producing the sequel and Michael Green who adapted Orient Express will be Death on the Nile’s screenwriter. The film has a release date of December 20, 2019. Hopefully it can live up or exceed both the novel and the 1978 adaptation!

 

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