1. Chloë Grace Moretz drops that whole hiatus thing, signs on for Suspiria remake
It was only a few weeks ago that Chloë Grace Moretz told The Hollywood Reporter that she was taking some time off to “reassess who I am and find myself within my roles again”. Luckily, like a be-sandaled gap year student managing to “find themselves” at Heathrow Airport, Moretz has been able to partially refund her ticket and get back to work. Having dropped out of projects like Disney’s live-action Little Mermaid, Moretz has now jumped into Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria. A remake of Dario Argento’s horror classic, the film follows a young ballet dancer who discovers that her new dance academy hides something sinister beneath the surface. Dakota Johnson and Tilda Swinton are also attached and Amazon Studios are producing.
It may be nothing, but one of Moretz’s reasons for taking time out of films was to focus on two TV shows that she was due to help shop around so, if one or both of them turn up on Amazon’s TV service, we may have an idea of why the 19 year-old industry veteran is rushing back to work. [via Variety]
2. Wolverine goes all Schindler’s List in new poster for Logan
For what will definitely definitely definitely be Hugh Jackman’s last outing as Wolverine (unless it isn’t), the third Wolverine film has itself a title: Logan. Director James Mangold has tweeted a number of goodies this week, including a look at how time is the greatest enemy of all to Professor X (really, James McAvoy looks just terrible) and a glimpse at the film’s new poster. There’s a kinda Schindler’s List vibe going on here, what with a child’s hand embracing Wolverine’s in grayscale, which adds to the general consensus that the mutton-chopped mutant’s outing will resemble the “Old Man Logan” arc. The Wrap has some exclusive plot details with spoilers abounding, but for now we’ll stick to checking in with Mangold’s Twitter instead.
— Mangold (@mang0ld) October 5, 2016
3. Ben Affleck’s next project pushed into the Oscars window
Let’s get things straight: Ben Affleck’s next film is not just a Prohibition Era reworking of The Town. Yes, it’s set in Boston and yes it’s directed by and starring Affleck; yes it’s about a fundamentally decent bank robber and, yes, his life spirals out of control. But this is not The Town. This is Live by Night, and Live by Night is evidently thought of pretty highly by Warner Bros.—the studio that brought you The Town, lest we forget—as Deadline reports that WB has made plans to give the film a limited release on Christmas Day, to push it into Oscar consideration. The Town was only nominated for one Oscar after all, so here’s how Live By Night can really show how different it is. Starring Affleck, Zoë Saldana, Elle Fanning, Scott Eastwood and Brendan Gleeson, its wide release date remains January 13, 2017.
4. Natalie Portman takes centre stage in Jackie
Pablo Larraín’s Jackie has itself a trailer—and it’s fantastic. Natalie Portman’s central performance is already seen as an Oscar frontrunner and the 104-second teaser does little to dissuade such a notion. Add in a hauntingly dreamlike score from Under the Skin‘s Mica Levi and supporting performances from Greta Gerwig, Peter Sarsgaard and Billy Crudup and it’s easy to see why our very own Joe Brennan called it an ‘‘exquisite film’’ of ‘‘queasy psychic disruption’’. There’s no UK release date yet, but it’s launched stateside on December 2, this year.
5. Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken to recapture that Deer Huntin’ magic in The War with Grandpa
It was a mere 38 years ago that Michael Cimino’s The Deer Hunter was released into cinemas. It was, and remains, a dramatic tour de force starring some of the finest actors of the last century: Meryl Streep, John Cazale, Christopher Walken and Robert De Niro. Now the latter two are ready to rebottle that magic in The War with Grandpa, an adaptation of Robert Kimmel Smith’s book of the same name which sees De Niro’s paterfamilias engage in an increasingly high-stakes prank war with his young grandchild… De Niro has been attached since June, but the capture of Walken, as well as Eugene Levy and Eugene Levy’s eyebrows, is definitely a “this week” thing. Its release date remains April 21, 2017. [via Deadline]
6. Mindy Kaling reveals Ocean’s 8 details
Ocean’s 8 is a big deal. As well as having the most overpowered lineup this side of a Marvel movie, it’s also got a super-successful franchise big brother to live up to and the depressingly apparent responsibility of proving that an all-female primary cast can carry a blockbuster. The plot is, understandably, pretty important and has largely been kept under wraps. But this week we’ve been treated to a few details about how its beautiful people are going to pull off a beautiful heist in beautiful surroundings, courtesy of Mindy Kaling. Speaking to Stephen Colbert on The Late Show, Kaling has admitted that the film will take place in the little-known town of New York City and “there’s a fashion element to it.” Whether that means the cast will simply be dressed in fashion or whether they’ll be stealing high-quality Parisian couture, we’ll just have to speculate. Luckily, we have a while to do so; while filming begins in two weeks, the film has been slapped with a June 8, 2018 release date. [via Deadline]
7. Uh-oh, more bad stuff is gonna happen to Mark Wahlberg in Patriots Day
Having already acted through ‘‘inspired by real events’’ fan-hittery in Lone Survivor and Deepwater Horizon, Mark Wahlberg is now ready to be caught up in the middle of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. Directed by Peter Berg, responsible for the aforementioned ‘‘oh shit!’’-’em-ups, Patriots Day also stars Michelle Monaghan, J.K. Simmons, John Goodman and roughly eighteen thousand American flags. It hits UK cinemas on January 27, 2017.
8. Nicholas Hoult taps into The Current War
Last week we diligently Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V’d the news that Michael Shannon was ready to beam into The Current War as George Westinghouse, pitted against Benedict Cumberbatch’s Thomas Edison. This week, the news is that the project looks to have found its Nikola Tesla: Nicholas Hoult. Hoult, who’s already had to play one eccentric, brilliant scientist—albeit one who turned blue and hairy—in the X-Men franchise, will now be seeking to step into the electric shoes of Tesla, memorably brought to the big screen by the late David Bowie in The Prestige. Focusing more on the war for electricity between Westinghouse and Edison, The Current War will likely take place some years before Tesla took to “cloning” cats, hats and Hugh Jackman but there’s always hope. [via Variety]