1. Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones to pair up again
Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne are ready to get the band back together. Variety reports that the two, who starred together in the super successful The Theory Of Everything, are in negotiations to join Amazon Studio’s project, The Aeronauts. Jones would play balloon pilot Amelia Wren who journeys into the heavens alongside scientist James Glaisher (Redmayne). Though the duo discover never-seen-before wonders, they are also pitched into a battle for survival. Tom Harper, director of War Book and The Woman In Black 2: Angel of Death will direct. No release date has yet been set.
2. Mulan and the Magic Kingdom of the Crystal Liu
Disney’s live-action Mulan has itself a live action lead! According to The Hollywood Reporter, Liu Yifiei – also known as Crystal Liu – is all set to play the lead in Niki Caro’s adaptation of Mulan. Liu’s appointment marks the end of a yearlong worldwide search that looked at five continents and almost 1,000 candidates. The requisite skills? Martial arts, English and the fabled star quality. Disney are pretty confident they’ve found that. Liu is best known to Western audiences for The Forbidden Kingdom, also starring Jet Li and Jackie Chan, and 2014’s Outcast, with Nicolas Cage and Hayden Christensen. Niki Caro, who recently directed The Zookeeper’s Wife, is helming the project which is due in cinemas sometime in 2019.
3. Infinity War? More like Infinity Woah. Audiences marvel at Marvel’s marvellous marvels
The first trailer for Infinity War is here. We suspect this hasn’t slipped you by but it’s worth a rewatch. It’d better be, anyway, considering it marks the culmination of 10 years’ work for Marvel. So, what does it tell us? Well, Thanos is here. Captain America plus beard is here. Loki, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange – they’re all here. In fact, pretty much everyone is here. Not Hawkeye though, nor Ant-Man. Although, with the sheer amount of stuff going on, it’s possible we missed them. Best click play again.
4. We’ll probably get another Chris Morris film next year
Chris Morris is on the move. The legendary British satirist has apparently already completed filming on his second directorial effort – filming in the Dominican Republic and Florida over the summer. Chortle reports that the untitled project stars Anna Kendrick, Danielle Brooks, James Adomian, Pej Vahdat and Mousa Kraish. Kayvan Novak, who also starred in Morris’ directorial debut Four Lions, is also counted among the cast. Little is known about the project but Kendrick did share a picture of herself looking incredibly assured as an FBI agent back in the summer. Seems she’s probably playing an FBI agent then.
5. Cleopatra to be comin’ at ya
The classic blaxploitation flick Cleopatra Jones is coming back. Potentially with a vengeance According to Deadline, Warner Bros. has set Misha Green (creator of the TV series Underground) to write and produce the tale of Jones, a supermodel by day and undercover agent by night. The character features in two films in the 1970s: the original, and its followup Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold. That one didn’t do so well. Apparently, the script “will present the heroine very much as the female answer to James Bond.” The 1973 original saw Jones facing off against drug kingpin Mommy but it’s currently unknown whether this project will retell the tale or see her in a new adventure.
6. So, you like money eh? Well, have All The Money In The World!
Ridley Scott may be an octogenarian but boy howdy does he act fast. The newest trailer for All The Money In The World (now 100% Kevin Spacey Free) is here, not even one month after the decision to parachute Christopher Plummer into the production. Sure, the trailer feels a little rushed – there’s a half-hearted attempt to synchronise action and music, as is de jour – but Scott is rarely dull. Plus there was a fair bit of hype around Michelle Williams’ performance in the build up. It’ll be interesting to see if that gets back on track now. All The Money In The World is still (somehow) set to release on December 22 in the US – January 5 in the UK.