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Another look at The Fate of the Furious
Building on the success of Furious 7, The Fate of the Furious goes bigger with hundreds of remote controlled cars, a tank, and a submarine as Dom (Vin Diesel) is seduced to the dark side by a mysterious woman played by Charlize Theron. Shot around the globe, this April 14 release is directed by F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton) and returns stars Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Kurt Russell, and Lucas Black.
Charlize Theron is the Atomic Blonde
Premiering at SXSW this Sunday, Atomic Blonde stars Charlize Theron as Agent Lorraine Broughton of Her Majesty’s Secret Intelligence Service. Tasked to deliver a priceless dossier in Berlin, she partners with station chief David Percival (James McAvoy) and takes on every spy that comes her way. Based on the graphic novel The Coldest City by Antony Johnston and illustrator Sam Hart and directed by David Leitch (John Wick and Deadpool 2), this July 28 release also stars John Goodman, Sofia Boutella, Til Schweiger, Eddie Marsan, and Toby Jones.
Deadpool gets his own short film
With Atlanta star Zazie Beetz joining the cast as Domino this week, Deadpool 2 is beginning to take shape. John Wick co-director David Leitch will take over for Deadpool director Tim Miller, and there is word that Drew Godard is taking a pass at the script. Rumors are swirling about who might play Cable, with Stranger Things’ David Harbour being the latest. One thing that will not change is Ryan Reynolds having a little fun with Hugh Jackman, whom Reynolds battled in X-Men Origins: Wolverine and whose face made an appearance in the first film. Here’s the short that accompanied the release of Logan.
A first look at Geostorm
Geostorm imagines a world in which the weather is controlled by an intricate system of satellites. Gerard Butler plays a scientist who, with the help of his brother (Jim Sturgess), must fix the satellites when there’s a major malfunction that threatens Earth. In this October 20 release directed by producer Dean Devlin, Abbie Cornish plays a secret service agent; Andy Garcia is the President, and Ed Harris is the Secretary of State. The film also stars Alexandra Maria Lara, Daniel Wu, Adepero Oduye, and Amr Waked.
Two trailers for one Rough Night
In Rough Night, five best friends from college (Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer, and Zoë Kravitz) reunite for a wild bachelorette weekend in Miami, but their fun night takes a dark turn when they accidentally kill a male stripper. Directed by Lucia Aniello from a script she wrote with Paul W. Downs (both are veterans of Broad City), this June 16 release mixes The Hangover with Very Bad Things and Weekend at Bernie’s.
From SXSW to Netflix
Here are three films that will play at SXSW this coming week before premiering on Netflix ...
Directed by Joe Swanberg (Digging for Fire), Win It All stars Jake Johnson as a small time gambler who agrees to watch a duffel bag full of money for a friend headed to prison, only to lose it all and have a short time to win it back before his friend comes calling. The April 7 release also stars Keegan-Michael Key, Joe Lo Truglio, and Aislinn Derbe.
Coming to Netflix on April 28, Small Crimes stars Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as disgraced former cop Joe Denton. He’s a man looking for redemption, but he’s caught between a crooked sheriff, a vengeful DA, and a mafia kingpin. Directed by E.L. Katz (Cheap Thrills), the film also stars Gary Cole, Robert Forster, Jacki Weaver, Pat Healy, and Macon Blair.
The Most Hated Woman in America is a biopic about the disappearance of Madalyn Murray O'Hair, founder of American Atheists. Melissa Leo stars opposite Josh Lucas, Adam Scott, Vincent Kartheiser, and Juno Temple, Look for it on Netflix beginning March 24th.
The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki
Juho Kuosmanen’s Finnish boxing film The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki won the top prize in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. Set in the Summer of 1962, the film tells the true story of Finnish boxer Olli Mäki as he falls in love during the preparation for the biggest fight of his life—a shot at the World Featherweight title held by American Davey Moore. Look for it in select theaters beginning April 21st.
Thomas Vinterberg returns with The Commune
The Commune is the latest from director Thomas Vinterberg (Far From the Madding Crowd, The Hunt). Coming to select theaters May 19th, the film follows Erik, Anna and their daughter Freja as they set up a commune in Copenhagen. Early reviews have been mixed, but lead actress Trine Dyrholm did win Best Actress at the 2016 Berlin Film Festival.
Lakeith Stanfield and Dree Hemingway star in writer-director Logan Sandler’s debut feature Live Cargo, a look at human trafficking on a remote island in the Bahamas. Find it on VOD and in select theaters March 31st.
The April 14 release Little Boxes stars Melanie Lynskey, Nelsan Ellis, and Armani Jackson as a mixed-race family who move from New York City to a white suburban neighborhood.
After the success of Li’l Quinquin, director Bruno Dumont returned to Cannes in 2016 with another strange detective story, Slack Bay. Despite the all-star French cast (Juliette Binoche, Fabrice Luchini, and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi), this April 21 release earned mixed reviews.
Albert Serra’s The Death of Louis XIV chronicles the decline of the greatest King of France. Jean-Pierre Léaud stars in this March 31 release.
Written and directed by Sarah Adina Smith, the mind-bending Buster’s Mal Heart stars Mr. Robot’s Rami Malek as a family man who becomes an eccentric mountain man running from the authorities. Look for it in select theaters April 28th.
News and notes
- The fifth film in the Indiana Jones series has grabbed a July 19, 2019 release date. Star Harrison Ford will return, as will director Steven Spielberg.
- Vanessa Kirby (Princess Margaret in The Crown) has joined Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, and Jeremy Renner in the new Mission: Impossible film. - Variety
- Michael K. Williams has joined Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Woody Harrelson, and Emilia Clarke in Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s Han Solo film. - Variety
- Steven Spielberg will direct Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep in The Post, a film about the Washington Post’s publication of the 1971 Pentagon Papers. - Deadline
- Disney is in early development on a new Tron film with Jared Leto in the lead. - Heat Vision
- Margot Robbie will play Maid Marian in a re-imagining of the Robin Hood story. - Deadline
- Lizzy Caplan will play Michael Peña’s wife in the sci-fi thriller Extinction. - Variety
- Joe Alwyn (Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk) has joined Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, Nicholas Hoult, and Olivia Colman in Yorgos Lanthimos’ period drama The Favourite. - THR
- Liam Neeson is in talks to play Viola Davis’ husband opposite Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Michelle Rodriguez, Daniel Kaluuya, and Andre Holland in Steve McQueen’s Widows. - Variety
- Uma Thurman will reunite with director Lars von Trier on his next film, the Matt Dillon-starring serial killer drama The House That Jack Built. - Variety
- T.J. Miller and Jessica Henwick have joined Kristen Stewart in Will Eubank’s thriller Underwater.- Variety
- Anna Faris and Eugenio Derbez will star in a remake of the 1987 comedy Overboard, but Derbez will play the wealthy playboy who suffers amnesia, and Faris will play a working-class mom who convinces him that he’s her husband. - Variety
- Michelle Yeoh has joined Constance Wu in Jon M. Chu’s adaptation of Kevin Kwan's bestselling novel Crazy Rich Asians. - THR
- Jason Momoa will star in director Brad Peyton adaptation of the Just Cause game series. - Deadline
- Eva Green and Danny DeVito are in talks to join the cast of Tim Burton’s live-action adaptation of Dumbo. - Deadline
- Hugh Jackman and Noomi Rapace are in talks to play Enzo Ferrari and his wife Linda in Michael Mann’s Ferrari. - Deadline
- Coming off his Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning I don’t feel at home in this world anymore., Macon Blair will direct Tracy Morgan and Luke Wilson in The Shitheads. - Deadline