19 Of The Most Exciting News From The Film Industry To Keep You Updated!

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Gather around film buffs, we’ve made a list of 19 exciting bits of news from the film industry that you should read ASAP! Here’s what’s been happening in Hollywood lately: Will Smith will play Genie, Margot Robbie will probably star as Elizabeth, and more!

1. Margot Robbie will probably star as Elizabeth in Mary Queen of Scots.

Margot Robbie is currently in negotiations to play Queen Elizabeth I, opposite Saoirse Ronan's Mary Queen of Scots in a biopic of the latter's turbulent and dramatic life.

House of Cards creator, Beau Willimon, is writing the script, adapting John Guy's book The True Life of Mary Stuart, so expect plenty of deceit and intrigue!

2. Will Smith in talks to play Genie in live-action Aladdin.

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The Oscar-nominated actor is being touted for a comic role in Guy Ritchie’s adaptation of the 1992 animated Disney adventure. According to Sean Bailey, head of motion picture production at Disney, the film will be a “highly energized” musical.

3. HBO is adapting Fahrenheit 451 into a film starring Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon.

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HBO Films is planning to adapt Ray Bradbury’s classic novel Fahrenheit 451. Michael B. Jordan (Creed) and Michael Shannon (Man of Steel) are set to star in it, while 99 Houses director Ramin Bahrani is attached to co-write and direct the film.

The studio has only put the adaptation into development, but the project is moving toward a production commitment at HBO. If it moves forward, Jordan will play Guy Montag, the Fireman at the heart of the story, while Shannon will play his superior, Captain Beatty.

4. American Horror Story's Taissa Farmiga is playing The Nun in the Conjuring spinoff.

American Horror Story's Taissa Farmiga will be playing the title character. Yep, the same Taissa whose sister Vera Farmiga stars in The Conjuring.

She'll appear as the young and rather creepy nun opposite Demián Bichir in director Corin Hardy's movie.

5. Deadpool 2, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, New Mutants get release dates.

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20th Century Fox has given official release dates to three upcoming X-Men movies.

New Mutants will open on April 13, 2018. Deadpool 2 will follow on June 1, 2018. The next core X-Men movie, now confirmed to be X-Men: Dark Phoenix, will open on Nov. 2, 2018.

6. ‘Captain Marvel’ finds directors in Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck.

Captain Marvel, starring Brie Larson, has found its directors.

Marvel has tapped Mississippi Grind helmers, Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, to direct the upcoming tentpole.

7. Star Wars updates: Obi-Wan movie, Boba Fett film, and a young adult romance may be on the horizon.

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Rumors about an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie have been flying around for a while now, and now their source claims that Lucasfilm and the company’s president Kathleen Kennedy “fully intend” to make an Obi-Wan solo film with Ewan McGregor returning to play the character. The film is supposedly going to be set in between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, and will presumably focus on the Jedi’s activities during his time on Tatooine.

A film centered on Boba Fett has also been a highly-publicized point of contention in the Star Wars franchise. Fantastic Four director Josh Trank was all set to direct it a couple of years ago before he bailed at the last second, but StarWarsNewsNet claims the project is “not dead.” Additionally, they say it won’t be a Boba Fett solo movie after all, but more of an ensemble piece that follows multiple bounty hunters.

We’ve never seen a young-adult skewed Star Wars movie, but now that Disney’s in charge, they’re apparently looking to capitalize on every conceivable angle. It is claimed that a new movie is in the works that will “target the young-adult audience and have slight romantic themes to it.”

8. Avatar 2, 3, 4, and 5: new release dates confirmed

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Avatar 2 - December 18th, 2020

Avatar 3 - December 17th, 2021

Avatar 4 - December 20th, 2024

Avatar 5 - December 19th, 2025

9. ‘King Kong’ TV series with a female lead officially in the works

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Mars Vista Entertainment and IM Global Television are working together to bring the first live-action TV series on Kong. The series will be based on a combination of Merian C. Cooper’s 1933 King Kong and Devito Artworks’ Skull Island, and will imaginatively be called King Kong Skull Island.

King Kong Skull Island will be a diverse, female-led series for the small screen.

10. Shocking report claims Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling used body doubles for La La Land’s Griffith Observatory scene.

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According to a film insider, the iconic Griffith Observatory scene, which is thought of as the film’s most intricate dance sequence in which Emma and Ryan fly through the observatory, apparently looked so good because it was crafted by professional dancers and not Emma and Ryan.

A stunt double allegedly used in the film has told The Sun how Ryan had two doubles for his dance scenes, while Emma’s moves were performed for her by pro-dancer Emilie Livingston, who is the dancer wife of Jeff Goldblum.

‘Ryan had three stunt doubles — two were dancers — and Emma’s dancing was done by Emilie Livingston,’ the insider told The Sun On Sunday. ‘The sequence where they danced in the clouds was filmed on a platform and was not Ryan and Emma.’

11. Clint Eastwood's next film is 'The 15:17 to Paris.'

Following the success of Sully, Clint Eastwood looks to have found his next film in The 15:17 to Paris.

Based on the true story, The 15:17 to Paris tells the story of three American soldiers who stopped a terrorist plot on a train bound for Paris. The film is based on the book by Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone, and Jeffrey E. Stern. Dorothy Blyskal will write the script.

Eastwood will produce with Tim Moore, Kristina Rivera, and Jessica Meier.

12. Fantastic Beasts sequel adds Callum Turner as Newt's brother.

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Green Room star Callum Turner is in talks to play Newt Scamander’s brother in the next installment of Warner Bros.’ Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Eddie Redmayne will return to the sequel as Scamander. Jude Law is on board to play young Dumbledore, and Johnny Depp is attached to play Grindelwald. David Yates is returning to direct.

13. Rosamund Pike set to play war reporter Marie Colvin.

Rosamund Pike is attached to play Marie Colvin in an untitled biopic from Thunder Road Pictures. Cartel Land helmer Matthew Heineman is directing the movie.

The biopic is produced by Thunder Road Pictures’ Basil Iwanyk and Kamala Films’ Marissa McMahon, as well as Denver & Delilah Films. Erica Lee is the exec producer.

14. Steven Soderbergh shares some Logan Lucky plot details.

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According to Entertainment Weekly, Soderbergh found the Logan family’s heist to be “familiar” but “different enough” when compared to his past work:

"On the most obvious level, it’s the complete inversion of an Ocean’s movie. It’s an anti-glam version of an Ocean’s movie. Nobody dresses nice. Nobody has nice stuff. They have no money. They have no technology. It’s all rubber band technology, and that’s what I thought was fun about it. It seemed familiar to me, but different enough. The landscape, the characters, and the canvass were the complete opposite of an Ocean’s film. What was weird is that I was working as a producer on Ocean’s Eight while we were shooting Logan, and it was kind of head-spinning. That’s like a proper Ocean’s film. This is a version of an Ocean’s movie that’s up on cement blocks in your front yard." 

15. Fast & Furious 10 will end the franchise.

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In a recent interview with Collider, series producer Neal Moritz revealed that he plans to conclude the franchise with the, so far unannounced, 10th movie. But although an end is planned, the producers aren’t quite sure how to get there. “We have some big themes and things we’re talking about, we’re just not there in terms of where, exactly, we’re gonna go yet,” Mortiz said. “We kind of have the ending point of the franchise, but we don’t know the in-betweens yet.”

16. Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, and Martin Scorsese are gearing up for an epic collaboration.

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Martin Scorsese and his frequent collaborators, Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro, may all join forces together for a new movie. 

Grann's non-fiction work Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI documents the string of murders which plagued the Osage Indian tribe in Oklahoma during the 1920s, after oil was found on their land and the nation soon became the richest per capita in the world.

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