VultureHound’s Weekly News Round-Up (29/07/2018)

Hello and welcome to VultureHound‘s weekly news round-up, where we bring you the biggest and best news to come out of the film industry every Sunday.

This week:
– A switch-up for Mowgli
– Charlie’s Angels revealed
– A few welcome returns coming to Episode IX

Mowgli leaves the Warner Bros. jungle for Netflix

A while back, it was announced that we were getting not one, but two films based around the classic Jungle Book property. Although Mowgli, the one directed by by motion-capture extraordinaire Andy Serkis, was announced first, the most prevalent offering was Jon Favreau’s Disney variant. The latter film hit cinemas two years ago, and was generally quite well recieved, and left some wondering what Serkis’ version would provide that would be different.

Footage was revealed at Cinema Con earlier this year, which showed a rather darker take on the property than the Disney version had gone with:

But now, the rights for this new film have been dropped from Warner Bros. and picked up by Netflix, losing its release date later this year, and swapping over to a 2019 release date. While this means longer to wait, it may work in the film’s favour, as it now won’t seem like a retread of a film that hit cinemas in the last few years, allowing it more space to succeed on its own merits. The Netflix release will also come with a special 3D theatrical version, so Serkis’ hard work won’t have been for nothing.

Mowgli swings into cinemas in 2019.

 

Charlie reveals his new Angels

This week, the new line-up for the upcoming Charlie’s Angels was released.

Directed by Elizabeth Banks, who will also be playing the longstanding supporting character Bosely, the film – previously thought to be a reboot – seems to be straying closer to the more recent trend of becoming a loosely related sequel, like Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. Along with the newly announced cast (which we’ll get to shortly), a synopsis was also revealed, courtesy of Deadline:

“The film will follow a new next generation of Angels working for the mysterious Charlie. Since the original films (starring Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Lucy Liu) based on the 1970s TV series, The Townsend Agency has grown considerably and gone global, providing security and intelligence services to a variety of private clients with offices and highly trained teams worldwide. This film focuses on one of those teams.”

As for this ‘next generation’, it will consist of Banks’ Power Rangers co-star Naomi Scott, who played the Pink Ranger, Ella Balinksa, a lesser known name from the UK who has previously appeared in Midsomer Murders and finally, the best known of the three, Kristen Stewart, who of course needs no introduction.

Charlie’s Angels shoots into cinemas on September 27th 2019.

 

The Skywalker Saga finally ends… with a pretty great cast

We’ve been getting little bits of news as the clock counts down to the beginning of shooting on the still untitled Star Wars Episode IX. First, we heard that Keri Russell was joining the cast in an unknown role. Soon after, we found out that Billy Dee Williams was returning as fan-favourite Lando Calrissian.

Now, however, the whole cast list has been revealed.

Returning Sequel Trilogy castmembers include Daisy Ridley (Rey), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac (Poe), Lupita Nyong’o (Maz), Domhnall Gleeson (Hux), Kelly Marie Tran (Rose), Joonas Suotamo (Chewbacca), and Billie Lourd (Carrie Fisher’s daughter, who plays Lt. Connix).  Similarly, classic castmembers Billy Dee Williams (Lando), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) and, of course, Mark Hamill (Luke) are also making a comeback.

Alongside this already substantial cast, the universe will also see the addition of the aforementioned Keri Russell, Naomi Ackie (previously seen in 2016s Lady MacBeth and 2018’s Yardie) as well as the rather prolific Richard E. Grant (best known for his performance in Withnail and I).

The most interesting news from the cast list, however, centers around the character of Leia Organa. After a lot of debate over Leia’s fate following Carrie Fisher’s untimely death in 2016, director J.J. Abrams has announced that Leia will be featured in the film courtesy of unused footage filmed for The Force Awakens. Although this does of course limit what the character can do, it is far more heartening to know that it will indeed be Carrie Fisher on screen, and not a recast or CGI recreation.

Star Wars: Episode IX flies into cinemas on December 20th 2019.