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Media Watch: ‘Black Adam’ Finds Its Hawkman, Nick Fury Heas

Aldis Hodge is Hawkman in Black Adam

As confirmed on Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s Instagram page, Aldis Hodge (Leverage) will suit up as Carter Hall aka Hawkman in Warner Bros. upcoming Black Adam movie.

Director Jaume Collet-Serra has previously announced that Noah Centineo will take on the role of Atom Smasher, another member of the Hawkman led Justice Society.

The movie is cleared to shoot in Georgia next year.


Samuel L. Jackson to Play Nick Fury in New Marvel Disney Plus Series

Kyle Bradstreet is attached to write and executive produce a live action Nick Fury series for Disney+ with Samuel L. Jackson reprising his role. Jackson’s Fury has been a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe since he made his first appearance in a tag at the end of 2008’s Iron Man. Since then, Fury has appeared in 11 Marvel films and in two episodes of ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Marvel Studios will produce the series.


Arif Zahir Set To Replace Mike Henry as Cleveland Brown On Fox’s Family Guy

YouTube star Arif Zahir will be replacing Mike Henry as Cleveland Brown on Fox’s animated series Family Guy after Henry announced in June that he would be stepping down from the role. Henry, who is white, has voiced the character since the show premiered in 1999, but chose to step away from the role saying, “I love this character, but persons of color should play characters of color.”

Zahir will start voicing Cleveland for Family Guy’s 19th season, which is now beginning production. Episodes had already been completed or were in “advanced stages of animation” for Season 18 when Henry exited the role, meaning he will still voice the character for Season 18 before Zahir takes over for the following season. Henry will remain a series regular on Family Guy, voicing Bruce the Performance Artist, Herbert the Pedophile, and other roles.

“I welcome Arif to the Family Guy team,” Henry said. “Arif’s vocal talent is obvious, but his understanding of Cleveland and his respect for the character give me confidence that he is in the right hands. I look forward to getting to know Arif and working with him to make sure Cleveland stays every bit as awesome as he has always been.”

Zahir is partly known for his Cleveland Brown impersonations from his YouTube Channel that has garnered millions of views.

“Firstly, I’m eternally grateful to have received this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Zahir said. “When I heard that Mike Henry was stepping down from the role of Cleveland Brown — my favorite cartoon character of all time — I was shocked and saddened, assuming we’d never see him again. When I learned I would get to take over the role? Overabundant gratitude. To Mike, you created something truly special, and I promise I will do my absolute best to honor your legacy. To Rich Appel, Alec Sulkin, and Seth MacFarlane, thank you for this incredible gift. And to the millions of fans who love this show, I promise not to let you down.”


Disney’s Live-Action Peter Pan Casts Yara Shahidi as Tinker Bell

Disney’s latest adaptation of their classic animated films, Peter Pan and Wendy, has cast Yara Shahidi (Grown-ish) as the fairy Tinker Bell.  Shahidi will be joining previously announced cast members Alexander Molony and Ever Anderson, who will play the title characters and Jude Law as Captain Hook.  David Lowery will direct the project and also co-write the script with Toby Halbrooks. Jim Whitaker is producing.

The film is expected to have a theatrical release


Fast & Furious: Spy Racers Season 2 Trailer Heads To Rio

Universal and DreamWorks Animation have debuted the first trailer for the second season of the hit Netflix Original series Fast & Furious: Spy Racers, which finds the team heading to Rio de Janeiro and is set to debut on October 9th.

In Fast & Furious: Spy Racers Rio, Tony and his crew embark on their first international mission to Brazil. Once in Rio, they discover that Ms. Nowhere’s latest recruit and formidable fellow racer, Layla Gray, is missing in action during an undercover mission. Unwilling to leave family behind, Tony and the Spy Racers don secret identities to find Layla, but end up uncovering a sinister plot that keeps them guessing at every turn.

“Going into season two we really wanted to see the team progress and take on new challenges. We meet a new villain this season that I guarantee is unlike anyone we’ve ever battled in the Fast universe”, said executive producer Tim Hedrick. “Look forward to more of the nonstop crazy fun that these Spy Racers are known for.”

The second season of Fast & Furious: Spy Racers Rio debuts on Netflix October 9.


The Boys Gets a Spin-Off at Amazon

After the huge ratings success of the launch of second season of Amazon Original’s The Boys, the network has announced a spin-off series set at America’s only college exclusively for young adult superheroes run of course by Vought International.

The irreverent, R-rated series will be written by The Boys executive producer Craig Rosenberg and will, “explore the lives of hormonal, competitive Supes as they put their physical, sexual, and moral boundaries to the test, competing for the best contracts in the best cities. Part college show, part Hunger Games — with all the heart, satire and raunch of The Boys.”

“The spinoff is from the entities behind the original series — Amazon Studios and Sony Pictures Television in association with Point Grey Pictures, Kripke Enterprises and Original Film.

Rosenberg is writing the pilot and will serve as executive producer/showrunner on the spinoff under his overall deal with Sony Pictures TV. The Boys developer/executive producer Eric Kripke and fellow The Boys EPs, Point Grey Pictures’ Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and James Weaver; and Original Film’s Neal H. Moritz and Pavun Shetty, also executive produce.

The Boys is based on The New York Times best-selling comic by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson.


Behind-The-Scenes Featurette Released For Wonder Woman 1984

A new behind-the-scenes featurette for Patty Jenkins’ long-delayed DC sequel Wonder Woman 1984 has been released by Revlon, featuring Jenkins, and Gal Gadot along with makeup & hair designer Jan Sewell as they talked about the upcoming film’s retro 80s style.

The film also stars Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, Kristen Wiig as The Cheetah, Pedro Pascal as Max Lord, Robin Wright as Antiope, and Connie Nielsen as Hippolyta. Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder, Patty Jenkins, Gal Gadot, and Stephen Jones are producing the film. Rebecca Steel Roven Oakley, Richard Suckle, Marianne Jenkins, Geoff Johns, Walter Hamada, Chantal Nong Vo, and Wesley Coller are the executive producers. Patty Jenkins directed from a screenplay she wrote with Geoff Johns & David Callaham, story by Jenkins & Johns, based on characters from DC.


Hot Wheels Movie Adaptation Finds Its Screenwriters

After over 17 years in development hell, the film adaptation of Mattel’s Hot Wheels is finally moving along as Warner Bros. has signed screenwriters Neil Widener and Gavin James to write the script.

Plot details for the film are currently under wraps, but the story treatment the writers delivered to the studio was so effective it won them the gig ahead of “several more established players” who submitted spec scripts to the studio.

Warner Bros. and Mattel first entered into a partnership in January 2019 for the live-action project, which had shuffled around Hollywood for over 15 years at that point, first beginning at Columbia Pictures with McG (The Babysitter: Killer Queen) set to direct before heading to WB in a co-production between the studios and having Matt Nix (Burn Notice, The Gifted) set to write, only for that iteration to also be thrown into turnaround.



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