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Disney+ Premieres First WandaVision Trailer

On last night’s Emmy Awards, Marvel Studios’ shared the first trailer for the upcoming WandaVision series premiering in late 2020 on Disney+. The series focus’ on former Avengers, Vision and Wanda Maximoff living a a classic television suburban reality where everything is not what it seems. The series stars Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, as Wanda and the Vision, respectively and also features Kat Dennings as Darcy Lewis, Randall Park as Special Agent Jimmy Woo, and Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau, with Kathryn Hahn, Fred Melamed, Debra Jo Rupp, Evan Peters and Josh Stamberg in as yet revealed roles.

 

Tiffany Haddish Joins Nicholas Cage’s The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

The Nicolas Cage-led The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent has expanded its cast with the addition of Grammy-nominated and Emmy-winning comedian Tiffany Haddish (Bad Trip).

The Unbearable Weight of a Massive Talent will see Nicolas Cage portray a version of himself desperate to get a role in a new Tarantino movie while also struggling with a strained relationship with his teenage daughter. As he makes his way through life, he also talks to an egotistical version of himself from the ’90s who railroads him for making bad movies and not being the same star he was at the time, now dealing with a mountain of death and making an appearance at the birthday party of a Mexican billionaire that is a huge fan.

In a long-standing battle against one of the largest criminal organizations in Europe, Haddish plays the role of Vivian, an eccentric rogue government agent who forces superstar Nicolas Cage to go undercover in a crazy, offbook, last ditch effort to bring them down for good.

While bonding with the man, who hopes to show Cage a script he’s been working on, the actor learns from the CIA that the billionaire is actually a drug cartel kingpin who has kidnapped the daughter of a presidential nominee and is recruited to get intelligence. The predicament gets worse when the billionaire brings Cage’s daughter and ex-wife for a reconciliation and he must take on the role of a lifetime to save their lives.

In addition to Cage and Haddish, the cast for the film includes Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian, Wonder Woman 1984) and Emmy nominee Sharon Horgan (Game Night, Catastrophe). The film is eyeing a fall production date and a 2021 release date.

 

Tatiana Maslany Goes Green in Disney+ She-Hulk Series

Art by Phil Noto

Joining director Kat Coiro on the upcoming She-Hulk series for Disney+ is Emmy Award winning actress Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black, Perry Mason) who has been cast as Bruce Banner’s cousin, Jennifer Walters, aka She-Hulk. Rick and Morty writer Jessica Gao will head the writer’s room and there has yet to have been any other casting news with the exception of a rumored cameo or small role by The Hulk himself, Mark Ruffalo, who reacted to Maslany’s casting on Twitter.

 

AMC+ Will Premiere The Walking Dead, The Walking Dead: World Beyond and Soulmates On October 1st

AMC+, AMC Networks’ new premium subscription bundle, will premiere on Thursday, October 1 the much-anticipated debuts of The Walking Dead season 10 finale, The Walking Dead: World Beyond and new episodic anthology Soulmates.

New episodes of The Walking Dead: World Beyond and Soulmates will be available on AMC+ every Thursday, ahead of the linear premieres on Sundays at 10pm ET/8c and Mondays at 10pm ET/9c, respectively. As previously announced, the critically acclaimed first season of Gangs of London and the four-part limited series The Salisbury Poisonings will also make their debut on AMC+ on October 1.

The Walking Dead
Episode 1016
Premieres Thursday, October 1 on AMC+, Premieres Sunday, October 4 at 9 p.m. EST on AMC

In the episode, “A Certain Doom,” Beta engages in the final battle of the Whisperer War. The Walking Dead is executive produced by Scott M. Gimple, Showrunner Angela Kang, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero, Dave Alpert, Joseph Incaprera and Denise Huth and is produced by AMC Studios.

The Walking Dead: World Beyond
Premieres Thursday, October 1 on AMC+, Premieres Sunday, October 4 at 10 p.m. EST on AMC

The Walking Dead: World Beyond expands the universe of The Walking Dead, delving into a new mythology and story that follows the first generation raised in a surviving civilization of the post-apocalyptic world. Two sisters along with two friends leave a place of safety and comfort to brave dangers, known and unknown, living and undead on an important quest. Pursued by those who wish to protect them and those who wish to harm them, a tale of growing up and transformation unfurls across dangerous terrain, challenging everything they know about the world, themselves and each other. Some will become heroes. Some will become villains. But all of them will find the truths they seek. The Walking Dead: World Beyond is executive produced by Scott M. Gimple, Showrunner Matt Negrete, Brian Bockrath, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and Dave Alpert, and is produced by AMC Studios.

Soulmates
Premieres Thursday, October 1 on AMC+, Premieres Monday, October 5 at 10 p.m. EST

From AMC Studios, Soulmates is set fifteen years into the future, when science has made a discovery that changes the lives of everyone on the planet – a test that unequivocally tells you who your soulmate is. In a first-ever format for AMC, each of the six episodes will feature a different cast and explore an entirely new story around discovering (or opting not to discover) the results of this new test and the impact of those results on a myriad of relationships. The series stars Sarah Snook (Succession), Kingsley Ben-Adir (The OA, High Fidelity), David Costabile (Breaking Bad, Billions), Sonya Cassidy (Lodge 49, Humans), Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things), Malin Akerman (Billions, Dollface), Bill Skarsgård (Clark, Castle Rock), Betsy Brandt (Breaking Bad, Life in Pieces), JJ Field (Turn), Darren Boyd (Killing Eve), Dolly Wells (Can You Ever Forgive Me?), Karima McAdams (Deep State), Laia Costa (Victoria), Shamier Anderson (Goliath), Georgina Campbell (Black Mirror), Henry Goodman (The New Pope), Sofia Oxenham (Poldark), Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (Candyman), Sandra Teles (Black Mirror: Bandersnatch), Letty Thomas (Emma) and Adam El Hagar (Tyrant), among others.

Will Bridges and Brett Goldstein are co-creators and executive produce with Jolyon Symonds through Fearless Minds, a Banijay Group company (Thorne series for Sky One, Complicit). Bridges and Goldstein previously created the short film For Life, which serves as the basis for this new, original series.

 

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Delayed Until 2021

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier‘s Disney+ debut has been delayed to 2021.

John Wick creator Derek Kolstad joined the writing/creative team of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, though details are still under wraps, it seems likely to follow up on Falcon’s new status quo after Avengers: Endgame.

Anthony Mackie (Point Blank) and Sebastian Stan (I, Tonya) will be reprising their roles as Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes. Joining them are MCU veterans Daniel Bruhl and Emily VanCamp, who are set to return as Helmut Zemo and Sharon Carter, respectively. Neither character has appeared onscreen since 2016’s Captain America: Civil War.

 

Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes Moves To Peacock, New Trailer Released

Peacock has officially acquired the rights to David E. Kelley’s series adaptation of Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes from AT&T Audience Network. This comes after nearly four months since the channel had ceased their operations by transitioning into a preview channel for HBO Max. The first two seasons of the Brendan Gleeson-led series will now be available for streaming on Thursday, October 15, exclusively on Peacock. This announcement also came with the newly released Mr. Mercedes trailer.

Despite the show moving to a new home, details about its future or potential renewal have not been announced. The crime-thriller series’ latest and third season had concluded its 10-episode run last November 2019.

In Mr. Mercedes Season 3, When beloved local author John Rothstein is found murdered, Hodges, Holly, and Jerome, along with local police, must track down his killer. But this case is more complex than the cold-blooded killing of an American icon. Unpublished novels of Rothstein’s were stolen from his home, and they are worth millions. As the case unfolds, the trio learns that although Brady may be gone, his depravity lives on in the lives of his victims

Harley Quinn Renewed For A Third Season At HBO Max

Three months after the Harley Quinn series concluded its 13-episode second season last June, HBO Max has decided to renew Justin Halpern, Patrick Schumacker and Dean Lorey’s popular adult-animated series for a third season. In a recent interview with Comic Book, Halpern and Schumacker have confirmed that the series might make its return in late 2021.

“That would be the earliest I could see,” Halpern. “I mean, maybe not, I don’t know… I think Jen Coyle, our head of animation could probably answer that a lot better.”

“We were aiming for late 2021 all the way back in like the spring when there was first an inkling that season three could be a reality,” Schumacker added. “These conversations that were happening that were sort of well above our pay grade have been going… it had been very extensive.”

The series will follow Harley Quinn‘s adventures after her break with the Joker. The story will focus on Harley along with Poison Ivy and other DC castoffs as they try to help each other in order to earn a seat at the biggest table in villainy: the Legion of the Doom.

 

Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah To Direct Disney+’s Ms. Marvel

Disney+’s Ms. Marvel has signed Bad Boys for Life‘s Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Meera Menon to direct.

The Ms. Marvel series was first confirmed at last year’s D23 event, with British writer Bisha K. Ali (Four Weddings and a Funeral) attached to write and showrun the series, while Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige also confirmed she, along with Moon Knight and She-Hulk, will all eventually make their way to the big screen.

El Arbi and Fallah are currently attached to revive Netflix’s Beverly Hills Cop 4, which will see the return of series star Eddie Murphy in his iconic role of Axel Foley.

 

The Opening Act Trailer Released

RLJE Films has debuted the first trailer for the star-studded indie comedy The Opening Act led by Jimmy O. Yang (Fantasy Island) and Cedric the Entertainer (First Reformed) that shows in the stand-up comedy game, you have to start at the bottom to reach the top.

Written and directed by Steve Byrne (Sullivan & Son), the film focuses on Will Chu, who has it all – the job, the girl – but what’s missing is his true passion in life, to become a stand-up comedian. When he gets the opportunity he’s been waiting for, the emcee slot on the road opening for his hero Billy G., the realities of life on the stage come crashing in. Between relentless hecklers, drunk comedy groupies and hard-to-impress morning radio DJs, things get off to a rough start. Even if he can take the opportunity to learn from his idols and overcome the challenges, Will still needs to decide if he should continue with the life he has, or pursue the one he has always dreamt of – the life of a comedian.

Alongside Yang and Cedric, the cast for the film includes Alex Moffat (F is for Family), Neal Brennan (Capone), Debby Ryan (Insatiable), Ken Jeong (Crazy Rich Asians), Bill Burr (The King of Staten Island), Jermaine Fowler (Sorry to Bother You), Whitney Cummings (The Female Brain), Russell Peters (Supercon), Tom Segura (Countdown), Iliza Shlesinger (Spenser Confidential) and Roy Wood Jr. (Space Force).

 

Hotel Transylvania 4 Is Set To Release in 2021

Hotel Transylvania 4 is still on track for its August 6, 2021 release with Selena Gomez officially returning to reprise her role as Mavis. On top of leading the film, Gomez has now been set as an executive producer on the project.

Hotel Transylvania 4 will be directed by Jennifer Klushka and Derek Drymon from a screenplay written by franchise creator Genndy Tartakovsky, who was previously attached to helm the fourth installment after directing the first three films. The film will be executive produced by Tartakovsky and Michelle Murdocca with Alice Dewey Goldston set as a producer.

 

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