Here’s a look at the rumors that were buzzing in the entertainment world last week.
1. Captain America 3 Could Be More Epic Than The Avengers: Age of Ultron
According to an exclusive report from CinemaBlend, the directors behind Captain America have some big aspirations for the third installment in the Marvel series. The third film is planned to hit theaters in May 2016, and in addition to Hawkeye, played by Jeremy Renner, the Russo brothers have their eye on some even bigger characters from the Marvel universe.
Joe Russo told the publication that he’d be interested in getting Marvel characters under contract at another studio for a “Black Widow-sized” role in the third movie and cited the comic The Secret Wars as a big influence on his love of comics. The Secret Wars involves pretty much every Marvel character as they are transported to a distant planet for a giant battle of heroes versus villains. The idea of Captain America 3 taking from the plot of The Secret Wars is an exciting prospect for comic fans, but the scope will depend on whether Marvel can get its hands on any characters it doesn’t own (like Sony’s Spider-Man).
2. New Contender for Marvel’s Doctor Strange
The last couple of names thrown around to play Doctor Strange were Mad Men’s Jon Hamm and Joaquin Phoenix, but since it’s been some time since there’s been any development with either of those actors, it’s about time for another actor’s name to get thrown into the ring for the role. Enter Boardwalk Empire’s Jack Huston.
According to sources who spoke to This Is Famous, Huston is the lead actor in the running for the role and is ready to accept Marvel’s terms more readily than a more established actor of the caliber of Hamm or Phoenix. Huston fits the mold of what Marvel generally looks for in its stars: a known actor who’s not a huge star, at 31, he’s around the right age, and his celebrity is growing. Of course, there hasn’t been confirmation from Marvel or Huston yet, and this time next week it could be a different actor everyone’s talking about as the favorite to play Doctor Strange.
3. Richard Pryor Biopic Finally Finds Its Star
So this is a little more substantial than most rumors, but according to a Twitter post from director Lee Daniels and an Instagram post from Oprah herself, Mike Epps has been cast to star in the upcoming biopic about comedian Richard Pryor, to be directed by Daniels. According to a report from IndieWire, Epps blew away both the director and the Weinsteins, who are producing, with his audition.
The competition, which included Nick Cannon and Marlon Wayans, just didn’t hold up in comparison. He had a leg up with a little practice, as Epps also plays Pryor in the upcoming Nina Simone biopic starring Zoe Saldana. Pryor’s widow is also involved with the production, though there is some family drama, as Pryor’s son has sent the filmmakers a cease-and-desist letter threatening legal action if work on the movie moves forward, which it looks like it’s going to.
4. Full House Reunion
The beloved ’90s sitcom that helped Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen rise to fame as toddlers might be making a comeback, according to a report from TV Guide. The show continues to get great ratings on Nick at Nite despite having ended in 1995, and star John Stamos, who owns a stake in the series, is reported to be leading the quest to bring Full House back to TV with as much of the original cast as possible.
Don’t get your hopes up about an appearance from the Olsens, but cast members like Candace Cameron Bure (D.J.), Jodie Sweetin (Stephanie), and Andrea Barber (Kimmy) are down for a reunion, while Bob Saget (Danny) and Dave Coulier (Joey) will be involved in some way. Original executive producer Bob Boyett is also involved, and creator Jeff Franklin will write the new version, according to the report.
5. Martin Scorsese to Direct Ramones Biopic
Earlier this year, Tommy Ramone, the last living member of the legendary punk band the Ramones, passed away, and in the wake of his death it seems the screwed-up legacy of the Ramones’ estate is getting straightened out, and some interesting things are coming out of it, according to a report from Billboard, which covered the 10th annual tribute to guitarist Johnny Ramone at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on August 24. Johnny Ramone’s wife, Linda, and lead singer Joey Ramone’s brother Mickey have been at odds for years, each owning half of the band’s estate, but now things seem to have been worked out between the two, who carried on the infamous feud between Joey and Johnny when Johnny essentially stole Linda from the insecure Joey. “We can move on now and do Ramones cause me and Mickey now are friends, so that’s cool,” Linda Ramone told Billboard.
One of the things that moving on is allowing them to pursue is a biopic, which the publication says has Martin Scorsese attached to direct. With the 40th anniversary of the Ramones’ debut album coming up in 2016, let the casting rumors for the movie begin.
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