5 Rumors: News on ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Spider-Man,’ and ‘Fantastic Beasts’

Each week, we bring you a roundup of the rumors that have been reported in the entertainment world as various sources get wind of casting rumors and top-secret talks about new projects in film, TV, and music. Here’s a look at the rumors that have been buzzing in Hollywood over the past week.

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1. Natalie Portman to co-star with Johnny Depp’s daughter

Lily Rose Depp is already generating a lot of buzz in the fashion world for a 15-year-old through her Instagram account, personal style, and hobnobbing with fashion’s finest. She’s making her movie debut alongside her father in Kevin Smith’s upcoming bizarre Canadian movie Yoga Hosers, but she’s not stopping there with her budding film career. According to a report from Variety, Depp’s daughter is due to co-star alongside Natalie Portman in the French film Planetarium, a drama set in the 1930s from French director Rebecca Zlotowski. Portman and Depp will play spiritualist sisters in the movie. While Depp was born and raised in France, Portman only recently moved to the country with her husband, who works as the Director of Dance at the Paris Opera Ballet. Variety says that Portman is working hard on improving her French for the role.

Zlotowski told the publication that the movie will be about a pair of sisters who believe they have the supernatural ability to communicate with ghosts. While performing their act in Paris they encounter a producer who takes them under his wing. That character is inspired by the real-life figure of Bernard Natan, the French Jewish producer of the ‘20s and ‘30s who was one of the biggest figures in French film before he died in Auschwitz. This is a high profile project for the young Depp to be involved with, signaling a promising start to her acting career.

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2. Looks like Asa Butterfield has the Spider-Man role

Which young Hollywood actor will land the role of a high school age Peter Parker in the upcoming Marvel-Sony collaboration on the character has been the center of casting rumors for awhile and as Marvel gets closer to beginning shooting on Captain America: Civil War, we’re getting closer to figuring out who it is. According to a report from Deadline, Asa Butterfield is at the top of Marvel’s list though there are four other candidates still in the running for the part. Deadline’s sources say that the Ender’s Game actor is currently No. 1 pick, though some said that there are still other actors strongly being considered.

Butterfield has been rumored to be up for the part since it was announced that Sony and Marvel were agreeing to share the rights to Spider-Man, who is a Marvel character, and were going to reboot the part with a younger actor playing Peter Parker. The new Spider-Man is due to make a cameo appearance in Captain America: Civil War, which is due to begin shooting soon, so the casting decision needs to be determined soon. Whoever gets the part will make appearances in Marvel’s films as well as lead a series of standalone Spider-Man movies for Sony.

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3. Eddie Redmayne looks closer to starring in Harry Potter spinoff

Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne has been rumored to be up for the part of Newt Scamander, the lead role in the upcoming Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, for awhile, but now it looks like negotiations are getting serious and the Brit might be pretty close to locking it down. According to a report from Deadline, Redmayne has been Warner Bros.’s first choice for the role all along, but now that J.K. Rowling has completed the script for the first film the studio can make an offer to the actor.

The film trilogy will take place in the same magical world as Harry Potter, just 70 years prior in New York City with a different cast of characters. Scamander is a “magizoologist” who wrote one of the textbooks Harry and company had to read at Hogwarts. This is the first time Rowling has written for the screen, but her doing so ensures that the story will remain loyal to the Harry Potter universe. Deadline says that Warner Bros. has made a formal offer to Redmayne and they’ve begun negotiations. David Yates, who directed several of the Harry Potter movies, is helming this trilogy as well. Redmayne has another buzzy role coming up playing the transgender artist Lili Elbe in The Danish Girl, which could place him in the center of awards season again after winning the Oscar this year for The Theory of Everything.

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4. Ava DuVernay being eyed by Marvel

TheWrap reported this week that Marvel is eyeing the Selma director to direct one of its “diverse superhero movies,” most likely Black Panther or Captain Marvel. The money currently seems to be on Black Panther, since that movie is due to come out first and the company is eager to get an African American filmmaker in the director’s chair for it. Marvel’s movie studio has been met with lots of criticism regarding its lack of diversity in front of and behind the camera, so the move would be a great bit of PR for Marvel as the latest Avengers film renewed fan question as to why there hasn’t yet been a standalone movie about Scarlett Johansson’s character Black Widow. DuVernay has been a vocal critic of Hollywood’s racism and sexism and her Martin Luther King Jr. biopic took home tons of awards last year, so landing her would certainly help Marvel with its public image. Chadwick Boseman is set to play the superhero Black Panther, the prince of the fictional African nation Wakanda who must avenge his father’s death. The movie is due out in July 2018.

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5. Diego Luna cast in Star Wars: Rogue One

Sources have told Variety that the Mexican actor and director Diego Luna has reportedly been added to the growing cast of the upcoming Star Wars standalone film Rogue One, which is being directed by Gareth Edwards. Felicity Jones, Ben Mendelsohn, and Riz Ahmed are also starring in the movie, which is believed will have a large ensemble cast. Jones is starring as a rebel soldier, while Mendelsohn is believed to be playing the film’s main villain. Variety’s sources said that Ahmed and Luna would play rebel fighters alongside Jones. Last year, Luna directed the biopic Cesar Chavez and he can be seen next in Blood Father co-starring Mel Gibson.

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