Here are all the rumors that have been buzzing in Hollywood over the past week.
1. The next Spider-Man won’t be Peter Parker
We know that Sony is rebooting its Spider-Man franchise again, this time minus actor Andrew Garfield, and that Spider-Man will join the Marvel Cinematic Universe in a collaboration between Sony and Marvel. One of the most persistent rumors that has accompanied this announcement is that Spider-Man’s human alter-ego won’t be Peter Parker, but will be the African American and Latino character Miles Morales. Community actor Donald Glover has been one of the most prominent names rumored to be up for the part, and he already serves as the voice of the cartoon Morales on Ultimate Spider-Man. On the TODAY Show Glover refused to deny or confirm the rumors, saying, “I can’t say I’m the next Spider-Man… I mean, it’s not out yet.” /Film and other publications have speculated that they strongly believe the next incarnation of Spider-Man won’t be white.
2. The Crow remake
The cult classic The Crow is being remade by director Corin Hardy and Boardwalk Empire breakout star Jack Huston is reportedly being courted for the lead role, according to Deadline. The publication described the talks as being in the very early stages. The Crow is a goth B-movie cult hit about a murdered man who comes back from the grave for revenge. That role in the 1994 film was originally played by Brandon Lee. Huston is currently working on a very different project, playing the lead role in the remake of the classic Biblical epic Ben-Hur.
3. The Flash & Arrow spin-off
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the CW is planning a spin-off of its popular DC Comics-based shows The Flash and Arrow to grow its own comic book television universe. The publication said that Arrow creators Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, and Marc Guggenheim will create the new series, which will see Ray Palmer/The Atom, played by Brandon Routh, starring with actress Caity Lotz. Lotz’s character in Arrow, Sara Lance/Canary, was killed in the previous season, and it’s uncertain if that character will be revived or if she’ll play someone else. The Flash’s Wentworth Miller will play Leonard Snart/Captain Cold and Victor Garber will play Dr. Martin Stein. There will be plenty of opportunity for other characters from Arrow and The Flash to make appearances on the planned spin-off. The show is described as being in “early development.”
4. Steven Spielberg wants to direct Chris Pratt as Indiana Jones
Deadline has reported that not only is Disney planning to make a fifth Indiana Jones movie with Parks and Recreation and Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt being eyed to replace Harrison Ford in the lead role as the adventurous archaeologist, but original helmer Steven Spielberg also wants to direct the movie. Deadline said that the movie is in the very early stages of planning, but that Spielberg hand-picked Pratt to take on the role of Indiana Jones. Spielberg has apparently taken a liking to the actor, as the director also chose Pratt to star in the reboot of his Jurassic Park franchise in this summer’s Jurassic World. Fans are now hoping that the planned fifth Indiana Jones will be better than the fourth film Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was.
5. Is Jamie Dornan quitting Fifty Shades?
A lot of people made fun of the fact that during the press junket for Fifty Shades of Grey, the film’s stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson seemed not only to have no chemistry, but to actively dislike each other. That fact ended up being apparent in the movie, though despite terrible reviews it has grossed $135 million domestically thus far and smashed February box office records according to Box Office Mojo. Now rumors have been swirling that Jamie Dornan won’t return for the inevitable sequels, with reasons cited including his wife’s disapproval over the erotic material and his anger over Johnson receiving better reviews for her performance.
While there hasn’t been second and third movies officially given the greenlight yet, with the first raking in that kind of dough there’s no way the studio is going to pass up on them. Dornan’s camp responded to the rumors by issuing a statement. “Jamie is delighted that the film is breaking box office records worldwide and whilst the studio has not made any formal announcements about sequels, he is looking forward to making the next film,” his rep told ABC News.
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