Every week, we take an in-depth look at the latest Hollywood rumors, from casting chatter to potential directorial choices to the latest TV revivals. This week brought us plenty more speculation, including leaked plot details for the new Jumanji reboot, another potential villain for Spider-Man: Homecoming, and the latest on Doctor Strange. Below, check out the five biggest rumors coming out of Hollywood this week.
1. The new Jumanji may feature this plot
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New details about the upcoming Jumanji reboot have surfaced this week. According to Collider, the movie will follow a group of teens who are sucked into the video game world of Jumanji. Once in the game, they transform into their respective avatars, which will be played by Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, and Jack Black.
The new plot details came shortly after casting for the younger characters was announced. Alex Wolff, Ser’Darius Blain, Madison Iseman, and Morgan Turner will reportedly be portraying the teens who play the video game and set the whole movie’s events in motion. Jumanji is slated for release on July 28, 2017.
2. Marvel’s Nightwatch could appear in Spider-Man: Homecoming
Spider-Man: Homecoming is already set to feature its fair share of villains, including Vulture and Tinkerer, but the latest rumor has added another name to the list. According to Bleeding Cool, Sony has started purchasing as many Nightwatch comics as they can get their hands on, suggesting that the character will soon be making his live-action debut. Given Sony’s sudden interest in the character, the report speculates that the villain could be the fourth or fifth antagonist to show up in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Neither Marvel nor Sony has confirmed anything, so fans will have to stay tuned to find out more. Spider-Man: Homecoming is set to hit theaters on July 7, 2017.
3. MacGruber might be getting a sequel
Actor Will Forte and director, Jorma Taccone have long been talking about creating a sequel to their 2010 comedy, MacGruber. But it looks like the follow-up may finally be moving forward. On Monday, Taccone announced via Twitter that he and Forte have started writing the script for the sequel. The project seems to be in its early stages, as suggested by the draft’s “Super Duper Rough” title. Plus, Forte is currently busy working on the third season of his Fox series, Last Man on Earth, so it’ll likely be a while before he has time to film a sequel. Still, it seems MacGruber 2 is on its way to the big-screen.
4. Doctor Strange may feature an Infinity Stone
As Marvel fans know, two of the six Infinity Stones that will eventually make up Thanos’s Infinity Gauntlet have yet to be discovered in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: the Soul Stone and the Time Stone. With only so many movies left to go before the Infinity Gauntlet shows up in Avengers: Infinity War, some have speculated that one of the remaining gems could turn up in the upcoming Doctor Strange. Marvel’s president, Kevin Feige recently addressed this possibility and while he didn’t confirm anything, he also didn’t quite deny it.
“If you are tracking such things, perhaps — but we don’t get into it in this movie, because again, we’ve got … there’s a lot to take in, in this movie,” he said, per CinemaBlend. “There are a lot of new concepts, a lot of new characters. There’s a lot of new mythologies that we didn’t want to clutter it up by talking about other MacGuffins.”
It remains to be seen when exactly the other Infinity Stones will be introduced, but we’ll find out soon enough. Doctor Strange opens in theaters on November 4.
5. American Horror Story: Roanoke may reveal Freak Show origins
Series creator Ryan Murphy has already confirmed that American Horror Story: Roanoke will help tie together all the previous seasons of the anthology series. But he recently clarified even further, telling Entertainment Weekly that not only will this season help explain the origins of the Freak Show brood, it will also feature a slew of returning roles from past seasons of the show.
“There’s a lot of great, familiar people that have come through the seasons — you know, the first five — who fans have missed, who I’ve always tried to get. Many of them have been unavailable, and I booked them far enough in advance this year that they’re back,” he said. “This is sort of the year, where you see the “greatest hits,” in terms of actors of American Horror Story, and they all love doing it.”
As for what specific names will appear, it remains to be seen, although fans are already speculating that American Horror Story vet, Connie Britton could be among them. We’ll have to wait to see how the season plays out to find out for sure. American Horror Story: Roanoke airs on FX on Wednesday nights.
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