Dakota Johnson joins Olivia Wilde’s Don’t Worry, Darling

Dakota Johnson has joined the star-studded cast of Olivia Wilde’s second directorial effort, Don’t Worry, Darling.The Fifty Shades of Grey actress will be appearing in the psychological thriller alongside the likes of Florence Pugh, Shia LaBeouf, and C…

Dakota Johnson has joined the star-studded cast of Olivia Wilde’s second directorial effort, Don’t Worry, Darling.

The Fifty Shades of Grey actress will be appearing in the psychological thriller alongside the likes of Florence Pugh, Shia LaBeouf, and Chris Pine.

The movie is set in an isolated, utopian community in the 1950s California desert and follows the story of a housewife, played by Little Women star Pugh, who uncovers a disturbing truth about her seemingly perfect life.

Wilde will also star in and produce the movie from a screenplay based on an original story by Shane and Carey Van Dyke. The script will be penned by Katie Silberman, who also co-wrote Booksmart.

“I think therefore I stan Dakota. Very happy. Very grateful. Very ready to get to WORK,” the 36-year-old filmmaker wrote on Instagram, alongside a screenshot confirming the casting news.

Fans had previously speculated on social media that Johnson would be added to the cast because she said “see you on set” to Wilde in a viral hand-washing video back in March.

It was announced in April that Pugh, LaBeouf, and Pine would be appearing in Wilde’s sophomore movie, and the mother-of-two took to Twitter to confess she was nervous about the upcoming project, which has made her the “happiest director in the world”.

“This cast is B A N A N A S,” Wilde posted on Twitter. “To say that I’m honored/excited/elated/s**tting myself would be a massive understatement… Looking forward to announcing the rest of our incredible ensemble very soon. #DontWorryDarling.”

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Patty Jenkins ‘trying really hard’ to avoid directing Wonder Woman spin-off movie

Patty Jenkins is “trying really hard” to avoid directing the Wonder Woman spin-off movie.Back in December, the filmmaker announced that a feature focusing on the Amazonian origins of the beloved comic book character, played by Gal Gadot, was “all mappe…

Patty Jenkins is “trying really hard” to avoid directing the Wonder Woman spin-off movie.

Back in December, the filmmaker announced that a feature focusing on the Amazonian origins of the beloved comic book character, played by Gal Gadot, was “all mapped out”, and a third Wonder Woman movie was also in the works.

And in a recent interview with Total Film magazine, Patty revealed that not only is the story for the spin-off movie written and greenlit, but she’s trying “really hard” to not be in the director’s chair this time around.

“I’m not going to direct it, hopefully. I’m going to try really hard not to. It’s not going to be easy,” she shared. “But (Wonder Woman 1984 co-writer and former DC Entertainment president and chief creative officer) Geoff Johns and I came up with the story, and we sold the pitch, and we’re going to get it going. I’ll produce it, for sure.”

Patty also opened up about the future of Diana Prince and her superhero alter ego, noting that she’s even thinking about a fourth movie.

“I’m not going to nail down a fresh thought about it until (Wonder Woman 1984) comes out, because I kind of want to give myself a palette cleanser, and be fresh of mind,” the 48-year-old explained. “But yeah, there’s an arc that I have in mind for the first movie, and then the second movie, and then the Amazon movie, and then the third movie.”

Wonder Woman 1984, also starring Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, and Pedro Pascal, is set to be released in U.S. cinemas on 14 August.

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Florence Pugh to star in Olivia Wilde’s Don’t Worry Darling

Florence Pugh has signed on to star alongside Shia LaBeouf and Chris Pine in Olivia Wilde’s second directorial effort Don’t Worry Darling.The Little Women star took to social media to share her excitement at landing a role in the psychological thriller…

Florence Pugh has signed on to star alongside Shia LaBeouf and Chris Pine in Olivia Wilde’s second directorial effort Don’t Worry Darling.

The Little Women star took to social media to share her excitement at landing a role in the psychological thriller, which is set during the 1950s in an isolated, utopian community in the California desert.

Sharing a screenshot of the casting news on Instagram, Florence wrote: “@oliviawilde just tagged me in a picture *gasp no.1* @oliviawilde casted me in a film *gasp no.2* @oliviawilde is my idol and allowed me to be a part of this fecking incredible cast. Shia?!? Chris?!? *gasp no.3*. I can’t wait to join this project when all of this is over. Until then, masks up. Gloves on. Stay home.”

Olivia also posted a screengrab of Deadline’s casting story and wrote, “AM. I. DREAMING?”, prompting Florence to write in the comments: “This just make my heart pound unbelievably so. I can’t explain how excited I am!”

The Booksmart director later took to Twitter to confess she was nervous about the upcoming project, which has made her the “happiest director in the world”.

“This cast is B A N A N A S,” she posted. “To say that I’m honored/excited/elated/sh**ting myself would be a massive understatement… Looking forward to announcing the rest of our incredible ensemble very soon. #DontWorryDarling.”

Fans have since speculated on Twitter that Dakota Johnson will be added to the cast because she said “see you on set” in a hand-washing video that was posted on the director’s Instagram page in March.

In addition to helming the film, Olivia will also star in and produce the movie from a screenplay written by Katie Silberman, who co-wrote Booksmart.

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Chris Pine in talks to star in The Saint reboot – report

Chris Pine is reportedly in negotiations to star in the reboot of The Saint.The movie is based on the 1920s novels by author Leslie Charteris and follows the story of Simon Templar, a criminal and thief who is hired to take part in missions across the …

Chris Pine is reportedly in negotiations to star in the reboot of The Saint.

The movie is based on the 1920s novels by author Leslie Charteris and follows the story of Simon Templar, a criminal and thief who is hired to take part in missions across the world.

Roger Moore starred in the British TV series based on the books back in the 1960s, and Val Kilmer was The Saint in the 1997 big-screen adaptation, which also starred Elisabeth Shue.

Now, Pine has been picked as the leading man for the upcoming reboot, with Dexter Fletcher directing and Seth Grahame-Smith penning the script, according to Variety.

The 39-year-old has a long-running relationship with studio Paramount Pictures, which began when he was hired to play Captain James T. Kirk for J.J. Abrams’ reboot of the Star Trek franchise in 2009.

The fourth Star Trek film is still being developed, leaving Pine time to commit to another project, editors at the outlet report.

Rocketman filmmaker Fletcher, who was recently confirmed to be directing Sherlock Holmes 3, was hired to helm the reboot back in February, with Chris Pratt originally circling the role of Simon Templar before eventually passing.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, it’s unknown when production on The Saint will begin, as numerous film sets have shut down because of global restrictions to try and stop the spread of the virus.

Pine will next be seen reprising his role of Steve Trevor alongside Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman 1984, which is currently set to open on 14 August.

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Gal Gadot wanted Chris Pine back for Wonder Woman 1984

Gal Gadot and director Patty Jenkins were determined to bring Chris Pine back for Wonder Woman 1984.The Israeli actress made her debut as the iconic Amazonian superhero in the comic book adaptation back in 2017, alongside Pine, who played her love inte…

Gal Gadot and director Patty Jenkins were determined to bring Chris Pine back for Wonder Woman 1984.

The Israeli actress made her debut as the iconic Amazonian superhero in the comic book adaptation back in 2017, alongside Pine, who played her love interest and ally, Steve Trevor.

However, he was tragically killed off while sacrificing himself during the epic battle scene in the final throes of the movie, leaving Wonder Woman, also known as Diana Prince, bereft with grief.

When it was announced last year that Pine would be reprising his role as the former U.S. soldier for the sequel, fans were intrigued as to how he could have been brought back to life, and Gadot has now revealed that she and director Jenkins were determined to make sure he was back for the follow-up.

“Chris was an integral part of the movie, and of its success,” she told Empire magazine. “And because he and I and Patty really enjoyed working together, we all wanted to have him back. And Patty and (co-writer) Geoff Johns found the best way that serves the narrative to bring Steve back.”

While she refused to divulge how Trevor returns, she did hint that something “crazy” was going to happen in the sequel, and said that the superhero has matured since the first film.

“The first movie was a coming of age, it was Diana becoming Wonder Woman. She was very naive and she didn’t understand the complexities of life. A fish out of water. In this movie, that’s not the case whatsoever,” Gadot shared. “Diana has evolved. She’s much more mature and very wise. However, she’s very lonely. She lost all of her team members and she’s guarded. And then something crazy happens.”

Wonder Woman 1984 is set to be released on 14 August.

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Wonder Woman 1984 gets new release date due to coronavirus pandemic

The release of Wonder Woman 1984 has been postponed until August due to the coronavirus pandemic.The highly-anticipated sequel, directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, and Pedro Pascal, was due to hit cinemas on 5 Ju…

The release of Wonder Woman 1984 has been postponed until August due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The highly-anticipated sequel, directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, and Pedro Pascal, was due to hit cinemas on 5 June, but bosses at Warner Bros. announced on Tuesday that it would now be released on 14 August.

“When we greenlit Wonder Woman 1984, it was with every intention to be viewed on the big screen and are excited to announce that Warner Bros. Pictures will be bringing the film to theatres on Aug. 14,” the studio’s chairman Toby Emmerich said in a statement. “We hope the world will be in a safer and healthier place by then.”

Gadot, who reprises her role as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman in the blockbuster, shared her relief that the movie’s release would be postponed.

“In these dark and scary times, I am looking forward to a brighter future ahead. Where we can share the power of cinema together again,” she wrote. “Excited to redate our WW84 film to August 14, 2020. I hope everyone is safe. Sending my love to you all.”

Jenkins, who also helmed Wonder Woman back in 2017, took to Twitter to share the news.

“We made Wonder Woman 1984 for the big screen and I believe in the power of cinema. In these terrible times, when theater owners are struggling as so many are, we are excited to re-date our film to August 14th 2020 in a theater near you, and pray for better times for all by then,” she wrote.

James Wan’s horror Malignant, starring Annabelle Wallis, was originally scheduled to open on 14 August, but has been bumped to accommodate the rescheduled Wonder Woman 1984.

Warner Bros. has also indefinitely pulled Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical adaptation In the Heights, which was due out on 26 June, as well as the animated comedy Scoob!, based on the classic Scooby-Doo characters, which was set for 15 May.

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Simon Pegg: ‘Star Trek franchise lost momentum after Anton Yelchin’s death’

Simon Pegg believes the Star Trek movie franchise has stalled because the team has “lost momentum” following the death of Anton Yelchin.The British actor has played Montgomery ‘Scotty’ Scott in the relaunched sci-fi franchise since 2009 and last appear…

Simon Pegg believes the Star Trek movie franchise has stalled because the team has “lost momentum” following the death of Anton Yelchin.

The British actor has played Montgomery ‘Scotty’ Scott in the relaunched sci-fi franchise since 2009 and last appeared as the Enterprise engineer in Star Trek Beyond, which was released weeks after the death of Yelchin, who played Pavel Chekov, in 2016.

A fourth instalment has been hit by numerous delays, with Noah Hawley and Quentin Tarantino being rumoured to direct the next outing, but a film has yet to be given a green light by executives at movie studio Paramount.

When asked about the delays with the franchise, Pegg, who also co-wrote Star Trek Beyond, explained to GamesRadar+ and Total Film that the shock death of 27-year-old Yelchin has dampened the enthusiasm for more films.

“We’ve lost momentum. I think losing Anton was a huge blow to our little family, and our enthusiasm to do another one might have been affected by that. So I don’t know,” he said.

He also blamed the studio for not promoting Star Trek Beyond well enough to coincide with the franchise’s 50th anniversary, with him adding, “They didn’t really take advantage of the 50th anniversary. The regimen at the time dropped the ball on the promo of the film.”

The 50-year-old also explained that the Star Trek films don’t make as much money at the box office as Marvel movies do and so Paramount executives aren’t likely to make a profit from them.

“The fact is, Star Trek movies don’t make Marvel money. They make maybe $500 million at the most, and to make one now, on the scale they’ve set themselves, is $200 million. You have to make three times that to make a profit,” he explained.

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Quentin Tarantino ‘steering away’ from Star Trek movie

Quentin Tarantino is “steering away” from his plans to make an R-rated Star Trek movie.The director has been linked to a new instalment in the sci-fi film franchise for months, after reportedly making a successful pitch for an edgier story to studio ex…

Quentin Tarantino is “steering away” from his plans to make an R-rated Star Trek movie.

The director has been linked to a new instalment in the sci-fi film franchise for months, after reportedly making a successful pitch for an edgier story to studio executives at Paramount Pictures.

Previous reports suggested a screenplay is in development, but Tarantino now claims he is moving away from the Star Trek project, for which he never entered an official deal.

“I think I’m steering away from Star Trek, but I haven’t had an official conversation with those guys (studio bosses) yet,” he told Consequence of Sound.

The last Star Trek movie, Star Trek Beyond, was released in 2016 and starred Chris Pine as Captain Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock.

Elsewhere, Tarantino also admitted he almost chose to hold back his latest release, the critically acclaimed Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and make it his swansong after previously vowing to step away from filmmaking after completing his tenth movie.

“In a strange way, it seems like this movie, Hollywood, would be my last,” the 56-year-old said of his ninth film. “So, I’ve kind of taken the pressure off myself to make that last big voila kind of statement.

“I mean, to such a degree there was a moment when I was writing (it) and went, ‘Should I do this now? Should I do something else? Is this the tenth one?'”

Tarantino decided not to delay the project unnecessarily, and although he still plans to bow out after movie number 10, he doesn’t think his final film will be another big production like Once Upon a Time in Hollywood was.

“If the idea that all the films are a boxcar and it’s all one train, they’re all telling one story. Well, this is the climax, so I can actually see now my tenth movie probably being a little smaller,” he shared.

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Noah Hawley to write and direct next Star Trek movie

Noah Hawley is in talks to write and direct the next Star Trek film. The Lucy in the Sky director is reportedly in final talks with executives at Paramount Pictures to create the fourth instalment in the current film franchise, which stars Chris Pine …

Noah Hawley is in talks to write and direct the next Star Trek film.

The Lucy in the Sky director is reportedly in final talks with executives at Paramount Pictures to create the fourth instalment in the current film franchise, which stars Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto as Captain Kirk and Spock, respectively, according to Deadline.

If the deal is done, Hawley will also produce through his 26 Keys production banner alongside J.J. Abrams, who directed the first two films in the franchise – 2009’s Star Trek and 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness – and his Bad Robot company.

Paramount executives have been developing a fourth instalment since the release of 2016’s Star Trek Beyond, which was directed by Justin Lin. S.J. Clarkson was attached to direct the movie, making her the first woman to direct a Star Trek film, but negotiations with Pine and Chris Hemsworth, who portrays his father, fell apart in summer 2018.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the contracts for the main cast – which also includes Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, John Cho, and Simon Pegg – had run out and more expensive deals were on the table. The project was subsequently shelved.

Paramount bosses are also working on a separate spin-off with Quentin Tarantino, who told Empire magazine that his project would be R-rated.

“There’s a script that exists for it now. I need to weigh in on it, but I haven’t been able to do that yet,” he added.

Hawley is best known for creating and serving as showrunner on Marvel TV series Legion and crime anthology series Fargo. He made his feature directorial debut earlier this year with Lucy with the Sky, which starred Natalie Portman, Jon Hamm, and Dan Stevens. He is currently producing the fourth season of Fargo, which features Chris Rock.

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Chris Pine to play Walter Cronkite in Newsflash

Chris Pine has been attached to play TV news legend Walter Cronkite in a film about President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.Titled Newsflash, the movie will chronicle how Cronkite broke the news of Kennedy’s murder to the nation in 1963. Mark Ruffalo…

Chris Pine has been attached to play TV news legend Walter Cronkite in a film about President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

Titled Newsflash, the movie will chronicle how Cronkite broke the news of Kennedy’s murder to the nation in 1963. Mark Ruffalo is attached to play Don Hewitt, who was Cronkite’s producer.

Pine will take over the role from Seth Rogen, who was briefly attached to the part.

Previously, director David Gordon Green was linked to helm the project, but he later pulled out to take charge of the Halloween sequels after he successfully brought the Jamie Lee Curtis horror movie back to the big screen last year.

The filmmaker is also in negotiations to make a movie about the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Newsflash, scripted by Ben Jacoby-scripted, will delve into the events that occurred on 22 November 1963, the day President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas.

According to editors at Deadline, the narrative will unfold in real-time as Cronkite and his producer try to sift through the chaos and accurately report one of the biggest news stories in history.

Greg Silverman’s Stampede is producing with Adam Kolbrenner, with a search for a new director currently underway.

It’s not known why Rogen left the Newsflash, but the actor is no stranger to playing real-life characters, as he portrayed Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs, alongside Michael Fassbender.

Pine, 38, has recently starred in Netflix’s historical drama Outlaw King, and will reprise his role as Steve Trevor opposite Gal Gadot for the highly-anticipated Wonder Woman 1984.

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