John Krasinski: ‘I didn’t want anything to do with A Quiet Place sequel’

John Krasinski originally refused to have anything to do with a sequel to his horror movie A Quiet Place.The original sci-fi horror, which followed a family fighting for survival in a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by blind extraterrestrial creatures…

John Krasinski originally refused to have anything to do with a sequel to his horror movie A Quiet Place.

The original sci-fi horror, which followed a family fighting for survival in a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by blind extraterrestrial creatures with an acute sense of hearing, was a major hit with the critics and at the box office following its release in 2018, so studio bosses at Paramount wanted Krasinski, who wrote, directed and starred in the original, to make a follow-up.

However, Krasinski has revealed to Entertainment Weekly he was reluctant to sign on for the sequel and had to be persuaded that it would a good idea.

“I totally understood why the studio wanted to do a sequel for financial reasons,” he explained. “I didn’t want anything to do with it because, weirdly, as much as I’m the writer-director, I’m also a huge fan of this movie. I didn’t want to be a part of anything that would be viewed as a cash grab.”

However, once he sat down and went through possible ideas for a sequel, he was “Jedi-mindtricked into directing this thing”.

Now, Krasinski is dealing with “very core-level anxieties” as he works hard to get A Quiet Place Part II finished ahead of its release in March, and The Office star is hopeful that fans of the original will love the follow-up just as much as he does.

“I hope people think the movie is as good as I think it is, because I had the same anxieties that (the fans) did when I heard they were making a sequel: ‘Why are they doing that?’ Hopefully I answered that question,” he shared.

A Quiet Place Part II, starring Krasinski’s wife Emily Blunt, returning stars Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe, and new additions Cillian Murphy and Djimon Hounsou, is in cinemas from 20 March.

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Emily Blunt was terrified filming car stunt for A Quiet Place sequel

Emily Blunt was terrified while filming a high-speed car stunt for A Quiet Place: Part II. The original sci-fi horror, which followed a family fighting for survival in a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by blind extraterrestrial creatures with an acut…

Emily Blunt was terrified while filming a high-speed car stunt for A Quiet Place: Part II.

The original sci-fi horror, which followed a family fighting for survival in a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by blind extraterrestrial creatures with an acute sense of hearing, was a major hit with the critics and at the box office following its release in 2018. Accordingly, the British actress, along with her onscreen children Noah Jupe and Millicent Simmonds signed up to return for a sequel, to be directed once again by her husband John Krasinski.

The debut trailer for the sequel, released earlier this month, showed a flashback to the first day of alien invasion, with Blunt driving a car around town with her kids as passengers. Once an alien drops from the sky, she has to speed off down a road, until she encounters a runaway bus and has to reverse back down the road at speed with the bus on her tail.

But during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the Mary Poppins Returns actress admitted the stunt was entirely practical and she just had to react while a stunt driver handled the car off-camera.

“I’m really proud of John for that shot because it was choreographed for two weeks,” she explained. “That is not a CGI bus, that is a real bus. And then there’s a stunt driver on the top of the car. And so really, my life is in his hands. So I said to him before, I looked up at him and I went ‘Well, I hope you’re good because my life is in your hands.’ And he just lent down and he went, ‘I’m the best.’ And he really was. But it’s sort of terrifying. I’ve never done a stunt like that.”

A Quiet Place: Part II, which features new castmembers such as Cillian Murphy and Djimon Hounsou, hits cinemas from 20 March.

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Charlie Hunnam blames ‘miscasting’ for King Arthur flop

Charlie Hunnam believes his 2017 movie King Arthur: Legend of the Sword flopped because a piece of miscasting “crippled” the storyline.The British actor played the titular character in Guy Ritchie’s 2017 fantasy drama, alongside Jude Law, Eric Bana and…

Charlie Hunnam believes his 2017 movie King Arthur: Legend of the Sword flopped because a piece of miscasting “crippled” the storyline.

The British actor played the titular character in Guy Ritchie’s 2017 fantasy drama, alongside Jude Law, Eric Bana and Djimon Hounsou, and the movie was critically panned and bombed at the box office.

During a recent radio interview with Andy Cohen on SiriusXM, Charlie revealed he’d like to revisit the film because the team encountered many problems during production, including a role being miscast.

“I’d like to go back to King Arthur because there’s a lot of things went wrong during that and a lot of things that were out of our control,” he candidly explained. “I just don’t think we ended up matching the aspiration – we just didn’t quite make the movie we wanted.”

When asked what was one of the biggest things to go wrong, the 39-year-old cryptically replied, “There was a piece of miscasting that ended up crippling the central storyline. It’s actually not in the film anymore.”

He didn’t divulge who was miscast in the movie.

Back in 2017, director Guy told Entertainment Weekly that his original cut of the movie was more than three hours long, but was hacked down to just over two hours before its release.

Elsewhere in the interview, the Sons of Anarchy star explained there was a plan to make King Arthur into a franchise if the first film had been a success.

“The idea was that if it was a success, we would’ve made several of those films, and I’m really captivated by the Arthurian legends and I just feel like we really missed an opportunity to tell a long-form story,” Charlie lamented.

The fantasy epic, which cost more than $175 million (£134 million) to produce, made just $146 million (£112 million) worldwide.

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Elizabeth Banks confirms Kristen Stewart’s character in Charlie’s Angels is gay

Elizabeth Banks has confirmed Kristen Stewart’s character in the Charlie’s Angels reboot is gay.In the third instalment of the Charlie’s Angels film series, the Twilight actress takes on the part of the rebellious Sabina Wilson, with the flick also fea…

Elizabeth Banks has confirmed Kristen Stewart’s character in the Charlie’s Angels reboot is gay.

In the third instalment of the Charlie’s Angels film series, the Twilight actress takes on the part of the rebellious Sabina Wilson, with the flick also featuring Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska as the new generation of Angels working for a private detective agency.

Speaking about Sabina’s sexuality in an interview for Pride Source, Elizabeth explained that she and Kristen both wanted to ensure there was no ambiguity.

“I think ambiguity is kind of modern now. I think the fluidity is very modern right now. Kristen’s character is definitely gay in the movie. I mean, she wanted to be gay in the movie and I’m like, ‘Yeah,'” she commented. “And you’re welcome to talk to her about it. She loves to be open about it. I just wanted to make sure that she was able to present a character that she was fully behind.”

Elizabeth went on to note that it was important for Kristen to “present herself as queer” in Charlie’s Angels. The 29-year-old has been open about her bisexuality in the past and is currently dating screenwriter Dylan Meyer.

Elsewhere in the chat, Elizabeth shared that it felt “so natural” to have a queer lead in the film.

“Again, I feel like it’s the most modern version of Charlie’s Angels and speaks to the audience that’s here for it right now. It was never a big deal, it was not a big deal. We talked about it and it just… happened. It was very natural,” the 45-year-old stated.

Charlie’s Angels, also featuring Djimon Hounsou, Sam Claflin, and Noah Centineo, hits cinemas in the U.S. on Friday.

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Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman films inspire men’s fragrance line

Fans of the Kingsman films can now smell like secret service agents thanks to a new line of men’s fragrances created with the help of director Matthew Vaughn.The English filmmaker, who masterminded Kingsman: The Secret Service and Kingsman: The Golden …

Fans of the Kingsman films can now smell like secret service agents thanks to a new line of men’s fragrances created with the help of director Matthew Vaughn.

The English filmmaker, who masterminded Kingsman: The Secret Service and Kingsman: The Golden Circle, has teamed with bosses at lifestyle brand Coty Inc to come up with a scent inspired by the hit movies.

“As a unique, quintessentially British lifestyle brand, Kingsman fits perfectly within Coty Luxury’s portfolio and nicely complements our strong luxury men’s fragrance business,” said Coty Luxury president Edgar Huber. “Through our combined strength in storytelling and Coty’s marketing and commercial expertise, we are uniquely positioned to translate the Kingsman universe into a success in fragrances.”

The fragrance will be available in February, when prequel The King’s Man, starring Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans, Matthew Goode, and Djimon Hounsou, hits theatres.

“This partnership is a further evolution of the Kingsman brand, a collaboration that represents the same high quality and craftsmanship the Kingsman portfolio is known for,” Vaughn added.

“Working with Coty’s expertise in fragrance, and with a truly exciting campaign to come, I look forward to the launch of the newest addition to the Kingsman collection.”

Vaughn previously teamed with bosses at the men’s style brand Mr. Porter on a range of items inspired by the franchise and with Glendronach distillers in Forgue, Scotland on a Kingsman Edition 1991 Vintage whisky.

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Djimon Hounsou replaces Brian Tyree Henry in A Quiet Place sequel

Djimon Hounsou has been drafted in to replace Brian Tyree Henry in the sequel to A Quiet Place.The Atlanta actor was cast in the horror follow-up earlier this year, but editors at Deadline have now revealed he has had to drop out of the project due to …

Djimon Hounsou has been drafted in to replace Brian Tyree Henry in the sequel to A Quiet Place.

The Atlanta actor was cast in the horror follow-up earlier this year, but editors at Deadline have now revealed he has had to drop out of the project due to scheduling conflicts and has subsequently been replaced by the Captain Marvel actor.   

It is not known what character Henry had been set to play, though it was thought to be a “big role” alongside returning castmembers Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe and Millicent Simmonds, who portray the Abbott family, as well as newcomer, Peaky Blinders star Cillian Murphy, who will reportedly play “a man with mysterious intentions who joins the family unit.”   

The 2018 film followed the Abbott family and their attempts to survive in silence in a post-apocalyptic world where monsters hunt by sound. The plot of the sequel, which is set for release in March 2020, is currently unknown.    

John Krasinski, who is returning to direct from a screenplay he co-wrote with his original collaborators Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, marked the beginning of filming in July by sharing a picture of the clapperboard on Twitter, meaning Henry’s exit may have been rather last minute.   

However, this isn’t the first time Hounsou has been drafted in as a replacement – he was cast as the wizard in DC’s Shazam! after This Is Us star Ron Cephas Jones had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts.  

Hounsou, 55, has been landing roles in major blockbusters in recent years, with appearances in Aquaman, Captain Marvel, Shazam! and Furious 7. He will next be seen Kingsman: The Secret Service prequel, The King’s Man, and in the Charlie’s Angels reboot.  

Henry is currently filming a project with Jennifer Lawrence and is set to play Phastos in Marvel’s Eternals alongside Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek. 

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Zachary Levi felt claustrophobic first time he wore Shazam! costume

Zachary Levi felt a little claustrophobic the first time he wore his “very tight” Shazam! costume.The superhero film based on the DC Comics character, stars Asher Angel as Billy Batson, a teenage boy who can transform into an adult superhero, as pl…

Zachary Levi felt a little claustrophobic the first time he wore his “very tight” Shazam! costume.

The superhero film based on the DC Comics character, stars Asher Angel as Billy Batson, a teenage boy who can transform into an adult superhero, as played by the former Chuck actor.

For the gig, Zachary was required to wear a skin-tight red suit, and in an interview for SciFiNow magazine confessed that he found his ensemble highly restrictive at the beginning.

“The first time I put it on I started feeling the slightest bit of claustrophobia starting to set in and I was like, ‘Okay, okay, calm down, you’re going to have to get used to this, Zach, because you’re going to do this hopefully for quite some time,” he told the publication. “And so that immediately started to dissipate but yeah it can be a little restrictive for sure and certainly not the easiest thing to go to the bathroom in.”

Zachary went on to recall how at one point he even passed up on an opportunity to audition for Shazam! as he thought producers would be looking for a big-name celebrity. However, the star was invited back for another casting call and is now thrilled that he has been able to make his childhood dream a reality.

“On a kind of mental, emotional level I hope I never get used to it,” the 38-year-old said of wearing the Shazam! suit. “I hope I’m always looking at it going, ‘How cool is this? How cool that I have chosen to be this character and bring it to life.

“(Shazam!) speaks to the little boy or girl in all of us. That was running around at some point and saying some word we believed magically gave us superpowers or made us extra fast or we pretend that we can fly. We’ve all done it on some level, and this is that in movie form, it’s really fun!”

Shazam! which also features Mark Strong and Djimon Hounsou, is now showing in cinemas.

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Zachary Levi hopes Shazam will get to join the Justice League

Zachary Levi doesn’t want to be “greedy” but hopes Shazam will get a crack at joining the Justice League.The Chuck actor was unveiled as the newest member of the DC Comics universe in October 2017 when studio bosses announced that he would take on the …

Zachary Levi doesn’t want to be “greedy” but hopes Shazam will get a crack at joining the Justice League.

The Chuck actor was unveiled as the newest member of the DC Comics universe in October 2017 when studio bosses announced that he would take on the adult role in the movie Shazam!

Directed by David F. Sandberg, the plot centres on a troubled 14-year-old orphan named Billy Batson (Asher Angel), who can transform into the superhero, as played by Levi, simply by uttering the word “Shazam!”

Now, in a video interview for Digital Spy, Levi expressed how much he would like to see his character make a crossover into one of DC’s Justice League movies.

“I don’t want to get too greedy,” the 38-year-old, who is garnering plenty of positive buzz for his DC debut, commented. “First and foremost, I would love that we get to keep building this world, the Shazam! side of the DC universe.

“If beyond that, my bosses say, ‘Hey, what about going and popping into that person’s movie or they pop into your movie?’ or, God willing, they make another Justice League and Shazam gets to be in the Justice League, I want all of that.”

Other DC movies include box office smashes like 2017’s Justice League flick, as well as features like Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Suicide Squad, and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

The newcomer also admitted he got some tips on navigating the superhero world, but not from his compatriots at DC.

“I’ve had some buddies who have also done this in the Marvel world as well,” he shared. “Through my observation of what they’ve all done, I’ve tried to assimilate, as best I can, the things that it looks like have worked for them, but I was just kind of trying to do my own thing.

“It is very different too. It’d be very difficult to be getting tips from Batman because it’s a much darker, different kind of thing.”

Also starring Mark Strong, Djimon Hounsou, and Grace Fulton, Shazam! begins to hit cinemas from 3 April (19).

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Aaron Taylor-Johnson reunites with Matthew Vaughn for Kingsman prequel

Aaron Taylor-Johnson is teaming up once again with his Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn for the Kingsman prequel. The Nocturnal Animals actor is reuniting with moviemaker, who he worked on the 2010 superhero comedy, on Kingsman: The Great Game, a preq…

Aaron Taylor-Johnson is teaming up once again with his Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn for the Kingsman prequel.

The Nocturnal Animals actor is reuniting with moviemaker, who he worked on the 2010 superhero comedy, on Kingsman: The Great Game, a prequel to Vaughn’s Kingsman instalments, The Secret Service and The Golden Circle, which were released in 2014 and 2017, respectively.

According to Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper, Taylor-Johnson is part of a star-studded ensemble cast which also includes Gemma Arterton, Ralph Fiennes, Rhys Ifans, and newcomer Harris Dickinson.

The prequel will be set during World War I and explore the origins of the Kingsman organisation. Arterton will play a nanny named Polly, who helps raise Conrad, the son of the Duke of Oxford, with “ruthless efficiency”. Fiennes will play the Duke, while Dickinson will portray his heir Conrad. Reporters at Collider.com also added that Conrad will be a “cocky yet charming young hero” who’s eager to serve his country and fight in World War I, and the film will be more of a period drama than a spy thriller.

Filming is already underway in various locations around the U.K. with a base at Longcross Film Studios near Chertsey in Surrey.

Daily Mail columnist Baz Bamigboye also revealed that the prequel will feature Daniel Bruhl, Charles Dance, Stanley Tucci, Matthew Goode, Djimon Hounsou, Alison Steadman, and Tom Hollander.

The Bird Box actor has been cast in three roles after casting directors unsuccessfully tried to find three similar-looking actors for the parts. Hollander will play King George V, the German Kaiser and the Russian tsar, who are all part of Queen Victoria’s extended family tree.

Kingsman star Taron Egerton will not appear in The Great Game, which is scheduled to be released in November, but is thought to be reprising his character Eggsy in Kingsman 3, which Vaughn is currently developing.

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Djimon Hounsou to portray the Wizard in Shazam!

Actor Djimon Hounsou is crossing over from Marvel to DC Comics to portray the Wizard in the upcoming film adaptation of Shazam!. Directed by Annabelle: Creation filmmaker David F. Sandberg, Shazam! stars Zachary Levi as Billy Batson, who is given powe…

Actor Djimon Hounsou is crossing over from Marvel to DC Comics to portray the Wizard in the upcoming film adaptation of Shazam!.

Directed by Annabelle: Creation filmmaker David F. Sandberg, Shazam! stars Zachary Levi as Billy Batson, who is given powers of a god as a teen. Wizard is a 3000-year-old Egyptian mystic who bestows Billy with his powers and begins to use his abilities for good.

This is Us castmember Ron Cephas Jones was initially rumoured to be associated with the magical role, but he reportedly dropped out of the film due to a scheduling conflict, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Production on the movie has already concluded.

Hounsou is no stranger to the superhero world, having appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy as the Pursuer, a character he is set to reprise in Captain Marvel next year (19). He was also featured in the big screen adaptation of graphic novel Constantine in 2005.

Shazam! also stars Mark Strong and Asher Angel as a young Batson, while Levi celebrated his casting as the adult character last October (17).

“Honored and greatly humbled to be a part of the #dcuniverse by bringing the original Captain Marvel to life,” the actor wrote alongside a picture of himself as Shazam on Instagram. “I am beside myself with gratitude, not only for this opportunity, but also the incredible outpouring of love and support from so many of you out there in the world. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be in the gym for the rest of forever.”

Shazam! is slated to hit U.S. theatres in April (19).

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