J.K. Simmons confirms he’s signed on for two more Spider-Man sequels

J.K. Simmons has confirmed he has signed on to star in two more Spider-Man sequels.The 65-year-old made his debut as Daily Bugle editor J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man back in 2002, and reprised his character for a post-credits scene in last…

J.K. Simmons has confirmed he has signed on to star in two more Spider-Man sequels.

The 65-year-old made his debut as Daily Bugle editor J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man back in 2002, and reprised his character for a post-credits scene in last year’s Spider-Man: Far From Home, which starred Tom Holland as the latest incarnation of the web-slinging superhero.

And Simmons has now revealed he signed on for at least two more sequels when he agreed to bring back the outspoken editor-in-chief on the big screen.

“I don’t know if I would use the word ‘expect’,” he said on PeopleTV’s Couch Surfing. “When we signed on for the first movie we signed a contract to do two sequels as well.

“That’s always a one-sided, well not always, but in my case, a one-sided contract where you’re committed to do it but they’re not necessarily committed to use your character in the ensuing movies.”

He also praised Raimi, who helmed the original Spider-Man trilogy starring Tobey Maguire, and Jon Watts, who directed Far From Home, for working together to unite the different franchises.

“It was great to have the opportunity as these things evolve to be one of the holdovers from the previous version,” Simmons added.

Elsewhere in the interview, the Oscar-winning actor joked that wants to play the father of every famous Chris in Hollywood, following his recent work with Chris Evans on the Apple+ TV series, Defending Jacob, and Chris Pratt on The Tomorrow War.

“My career plan now is to play the father of every handsome, blue-eyed movie star stud named Chris,” he joked. “So if you’re casting out there I’m looking – Chris Pine, I’m available, and Chris Hemsworth – in either order, I mean we don’t have to go alphabetical.”

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Danny Boyle to direct Michael B. Jordan’s Methuselah

Danny Boyle has signed on to take charge of Michael B. Jordan’s planned Methuselah adaptation.It was announced last year that the Black Panther star would be taking on the role of the titular protagonist in the epic, based on the biblical story of a ma…

Danny Boyle has signed on to take charge of Michael B. Jordan’s planned Methuselah adaptation.

It was announced last year that the Black Panther star would be taking on the role of the titular protagonist in the epic, based on the biblical story of a man who lived to be almost 1,000 years old.

Spider-Man: Homecoming director Jon Watts had been in talks for the gig last year, however, bosses at Warner Bros. have now changed the concept of the upcoming movie, according to Variety.

Screenwriter Simon Beaufoy, who previously worked with Boyle on the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours, is now onboard to revamp the script, which was previously drafted by The Bourne Legacy writer/director Tony Gilroy.

Methuselah has been in development since 2014, and at one point, Tom Cruise was attached as its leading man, as well as Will Smith.

Jordan will also co-produce the movie via his Outlier Society company, alongside Alana Mayo, David Heyman, and Jeffrey Clifford.

It will mark a return to studio blockbuster movies for Boyle, who was slated to direct the upcoming James Bond movie No Time To Die, but exited the project due to creative differences.

The British filmmaker, who scooped the Academy Award for Best Director back in 2009 for Slumdog Millionaire, also helmed 2019’s musical comedy Yesterday.

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Jon Watts in talks to direct third Spider-Man movie

Jon Watts is in talks to return as director of the third Spider-Man movie. In August, bosses at Sony Pictures and Disney, the parent company of Marvel Studios, called off their Spider-Man deal after failing to agree on new co-financing and profit-shar…

Jon Watts is in talks to return as director of the third Spider-Man movie.

In August, bosses at Sony Pictures and Disney, the parent company of Marvel Studios, called off their Spider-Man deal after failing to agree on new co-financing and profit-sharing terms, meaning that the web-slinging hero could no longer be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

However, on Friday, they jointly announced that they had reached a new agreement so the deal they made in 2015 to share the film rights to Spider-Man was back on and they would produce a third standalone film together, set for release in July 2021.

Shortly after the agreement was announced, editors at Deadline reported that Watts was in negotiations to return as director and insisted his deal will be “wrapped soon”. According to the publication, Sony and Disney turned their attention to rehiring Watts as soon as their agreement was hammered out, as his return wasn’t set in stone at the time of their separation in August.

Getting Watts back in the director’s chair isn’t surprising given his success with the previous two instalments.

Spider-Man: Homecoming grossed $880 million (£715 million) worldwide following its release in 2017, while its follow-up Far From Home became Sony’s highest-grossing film ever with takings of $1.13 billion (£918 million) earlier this year.

As part of their announcement, Sony and Disney bosses confirmed that Spider-Man, currently played by Tom Holland, would appear in a “future Marvel Studios film”.

Holland celebrated the news by sharing a clip from 2013 movie The Wolf of Wall Street, in which Leonardo DiCaprio’s character repeatedly yells “I’m not leaving” to a crowd of co-workers. His co-star Zendaya commented with the crying with laughter emojis, while his Avengers castmate Mark Ruffalo wrote, “Had a feeling we would see you again.”

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Jake Gyllenhaal joins Instagram to tease Spider-Man: Far From Home role

Jake Gyllenhaal has joined Instagram to tease his role in Spider-Man: Far From Home.The Nightcrawler actor has long been rumoured to be portraying Quentin Beck / Mysterio – a key enemy of Spider-Man in the Marvel Comics – in the upcoming film, a sequel…

Jake Gyllenhaal has joined Instagram to tease his role in Spider-Man: Far From Home.

The Nightcrawler actor has long been rumoured to be portraying Quentin Beck / Mysterio – a key enemy of Spider-Man in the Marvel Comics – in the upcoming film, a sequel to 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming.

While Gyllenhaal has repeatedly brushed off the speculation, he released his first video on the social media platform on Wednesday (05Dec18), with the short clip showing him reading an issue of The Amazing Spider-Man with the caption, “I just realised I’m not playing Spider-Man.”

In the video, Gyllenhaal appears to be very shocked and mouths the words, “Woah. What the f**k.”

Spider-Man: Far From Home will mark the 37-year-old’s first comic book movie. He will be joining Tom Holland, who is reprising his role as Peter Parker / Spider-Man, as well as cast members including Zendaya, Cobie Smulders, Marisa Tomei, Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Keaton.

Jon Watts is returning as director, while Chris McKenna and John Francis Daley have penned the script. Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal are among the producers.

Editors at The Hollywood Reporter claimed in May that Gyllenhaal was in talks to play Mysterio, and in October, photos from the production in the Czech Republic surfaced online and showed him dressed in a suit and cape.

Even though plot details surrounding the movie are being kept under wraps, Mysterio has appeared in several Spider-Man cartoons and video games. The villain was first featured in The Amazing Spider-Man #13 in June 1964.

Gyllenhaal was most recently seen onscreen in Jacques Audiard film The Sisters Brothers and in Paul Dano’s Wildlife. He is next set to appear in Edward Berger thriller Rio alongside Michelle Williams and Benedict Cumberbatch, and is in the pre-production phases of crime-thriller Finest Kind.

Spider-Man: Far From Home is due to hit cinemas in July 2019.

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Jake Gyllenhaal uses royal baby news to deflect Spider-Man casting questions

Jake Gyllenhaal has tried to deflect questions about his rumoured casting as the villain in the next Spider-Man movie by gushing about the royal baby news. The Brokeback Mountain star is said to have been tapped to play Quentin Beck, also known as Mys…

Jake Gyllenhaal has tried to deflect questions about his rumoured casting as the villain in the next Spider-Man movie by gushing about the royal baby news.

The Brokeback Mountain star is said to have been tapped to play Quentin Beck, also known as Mysterio, in the Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel, facing off against Tom Holland, who will reprise his role as the web-slinging superhero and his alter ego Peter Parker.

Jake was spotted on the set of the Marvel blockbuster during filming in the Czech Republic last month (Sep18), but it appears he is not at liberty to comment on his involvement just yet, as he refused to confirm or deny the speculation during an interview on U.S. breakfast show Today on Monday (15Oct18).

Presenter Savannah Guthrie touched on the topic at the end of Jake’s joint interview with actress Carey Mulligan to promote their new movie Wildlife, stating, “There’s a lot of rumours that you might be in a Spider-Man movie…”

“Really? Yeah, yeah…,” Jake replied, keeping a neutral expression on his face.

When pressed by co-host Hoda Kotb for confirmation, he used the buzz surrounding Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s pregnancy announcement to dodge the question.

“I’m excited for their baby,” Jake smiled, hours after the news broke.

“I know you can’t talk about it (his casting), which is why I wanna ask,” Savannah explained, as the actor cheekily responded, “No, of course, ask away. I mean, the baby is… an exciting day for all of us!”

And when Carey was asked to weigh in on Jake’s purported role in Spider-Man: Far From Home, she followed her pal’s cue and laughed, “God, I’m excited about this baby!”

While Jake has no connection to the royal family, British actress Carey was actually invited to attend Harry and Meghan’s nuptials at Windsor Castle in England in May (18), as she is friends with the prince, and she admitted she was genuinely thrilled for the couple, which will welcome the bundle of joy in the spring (19).

“(It’s) amazing, very exciting, massively exciting,” she said. “It’s lovely.”

As for Jake’s reported role in Spider-Man: Far From Home, fans will have to wait a few months to find out if the news is true – the movie, directed by Jon Watts, is set for release in May (19).

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Tom Holland unveils title of next Spider-Man movie

Tom Holland has shared the title of the next film in the Spider-Man franchise.The British actor portrayed Peter Parker / Spider-Man in 2017 superhero film Spider-Man: Homecoming, which also starred Michael Keaton, Zendaya, and Robert Downey Jr. Followi…

Tom Holland has shared the title of the next film in the Spider-Man franchise.

The British actor portrayed Peter Parker / Spider-Man in 2017 superhero film Spider-Man: Homecoming, which also starred Michael Keaton, Zendaya, and Robert Downey Jr.

Following the success of the first instalment, which grossed over $880 million (£665 million) worldwide, Sony and Marvel committed to making a follow-up, with Tom now divulging, possibly unintentionally, the title of the upcoming flick.

“I wanted to apologise because there’s no real revelations coming out this weekend about Spider-Man 2,” he said in a video posted to his Instagram page following an appearance at Ace Comic Con in Seattle over the weekend (23-24Jun18). “I don’t know much about it. I’m a little confused because I died, so I don’t really know how it will come into play, but what I do know is I got the new script, I’m super excited to read it, and it’s going to be great. Spider-Man 2, let’s do this.”

Tom then proceeded to hold up the front page of his script to the camera, revealing that the working title for the project is Spider-Man: Far From Home.

In the video, Tom was referring to the end of Avengers: Infinity War, Marvel’s most recent superhero movie, in which half of the population is wiped out, including Spider-Man.

Plot details for the sequel have largely been kept under wraps, though Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige divulged in April that the movie will begin shooting in July in a number of major cities.

“We film in London,” he told Gizmodo. “We shot the first film in Atlanta. And we shoot a lot of films in London but there’s another reason we’re shooting in London which is, yes, Spidey, of course, will spend some time in New York, but he’ll spend some time in other parts of the globe.”

Jon Watts is returning to direct the film, while key cast members are set to reprise their roles. Jake Gyllenhaal is also rumoured to be taking on the part of villain Quentin Beck / Mysterio.

Spider-Man: Far From Home is slated to hit cinemas from 5 July 2019.

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