Zac Efron replacing Seth Rogen in King of the Jungle film

Zac Efron is set to replace Seth Rogen in upcoming comedy drama King of the Jungle.According to editors at Deadline, the 32-year-old will now star in Glenn Ficarra and John Requa’s film about the technology magnate John McAfee, the creator of the McAfe…

Zac Efron is set to replace Seth Rogen in upcoming comedy drama King of the Jungle.

According to editors at Deadline, the 32-year-old will now star in Glenn Ficarra and John Requa’s film about the technology magnate John McAfee, the creator of the McAfee Antivirus software.

Award-winning screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski will pen the script, which is based on an article by Wired journalist Joshua Davis.

Efron will play Wired reporter Ari Furman, who accepts an assignment to interview McAfee – with the businessman having cashed in his fortune and left civilisation to live in the depths of the Belize jungle.

But once Furman arrives, he discovers a compound similar to that of Colonel Kurtz in Apocalypse Now and is pulled into McAfee’s web of paranoia and murder.

Rogen was initially signed up to play Furman, with Michael Keaton set to play McAfee, however, the project has since moved in a different direction and both roles are being recast.

Principal photography will begin in early 2020, once Ficarra and Requa find an actor to play the eccentric McAfee.

Keaton reportedly quit the project after signing up to star alongside Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Frank Langella, and Mark Rylance in Aaron Sorkin’s Trial of the Chicago 7.

Meanwhile, Efron is set to star as Fred in the live-action movie Scoob!, based on the hit 1970s TV show Scooby-Doo, following his turn as serial killer Ted Bundy in Netflix’s Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.

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Michael Keaton joins The Trial of the Chicago 7

Michael Keaton has joined the star-studded cast of Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7.The historical drama is based on the 1969 trial of seven men charged by the federal government with conspiracy and inciting to riot, a result of the countercul…

Michael Keaton has joined the star-studded cast of Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7.

The historical drama is based on the 1969 trial of seven men charged by the federal government with conspiracy and inciting to riot, a result of the counterculture protests in Chicago at the Democratic National Convention in 1968.

The Birdman actor has been cast as Ramsey Clark while fellow new addition William Hurt will play John Mitchell, who of whom served as attorney general during the time.

They join a cast which includes Eddie Redmayne, who will portray Tom Hayden, an anti-war and civil rights activist in the 1960s who famously married Jane Fonda, and Sacha Baron Cohen, who will play Youth International Party co-founder Abbie Hoffman. Succession’s Jeremy Strong and The Hustle’s Alex Sharp have been cast as other members of the Chicago 7, while Aquaman’s Yahya Abdul-Mateen II will play Black Panther Party co-founder Bobby Seale, an eighth defendant who was severed from the trial.

Frank Langella will take on the role of Judge Julius Hoffman, while Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Mark Rylance have been cast as attorneys.

Famed screenwriter Sorkin, who made his directorial debut with 2017’s Molly’s Game, will direct from his own script.

The project has been in development for more than a decade, with Steven Spielberg, Paul Greengrass, and Ben Stiller considering directing before Sorkin signed on in October 2018. The film got off to a rocky start as producers pulled the plug over budget issues in December, while it was in pre-production ahead of a February shoot.

Filming finally began on Friday, with locations including Chicago and New Jersey.

The Trial of the Chicago 7 will have a limited release from 25 September 2020 before an expansion on 2 October.

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Alec Baldwin worried Beetlejuice would end his career

Alec Baldwin fretted that starring in Beetlejuice would end his Hollywood career.The 61-year-old joined other big names including Geena Davis, Catherine O’Hara, Winona Ryder and Michael Keaton – who played the iconic black and white suited titular ch…

Alec Baldwin fretted that starring in Beetlejuice would end his Hollywood career.

The 61-year-old joined other big names including Geena Davis, Catherine O’Hara, Winona Ryder and Michael Keaton – who played the iconic black and white suited titular character – for Tim Burton’s 1988 offbeat classic.

The plot follows a young married couple, who become ghosts after they both die in a car accident. When their much-loved home is sold to an annoying family, they enlist the help of a devious poltergeist named Beetlejuice to help them reclaim their home.

During an interview with GQ magazine, Baldwin confessed he didn’t understand the unusual film, and was concerned audiences would reject the quirky comedy.

“When we did Beetlejuice, I had no idea what it was about. I thought my, all of our, careers are going to end with the release of this film. Maybe we’re all going to be dead,” he shared.

While filming Beetlejuice, which went on to win the Oscar for Best Makeup, Baldwin was in awe at Keaton’s presence on set.

“Michael came and he knew the secret because I would act and I would have some doubt… I was much more neurotic about what I would do when I was very young starting out off in films,” Baldwin explained.

“Keaton just came out, he was like the comedy Annie Oakley. He was so self-assured. He just tore it up.”

Beetlejuice went on to be the first of many hits for director Burton, who collaborated again with Keaton just one year later on his first Batman movie, which featured Jack Nicholson in his iconic role as The Joker. The pair most recently teamed up on Burton’s version of Dumbo.

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Tim Burton’s ‘weird’ family reunion on set of Dumbo

Tim Burton’s Dumbo set felt like a family reunion for the director as he was working with three of his longtime collaborators.The double Oscar nominee was reunited with Eva Green, who previously starred in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children an…

Tim Burton’s Dumbo set felt like a family reunion for the director as he was working with three of his longtime collaborators.

The double Oscar nominee was reunited with Eva Green, who previously starred in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and Dark Shadows, as well as two of his Batman stars; Michael Keaton and Danny DeVito.

Asked about what it was like to work with them all again on Dumbo, Tim said at the London premiere of the new Disney live-action film on Thursday night (21Mar19) that it was just like a family reunion.

“It was very special on a movie like this, with Eva and Danny DeVito, who I’ve worked with three times, and Michael Keaton. Because it’s a movie about weird families, this is a weird family,” he shared to reporters on the red carpet at the Curzon Mayfair.

Danny was also in Big Fish and Mars Attacks!, while Michael starred as cult icon Beetlejuice in Tim’s 1988 movie of the same name.

“All you have to do is read their names and it’s like a beautiful, weird family,” he smiled of his cast, which also includes Colin Farrell, Nico Parker and Sharon Rooney, who were all working with Tim for the first time.

He also touched on the message of his updated Dumbo tale.

“It represents just that; a very simple image, a flying elephant, represents all that (outsiders and people dealing with otherness) it puts it in very simple pure form,” Tim said.

Dumbo hits cinemas around the world from 27 March (19).

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Colin Farrell: ‘Tim Burton’s Dumbo has a completely new narrative’

Colin Farrell has described Tim Burton’s live-action Dumbo as having a “completely new” narrative.In the upcoming fantasy-adventure film, loosely inspired by Disney’s 1941 animated film of the same name, the Irish actor portrays Holt Farrier, a…

Colin Farrell has described Tim Burton’s live-action Dumbo as having a “completely new” narrative.

In the upcoming fantasy-adventure film, loosely inspired by Disney’s 1941 animated film of the same name, the Irish actor portrays Holt Farrier, a one-armed war veteran and former circus star who is hired by ringmaster Max Medici (Danny DeVito) to care for a newborn elephant.

While the reboot will honour the story of how the young Dumbo discovers how he can use his oversized ears to fly, Colin has now explained in an interview with Collider.com how the rest of the plot has been updated by screenwriter Ehren Kruger for viewers in 2019.

“Obviously, Tim was heavily involved in the working of the script and modifying it. It’s a completely new narrative,” he shared. “The one central thing that holds true in both the original animation and this is the flying elephant and the story of believing in yourself and finding something inside you that allows you to become the best version of what you never thought you could even be. And regardless of the things that sometimes society says should arrive us at being outcasts, they are the things that make us all individual and special and beautiful regardless of how crippling a certain thing may be.”

While much of the story for the Dumbo reboot is being kept under wraps, Colin had nothing but praise for his co-stars, including Hollywood icons Danny and Michael Keaton, who plays V.A. Vandemere, a ruthless and enigmatic entrepreneur.

And the star found working with Tim to be a dream come true, especially because the filmmaker was the mastermind behind one of his favourite features, 1990 classic Edward Scissorhands.

“He’s a dream. I would do anything with him. Anything with him. As much as I wanted to work with him before I met him, I’d like to work with him more a second time. He’s just the best, really,” the 42-year-old gushed.

The live-action Dumbo, also featuring Eva Green and Alan Arkin, is set to hit cinemas in late March (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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