Vanessa Kirby returning for Mission: Impossible 7

Vanessa Kirby will reprise her role in the upcoming seventh instalment of the Mission: Impossible franchise.The 31-year-old actress made her debut as the Alanna Mitsopolis, also known as the White Widow, in 2018’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout, and is …

Vanessa Kirby will reprise her role in the upcoming seventh instalment of the Mission: Impossible franchise.

The 31-year-old actress made her debut as the Alanna Mitsopolis, also known as the White Widow, in 2018’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout, and is reprising her role for Christopher McQuarrie’s upcoming action movie.

Vanessa casually confirmed her return in a new interview with Glamour U.K. by revealing she was “in the car, about to go to firearms training” after wrapping production on drama Pieces of a Woman, in which she stars as a grieving pregnant woman who loses her baby.

Th Crown star told the publication she was looking forward to getting back into shape thanks to the intensive training for Mission: Impossible.

“Actually, I am looking forward to training because it means you eat well and work out which I haven’t been doing for that entire shoot,” Vanessa shared.

She also told the magazine that she ended up eating for two while wearing her prosthetic pregnant belly on the set of Pieces of a Woman.

“I was wearing the belly twenty-four seven – I was even sleeping in it,” she explained. “So, you could eat whatever you want, I was like, ‘I am eating for two,’ but there was no real two! It’s a fake two! In my mind no one was going to tell until but then you whip it off and it’s like, ‘oh God!'”

Tom Cruise is set to return as secret agent Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible 7 and 8, alongside franchise newcomers Hayley Atwell, Nicholas Hoult, and Pom Klementieff. Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, and Henry Czerny are also reprising their roles.

Mission: Impossible 7 is set for release in July 2021.

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Henry Czerny returning to Mission: Impossible franchise

Henry Czerny is reprising his role of Eugene Kittridge in the upcoming instalments of the Mission: Impossible franchise. Director and writer Christopher McQuarrie announced that the Revenge actor was returning to the franchise for the first time since…

Henry Czerny is reprising his role of Eugene Kittridge in the upcoming instalments of the Mission: Impossible franchise.

Director and writer Christopher McQuarrie announced that the Revenge actor was returning to the franchise for the first time since the 1996 original on social media over the weekend.

“There is no escaping the past… #MI7MI8,” he wrote besides a picture of Czerny, who recently appeared in horror-comedy Ready or Not and TV miniseries Sharp Objects.

In the original Mission: Impossible, Kittridge was the director of the Impossible Mission Force (IMF) and hunted down Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt after he believed the agent had gone rogue.

He shared several memorable scenes with Cruise, including one in which the Top Gun star says the classic line, “Kittridge, you’ve never seen me very upset.”

The Mission: Impossible films have generally worked as standalone instalments with a small number of narrative storylines connecting them, but McQuarrie changed this with 2015’s Rogue Nation and 2018’s Fallout, which he also wrote and directed. In the last outing, Vanessa Kirby’s White Widow character was revealed to be the daughter of arms dealer Max, a character not seen since the 1996 original.

Czerny will join other returning castmembers such as Kirby, Rebecca Ferguson, and Simon Pegg as well as newcomers such as Nicholas Hoult, who is reportedly playing the villain, Captain America star Hayley Atwell, Guardians of the Galaxy’s Pom Klementieff, and Joker’s Shea Whigham.

The seventh and eighth instalments, both written and directed by McQuarrie, are being filmed back-to-back. The seventh will hit cinemas in July 2021 and the eighth will be released in August 2022.

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Nicholas Hoult to tackle Mission: Impossible sequels

Nicholas Hoult is set to appear opposite Tom Cruise in the next two Mission: Impossible movies.Director Christopher McQuarrie announced the casting news on social media on Thursday and indicated that the British actor will be playing a villain.”Say, @n…

Nicholas Hoult is set to appear opposite Tom Cruise in the next two Mission: Impossible movies.

Director Christopher McQuarrie announced the casting news on social media on Thursday and indicated that the British actor will be playing a villain.

“Say, @nicholashoult, care to raise a little hell?” the filmmaker posted on Instagram, to which the X-Men: Apocalypse star replied, “Love to. Though why stop at a little?”

Hoult later shared the same image on his own Instagram page, with McQuarrie then commenting on the post: “Things tend to escalate from there. Welcome aboard. #MI78.”

Further details about the 30-year-old’s character are yet to be shared.

Cruise will return as secret agent Ethan Hunt, with actresses Hayley Atwell and Pom Klementieff also featuring in the seventh instalment of Mission: Impossible, which is set for release in July 2021.

The next two films in the franchise, which McQuarrie will write and direct, will be shot back-to-back, with the eighth movie scheduled to be released in August 2022.

Hoult’s casting comes after he lost out on the chance to star alongside Cruise in the Top Gun sequel.

Miles Teller landed the lead role in the Hollywood legend’s Top Gun: Maverick flick, but according to editors at Variety, Cruise remained a big fan of the actor, leading Hoult to be offered the new gig in the forthcoming Mission: Impossible project.

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The Banker cast and crew stand by film and its ‘positive message of empowerment’

Samuel L. Jackson and Anthony Mackie have defended the content of their stalled film The Banker following sexual molestation allegations made against a co-producer.Apple bosses pulled The Banker from closing the AFI Fest in Los Angeles last month and s…

Samuel L. Jackson and Anthony Mackie have defended the content of their stalled film The Banker following sexual molestation allegations made against a co-producer.

Apple bosses pulled The Banker from closing the AFI Fest in Los Angeles last month and subsequently scrapped the movie’s December cinema release amid an investigation surrounding Bernard Garrett Jr., the son of pioneering African-American banker Bernard Garrett, who is portrayed onscreen by Mackie.

Garrett Jr. has been accused of assaulting his half-sisters Cynthia and Sheila Garrett in the early 1970s, when he was a teen, but he has staunchly denied the claims, insisting it “simply never happened”.

The scandal cost him a co-producer credit on The Banker and left the film in limbo.

Now, the cast and crew of the project, including director George Nolfi and stars Mackie, Jackson, Nicholas Hoult, and Nia Long, have all signed a statement expressing their support for the movie and its “positive message of empowerment”.

“We set out to tell a story we were very passionate about, recounting the remarkable lives of Bernard Garrett, Sr. and (his partner) Joe Morris, and their ground-breaking achievements combating racial inequality in the 1950s and ’60s,” reads the note. “Though we have no way of knowing what may have transpired between Mr. Garrett’s children in the 1970s, including the allegations of abuse we have recently been made aware of, our hearts go out to anyone who has suffered.

“The film itself is not based on the recollections of any of Bernard Garrett, Sr.’s children, but rather, on recorded interviews with Bernard Garrett, Sr. himself, conducted in 1995, supported by congressional transcripts, court rulings, and other media articles from the era. We stand by the film, and its positive message of empowerment.”

Garrett Sr. and Morris, played onscreen by Jackson, bought up banks in Texas in the 1950s. They then hired a white man to front the operation while they pretended to be a janitor and a chauffeur.

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Nicholas Hoult and Robert Pattinson screen testing for The Batman movie – report

Nicholas Hoult and Robert Pattinson are both reportedly trying on the Batsuit in a bid to land the role of DC Comics superhero Batman.Just weeks after it was reported that Pattinson was Warner Bros. studio executives’ top choice to play the Caped Crusa…

Nicholas Hoult and Robert Pattinson are both reportedly trying on the Batsuit in a bid to land the role of DC Comics superhero Batman.

Just weeks after it was reported that Pattinson was Warner Bros. studio executives’ top choice to play the Caped Crusader, an industry source has claimed British actor Hoult is also in the running for the role.

According to The Wrap reporter Umberto Gonzalez, both Pattinson, 33, and 29-year-old Hoult are currently testing for the part.

“BATMAN UPDATE: Robert Pattinson & Nicholas Hoult are screen testing for the role,” he tweeted on Thursday. “I suspect they’re screen testing in the Batsuit because Wardrobe Department will need full wardrobe test.”

Gonzalez added: “The film will now start production in Q1 2020,” giving the studio the rest of 2019 to secure the cast.

Fans immediately shared their thoughts on which actor is best suited to take over the role from Ben Affleck, who withdrew from The Batman film earlier this year.

“As someone who is a Hoult fan, I definitely think Pattinson would fit the role better…he has been excellent in all his recent roles,” wrote one Twitter user, while another commented, “I wouldn’t mind either of them getting it, but I secretly would love to see @NicholasHoult as the new Batman!”

Affleck was originally lined-up to reprise his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman after a three-movie stint as the iconic superhero, and at one stage, was set to direct from a script he had co-written.

Matt Reeves took over the movie in February 2017, however, and bosses from Warner Bros. confirmed to Deadline in January that Affleck, 46, will not be in the film, which is set to be released in the summer of 2021.

According to editors at UK Production News, the upcoming DC Extended Universe film will be shooting in London.

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Tolkien director was ‘lucky’ to land leading man Nicholas Hoult

Tolkien director Dome Karukoski was very “lucky” to land Nicholas Hoult as his leading man.The 29-year-old plays the famed English author, known for penning The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit novels, in the movie, with Lily Collins portraying Tolkien…

Tolkien director Dome Karukoski was very “lucky” to land Nicholas Hoult as his leading man.

The 29-year-old plays the famed English author, known for penning The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit novels, in the movie, with Lily Collins portraying Tolkien’s beloved wife and muse, Edith Bratt.

Now, Finnish filmmaker Karukoski has revealed that Hoult was his one and only choice, and even had to wrangle him away from filming commitments on superhero blockbuster X-Men: Dark Phoenix to ensure he was cast in the film.

“We actually cast Nick first. Yes, after I read the script, he came to mind immediately and I really wanted him,” he explained to Collider. “Luckily, (bosses at studio) Fox suggested him and I was so happy. We had to do a little bit of scheduling to get him away from X-Men to come shoot with us.

“It worked out, though. So much of the movie depends on who you have playing Tolkien. We were lucky to have Nick… After that we got Lily. She’s such a wonderful actress and they were great when they read together.”

The filmmaker also went on to candidly share that he had placed a self-imposed ban on making another biopic after 2017’s Tom of Finland, which told the story of artist Touko Valio Laaksonen.

“I didn’t really think I was going to be taking on another biopic. That’s the problem with biopics! They’re rigid. There’s an ending and things you have to hit along the way because those are things which actually happened. After Tom of Finland, I told myself, ‘No more biopics!’ Then I read the script and I love Tolkien’s work so very much, so I suddenly found myself doing a biopic again,” the 42-year-old confessed.

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Robert Pattinson to be next Batman – report

Robert Pattinson is reportedly in final negotiations to take on the role of the Caped Crusader in Matt Reeves’ The Batman.While the deal has yet to be finalised, “Pattinson is the top choice and it’s expected to close shortly,” industry insiders told…

Robert Pattinson is reportedly in final negotiations to take on the role of the Caped Crusader in Matt Reeves’ The Batman.

While the deal has yet to be finalised, “Pattinson is the top choice and it’s expected to close shortly,” industry insiders told Variety. Pre-production on the movie, expected to hit cinemas in June 2021, is thought to be starting this summer.

Warner Bros. has yet to comment on the speculation.

Despite Variety’s news piece, other industry publications aren’t so sure about whether or not Pattinson’s involvement in the movie is a “done deal”. Deadline reported that the studio is trying to decide between the former Twilight star and Nicholas Hoult, while The Hollywood Reporter suggested Armie Hammer and Aaron Taylor-Johnson are two of the other names linked to the part.

Whoever lands the role has some big shoes to fill. Ben Affleck was meant to be reprising his role in the movie, as well as directing it, but stepped down in January (19), after deciding he “couldn’t crack it”.

“I tried to direct a version of it and worked with a really good screenwriter, but just couldn’t come up with a version, I couldn’t crack it,” he explained during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. “So I thought it was time to let someone else take a shot at it. They got some really good people, so I’m excited.”

Director Reeves is most famous for helming the last two Planet of the Apes movies.

While Pattinson is arguably most famous for playing vampire Edward Cullen in the Twilight movies between 2008 and 2012, he has since starred in films including Good Time, The Lost City of Z, and High Life.

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Tolkien director thrilled to land Nicholas Hoult as his lead

No one could have played Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien better than Nicholas Hoult, according to a new biopic’s director. Dome Karukoski admits he was very impressed with the way the young Brit researched the role and portrayed the writer and…

No one could have played Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien better than Nicholas Hoult, according to a new biopic’s director.

Dome Karukoski admits he was very impressed with the way the young Brit researched the role and portrayed the writer and feels blessed that he had the chance to work with Hoult.

“The first thing that intrigued me with Nicholas is his intelligence,” the filmmaker tells WENN. “He’s very smart, which you need to be to play a genius like Tolkien. The second thing is that he’s very playful, also a quality of Tolkien, who was known to dress up as a knight and go out to scare people in Oxford!

“Nick fully embodied that. He spent months preparing, even practising how to illustrate as Tolkien did while sitting in the makeup chair for X-Men.

“Finally, Nick is an actor willing to do take after take, going for something different each time. He never stops looking for what’s best for the scene.”

And Dome also feels he lucked out when he cast Harry Gilby as the teenage Tolkien: “When I first saw Harry, I was struck by the fact that he’s almost as tall as Nick and he looks, and even walks, like Nick.

“He also had this sense of pure innocence that I felt captured something about Tolkien as a younger boy. I felt he brought out that playful, childlike quality that Tolkien always kept alive inside himself.”

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Nicholas Hoult took up painting for Tolkien biopic

Actor Nicholas Hoult prepared for his role as beloved author J.R.R. Tolkien by working on watercolour paintings in between filming for the upcoming X-Men movie. The Brit thought it would be useful to tap into the mindset of The Lord of the Rings creat…

Actor Nicholas Hoult prepared for his role as beloved author J.R.R. Tolkien by working on watercolour paintings in between filming for the upcoming X-Men movie.

The Brit thought it would be useful to tap into the mindset of The Lord of the Rings creator by taking up a hobby similar to one Tolkien had had, so he decided to work on his art during his downtime on Dark Phoenix, in which he reprises his role as Hank McCoy and his mutant alter ego Beast.

“He (Tolkien) did his own illustrations, so I would do watercolours copying his illustrations,” Hoult explained on U.S. morning show Live with Kelly & Ryan.

“We were filming the upcoming X-Men film just before this, so I would be in the full Beast make-up, running around, doing this quite intense action sequence, and then I would go into my little tent…, and do my watercolours in between, and that was my peaceful moment before going back out there and (doing more stunts).”

However, Hoult admits he is “not really” any good as a painter, and instead used the hobby more as a research tool: “I just like trying to get into the mindset (of a painter),” he said.

The actor was drawn to biographical drama Tolkien because he was already a fan of the writer’s work, but learning all about the orphaned author’s personal history and how he came to create his fantasy worlds was really eye-opening for Hoult.

“It was something that I knew very little about, and it’s remarkable because I was a fan of his work,” he shared, “but then read the story behind the stories, and I was blown away by this young orphan finding love and friendship and fellowship, and then experiencing World War One and this creative imagination, all spawned from his love of language, so it was incredible.”

And one of the first things Hoult discovered was his mispronunciation of Tolkien’s last name.

“I was saying, ‘Tol-kin,’ and then I read the script and watched all these documentaries and read about him, and I was like, ‘Oh, it’s pronounced ‘Tol-keen,’ so that was a big learning curve,” the star confessed. “When you’re playing someone you really need to know how to pronounce their name! It’s helpful!”

Tolkien, which co-stars Lily Collins as the writer’s partner Edith Bratt, opens in theatres this month (May19).

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Nicholas Hoult defends Tolkien biopic after family’s criticism

Nicholas Hoult has defended his upcoming biopic of J.R.R. Tolkien after the late author’s family distanced themselves from it. The Mad Max: Fury Road actor portrays The Lord of the Rings writer in the upcoming biographical drama Tolkien, which explore…

Nicholas Hoult has defended his upcoming biopic of J.R.R. Tolkien after the late author’s family distanced themselves from it.

The Mad Max: Fury Road actor portrays The Lord of the Rings writer in the upcoming biographical drama Tolkien, which explores the formative years of the orphaned author as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school.

Days before the film’s London premiere on Monday (29Apr19), the Tolkien family and estate issued a statement declaring that they didn’t endorse or approve of the project, and Hoult has now responded by defending the film on the red carpet.

“I think it’s been done very respectfully, as a fan. It’s story that stands alone,” he told the Press Association. “Such a remarkable life – his relationships, what he endured in World War One. What inspired him, hopefully, it will inspire new audiences now.”

According to London’s Evening Standard, Hoult also said he believed Tolkien’s great-grandson was attending the premiere and hoped he would like the film, which he described as “respectful and honourable”.

Director Dome Karukoski added that before the premiere, none of Tolkien’s relatives had watched their film, and offered to talk it through with them.

“It is a labour of love. It is done with respect and admiration for the professor. It’s a dramatic, beautiful, cinematic tale. It feels odd that a storyteller wouldn’t want that on the screen,” he said. “I have offered to sit with the estate and talk, and explain why some artistic choices have been made. It’s a tricky one, but I would just love to watch the film with them.”

Lily Collins, who portrays Tolkien’s partner Edith Bratt in the film, added that the author’s fans should know the man behind the books, which also include The Hobbit and The Silmarillion.

The original statement read, “The family and the Estate wish to make clear that they did not approve of, authorise or participate in the making of this film… They do not endorse it or its content in any way.”

Tolkien hits cinemas from Friday.

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