Pom Klementieff to appear in next two Mission: Impossible films

Pom Klementieff has signed on to appear in the next two Mission: Impossible films.Director Christopher McQuarrie announced the news on social media on Tuesday, cryptically teasing the nature of Klementieff’s character in his message. “@pom.klementieff…

Pom Klementieff has signed on to appear in the next two Mission: Impossible films.

Director Christopher McQuarrie announced the news on social media on Tuesday, cryptically teasing the nature of Klementieff’s character in his message.

“@pom.klementieff, how do you say femme fatale in French? #MI78” he wrote, alongside a brooding black-and-white snap of the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 star.

“Mischief: Accepted,” she cheekily replied.

The 33-year-old will appear alongside Tom Cruise, who is reprising his character Ethan Hunt for McQuarrie’s back-to-back sequels, and Rebecca Ferguson, who plays spy Ilsa Faust.

And Klementieff isn’t the only newcomer to the blockbuster action franchise.

Back in September, it was confirmed that Hayley Atwell is also onboard for both movies, and in an update to fans on Instagram, she revealed some of the details around her character.

“I’m thrilled to have joined @tomcruise and @christophermcquarrie for the next TWO Mission Impossible movies. To have gone from a classical play in the West End to an audiobook recording of a great new novel to a Disney/Marvel animation and now the female lead in a huge action franchise is the kind of variety that fuels my curiosity and keeps me learning and striving to be better and do better,” Atwell wrote.

It is not yet known if franchise regulars such as Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, and Alec Baldwin will return.

Mission: Impossible 7 is set for release in July 2021, with Mission: Impossible 8 to follow in August 2022.

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Mike Flanagan saw 900 girls while casting Abra in Doctor Sleep

Doctor Sleep director Mike Flanagan and his team saw more than 900 girls while trying to find the perfect Abra for the movie. In the new horror, which is a sequel to The Shining, Abra Stone is a young girl with formidable psychic abilities known as “th…

Doctor Sleep director Mike Flanagan and his team saw more than 900 girls while trying to find the perfect Abra for the movie.

In the new horror, which is a sequel to The Shining, Abra Stone is a young girl with formidable psychic abilities known as “the shining” and she has to hold her own in scenes with Ewan McGregor as Dan Torrance, a recovering addict with similar powers, and Rebecca Ferguson, who plays Rose the Hat, the leader of a cult who feeds on children with psychic abilities.

During a Q&A at a screening of the film in London, the director revealed the team saw 900 girls before finding 13-year-old Kyliegh Curran.

“We saw more than 900 girls trying to find the right one and you hear these stories about Hollywood casting that you hope are true and this is one of those stories,” he said. “Kyliegh, who is a complete unknown, who is a local hire – she lived 15 minutes from our production offices – had submitted a tape, didn’t have the big agency weight behind her – I don’t think she even had a current headshot – and her tape did what it was supposed to do.”

Curran’s tape kept rising through the levels of the casting process until she made the final few, which included experienced actresses, and got called in to read with McGregor.

“She came in and read with Ewan and as soon as she walked out the room, the door hadn’t quite closed yet, and he turned to us and said, ‘It’s obviously her, right?’ and it was, we all completely agreed,” the filmmaker recalled. “She’s an amazing young talent. You hope in your career that you get to see someone really truly come out of nowhere like that and I’m honoured that we were there to able to see that happen for her because she’s really something.”

Doctor Sleep, an adaptation of Stephen King’s 2013 novel of the same name, is in cinemas now.

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Mike Flanagan felt like ‘throwing up’ while screening Doctor Sleep for Stephen King

Director Mike Flanagan was so nervous screening Doctor Sleep to Stephen King for the first time that he felt like vomiting. The Hush filmmaker is a huge fan of the famed horror author’s work and read his 2013 book Doctor Sleep, a sequel to 1977 novel T…

Director Mike Flanagan was so nervous screening Doctor Sleep to Stephen King for the first time that he felt like vomiting.

The Hush filmmaker is a huge fan of the famed horror author’s work and read his 2013 book Doctor Sleep, a sequel to 1977 novel The Shining, the week it was released – so he was incredibly nervous when he brought the finished film to Maine to show it to King in an empty cinema.

“I sat right next to him actually. I’m a fanboy first and that was paralysing,” Flanagan said at a screening of the film in London. “I think I stared at my foot trying not to look directly at him during the screening, but I was mostly just acutely aware of every shift or sigh or anything he did, I was reading way too much into. I felt like throwing up for two and a half hours.”

King doesn’t hold back when it comes criticising the movie adaptations of his novels and was particularly scathing about Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 adaptation of The Shining. Accordingly, Flanagan was nervous when he suggested using the film as a basis for his sequel.

“His opinions are absolutely well known, he’s not shy about them at all, so it was nerve-wracking to go to him and say, ‘Look, I really think the only way to make this right is to make it within the cinematic universe that Kubrick established.’ His initial reaction was, ‘No,'” Flanagan revealed. “The argument was: What I’d like to do is treat Kubrick’s film as canon, we’d like to make this a direct follow-up to that film, but within that, I wanted to give him a chance to see some of the elements from the novel The Shining that Kubrick had jettisoned… (King) has been very specific about what upset him and that gave us a lot to work with… It was a nerve-wracking proposal and if he hadn’t given us his blessing for that we wouldn’t have made the film.”

Luckily, King offered his approval and “loves” the finished film, as do members of the Kubrick estate, with Flanagan adding, “It almost doesn’t matter at this point what happens now those two have spoken.”

Doctor Sleep, starring Ewan McGregor and Rebecca Ferguson, is in cinemas now.

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Hayley Atwell ‘thrilled’ to be starring in next two Mission: Impossible movies

Hayley Atwell is “thrilled” to be joining Tom Cruise in the next two Mission: Impossible movies.Last week, the Captain America: The First Avenger star confirmed she was joining the action franchise but didn’t specify if she would appear in just the sev…

Hayley Atwell is “thrilled” to be joining Tom Cruise in the next two Mission: Impossible movies.

Last week, the Captain America: The First Avenger star confirmed she was joining the action franchise but didn’t specify if she would appear in just the seventh instalment or both the seventh and eighth, which are being directed back-to-back by Christopher McQuarrie.

The actress took to Instagram over the weekend to confirm she will be starring as the female lead in the next two Mission: Impossible movies.

“I’m thrilled to have joined @tomcruise and @christophermcquarrie for the next TWO Mission Impossible movies. To have gone from a classical play in the west-end to an audio book recording of a great new novel to a Disney/Marvel animation and now the female lead in a huge action franchise is the kind of variety that fuels my curiosity and keeps me learning and striving to be better and do better,” the 37-year-old shared, before adding that she will be documenting her progress on the photo-sharing site as she gets fit for the part.

“I can’t wait to start sharing this adventure with you. Mostly in the form of effusive, sweaty ranting about stunt training while spontaneously vomiting with excitement/exhaustion. Lucky you.”

According to IMDb, Swedish actress Rebecca Ferguson is set to reprise her role of Ilsa Faust in the seventh movie, but it is not yet known if other regulars, such as Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, and Alec Baldwin will return.

McQuarrie will direct both films from his own screenplays and will produce along Cruise and J. J. Abrams, among others. The first instalment is set for release in July 2021, while the follow-up will arrive in August 2022.

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Hayley Atwell joins Mission: Impossible 7

Hayley Atwell is joining Tom Cruise in the seventh instalment of the Mission: Impossible franchise.Director Christopher McQuarrie, who has been in charge of the franchise since 2015’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, announced over the weekend that …

Hayley Atwell is joining Tom Cruise in the seventh instalment of the Mission: Impossible franchise.

Director Christopher McQuarrie, who has been in charge of the franchise since 2015’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, announced over the weekend that the actress had joined the cast on his Instagram page by sharing a black-and-white snap showing Atwell’s headshot photograph resting on top of a folder for the Impossible Mission Force (IMF), the fictional agency in the series.

“@wellhayley Should you choose to accept…” he wrote in the caption, referencing the iconic line, “Your mission, should you choose to accept it.”

In the comments, Cruise, who has played Ethan Hunt in the films since 1996, wrote, “Welcome to the team, @wellhayley.”

The Captain America star shared the same photo on her Instagram page and hinted at her character’s storyline in the caption, in which she wrote: “@christophermcquarrie Mission: Accepted. Though I’m not the sort to follow orders…”

It is not known what character the 37-year-old will be portraying, or if she will appear in both the seventh and eighth instalments, which are being filmed back-to-back.

According to IMDb, Swedish actress Rebecca Ferguson is set to reprise her role of Ilsa Faust in the seventh movie. It is not yet known if other regulars, such as Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, and Alec Baldwin will return.

McQuarrie will direct both films from his own screenplays and will produce along Cruise and J. J. Abrams, among others. The first instalment is set for release in July 2021, while the follow-up will arrive in August 2022.

Atwell, who is perhaps most famous for playing Captain America’s love interest Peggy Carter in the Marvel films, was recently seen in Avengers: Endgame and Blinded by the Light. She is currently filming TV show Criminal.

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Tessa Thompson tried on 50 costumes for Men in Black: International

Tessa Thompson went through 50 options before selecting her Men in Black: International costume.The 35-year-old actress worked closely with veteran costume designer Penny Rose to select the perfect look for her character M, who wears a stylish yet prac…

Tessa Thompson went through 50 options before selecting her Men in Black: International costume.

The 35-year-old actress worked closely with veteran costume designer Penny Rose to select the perfect look for her character M, who wears a stylish yet practical look modelled after the signature black suits that appear in the franchise.

For the reboot of the hit films, Rose opted to reimagine the items with the help of British designer Paul Smith, and they put together 50 jacket and pants options for Thompson to try out, with the star ultimately settling on pieces she could easily move in.

“Together, we decided that the two-button, double-breasted, longer jacket – with the big kick-pleat at the back – would be far more impressive for all the action work,” she told Fashionista.com. “It moves very well.”

When it came to footwear, Rose decided the 10-inch height difference between Thompson and her co-star Chris Hemsworth, who portrays Agent H, called for heels and selected comfortable yet empowering lace-up work boots by Naked Wolfe that she described as “fairly elegant”.

Rose also experimented when it came to Emma Thompson’s costume as Agent O, pairing a blazer designed by Smith with a custom-made pencil skirt featuring peplum detailing.

“It made her feel a little saucy and a little bit cheeky,” Rose added. “We wanted to give it a twist and make it a bit seductive, if you like.”

Men in Black: International, also starring Liam Neeson and Rebecca Ferguson, is now showing in cinemas.

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Javier Bardem: ‘I would have paid to be in Dune!’

Javier Bardem has joked that he would have paid to star in Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming sci-fi drama Dune.The film, slated for a 2020 release, has attracted an impressive list of stars, including Bardem, Jason Momoa, Rebecca Ferguson, Timothee Chalamet,…

Javier Bardem has joked that he would have paid to star in Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming sci-fi drama Dune.

The film, slated for a 2020 release, has attracted an impressive list of stars, including Bardem, Jason Momoa, Rebecca Ferguson, Timothee Chalamet, Josh Brolin, Zendaya and Oscar Isaac.

Bardem says he had no hesitation when Villeneuve approached him about playing Stilgar in his new film.

“The most important thing is that I love Denis, since Prisoners. What a luxury! He asked me if I would ever be interested in being part of Dune. Are you kidding? How much do I have to pay?” he said to Cinema Blend. “It’s one of those blessings that you have in this amazing, blessed life that I happen to have: having a job that I love, and make a living with, and also work with people that I truly admire and respect, and I’m getting inspired by it. It’s a lot.”

Villeneuve is rebooting David Lynch’s 1984 cult version of Dune, which was based on Frank Herbert’s book of the same name, with Dave Bautista, Charlotte Rampling and Stellan Skarsgard also on the cast list.

Lynch’s go-to actor Kyle MacLachlan, who starred in the original, recently shared his thoughts on the remake.

“I’m curious to see what happens, you know, he’s (Villeneuve) getting together a great cast obviously, really talented people,” he said to BuzzFeed News’ AM to DM. “It’s a challenging piece of material to try to bring to the screen, so I wish him luck with that, if anyone can do it, he’ll do a great job. He’s a terrific filmmaker.

“The book, I’m kind of a nerd about the book. I read it when I was 15 for the first time. I know the book very well. There are three sections, you can break that into three movies and still have a lot left over.”

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Jason Momoa joins Dune remake

Jason Momoa is in talks to join the star-studded cast of the Dune remake. The Aquaman actor is reportedly in negotiations to play swordmaster Duncan Idaho in Denis Villeneuve’s reboot of David Lynch’s 1984 cult sci-fi epic. If he cuts a deal, Momoa …

Jason Momoa is in talks to join the star-studded cast of the Dune remake.

The Aquaman actor is reportedly in negotiations to play swordmaster Duncan Idaho in Denis Villeneuve’s reboot of David Lynch’s 1984 cult sci-fi epic.

If he cuts a deal, Momoa will join an impressive cast list which currently includes Timothee Chalamet, Stellan Skarsgard, Javier Bardem, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Dave Bautista and Josh Brolin.

Set in the distant future, Dune tells the story of Chalamet’s character Paul Atreides whose family assumes control of the desert planet Arrakis which is the only source of a drug known as “the spice”, a highly valuable commodity. This sparks a fight for control among competing noble families, and after Atreides is betrayed, he leads a rebellion to restore his family’s reign over the planet.

Momoa’s character Duncan belongs to the house of Atreides and serves as the right-hand man to Paul’s father Duke Leto Atreides, played by Oscar Isaac.

Villeneuve, who helmed films such as Arrival and Blade Runner 2049, is directing and producing from a script he co-wrote with A Star is Born’s current Oscar nominee Eric Roth and Prometheus’ Jon Spaihts. Brian Herbert, the son of Dune author Frank Herbert, will serve also a producer with his daughter Kim, while Kevin J. Anderson, who co-wrote the Dune prequel book series with Brian, will act as creative consultant.

The 1984 movie, based on Herbert’s 1965 novel, starred Kyle MacLachlan and was a critical and commercial failure that went on to become a cult hit and spawn TV shows and video games.

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Tom Cruise confirms two more Mission: Impossible instalments are in the works

Tom Cruise has confirmed that he will film the next two Mission: Impossible movies back-to-back, ahead of releases in 2021 and 2022. On Monday (14Jan18), it was reported that Christopher McQuarrie, who wrote and directed the fifth and sixth instalment…

Tom Cruise has confirmed that he will film the next two Mission: Impossible movies back-to-back, ahead of releases in 2021 and 2022.

On Monday (14Jan18), it was reported that Christopher McQuarrie, who wrote and directed the fifth and sixth instalments, 2015’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and 2018’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout, had signed on to continue as writer and director of the seventh and eighth chapters, which would be shot back-to-back and be released in the summers of 2021 and 2022.

Cruise, who has played IMF agent Ethan Hunt in the action franchise since 1996, confirmed the news on Twitter by sharing a video of the M:I logo with fuses burning at both sides. In the caption, he wrote, “Summer 2021 and Summer 2022.”

McQuarrie also confirmed his returning roles by tweeting, “Missions: Accepted #MissionImpossible” and sharing Cruise’s post.

The news comes six months after the release of Fallout, which made more than $790 million (£614 million) at the global box office, a franchise best, and was the best-reviewed instalment so far.

McQuarrie, who won an Oscar for writing 1995 movie The Usual Suspects, will now set to work on developing the script while Cruise finishes shooting Top Gun: Maverick, in which he reprises his role of Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell more than 30 years after his original outing in 1986’s Top Gun. The sequel is set for release in June 2020.

Bosses at Paramount Pictures used to switch up directors of the Mission franchise with each instalment, but seemed to have settled on McQuarrie since 2015. He has also worked closely with Cruise at other points in his career – writing and directing his 2012 movie Jack Reacher and serving as scribe for his movie The Mummy, Valkyrie and Edge of Tomorrow.

According to Variety, Mission: Impossible is likely to begin filming later in 2019. It is not yet known if franchise regulars Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames and Rebecca Ferguson will return.

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Dave Bautista boards Dune reboot

Actor Dave Bautista has reportedly signed on to reunite with director Denis Villeneuve in the forthcoming Dune reboot. The former wrestler joins Call Me By Your Name star Timothee Chalamet in the project, which will also feature Mission: Impossible – …

Actor Dave Bautista has reportedly signed on to reunite with director Denis Villeneuve in the forthcoming Dune reboot.

The former wrestler joins Call Me By Your Name star Timothee Chalamet in the project, which will also feature Mission: Impossible – Fallout actress Rebecca Ferguson, according to Variety.

Villeneuve, who directed Bautista in Blade Runner 2049, is co-writing the script with Eric Roth and Jon Spaihts, and will also co-produce the film, which will be made for bosses at Legendary Entertainment, who acquired the film and TV rights to Dune in late 2016.

It will be a remake of David Lynch’s sci-fi classic, which was adapted from Frank Herbert’s 1965 book of the same name in 1984.

It bombed at the box office upon its release, grossing just $30.9 million (£24.2 million) from a $40 million (£31.3 million) budget. However, it has since become a cult favourite among fans, including Villeneuve, who expressed an interest in revamping the story for a new generation of devotees months before he was approached to take charge of the new movie.

Dune is the first new project Bautista has taken on since the third Guardians of the Galaxy instalment was put on hold following the exit of filmmaker James Gunn.

The man behind the first two Marvel blockbusters was let go by Disney executives in July (18) after controversial mean tweets he sent years ago resurfaced online.

His cast, including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, and Bautista, voiced their support for Gunn by signing an open letter urging studio officials to reconsider his firing, but Disney chiefs have yet to budge, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 remains without a director.

Bautista, who plays Drax the Destroyer in the action franchise, reprises his superhero role for the upcoming Avengers: End Game, but it’s not yet known if he will return for the next Guardians sequel if Gunn is no longer involved.

He has repeatedly made it clear he stands by Gunn, and in August, he claimed he found it “nauseating” to work for Disney officials in light of their actions.

“I will do what I’m legally obligated to do but @Guardians without @JamesGunn is not what I signed up for,” he tweeted. “GOTG w/o (without) @JamesGunn just isn’t GOTG. Its also pretty nauseating to work for someone who’d empower a smear campaign by fascists #cybernazis (sic). That’s just how I feel.”

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