Spider-Man 3 and Doctor Strange 2 release dates pushed back

The upcoming instalments in the Spider-Man and Doctor Strange franchises have both been pushed back by four months due to the coronavirus pandemic.Sony executives announced a further reshuffle of their release date calendar on Friday and revealed that …

The upcoming instalments in the Spider-Man and Doctor Strange franchises have both been pushed back by four months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Sony executives announced a further reshuffle of their release date calendar on Friday and revealed that the follow-up to Spider-Man: Homecoming and Far From Home, starring Tom Holland, had been moved to 5 November 2021 from its original date of 16 July 2021, while the sequel to the animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse had been postponed by six months to October 2022.

On the same day, Disney bosses made more changes to their schedule, announcing that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the sorcerer, would no longer be coming to cinemas on 5 November 2021, but on 25 March 2022. They have also decided to move up Taika Waititi’s Thor: Love and Thunder by a week in February 2022.

In addition, Paramount officials confirmed that they are delaying the release of the seventh and eighth Mission: Impossible movies, starring Tom Cruise. The crew was preparing to film in Venice, Italy when the pandemic hit and they were forced to halt production. The seventh, which was due to be released on 23 July 2021, will now debut four months later on 19 November 2021, while the eighth will come out on 4 November 2022.

Elsewhere in release date news, Tom Holland’s much-delayed video game adaptation Uncharted has been brought forward from October 2021 to July 2021, Kevin Hart and Woody Harrelson’s comedy Man From Toronto has been shifted from this November to September 2021, Chris Pratt’s post-apocalyptic thriller The Tomorrow War will now open on 23 July 2021, and the Paw Patrol movie will debut on 20 August 2021.

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Nicolas Cage poised to star as himself in new movie

Nicolas Cage is preparing to poke fun at his career by starring as a version of himself in a new film.The Ghost Rider actor is in talks for The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, in which his debt-ridden character is desperate to land a part in Quent…

Nicolas Cage is preparing to poke fun at his career by starring as a version of himself in a new film.

The Ghost Rider actor is in talks for The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, in which his debt-ridden character is desperate to land a part in Quentin Tarantino’s next movie, but finds himself taking on a vastly different role as a real-life informant for the C.I.A. after befriending a Mexican billionaire who is believed to be a drug cartel kingpin.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the project, to be directed by co-writer Tom Gormican, also features the character of Cage talking to an egotistical 1990s version of himself, who constantly ridicules him for being a washed-up leading man taking on low-budget flop after low-budget flop.

Sources reveal Cage was sent a copy of the script by Gormican himself, who included an accompanying letter explaining the film was created as a love letter of sorts to the 55-year-old and not meant to make fun of him.

The star appears to have been won over by the personal plea to have him consider the movie, which has been optioned by Lionsgate studio officials after a fierce bidding war.

If Cage does sign on, he will also serve as a co-producer via his Saturn Films firm.

Aside from a few voice roles in box office hits like The Croods and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Cage hasn’t starred in a big studio blockbuster since Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance in 2011, when he reprised his role as the titular Marvel Comics demon superhero.

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse dominates Annie animation awards

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse swung to victory at the 2019 Annie Awards, picking up all seven of the prizes it was nominated for, including Best Animated Feature. The movie, which focuses on a new Spider-Man named Miles Morales, also claimed accol…

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse swung to victory at the 2019 Annie Awards, picking up all seven of the prizes it was nominated for, including Best Animated Feature.

The movie, which focuses on a new Spider-Man named Miles Morales, also claimed accolades including Writing In An Animated Feature Production for Phil Lord and Rodney Rothman, Directing In An Animated Feature Production for Rothman, Bob Persichetti, and Peter Ramsey, and Character Design In An Animated Feature Production for Shiyoon Kim.

The film’s domination caused an upset for Disney projects Incredibles 2 and Ralph Breaks the Internet, which had led all nominees heading into the Los Angeles ceremony on Saturday (02Feb18), with 11 and 10 nods, respectively.

However, Incredibles 2 only managed to pick up Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production and Music in an Animated Feature Production, while Ralph Breaks the Internet had just the one win in Animated Effects in an Animated Feature Production.

Mary Poppins Returns landed Best Animated Special Production and Character Animation in a Live Action Production for the section where the characters enter a hand-drawn animated world, while Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production went to Bryan Cranston for Wes Anderson’s stop-motion film Isle of Dogs, and Best Animated Independent Feature went to Mirai.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’s triumph at the Annie Awards is the latest success for the film this awards season. In January, it won the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature, beating Incredibles 2, Ralph Breaks the Internet, Isle of Dogs and Mirai. All five are also competing for the Academy Award, and the winner will be unveiled on 24 February. The first three titles are currently nominated for the BAFTA.

The Spider-Man outing, featuring the voices of Shameik Moore, Mahershala Ali and Jake Johnson, was released to glowing reviews in December and has so far grossed over $347 million (£266 million) worldwide against a $90 million (£69 million) budget.

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Jake Johnson doesn’t want to play Spider-Man in live-action movie

Jake Johnson has no desire to star as Spider-Man in a live-action film.New Girl actor Jake is one of the many actors to voice Peter Parker in new animated flick Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, with Chris Pine and Nicolas Cage also lending their voca…

Jake Johnson has no desire to star as Spider-Man in a live-action film.

New Girl actor Jake is one of the many actors to voice Peter Parker in new animated flick Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, with Chris Pine and Nicolas Cage also lending their vocals.

Other than 2017’s The Mummy with Tom Cruise, Jake has generally steered clear of big blockbusters – something he’d stick to if he was ever offered the chance to really slip into Spider-Man’s web-slinging suit.

“I genuinely love this movie. I hope there’s a bunch more, and I really want to keep playing Peter,” he told Vulture. “People ask me, ‘Did you ever want to be a live-action Peter Parker?’ Are you kidding me? These actors live in a gym and wear really uncomfortable tights for 14 hours a day. And it’s not like you’re doing some very fun acting. Shooting is a real drag. Then you do press for five months? I don’t think I could get it.”

As well as acting work, Jake is a keen writer and producer. For his latest job, upcoming Netflix series Hoops, the 40-year-old had both his acting and producer hat on.

But apart from his work on the basketball-based show, where Jake plays a foul-mouthed high school coach, the actor has been enjoying a Hollywood hiatus.

“It’s been good. I haven’t taken an acting job in the last 12 months. I don’t have a great game plan on it,” he shrugged. “For me, it’s all gonna be based off the talent involved.

“In Spider-Verse, I realised how nice it was working with super talented people. If I’m not the writer, I don’t want to be worried about the script. If I’m not the director, I don’t want to be worried about the coverage. If I’m just acting, I want to really worry about my part. What was nice about Into the Spider-Verse was I was doing my job and I could look over and be like, ‘You guys happy?’ If I got a thumbs up, I’d go home. I like that acting.”

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Tiffany Haddish eyed for 21 Jump Street reboot

Tiffany Haddish is reportedly in talks to appear in a 21 Jump Street reboot.Executives at Sony Pictures have been working on expanding the Jump Street franchise, following the success of 2012’s 21 Jump Street and the 2014 sequel starring Jonah Hill and…

Tiffany Haddish is reportedly in talks to appear in a 21 Jump Street reboot.

Executives at Sony Pictures have been working on expanding the Jump Street franchise, following the success of 2012’s 21 Jump Street and the 2014 sequel starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, which were in turn inspired by the late ’80s TV series featuring Johnny Depp.

Now, editors at Collider.com have reported that Tiffany is in the running to headline a female-focused spin-off. Sources have told the online film publication that producers want the Girls Trip actress to play a cop who goes undercover at a school, and possibly also poses as the mother of a new student.

In addition, Crazy Rich Asians star Awkwafina is apparently being eyed for a central role in the flick, though she is yet to begin any official negotiations with the studio.

Representatives for Sony Pictures have declined to comment on the speculation.

However, it was previously reported that Rodney Rothman has signed on to direct the project, having penned the screenplay for 22 Jump Street. He has previously written scripts for TV series Undeclared and 2013 film Grudge Match, and co-wrote and co-directed Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, a new animated Spider-Man film based on the Marvel Comics character Miles Morales.

Haddish is currently promoting Tyler Perry comedy Nobody’s Fool, also starring Missi Pyle and Whoopi Goldberg, and TV series The Last O.G. She is also voicing characters in upcoming animated features The Secret Life of Pets 2 and Tuca & Bertie, and filming Limited Partners with Rose Byrne and Salma Hayek.

Previously, Sony bosses indicated that a crossover film between Jump Street and Men in Black was in the works, to be called MIB 23, though that concept has since been abandoned.

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Mahershala Ali and Hailee Steinfeld join animated Spider-Man film

Mahershala Ali and Hailee Steinfeld have joined the cast of animated film Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse. Ali and Steinfeld will star alongside Dope actor Shameik Moore as Miles Morales, the half-black, half-Latino teen who takes over the web-sling…

Mahershala Ali and Hailee Steinfeld have joined the cast of animated film Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse.

Ali and Steinfeld will star alongside Dope actor Shameik Moore as Miles Morales, the half-black, half-Latino teen who takes over the web-slinging alter-ego of Spider-Man from protagonist Peter Parker. Parker will be voiced by Jake Johnson, while Ali will play Miles’ uncle Aaron and Steinfeld will portray Spider-Gwen.

Liev Schreiber was previously cast as villain Kingpin and Lily Tomlin will voice Aunt May. Brian Tyree Henry and Luna Lauren Velez will also feature in the movie as Morales’ parents.

Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman are directing, while fired Solo: A Star Wars Story helmers Phil Lord and Chris Miller are producing. Lord also wrote the screenplay.

“We are lucky to have such an amazing cast of funny, genuine creative souls to populate the Spider-verse,” Lord and Miller say in a statement. “They have generous minds and great big hearts. And they have very talented throats, which is where their delightful voices come from.

“We can’t wait for the world to see Miles Morales on the big screen. He’s such a fun and exciting new character, and telling his story through a revolutionary visual style makes for a totally fresh cinematic experience that, if we may say so, is freaking amazing.”

The trailer for the film was released on Wednesday (06Jun18) and the film will hit theatres in December (18).

Donald Glover previously voiced Morales in animated Disney series Ultimate Spider-man: Web Warriors. Rapper-turned-actor Ice Cube was also among those rumoured to be in negotiations to play Morales’ father, Jefferson Davis.

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