Billy Crudup, Spidey, Resident Evil: Weekly Round Up – Alright, folks, I get this one out of the way because I’m not sure a) how surprised I am by it and b) how much I actually care. Benedict Cumberbatch has been cast in the upcoming third outing for Tom Holland’s Spider-Man as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This news, of course, is coming out a week after we learned that Jamie Foxx could very well be reprising his role as Electro from the Andrew Garfield starring The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Does this suggest alternate dimensions are at play? It wouldn’t be too much of leap, considering the next installment of Doctor Strange is subtitled In the Multi-verse of Madness, and, of course, Endgame introduced us to the idea of timey-wimey alt-dimensional travel. Of course, this could also lead to an explanation as to how the head honchos over at Marvel Studios intend to introduce the X-Men, who Disney are now the owners of thanks to the Fox merger.
It’s worth noting as well that the recent WandaVision trailer also suggests some kind of multi-verse or alternate dimension shenanigans, so it’s highly likely that this is where all this seems to be headed. I’m sure the guys over at DC are feeling the frustration, since they have been busy planning their own alt-reality story arc in the upcoming Flash movie, which will feature, alongside Ezra Miller as the titular speedy superhero, Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton as their respective versions of Bruce Wayne/Batman.
The Flash dropped its own piece of tantalizing news this week, with the revelation that Billy Crudup has been cast to play Henry Allen, the father of Barry Allen. Crudup is actually reprising the role, as he shot scenes for Zack Snyder’s Justice League, but was cut out of the final product when the now infamous Whedon Cut became a thing. Whether or not Crudup will appear in the fabled Snyder Cut remains to be seen, although it’s a good bet that he will, which also leads to speculation that The Flash could very well be following on from Snyder’s vision of the universe as opposed to Whedon’s much maligned take on the property.
And while we’re on the subject of superheroes, it’s perhaps surprising how few “spoof” takes there have been of the genre given its popularity. But that could very well be set to change with this week’s announcement that New Line Cinema have won the rights to superhero/stoner comedy mashup Super High.
The film will star Andy Samberg, Craig Robinson, and Common, and will take place in a world where smoking a certain type of weed gives you super-powers. The screenplay to the film is written by Adam Mansbach, which is intriguing given his previous output includes the critically acclaimed Barack Obama drama Barry and the hugely popular books Go The F**k To Sleep, You Have To F**king Eat, and F**k, Now There Are Two Of You.
So, anyway, now we’ve got all that out of the way, let’s talk about some horror!
First up we have news that a Don’t Breathe sequel has actually already been filmed. Steve Lang, the star of the original Don’t Breathe, which was directed by Fede Alvarez, took to his twitter account to reveal that he had wrapped filming on the film in Belgrade, Serbia.
This film feels a long time coming, as it wasn’t too much time after the release of the original movie, way back in 2016, that we first learned a sequel was in the works. It was only this year a director was finally brought onto the project, Rodo Sayagues, who co-wrote both the first Don’t Breathe and the Evil Dead remake with Alvarez. What this sequel is about is anyone’s guess at the moment, but I’m pretty excited for it anyway.
Continuing on the horror train, this week we also learned about the characters and cast we could be seeing in the upcoming Resident Evil reboot. Mila Jovoich starred in the first Resident Evil films, which were overseen by director Paul W S Anderson, beginning way back in 2002. But this new take will head right back to the beginning, telling a sort of origin story for the initial outbreak that leads to the events of the video games.
The film seem to be drawing heavily on the video games for its choice of characters as well, with the liked of Jill Valentine, played by Hannah John-Kamen, and Leon Kennedy, played by Avan Jogia, among the list. Also appearing will be Chris and Claire Redfield, played by Robbie Amell and Kaya Scodelario respectively, Albert Wesker, played by Tom Hopper, and William Birkin, played by Neal McDonough.
Of course, video game movies don’t have the greatest track record, but this could be a lot of fun. The Resident Evil franchise has always drawn on movies for inspiration, so there isn’t really any reason why a lot of the concept can’t be translated successfully to the screen.
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