With his career bubbling along nicely – he’ll be both a superhero and part of much-anticipated drama this year alone – Michael B. Jordan continues to seek out films that matter to him. He’s part of the cast for a new memoir adaptation, Just Mercy.
Short Term 12 writer/director Destin Daniel Cretton is adapting Bryan Stevenson’s memoir Just Mercy: A Story Of Justice And Redemption alongside Andrew Lanham and will call the shots. Production company Broad Green Pictures won the rights to the book in a competitive bidding war and is now developing the film.
The story will follow Stevenson’s work as a young lawyer who founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a company dedicated to defending the poor, the wrongly convicted, women and children. One of his earliest cases was Walter McMillian, sentenced to die for a murder he insists he didn’t commit and at the centre of swirling mire of conspiracy and political double-dealing. “Bryan’s story hit me harder than anything I’ve read in a long time,” Cretton says in a statement carried by Variety. “I’m humbled and honoured to have the opportunity to bring his story to the screen.”
Jordan will be back on our screens on August 6 with Fantastic Four, and he has the lead in Rocky spin-off Creed, which will arrive on November 27.
You likely saw him as Jaka in The Raid, or maybe putting the hurt on our heroes as one of Luke Evans’ henchmen in Fast & Furious 6. Now Joe Taslim is headed somewhere very different, joining the cast of Star Trek Beyond.
With pretty much everything about the film – beyond the presence of the Enterprise crew veterans including Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho and Anton Yelchin, plus new franchise faces Idris Elba and Sofia Boutella – still being kept behind a protective shield, The Hollywood Reporter offers no real details about what Taslim will be up to in the film. But the trade mag does indicate that he has a key role opposite Elba, who will be the film’s big threat. So we’d expect Kirk and co. to have some trouble with him...
With a script by Pegg and Doug Jung and Fast & Furious old hand Justin Lin calling the shots now in Vancouver, Star Trek Beyond will be in our cinemas on July 8 next year. You can still win a chance to tour the film’s sets and even have a walk-on role by entering the charity contest outlined by Pegg, Yelchin and their canine companion below.
The animated hit crosses the $40 million mark to become the top film of the year so far in Germany.
The live action/CGI fantasy epic has now grossed $211 million worldwide after two weeks in release.
The giant robot franchise phenomenon, which began in Japan in 1979, will be the focus of the festival’s animation program this year.
Director Hanae Uchida’s “For the Love of Life: Living for Tomorrow” took the award for best Japanese film.
'Unexpected' Writer-Director Kris Swanberg on Creating a Realistic Pregnancy Movie and Characters' Future
"I think it's really rare that people experience these things in a highly dramatic way, and I wanted to tell a story about things that actually happen all the time," she says about the issues encountered by Cobie Smulders' Samantha and Gail Bean's Jasmine.
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"Sandler would benefit from going back to basics and giving audiences what made them love him in the first place," says one box office analyst.
Dennis Dugan tells THR about Ritter and Amy Yasbeck meeting and falling in love on the film, why the first preview screening was a "disaster" and defends frequent collaborator Adam Sandler.
The new issue of Empire lands this week and the front cover packs a mighty bunch. Well, four mighty punches to be exact, two each from the fists of Batman and Superman. This month's cover stars and Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice adversaries hail from different sides of the light/dark spectrum.
Ben Affleck’s Dark Knight is pictured against a murky and distinctive Gotham cityscape. “There is just this gravitas to Batman,” director/producer/franchise oversees Zack Snyder stresses in our cover feature. “He is operatic.” And Superman? " In this movie, everyone has split into different directions as to how they feel about this alien," explains Henry Cavill. "Some people love him, some hate him. Other people fear him. Is he a tyrant?"
At the heart of Empire's access-all-areas coverage this month is a trip to the heart of the Batman V Superman brains trust and a chance to meet the man piloting this superhero behemoth, as well as his stars, and get the scoop on the origins, development and execution of this unprecedented super-mash.
Of course, the blockbuster also introduces Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman and Jason Momoa’s Aquaman in a way that will then spin directly into The Justice League. To any doubters, Snyder is keen to stress the methodical, planned through-line that supports this newly expanded DCverse. “I want all the other directors of the other films to be able to stretch their legs and do what they want, but at the same time there is a big interconnected universe."
Get the full story when the new issue of Empire hits newsstands on Thursday. To purchase this issue, click here. Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, meanwhile, roars into UK cinemas on March 25, 2016.
From King Koopa to Goro, the movies have had mixed results when it comes to adapting beloved heroes and villains.
Opinion is divided as to whether Thursday night's fatal theater shooting in Louisiana during a screening of 'Trainwreck' hurt moviegoing over the weekend, specifically family friendly and younger-skewing titles.
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The Tony-winning actress plays Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams' characters' daughter.