The Week in Movie News: Angelina Jolie Joins the MCU, Michael B. Jordan to Play 400-Year-Old Man and More

The Week in Movie News: Angelina Jolie Joins the MCU, Michael B. Jordan to Play 400-Year-Old Man and More

Need a quick recap of the past week in movie news? Here are the highlights:

BIG NEWS

Angelina Jolie to star in The Eternals: After being in the mix to direct Captain Marvel, megastar Angelina Jolie could finally join the ranks of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in front of the screen rather than behind the scenes. The actress is in talks to play an undisclosed character in The Eternals, a cosmic comic book adaptation that you can read all about here.

Michael B. Jordan to star in Methuselah: MCU villain Michael B. Jordan (Black Panther) is now set to star in Methuselah, which Warner Bros. has been developing for at least a decade, per Deadline. Replacing Tom Cruise in the lead role, Jordan will play a man who has lived for more than 400 years, all the while attaining a great amount of intelligence and skills. 

Us success could lead to a sequel: Jordan’s Black Panther co-stars Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke had the biggest movie at the box office last weekend with Us, and Jordan Peele’s horror hit is building more than just a stack of profits. Us is spawning discussions of its twist ending as well as teases of a potential sequel or spinoff opportunities. You can all about its ending, the records it has broken and the future of the “Us-verse” here.

Death returns in Bill & Ted 3Following last week’s confirmation of a release date for Bill & Ted Face the Music, the third installment of the Bill & Ted franchise, actor William Sadler was revealed via Twitter to be reprising his Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey role as Death for the sequel. You can read everything else we know about the movie so far here.

Joel Coen to direct Macbeth: Speaking of iconic duos, Joel and Ethan Coen are temporarily parting ways so that the former can go solo to direct a Shakespeare adaptation with his two-time Oscar winner wife, Frances McDormand. She will star as Lady Macbeth in a version of Macbeth, according to Deadline, with Denzel Washington filling the other lead role.

MUST-WATCH TRAILERS

Dora the Explorer unleashes its wild side: The first trailer for the live-action Dora the Explorer movie, based on the popular animated children’s programs, arrived with a taste of its family-friendly adventure and humor. Watch the spot below and learn everything we know about the movie here.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark looks terrifying: Based on a classic children’s book series but definitely not a kids’ movie, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark unleashed its first teaser trailer, and it certainly fulfills the first part of its title. Watch the spot below and read more about the biopic here.

Mary Magdalene keeps the faith: We premiered an exclusive first trailer for Garth Davis’ biblical drama Mary Magdalene, which stars two-time Oscar-nominated actress Rooney Mara as the titular figure opposite three-time Oscar-nominated actor Joaquin Phoenix as Jesus. Watch the spot below and read more about the biopic here.

UglyDolls promises imperfection: We also debuted the latest trailer for UglyDolls, one of the most anticipated family movies of this summer, which promises to be the biggest musical comedy “of doll time,” and possibly the most perfect send-up of perfection ever. Watch trailer #3 below and read more about the movie here.

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