Need a quick recap of the past week in movie news? Here are the highlights:
Black Adam confirmed for 2021 release: More than a decade since Dwayne Johnson first became linked to the role of DC Comics antihero Black Adam, the actor confirms the start of production on a solo movie for the character, who is a well-known Shazam foe. Warner Bros. will release Black Adam in U.S. theaters on December 22, 2021.
Patrick Wilson to return in Aquaman 2: Speaking of DC superhero arch-nemeses, Ocean Master will apparently be back in Aquaman 2, which is due in 2022. Patrick Wilson revealed his involvement in the sequel in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter while noting that returning director James Wan’s concepts for the continuing franchise “are pushing it even further.”
Jayme Lawson joins The Batman: There was one more bit of DC movie news this week as Collider reported that newcomer Jayme Lawson has been cast in a prominent but mysterious role in The Batman. Rumors about the character being a familiar player in the universe of the Caped Crusader are now rampant online after additional reports claimed she’s a Gotham City political candidate.
Jonah Hauer-King is the live-action Prince Eric: Another newcomer has won a big tentpole part, namely the role of Prince Eric in Disney’s live-action reimagining of their classic animated feature The Little Mermaid. According to Variety, actor Jonah Hauer-King (A Dog’s Way Home) will give life to the human love interest of Ariel the mermaid, who is to be played by Halle Bailey.
Spike Lee to direct a comic book movie: Spike Lee has found his follow-up to his award-winning historical feature BlacKkKlansman, and it’s a graphic novel adaptation. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Do the Right Thing filmmaker will co-write and direct Prince of Cats, a reimagining of Romeo & Juliet set in the 1980s hip-hop scene of New York City.
Brendan Gleeson in talks for Macbeth: Speaking of Shakespeare adaptations from prominent filmmakers, Joel Coen has found the King Duncan for his first solo venture, a version of Macbeth. Collider reports Brendan Gleeson, who appears in the Coen brothers’ The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, is in talks for the role. Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand will play the leads.
Paul Thomas Anderson plans high school movie: Another favorite American auteur revealed his next project this week. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paul Thomas Anderson will return to the setting of the San Fernando Valley in the 1970s, which was also the time and place of his breakout movie, Boogie Nights. The planned feature, still untitled, centers on a high school student who is also a child actor.
Mark Wahlberg to co-star in Uncharted: Boogie Nights star Mark Wahlberg was also in the news this week, as Variety reports he’s in final talks to join Uncharted opposite Tom Holland. Travis Knight will direct the video game adaptation about a globetrotting treasure hunter. Wahlberg will play mentor to Holland’s main hero.