The Week in Movie News: ‘Shazam!’ Sequel in the Works, First ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Teaser and More

The Week in Movie News: ‘Shazam!’ Sequel in the Works, First ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Teaser and More

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

BIG NEWS

DC plans more Shazam!: The latest installment of the DC Extended Universe was a hit at the box office last weekend, and so naturally there’s going to be a sequel. While there’s no release date set nor a confirmation of Zachary Levi’s return, Shazam! screenwriter Henry Gayden has been hired to pen Shazam 2, according to The Wrap. David F. Sandberg may also return to direct.

Idris Elba plays a new character in The Suicide Squad: We previously learned Idris Elba would star in DC’s Suicide Squad sequel as Deadshot, the character played by Will Smith in the first movie. But the studio and filmmakers have decided to rework The Suicide Squad so that Elba is actually playing a different, as yet unknown character. Read everything we know about the follow-up and which original cast members are returning here.  

Kumail Nanjiani joins Marvel’s The EternalsOne of he biggest Marvel movies post-Avengers Endgame is going to be The Eternals, and now it has cast comedic actor Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick) to join mega-star Angelina Jolie as one of the titular characters. Read all about the Marvel Cinematic Universe entry here.

Ryan Coogler is re-writing Space Jam 2: Meanwhile, MCU director Ryan Coogler is taking a break from Black Panther in order to work on Space Jam 2, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Coogler will team up with Sev Ohanian (Searching) to re-write the script for the sequel to the 1990s cult classic, which will star LeBron James alongside the Looney Tunes animated characters.

Grease is getting a prequel: Paramount Pictures plans to tell us more, tell us more with a Grease prequel titled Summer Loving, which will follow Danny and Sandy’s first meeting and subsequent beachside romance. The Hollywood Reporter got the scoop that the movie will be scripted by Big Fish writer John August.

MUST-WATCH TRAILERS

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker teases a return villain: Lucafilm revealed the title of Star Wars: Episode IX with the release of the first teaser during Star Wars Celebration, and fans are going crazy. Watch the first look at Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker with its reveal of an old villain’s return below and read all we know about the highly anticipated franchise finale here.

 

 

The Lion King looks amazing: Disney dropped the first full trailer for its upcoming live-action reimagining of The Lion King, complete with the first glimpses of the new version’s Scar, and it all looks absolutely amazing. Watch the spot below and learn everything we know about the remake here.

 

The Addams Family is all together ooky: Previously seen in live-action form on the big screen, The Addams Family is now animated for a creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky feature starring the voices of Oscar Isaac and Charlize Theron. Watch the first trailer for the movie below.

 

The Secret Life of Pets 2 gets emotional: The first trailer for the sequel to the animated hit The Secret Life of Pets arrived, hinting that this one will deal in more emotions, more human interactions and a more super version of Kevin Hart’s angry bunny, Snowball. Watch the spot for The Secret Life of Pets 2 below.

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