The Week in Movie News: ‘Shazam!’ Sequel Release Date, Jonathan Groff Joins ‘The Matrix 4’ and More

The Week in Movie News: ‘Shazam!’ Sequel Release Date, Jonathan Groff Joins ‘The Matrix 4’ and More

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

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Shazam! returns in 2022: Warner Bros. set a release date for its highly anticipated Shazam! sequel, confirming its development. The DC Comics adaptation will, no joke, arrive in a couple years on April Fool’s Day — that’s April 1, 2022, to be exact. Zachary Levi will reprise his role as the titular superhero, and the original’s director, David F. Sandberg, will be back at the helm. The studio also slated The Flash for exactly three months later: July 1, 2022.


Jonathan Groff joins The Matrix 4: Warner Bros. also announced the release date of The Matrix 4 this week: May 21, 2021. Meanwhile, the sequel has cast Mindhunter star and Frozen voice actor Jonathan Groff, as reported by Collider, and Sense8 actor Toby Onwumere, per Deadline. Both roles are being kept a secret for now, of course. They join returning stars Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss and Jada Pinkett Smith.  


The Conjuring 3 gets a title: More Warner Bros. news arrived with focus on the next installment of the Conjuring Universe, specifically the next sequel in the main series. The third movie is now titled The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga will return for a case of murder in which demonic possession is the defense. The sequel is set for release on September 11, 2020.


David Benioff and D.B. Weiss to produce Lovecraft: The creators of Game of Thrones are headed to Warner Bros. for a movie depicting the life of horror author H.P. Lovecraft. Variety reports David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will produce the fantasy-infused biopic, which is based on Keith Giffen’s 2004 graphic novel Lovecraft.


Alex Ross Perry to direct a Stephen King movie: Hot off his acclaimed rock and roll drama Her Smell, writer/director Alex Ross Perry is hopping aboard the Stephen King train. Deadline reports the filmmaker will script and direct a movie based on King’s bestselling 1989 novel The Dark Half. George Romero previously directed an adaptation of the book in 1993.


Alex Brightman to play John Belushi: The long-in-the-works biographical movie about comedy icon John Belushi is finally on track again. According to Collider, the independent film has cast Broadway’s Beetlejuice, Alex Brightman, to portray the Saturday Night Live star and hired Oscar-winning director David Frankel, best known for The Devil Wears Prada, to take the helm.


Jason Bateman to helm thriller Shut In: Putting his Clue remake on hold, Jason Bateman has found a smaller, quicker project for his next directorial effort. Deadline reports the actor-turned-filmmaker will helm a survival thriller for New Line called Shut In, which is about a mother attempting to save herself and her small children from a violent ex. 


Golden Globes and SAG Awards nominees: This week saw some major awards season players announce their nominations for the best movies of 2019. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association gave a lot of love to Joker, The Irishman and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood while the Screen Actors Guild’s awards gave boosts to Bombshell and Jamie Foxx. See our posts on the list of nominees for the Golden Globes and the SAG Awards.     

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