Hello again entertainment news fans! Welcome to another addition of Last Week’s Episode. This week we’ve got the good, the bad, and the terrible in everything Hollywood so grab your popcorn, settle in and get ready to add douse your brain in some new movie and TV news.
Good Movie News
‘Shazam! Fury of the Gods’ Casts Lucy Liu as Villain https://t.co/ypeUwuYaho
— Variety (@Variety) April 12, 2021
All hail the goddesses! Lucy Liu is joining the cast of Shazam: Fury of the Gods. She’ll be playing the sister of Helen Mirren’s Hespera. The pair will be villainous sister-gods who are apparently not happy with the Shazamily and their powers. As noted by Variety, “Both characters, are the daughters of the Greek god Atlas, who is one of the sources of Shazam’s powers: He holds the stamina of Atlas, as well as the power of Zeus, the strength of Hercules, the wisdom of Solomon, the speed of Mercury and the courage of Achilles.”
While I can’t say I am particularly eager for a fifth Indiana Jones film, I am an unabashed Mads Mikkelsen stan. So this is great news for us all! Honestly while little is known about his character so far, he seems like he’d be a peak Indiana Jones villain. With Phoebe Waller Bridge already announced this could possibly be another handing off the baton movie but with Bridge as Jones’ daughter rather than the failed Mutt Williams spin-off from the fourth film. Either ways Mads’ will surely be a European accented madman causing them trouble. [Deadline]
BATMAN! 🦇 It's official: Pittsburgh native Michael Keaton is returning as Batman in the new movie "The Flash." https://t.co/73OsKCli1Y
— KDKA (@KDKA) April 21, 2021
This was basically already confirmed but we couldn’t not share this perfect tweet. Yes, after many rumors and many “scoops,” it has been revealed Michael Keaton will be back in The Flash. While I personally am unsure that the long-delayed film even exists, I would love to see Keaton back in the Batsuit. He’s still my favorite Batman and the potential of some kind of Batman Beyond scenario with Keaton training a new young hero sounds perfect.
New Trailers and Teases
The risk? A zombie-infested Las Vegas. The reward? $200 mil. Go all in. Army Of The Dead, the new film from Zack Snyder is in select theaters May and on Netflix May 21. pic.twitter.com/EhPIYxq4Ur
— Netflix Geeked (@NetflixGeeked) April 13, 2021
There’s a few big trailers this week starting with Zack Snyder’s new zombie flick, Army of the Dead. Starring Dave Bautista as a fry chef who is also a special ops guy, who gets hired by Hiroyuki Sanada to rob a casino in Vegas; the only issue is that Vegas is now a zombie wasteland. Looks quite ridiculous and has a lot of bisexual lighting, so let’s hope there’s no secret Randian messaging and we can all just have a good old neon-hued time.
— #F9 (@TheFastSaga) April 14, 2021
FAMILY!!! That’s what it’s all about in the Fast and Furious saga which will hit its ninth installment this year. The film will be a huge reunion with previously-murdered fan fave Han returning alongside some of his Tokyo Drift family, plus it looks like they’re going to space. How can this not be one of your most anticipated movies of the year?
Happy Birthday @SimuLiu! We hope you enjoy your birthday present.
— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) April 19, 2021
The newest MCU movie is on its way and it’s coming in the form of Shang-Chi! The martial arts superhero flick looks like action-packed fun, with lots of rad action and possible comic book teases. The trailer lit the internet up as fans got excited for Marvel’s first Asian American leading man in Simu Liu’s titular hero. But let’s not get too excited…
Bad Movie News
The beloved Arclight cinemas will not be reopening post a pandemic-induced shutdown. This includes the historic Cinerama dome. While they may not reopen under the Arclight banner, they could likely be taken over by another studio or company as their real estate is not only in prime places but is also worth a ton of money. So it might not be the end of the cinemas, just the end of them as we currently know them. [Variety]
The employees of Arclight were not even informed they had lost their jobs, they found out from this article. This is beyond fucked https://t.co/GDyEGhBjrT
— Em (@Lil_Advocate) April 13, 2021
Another depressing tidbit about this situation is that apparently Arclight employees found out about the decision at the same time as the general public.
TV is still a thing too
ER is coming back to the small screen. People reports, “The original cast of NBC’s ER — George Clooney (Doug Ross), Julianna Margulies (Carol Hathaway), Anthony Edwards (Mark Greene) and Noah Wyle (John Carter) — is set to reunite on Thursday, April 22 (at 8/7c) as part of Stars in the House, a YouTube series hosted by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley.” While it’s not a new series it will surely make fans happy. [TV Line]
We’ve been super excited for Netflix’s anime Yasuke. Loosely inspired by the legendary Black samurai, the sci-fi tale from LeSean Thomas stars LaKeith Stanfield. But a new trailer revealed some of the other voice talent who’ll be dubbing the Japanese version. Jun Soejima will be taking on the titular role, which is a cool bit of casting as he’s a Black Japanese voice actor! This is also his first anime voice acting role. [Crunchyroll]
— Variety (@Variety) April 15, 2021
In some very hunky news Pedro Pascal will be joined in HBO’s highly-anticipated the Last of Us series by Gabriel Luna. The pair will play brothers in the series based on the massive video game. “The series takes place twenty years after modern civilization has been destroyed. Joel, a hardened survivor, is hired to smuggle Ellie out of an oppressive quarantine zone. What starts as a small job soon becomes a brutal, heartbreaking journey, as they both must traverse across the U.S. and depend on each other for survival.” [Variety]
Money, money, money, money, MONEY! If you were worried they wouldn’t have a big enough budget to bring Amazon’s Lord of the Rings project to life, worry no more. According to reports Amazon plans to spend about $650 million [Australian dollars] on season one of the show meaning it would be eligible for a rebate of over $160m.” Gotta spend money to make money I guess. [Radio New Zealand]
Two British acting stars are in talks to join Marvel’s Secret Invasion TV series. Samuel L. Jackson is already confirmed to star and it looks like he could be joined by Oscar-winner Olivia Coleman, and Queen of Dragons Emilia Clarke. What their proposed roles are is of course being kept under extreme wraps but with Jackson’s super-spy already confirmed it’s likely to be an espionage-tinged story. Coleman would be a great pick for S.W.O.R.D. leader Abigail Brand. Depending on where things stand with Sony, we could see Clarke taking on a dual role as the Skrull Empress and Spider-Woman… but it’s all hypothetical for now. [THR] [Variety]
In more character actors we love joining Disney-owned projects news: Maya Erskine co-creator and star of Hulu’s PEN15 is joining the in production Obi-Wan Kenobi show. Starring Ewan McGregor as the deceitful Jedi the show is a highly-anticipated one for Star Wars fans and lovers of McGregor’s beard everywhere. [Deadline]
Bad Man News
content warning: assault, abusive behavior, mention of rape
Charlyne Yi has been an outspoken advocate for not only herself, but other women who have been preyed on by Hollywood men. In a recent set of Instagram posts the actor, artist, and musician shared her own experiences with James Franco. [Buzzfeed]
Another industry stalwart who is being held accountable is film producer Scott Rudin. Both Karen Olivio and Sutton Foster staged protests in regards to him being involved in the Broadway production of Moulin Rouge and Music Man respectively. [Deadline] [Jezebel]
There’s some terrible news about one of the products placed in Shang-Chi. Brought to our attention in a thread by Twitter user DD Yang, who cited multiple sources, JD.com and its CEO Liu Quingdong is currently in an ongoing legal dispute over an alleged rape. Which is just wholly depressing and terrible. [Twitter, Star Tribune]
This sounds cool
— David Bowles (hiatus to write GÜERO sequel) 🏳️🌈 (@DavidOBowles) April 21, 2021
Thanks to this very good tweet we now have a new potential favorite show. Zero tells the story of Omar, a young comics artist who gains his own special superpower. The Italian series is also centered around the everyday lives of Black young people in Italy, and was created by a comics artist called Roberto Marchionni. It’s on the top of our watch pile.
Actor Helen McCrory sadly passed away aged 52 after a battle with cancer. Known for some amazing theatrical performances, her turn as Narcissa Malfoy in the Harry Potter films, and playing Polly Grey on Peaky Blinders, her work is too numerous to list. Her husband Damien Lewis shared the news and said, “She blazed so brightly. Go now, Little One, into the air, and thank you.” [BBC]