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‘Andi Mack’ star Asher Angel is joining the cast of DC’s ‘Shazam’ as Billy Batson

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Just one week after it was announced that Zachary Levi had joined the cast of New Line’s DC superhero movie Shazam as the title character, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Disney Channel star Asher Angel, perhaps best known for his role on the hit show Andi Mack, will star opposite Levi as Billy Batson.

Annabelle: Creation director David F. Sandberg is at the helm of Shazam working from a script written by Henry Gayden and Darren Lemke. The story follows a teenager (Angel) who can become the world’s mightiest mortal (Levi) by simply saying the magic word “Shazam,” an acronym for Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, and Mercury.

Sandberg will reunite with several members of his Annabelle: Creation team for Shazam including producer Peter Safran, cinematographer Maxime Alexandre, and production designer Jennifer Spence. Mark Strong and Grace Fulton are currently in talks to join the cast.

Shazam is expected to begin production in early 2018 and is aiming for a 2019 release date. We’ll keep you posted on any other developments that may come across our desk.

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The incredibly unsettling first trailer for ‘Pet Sematary’ is here to send chills down your spine

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As part of Hollywood’s never-ending quest to keep the Stephen King Cinematic Universe™ going, Paramount Pictures released the first trailer for Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kölsch’s adaptation of Pet Sematary early this morning and I’m blown away by just how great this thing really looks.

If you’re unfamiliar with the source material, Pet Sematary follows Dr. Louis Creed (Jason Clarke), who, after relocating with his wife Rachel (Amy Seimetz) and their two young children from Boston to rural Maine, discovers a mysterious burial ground near the family’s new home.

But when tragedy strikes, Louis turns to his rather unusual neighbor, Jud Crandall (John Lithgow), setting off a perilous chain reaction that unleashes an unfathomable evil with horrific consequences. Sounds creepy, right? The 1989 adaptation still gives me chills to this day and I couldn’t help but feel those same chills while watching this trailer.

The sound of the snare drum paired with the eerie ensemble of strings, the creepy animal mask-wearing children marching in formation into the desolate woods, and that final shot of the spooky misspelled sign outside the cemetery make this one hell of a first look to remember.

I can’t wait to see what Widmyer and Kölsch have in store for us with their take on what is undoubtedly one of the scariest novels I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. Speaking of which, if you haven’t read the book yet, you change that right now by picking it up on Amazon for about $9 with free Prime shipping.

Pet Sematary also stars Jeté Laurence and Hugo and Lucas Lavoie and will open in theaters on April 5, 2019. You can check out the newly released trailer for the film below.

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James Gunn poised to make a comeback by writing and directing ‘Suicide Squad 2’

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After being fired from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 by Disney earlier this year, director James Gunn is poised to make a comeback with uh…(checks notesSuicide Squad 2? That’s according to TheWrap, who says Gunn is currently in talks to write and possibly direct the upcoming DC movie.

“Gunn will have a completely new take on the property, in which DC supervillains are recruited by the government to carry out secret missions too dirty for the likes of Superman and Batman,” the trade reports. So I guess Warner Bros. just left Gavin O’Connor out in the cold or something?

Look, not only does this prove that we live in the dumbest fucking timeline to ever exist, but it also proves that Warner Bros. was smart enough to capitalize on Disney’s incredibly stupid decision to kowtow to the demands of alt-right pieces of shit like Mike Cernovich.

As you may recall, Warner Bros. was previously eyeing the likes of Mel Gibson and Daniel Espinosa to write and direct Suicide Squad 2 after David Ayer parted ways with the franchise due to creative differences he had with the studio execs on the first movie.

Suicide Squad 2 will see Will Smith and Margot Robbie reprise their respective roles as Deadshot and Harley Quinn along with Jared Leto as the Joker, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc, Karen Fukuhara as Katana, and Jay Hernandez as El Diablo.

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Annapurna drops untitled Fox News movie about Roger Ailes two weeks before production

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In a rather strange turn of events, Variety is reporting that Annapurna Pictures has dropped the untitled Fox News movie starring Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman just mere weeks before production was set to begin on the project. So where does a movie go now that it no longer has financing and distribution?

To Focus Features! Well, that’s according to sources Variety spoke to, but nothing is set in stone as of right now. Bron Studios, who financed Clint Eastwood’s upcoming drug thriller The Mule, is also expected to come on board the project as well.

Annapurna’s reasoning for dropping the project is about as clear as mud at the moment, but, if the reports from the trades are any indication, it sounds like the budget for this thing was getting just too darn big for the studio to handle and “kept growing bigger by the day,” according to Variety.

The untitled Fox News movie chronicles the downfall of Roger Ailes, the former chairman and CEO of the conservative television media empire that broadcasts garbage from right-wing sleazeballs like Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, and Laura Ingraham every weeknight, amid multiple sexual abuse allegations.

The film’s all-star includes Theron as Megyn Kelly, Kidman as Gretchen Carlson, Margot Robbie as a fictional Fox News associate producer, John Lithgow as Ailes, and Malcolm McDowell as Rupert Murdoch, the executive chairman of 21st Century Fox and News Corp.

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