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‘Death on the Nile’ unveils its full star-studded cast as production officially gets underway

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20th Century Fox announced Tuesday that production on Kenneth Branagh‘s Death on the Nile, the follow-up to his 2017 adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, has officially begun at Longcross Studios outside London and on location in Egypt.

In addition to directing, Branagh is reprising his role as detective Hercule Poirot and will be joined by a star-studded cast that includes the likes of Annette Bening, Ali Fazal, Dawn French, Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Rose Leslie, Emma Mackey, Sophie Okonedo, Jennifer Saunders, Letitia Wright, and Tom Bateman.

“Crimes of passion are dangerously sexy,” Branagh said. “Agatha Christie has written a riveting story of emotional chaos and violent criminality and Michael Green has once again written a screenplay to match. With a cherished group of long-time artistic collaborators and a brilliant international cast, it is truly a pleasure to join Disney, Fox and Agatha Christie Ltd. in bringing this daring thriller to the big screen. There are significant new twists, an awe-inspiring desert landscape and a chance to celebrate big-screen entertainment in glorious 65-millimetre celluloid!”

Death on the Nile finds Hercule Poirot once again having to investigate a mysterious string of deaths, this time aboard a glamorous river steamer traveling through the epic landscapes of Egypt.

Michael Green returns to write the screenplay for the film, based on Christie’s 1937 novel of the same name. Ridley Scott, Mark Gordon, Simon Kinberg, Branagh, and Judy Hofflud are back as producers, with Matthew Jenkins and James Prichard also returning as executive producers.

Death on the Nile will open in theaters on October 9, 2020.

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‘Big Little Lies’ star Zoe Kravitz to take on the role of Catwoman in Matt Reeves’ ‘The Batman’

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Zoe Kravitz is headed to Gotham as the Big Little Lies star has been set to play the iconic role of Catwoman in Matt Reeves’ upcoming The Batman, Silver Screen Beat has learned.

Kravitz joins a cast that already includes the likes of Robert Pattinson as the titular Caped Crusader, Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon, and Jonah Hill as the yet-to-be-named villain. Reeves is expected to round out the rest of the cast before the year’s end in anticipation of an early 2020 production start.

Other actresses including Ana de Armas, Ella Balinska, and Eiza Gonzalez went through what was described as a “rigorous testing process,” for the role of Catwoman last month, according to The Hollywood Reporter, but it was ultimately Kravitz — who read opposite Pattinson — that was seen as the right fit for the job.

Reeves, who first boarded The Batman in early 2017 following the unsurprising departure of Ben Affleck, is directing the film from a script he wrote, in addition to producing along with his Planet of the Apes collaborator Dylan Clark.

Kravitz, still riding high off a well-reviewed performance in HBO’s second season of the star-studded drama Big Little Lies this past summer, can be seen next in Hulu’s High Fidelity, which is due out later this year.

The Batman is slated to be released by Warner Bros. June 25, 2021.

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Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt set sail on an Amazonian adventure in Disney’s ‘Jungle Cruise’ trailer

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Disney has released the first trailer for Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt‘s Jungle Cruise, which finds the beloved Disneyland ride of the same name brought to life in the vein of such films as Indiana Jones and The African Queen.

The film, directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, follows a charismatic riverboat captain (Johnson) and a determined explorer on a research mission (Blunt) as they set sail on an adventure-filled expedition through the Amazon-jungle in hopes of finding a tree that is believed to possess healing powers.

“We were just so moved, so honored to be in a movie like this because we both grew up just madly in love with Indiana Jones and obsessed with those kinds of movies,” Blunt said at the D23 Expo in August. “To be part of something like this, with this same spirit, makes my heart race.”

Added Johnson, “We wanted to make a movie that was big, that was epic, that had romance, big comedy, big action. But most important; it’s got me.”

In addition to Johnson and Blunt, the film’s ensemble cast also includes Jack Whitehall, Edgar Ramirez, Jesse Plemons, and Paul Giamatti.

John Davis, John Fox, Johnson, Hiram Garcia, Dany Garcia, and Beau Flynn produced the film, with Doug Merrifield serving as executive producer.

Jungle Cruise will sail into theaters on July 24, 2020.

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Disney-Pixar’s ‘Onward’ trailer finds Tom Holland, Chris Pratt summoning their dead father’s legs

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Disney and Pixar have released a new trailer for Onward, the upcoming animated feature starring Tom Holland and Chris Pratt as two teenage elf brothers, Ian and Barley Lightfoot, who embark on an extraordinary quest to discover if there is still a little magic out there.

And by magic, we’re talking like actual, literal magic. Set in a suburban fantasy world, Onward follows Ian and Barley as they try to summon their dead father back to life. Having never encountered magic before, though, the spell doesn’t completely work and only summons half their father — the bottom half, that is.

So, with their dad’s legs in tow, the boys set out on a road trip to try to find out how to bring the rest of him back to life, encountering all sorts of creatures, magical spells, and mysterious lands along the way.

The film, which was directed by Dan Scanlon and produced by Kori Rae, features a star-studded voice cast that also includes the likes of Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Ian and Barely’s mom, Laurel Lightfoot, and Octavia Spencer as the voice of the Manticore.

Onward will hit theaters on March 6, 2020.

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