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Donald Glover, Ryan Gosling, Ezra Miller among those on ‘Willy Wonka’ actors shortlist

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After acquiring the rights to the Willy Wonka intellectual property in 2016, Warner Bros. quickly began putting the pieces together to craft a new film centered around the iconic character made famous by Gene Wilder in Mel Stuart’s classic 1971 adaptation of Roald Dahl’s beloved novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

With Paul King, perhaps best known for having written and directed the critically acclaimed Paddington films, officially signed on to direct, and a script by Inside Out and Secret Life of Pets writer Simon Rich complete, the studio now looks to begin casting the upcoming reboot, which will reportedly focus on the character and his early adventures.

According to Collider, the studio has already begun putting together a shortlist of actors for the titular role, with Ryan Gosling, Donald Glover, and Ezra Miller reportedly being at the top of the list. Warner Bros. did not immediately respond to request for comment regarding the shortlist, which is said to include a number of other potential candidates for the role.

Gosling already has a tight relationship with the studio, having worked with Warner Bros. on projects such as Blade Runner 2049 and The Nice Guys in recent years, as does Miller, who plays The Flash/Barry Allen in the DC Extended Universe and Credence Barebone in the Fantastic Beasts franchise. Glover most recently starred in Solo: A Star Wars Story and will voice Simba in Jon Favreau’s live-action remake of The Lion King next.

Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has been adapted into two feature films since its initial release in 1964 including Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory in 1971 and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in 2005, the latter having been directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp as the eccentric title character. We’ll keep you posted on any further developments about the Willy Wonka reboot that come across our desk.

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Frame this terrible new ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ poster and hang it up on my wall immediately

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I don’t know what the hell is going on over at the Sony Pictures marketing department, but some graphic designer who is probably severely underpaid keeps making these god-awful movie posters and for whatever reason the studio is always just like, “Yeah, that looks good enough. Send it out.”

I mean, just take a gander at this new one-sheet they put out for Spider-Man: Far From Home earlier today:

Now, I love the Spider-Man franchise as much as the next guy and I love Tom Holland as Spider-Man and I hate to clown on things I love, but holy shit that poster is hilariously bad and I want it framed and put on the wall in front of my desk immediately so I can look up and laugh at it whenever I want.

All jokes aside, though, a poster is not indicative of a movie’s quality and I’m sure Far From Home is going to be just fine. Remember that very unfortunate international poster Sony released for Spider-Man: Homecoming back in 2017? Yeah, sorry I had to bring that up.

But, the point is, that poster looked like complete and utter shit and yet the movie turned out to be great and was critically acclaimed and went on to make a ton of money at the box office, and I’m sure that will also be the case for Far From Home when it hit theaters on July 2.

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A bunch of new details about Christopher Nolan’s new movie ‘Tenet’ have just emerged

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All aboard the hype train: Warner Bros. announced today that production is officially underway on Christopher Nolan’s new movie Tenet, which really isn’t a particularly exciting title, but, hey, we’ll take it. I’m just looking forward to seeing what Nolan has in store for us following the masterpiece that was Dunkirk in 2017.

According to a press release, Tenet is “an action epic evolving around the world of international espionage” that is being shot on location across seven different countries. A Christopher Nolan spy movie? That’s all I needed to know. I’m in, baby.

In addition to John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, and Elizabeth Debicki, the cast also now includes the likes of Dimple Kapadia, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Clémence Poésy, Kenneth Branagh, and, of course, with this being a Nolan movie and all, Michael Caine.

Behind the scenes, Nolan is reteaming with DP Hoyte van Hoytema, production designer Nathan Crowley, costume designer Jeffrey Kurland, and VFX supervisor Andrew Jackson, while working with editor Jennifer Lame and Oscar-winning composer Ludwig Göransson for the first time.

Nolan has obviously assembled some of Hollywood’s best both in front of and behind the camera for his latest project and, as you could probably imagine, I’m hype as fuck and can’t wait to see how this thing turns out when it hits theaters next year on July 17.

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Phoenix: Here’s your chance to see ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ early and for free

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Dying to see some monster on monster action? Then you’ll be pleased to learn that Warner Bros. is giving several of our very lucky Silver Screen Beat readers in Phoenix a chance to attend a free advance screening of Godzilla: King of the Monsters next week.

All you have to do is click on this link to enter to win passes (good for you and one guest) to see Godzilla: King of the Monsters at Harkins Arizona Mills in big, beautiful IMAX on Tuesday, May 28 at 7:00 p.m.

The sweepstakes are currently underway and winners will be selected and notified via email by 12:00 p.m. on Monday, May 27, so good luck! Below is the official trailer for Godzilla: King of the Monsters as well as some additional details about the film.

Directed by: Mike Dougherty

Cast: Millie Bobbie Brown, Vera Farmiga, Kyle Chandler, Charles Dance, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sally Hawkins, and Ken Watanabe

Opens: Friday, May 31

Rating: PG-13 for sequences of monster action violence and destruction, and for some language

Synopsis: The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.

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