It’s been a busy week in the movie world, so let’s get right into this week’s Friday Five.
Morgan Freeman Signs on to Two More Blockbusters
Morgan Freeman joined a couple of blockbuster films this week. On Wednesday, it was revealed the actor would play a marijuana advocating civil rights lawyer in Ted 2. Then on Thursday, it was announced that Freeman would play Ildarin in Timur Bekmambetov’s remake of Ben-Hur. Ildarin is the man who trains Ben-Hur. The new take on Ben-Hur is based on Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel, Ben-Hur: A Tale of The Christ. The film will hit theaters February 2, 2016 while Ted 2 will arrive June 26, 2015.
‘Underworld’ Franchise Continues with ‘Divergent’ Star in Lead
If you’re a fan of the Underworld franchise, the good news is there’s going to be more films. Well, one more at least. The bad news though is there will be no Kate Beckinsale in this next film. The Screen Gems franchise will instead center on Theo James, who most recently starred in Divergent. James will reprise his role of Vampire David from Underworld: Awakening and will be teamed with two female leads who have not been cast yet. No release date has been announced, though producers are hoping to being filming in spring 2015. The script is being written by Priest scribe Cory Goodman. Hopefully this sequel is better than that awful, awful movie.
Actor Richard Kiel Dies at 74
Richard Kiel, best known for portraying one of the most memorable Bond villains in the history of the spy franchise died at the age of 74. Kiel played the metal-mouthed nemesis Jaws in The Spy Who Loved Me and reprised the role in Moonraker. Keil had a long career in television as well including roles in the original The Twilight Zone, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Gilligan’s Island and as even cast as The Incredible Hulk in the 1977 series before being replaced by Lou Ferrigno. Kiel also starred as Mr. Larson in the Adam Sandler comedy Happy Gilmore. The cause of death has not been revealed.
Another ‘Rambo’ Movie Sylvester Stallone Milks His Filmography
Sylvester Stallone continues to live on his former glories. After The Expendables 3 essentially bombed at the box office, Stallone is now going back into his filmography with plans for another Rambo movie. Granted rumors of another Rambo movie have been swirling for about a year, but it was revealed this week that Stallone would head into one last fight in Rambo: Last Blood. Stallone also plans to direct the film. No release date has been announced for the sequel.
First Look at New Batmobile… with a Machine Gun!
I try to stay away from posting paparazzi/unofficial pictures on this site. Thankfully DC/WB got around to releasing a pic of the new BatMobile this week. The vehicle has director Zach Snyder’s touch all over it and we’ll get to see it in action in Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice in theaters March 25, 2016.
BONUS: Busy week, so here are a few other quick bulletins
– 23 Jump Street is happening, for real. No word though if it will take place in medical school.
– Robert Downey Jr. says that there are still no plans for Iron Man 4, though he will appear as the superhero in Avengers: Age of Ultron and Avengers 3.
– Lionsgate has set a June 10, 2016 release date for Now You See Me 2.
Ok, that’s wraps up this week in the movie world. And no, I’m not reporting that Orlando Bloom/Pirates 5 rumor that has been swirling around for two years.
Have a great weekend everyone and follow along on Twitter @DerrickDeane for daily movie news. Also, you can catch last week’s Friday Five here.