Role Call: Lupita Nyong’o and Elisabeth Moss in Talks for New Jordan Peele Movie

Jordan Peele’s got a new movie coming up, and he’s already eyeing a great cast! Here are some of the latest casting news from the week…


Lupita Nyong’o, Elisabeth Moss, Winston Duke in Talks for Us

Jordan Peele’s working on his next movie, titled Us, and looking at some choice actors to star in it, including Black Panther‘s Winston Duke and Lupita Nyong’o and Handmaid’s Tale star Elisabeth Moss, who are all in negotiations at the moment. The details of the film are under wraps for the moment, but it’s reportedly about two couples – one black, one white — so yeah, with Peele writing and at the helm, expect something a little different.

Everyone is anticipating what the Oscar winner will do next since coming out like gangbusters with Get Out. Not like there’s any pressure or anything, but poor Peele must be feeling it a little. How can he not? When you make your first feature film, and it’s a game changer like Get Out, there has to be a little apprehension. Don’t worry, Jordan, you got this. You had us all with the Sunken Place, and we’re with you to the end. (via The Hollywood Reporter)

Annette Bening in Talks to Join Captain Marvel Cast

Good for Annette Bening – and also that must mean the Captain Marvel script is probably pretty good. Led by female directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, the film is set in the 1990s and follows Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, an Air Force pilot whose DNA fuses with that of an alien, sending her headlong into an intergalactic adventure. If you watched the end credits to Avengers: Infinity War then you got just a barest of hints to the importance of Captain Marvel.

Although no official word on who Bening will be playing (THR reports the word “scientist” is being used in the description), the actress will be joining Jude Law, Ben Mendelsohn and Gemma Chan, as well as Djimon Hounsou and Lee Pace, who will be reprising their characters from 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Oh, boy!

Burt Reynolds Might Be in a Quentin Tarantino Movie

Burt Reynolds is said to be in negotiations to join Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

According to THR, the movie is “set in Los Angeles in 1969. Rick Dalton (DiCaprio), a former star of a Western TV series, and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Pitt) are struggling to make it in a Hollywood they don’t recognize anymore. But Rick has a very famous next-door neighbor…Sharon Tate.” At this year’s CinemaCon, Tarantino promised that Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is “probably the closest to Pulp Fiction that I have done.” He added, “Sony and myself will be coming to the theaters with the most exciting star dynamic since Paul Newman and Robert Redford.”

Tarantino is known for casting veteran actors, like Michael Parks and Keith Carradine, or actors who have been in a slump, like Bruce Willis and John Travolta, whose careers were both buoyed by their performances in Pulp Fiction. So if it works out, this could be one of Reynolds’ best movies.

Dan Stevens Stars with Natalie Portman in ‘Pale Blue Dot’

Dan Stevens joins Natalie Portman, Jon Hamm and Zazie Beetz in Pale Blue Dot, directed by Legion creator-showrunner Noah Hawley.

Here are the deets via THR: “Pale Blue Dot centers on a married astronaut (Portman) who returns to Earth after a mission and begins an affair with a fellow astronaut. She heads into a downward spiral as she loses her connection to her family — a condition that can afflict those who spend a long time in space — and when her lover begins another affair with an astronaut trainee, the bottom drops out. Hamm is playing the fellow astronaut, while Beetz is the other point in the love triangle, the trainee. Stevens will portray Portman’s husband.”


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