Role Call: Tom Hanks’ ‘Greyhound’; Taraji P. Henson Knows ‘What Men Want’

Tom Hanks WWII drama Greyhound gets a release date, while Taraji P. Henson signs up for gender-switching comedy What Men Want. Here are my two cents on some of this week’s casting news.

Tom Hanks Heads Back Into WWII Territory

The stalwart Tom Hanks seems tailor-made for WWII action dramas, with films like Saving Private Ryan and producing The Band of Brothers. Based on the novel by C.S. Forster, Hanks’ new film Greyhound with Sony Pictures sounds like another tense war movie, a cat and mouse war game. The actor plays Capt. Ernest Krause, who is put in charge of a U.S. destroyer at the beginning of the war. Without much notice, suddenly he and his crew find themselves in a deadly chase with a German U-boat, as it pursues them across the North Atlantic. Greyhound is currently filming Baton Rogue and is set for an April 5, 2019 release date (via The Wrap).

Taraji P. Henson Is  Set to Get Inside a Man’s Head

In a gender-switching move, Taraji P. Henson is starring in a re-tooled version of the Mel Gibson’s comedy What Women Want (2000), playing a tough woman who can suddenly read men’s minds in What Men Want. Henson is playing a sports agent who can’t seem to break the boys’ club mentality and rise in the ranks. But when she gains the power to read their minds, she uses it to her advantage to sign the NBA’s next superstar. Sounds pretty perfect for Henson, and it’ll be fun to see her doing some comedy after her string of heavy dramas. Tracy Morgan and Aldis Hodge also star and Girls Trip filmmaker Will Packer and James Lopez. Henson will executive produce. What Men Want is set to hit theaters January 11, 2019. (via The Hollywood Reporter)

Karl Urban Signs Up to Be One of The Boys

Star Trek star Karl Urban is headed to the small screen with a new Amazon superhero TV series called The Boys.

According to THR, here are the deets: “It takes places in a world where superheroes embrace the darker side of their massive celebrity and fame and centers on a group of vigilantes known informally as ‘the boys’ who set out to take down corrupt superheroes with no more than blue-collar grit and a willingness to fight dirty. Urban will play Billy Butcher, who is described as mysterious and brutal with a personal but secret agenda. He approaches Hughie (Jack Quaid), claiming to be a shadowy government operative. Butcher capitalizes on Hughie’s rage over his girlfriend’s accidental death at the hands of Superhero A-Train (Jessie T. Usher) and enlists Hughie as part of his plan to bring down the superhero system.”

While in other hands, this might fail, but coming from comic-book author Garth Ennis, who is teaming up again with his Preacher exec producers Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Neal H. Moritz, The Boys could be good fun. They’ve tagged Supernatural creator Eric Kripke as the showrunner.

George Clooney and Hugh Laurie to Star in Catch-22 Miniseries

Hulu is going for it and adapting Joseph Heller’s sardonic novel Catch-22 as a miniseries, starring George Clooney and Hugh Laurie.

The story centers on a U.S. Air Force WWII bombardier John Yossarian (to be played by Christopher Abbott), who is getting really tired of flying missions and risking his life. He tries desperately to get out of his military obligation, but if he does, he’ll be, as stated by THR, in “violation of a hilariously sinister bureaucratic rule that specifies that a concern for one’s own safety in the face of dangers which are real and immediate is the process of a rational mind; a man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly dangerous combat missions, but a request to be removed from duty is evidence of sanity and therefore makes him ineligible to be relieved from duty.” Ah, yes, the “Catch-22.”

Laurie will play Major de Coverley, the squadron executive officer at the Pianosa air base, while Clooney, his first return to TV since his ER days, plays Col. Cathcart. Can’t wait for this.

Kathryn Hahn Shoots New HBO Pilot Mrs. Fletcher

Actress Kathryn Hahn has been tagged to star in an HBO pilot Mrs. Fletcher, based on The Leftovers author Tom Perrotta’s book of the same name. The comedy revolves around a single mom who suddenly finds herself with time on her hands once she drops her son off at college. She’s left to explore her sexuality in ways she never has before. Meanwhile, her son also experiences new, challenging things in college, including the impact of internet porn and social media on our most intimate relationships. Man, sure hope this makes it to a full episode order. (via THR)

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