Role Call: Walton Goggins, Lupita Nyong’o Land New Gigs

Walton Goggins channels a 1950s L.A. detective, Lupita Nyong’o plays Trevor Noah’s mom and more in this week’s Role Call. Here are my two cents on latest casting news:

Walton Goggins Leads L.A. Confidential Series

Actor Walton Goggins is on fire these days, and I love it! He is co-starring in the upcoming big-screen reboot Tomb Raider and Ant-Man and the Wasp, along with making an appearance in The Maze Runner: Death Cure. But TV has been his forte forever, especially in series such as the excellent The Wire and Justified – and he is heading back there.

Goggins has signed up for a new CBS series L.A. Confidential, based on James Ellroy’s classic noir novel. According to Deadline, the story follows three homicide detectives, a female reporter and a Hollywood actress whose paths intersect as the detectives pursue a sadistic serial killer among the secrets and lies of gritty, glamorous 1950s Los Angeles. Goggins is set to play the charismatic Det. Jack Vincennes, who knows how to work the system to his benefit. The role was played by Kevin Spacey in the 1997 Oscar-winning film. Can’t wait to see Goggins tackle this – and not play the total villain.

Lupita Nyong’o Stars in New Crime Gig

The Daily Show host Trevor Noah’s bestselling memoir Born in Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood is being adapted for the big screen, and Lupita Nyong’o is set to play Noah’s mother, Patricia. She played a big part in Noah’s life and, in 2009, survived a gunshot to the head by his stepfather as she was returning from church. The book has won the James Thurber Prize for American Humor and two NAACP Image Awards. Nyong’o will no doubt bring gravitas to this role. In the meantime, she is currently kicking some major ass in Black Panther, as Nakia, T’Challa’s Wakandian love interest and humanitarian. (via Deadline)

Octavia Spencer Joins New Mark Wahlberg Comedy

Oscar-winning Octavia Spencer has joined the cast of Instant Family, a comedy starring Mark Wahlberg and Rose Bryne. The premise revolves around Wahlberg and Bryne as a couple who decide to adopt through the foster-care system and end up with three kids who turn out to be quite the handful. Included in the cast is Transformers: The Last Knight breakout Isabela Moner, as one of the kids, and stand-up comedians, Tig Notaro, Iliza Shlesinger and Tom Segura. I’m just going to guess who Spencer will play, hmmm, maybe the foster-care administrator? We’ll see if I’m right. (via The Hollywood Reporter)

Meet the New Young Ensemble Cast for Goosebumps Sequel

Young talent Madison Iseman, Ben O’Brien, Caleel Harris, and Jeremy Ray Taylor are set to star in Goosebumps 2. With the popularity of the 2015 original, starring Jack Black as author R.L. Stine and 13 Reasons Why‘s Dylan Minnette, it makes sense they’d make another one. Plus, there’s like dozens of books in the series and many different stories. As for the kids, Iseman played the young Bethany in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (ironically played by Jack Black in the game), while O’Brien starred in last summer’s big hit It. (via Variety)

Chris Tucker Confirms Rush Hour 4

Well, why not do a fourth Rush Hour? It’s not like Tucker isn’t in any kind of hot demand, while Jackie Chan’s career is slowing down… a little. Tucker confirmed the fourth installment on ESPN podcast “The Plug.” Tucker said, “It’s definite. It’s happening. This is going to be the one. The rush of all rushes,” adding, “Jackie is ready and we want to do this so that people won’t ever forget this.

It’s been more than 10 years since the last movie, Rush Hour 3. The first Rush Hour was a total hoot, pairing funnyman Tucker and martial arts master Chan. The chemistry just worked. The subsequent Rush Hours weren’t nearly as good, but the rapport between the two leads stayed constant. And one thing is for certain: the Rush Hour franchise director Brett Ratner will probably not be returning behind the camera. After the recent and many sexual abuse and harassment allegations leveled against him, which he has denied, Ratner’s career has faltered.

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