Role Call: ‘Terminator’ Reboot Casts Up and More

Yes, it looks like there’s going to be another Terminator movie, with Mackenzie Davis. Also, Jessica Alba is doing a Bad Boys TV series and Nick Offerman signs up for an Amazon Prime series.

Here is some the latest casting news for this week.

Mackenzie Davis Joins Linda Hamilton and Schwarzenegger in ‘Terminator’ Reboot

Oh, boy, here we go again. They just can’t give this franchise up, despite the fact the last two Terminator movies have not done so well at the box office. And so we have a new one that’s reuniting Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger, along with Blade Runner 2049 and Halt and Catch Fire actress Mackenzie Davis.

No plot details yet but Davis would be playing a soldier-assassin on a mission. Sources also told The Hollywood Reporter that producers are looking for a Latin actress for the main part, a role that would span all three movies of the intended trilogy. The untitled Terminator reboot, produced by James Cameron’ Skydance company, is set for July 26, 2019.

Jessica Alba Joins Gabrielle Union in Bad Boys TV Spin-off

Jessica Alba has signed to star with Gabrielle Union in a Bad Boys spin-off series for NBC.

According to THR, Union is set to reprise her role as DEA agent Syd Burnett (from Bad Boys II), sister to Martin Lawrence’s character, Marcus Burnett, who is getting a fresh start in her new job as an LAPD detective. As the description goes on, “She is partnered with Nancy McKenna (Alba), a working mom who can’t help but look at Syd’s freedom with some grass-is-greener envy. These two have totally different lifestyles and approaches, but they both are at the top of their fields in the action-packed, character-driven procedural.”

Ah, yes, sounds familiar indeed. Alba, who received multiple offers this pilot season, will also be credited as an executive producer on the potential series.

Nick Offerman to Star in Series Good Omens for Amazon Prime

Nick Offerman will star in Good Omens, an adaptation of the Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman book and will play the U.S. Ambassador and father of the child Warlock, who is mistakenly believed to be the Antichrist. Okay, so The Omen, only not The Omen because the kid isn’t really evil. Now, this sounds like something I could get behind.

“There may not be anyone alive who can deadpan a line quite as well as Nick Offerman,” Gaiman told Variety. ”He’s a terrific performer and has to say a lot of things in Good Omens that are humanly impossible to deliver with a straight face. Fortunately, Nick is not entirely human.”

Offerman added, “If you had told me when I first read Good Omens in the early ’90s that I would one day visit South Africa to giggle with Neil Gaiman at laptop-screened footage of Dr. Who and David Frost dancing because I was essaying a role in the adaptation of said book, I would likely have offered to purchase some of whatever you must be smoking.But here I am, still giggling at the luck of it.”

The six-parter will also star Michael Sheen, David Tennant, Jon Hamm, and Miranda Richardson, among others.

Lily James Might Do a Danny Boyle Comedy

Oh, I do love Danny Boyle movies, and he doesn’t do comedies very often. The lovely Lily James (Darkest Hour; Baby Driver) is in talks to star in said movie, which doesn’t have a title yet. The actress is the first to join the cast, and while no details have been released, it is reportedly musically themed and set in the 1960s or ’70s. James’ character, a teacher, will also sing.

That shouldn’t be too difficult for James, who is appearing in the upcoming Mamma Mia! sequel/prequel Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, playing the younger version of Meryl Streep’s character from the original. That film is hitting theaters July 20. (via THR)

Jon Favreau Helming New Star Wars TV Series

Disney is teaming up with Jon Favreau, who will executive produce and write a live-action Star Wars series for their upcoming streaming service. “If you told me at 11 years old that I would be getting to tell stories in the Star Wars universe, I wouldn’t have believed you,” he said in a statement. “I can’t wait to embark upon this exciting adventure.”

The actor-director has been in the Star Wars canon before, playing roles in both the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series and in the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story. Favreau is currently at work on his live-action Lion King remake, due out July 19, 2019.

When Disney announced their streaming service last year, it created quite a stir. I mean, honestly, does Disney need to do and own everything? It seems like overkill in my opinion, but nonetheless, it’s getting a late 2019 debut and, in anticipation of the launch, Disney has already pulled its Marvel movies from rival Netflix. Boo. (via THR)

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