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Film Casting: KRAVEN THE HUNTER, WAR PIGS, Anya Taylor-Joy in HERE ARE THE YOUNG MEN, & More

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Kraven the Hunter, War Pigs, Here Are The Young Men, and more Film Casting News

Kraven the Hunter, War Pigs, Here Are The Young Men, and more have made recent film casting, screenwriting, and director news. These films come from movie studios primarily based in the United States and abroad. The castings, screenwriters, and directors are subject to change.


Lamorne Morris has been cast as Wilfred Wigans, a “young scientist who becomes Bloodshot’s unlikely ally.”

This actor joins already cast Johannes Haukur Johannesson, Toby Kebbell, Talulah Riley, Alex HernandezVin Diesel, Sam Heughan, Eiza Gonzalez, and Michael Sheen.

Bloodshot‘s plot synopsis: based on the comic series by Valiant Entertainment, “Bloodshot tells the story of a former soldier killed and brought back to life with technological upgrades, filling his body with billions of nanobots. This allows him to be the perfect soldier by healing from injuries, shapeshift, and even interact with technology.”

Eric Heisserer wrote the screenplay for the Dave Wilson-directed film.

Bloodshot will be released in U.S. theaters through Sony Pictures on February 21, 2020.

Men in Black Spin-off

Rebecca Ferguson has been cast in an unspecified role.

This actress joins already cast: Tessa Thompson, Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson, Kumail Nanjiani, and Rafe Spall.

Matt Holloway and Art Marcum wrote the screenplay for the F. Gary Gray.

The Men in Black spin-off will be released in U.S. through Columbia Pictures on June 14, 2019.

Dora the Explorer

Madeleine Madden has been cast in an unspecified role.

Dora the Explorer‘s plot synopsis: “Dora the Explorer will follow a teenage Dora on an adventure, accompanied by her best friend, Boots the monkey, and her cousin Diego.”

Nicholas Stoller wrote the script for the James Bobin-directed film.

Dora the Explorer will be released in U.S. theaters through Paramount Pictures on August 2, 2019.


Jessica Chastain has been cast in an unspecified role.

Matthew Newton will be the writer and director of the action film.

The Sweetest Fig

Paul Feig has been selected as the director for 20th Century Fox.

The Sweetest Fig‘s plot synopsis: based on the book by Chris Van Allsburg, “‘These figs are very special,’ the woman whispered. ‘They can make your dreams come true.’ — Thus Monsieur Bibot, the cold-hearted dentist, was given two ordinary-looking figs as payment for extracting a tooth from an old woman’s mouth. Monsieur Bibot refused to believe such nonsense and proceeded to eat one of the figs for a bedtime snack. Although it was possibly the finest, sweetest fig he had ever tasted, it wasn’t until the next morning that Monsieur Bibot realized it indeed had the power to make his dreams come true. While dragging his poor dog, Marcel, out for his walk, he discovered that his strange dream from the night before was becoming all too real. Determined to make good use of the second fig, Monsieur Bibot learns to control his dreams. But can he control Marcel?”

Doctor Sleep

Zahn McClarnon has been cast as Crow Daddy, the right-hand man of Rose the Hat (Ferguson), the head of a cult that feeds on the “stream” created by young people who have a touch of the “shining” like Danny exhibited in the first installment of the story. It is an excruciating fatal process for the victims and Danny finds himself in their crosshairs as he tries to help a young girl elude their grasp.

Carl Lumbly has been cast as Dick Halloran.

Alex Essoe has been cast as Wendy Torrance.

This actor joins already cast Ewan McGregor and Rebecca Ferguson.

Mike Flanagan is directing the film.

Doctor Sleep‘s plot synopsis: “Published 36 years after The Shining, Doctor Sleep follows an adult Danny Torrance (McGregor) from the original novel. Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel, where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant shining power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes “Doctor Sleep.” There Dan meets Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival.”

Doctor Sleep will be released in U.S. theaters through Warner Bros. on January 24, 2020.

Top Gun 2

Glen Powell has been cast in an unspecified role.

This actor joins already cast: Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer, Jennifer Connelly, and  Miles Teller.

Peter CraigJustin Marks, and Eric Warren Singer wrote the screenplay for the Joseph Kosinski-directed film.

Top Gun 2 will be released in U.S. theaters through Paramount Pictures on July 12, 2019.

War Pigs

Mel Gibson has been cast as The Pastor.

Colin Farrell has been as Drex.

War Pig‘s plot synopsis: “War Pigs follows ex-soldiers out for revenge against a gang that killed one of their own and stole their drug money.”

Nick Ball and John Niven wrote the screenplay for the Tommy Wirkola-directed film.

Uptown Saturday Night

Malcolm D. Lee has been selected as the director.

Kevin Hart has been cast as one of two friends “who, after getting robbed, learn that they’ve won the lottery and set out to track down the thieves and the wallet with the winning ticket inside.”

Super Pets

Jared Stern has been selected to write the animated film.

Super Pets‘ plot synopsis: “an animated feature that will focus on the pets of DC’s comic book superheroes.”

Prince of Cats

Lakeith Stanfield has been cast as Tybalt.

Prince of Cats‘ plot synopsis: based on the graphic novel by Ron Wimberly, “a stylized re-imagining of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The story is told from Tybalt’s perspective, he and his fellow Capulets navigate Brooklyn’s hip-hop scene in the 1980s, a world filled with music and swordfights with their Montague rivals.”

Selwyn Sefyu Hinds is writing the screenplay the film.


Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex, Madison Curry, Cali Sheldon, and Noelle Sheldon have been cast in unspecified.

These actors and actresses join already cast: Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, and Tim Heidecker.

Jordan Peele wrote and will direct the film.

Us will be released in U.S. theaters through Universal Pictures on March 15, 2019.

Kraven the Hunter

Richard Wenk has been selected as the screenwriter.

Here Are The Young Men

Anya Taylor-Joy has been cast as Jen, “the childhood sweetheart of Chapman’s Matthew, who becomes immersed in a toxic, nihilistic world.”

This actress joins already cast: Dean-Charles Chapman, Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Finn ColeLola Petticrew, and Conleth Hill.

Here Are The Young Men‘s plot synopsis: based on the book by Rob Doyle, “The film takes place in 2003 where, in one last summer of adolescence, an aimless teenager named Matthew (Chapman), is pulled into a world of nihilistic toxic masculinity by his charismatic friend Kearney (Cole). Matthew yearns after his childhood sweetheart Jen (Taylor-Joy), an independent girl on her own trajectory, whilst their precocious friend Rez (Walsh-Peelo), starts to succumb to paranoia.”

Eoin C. Macken will be write and direct the film.

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