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Film Casting: ROBOCOP RETURNS; GODZILLA VS. KONG; Cate Shortland directing BLACK WIDOW, & More

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Robocop Returns, Godzilla vs. Kong, Black Widow, and more Film Casting News

Robocop Returns, Godzilla vs. Kong, Black Widow, 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.

Black Widow

Cate Shortland has been selected to direct the film.

Scarlett Johansson will be starring in the film as Natasha Romanov a.k.a. Black Widow.

Black Window‘s plot synopsis: “will be a prequel and is set before the events of Marvel’s The Avengers.”

Jac Schaeffer wrote the most recent draft of the screenplay for the film.

UglyDolls

Kelly Clarkson has been cast to voice the character Moxy.

This singer joins already cast as Pitbull.

UglyDolls‘ plot synopsis: “Moxy and her UglyDolls friends confront what it means to be different, struggle with their desire to be loved, and ultimately discover that you don’t have to be perfect to be amazing because who you truly are is what matters most.”

UglyDolls will release in theaters in 2019

The Woman in the Window

Julianne Moore is in talks to join the film as “the mother of a mysterious young boy who moves in across the street.”

If she joins the film, Moore would join Amy Adams in the film.

The Woman in the Window‘s plot synopsis: based on the book by A.J. Finn, the film “tells the story of Dr. Anna Fox (Amy Adams), a recluse in New York City who drinks her days away alone in her apartment, watching classic films and her neighbors. When the Russells move into the house across the way, Anna sees the ideal family and spies on them, only to witness a shocking event that changes her life.”

Tracy Letts wrote the screenplay for the Joe Wright-directed film.

The Woman in the Window will be released in U.S. theaters through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures on October 4, 2019.

The Last Thing He Wanted

Ben Affleck has been cast in the film in an unspecified role.

This actor joins already cast: Anne Hathaway, Toby Jones, Rosie Perez, and Edi Gathegi.

The Last Thing He Wanted‘s plot synopsis: based on the film by Joan Didion, the film “centers on a hardscrabble journalist named Elena McMahon (Hathaway) who inherits her father’s position as a dealmaker — an arms dealmaker. She soon finds herself on dangerous ground as the Iran-Contra Affair’s arms-for-drugs plot reaches its tipping point.”

Marco Villalobos co-wrote the screenplay with Dee Rees, who will also be directing the film.

The Last Thing He Wanted will premiere in 2019 on Netflix.

Shazam!

Djimon Hounsou has been cast as The Wizard, who bestows Billy Batson with mystical powers, allowing Billy to change into the superhero Shazam.

This actor joins already cast: Zachary Levi, Mark StrongAndi Mack, Jack Dylan GrazerGrace Fulton, Faithe Herman, Ian ChenJovan Armand, Cooper Andrews, and Marta Milans.

Shazam!‘s plot synopsis: “We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Asher Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Zachary Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart—inside a ripped, godlike body—Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Mark Strong).”

Henry Gayden and Darren Lemke wrote the screenplay for the David F. Sandberg-directed film.

Shazam! will be released in U.S. theaters through Warner Bros. on April 5, 2019

The Joker Origin Movie

Joaquin Phoenix has been cast as The Joker.

The Joker Origin Movie’s plot synopsis: “the new film centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips’ exploration of a man disregarded by society is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.”

Scott Silver wrote the screenplay for the Todd Phillips-directed film.

17 Bridges

Chadwick Boseman has been casts as “a disgraced NYPD detective (Boseman) who, after being thrust into a citywide manhunt for a cop killer, is given a shot at redemption.”

Adam Mervis wrote the screenplay for the Brian Kirk-directed film.

Robocop Returns

Neill Blomkamp will direct the film.

Robocop Returns‘ plot synopsis: “Anarchy reigns and the fate of Detroit hangs in the balance as RoboCop makes his triumphant return to fight crime and corruption.”

Ed Neumeier, Michael Miner, and Justin Rhodes wrote the screenplay for the film.

A note on a key element of the Robocop Returns script from an interview by Ed Neumeier:

[MGM president Jon Glickman] called me and said, ‘Did you actually predict in your sequel script that a reality star would run for president and win?’ We had.

In the Shadow of the Moon

Michael C. Hall, Cleopatra Coleman, and Bokeem Woodbine have been cast in unspecified roles.

In the Shadow of the Moon‘s plot synopsis: “In the Shadow of the Moon follows a Philly police officer who struggles with a lifelong obsession to track a mysterious serial killer whose crimes defy explanation.”

Gregory Weidman wrote the screenplay for the Jim Mickle-directed film.

In the Shadow of the Moon will premiere in 2019 on Netflix.

Us

Tim Heidecker has been cast in the film.

This actor joins already cast: Winston Duke, Lupita Nyong’o, and Elisabeth Moss.

Jordan Peele is directing the film.

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

Poms

Rhea Perlman, Pam Grier, and Alisha Boe have been cast in unspecified roles.

These actresses join already cast: Diane Keaton, Jacki Weaver, Celia Weston, Phyllis Somerville, Charlie Tahan, and Bruce McGill.

Poms‘ plot synopsis: the film is about “a group of women who form a cheerleading squad at their retirement community, proving that you’re never too old to ‘bring it!’”

Godzilla vs. Kong

Danai Gurira is in talks to join the film in an unspecified.

If cast, this actress would join Millie Bobby Brown and Julian Dennison.

Adam Wingard is directing the film.

Godzilla vs. Kong will be released in U.S. theaters through Warner Bros. on May 22, 2020.

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