Hollywould: ‘The Lighthouse,’ Stephen King, and ‘Aladdin’
The film and television business moves at a mile a minute, so keeping up with the latest news can be a little daunting. Not to worry—we have your back. In Hollywould, we’ll round up the industry developments you need to know. Here’s what you may have missed:
A new still from Robert Eggers’ first feature after The Witch, The Lighthouse has surfaced:
Ben Affleck and True Detective creator, Nic Pizzolatto, are teaming up for Ghost Army, which is an adaptation of Rick Beyer and Elizabeth Sayles’ 2015 book, The Ghost Army of World War II. Using “smoke-and-mirrors,” the Ghost Army employed “blow-up tanks, fake radio transmissions and noise machines to deceive the German forces, making them believe that, among other things, armies were in certain positions where, in actuality, no armies were even close.”
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Speaking with MTV News, John Boyega said he doesn’t believe he’ll be back as Finn after the upcoming film:
“Honestly, the bottom of my heart, I don’t think I am. I don’t think I am. I really do feel that way. This really is that movie, I think everyone doesn’t believe it, but this is that war that just ends everything.”
— MTV NEWS (@MTVNEWS) April 18, 2019
The Dark Tower
Game of Thrones Jerome Flynn revealed he’s joining Amazon’s The Dark Tower as a “cowboy,” which isn’t vague at all:
“‘Game of Thrones’ has opened doors to some great stuff. I’m getting offered stuff I never would have. I’ve always said I’d like to play a cowboy – and now one has come along. I’m excited for that.”
In more Stephen King news, an adaptation of King’s short story, Rest Stop, is in development, according to Deadline. The story’s described as “a propulsive cat and mouse thriller,” and it follows “the twisted journey of two women after a fateful encounter at a highway rest stop.” Alex Ross Perry, known for Her Smell, is attached to direct.
And in even more King news, /Film has word that an adaptation of Salem’s Lot is in the works from James Wan and Gary Dauberman.
According to Variety, Laura Donnelly will play the lead role in Joss Whedon’s upcoming HBO sci-fi series, The Nevers. Her character, Amalia True, is described as “the most reckless, impulsive, emotionally damaged hero of her time.” “A menace to stuffy Victorian society, she would die for the cause and kill for a drink.” It sounds Whedon as hell.
In the latest TV spot, visit “A Whole New World” with Naomi Scott:
Additionally, here’s the official synopsis:
“A thrilling and vibrant live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic, “Aladdin” is the exciting tale of the charming street rat Aladdin, the courageous and self-determined Princess Jasmine and the Genie who may be the key to their future. Directed by Guy Ritchie, who brings his singular flair for fast-paced, visceral action to the fictitious port city of Agrabah, “Aladdin” is written by John August and Ritchie based on Disney’s “Aladdin.” The film stars Will Smith as the Genie; Mena Massoud as Aladdin; Naomi Scott as Jasmine; Marwan Kenzari as Jafar; Navid Negahban as the Sultan; Nasim Pedrad as Dalia and Billy Magnussen as Prince Anders.”
Godzilla: King of the Monsters promises more kaiju action than ever, teasing seventeen monsters:
Will Smith takes on Will Smith in Ang Lee’s Gemini Man:
Remember when politics were inspiring and engaging, and not a business as usual dumpster fire? Knock Down The House does:
Need to kickstart your art career? Just become a vampire—like in Bliss:
Supernatural teens? Supernatural teens. Here’s Jinn: