Major casting announcements, big surprises and even more COVID-19 delays made this week very interesting for Hollywood. While many movie theaters are out of commission for the time being, studios decided to drop some much needed surprises to hold fans over while waiting. Let’s check out the surprises from This Week in Hollywood.
Disney has officially announced a sequel to ‘The Lion King’ with Barry Jenkins set to direct.
Disney started off the week with quite a surprising announcement. While its live-action remakes have done quite well, Disney has not make significant progress on a sequel to any of the films until now. The 2019 remake of “The Lion King” is Disney’s most successful to date grossing $1.65 billion worldwide, the 6th highest grossing film of all time.
The sequel will be directed by “Moonlight” director Barry Jenkins, a choice that excited even the most fervent detractors of the original film. The film is said to explore Mufasa’s origin instead of directly copying the plot of the original sequel like 2019’s “The Lion King” did with the original.
Marvel Studios officially casts newcomer Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan in ‘Ms. Marvel’
Marvel Studios is continuing the momentum leading up to its Disney+ debut. After last weeks explosive “WandaVision” trailer, Marvel decided to announce that Iman Vellani will play Kamala Khan (AKA Ms. Marvel) in the upcoming Disney+ series. Khan is a fan favorite character from the comics and will be Marvel’s first Muslim / Middle Eastern superhero.
Jamie Foxx will reprise his role as Electro in Tom Holland’s third ‘Spider-Man’ film
This was one of the biggest shockers of the week. Jamie Foxx, who portrayed the classic villain Electro in Andrew Garfield’s “The Amazing Spider-Man” franchise, will revive the role to battle Holland’s version of Peter Parker. It’s unknown whether or not Foxx will be playing the same version or a different version of the character, but his inclusion could tease a significant crossover via the multiverse in the MCU. Click here to find out more about what Foxx’s casting could mean for the future of the MCU.
New round of release date shifts due to COVID-19
Two major films have shifted their release dates even further due to the current pandemic. The next instalment in the James Bond franchise “No Time To Die” has been pushed back from November 2020 to Easter weekend 2021. This forced “F9” to push back to Memorial Day 2021 as “No Time To Die” took its release date. Expect even more release date changes in the coming weeks as theaters continue to take a beating during the pandemic.