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Jordan Vogt-Roberts to Helm Netflix’s Live-Action Gundam Movie

(Photo Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)Jordan Vogt-Roberts to helm Netflix’s live-action Gundam movieIt has been four years since the successful release of Kong: Skull Island, and now director Jordan Vogt-Roberts has finally found his next big project with Legendary. Vogt-Roberts has officially signed on to direct the studio’s first-ever live-action feature film version of Gundam for Netflix, which will be based on the universe of Sunrise’s iconic Japanese robot franchise.This marks Legendary and Netflix’s latest collaboration together, the two companies previously worked on films such as 2016’s Spectral and last year’s Enola Holmes as well as shows like Lost in Space and Pacific Rim: The Black. They are also currently working on the anime series adaptation of Skull Island and Tom Raider.RELATED: Netflix’s Live-Action Cowboy Bebop Series Wraps Production!Plot details for the Netflix film are being kept under wraps but the original Gundam series is set in the Universal Century, an era in which humanity’s growing population has led people to emigrate to space colonies. Eventually, the people living in the colonies seek their autonomy and launch a war of independence against the people living on Earth. Through the tragedies and discord arising from this human conflict, not only the maturation of the main character but also the intentions of enemies and the surrounding people are sensitively depicted. The battles in the story, in which the characters pilot robots known as mobile suits, are wildly popular. The Gundam universe is replete with numerous storylines of love and conflict along with the popular Gundam battles, in which the characters operate robot suits called Mobile Suits.The live-action Gundam film will be penned by Brian K Vaughan. It will be produced by Vogt-Roberts with Vaughan set as executive producer. Legendary’s Cale Boyter will oversee the project along with the Sunrise creative team. The project was actually first announced in 2018 at the Anime Expo.RELATED: Sony & Netflix Ink First-Pay Streaming Licensing DealCreated by Hajime Yatate and Yoshiyuki Tomino, the franchise first started in 1979 with the TV series titled Mobile Suit Gundam. The massively popular Mecha anime and science fiction media franchise is Sunrise’s multi-billion-dollar property that has spawned a multi-platform universe encompassing televised anime, manga, animated films, video games, plastic models, toys, and novels among other media. Gundam continues to dominate Bandai Namco’s earnings almost forty years after its inception.
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    Newcomer Bodhi Sabongui Lands Key Role in Black Adam Movie

    Following the recent addition of James Cusati-Moyer, The Hollywood Reporter brings word that newcomer Bodhi Sabongui has officially joined the ensemble cast of Warner Bros. Pictures’ highly-anticipated DC film Black Adam. Further details about the 13-year-old actor’s character are being kept under wraps, but he is expected to play a key role in the Dwayne Johnson-led movie. Production is scheduled to begin next week.Sabongui is Canadian-Egyptian actor who previously appeared in The CW’s Legends of Tomorrow. He was most recently seen in last year’s The Baby-Sitters Club series where he portrayed Claudia Kishi’s crush Trevor Sandbourne.RELATED: WB Taps Godzilla vs. Kong Director Adam Wingard for ThunderCats!Black Adam will be led by Dwayne Johnson, who has been attached to play the titular anti-hero for over a decade now. It will be directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (The Shallows), who worked with Johnson on Disney’s upcoming Jungle Cruise, from a screenplay written by Rory Haines and Sohrab Noshiryani.The film will also feature the live-action film introduction of the Justice Society of America, whose members will be portrayed by Pierce Brosnan (The Foreigner) as Doctor Fate, Noah Centineo (To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before) as Atom Smasher, Quintessa Swindell (Trinkets) as Cyclone and Aldis Hodge (One Night in Miami) as Hawkman. The film will also star Sarah Shahi (City on a Hill) and Marwan Kenzari (Aladdin), though their roles are currently being kept close to the antihero chest.The antihero was originally slated to make his highly-anticipated debut in 2019’s Shazam!, though the studio elected to split the characters off into individual films to allow them breathing room and proper development. Instead, they’ve just opted to tease the character with Djimon Hounsou’s original wizard Shazam narrating his origin story to Billy Batson.RELATED: WB Cancels James Wan’s The Trench & Ava DuVernay’s New GodsBased on the DC Comics character created by Otto Binder and C.C. Beck, the film is being produced by Johnson and FlynnPicturesCo’s Beau Flynn alongside Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia of Seven Bucks Productions, while Scott Sheldon will be overseeing the project for FlynnPictureCo.Originally scheduled for December 2021 release, Black Adam has recently been pushed back to July 29, 2022.

    Black Adam Adds James Cusati-Moyer Before Production Start

    According to Deadline, Tony-nominated actor James Cusati-Moyer has officially been tapped for an undisclosed role in Warner Bros. Pictures’ highly-anticipated DC film Black Adam. This new casting addition comes after lead star Dwayne Johnson has confirmed that production on the long-in-development superhero project is set to begin next week.This marks Cusati-Moyer’s feature acting debut after only making brief appearances in TV shows such as Fox’s Prodigal Son and Hulu’s The Path. He will also next be seen in Shonda Rhimes’ new Netflix series titled Inventing Anna which will be led by two-time Emmy winner Julia Garner.RELATED: WB Taps Godzilla vs. Kong Director Adam Wingard for ThunderCats!Based on the DC Comics character created by Otto Binder and C.C. Beck, Black Adam will be led by Dwayne Johnson, who has been attached to play the titular anti-hero for over a decade now. It will be directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (The Shallows), who worked with Johnson on Disney’s upcoming Jungle Cruise, from a screenplay written by Rory Haines and Sohrab Noshiryani.Joining Johnson are members of the Justice Society of America who will be portrayed by Pierce Brosnan (The Foreigner) as Doctor Fate, Noah Centineo (To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before) as Atom Smasher, Quintessa Swindell (Trinkets) as Cyclone and Aldis Hodge (One Night in Miami) as Hawkman. The film will also star Sarah Shahi (City on a Hill) and Marwan Kenzari (Aladdin), though their roles are currently being kept close to the antihero chest.The antihero was originally slated to make his highly-anticipated debut in 2019’s Shazam!, though the studio elected to split the characters off into individual films to allow them breathing room and proper development. Instead, they’ve just opted to tease the character with Djimon Hounsou’s original wizard Shazam narrating his origin story to Billy Batson.RELATED: WB Cancels James Wan’s The Trench & Ava DuVernay’s New GodsThe film is being produced by Johnson and FlynnPicturesCo’s Beau Flynn alongside Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia of Seven Bucks Productions, while Scott Sheldon will be overseeing the project for FlynnPictureCo.Originally scheduled for December 2021 release, Black Adam has recently been pushed back to July 29, 2022. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

    Month zack Snyder’s Justice League to start out Filming New Footage Next!

    Zack Snyder’s Justice League to start filming new footage next month The Hollywood Reporter brings words that Zack Snyder is reportedly planning to start filming additional footage for Zack Snyder’s Justice League next month with Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot and Ray Fisher expected to reprise their superhero roles. This news comes as a surprise because it wasn’t mentioned in the original announcement that the cast members would only come back to record additional dialogue for the four-episode HBO Max miniseries. However, the outlet didn’t reveal if whether Jason Momoa and Ezra Miller will also be included in the new shoots.  Our recent chat with Release the Snyder Cut author Seaon O’Connell revealed that the original decision not to shoot new footage may have simply been COVID-related, so it’s possible appropriate safety steps were ironed out. RELATED: CS Video: Release the Snyder Cut Author Sean O’Connell Zack Snyder’s Justice League will reportedly cost around $20-30 million in order to properly finish the editing and visual effects of the director’s original vision. The original post-production crew is also expected to return along with the cast members to record additional dialogue for the cut. It is expected to debut sometime in 2021.  Fueled by the hero’s restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Justice League sees Bruce Wayne enlist the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg, and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions. Justice League, which features a screenplay from Chris Terrio from a story by Snyder and Terrio, stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, with J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon, and Amy Adams as Lois Lane. RELATED: DC FanDome: Watch the New Trailer for Zack Snyder’s Justice League! Released in November 2017, the film earned mixed reviews from critics and audiences alike, praising the action and performances from Gadot and Miller while criticizing every other aspect of the film, namely the inconsistent tone that many fault Joss Whedon (The Avengers) for after taking over directorial duties from Snyder. With a large budget of $300 million and a break-even point of $750 million, the film is considered a box office bomb having grossed only $658 million.

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