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    Michael B. Jordan’s Black Superman Project Reportedly Underway for HBO Max

    Michael B. Jordan and his Black Superman project may have not gone anywhere a few years ago, but it looks like that is about to change as a new report claims that such a project is finally underway at HBO Max.Collider reports that Jordan and his production company, Outlier Society, are making a project surrounding Val-Zod. The company has hired a writer, but their identity is still a secret. It’s also unclear if it is a series or a film. Jordan’s role has not been identified either as he is set to produce, but it remains to be seen if he will star in it as well.RELATED: Superman Reboot in Development at WB With Ta-Nehisi Coates Writing & J.J. Abrams ProducingIt’s important to note this is separate from the film that Ta-Nehisi Coates and J.J. Abrams are working on. That film centers around a Black Kal-El, who is usually white. This HBO Max project with Jordan centers around Val-Zod, who is always Black.Jordan said he was flattered by the compliments of the wave of people wanting him to take the role of Kal-El for the Abrams and Coates film. He told TheHollywoodReporter that he would just be “watching on this one.” Jordan also tried to pitch a Black Superman project in 2019, but it didn’t get off the ground. BlackGirlNerds‘ sources say that Jordan was not interested in racebending Kal-El, hence the focus on a Superman that has always been Black.RELATED: DC Searching for Black Actor & Director for Upcoming Superman Film

    Diane Ademu-John Joins Dune: The Sisterhood as Showrunner

    Dune is one of the most highly anticipated films of the year, and ahead of its release later this year, HBO has found the showrunner for its television series based on the famous franchise. RELATED: The Battle For Arrakis Begins in Denis Villeneuve’s Dune TrailerAccording to a report from Variety, Diane Ademu-John will join the prequel series as writer, showrunner, and executive producer of Dune: The Sisterhood. Jon Spaihts was initially attached to run the series but stepped down in November 2019 in order to focus on writing the script for a second Dune reboot film. Dune: The Sisterhood will be set in the universe of Frank Herbert’s epic Dune novel series, and is told through the eyes of a mysterious order of women known as the Bene Gesserit. Armed with extraordinary abilities, this group of women weaves through the feudal politics of Dune, pursuing their own plans that ultimately lead them to the enigmatic planet Arrakis, and the events of the upcoming film. RELATED: Dune Character Posters Highlight Its All-Star CastAdemu-John has most recently worked as an executive producer and writer on Netflix’s horror series The Haunting of Bly Manor. Before that, her credits include stints at Fox’s Empire, The Originals and The Vampire Diaries at The CW, and NBC’s Medium and Crossing Jordan. 

    Mindhunter’s Anna Torv Joins HBO’s THE FINAL folks Series

    Mindhunter and Fringe star Anna Torv has joined the cast of HBO’s The Last of Us series adaptation in a recurring guest star role, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Torv will play Tess, described as “a smuggler and hardened survivor in a post-pandemic world.”RELATED: HBO’s The Last of Us Series Budget Exceeds Eight Figures Per EpisodeThe Last of Us takes place 20 years after modern civilization has been destroyed. Joel (Pedro Pascal) and Ellie (Bella Ramsey), a pair connected through the harshness of the world they live in, are forced to endure brutal circumstances and ruthless killers on a trek across a post-pandemic America. The first season will consist of 10 episodes and is expected to premiere in 2022.Click here to purchase the original hit game!Along with Game of Thrones’ Pascal and Ramsey, the series also stars Gabriel Luna (Terminator: Dark Fate) as Tommy Miller, Nico Parker (Dumbo) as Joel’s daughter Sarah, Murray Bartlett (The White Lotus) as Frank, Jeffrey Pierce (Bosch) as Perry, Con O’Neill (Chernobyl) as Bill, and Merle Dandridge (The Flight Attendant) as she reprises her role from the video games as Marlene, the leader of a resistance group known as the Fireflies.The Last of Us hails is executive produced and co-written by Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin, who serves as showrunner, and original game writer Neil Druckmann. The project is a co-production with Sony Pictures Television in association with PlayStation Productions.Executive producers are Carolyn Strauss, Naughty Dog president Evan Wells and PlayStation Productions’ Asad Qizilbash and Carter Swan. Kantermir Balagov is attached to direct the pilot episode.RELATED: Leslie Grace to Star as Barbara Gordon in DC & Warner Bros.’ BatgirlDeveloped by Naughty Dog, The Last of Us is an action-adventure survival horror video game that has already sold more than 17 million copies worldwide. The series adaptation will tackle the events of the first game with the possibility of additional content based on the upcoming video game sequel.

    Testing Process for Batgirl Lead Role Has Begun

    DC has officially begun its search for its Batgirl. Deadline is reporting that executives are expected to test a group of actresses for the highly coveted role.  RELATED: Batgirl: Bad Boys for Life’s Adil El Arbi & Bilal Fallah to Helm DC Film for WBThe report notes that test deals are still being figured out, but that those expected to test for the role include Isabella Merced, Zoey Deutch, and Leslie Grace. Deadline has also heard Haley Lu Richardson’s name included in potential test deals, but that she might have bowed out before the testing process fully began. Warner Bros. and DC Films had no comment when reached out to by Deadline. Despite being pretty tight-lipped about the upcoming film, we do know that DC Films will release both Batgirl and its upcoming Zatanna film on HBO Max. While no plot information is known at the time, the film is expected to feature Barbara Gordon, the daughter of Commissioner Gordon, as she takes up the mantle of Batgirl. RELATED: Batgirl and Zatanna Are Coming To HBO MaxA standalone Batgirl film has actually been in the works at Warner Bros. for several years. Warner Bros. originally enlisted Joss Whedon to write and direct the movie in 2017. However, the project was shelved after he vacated the director’s a year later. But the film got a second chance when WB hired Birds of Prey and Bumblebee writer Christina Hodson to take her own pass at the script.

    HBO’s Games of Thrones Prequel House of the Dragon Halts Production

    According to Deadline, HBO has announced that filming on their forthcoming Game of Thrones prequel series House of the Dragon has been temporarily halted due to a crew member testing positive for COVID-19. This marks the latest major production that has been shut down in the UK as it was also recently reported that Netflix’s hit romance drama series Bridgerton had also paused shooting due to a positive COVID-19 case.The outlet notes that the said crew member is part of the production’s zone A, which consists of cast members and crew. That’s why, in compliance with industry guidelines, the affected production member has been required to enter isolation, with close contacts also set to quarantine. Production on House of the Dragon is scheduled to resume on Wednesday.RELATED: Game of Thrones: HBO Max Developing More Animated Spinoff SeriesBased on George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood,  House of the Dragon chronicles the rise and the downfall of the Targaryens, who are the only family of dragonlords to survive the Doom of Valyria. It will take place 300 years before the events of the award-winning series adaptation of Game of Thrones which aired its final episode nearly two years ago.Pick up your copy of Fire & Blood: 300 Years Before A Game of Thrones here.The 10-episode series will be led by Paddy Considine, Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, and Emma D’Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen. It will also feature Rhys Ifans, Steve Toussaint, Eve Best, Sonoya Mizuno, Milly Alcock, and Emily Carey. Outlander star Graham McTavish was reportedly been cast for a key mystery role.RELATED: HBO Developing Three More Game of Thrones SpinoffsHouse of the Dragon hails from George R.R. Martin, Ryan Condal, and Game of Thrones director Miguel Sapochnik, with Condal and Sapochnik also attached to serve as showrunners. Executive producers are. Executive producers are Martin, Sapochnik, Condal, Vince Gerardis, and Sara Lee Hess.The prequel series is currently eyeing a 2022 debut.

    Betty Season 2 Trailer Teases HBO Teen Comedy’s Return

    HBO has released the full trailer for the upcoming second season of Crystal Moselle’s coming-of-age comedy series Betty, which is scheduled to return on next Friday on June 11. The video, which you can check out below, features the titular group of female skateboarders as they continue to navigate the pressures of adulting during the pandemic in New York City while trying to stay true to themselves.The Betties are back.Watch the season two premiere of #BettyHBO for free at https://t.co/h3ZSX8qktB and start streaming season two June 11 on @hbomax. pic.twitter.com/TAwYhYIrai— BETTY (@BettyHBO) June 4, 2021In addition to the official Betty Season 2 trailer, HBO has also released the first episode of the second season on their YouTube channel. Episode 2.01 titled “Octopussy,” was directed by Moselle from a script written by Moshe Kasher.In the first episode, Kirt’s (Nina Moran) (probably) on a quest. Indigo’s (Ajani Russell) grocery gig isn’t cutting it. Honeybear (Moonbear) and Ash (Katerina Tannenbaum) are all in. Camille’s (Rachelle Vinberg) got flow. Winterbowl’s a bust, and Janay’s (Dede Lovelace) not here for the new guy.RELATED: HBO Max Celebrates Pride 2021 With LGBTQIA+ Spotlight PageBetty is set against the backdrop of New York City. It centers around a diverse group of young women navigating their lives through the predominantly male-oriented world of skateboarding. The original film’s five leads Dede Lovelace, Ajani Russell, Moonbear, Rachel Vinberg, and Nina Moran are also starring in the series as they reprise their roles as Janay, Indigo, Honeybear, Camille, and Kirt, respectively.In Season 2, our five protagonists are stepping firmly into womanhood and tackling all the challenges it brings. As they navigate the pressures of adulthood, their male counterparts start to step up, step in, and become true allies, forming a united front for the greater good. Set in the last chapter of 2020, the season captures the pandemic in New York City, where masks and outside activities are the norm.RELATED: In Treatment: Final Eight Episodes of Season 4 to Premiere Early on HBO MaxBetty is written and executive produced by Moselle and Arfin with Moselle also serving as the director. The original and series adaptation is based on the lead stars’ real-life all-female skate crew named Skate Kitchen.Executive producers are Igor Srubshchik, Jason Weinberg, Michael Sherman, and Matthew Perniciaro of Bow & Arrow Entertainment along with RT Features’ Rodrigo Teixeira. Lizzie Nastro is also set as a producer along with Kotva Films’ Izabella Tzenkova. Arfin Material in partnership with Untitled Entertainment will be co-producing for HBO.Check out the first episode of Betty Season 2 in the player below.

    HBO Max shall showcase its streaming library having an interactive SXSW experience

    South by Southwest is taking place online this year, and one of the things attendees can check out is an interactive HBO Max experience. HBO Max Orbit aims to show off the depth of the streaming service's catalog in a novel way. Through facial movement recognition and voice commands, HBO Max Orbit will allow you to interact with moments, stories and characters from the library, according to WarnerMedia. HBO Max has packed more than 150,000 clips into Orbit, including ones from Game of Thrones, Lovecraft Country, The Big Bang Theory, Tom and Jerry and Zack Snyder’s Justice League. The scenes are drawn from titles from HBO, Warner Bros., DC, Cartoon Network and other WarnerMedia brands. The experience will dig up clips of characters that match your movements in real time. Certain clips will activate a challenge, through which you'll need to move your face to look for clips that match a title. You might also be asked to say a phrase from a specific show within a time limit. Completing a challenge will unlock parts of an exclusive clip from Godzilla vs. Kong, which arrives on HBO Max and in theaters at the end of the month. You'll be able to check out HBO Max Orbit starting on March 19th. Starting in April, an in-person version will be available at some flagship AT&T stores. WarnerMedia says that will take place in an immersive 360-degree chamber designed to "optimize the feeling of a vast audio-visual space." It will match clips to your body movements and voice.

    Guy Pearce Joins Kate Winslet in HBO’s Limited Series Mare of Easttown

    Guy Pearce joins Kate Winslet in HBO’s limited series Mare of Easttown Golden Globe nominee and Emmy winner Guy Pearce (Memento, L.A. Confidential) is reuniting with his Mildred Pierce, Oscar-winning co-star Kate Winslet (The Reader, Steve Jobs) in HBO’s upcoming limited series Mare of Easttown, replacing Ben Miles after the actor left the project due to scheduling conflicts (via Deadline). RELATED: Mandatory Streamers: HBO Max’s The Head Introduces an Exciting New Thriller Mare Of Easttown stars Winslet as Mare Sheehan, a small-town Pennsylvania detective whose life crumbles around her as she investigates a local murder. Pearce will play Richard Ryan, a visiting creative writing professor who wrote a dazzling novel that won the National Book Award 25 years ago, but he has never lived up to his early promise. The series also stars Julianne Nicholson, Jean Smart, Angourie Rice, Evan Peters, Cailee Spaeny David Denman, John Douglas Thompson, Patrick Murney, James McArdle, Sosie Bacon, Joe Tippett, and Neal Huff. Mare of Easttown is written and executive produced by Brad Inglesby who also serves as showrunner on the series. RELATED: Game of Thrones Composer Ramin Djawadi Returning for House of the Dragon Winslet, Inglesby, and Craig Zobel will executive produce with Gavin O’Connor along with Gordon Gray through Mayhem Pictures as well as Paul Lee and Mark Royball for wiip. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

    Industry Trailer: HBO’s New Drama Series From Mickey Down & Konrad Kay

    Industry Trailer: HBO’s New Drama Series From Mickey Down & Konrad Kay HBO has released the official trailer for the network’s upcoming drama series Industry, from first-time creators Mickey Down and Konrad Kay. Debuting on Monday, November 9, and also available to stream on HBO Max, you can check out the trailer now for the eight-episode drama in the player below! RELATED: Americanah: Lupita Nyong’o & Danai Gurira Series Not Moving Forward at HBO Max Starring Myha’la Herrold (The Tattooed Heart), Marisa Abela (Cobra), Harry Lawtey (City of Tiny Lights), David Jonsson (Deep State) and Nabhaan Rizwan (Mogul Mowgli) as “The Graduates” and Conor MacNeill (Artemis Fowl), Freya Mavor (Skins), Will Tudor (Game of Thrones) and Ken Leung (High Maintenance) as “Management,” Industry gives an insider’s view of the blackbox of “high finance” through the eyes of an outsider, Harper Stern (Myha’la Herrold), a talented young woman from upstate New York. Through the eyes of these young grads fueled by ambition, romance, and drugs, Industry examines issues of gender, race, and class in the workplace as the impressionable new employees begin to forge an identity within the pressure cooker environment of Pierpoint & Co.’s trading floor. They were promised meritocracy, but hierarchy is king. Having come to London from New York to join the prestigious Pierpoint & Co., Harper will stop at nothing to prove herself the best hire in her graduate class. Harper’s drive intensifies as she finds herself surrounded by people born into privilege, like Yasmin (Marisa Abela) who, despite her background, faces her own challenges. Yasmin has had different expectations placed on her since childhood and is tired of being underestimated professionally. At Pierpoint, Harper and Yasmin need to prove their worth as professionals amongst their fellow grads. One of their peers is Robert (Harry Lawtey), who joins the bank from a working-class background, believing it a true meritocracy where putting on a suit will help distance himself from his past. In contrast, Robert’s roommate Gus (David Jonsson) was built for institutions like Pierpoint, having come from Eton and Oxford, and sees it as another tick on a checklist that will lead him straight to Downing Street. Doe-eyed Hari (Nabhaan Rizwan) has dreamt of working in banking his whole life, dresses like a modern “master of the universe” and is determined to succeed no matter the cost. In the hierarchical ecosystem of Pierpoint, the graduates look aspirationally up at the Managing Directors whom they sit next to while those senior figures are secretly looking down fearfully, wondering who’s going to take their seat. On the sales desk (CPS), Managing Director Eric (Ken Leung) is Pierpoint’s number one producer who sees Harper’s potential and takes her under his wing, while VP Daria (Freya Mavor) is a great counterpoint to Eric’s aggressive sales strategy and shows Harper that there’s more than one way to be a salesperson. Yasmin’s direct line manager on the foreign exchange (FX) desk is Kenny (Conor MacNeill), a VP whose prejudices cloud his judgment of her merit. Meanwhile, Theo (Will Tudor) is a second-year research analyst whose establishment charm and strong counter-consensus market calls make him a Pierpoint poster boy. The young recruits may be fresh out of university, but the demands and expectations of these mentors and the industry itself are sky-high and ultimately seduce the grads to act in ways they would not have expected, just as they are trying to figure out who they are. Episodes include: Season 1, Episode 1: “Induction” Debut date: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT) Five young graduates do whatever it takes to make themselves indispensable at preeminent London investment bank Pierpoint & Co. As hungry outsider Harper (Myha’la Herrold) grapples with a decision that will gravely affect her future at the bank, she and party-boy Robert (Harry Lawtey) take very different approaches to their first few weeks in the bank. Meanwhile, Yasmin (Marisa Abela) braves the unchecked disrespect of her superiors and Hari’s (Nabhaan Rizwan) unhealthy work habits raise companywide red flags.Written by Mickey Down and Konrad Kay; Directed by Lena Dunham. Season 1, Episode 2: “Quiet and Nice” Debut date: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT) With Harper (Myha’la Herrold) struggling to find her feet in a new city, Pierpoint throws a morale-boosting appreciation dinner which sees her challenging a drunken, irate Kenny (Conor MacNeill), while Gus (David Jonsson) alienates senior management by discussing his team’s future. Meanwhile, Yasmin (Marisa Abela) comes face to face with the culture of her new team and takes her flirtation with Robert (Harry Lawtey) to risky new heights.Written by Mickey Down and Konrad Kay; Directed by Tinge Krishnan. Season 1, Episode 3: “Notting Hill” Debut date: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT) When Pierpoint loses a major client, the grads face their most challenging – and potentially rewarding – test to date: devising pitches to drive new business. After the dissolution of his team finds him reassigned to a disinterested new supervisor, a creative Gus (David Jonsson) partners with Robert (Harry Lawtey) to catch Clement’s (Derek Riddell) attention. Meanwhile, as she navigates a complicated living situation with Yasmin (Marisa Abela), Harper (Myha’la Herrold) attempts to juggle conflicting requests from Eric (Ken Leung) and Daria (Freya Mavor).Written by Sam H. Freeman; Directed by Tinge Krishnan. Season 1, Episode 4: “Sesh” Debut date: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT) After a wild birthday celebration with Robert (Harry Lawtey), Yasmin (Marisa Abela), and Greg (Ben Lloyd-Hughes), Harper’s (Myha’la Herrold) workday spirals out of control. As a discrepancy in one of her trades puts her team at risk for major losses, Harper seeks support from a surprising source, while unexpected trouble at a networking event brings Yasmin and Robert closer and Gus (David Jonsson) further alienates his coworkers.Written by Mickey Down and Konrad Kay; Directed by Ed Lilly. RELATED: The Prophecy is Clear in New His Dark Materials Season 2 Trailer Industry is created and executive produced by Mickey Down and Konrad Kay; Executive produced by Jane Tranter, Lachlan MacKinnon, Ryan Rasmussen, David P. Davis, and by Ben Irving for BBC; co-executive produced by Ed Lilly; Produced by Lee Thomas. Produced for HBO / BBC by Bad Wolf. Writers include Konrad Kay, Mickey Down, Sam H. Freeman, and Kate Verghese. Directors include Lena Dunham, Ed Lilly, Tinge Krishnan, Mary Nighy.

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