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Tom Hardy Will Cover The Bosnian War In 'My War Gone By, I Miss It So'

The last major film on the Bosnian War was Angelina Jolie's underrated In the Land of Blood and Honey, but now one is in the works with just as big of a name attached. Tom Hardy will star in My War Gone By, I Miss It So, an adaptation of the 1999 memoir by war correspondent Anthony Lloyd.

Gavin O'Connor, who worked with Hardy on 2011's MMA drama, Warrior, will produce and direct. Lloyd's memoir chronicles his experiences documenting the war, including a heroin addiction that he battled while reporting from the frontlines. 

Here is what Hardy told Variety about joining the project...

“‘My War Gone By’ is a brutal yet sensitive story which addresses both the nature of addiction and the experience of war. I was struck by Anthony’s work and words, experiences, and for me his is an important voice and an important book.”

For now you can check out Hardy in a different war as part of Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk.

Jared Leto May Join The Valiant Universe In 'Bloodshot'

A move from the DCEU to the Valiant Universe may be in the works for Jared Leto, and it'll certainly give him more screen time than the Joker had in Suicide Squad. Leto is in talks for the title role in Bloodshot, based on the Valiant Comics character.

Neal Moritz, the super producer behind the Fast and the Furious franchise, is putting together what he hopes will be the start of a Valiant Cinematic Universe, along with Harbinger and culminating in a Harbinger Wars crossover with Bloodshot. Bloodshot is a super soldier with nanites pumped into his blood, giving him enhanced abilities, rapid healing, and control over electronics. His mind has been wiped multiple times, and he's on a quest to put together the truth about his past.

The film has a script by Arrival writer Eric Heisserer and a director in Dave Wilson, but it's Leto who would be the A-list name needed to launch a franchise. Then again, maybe Bloodshot will already be popular by then? He'll be played by ex-Mighty Morphin Power Ranger Jason David Frank in Valiant's ambitious online series, Ninjak vs. The Valiant Universe, which should be released soon. [THR]

'Wonder Woman' Sequel Set For December 2019

There's absolutely no reason to be surprised by news that Warner Bros. has officially confirmed Wonder Woman 2's release date, except that they actually took their time doing it. Over the weekend at Comic-Con the sequel was listed among their upcoming slate, so it was clear an announcement was on the way, and here it is.

Wonder Woman 2 will hit theaters on December 13th 2019, an interesting date given how well the first film continues to do over the summer. Patty Jenkins has been helping Geoff Johns hammer out a script, so we can expect her to return to direct Gal Gadot as the Amazonian warrior and current most popular character in the DCEU. Sorry, Batman, but you know it's true. The story will reportedly take place in the '80s.

This also means Wonder Woman 2 won't be occupying one of those two new release dates in 2020 as many expected, including me.


Chadwick Boseman Is On A Mission In New Trailer For 'Message From The King'

When I look at Chadwick Boseman's career right now, I see a young Wesley Snipes. And I mean that in the best way possible. Like Snipes, he's already at the head of his own superhero franchise with the flat-out awesome looking Black Panther, making him the rare African-American to lead such a big studio project. But he's also filled out his resume with roles that show his range, like playing the most kick ass Supreme Court justice ever in Thurgood, and for a bit more there's Message from the King, which finds Boseman in revenge mode.

A new trailer for Message from the King has arrived, and while it didn't make much noise out of TIFF last year, Netflix saw enough in it to scoop it up. Perhaps they've been reading Black Panther's press clippings, too. The film stars Boseman as a simple man from South Africa, who arrives in the United States to find his missing sister. And that turns out not to be a simple thing at all.  Teresa Palmer, Alfred Molina, and Luke Evans co-star in what looks like a handy little noir-thriller, with Boseman looking particularly good here.

Netflix will debut Message from the King on August 4th.

James Franco Unleashes Something Terrible In New Trailer For 'The Vault'

When bad people do bad things, should we care if something truly terrible happens to them? What if that thing is...supernatural? That's what goes down in the horror thriller The Vault, a film from writer/director Dan Bush (The Signal) and starring James Franco, in one of those random roles that makes his career fun to follow.

Franco is the headliner of a cast that includes Francesca Eastwood (Final Girl), Taryn Manning (Orange is the New Black), Scott Haze (Child of God), Clifton Collins Jr. (Triple 9), and Q'orianka Kilcher (The New World). Manning and Eastwood are sisters who rob a bank in an attempt to help their brother, only to have the bank manager (Franco) lead them to a mysterious basement vault where something terrible is unleashed. They let you keep anything in those lockboxes for safe keeping, don't they?

The Vault opens September 1st in theaters and VOD.

First Look At George Clooney's 'Suburbicon' With Matt Damon & Julianne Moore

If it feels like the wait for George Clooney's Suburbicon has been a long time coming, well that's because it has. Originally written by the Coen Brothers back in the '80s (!!!), Clooney first became attached to star and direct it back in the early 2000s. He's still behind the camera but the lead role has gone to his buddy, Matt Damon, and now today as the film has been announced as part of the TIFF lineup, we're getting our first look at it.

The photos show a pretty pissed off Damon, in one shot alongside co-star Julianne Moore and another with Noah Jupe, who plays their son. The film has been called a home invasion thriller but the plot synopsis, not to mention guarded comments by Clooney to Yahoo! Movies, suggest something more.

Suburbicon is a peaceful, idyllic suburban community with affordable homes and manicured lawns… the perfect place to raise a family, and in the summer of 1959, the Lodge family is doing just that. But the tranquil surface masks a disturbing reality, as husband and father Gardner Lodge (Matt Damon) must navigate the town’s dark underbelly of betrayal, deceit, and violence. This is a tale of very flawed people making very bad choices.

Also starring Oscar Isaac and Josh Brolin, Suburbicon opens October 27th and seems poised for the awards race.

Ben Stiller's A Jealous Dad In First Trailer For 'Brad's Status'

We've had our share of Bad Moms-type movies now, right? And that's great; it's about time the ladies had their chance to show they can be just as screwed up as us guys. But have we gone too far the other way now? Are sad, kinda pathetic Dad movies like Brad's Status what we have to look forward to?

The first trailer for Mike White's film is here, and it stars Ben Stiller as the titular Brad. He's a father who isn't at all happy with his life, especially when compared to his more successful friends, played by Jemaine Clement, Michael Sheen, and Luke Wilson. While accompanying his son on a college trip, Brad is forced to reflect on his life, and when confronted by his old friends he must reevaluate whether he truly was unsuccessful, or actually pretty happy.

I think you know where this goes, and if you don't the trailer guides you through it the whole way. This looks like an addendum to The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, a film that I liked a lot more than others did. And despite my displeasure for this trailer, I think this could actually turn out to be a pretty great film. Stiller has long since nailed the disillusionment that comes with middle age, and Mike White has done tremendous work on films such as The Good Girl (which seems like it treads similar ground from a different angle), School of Rock, and Beatriz at Dinner.

Also starring Jenna Fischer and Austin Abrams, Brad's Status will be released by Amazon Studios on September 15th.

Jessica Chastain Rides With Sitting Bull In First Look At 'Woman Walks Ahead'

It's turning out to be a very busy year for Jessica Chastain, one that may find her occupying a lot of the awards season discussion. Already having starred in The Zookeeper's Wife, she has Aaron Sorkin's Molly's Game coming up, plus Xavier Dolan's next film and potentially X-Men: Dark Phoenix. But she also has another possible awards contender in biopic Woman Walks Ahead, in which she stars as Sitting Bull's confidante, Catherine Weldon.

The first look at the film has arrived before its world premiere at TIFF. Directed by Susanna White (Our Kind of Traitor) and co-starring Michael Greyeyes, Sam Rockwell, and Ciaran Hinds, the story centers on Weldon, an American woman who becomes Sitting Bull's trusted adviser and friend, helping to fight for Native American rights. Here's the synopsis:

Based on true events, Woman Walks Ahead tells the story of Catherine Weldon, a widowed artist from New York in the 1880s, who traveled to North Dakota to paint a portrait of Chief Sitting Bull. Catherine and Sitting Bull, each broken in their own way, come to recognize their mutual strength. Soon, the wider political struggle for Native American land rights influences their friendship. Catherine and Sitting Bull overcome personal adversity to fight against the US government’s takeover of the Plains Indians’ lands.

Daniel Craig To Return For Next James Bond Film

It was a little bit backwards for the venerable old James Bond franchise to announce a release date for the next movie, which is what happened yesterday, but to not have anybody locked in to play James Bond. Daniel Craig was pretty adamant about not returning after he completed Spectre, but recent reports were that he was closer than ever to coming back. And now today it appears to be official. 

The New York Times says that Craig will put on his finest suit and play 007 again, with their sources calling it a "done deal." He'll be joined by longtime franchise scribes Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, and suddenly all feels right with James Bond again...doesn't it?  Well, there's still one glaring omission, and that's a director. With Sam Mendes gone that role has yet to be filled, and we have to expect that his replacement will be named shortly.

Bond 25, which will hopefully have a title soon, opens November 8th 2019. 

Pop! Obsession: Funko Reveals Creepy New Pennywise The Clown Pop! Vinyls!

I don't know if it would be a good idea for me to have these Funkos around the house. Especially at night with the lights out. Funko has unveiled a first look at their upcoming Pennywise the Clown Pop! Vinyls from the upcoming remake of Stephen King's It. Pennywise is played by Bill Skarsgard in the movie, and he's even creepier here standing at only 4" tall.

Pennywise comes in four variants: you can get the Hot Topic exclusive of him holding a red balloon, or the Walmart exclusive with his wig whipped into a frenzy and obscuring his face, and two versions holding Georgie's paper boat. The sepia-toned figure will be a limited edition 1/6th variant. Good luck getting that one. Hey, they all float down here, right?

These will be made available in September but you can pre-order them now. Stephen King's It, directed by Andy Muschietti, will creep into theaters on September 8th.

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