TUE: DISNEY+ sets "Obi-Wan" series cast
GODZILLA director sets THUNDERCATS movie at WB / Armie Hammer out of another movie / PELOTON + VERZUZ set collab
Mornin! Here’s the Hollywood + Media news to know on TUESDAY March 30, 2021.
Where the planning for the annual Suez Canal Memorial Day regatta can thankfully get back underway. That was fun.
🏦 STOCK NOTES:
VIACOM dropped almost another 7%, so the freefall is over but not quite bottoming out yet.
Other mini-streamers AMC, DISCOVERY, LIONSGATE all down 1-3% but overall a slightly down day for the market.
📽 THE SILVER SCREEN
Adam Wingard will co-write and direct, but it’ll be a Cartoon/CGI take on it, not live action. /Deadline
Was supposed to play the lead of Cold War thriller “The Billion Dollar Spy”, but now… no. Mads Mikkelson still set as the other lead. /Variety
Ryan Reynolds / Sam Jackson / Salma Hayek movie also gets new title: “The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard”. Avoids Ryan having 2 movies out in August (“Free Guy” set for Aug 13). /THR
ALSO IN MOVIES
Tony Hale, Alia Shawkat, Jake Lacy round out Aaron Sorkin’s “I Love Lucy” AMAZON movie “Being the Ricardos” with Nicole Kidman & Javier Bardem. Now shooting in LA. /THR
TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL moves to June 9-20, will be series of outdoor IRL events around the 5 boroughs to celebrate its 20th year. /Indiewire
NETFLIX signs first-look Film deal with director Pete Berg/FILM 44 production company. His next project there is an upcoming opioid crisis limited series “Painkiller”. /THR
SONY re-opening Culver City offices June 1st at a limited capacity, but joins the rest of Hollywood in the Labor Day return to full Biz As Usual workplace policy. /Deadline
📺 THE TV SET
DISNEY+ adds 10 cast members to “Obi-Wan Kenobi” series alongside Ewan McGregor & Hayden Christensen
Joel Edgerton, Kumail Nanjiani and O’Shea Jackson among the names. Shooting in April, takes place 10 years after the events of “Revenge of the Sith”. /Variety
Kate McKinnon dropped out of the role in Feb. Likely shooting this Summer. /THR
ALSO IN TV
FOX orders Lee Daniels / Karen Gilin (FOX’s “Star”) series “Our Kind of People”. Single mother/entrepreneur finds out family secrets that change everything, set in Black community on Martha’s Vineyard called Oak Bluffs. /Deadline
Newcomer Nate Mann set in a lead role for APPLE TV+ Hanks/Spielberg WWII limited series “Masters of the Air”. /Deadline
ENDEAVOR CONTENT partner/EVP Lorenzo De Maio departs, launches his own company with Freemantle. /THR
FREEFORM Original Programming SVP Lynn Barrie leaving after 3 years. /Deadline
💻 THE MEDIA BIZ
Shutting down their TVision offering after just 6 months. Will offer/promote YouTubeTV & PHILO packages to customers instead starting in May. /Variety
ALSO IN MEDIA
PELOTON and VERZUZ set partnership - creating special VERZUZ rides with songs from 2 artists, where riders can also vote for their favorite using the “Tag” function. Monica vs Brandy kicks it off this week, class list in the link. /Peloton
Exclusive US Seller of OLYMPICS tickets only refunding the face value of the tickets; it’s keeping the additional 20% “processing” fee people paid for tickets they will now never receive. /Yahoo
🎥 TRAILER HOUSE
MGM “Wrath of Man” trailer. Lotta plot in this trailer… so I don’t feel bad telling you that Post Malone doesn’t survive his cameo. Statham/Ritchie joint + Josh Hartnett. Hits theaters Fri May 7.
HBOMAX “Wahl Street” docuseries trailer. “Entourage” meets “Shark Tank”… a look inside the Mark Wahlberg business empire. Come to think of it - a Wahlberg “Shark Tank” guest judge spot in April would be a great PR move 🤔. Premieres Fri April 15.
SEARCHLIGHT ”The Night House” trailer. Rebecca Hall stars as a widow living in a house on a lake where some kinda f’d up shit starts happening after the death of her husband. This one’s creepy yo 🥺. Hits theaters July 16.
👩💻 NEW TO WATCH:
NCAA MARCH MADNESS - Elite Eight games, 7p and 945p on TBS
ABC “Pooch Perfect” series premiere. Dog competition show hosted by Rebel Wilson. Airs at 8pm.
TheCW “Supergirl” final season, begins at 9pm
🎧 PLAYING ME OFF
Demi Lovato “Dancing with the Devil” - song featured in the trailer for her YT docuseries, now out as a single.
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