Need a quick recap of the past week in movie news? Here are the highlights:
Indiana Jones and the Desperado: Production on the next Indiana Jones movie is already well under way, but the sequel is still adding major cast members. According to Deadline, Oscar-nominated actor Antonio Banderas, best known for his collaborations with Robert Rodriguez (Desperado, Spy Kids) and Pedro Almodóvar (The Skin I Live In, Pain and Glory) is joining the fifth installment in an undisclosed role. Banderas played Zorro in two movies (executive produced by Steven Spielberg), so he’s a good fit for another franchise inspired by old film serials. He also co-starred with Indiana Jones 5 lead Harrison Ford in The Expendables 3.
Matt Shakman to direct Star Trek: Speaking of long-awaited sequels, the next Star Trek movie has found a new director. Deadline reports that Paramount and producer J.J. Abrams have signed Matt Shakman to steer the ship when it goes into production next spring. Shakman just earned his second Emmy nomination, for his work helming Marvel’s WandaVision. He was previously nominated last year for The Great. It’s still unknown if this will be the fourth installment of the rebooted run of the franchise starring Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto or something new. The latest screenplay was written by Lindsey Beer (Sierra Burgess Is a Loser) and Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Captain Marvel).
Jean Smart heads to Babylon: Speaking of this week’s Emmy nominations, actress Jean Smart, who just received her tenth and eleventh nods, for her performances in the limited series Mare of Eastown and the comedy series Hacks, is also in the news for a Paramount picture. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the already three-time Emmy-winner is joining the ensemble cast of Babylon, which already stars Margot Robbie and Brad Pitt. Written and directed by La La Land’s Damien Chazelle, the movie is set in Hollywood in the 1920s with a plot that seems to mix elements of The Great Gatsby and Singin’ in the Rain. Smart will play a journalist of the Louella Parsons and Hedda Hopper type.
Anna Kendrick is Alice, Darling: Speaking of actresses in A Simple Favor, Oscar-nominee Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air) will star in another Lionsgate crime thriller, this one called Alice, Darling. Deadline reports Kendrick will play the title character, who may have something to do with a local girl going missing. Joining Kendrick in the movie are Loki and His House star Wunmi Mosaku and Letterkenny’s Kaniehtiio Horn as Alice’s best friends, who accompany her on a girls trip, while Charlie Carrick (Trench 11) plays her temperamental boyfriend. Alice, Darling will be helmed by actress Mary Nighy as her feature directorial debut.
Joseph Kosinski takes the reins of Chariot: In comic book movie news, Warner Bros. is adapting the recently published graphic novel Chariot, and they already have a director attached. According to Deadline, Tron: Legacy and Oblivion helmer Joseph Kosinski, whose long awaited Tom Cruise sequel Top Gun: Maverick finally arrives in theaters this fall, will bring the story to life on the big screen. The plot involves the titular long-lost spy car, which falls into the hands of a petty criminal but is still being controlled by the consciousness of its former driver, a long-thought-dead government agent who wants to finish her last mission.
Henry Cavill tackles a new Project: Superman actor Henry Cavill, who has done his share of comic book adaptations and spy movies, is back in the news this week with something a little different. Originally reported by the website Giant Freakin Robot and confirmed by Deadline, Cavill has signed on to star in a romantic comedy for Sony Pictures called The Rosie Project. He will play a genetics professor on the autism spectrum who doesn’t have much experience with dating, let alone love. But he winds up falling for the title character, an unpredictable bartender who isn’t at all his type, when he helps locate her birth father.