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Bautista, Gunn reuniting for The Suicide Squad!?

Characters in the soft reboot revealed!

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Hot on the heels of news that Idris Elba will replace Will Smith on the credit block as Deadshot, Collider have further info on the other characters we can expect to see in James Gunn’s “Suicide Squad” reboot.

According to the site, the only other element of the original gang to return from the original line-up is Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn. The new additions to the squad consist of Ratcatcher, King Shark, Mister Polka Dot and Peacemaker. Dave Baustista, one of the biggest supporters of Gunn following the “Guardians of the Galaxy” filmmaker’s axing from the upcoming second sequel, could nab the role of Peacemaker.

Ratcatcher, aka Otis Flannegan, is a man in the DC comics, though Collider has learned that the character will be gender-swapped and played by a woman in The Suicide Squad. Ratcatcher is is a super-criminal and one of Batman’s many enemies. She started out as an exterminator in Gotham City before turning to a life of crime, aided by an army of small rodents she can communicate with and control. She’s also a fan of poisonous gas.

Nanaue, aka King Shark, is a super-villain and humanoid shark whose father is believed to be the so-called Shark God, though others dismiss him as merely a savage mutation.

Polka-Dot Man, aka Mister Polka Dot, is a Gotham City super-villain and like Ratcatcher, a sworn enemy of Batman. He grows multi-colored polka dots on his body that he can turn into fireballs and other weapons, even though, for the most part, he’s embarrassed about his awkward abilities.
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Peacemaker, aka Christopher Smith, is an agent of peace whose motives are driven by an extremist form of pacifism that makes him love peace so much he would kill for it.

Joel Kinnaman’s Rick Flagg is not expected to appear.

“The Suicide Squad”, which Gunn is writing and directing for an August 6 2021 release, has been structured as somewhat of a soft reboot of the film franchise.

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Casting : Stoll, James, Kinnear, Yen, Phillippe, O’Dowd

Two join Spielberg’s “West Side Story”, a “Penny Dreadful” regular returns for spin-off & more

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Corey Stoll and Brian d’Arcy James have joined Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of ”West Side Story”. Stoll will play Lieutenant Schrank, the New York City detective charged with quelling civic unrest in his racially divided precinct, while dʼArcy James will play Sergeant Krupke, a veteran cop whose beat includes the territories of the Sharks and the Jets. [More…]

Rory Kinnear has joined “Penny Dreadful : City of Angels”, the next chapter of the “Penny Dreadful” saga, in the series regular role of Dr. Peter Craft. Craft is a successful German pediatrician and the head of the German-American Bund, an organization he hopes will keep the United States isolated from the growing threat of war in Europe. [More..]

“Rogue One” star Donnie Yen is set to play a cop who mentors Nicholas Tse in director Benny Chan’s ”Raging Fire”, to be produced by Emperor Motion Pictures. Yen’s character is a cop too honest for his own good who sees his protégé, played by Tse, rising in the ranks as his own career stalls. But Tse’s unethical behavior lands him in prison, and the embittered man vows to take revenge on his former mentor. [More…]

“Shooter” alum Ryan Phillippe has been tapped as the lead in CBS’ drama pilot ”Alive”. Katrina Law and Aaron Staton are set as co-leads in the project, a modern interpretation of the classic Frankenstein tale in a cop procedural setting. Show “centers on Mark Escher (Phillippe), a San Francisco homicide detective who’s mysteriously brought back to life after being killed in the line of duty. But as he resumes his old life and he and his wife Elizabeth (Law) realize he isn’t the same person he used to be, they zero in on the strange man behind his resurrection: Dr. Victor Frankenstein (Staton).” [More…]

Chris O’Dowd will star in an episode of producer Jordan Peele’s “Twilight Zone” reboot at CBS All Access. The “Bridesmaids” actor will appear in the ep “The Blue Scorpion,” written by Glen Morgan, which will also feature Amy Landecker. “The Twilight Zone” premieres with a double episode on April 1. [More..]

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Actor rumored for lead role in Christopher Nolan’s next

Described as a “massive, innovative, action blockbuster” with elements of Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest”

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“BlacKkKlansman’s” John David Washington looks to star in Christopher Nolan’s next film, sources tell Variety.

Described as a “massive, innovative, action blockbuster” with elements of Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest”, the Warner Bros. release will hit theaters July 17, 2020.

While plot details are being kept under wraps, Washington, known for HBO’s “Ballers” and last year’s “BlacKkKlansman” is the first actor to be linked to the production.

John David Washington in BlacKkKlansman (2018)

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood to premiere at Cannes

25 years to the day since the former video store clerk’s “Pulp Fiction” played the fest

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Quentin Tarantino’s highly-anticipated “Once Upon A Time in Hollywood” will premiere at Cannes, according to THR.

Though the official word hasn’t gone out yet, the new pic is rumored to debut on May 21 at the festival, 25 years to the day since the former video store clerk’s “Pulp Fiction” played the Croisette.

The film, starring Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie, is set in 1969 Los Angeles during the height of the hippie movement and the Manson family murders, the story centers around former TV Western star Cliff Booth (DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Rick Dalton (Pitt) as they navigate a town and an industry they hardly recognize. Robbie plays the late Sharon Tate.

Two new posters for the film were released this week (below).

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