Briefs : Justice League cliffhanger, Comic-Con goes virtual again, Obi-Wan, Borderlands and Little Mermaid additions

Zack Snyder’s highly-hyped “Justice League” will end on a cliffhanger, says the filmmaker. With Jared Leto’s Joker spliced into the movie -he wasn’t there before – speculation was already a rife that the movie might end on some kind of teaser.
“What inspired [Joker’s] look was the sort of post-apocalyptic world that I’m a huge fan of and, really, the idea was that as the movies progressed, the next movie – if there ever was one, and it doesn’t seem like there ever will be – but if there was, it would exist primarily in that world with them trying to set it right. [The sequence] doesn’t overstay its welcome but it definitely does what I needed it to do for the story and for us. Beyond that I think it’s a spoiler.”

 

“The Goldfinch” actress Willa Fitzgerald has joined the cast of Randall Emmett’s “Wash Me In The River”. Robert De Niro, John Malkovich, and Jack Huston star in the action-thriller, which centers on a recovering opioid addict who seeks revenge on the dealers responsible for selling the drugs that resulted in his fiance’s death. [More…]

 

Netflix has snapped up the rights to Liam Neeson-Laurence Fishburne action-thriller “The Ice Road”. The streamer put up $18M for the movie in a deal that closed before the virtual EFM. [More…]

 

Reeve Carney will play late musician Jeff Buckley in the Orian Williams directed “Everybody Here Wants You”. Pic will tell the life story of Buckley as he began his rise in the music world up to his death in 1997 after a tragic accident. Buckley’s estate has approved the film. [More…]

 

San Diego Comic-Con is off again for 2021. Like 2020, the phenomenally successful pop culture convention will do a shorter, virtual offering. Con organizers say they’re working on some sort of physical presence for November.

 

Jessica Alexander has hopped aboard Disney’s live-action “The Little Mermaid”. The actress, joining Halle Bailey, Melissa McCarthy and Javier Bardem, got her big break in the Netflix drama “Get Even”. [More…]

 

Paul Ben-Victor (“The Irishman”) will play Tony Spilotro, a feared mob enforcer from the crime syndicate known as the Chicago Outfit, in The Legitimate Wise Guy for director George Gallo. Harvey Keitel, Emile Hirsch and Ruby Rose also star in the film, which chronicles Spilotro, who ran the Chicago Outfit which rose to power in the 1920s under the notorious Al Capone. Spilotro overlooked the outfit’s skimming operations in Las Vegas. While there, he met a young man aspiring to make it big in Hollywood as an actor. The mob boss mentors and lures him into his criminal world. [More…]

 

Former “Stuck in the Middle” star Ariana Greenblatt has been set to play Tiny Tina in ”Borderlands”. The pic, directed by Eli Roth and based on the game of the same name, stars Cate Blanchett, Kevin Hart, Jamie Lee Curtis and Jack Black. [More…]

 

Frank Grillo will star in the Kevin Carraway-directed, Scott Windhauser-penned “M.I.A.”. “Grillo will play Jax, a man who wakes up in a precarious situation with no memory, no time to spare and everyone in the criminal world out to kill him. With nowhere to turn, he is forced to team up with a streetwise criminal to find out who he is and realizes he might not like the answers he uncovers.” [More…]

 

Following accusations that he sexually abused by multiple women, actor and musician T.I will not be returning for the third “Ant-Man” movie. [More…]

 

“Game of Thrones” actress Indira Varma will join Ewan McGregor in Disney+’s “Obi-Wan Kenobi” series. Though Varma’s role is being kept under wraps, the series is believed to take place between ”Revenge of the Sith” and ”A New Hope” in the ”Star Wars” timeline. [More…]

 

Josh Gates, avid explorer and host of Discovery Channel’s Expedition Unknown has spent his career traveling the world investigating history’s greatest legends and mysteries. Now, he’s setting out on the journey of a lifetime in search of the most iconic car in Hollywood history – The DeLorean Time Machine from the classic sci-fi trilogy ”Back to the Future”. Together with screen-legend Christopher Lloyd, Josh travels across the country and through the history of one of cinema’s greatest franchises on an epic search for this timeless vehicle all in hopes of delivering and donating it to The Michael J. Fox Foundation. The special four-part series, “Expedition : Back to the Future” streams Monday, March 15 on discovery+.

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