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Three Walking Dead movies greenlit!

And guess who will star!?

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Tonight, Andrew Lincoln said goodbye to “The Walking Dead”.

Sorta. Kinda.

Careful not to kill off its central hero, Rick Grimes, the show let Lincoln exit the series in a non-traditional fashion – paving the way for a return. A return that has already been announced.

Shortly after the broadcast, AMC announced that Lincoln would be back in zombie-hunter guise for three “Walking Dead” telemovies.

Unlike the series, the films tell original Grimes stories and will encompass a bigger budget than traditional episodes. Scott M.Gimple is writing the first film.

“We have a lot on the horizon – starting with a new epic featuring one of the greatest leading actors in television history and one of the best people I’ve ever met,” said Gimple. “These films are going to be big evolutions of what we’ve been doing on the show, with the scope and scale of features. We’re starting with the first part of the continuing story of Rick Grimes, and there is much more on the way, featuring yet-unseen worlds of ‘The Walking Dead’ and faces from the show’s past, as well as new characters we hope to become favorites, told by TWD veterans and emerging voices. We want to break new ground with different, distinct stories, all part of the same world that’s captured our imagination for nearly a decade of the Dead.”

“They’re not just longer episodes,” the captain of the ‘Walking Dead’ world said, adding that Robert Kirkman is heavily involved.

Lincoln tells The New York Times that the films will largely be gritty, solo adventures for Grimes.

“We talked about “Unforgiven,” the Clint Eastwood movie, which I admire greatly. There’s something about Eastwood, who he is as a gunslinger, as an iconic kind of American hero, rolling around in pig swill at the beginning of the movie. You know what he’s capable of, and I thought the idea of a character that the audience knows and has lived with — and who has oscillated between psycho and father for nine years — to start in a completely different place, was a really interesting, crazy place to begin. I want to know why we keep seeing helicopters flying around. What’s going on? What have the grown-ups been doing while we’ve been scrambling around in the dirt?”

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Fun casting for IG-88 in The Mandalorian

The upcoming live-action “Star Wars” series set to premiere on Disney Plus

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“Thor Ragnarok” helmer Taika Waititi recently shot an episode of Disney Plus’s “The Mandalorian” – the live-action “Star Wars” TV series that will feature, among others, fan-fave Boba Fett – and now it’s being revealed he’s also playing a character in it.

Showrunner and executive producer Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”) has posted a behind-the-scenes pic on Instagram of the beloved filmmaker recording his voice for the part of bounty hunter IG-88. The droid character is best known for his appearance in “The Empire Strikes Back” but he didn’t speak in his brief moments on screen.

Waititi, you may recall, also voiced a part in “Thor Ragnarok” – that of amiable Kiwi rock-guy Korg.

“The Mandalorian” is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.

 

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See Samuel L.Jackson give Brie Larson a Unicorn

“Captain Marvel” stars reunite for new Netflix film, airing next month

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“Unicorn Store”, a new movie reuniting “Captain Marvel” stars Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson,premieres on Netflix April 5.

Larson makes her directorial debut on the film, which also stars Joan Cusack and Bradley Whitford.

Kit (Brie Larson) is a lonely twenty-something dreamer who’s reluctant to leave the comforts of childhood and fully embrace adulthood. But when art school sends her packing, Kit is forced to move back home with her parents and take a temp job in a boring office. Just when she’s resolved to finally put her Care Bears aside and grow up, a mysterious salesman (Samuel L. Jackson) enters Kit’s life and offers to give her childlike heart its greatest desire. Larson’s directorial debut, with a script by Samantha McIntyre, is a love letter to everyone’s inner child, and a reminder that no dream is impossible.

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Lizzy Caplan to play Misery‘s Annie Wilkes

“Masters of Sex” alumna inherits the role from Kathy Bates, who played the role in a 1990 film

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Lizzy Caplan will play a young Annie Wilkes in the second season of “Castle Rock”.

The “True Blood” and “Masters of Sex” alumna inherits the role from Kathy Bates, who played the obsessive fan in the 1990 film “Misery”.

The next batch of eps of the Hulu drama, based on the stories of Stephen King, fixes on Nurse Wilkes’ stopover  – with teenage daughter (Elsie Fisher) in tow – in the town.

The character gets caught up in a battle between two warring clans, the iconic Merrill crime family and John “Ace” Merrill (Garrett Hedlund), who is defending nearby Jerualem’s Lot. Tim Robbins, who starred in the King adaptation of “The Shawshank Redemption”, will play ‘Pop’ Merrill.

Robbins’ character, Reginald “Pop” Merrill, is the Patriarch of King’s iconic crime family.

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