The N.E.R.D. Entertainment Report for the week of Nov. 2nd
In a much talked about move, sources have confirmed that Mr. Benedict Cumberbatch is indeed in talks to play the titular character in an upcoming Doctor Strange film.
For those new to the character, Doctor Stephen Strange is involved in a terrible car accident which leaves him incapable of practicing medicine. Desperate for answers, the good doctor travels to Tibet where he learns his mystical powers.
Cumberbatch surpassed many high profile actors on the path for the role including Jared Leto (Panic Room), Tom Hardy (Dark Knight Rises) and Justin Theroux (The Leftovers) in the film which will be directed by Scott Derrickson (Deliver Us From Evil).
Benedict Cumberbatch has been working his butt off, starring in over eight films and television shows in the last two years including Star Trek Into Darkness, 12 Years a Slave, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, August: Osage County and the Fifth Estate among others.
This week Marvel blew their load by announcing their slate for phase 3 of their unstoppable superhero flicks with some unexpected film news and movie title announcements. Here are the films that they teased:
· Captain America: Civil War (May 6, 2016)
· Doctor Strange (November 4, 2016)
· Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (May 5, 2017)
· Thor: Ragnarok (July 28, 2017)
· Black Panther (November 3, 2017)
· Avengers: Infinity War – Part I (May 4, 2018)
· Captain Marvel (July 6, 2018)
· Inhumans (November 2, 2018)
· Avengers: Infinity War – Part II (May 3, 2019)
There were several other notable gems announced including the announcement that actor Chadwick Boseman (Get on Up) would play the part of Black Panther, making him the first African-American leading man in a Marvel Film.
Other announcements included a female Captain Marvel, the details of the Inhumans movie and the fact that the third Avengers film, Infinity War, will be split up into two films, each of them released literally one year apart.
It was also announced this week that renowned cinematographer Greig Fraser (Snow White and the Huntsman) has signed to work on the as yet untitled stand-alone Star Wars film.
The so far plotless Star Wars film will be directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) and written by Gary Whitta (After Earth). As mentioned, the plot and featured characters of the film have yet to be announced but it is clear that these films will be complete stand alone films that will not interfere with the main series.
Big news was brought to our attention this week when it was announced that Fox officially has a Gambit movie in the works with actor Channing Tatum (White House Down) in talks to star.
Tatum has been trying to make this role happen for a long time stating, “Gambit’s the only X-Man I ever loved. He’s the most un-X-Man X-Man that’s ever been an X-Man … he loves women and drinkin’ and smokin’.”
Gambit has had an on and off presence in the X-Men films, making smaller appearances such as Taylor Kitsch's (Battleship) portrayal of the character in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
A release date is still to be determined and there has not been a writer or director announced as of yet.
Keanu Reeves News:
Deadline confirmed that Keanu Reeves (John Wick) will be playing the lead in the upcoming SciFi film Replicas.
The film, which centers around a neuroscientist who will stop at nothing to bring his family back after a deadly car accident, is scheduled to start filming in the Spring of 2015. The movie will be written by Chad St. John and directed by Tanya Wexler (Hysteria). The film will also be produced by Reeves.
Box Office Projections*:
Box Office Projections*:
- Nightcrawler - $10 Million+
- Ouija - $9 Million+
- John Wick - $8 Million+
- Fury - $7.5 Million+
- Gone Girl - $6 Million+
Nightcrawler is this week's only new release and thus it should end up at number one this weekend. This is the season for adult-related fare and Nightcrawler fits that bill perfectly, as will next weekend's new release Interstellar. The rest of the films in the top five will consist of holdovers including Gone Girl which has a chance of staying in the top 5 in its fourth week in release.
*projections based on Saturday's numbers
Something to Look Forward to:
In 2011, the dark comedy Horrible Bosses stormed the box office, taking in over $200 million from a $37 million budget. On November 26th, we get a second dose of the revenge-filled workplace comedy with Horrible Bosses 2. With an all-star cast featuring Jason Bateman (Arrested Development) , Charlie Day (Pacific Rim) , Jason Sudeikis (We're the Millers) , Jennifer Aniston (Just Go With It) , Jamie Foxx (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Chris Pine (Star Trek Into Darkness) and Christoph Waltz (Django Unchanged), this is sure to be this year's must see comedy.
Check out the trailer below: