Week in review: 11/21-11/25
The week before Thanksgiving is always slow, but there's still the odd handful of news items to pore over. First up: Chad Stahelski, one of the directors behind 2014's John Wick, has been tapped by Lionsgate to direct their Highlander reboot. Meanwhile, Stahelski's John Wick co-director David Leitch has been confirmed to direct 20th Century Fox's Deadpool 2, filling in for Deadpool director Tim Miller.
Hopping across the studio aisle to Disney, Emilia Clarke ("Game of Thrones," Terminator: Genisys) has been cast in Phil Lord and Chris Miller's Han Solo-centric Star Wars spinoff in an unspecified role. She joins Hail, Caesar!'s Alden Ehrenreich, playing the young Solo, and Donald Glover, set to cape up as Lando Calrissian.
The Independent Spirit Award nominations were announced, and as always, there are some snubs and some surprises. Among the former: Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea), Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water), Joel Edgerton (Loving) and Adam Driver (Paterson) were left out in the cold, leaving room for an unexpected six nominations for Andrea Arnold's American Honey, tying that film with Moonlight. Also a surprise: A Best Feature nomination for the little-seen Chronic and four nominations each for Other People and Free in Deed.
Adam McKay—who started his career with madcap comedies like Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and Step Brothers before moving onto more serious-minded (but still funny) fare like The Big Short—will reportedly direct a Dick Cheney movie for Paramount.
Looks like we're getting another Dune movie. Legendary Pictures has acquired the rights to Frank Herbert's sci-fi classic from the late author's estate, setting the stage for a new film adaptation. Dune was mostly famous tackled by David Lynch, whose 1984 crack at the material was a critical and commercial flop but has gained cult status since its release.
Make way for the queen: Angela Basset has joined the cast of Disney/Marvel's Black Panther. She will play Ramonda, mother of superhero king T'challa, played by Chadwick Boseman.