Week in review: 1/2-1/6
Among the film nominees at this year’s Writers Guild of America awards: La La Land, Manchester by the Sea, Moonlight… Deadpool?
Woody Harrelson, next onscreen as a neurotic misanthrope in Wilson (March) and a war-hungry baddie in War for the Planet of the Apes (July), is reportedly in talks to play Han Solo's mentor in Phil Lord and Chris Miller's upcoming Star Wars spinoff. If Harrelson signs on, he'll join Alden Ehrenreich (as Solo), Donald Glover (as Lando Calrissian) and "Game of Thrones"' Emilia Clarke (the TBA female lead).
Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, The Nice Guys, Iron Man 3) has snagged two new castmembers for his upcoming Predators remake: Trevante Rhodes of Moonlight fame and (in negotiations) Keegen-Michael Key. The film, which is slated for a February 9 2018 release, already stars Boyd Holbrook and Olivia Munn.
In other casting news, "The People vs O.J. Simpson"'s Sterling K. Brown has joined the cast of Disney/Marvel's Black Panther, alongside Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong'o, Forest Whitaker, Martin Freeman and Andy Serkis.
Rachel McAdams is in talks to co-star in Game Night, a crime comedy from the writer-director duo of Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley (Vacation). Jason Bateman will star and co-produce.
Tom Hardy and Channing Tatum may co-star in crime thriller Triple Frontier. J.C. Chandor (A Most Violent Year) is slated to direct the film, which per Variety takes place in "the notorious border zone between Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil where the Iguazu and Parana rivers converge — making 'la triple frontera' difficult to monitor and a haven for organized crime."
Ralph Fiennes and Hugh Laurie are set to join Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly in writer/director Etan Cohen's (Get Hard) Holmes and Watson. Details are scarce, but we do know the film--which presumably has something to do with the world of Sherlock Holmes, or else it's a really weird title--is "about a duo that faces off against enemies from across the globe."