Week in review: 12/12-12/16
Aquaman director James Wan has tapped frequent collaborator Patrick Wilson (the Insidious and Conjuring movies) to play Aquaman's evil half-brother Ocean Master, aka Orm Curry. Wilson will join previously announced cast members Jason Momoa (as Aquaman), Amber Heard and Willem Dafoe.
'Tis the season for awards nominations: The Golden Globes and the SAGs both announced their nominees this week. Among the surprises: A SAG nomination for Emily Blunt in The Girl on the Train and a relative lack of love for Martin Scorsese's Silence. As before, La La Land, Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight are shaping up to be Oscar frontrunners.
Miramax has snapped up U.S. distribution for Craig Gillespie's (Lars and the Real Girl) I, Tonya, about figure skater Tonya Harding's infamous attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan prior to the 1994 Olympics. Margot Robbie will star as Harding, in addition to co-producing through her Lucky Chap banner. Sebastian Stan is in talks to play Harding's husband Jeff Gillooly.
And speaking of Margot Robbie, who's positively omnipresent nowadays, Suicide Squad director David Ayer will helm Gotham City Sirens for Warner Bros.. The film focuses on female supervillains from the DC universe, notably Harley Quinn (Robbie, reprising her Suicide Squad role), Catwoman and Poison Ivy (Megan Fox is rumored).
Broadway director Alex Timbers is rumored to direct Cruella, starring Emma Stone as puppy-hating villainess Cruella De Vil, for Disney. In addition to his theatre work—including the currently running comedy Oh, Hello on Broadway, Tony-winning Peter and the Starcatcher and a musical version of Rocky—Timbers co-created Amazon's Golden Globe-winning TV show "Mozart in the Jungle."
Ben Mendehlson, who makes the jump from critically acclaimed smaller films to big-budget behemoths with this week's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, reportedly has another high-profile villain role in the wings. Per Variety, the Australian actor is in negotiations to play the Sheriff of Nottingham in Otto Bathurst's Robin Hood: Origins. If Mendelsohn signs on, he'll join the ranks of Kingsman: The Secret Service's Taron Egerton (Robin Hood), Jamie Foxx (Little John), Jamie Dornan (Will Scarlett) and Eve Hewson (Maid Marian).
Hamilton creator Lin Manuel Miranda, one of a trio that penned the songs for Disney's Moana, is heading over to Sony Animation for a new film titled Viva, about "a monkey who loves music and adventure, leading him to make a dangerous journey from Havana to Miami to fulfill his destiny." Miranda will write the songs, with Hamilton writer Quiara Alegría Hudes on script duty. Sony has set a release date of Dec. 18, 2020.