PCR’s Newsletter – June: Week 1

Welcome back to another week of film news! As we enter into June, PCR has collated some interesting tidbits that should interest just about everyone – from the comic book fans, to the sci-fi fans, to the zombie fans! Read on to find out all the latest news from the first week of June (June 3rd – 7th).

Casting News: Robert Pattinson is the Next Batman!

Credit: Jason Laveris/FilmMagic

Kicking things off with arguably the biggest piece of pop culture/film news this week. After rigorous tests and meetings with director Matt Reeves, Robert Pattinson has officially joined The Batman as, well, the Batman!

Matt Reeves confirmed the casting through a tweet which you can see below. The Batman is scheduled to start shooting late 2019/early 2020, with a release date of June 25, 2021.


Credit: Merrick Morton/20th Century Fox

Walt Disney Pictures/20th Century Fox has released a brand new trailer for James Mangold’s highly anticipated race car drama FORD v FERRARI. The film, which stars Matt Damon and Christian Bale, is based on a true story revolving around the creation of the Ford GT40, a revolutionary racing car which went on to win Le Mans in 1966. Watch the trailer below, along with a look at the first official trailer:

Credit: Walt Disney Studios/20th Century Fox

Barry Jenkins to Direct Film Based on Alvin Ailey

Credit: REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Oscar winning director Barry Jenkins has been tapped by Fox Searchlight to direct a film based on the life of Alvin Ailey, one of the most influential choreographers of our time. According to DEADLINE, “Searchlight made a deal with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater last year, which granted full cooperation from the organization that controls the rights to Ailey’s choreography”.

Jenkins is currently hard at work on pre-production for his Amazon Prime series “The Underground Railroad”, an 11 episode series based on Colson Whitehead’s novel of the same name.

Casting News: Diane Kruger Joins 355

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Diane Kruger has joined the cast of Simon Kinberg’s spy thriller 355. She joins a previously announced star-studded female cast comprised of Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o, Fan Bingbing, and Penelope Cruz. The basic premise of the film sees us following a group of spies from various international agencies from across the globe. These women must group together to prevent an event that could prove to be chaotic for the world. 355 is scheduled to shoot in London, Paris, and Morocco.

Trailer: Ad Astra

We finally have our first look at the highly anticipated sci-fi drama from director James Gray (The Lost City of Z)Ad Astra stars Brad Pitt as astronaut Roy McBride who travels to the outer edges of the solar system to find his missing father, and in attempting to do so unravels a mystery that threatens the survival of Earth. The film has a release date of September 20, 2019. Watch the trailer below along with a look at the simple yet very effective poster!

Credit: Walt Disney Studios/20th Century Fox

Halloween Sequel Being Discussed

Good news for Halloween fans! Jason Blum, the founder and CEO of Blumhouse Productions, took to Twitter on Wednesday night to confirm rumours that his famed horror production company is indeed ‘thinking’ about a sequel for 2018’s Halloween. Taking it a step further, along with the tweet he posted a photo of him and Jamie Lee Curtis (who plays iconic final girl Laurie Strode) with the caption “We’re discussing stuff”, take a look below:

Casting News: Anthony Mackie Starring in Outside the Wire

Credit: Michael Lewis/Variety

Anthony Mackie is set to star in and produce an action-sci-fi flick for Netflix titled Outside the Wire, with Mikael Håfström (1408) on directing duties. The plot for the film centres around Mackie’s character, a drone pilot, who is sent into a deadly militarized zone tasked with locating a “doomsday device” before it falls into the hands of insurgents. Shooting for the film begins in August, with casting still being made.

Trailer: Luce

NEON has released an explosive trailer for Luce, a drama directed by Julius Onah (The Cloverfield Paradox), which made a huge splash at Sundance earlier this year. Onah directs from a screenplay that he co-wrote with J.C. Lee, in which a married couple (Naomi Watts and Tim Roth) are forced to view their adopted son (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) in a different light, after an “alarming discovery” is made by a teacher (Octavia Spencer) at his high school. Watch the trailer below:

WB/DC Skipping Hall-H at SDCC 2019 – Patty Jenkins Responds

Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment have confirmed that they are skipping the famed Hall-H panel at San Diego Comic Con this year, one of the largest events of the year for comic books/comic book movies. In response to this Patty Jenkins took to Twitter to confirm that Wonder Woman 1984, her hotly anticipated follow-up to 2017’s Wonder Woman, will be starting it’s marketing campaign in December. Along with this she dropped a bombshell that is the first official poster for the film! You can view the fiery, 80’s-infused poster below, along with Patty’s tweet! Wonder Woman 1984 is scheduled to be released in theaters June 5, 2020. 

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