Gotta catch ’em all
Well, what did you expect? Now that the Pokemon fad is blossoming in its second life as a mobile game app, Legendary Pictures is moving in to create a live-action Pokemon Go movie, says Deadline Hollywood. Millennials are filled with teary-eyed nostalgia over the animated movies from more than a decade ago. (Their parents may have tried to block those memories, though.) But this next movie should get a bigger budget and a name cast. Legendary was the studio behind last month’s $160 million “Warcraft” adaptation, which has made only about $40 million in the U.S. but 10 times that worldwide.
A Misty ‘Realm’
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Ballet star (and Kansas City native) Misty Copeland announced on Instagram that she’ll join the cast of “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms,” Disney’s live-action adaptation of the E.T.A. Hoffmann Christmas classic. Naturally, she will play the lead ballerina during the only dance sequence in this fantasy about a girl’s nutcracker toy that comes to life and leads her to a magical land of toys. Lasse Hallstrom (“What’s Eating Gilbert Grape,” “Chocolat”) will direct. Meanwhile, Copeland’s memoir, “Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina,” will be adapted into a biopic about how she became the first African-American woman to be promoted to principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre.
▪ Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years a Slave”) is in talks to play the most famous fisherman ever, the apostle Peter, in “Mary Magdalene,” says Variety. Rooney Mara plays the title role, and Joaquin Phoenix has signed on to play Jesus. The movie is due next summer.
▪ As of last weekend, “Finding Dory” is now the No. 1 film of 2016, bringing its domestic take to almost $430 million and toppling the reigning “Captain America: Civil War.”
▪ With San Diego Comic-Con starting next week, Warner Bros. isn’t being all secretive and has announced its showcase highlights, says Collider: Gal Gadot of “Wonder Woman,” Will Smith, Margot Robbie & Co for next month’s “Suicide Squad” and Eddie Redmayne and co-stars for this fall’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” So jealous.