As Paul Rudd prepares to return to hometown KC for this month’s annual Big Slick Celebrity Weekend comes news that he’s getting a new co-star for his “Ant-Man” sequel. In the first big casting news for “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” Hannah John-Kamen will take on a new role — Marvel isn’t saying what, reports Variety. But Rudd knows; he’s co-writing the script. John-Kamen has appeared on TV’s “Black Mirror” and “Game of Thrones” but is revving up for Hollywood stardom with the “Tomb Raider” remake and Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One.” Rudd’s co-stars from the first movie — Evangeline “The Wasp” Lilly, Michael Douglas, Michael Pena and fellow Kansas Citian David Dastmalchian — will be back, along with director Peyton Reed. The movie is due in July 2018.
And now for news about our other favorite superhero, Wonder Woman. November’s “Justice League” will include more of Gal Gadot’s Diana and her mom, Connie Nielsen’s Queen Hippolyta. “The mother and daughter relationship is always a beautiful but complex relationship. I think that there’s a lot more to explore,” Gadot told the Los Angeles Times. And we’ll see flashbacks of those warrior Amazonians, including Diana’s aunt, Gen. Antiope (Robin Wright). Nielsen said she and Wright “got to do more in ‘Justice League’ as well. As sisters as well. Kind of badass as well.” “Wonder Woman” opened last weekend with $103 million, a record for a film directed by a woman (Patty Jenkins of Lawrence).
Looking to the future
▪ Hanna-Barbera’s family of the future, “The Jetsons,” will get their own animated movie, Warner Bros. announced. “Sausage Party” co-director Conrad Vernon is developing, says Variety.
▪ The Mummy herself, Sofia Boutella, has signed on for HBO’s “Fahrenheit 451” remake, says Variety, joining Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon in Ray Bradbury’s strange future.