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Motherless Brooklyn Trailer Has Edward Norton Back In A Starring Role

Edward Norton has had a long and successful career as an actor, accruing three Oscar nominations along the way. But it’s been a few years since we’ve seen the 50 year-old actor on the screen in a leading role. While he recently had a surprise cameo in Alita: Battle Angel and voiced Rex in Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs, it’s been a few years since Norton was able to take center stage onscreen. But that’ll change with his upcoming crime drama Motherless Brooklyn.

Motherless Brooklyn is based off the novel of the same name, and follows a 1950s private investigator who has Tourette Syndrome. The upcoming movie has a killer cast, lead by none other than Ed Norton himself. Aside from that, he also produced and directed the upcoming project, his second directorial venture. The first trailer for Motherless Brooklyn just arrived, check it out below.

Pretty cool right? Edward Norton has assembled a killer cast, and the concept of Motherless Brooklyn looks like it’ll be a thrilling take on the mob movie genre.

The trailer opens on Edward Norton’s character Lionel Essrog, who is narrating the first footage from the film. We’re introduced to Lionel as a character, as he reveals his Tourette Syndrome diagnosis. The audience is shown some of the tics that he’s subject to as a result of the disease, which are both physical and verbal.

But Lionel’s life with Tourette’s isn’t necessarily the main subject of the movie. Instead, it’s a dark crime drama, with the protagonist getting involved in a dangerous investigation. Everything gets kickstarted when Bruce Willis’ Frank Minna enters the scene. Frank is a P.I. who was a mentor to Ed Norton’s character. But he uncovers something dangerous and mob related, and is promptly killed (spoiler alert).

Motherless Brooklyn will follow this hunt for the truth, and the trailer hints that there will be plenty of shocking twists and turns in the upcoming drama. Just what Frank learned before his death is unclear, but it was enough to get him killed for it. Lionel’s investigation puts him in danger as well, and will put the character in contact with the rest of the upcoming film’s stellar cast.

This quest eventually finds Lionel meeting a woman named Laura Rose, played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Black Mirror, Beauty and the Beast). She’s somehow linked to Frank’s death, although the film’s protagonist is shown having more than just professional feelings for her. This should make his mission all the more confusing, especially as he also gets involved with Alec Baldwin’s Moses Randolph.

Moses Randolph appears to be a morally corrupt man, who is trying to gain as much power and influence as possible in New York City. Baldwin’s performance has already shone through in the trailer, and he’s one of many A-listers to be apart of Motherless Brooklyn. Also filling out the cast are Willem Dafoe, Bobby Cannavale, Leslie Mann, and Cherry Jones.

Edward Norton’s upcoming movie is set to arrive in theaters on November 1, 2019, after premiering at the Toronto Film Festival. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

ReelBlend #81: John Travolta Stories And The Peanut Butter Falcon Interviews

Do you know how long John Travolta has been a professional, working actor? Some might guess 20 years, as they only remember his career resurgence that started with Pulp Fiction. Others who remember all the way back to Grease and Saturday Night Fever might guess 30 to 35 years.

Impressive, and still not even close.

Travolta has been entertaining audiences for just shy of 50 years as a professional actor, singer and dancer. His career has been staggering, and while he has been in a rut as of late, his newest film The Fanatic is an intriguing stare into the mirror of celebrity.

Travolta went on a national press tour to promote The Fanatic recently, and both Kevin McCarthy and Jake Hamilton got him. They share their stories of interviewing Travolta in this week’s ReelBlend episode.

Before they get to their Travolta stories, the ReelBlend boys tackle the news of the week, and damn, did they have some doozies. Spider-Man is leaving the MCU (for now), sending Sean into an outrage. The Matrix 4 has been confirmed, and the guys have thoughts. And the new Bond film has an official title.

Oh, and after raving about The Peanut Butter Falcon last week, Sean brings his interview with co-directors Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz to the show!

Yeah, this one is jam packed.

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Why Angel Has Fallen Reminds Gerard Butler Of A Bourne Movie

Every generation has an action hero they can call their own. Whether it be Bruce Willis’ John McClane in the Die Hard films, Jason Statham as The Transporter‘s eponymous her or Keanu Reeves’ John Wick. Each star brings their own badassery to each franchise as audiences watch them cleverly work through their unique and dangerous situations and take down the threats on their tails. This weekend, Gerard Butler’s Secret Service Agent Mike Banning is back for Angel Has Fallen, and word is the new release has a good ‘ol classic action movie feel to it.

CinemaBlend’s own Jeff McCobb recently sat down with the Angel Has Fallen star to discuss what other action movies reminds him of the threequel. Check it out:

While moviegoers may liken Angel Has Fallen to decades-old action films such as The Fugitive, Gerard Butler also points out his new film has some similarities to the Matt Damon-led Bourne franchise and 1993’s Superman III. Since in Angel Has Fallen, Butler’s character is framed for an attack on Morgan Freeman’s President Allan Trumbull, he is left to his own devices to uncover the true threat to the president without the help of the Secret Service.

The Bourne movies always has Jason at odds with just about every party he could think of. He had to be paranoid to survive, and sometimes the good guys were the bad guys, and vice versa. In our interview, Gerard Butler explains how Mike Banning has to use his own tricks against everyone he’s at odds with too.

Gerard Butler also threw it back to Christopher Reeves’ third Superman film when comparing Angel Has Fallen. In the ‘80s film, Superman is exposed to synthetic Kryptonite laced with tar thanks to Richard Pryor’s Gus Gorman, which splits him into two: good-natured Clark Kent and an evil Superman. When the hero becomes a villain overnight and must grapple with the public’s sudden mistrust in him. Banning deals with this as well, since he goes from being a trusted agent to Public Enemy No. 1.

The actor also explained that while Angel Has Fallen may remind viewers of some other movies of its genre, it doesn’t rip off any of them and is its own story. He also teased that the movie tackles with relatable themes to today’s world and what those who have jobs in the service must go through in their careers. Gerard Butler closed out his response by talking about how the story offers up a ton more action because it’s not just Banning against the bad guys; everyone is after him this time around.

How Tom Holland’s Spider-Man Can Exist In The MCU Without The Sony And Marvel Deal

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The MCU has only just begun its Phase 4 journey in a post-Avengers: Endgame world, and already there’s one big problem to address. By now, many are well aware of the breakdown in negotiations between Marvel and Sony about financing future Spider-Man solo films, and talks devolved to the point where the agreement to share the webslinger is off at the moment.

It’s a devastating blow for both studios, as well as Tom Holland, Zendaya, and just about every Marvel fan who’s been thrilled about this version of Spider-Man since his first appearance in Captain America: Civil War. It’s worth mentioning that cooler heads may prevail, and that Marvel and Sony may eventually negotiate Spider-Man back into the MCU. At the moment though, Sony will have to go into its next Spider-Man film using only the characters it holds the rights to, without mentioning the MCU in any way.

That means no Nick Fury, no mentions of Tony Stark, and certainly no other memorable Marvel heroes. So, how the hell can Sony hope to tell the next chapter of its cinematic Spider-Man? Reboots (unfortunately) are always an option, although there is a way that Tom Holland’s Spider-Man can remain tied to Marvel’s MCU, even if he isn’t specifically seen again in MCU projects. It’ll just take a bit of creativity on Sony’s part, which it should be able to pull off with or without Kevin Feige.

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How Sony Could Distance Tom Holland’s Spider-Man From The MCU While Still Remaining Connected

Let’s take a minute to revisit the ending of Spider-Man: Far From Home, spoilers included. In the final minutes of the movie, we see that Nick Fury and Maria Hill were actually Skrulls in disguise named Talos and Soren, that the real Nick Fury is in outer space, and that Mysterio leaked Peter’s identity as Spider-Man to media mogul J. Jonah Jameson as a contingency plan following his failed revenge.

Peter’s oblivious to the whole Skrull thing, but even if he wasn’t, his immediate future tracks with the hero stepping away from the MCU for a hot minute. After all, Peter’s been exposed as Spider-Man, and will have to go underground to figure out a way to protect all his loved ones from being harmed by Spidey’s most vengeful villains.. Long story short, he should be way too busy to pal around with any heroes for a while.

Now, if Tom Holland’s Spider-Man was still a part of the MCU, this situation would’ve been easier. Tony Stark left Peter a lot of resources to ensure he’s well off and capable of handling even the biggest threats in his life, so even having his identity exposed wouldn’t have been as big of a deal as it may have seemed at the time. Peter could just own it like Tony did, and maybe get some of that swagger and confidence Stark had that he completely lacks now.

So, how does Sony fix this? Well, let’s not forget that Peter was also branded as the orchestrator of the Elemental attacks by Mysterio and J. Jonah Jameson. Getting charged with a felony will typically freeze one’s assets pretty quick, especially if the accused isn’t going to simply turn himself in to post bond and face trial at a later date. Something tells us the third Spider-Man film wasn’t going to be an intense courtroom drama, so I’m assuming Spidey will try and exonerate himself.

Let’s also remember that Sony has established the expansive Spider-verse within its own brand, so the studio could leave Holland’s Spider-Man in a holding pattern while it jumps over to feature a Spider-Man on another Earth. It seems like a crazy direction to head in, and it’s probably ill-advised given the world really wants a direct follow up to Spider-Man: Far From Home, but crazier things have happened.

Both scenarios seem like very doable plans for Sony, especially when it has such a deep lineup of Spider-Man characters to help spice up any future films. With that said, it’s all down to whether Sony wants to maintain that illusion, and whether or not Marvel Studios will try to burn it down within its own MCU. For example, what if Marvel chose to write out Spider-Man with some tongue-in-cheek manner – “That web-head in New York,” for instance – without directly referencing or showing the character? Kind of hard and pointless to maintain the illusion at that point.

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Why Marvel Would Want To Maintain The Illusion Of Spider-Man In The MCU

Disney has a lot of popular MCU heroes it can fall back on, but let’s be honest, Spider-Man is not only one of the franchise’s biggest characters, but also Marvel’s most popular character in general. It’s possible, although not a sure thing, that Marvel had more plans for Peter coming up in the MCU, especially considering how meticulously Marvel Studios plots out its phases in advance.

We really have no idea what plans the MCU had for Tom Holland’s Spider-Man, but imagine what scripts would be affected if he was already slated to appear in one of the upcoming titles Marvel announced so far? Things would need to be re-written and plans would need to be changed. It all could turn into a pretty expensive endeavor overall for Disney, jeopardizing any plans it may have started with Spider-Man: Far From Home.

Could Disney absorb the loss of Spider-man fix it? Of course it can. The company has money for days, and works with some of the brightest minds in Hollywood. With that said, one would think Disney execs would much rather work out a deal with Sony in order to keep one of the MCU’s only remaining New York-based heroes active within its roster.

Again, this is all speculative, and one would think if Marvel was willing to walk away without a deal then it may not have been planning too much for Tom Holland’s Spider-Man going forward. That’s a real shame considering he’s one of the youngest talents in the bunch that could’ve served as a common link between the old and new Marvel generations a decade from now. That assumes the MCU itself will last until 2030, which feels like a safe bet.

We can only speak for now, and from a viewer’s perspective, but Marvel gave Peter Parker a pretty sizable role in Avengers: Infinity War, and seemed to establish him as the Stark heir in Spider-Man: Far From Home. Thus, it’s hard to believe a character like that is actually so expendable in the MCU, which may be why it’s being stressed that the negotiations between Sony and Marvel are ongoing. Both sides want a resolution, but for now, this holding pattern might take a few years before Peter gets looped back in.

Will Sony and Marvel come to terms and share Spider-Man again? Jeremy Renner is trying to make it happen, but readers should continue to stick with CinemaBlend for updates in case those efforts don’t pan out.

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The Russo Brothers Share Endgame Video Of Chris Evans Fooling Around As Old Man Cap

There’s nothing like another behind-the-scenes Avengers: Endgame moment to make light of some of the most epic and emotional sequences of the summer blockbuster! The Russo Brothers have shared a hilarious video of Chris Evans’ Old Man Captain America strutting around by the park bench like it’s 1945. Here it is:

Not too shabby for a retired Avenger, eh? In the Twitter post, the Endgame directors quipped about how Old Man Cap looks spry enough to be placed on Fantasy draft as he’s seen throwing around some rocks and putting on his game face in-between the filming of perhaps his character’s final scene in the franchise.

Following Iron Man’s sacrifice that killed off Thanos, Endgame gave fans a more happy ending for Steve Rogers, who was tasked with going back in time to return the Infinity Stones the team nabbed during the Time Heist. Minutes after he goes off on his mission back in time, Falcon finds Rogers sitting on a bench as an old man, where its revealed he lived out a full life with Peggy Carter.

It’s always fun to see a peak into what antics that happened in between the iconic scenes of Endgame and this video shows Chris Evans was having a blast portraying Old Man Cap on set, making a bit of fun of how capable he is, despite the frailty he projects on screen for the sequence.

Marvel recently released these side-by-side shots of the character in the scene and after visual effects were added to age his face. Check it out:

Chris Evans did wear some makeup for the scene, sporting grey hair, some wrinkles and prosthetics on his neck. The VFX heightened the look by thinning out his face a bit and adding it more details to his old age. Pretty amazing, right?

We do have to wonder that since this Captain America is alive, if he’ll ever make any more appearances in future MCU projects. Hayley Atwell’s Peggy Carter reappeared as an older woman in Winter Soldier and her funeral was shown in Civil War. Not to mention that awkward lingering question about how Steve’s brief relationship with Sharon Carter played into his marriage with her aunt Peggy.

Even still, if Chris Evans sitting on a bench as Old Man Cap is the last we’ll ever see of the hero, it was an incredibly satisfying end to his time as the iconic hero.

5 Things We Need To See In The Matrix 4

Neo stopping bullets in midair

A continuation, reboot or spinoff of The Matrix has been rumored for years, but now it’s finally happening. The Matrix 4 is officially in development, with Lana Wachowski set to write and direct, and Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss returning to star as Neo and Trinity, respectively.

The Matrix is an iconic and immeasurably influential piece of cinema that remains incredible in 2019, as it celebrates its 20th anniversary. Despite the way the sequels, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, are viewed now, fans are still excited to see what The Matrix 4 will bring. With some of the original team in front of and behind the camera returning, there is hope that it can capture the magic of the 1999 classic.

So with that in mind, now that The Matrix 4 is on the way, what do we want from it? Here are five things we need to see in The Matrix 4.

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Answers To Big, Lingering Questions

The Matrix and its sequels left audiences with quite a few lingering questions, and with any luck, some of those will be addressed in The Matrix 4. Before that happens though, we’ll first need to know how Neo and especially how Trinity are back in this fourthquel after their deaths in The Matrix Revolutions. The nature and role of The One has a built-in possible reason for Neo’s return, but there will have to be another explanation for Trinity.

Those are just the starting points because we will also need to know about what’s going on in the film’s world. What happened to Morpheus after his mission was completed? What happened to the rogue programs inside the Matrix? How did Neo’s powers work in the real world? Did the peace between humans and machines last and are there any humans still enslaved in the Matrix? If not, what are the machines using as a power source? There’s a lot to dig into and no doubt The Matrix 4 will introduce even more compelling questions.

Neo preparing to fight

Amazing Fight Scenes

This one is obvious and a given, but it still deserves to be said. For The Matrix, legendary martial arts choreographer Yuen Woo-Ping crafted iconic fight scenes that were like nothing most Western audiences had ever seen before. These fight scenes changed our perspective on what was possible, influenced movie fights for years to come and they still look awesome to this day. The Matrix 4 needs to repeat that feat, and it will release in a marketplace that it helped shape, but one that has evolved in its absence.

Lana Wachowski’s film will play before audiences that have seen the John Wick franchise and The Raid films. This is not to say The Matrix 4’s fights should emulate the choreography of these films and abandon the franchise’s kung-fu style, but they should still wow us and show us something new, that’s different from what else is out there. If we can get some fight scenes that match or top the Neo vs. Smith subway fight in The Matrix and the Burly Brawl from The Matrix Reloaded, it will be a success on this front.

Trinity seeing the sun for the first time

More Of The World Outside The Matrix

In The Matrix trilogy, we learn that the world is essentially a wasteland, and the last remnants of humanity take refuge in the underground sanctuary city of Zion. And for the most part, the events of the trilogy take place in Zion, on the way to the Machine City and within the Matrix. With this new film, it’s time that we finally see more of the surface and what else is going on in the world outside of the Matrix.

Are the skies still blackened? Maybe the world is completely dead, but what if there are other human cities hidden on other parts of the planet? We don’t know how long after The Matrix Revolutions this new film will take place and what the status of the world is, but one of the things we expect in sequels is to see something different and go to new places, and The Matrix 4 is a good opportunity to do that.

Agent Smith explaining purpose to Neo

A Villain Other Than Smith

At the end of The Matrix, Neo, with his newfound powers as The One, jumps into Hugo Weaving’s Agent Smith and destroys him. So it came as quite the surprise to see this villain return in the sequels and turn out to be the final boss of the entire trilogy. We don’t yet know if Hugo Weaving will return for The Matrix 4, but given that Neo and Trinity were both dead at the end of The Matrix Revolutions, alongside Agent Smith, it seems possible he could.

However, if Smith is a part of Matrix 4, he shouldn’t be the big bad. We’ve already had three Matrix movies with Smith as the main villain, and to give us something new and fresh, The Matrix 4 should go in another direction. If the machines are still the enemy, it would be cool to see what else they have to throw at Neo & Co. other than your standard agents. Or maybe the enemy is human this time around. Hugo Weaving’s character could return in some capacity, but we’d like to see the heroes facing off with someone else in this sequel.

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Mythology And Philosophy

The mythology of The Matrix films got quite unwieldy with the sequels and some may think it’s a lost cause at this point, but I’d still like to see what The Matrix 4 can do with it. Not all of the characters and concepts that make up the mythology work, but the Matrix 4 shouldn’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. Anyone who has seen The Animatrix knows there are some great concepts waiting to be explored. Whether it’s streamlining that mythology or expanding the lore and introducing interesting new elements, The Matrix 4 has the opportunity to do some cool things.

The Matrix trilogy is also known for its social commentary and deep philosophical questions. It is amazing how prescient these films were about society and technology, from A.I. to virtual reality to surveillance and our concepts of freedom. The Matrix 4 will hopefully continue this trend and offer some insightful commentary about the relationship between humanity and technology in our modern age and force us to ask ourselves difficult new questions. The Matrix wasn’t just great action, it were these deeper themes that made it what it was.

Despite having seen three films in the franchise, it’s difficult to know what to expect or what we even want from The Matrix 4, but these things seem like a good place to start. What we want most of all is to have that feeling we had after we first saw the original Matrix for the first time, that we had just witnessed something new, bold and groundbreaking; a surreal experience that messed with our heads and opened our eyes.

I imagine that’s not easy to replicate, but I look forward to seeing if Lana Wachowski can catch lightning in a bottle once again.

The Matrix 4 is expected to start shooting early next year. For movies still to come this year, check out our premiere guide and let us know what you want to see from The Matrix 4 in the comments below.

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Why Doctor Sleep Is Rated R

Sounds about right indeed. With the kind of material Mike Flanagan shared on Twitter, it’s highly unlikely Doctor Sleep could have gotten away with a PG-13 rating. Few film adaptations of Stephen King’s work do (the most recent one was The Dark Tower, and King believes that was a reason it suffered at the box office). An R rating is a better fit.

So the younger moviegoers will need a parent to accompany them or wait for Doctor Sleep on home media. For everyone else, you won’t have to worry about the movie shying away from the intensity and frightening imagery included in the original book. And Doctor Sleep shouldn’t have any trouble drawing crowds, as it’s arguably the biggest movie in a domestic opening weekend that includes Playing with Fire, Last Christmas and Honey Boy.

Published in 2013, Doctor Sleep is the sequel to Stephen King 1977 novel The Shining, which followed writer Jack Torrance and his family moving into the Overlook Hotel, where Jack subsequently falls into madness due to the supernatural forces that occupy the building and his son Danny displays his own psychic abilities.

The R-rated Doctor Sleep picks back up with Danny Torrance approximately four decades after being traumatized as a child during his time at the Overlook Hotel. Danny has finally managed to find some semblance of peace, but his life is thrown for a loop again when he meets a young girl named Abra who has powers similar to his and must protect her from The True Knot, a group led by the merciless Rose the Hat who want to use Abra for their nefarious goals.

Along with Ewan McGregor bringing the adult Danny Torrance to life, Doctor Sleep’s cast includes Kyliegh Curran as Abra, Rebecca Ferguson as Rose the Hat and Carl Lumbly as Dick Halloran, the former cook of the Overlook Hotel who was played by Scotsman Crothers in The Shining.

Doctor Sleep opens in theaters on November 8, so keep checking back at CinemaBlend for more coverage. In the meantime, don’t forget to browse through our 2019 release schedule to learn what other movies are opening later this year.

The Little Mermaid Remake Has A Big Problem Nobody Has Noticed

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Walt Disney Studios loves its remakes. Re-imaginings of classic animated films have become a major segment of Disney’s box office, right up there with Marvel movies and Star Wars movies. This year alone, we’ve seen Dumbo, Aladdin and The Lion King, and two of those three have made a billion dollars at the box office. It’s no wonder that Disney is already fast-tracking another Disney Renaissance animated film with The Little Mermaid. However, I think there is one potential issue with the Little Mermaid remake that nobody has quite considered. Two of the film’s characters, Sebastian and Flounder, could be problematic.

Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book was a massive hit. The movie used CGI animation to create photo-realistic animals for the human character Mowgli to interact with. We saw bears, panthers, orangutans and snakes, and for the most part, they looked like the real thing except that they talked.

The Lion King took that to another level. This movie had no human characters whatever, and while the movie had some issues, pretty much everybody agreed that it was a visually stunning spectacle.

The thing is that all of these animals have something in common. They have faces that more or less approximate a human face. Most importantly, they have front-facing eyes. If you look at a classic Disney animated film, you’ll see that the eyes are incredibly important. They are the things that we connect with that allow us to feel for the characters that we’re watching on screen.

In an animated Disney movies, animals get stylized so that even animals that don’t have human-like faces end up with something fairly similar to that. When your main animal characters are bears or lions, you don’t have to do a great deal to make humans empathize, but that’s not going to be the case with The Little Mermaid.

Just what are Sebastian and Flounder going to look like as photo-realistic animated characters?

The two major animal characters in The Little Mermaid are a flounder and a crab. If we assume that the plan is for these characters to look like actual animals, then we’re going to get something very different than what we’re used to after watching The Lion King. Is Flounder going to look like an actual flounder because, to be honest, flounders are not a particularly attractive looking animal even among fish. The same goes for crabs; these animals don’t have eyes or mouths that are anywhere close to something humans could relate to.

A Sebastian the crab who looks like an actual crab doesn’t have eyes that a human viewer is going to be able to even see. A flounder that looks like a flounder is going to have the same problem with Moana had when she met Tamatoa: “Pick an eye, babe.”

While The Lion King was widely praised, and rightly so, for its photo-realistic visuals because of how truly real those animals did appear, the movie also took some heat because those visuals were so realistic that the animals were largely unable to emote in any way. If anything, those problems are somewhat reduced by the fact that lions have faces that are constructed in a similar design to that of a human face. If a lack of emotional connection In The Lion King was a problem, it’s going to be that much bigger of a problem when you are dealing with animals that look nothing like humans.

The alternative would be to make something that’s a little more stylized, but at that point, we’re dealing even less with a live-action remake. If Flounder and Sebastian don’t look like their real-life counterparts, then the movie doesn’t feel like it’s real, which is the whole point of making these live-action remakes in the first place.

We have yet to see any significant sea creatures done in this photo-realistic style of The Jungle Book or The Lion King. Sea life just looks different than mammals or birds. If Scuttle is a character, he will probably be fine since Zazu worked out well enough in The Lion King. Flounder and Sebastian are something else.

Of course, that assumes that these characters even appear in the movie. An early rumor indicated that Jacob Trembly was in talks to voice Flounder for the live action Little Mermaid remake, but we haven’t heard much about that since. And nothing has been said about a voice actor playing Sebastian. It’s possible that Disney’s way around this issue is to remove the characters from the film. Or alternatively, change them drastically. Iago was technically a character in the Aladdin remake, but he was a bit more bird and a bit less human than he was in the animated original.

Of course, removing them causes problems of its own. Sebastian is a major musical force in The Little Mermaid. He sings two of the movies biggest songs, “Under the Sea” and “Kiss the Girl.” The movie could probably get away with not having Flounder in it, but not having Sebastian seems essentially impossible. Every indication is that The Little Mermaid is going to be a full musical remake in the vein of Beauty and the Beast or Aladdin, and you simply can’t do that without Sebastian.

And speaking of “Under the Sea,” just how do you make this happen using CGI fish that look like actual fish?

Clearly if The Little Mermaid is in the casting stages, these questions have already been dealt with by Disney. It’s either figured out a way for the story to work without these characters or figured out a way for these characters to work. It will probably be sometime before we hear anything about that, but rest assured, there are probably digital effects artists whose entire job is going to be figuring this out.

I for one am certainly very curious to see what the solution to this is. If somehow Disney can make these animals look like their real life counterparts and still make them feel like characters in a Disney movie, it’s going to take that photo-realistic CGI of The Lion King to a whole new level. I’m sure in the end Disney will find some way that works well enough that those people looking forward to seeing the magic of The Little Mermaid in live-action won’t be terribly disappointed.

Keep checking back with CinemaBlend for more updates about The Little Mermaid remake, including when it will be released in theaters.

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Brie Larson Lifted Thor’s Hammer, And Natalie Portman Had The Perfect Response

Thor’s Hammer Mjolnir isn’t just a weapon of immense power, it’s also a good, if imperfect judge of character. To date, only a few characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe have proven capable of wielding it, Thor, Odin, the Goddess of Death Hela, who was its original wielder, and in a crowd-pleasing moment in Avengers: Endgame, Captain America. Now one of the Avengers’ heaviest hitters Captain Marvel herself, Brie Larson has lifted Thor’s hammer. Check it out:

Man, Mjolnir is really getting around these days. It seems that Captain Marvel is worthy to lift the dwarf-forged, enchanted war hammer, even if she’s so powerful she doesn’t really need it most of the time. Still, Brie Larson seems quite pleased with herself for having lifted what so many other Avengers failed to in Avengers: Age of Ultron. If this picture is any indication, lifting Mjolnir didn’t require much effort either.

Although she doesn’t want to be that person, the Captain Marvel actress can’t help but deliver an ‘I told you so’ to whoever the naysayers were that thought she couldn’t lift it. My guess is it was probably Rocket who doubted her, or maybe Thor himself, the two of them did have a bit of a standoff at the beginning of Avengers: Endgame.

Brie Larson’s expression in her Instagram picture is perfect too, and very much what we would expect from Carol Danvers. She is simultaneously smug that she lifted Mjolnir, but is also giving it a look of skepticism and almost disappointment, like ‘That’s it?’

The actress better be careful though, just because she’s worthy doesn’t mean that Mjolnir belongs to her. The hammer belongs to Thor, or to be more specific, Mighty Thor Jane Foster who will take up the mantle in the Phase 4 film Thor: Love and Thunder (Will she wield Mjolnir or Stormbreaker?). Jane Foster herself Natalie Portman took notice of Brie Larson’s post and had the perfect response:

Natalie Portman respects the physique of her MCU co-star, but she’s putting Captain Marvel on notice that Mjolnir has an owner so she better be careful with it and show it the proper respect. The future Mighty Thor held Mjolnir at Comic-Con when Thor: Love and Thunder and her return as Jane Foster were announced and she said to remember that image for when she gets jacked. So Brie Larson won’t be the only one rocking superhero muscles before long.

Now the question is, will we ever see these two onscreen together? It seems unlikely to happen in Thor: Love and Thunder but we don’t know for sure what Phase 4 and Phase 5 will build to. Presuming it’s some sort of crossover/team-up film, maybe these two will get to meet onscreen at some point.

Thor: Love and Thunder opens in theaters on November 5, 2021. Assuming you want to see some movies before then, you can check out the rest of what’s coming out this year in our premiere guide.

Tom Holland’s Uncharted Movie Has Lost Its Director

No reason was provided for why for why Dan Trachtenberg is no longer working on Uncharted, but according to Deadline, Sony is moving quickly to find his replacement for the adaptation of the same-named video game property by summer’s end. The outlet also noted that filming is still scheduled to begin early next year, and that the Uncharted movie is now set to be the first feature production under Sony Playstation Productions, which makes sense given its roots.

Dan Trachtenberg, whose directorial credits include 10 Cloverfield Lane and the pilot episode of Amazon’s The Boys, is just the latest director to walk away from Uncharted. Shawn Levy was Trachtenberg’s predecessor on the project, and before him, folks like David O. Russell and Neil Burger were being primed to sit in the director’s chair. Jonathan Rosenberg and Mark Walker penned the latest draft of the script.

With all the setbacks Uncharted has dealt with, I’m reminded of The Crow reboot, which has also been repeatedly delated and which Sony acquired in 2017. There’s been no major updates on The Crow since May 2018, when director Corin Hardy and star Jason Momoa exited, so I’ll be curious to see if Sony has better luck getting Uncharted off the ground or if it will also keep languishing in development hell.

Rather than directly adapt the first Uncharted game, the Uncharted movie will depict its protagonist, Nathan Drake, as a younger man and how he grows into the treasure hunter fans know him best as, hence why Tom Holland was cast. No other casting announcements have been made yet (Holland was announced in 2017), but assuming Sony’s able to find a new director and stick to the schedule, we should hear about other actors in the coming months.

Uncharted is Tom Holland’s fourth movie scheduled to come out next year. He’ll kick off 2020 with Dolittle (previously known as The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle), then we’ll hear his voice a couple months later in Pixar’s Onward, and then the long-awaited Chaos Walking is set to arrive sometime later that year. Holland is also starring in Antônio Campos’ The Devil All the Time alongside fellow MCU vet Sebastian Stan, Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska, though it hasn’t been dated yet.

As things stand now, Uncharted is still scheduled for release on December 18, 2020, the same weekend that Dune, the West Side Story remake and Coming 2 America are coming out. Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for more updates on Uncharted, and be sure to keep track of what else is coming out for the rest of this year in our 2019 release schedule.