There has been movement on several geek feature film projects recently, and we round them up here.
Fox’s adaptation of Cullen Bunn’s supernatural thriller The Empty Man has added character actor Stephen Root (Boardwalk Empire, King of the Hill, Office Space) to the cast, Deadline is reporting. The BOOM! Studios graphic novel was written by Bunn and drawn by Vanessa Del Rey. The film stars James Badge Dale and will be produced by Ross Richie and Stephen Christy (see “BOOM! Announces John Carpenter Crossover, WWE Comics, & Movie Deal”). Root will play Arthur Parsons, a charismatic cult leader suspected of being involved with a number of disappearances.
Legendary Pictures has cast Japanese-American actor Mackenyu in Pacific Rim 2 (see “Late September Geek Film Casting Update”). Details of his role were not released. Mackenyu will be starring in the upcoming film adaptation of the anime/manga property Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures (see “Takashi Miike to Direct Live Action 'JoJo's Bizarre Adventure'”).
Donald Glover (Atlanta, Community, The Martian) has been cast as the scoundrel Lando Calrissian, alongside Alden Ehrenreich (see “Young Han Solo Cast”) in the still-untitled Han Solo Star Wars film. The film will be directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. The film is scheduled for theatrical release in May 2018 (see “Best in Shows--Q2 2018”).THR. The studio is currently in talks for the rights on the program produced by Turner Program Services and DIC Entertainment, with plans to have Jono Matt and Glen Powell (Scream Queens) write the script. The cartoon followed the adventures of five diverse teens who were given magical rings that controlled elemental forces. When they united their powers, they could summon the superhero Captain Planet. Sources told THR that the story will be a subversive take on the show, set years in the future where a washed-up Captain Planet need the Planeteers more than they need him.