Weekly News Roundup: Jordan Peele's Next Film, 'Paddington 3' and more

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Matt Lissauer

By Matt Lissauer

Jordan Peele on the set of "Get Out."

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Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer to Star in Jordan Peele's Untitled Universal Project - Jordan Peele's next horror film is starting to take shape. Daniel Kaluuya, who is currently enjoying awards consideration for his portrayal of activist Fred Hampton in "Judas and the Black Messiah," is on deck to star, thereby re-teaming him with his former "Get Out" director. Keke Palmer ("Hustlers") will co-star. Lips are tight on any sort of plot information, but Peele has been making a name for himself beyond his comedy roots, with his blend of horror and social commentary, directing the aforementioned "Get Out" and 2019's "Us," while also producing the upcoming "Candyman" reboot. Peele's still yet to be titled thriller is slated to bow in theaters next summer 2022. (Deadline)

Disney's 'Cruella' Trailer Reminds Fans of 'Joker' and Harley Quinn - Disney may have all the Marvel movies, but the two comic book characters that fans see when they watch the new "Cruella" trailer are villains from the pages of DC Comics. Disney's "Cruella" will be an origin story for Cruella de Vil, the villainess from "One Hundred and One Dalmatians," charting her rise in the fashion world and how she developed her taste for black spotted fur. While we're keen on the Glenn Close version from the 90s, this take is something different, with Emma Stone taking the lead. The trailer features a voice over from Stone, doing her best conniving English accent. She explains her state of mind over scenes of her doing what it takes to make her rise. Sound familiar? Disney previously gave some heart to "Sleeping Beauty" villainess Maleficent, but this seems more on the nose and fans can't help but draw direct comparisons to both Joaquin Phoenix's Arthur Fleck from "Joker" and Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn, mainly from "Birds of Prey." Whether it's a clever nod or a failure at trying something different in tone, we'll have to wait and see. "Cruella" will stream on Disney+ in May. You can read more of our trailer analysis here. (Movieweb, Noovie)

'Paddington 3' Is in the Works - After two critically acclaimed entries, U.K. distributor Studiocanal confirmed that it's working on a third "Paddington" film. This comes after the star of the previous entries, Hugh Bonneville, mentioned that there was "forward momentum" happening on a third film in a recent interview with the BBC. The first two "Paddington" movies have been critical and financial successes on both sides of the pond, however the sequel faced some trouble when its original U.S. distributor, The Weinstein Company, went bankrupt following the implosion of disgraced studio head Harvey Weinstein. It was later picked up by Warner Bros for State-side distribution. There is no word if WB will be assisting here just yet, as both the studio and the original "Paddington" director Paul King, are currently collaborating on the Willy Wonka prequel film, "Wonka," which is currently slated for a March 2023 release. (Variety, Noovie)

Regina King to Play Shirley Chisholm, First African American Congresswoman and Presidential Candidate - It's been a big year for Regina King, as her directorial debut, "One Night in Miami" (now streaming on Amazon) has been garnering lots of award attention, including a Critics Choice and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Director. Not to mention, of course, her Emmy win for HBO's "Watchmen." Coming off of such a year is tough, but King will be following it all up with the lead role in John Ridley's upcoming Shirley Chisholm biopic, "Shirley." Ridley will direct from his script, which follows the pioneering politician as she embarks on her 1972 presidential campaign. Interestingly, this isn't the only Chisholm feature in the works, as "Black Panther" star Danai Gurira is also set to lead a similar, yet unrelated project. (Screen Daily)

Daisy Ridley's Next Project - "Star Wars" star Daisy Ridley will soon be back on the big screen in the upcoming sci-fi thriller "Chaos Walking," but after that she'll be stepping away from sci-fi for a bit, as she takes the lead in Neil Burger's next thriller "The Marsh King's Daughter." Based on Karen Dionne's novel, the film centers on Helena (Ridley), who leads a seemingly normal life, but deep down harbors a dark secret -- that her dad was the infamous "Marsh King," who kept her and her mother hidden away in the wilderness for years. Her past catches up with her, when it's learned that her dad escaped prison. "The Marsh King's Daughter" is expected to start filming in Canada this summer. (Deadline, /Film)

Apple and Skydance Ink Deal, Acquires 'Luck' and 'Spellbound' for Apple TV+ - Apple and Skydance Animation have come together for a distribution deal that will give Apple first dibs on upcoming Skydance feature films and shows. Through the deal Apple picked up "Luck" and "Spellbound," two animated features that were originally slated for theatrical release by Paramount, before they were pulled from the calendar through ongoing pandemic-related release date shifts. Apple has been making a name for themselves in the streaming world as they beef up original content for their streaming service Apple TV+. On top of award winning shows like "The Morning Show," Apple recently made a landmark deal, acquiring top Sundance winner "CODA" for $25 million. Their recently released original animated film, "Wolfwalkers," a collaboration with GKIDS, is nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature, and will likely be up for an Oscar. (The Hollywood Reporter, Noovie)

'Halloween Kills' May Head to Streaming - Even though it will go against the best wishes of producer and "Halloween" creator John Carpenter, there's a growing possibility that Universal's upcoming slasher sequel "Halloween Kills" might head straight to streaming. Describing the dilemma to NME, Carpenter laments that "theaters are dead," and streaming might be the only way "Halloween Kills" reaches the masses in this new reality. Of course, many things can change from now until its expected October release, especially if enough of the population is inoculated by the end of the summer. Carpenter did have high praise for David Gordon Green's upcoming sequel, calling it "the ultimate slasher movie" and "'Halloween' on steroids." Read NME's full interview with Carpenter here. (Movieweb, NME)

DOJ Nabs Three North Koreans for Sony Pictures Hack - The Department of Justice, on Wednesday, indicted three North Koreans for their role in executing the 2014 Sony Pictures hack and other financial crimes. Working with North Korean military intelligence as a part of the Reconnaissance General Bureau, the three individuals are said to have conspired "to extort and steal more than $1.3 billion in cash and cryptocurrency from around the world," The Wrap reports. A Canadian-American citizen had also pleaded guilty to helping the North Korean hackers. (The Wrap)

Matt Lissauer

Matt Lissauer is a writer & data manager for Noovie. When he is not busy writing listicles, Matt is enjoying life in New Jersey with his lovely wife and three kids.

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