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Movie Morsels: GHOST IN THE SHELL Might Have a Lead, JUSTICE LEAGUE Eyeing Bendict Cumberbatch, THE MARTIAN Casting Rumors, and More

Sure, people may be losing there minds over the incredible films airing in Venice and Telluride right now, but for the rest of us there’s Movie Morsels, and we’re here to whet your appetite. Kicking things off today, we’ve got the latest on the long-rumored Ghost in the Shell adaptation, some more Benedict Cumberbatch casting rumors, an inside look at Big Hero 6, and more.

Ghost in the Shell

Fresh off an electrifying turn in The Wolf of Wall Street, Margot Robbie is reportedly in talks to star in a live-action English-language version of Ghost in the Shell. The film, written by Bill Wheeler, is based off of the original Masamune Shirow manga rather than the Mamoru Oshii film. Presumably, Robbie will play a version of Motoko Kusanagi, but the real question is WILL THEY STILL HAVE THE TACHIKOMA! America demands their spider tanks, damn it! [Slashfilm]

Justice League

Could Benedict Cumberbatch be joining the Justice League? The latest rumors say so. Reports are coming in that Benedict Cumberbatch is being eyed to play Martian Manhunter in Warner Bros. and DC’s Justice League flick, or a major villain role in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The star played coy on the GQ Men of the Year awards red carpet, but that seems exactly like what J’onn J’onnz would say if you ask me. [JoBlo]



In case you didn’t smell what he was cooking, The Rock confirmed yesterday that he will be playing Black Adam in Warner Bros. and DC’s Shazam film. At last, The People of Kahndaq’s Elbow will make it to the silver screen.

In other Shazam news, the president of New Line Toby Emmerich has revealed a number of other details about the production. “Shazam will have a tone unto itself,” said Emmerich. “It’s a DC Comic, but it’s not a Justice League character, and it’s not a Marvel comic. The tone and the feeling of the movie will be different from the other range of comic book movies.” Although the film has no official release date, Emmerich confirmed that screenwriter Darren Lemke will be penning the script. [EW]

Exodus: Gods and Kings

If Gladiator was any indication, Ridley Scott loves himself some lavish historical epics, and Exodus: Gods and Kings looks like it’s going to continue that grand tradition. Take a peek behind the scenes in this new featurette. [ScreenCrush]

The Martian

In other Ridley Scott news, his next project The Martian, which stars Matt Damon as an astronaut struggling to survive after being stranded on a Martian colony, is looking to add a couple of female co-stars. Jessica Chastain and Kristen Wiig are in early talks for the lead female roles. Little else is known at this time, but honestly any time Ridley Scott wants to go to outer space is just fine with us. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Big Hero 6


Are you as excited about seeing Baymax on the big screen as I am? Our own Rachel Heine went to Disney to talk with the animators behind Big Hero 6 to give you an idea of what’s coming your way this fall.

Dracula Untold

Dracula Untold to remain in its coffin for one more week, moving up from its original October 17 release date to October 10. The genre piece was set to go cape-to-tank against Brad Pitt’s war movie Fury and the Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Best of Me, as well as Birdman, Men Women & Children, and The Book of Life. Finally, ol’ Drac will have the breathing room to stretch his leathery wings. [TheWrap]


And speaking of Fury, there’s a new featurette that invites you to meet the crew of the titular tank. Starring an ensemble cast including Shia LeBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, Jason Isaacs, Jon Bernthal, and Brad Pitt, the film opens on October 17. [Collider]

Men, Women & Children

Jason Reitman’s latest film, based on the novel by Chad Kultgen, makes its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival next week and to celebrate it has a brand new poster. Starring Adam Sandler, Dean Norris, Judy Greer, and Jennifer Garner, the film follows a group of high school teens and their parents as they examine the ways in which the internet has change the way they live their lives. Worst case scenario, guys, you could just log off (after reading, of course).


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  1. Tomcat says:

    “…you could just log off…” I don’t understand this nonsense.

  2. I think there was a mistake in the Dracula Untold section. The movie is staying “in its coffin for one more week” by being released one week earlier?