Disney likely hoped for a better reception on announcing that its new Star Wars TV series will be helmed by Jon Favreau.
Former Batman Michael Keaton may have taken up the villain’s role in the latest Spider-Man movie, but the film’s lead actor himself also has a few bad guy roles in mind. “I would like to play Carnage because he’s a crazy, scary, horrible person,” said the 21-year-old Holland.
Disney is set to complete the circle of life once again as a live action remake of ‘The Lion King’ has been announced by the Hollywood studio. Fresh from his success of adapting ‘The Jungle Book’ earlier this year, Jon Favreau is the man tasked with bringing the hit 1994 animation right up to date, using state of the art VFX technology to tell Simba’s tale. Like ‘The Jungle Book’, this new take on Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff’s African-set adventure will be a live-action/VFX hybrid, but it’s not yet clear whether the film will retain any of the original’s musical numbers written by Elton John and Tim Rice.
Jon Favreau is an unapologetic Disney devotee. He knows the old movies backwards and forwards. His Apple Watch face is, unsurprisingly, Mickey Mouse. His fandom helped earn him the gig of directing The Jungle Book and the eye-popping photo-real film is suffused with treats for both aficionados of Uncle Walt’s classic oeuvre and film buffs in general. From visual cues and callbacks to the original 1967 classic cartoon to obscure references, Favreau’s film will reward the observant.
Disney is reopening the The Jungle Book this week. This time, director Jon Favreau’s photo-realistic animals are replacing the cartoon critters of the studio’s previous adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s stories. Earlier this month, Yahoo Movies spent some time with Favreau and several cast members — Neel Sethi (the 10-year-old newcomer who plays Mowgli), Ben Kingsley (Bagheera, the wise panther), Lupita Nyong’o (Raksha, the mother wolf), and Giancarlo Esposito (Akela, the leader of the wolf pack) — and got their exclusive first-hand insights into the creation of the film.
Garry Shandling’s sudden death last month at age 66 shocked friends and fans alike. One person particularly stung by the loss was Jon Favreau, who brought Shandling back to the screen in Iron Man 2 following the entertainer’s hiatus from acting. Favreau also recruited Shandling for what would become his final film credit: the possessive porcupine Ikki in ‘The Jungle Book,’ a film that Favreau has dedicated to his friend’s memory.
Lupita Nyong'o seemed to be in two places at once on Monday. As the Oscar winner spent the morning doing the media rounds for her voice role as the she-wolf Raksha in the Jon Favreau’s upcoming Jungle Book remake, the Internet was going crazy over an image of the actress, in the guise of her Star Wars character, Maz Kanata, appearing in a soundstage in Great Britain, where the sequel is currently filming. http://rcjohnso.tumblr.com/post/142244762595 Beamed via Star Wars: Episode VIII filmmaker Rian Johnson’s Tumblr, the photo shows standups of Maz on what appears to be a motion-capture stage. Nyong’o will be reprising her role as the sagacious space pirate in the sequel (Lucasfilm confirmed as much when Episode VIII commenced shooting); we also know she has been hanging with her co-stars recently, thanks to an image Mark Hamill posted on Twitter on Monday (also featuring a photo-bombing Oscar Isaac) that appeared to be taken from the set. Cuddling adorable Lupita-who’s seeking a little fatherly advice(as Oscar kindly provides bunny ears) #PhotoBomberPoe pic.twitter.com/JBorN3Nel0 — Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) April 4, 2016 We’re not sure when Hamill took the picture, though, since Nyong’o, along with her Jungle Book cast mates, was with Yahoo Movies to talk about her current Disney film two hours after the tweet went up.
Vince Vaughn has only one goal in the upcoming crime thriller Term Life —staying alive long enough to ensure his daughter’s future financial comfort. Vaughn plays Nick, a career thief who has finally reached the end of his lucky streak, as seen in the exclusive trailer above.