Weekly Round Up: Hayek, Rudd, Cavill

Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek, Paul Rudd, Henry Cavill…

I’ve spoken already in previous weekly roundups about how God damn excited I am for the Edgard Wright directed psychological horror/thriller Last Night in Soho. But, in truth, other than the announcement that Anya Taylor-Joy (who seems to be carving out a niche for herself as a modern day “Scream Queen”) will be starring in the film – and obviously the fact that Wright is making it – we haven’t really heard much about the project.

But this week we got an interesting update from Wright’s new movie, said to be inspired in part by Roman Polanski’s Repulsion and Nicholas Roeg’s Don’t Look Now (make of that what you will). While the premise is still being kept strictly a secret, we have three new additions to the cast. And, boy, are they classy.

Terrence Stamp, Dame Dianna Rigg and Rita Tushingham are all set to be heading down this rabbit hole. Who they’re playing, or how much their characters factor into the movie remains a mystery, but we do now know that the film will be taking place in two different timelines, so it is possible we could see some of the younger cast playing past version of the others, although that’s just me trying to piece this together.

I know it’s not much but honestly, the more I learn about this project the more pumped I am for it. I’m all for original movies anyway, and Wright has been consistently interesting, at the very least, and absolutely brilliant when he’s at his best, so the idea of him delving into the horror genre proper, after flirting with it successfully throughout most of his filmography up to this point, is genuinely fascinating.

The arrival of such established and brilliant actors as Stamp and Rigg just further intrigues me, here. I’m following this one closely, so I’ll be keeping you guys updates as and when I get anymore news.

And while we’re on the subject of genuinely fascinating concepts, Ghostbusters 3 is also quickly becoming a movie I am very intrigued by. Last week we learned that Sigourney Weaver will be joining the cast, reprising her iconic role from the original and its direct sequel, and Jason Reitman’s involvement has been something of a curiosity starter anyway, but this week’s announcement has just furthered my interest.

Revealed via a Twitter video, we can now confirm that Paul Rudd has joined the cast. This week it was also revealed that the movie won’t be called Ghostbusters 3, as was expected, but will in fact be titled Ghostbusters 2020. Rudd is reportedly playing a teacher, but in what context we don’t know. He could be the teacher of the characters played by Finn Wolfhard and Mckenna Grace, or he could be related to Carrie Coon’s character in some way. It’s all up in the air.

Either way, I’m excited for this one. The title sucks, but I’ve loved Ghostbusters since an early age, and while I didn’t hate the remake like some people do, I’ll be the first to admit that it wasn’t exactly great.

This new one, though, seems to be heading down an altogether unexpected avenue, and I’m a big Rudd fan, so his involvement in the film just further cements my excitement. Rudd, along with the rest of the confirmed cast, are expected to be joined by surviving original Ghostbusters Dan Ackroyd, Bill Murray and Ernie Hudson, as well as Annie Potts. Still no news on whether Moranis can be persuaded to come out of retirement for this one, but if ever there was a moment…

From casting that feels pitch perfect to casting that feels altogether sour and God awful, it looks like we’re going to be getting a new iteration of Arthur Conan Doyle’s iconic mystery solver, Sherlock Holmes in the form of… ugh, Henry Cavill.

Look, I’m not knocking Cavill. I can’t honestly say I responded to his Superman all that well, but he’s decent in Mission: Impossible – Fallout, and I didn’t hate The Man From UNCLE, so that’s something. It’s just, when you say Sherlock Holmes do you really picture Henry Cavill?

I suppose Robert Downey Jr. surprised us all by managing to pull it off (and I thought he pulled it off exceptionally well, I really like those movies and am still holding out hope for the third – get on it Guy Ritchie, stop screwing about with Genies) so there’s hope yet. But even Downey, at least, already brought with him a quirkiness that is somewhat Holmes-esque. Cavill is just a strongman.

We’ll be seeing Cavill’s take on the character in a live-action adaptation of Enola Holmes, which is apparently a series of young adult novels based around the titular character, who is also Sherlock Holmes’ sister. Stranger Things’ Millie Bobbie Brown has been cast in the lead, while Helena Bonham-Carter is going to be playing the mother. I’m still looking for a reason to care.

Finally, this week we got wind that Salma Hayek may be joining the cast of Marvel’s The Eternals.

With Hayek on board, The Eternals is shaping up to be Marvel’s most star-studded movie to date. The studio isn’t really knowing for chasing A-listers, but rather making them, but here they seem to have gone down another route. Angelina Jolie is on board, as is Game of Thrones’ Richard Madden, and there have even been rumors that they want Keanu Reeves. Who knows?

Salma Hayek Pinault; born Salma Valgarma Hayek Jiménez; September 2, 1966) is a Mexican and American film actress, producer, and former model. She began her career in Mexico starring in the telenovela Teresa and starred in the film El Callejón de los Milagros (Miracle Alley) for which she was nominated for an Ariel Award. In 1991 Hayek moved to Hollywood and came to prominence with roles in films such as Desperado (1995),[7]From Dusk till Dawn (1996), Wild Wild West and Dogma (both 1999).

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Alex Secker is a writer/director/editor. His debut feature film, the micro-budget thriller Follow the Crows, won Best Independent Film at the Global Film Festival Awards, while his stage-play, The Door, won the People’s Choice Award at the 2017 Swinge Festival.