The Weekly Wrap: Disney Finds Its Little Mermaid

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Young singer and actor, Halle Bailey has been cast as Ariel in Disney’s upcoming live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid. Best known for being one half of hip hop act, Chloe x Halle, she will star as the lead in the film directed by Rob Marshall. The Disney production has gathered steam in the last week with rumours that Melissa McCarthy was being considered for the role of the sea witch Ursula for the film. Production of The Little Mermaid is set to begin in 2020.

J.A. Bayona To Direct Lord of the Ring Series
Amazon has signed director J.A. Bayona to helm the upcoming Lord of the Ring series. He is set to oversee the first two episodes of the series, which will be based on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. Bayona is best known for directing Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. The new Amazon series is set during the Middle-Earth’s Second Age, which puts the storyline before the events that took place in The Fellowship of the Ring. According to reports, Amazon is planning five seasons for the series.

First Look: Bond 25
The first official image from Bond 25 sees our favourite secret agent rocking a suit next to an Aston Martin from the 80s. Interestingly, the vehicle in question seems to be similar from the late 80s’ The Living Daylights, which starred Timothy Dalton. Other than being a really cool fashion photo, there’s not much else to go on with the new film except that Cary Fukunaga is helming the film with Rami Malek on board to play the lead villain. Bond 25 arrives in cinemas in April 2020, so if all goes according to plan, we’ll see the first trailer well before the end of 2019.

Netflix Reveals The Witcher
Henry Cavill is fronting the fantasy series, The Witcher, for Netflix and the streaming channel has revealed the first look at the character. Cavill is playing Geralt of Rivia, a monster hunter, who crosses paths with a powerful sorceress and a princess on one of his quests. The show is based on the best-selling fantasy book series. Anya Cholatra and Freya Allan make up the remaining cast of The Witcher. Netflix hasn’t officially given a release date for the series but it will tentatively be released in late 2019.

Netflix Is Getting A Sandman TV Series
Streaming giant Netflix is set to begin production on a Sandman series. The Vertigo comics’ adaptation will see creator, Neil Gaiman serve as executive producer alongside David Goyer. Netflix apparently splashed down a sizeable amount of cash for the adaptation and they are evidently serious about doing the beloved comic book justice with the appointment of Gaiman. Sandman focuses on Morpheus, an entity who controls the world of dreams. This will be the third series from Gaiman following American Gods and Good Omens, which are on Starz and Amazon respectively.

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