The purpose of this weekly news roundup is to highlight and celebrate films/TV from and about women. The news collected in this weeks roundup was announced between July 15 to July 21. As there is an abundance of news, some stories may slip through the cracks. In the event of this happening, please reply below with any news or release information about films/TV made or about women that should be shared.
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SDCC19 News: Marvel Edition
Marvel had a huge showing at San Diego Comic Con this year with plenty of news regarding the marvellous women of the MCU. Here is a recap of what’s to come for the women in front of and behind the camera.
The Eternals: The Chloé Zhao (The Rider) directed film now has an official cast; amongst the ensemble are Angelina Jolie (Maleficent) as Thena, Salma Hayek as Ajak, and Lauren Ridloff (The Walking Dead) as Makkari. The film is slated to hit theatres November 6, 2020.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings: Simu Liu (Kim’s Convenience) was announced as the titular character, and he will be joined by Tony Leung (Lust, Caution) as the Mandarin and Awkwafina (The Farewell) in an undisclosed role. The film is slated to hit theatres on February 12, 2021.
WandaVision: The Disney+ series will have the first appearance of adult Monica Rambeau with Teyonah Parris (Dear White People) in the role. The show will premiere in the Spring of 2021.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness: Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda will join the cast. The film hits theatres on May 7, 2021.
Hawkeye: It has been confirmed that Kate Bishop will be introduced in the Disney+ series Hawkeye. The show will premiere in the Fall of 2021.
Thor: Love and Thunder: The fourth instalment of the Thor saga will see the return of Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie and Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster, who will be taking on the mantle of the Mighty Thor. The film hits theatres on November 5, 2021.
Black Widow: It has been confirmed that Florence Pugh (Lady Macbeth) will be playing Yelena Belova and Rachel Weisz (The Favourite) will play a character named Melina. The Cate Shortland directed film will hit theatres May 1, 2020.
Women Behind the Camera
Universal wins bidding war for holiday comedy pitch from the director Olivia Wilde and screenwriter Katie Silberman of Booksmart; Wilde to direct and Silberman to script. (Source: Deadline)
Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) in talks to write and direct the live-action Barbie movie starring Margot Robbie (I, Tonya) for Warner Bros. (Source: Variety)
Sabrina Carpenter (Girl Meets World) to star in and produce adaptation of YA novel The Distance From Me to You. (Source: Deadline)
Newcomer Jazmín Diz to star in Spanish-language movie adaptation of Paul Auster’s novel In The Country of Last Things. (Source: Deadline)
Wendi McLendosn-Covey (The Goldbergs) to reunite with Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaid) and Annie Mumolo (Bridesmaid) for Barb and Star Go to Vistal Del Mar. (Source: Deadline)
Karyn Kusama (Destroyer) set to direct and executive produce series adaptation of Sexy Beast for Paramount Network. (Source: Variety)
Aya Cash (You’re The Worst) joins the cast of The Boys after Amazon gave it an early season 2 renewal. (Source: Deadline)
Veena Sud (The Killing) sets new shortform thriller series The Stranger at Quibi; Sud will showrun, write, direct, and executive produce. (Source: Deadline)
Tina Fey (30 Rock) sets up new comedy at NBC staring Ted Danson (The Good Place). (Source: Variety)
*releases may vary depending on region*
- The Great Hack (documentary) directed by Jehane Noujaim – limited release
- The Farewell directed and written by Lulu Wang
- Vita and Virginia directed by Chanya Button and written by Eileen Atkins
- Fast Color directed and written by Julia Hart
- Hail Satan? directed by Penny Lane
- Alita: Battle Angel written by Laeta Kalogridis
- Miss Arizona directed and written by Autumn McAlpin
- Firecrackers directed by Jasmin Mozaffari
- Sword of Trust directed and written by Lynn Shelton
- Breakthrough directed by Roxann Dawson
- Ophelia directed by Claire McCarthy
- Little directed by Tina Gordon
- After directed by Jenny Gage
- Darlin‘ directed by Pollyanna McIntosh
Amazon Studios acquired worldwide rights to Tayarisha Poe’s prep school drama Selah and the Spades; Amazon to develop a series with Poe based on the film. (Source: Variety)
Issa López’s Tigers Are Not Afraid to get a theatrical US/Canada release on August 23rd, and to expand in September prior to Shudder debut. (Source: Bloody Disgusting)
The Jennifer Lopez led comedy Marry Me moves from STX to Universal. (Source: Deadline)
Trailer of the Week
The first trailer for Lorene Scafaria’s Hustlers has been released.