The Bank Holiday weekend brought with it the exceptionally sad news that Richard Attenborough had passed away at the age of 90. The actor, whose work spanned over 60 years, was known for his roles in Brighton Rock, The Great Escape and, of course, Jurassic Park.
The battle of the Jungle Books is well underway, with Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett and Christian Bale announced as joining the cast of Andy Serkis’ Jungle Book: Origins. Cumberbatch, whose vocal talents landed him the role of Smaug in The Hobbit trilogy, will be voicing the elusive Shere Khan, while Bale will take the role of Bagheera. Blanchett will play the villainous Kaa for the film, which will be released in October 2016.
— Andy Serkis (@andyserkis) August 22, 2014
The Cornetto Trilogy may have met its apocalyptic conclusion with The World’s End, but the bond between Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright is far from over as they announced a new project is in the works. Plot details have been kept very quiet, but the collaboration marks a second step back in time, as Pegg revealed that he and Nick Frost will be playing their characters from Shaun of the Dead in a Halloween special of the popular cartoon Phineas and Ferb.
Shailene Woodley appears in the new trailer for White Bird in a Blizzard alongside Eva Green and Christopher Meloni. The Fault in Our Stars actress takes on a grittier role here, with her mother (Green) vanishing from what is assumed to be an unhappy home life. The film is likely to be released in November in the UK.