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In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Judith Shekoni joins Maleficent 2
  • Zoe Saldana is done filming her scenes for Avatar 2 and Avatar 3
  • Samuel L. Jackson was very impressed by James McAvoy‘s Glass performance
  • Jeff Goldblum says he would be down for another Fly movie, so someone should make that happen
  • B.D. Wong doesn’t think Jurassic World‘s Dr. Wu is a villain
  • Dwayne Johnson confirms work has begun on another Jumanji sequel
  • Producers want Emily Blunt back for Sicario 3
  • Pet Sematary has begun filming
  • The King of Kong‘s Billy Mitchell tries to explain himself

maleficent 2 casting

The Maleficent 2 cast is still growing. Variety reports Heroes: Reborn actress Judith Shekoni has singed on to co-star in the Disney sequel. Shekoni will play Shrike, a character who befriends Maleficent, played by Angelina Jolie. Elle Fanning returns for the sequel as well, and new cast members include Michelle PfeifferChiwetel EjioforEd SkreinRobert Lindsay, and Harris Dickinson. The film is a sequel to 2014’s Maleficent, which retold the story of Sleeping Beauty from the point-of-view of villain Maleficent, turning her from a straight-up antagonist into more of an anti-hero. There’s no release date for the sequel yet.

A fantasy adventure that picks up several years after “Maleficent,” in which audiences learned of the events that hardened the heart of Disney’s most notorious villain and drove her to curse a baby Princess Aurora, “Maleficent II” continues to explore the complex relationship between the horned fairy and the soon to be Queen, as they form new alliances and face new adversaries in their struggle to protect the moors and the magical creatures that reside within.

3d movie box office

It took James Cameron a few years to finally get his Avatar sequels off the ground, but now it looks like the filmmaker is moving full-steam-ahead. Case in point: co-star Zoe Saldana is already done filming her scenes for both Avatar 2 and Avatar 3. Speaking at CineEurope, Cameron offered some updates on the film, saying Saldana wrapped her part a week ago, and that the filming results so far are turning exceeding expectations. Avatar 2, which will take audiences back to the 3D world of Pandora once again, opens December 18, 2020.

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I’m pretty darn excited for GlassM. Night Shyamalan‘s new film that serves as a sequel to both Unbreakable and Split. You know who else is excited? Glass star Samuel L. Jackson. In a new interview with Collider, Jackson talked-up the upcoming film and showered praise on the performance of James McAvoy. McAvoy returns as his Split character Kevin Wendell Crumb, a disturbed individual with 23 different personalities, including one big bad personality known as The Beast. McAvoy’s work in Split was exemplary, and according to Jackson, that continues into Glass. “Watching somebody, you know, transform characters in front of your eyes and have an argument with four different people is pretty, pretty amazing,” the actor said. Glass, which also stars Bruce Willis and Anya Taylor?Joy, opens January 18. 2019.

Jeff Goldblum never really went away, but the actor is experiencing a bit of a resurgence now. Modern filmmakers have discovered that if they simply point a camera at Goldblum and let him do his thing, their movies will significantly improve. Goldblum has a small part in the upcoming Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and that’s not the only franchise he’s willing to return to. In an interview with Bloody Disgusting, Goldblum also said he’d be down to do another Fly movie. Goldblum starred in David Cronenberg‘s fantastic, disgusting 1986 remake of The Fly…but he also died in the film.

Goldblum says his character’s death isn’t an issue, adding: “Maybe I show up as a grandchild of the original Seth Brundle, or Seth Brundle had a brother. Had a brother that emerges in some ways! Who knows, I don’t know, but David Cronenberg was a thrill to work with. Boy, if he was involved I’d like to work with him again, I’ll tell you that.” Based on this, it sounds like Goldblum would only really return if Cronenberg were involved…which isn’t likely. So we’ll just have to chalk this one up to wishful thinking. Goldblum also weighed-in on whether or not he’d return to the MCU as the Grandmaster, his character from Thor: Ragnarok:

“Well, I’d love to…That character, if you look at all those decades of Marvel comics, is immortal along with his brother The Collector. I think I had a game with Death once, won both our immortality and he has more superpowers than anybody so he could do a lot more interesting, entertaining things. I know he’s been satisfying himself with having games. He loves games and he’s the best at games but he can do a lot of things. I love Kevin Feige and Victoria Alonso, the people at Marvel. They’re spectacular to work with. They’re brilliant and lovely.”

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