Samara Weaving to star in actioner Bella; Questlove to direct Disney’s live-action retelling The Aristocrats; Matthew Macfadyen joins Deadpool 3 cast; Keanu Reeves stripped John Wick: Chapter 4 of dialogues


Hollywood is gearing up for new film announcements, new collaborations and some interesting reveal. Paramount Pictures is developing the acting thriller Bella with Samara Weaving; Matthew Macfadyen Joins Marvel’s Deadpool 3; Questlove on board to direct Disney’s live-action/hybrid adaptation of The Aristocrats; Keanu Reeves ‘stripped’ John Wick: Chapter 4 of dialogue, leaving himself with only 380 words in the nearly three-hour film.

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Samara Weaving to star in action thriller ‘Bella’

Paramount Pictures has roped in Samara Weaving for their action thriller Bella. The film will be directed by Larysa Kondracki from a draft script written by Jason Markarian. Jesse Wigutow is handling the script revisions. The film is being produced by Craig Flores via Bread & Circuses Entertainment and Chad Stahleski is producing through his 87eleven Entertainment. Alex Young and Jason Spitz are executive producing via 87eleven.

Bella is set against the backdrop of a crime wave that gripped New York City in the ‘80s. Samara plays Bella, a cop’s daughter who goes on an assassination rampage to unearth her father’s attacker as he battles for his life and takes on the corruption seeped in the NYPD. An online portal quoted Flores, “Bella cleverly reinvents the female-led action genre pairing a sexy and unapologetic rock ‘n’ roll edge with the gritty heightened realism of ’80s New York City. Collaborating with Chad Stahelski and 87Eleven, whose talent is singular in bringing unparalleled action films to worldwide audiences, is a dream for me, Larysa, and Samara.”

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Matthew Macfadyen joins Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman’s ‘Deadpool 3’

Matthew Macfadyen has hopped on to Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman’s Deadpool 3. It is yet unknown what role he will be playing in the Marvel film that also stars Emma Corrin. Shawn Levy is on board to direct, with Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese returning as scriptwriters. Wendy Molyneux and Lizzie Molyneux-Logelin wrote a previous draft. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige will produce along with Reynolds and Levy.

Questlove to direct Disney’s live-action/hybrid adaptation of ‘The Aristocrats’

Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson is all set to make his feature film directorial debut with Dinsey’s live-action/hybrid adaptation of The Aristocrats. Questlove won an Oscar for Best Documentary last year. He is also executive producing and overseeing music for the film. The script is written by Will Gluck and Keith Bunin. Tarik Trotter, Shawn Gee and Zarah Zohlman will exec produce on behalf of Two One Five Entertainment. Gluck and his production company, Olive Bridge, are producing along with Thompson’s Two One Five. The film is based on the 1970 animated film about a family of Parisian felines who learn that they are bequeathed a fortune from their owner. However, when the owner’s jealous butler kidnaps them and leaves them in the country, they team up with a shrewd tomcat to get back home before it’s too late.

‘John Wick: Chapter 4’ director Chad Stahelski says Keanu Reeves stripped the film of dialogues

Keanu Reeves reprised his role of John Wick in John Wick: Chapter 4 much to the delight of his fans. The film is going great guns at the box office but much the surprise of fans that saw the film, the actor does not say much in it. A report in an online portal counted all the words that Wick uttered throughout the nearly three-hour long film and found that he says only 380 words. Almost a third of Wick’s dialogue consists of just one word like, “Yeah.” Director Chad Stahelski revealed that Wick does not have a lot of dialogue because of Keanu. He said, “Mr. Reeves stripped out roughly half the dialogue written for his character in the initial script.” The longest line of dialogue that Keanu has is in a scene with co-star Hiroyuki Sanada, who plays Shimazu Koji where Wick says, “You and I left a good life behind a long time ago, my friend.” The online portal reported, “In the first installment, clocking in at 101 minutes, Mr. Reeves said a total of 484 words. With a run time of 169 minutes, the fourth movie pushes three hours but features just 380 words by Wick. About 10% of them are featured in the movie’s trailer, which makes the hero seem almost chatty; Wick says more in that 2.5 minute clip than he does in the first 25 minutes of the movie itself.”

(Source: Deadline/ The Wall Street Journal)