Week-in-Review: Weekend Box Office, Stargirl and The Dark Crystal TV Series

    Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Swings to the Top

    After several months of hype, Sony’s Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse finally arrived in cinemas last week, earning $35,3 million in its opening weekend, reports Box Office Mojo. Voiced by actors such as Mahershala Ali (Moonlight), Nicolas Cage (Mandy), Jake Johnson (21 Jump Street), Hailee Steinfeld (Bumblebee) and Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie), this 3D CGI-animated film follows adventures of Miles Morales (Shameik Moore – Dope) who, as Spider-Man, meets various versions of the same superhero from alternate realities.

    In the second place of the weekend box office is The Mule, a crime drama directed by and starring American national monument Clint Eastwood. Featuring an all-star cast that includes Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born), Laurence Fishburne (Man of Steel), Andy García (Ocean’s 11), Michael Peña (Ant-Man) and Taissa Farmiga (American Horror Story), The Mule grossed $17,5 million in its opening weekend. In the third place is Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch with $11,7 million while the fourth place belongs to Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet that earned $9,2 million. In the fifth place of the weekend box office is Mortal Engines, a sci-fi adventure made for about $100 million that bombed in theaters, earning a mere $7,5 million in its opening weekend.

    Cast of Stargirl Revealed

    At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, comic book writer Geoff Johns announced DC Entertainment’s plans of producing a live-action series about the adventures of DC Comics superhero Stargirl. Over the past few months, some details emerged about the upcoming show’s cast and characters. According to the Screen Rant, the show will feature a number of old DC comics superheroes from Justice Society of America. Lou Ferrigno Jr. (S.W.A.T.) was cast as the superhero Hourman, Joel McHale (Community) as Starman, Brian Stapf (Walking Dead) as Wildcat and Henry Thomas (E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial) as Dr. Mid-Nite. As for the titular character, she will be portrayed by Brec Bassinger, who previously appeared on the TV sitcom The Goldbergs.

    Stargirl was first created by Johns himself back in 1999, based on his sister who died in an airplane explosion in 1996. Stargirl – aka Courtney Elizabeth Whitmore – is a teenager who accidentally uncovers gear once used by the old superhero Star-Spangled Kid. Elizabeth becomes a superhero herself, taking the name Stargirl. Johns will serve as the show’s executive producer. Stargirl will be among the first of the new shows to premiere on DC Universe – DC Entertainment’s upcoming video streaming service. Its release date is set for September 2019.

    Netflix Announces The Dark Crystal TV Series

    This week, Netflix offered a first look at The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, a TV series based on Jim Henson’s 1982 fantasy film The Dark Crystal. Combining puppetry, animatronics and CGI-animated backgrounds, this series will take place many years before the events of the film as kindhearted Gelflings fight against the tyranny of the evil Skeksis. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will be directed by Louis Leterrier (Now You See Me, The Incredible Hulk) who also serves as one of the show’s executive producers.

    According to an article by Empire, the show’s main characters will be voiced by Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service), Nathalie Emmanuel (Game of Thrones) and Anya Taylor-Joy (Split). An almost absurdly over-qualified supporting cast includes Caitriona Balfe (Outlander), Helena Bonham-Carter (Harry Potter series), Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones), Mark Hamill (Star Wars), Jason Isaacs (Ex Machina), Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele), Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead), Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Mark Strong (Sherlock Holmes) and Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina). While the exact release date of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance is as yet unknown, it is currently in post-production.

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