Bond 25 Rumor: Big Little Lies’ Jean-Marc Vallee Approached to Direct

With Bond 25 in need of a new director, Jean-Marc Vallee has reportedly been approached about taking the job. Following Daniel Craig’s uncertainty surrounding a fifth appearance as James Bond, the next entry finally started to gain momentum over the last several months. EON and MGM looked at several big name directors before eventually finding Danny Boyle and naming him as their choice. His hiring came after it was agreed that he would develop an original Bond story with his longtime writing partner John Hodge, but due to creative differences coming from his vision, Boyle exited the project earlier this week.

Boyle leaving Bond 25 immediately signaled alarm bells for many as the project was already in the casting phase. The priority looked to be as simple as finding a new director to take over, but a complete script rewrite may now be in store. They’ll need a director sooner rather than later if they want to retain the film’s current release date, and it appears an Oscar-nominee has been asked.

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Deadline reports that Jean-Marc Vallee has been approached about directing Bond 25. The holdup for Vallee may come down to scheduling. Although he has no director projects currently on his plate, he is an executive producer on both Big Little Lies and Sharp Objects. He also directed every episode from each of those series’ first seasons. His involvement with season 2 of Big Little Lies isn’t yet known, and there’s no word on a second season for Sharp Objects.

If his schedule is clear, Vallee could be a great choice for Bond 25. His work on Dallas Buyers Club brought him his Oscar nomination, and his Reese Witherspoon led drama Wild was equally as impressive, though Demolition split critics. His turn to TV though has resulted in two massive hits. He could ultimately decide to stay on the small screen, but the option for a major big screen return is reportedly on the table if he’s up for it.

Vallee is just the latest name to be floated around as a possible replacement on Bond 25, but he’s also one that has noted interest. He admitted in an interview that a James Bond would be “fun” to do, and he may now have his chance. If Vallee is seriously considered, he’ll have to beat out some potentially other big names to get the job. Mission: Impossible – Fallout director Christopher McQuarrie has been rumored as someone the studio wants to get. It also won’t be surprising if David Mackenzie or Yann Demange are brought into the discussion again, as they were on the shortlist prior to Boyle. As of right now, Vallee has as great a chance at helming Bond 25 as anyone else, so how the discussions and project progress will determine whether or not he’s ultimately the choice.

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Disney’s Live-Action Little Mermaid Rumor: Zendaya Offered Lead Role

Disney’s live-action The Little Mermaid movie is rumored to have offered the lead role of Ariel to Disney Channel actress and singer Zendaya. Over the last decade, Walt Disney Studios has had great success in adapting their animated classics to live-action movies. Whether the live-action films put a new spin on the material – like Maleficent and Alice in Wonderland – or were nearly straight adaptations of the animated movies, such as Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast, Disney has found a way to tap into the nostalgia of its longtime fans while telling these stories anew for younger generations.

Keeping these types of films going, Disney has a number of live-action adaptations in the works. Early next year, Tim Burton’s Dumbo will hit theaters, then Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin later in the spring. After the success of Jon Favreau’s live-action/CGI The Jungle Book, the director is now working on a new version of The Lion King. Currently both Mulan and Maleficent II are officially filming. Another live-action Disney movie in the early stages of development is The Little Mermaid. However, a new rumor indicates the Mouse House already has a star in mind for the titular role.

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That Hashtag Show reports that someone close to Disney said Zendaya has been offered the role of Ariel in the studio’s live-action Little Mermaid movie. When asked by THS for comment, Disney and Zendaya’s reps declined. THS further speculated that if the role of Ariel is given to Zendaya or another actress of color, then the character’s father King Triton would be portrayed by a man of color. The Little Mermaid doesn’t yet have a confirmed director, though Rob Marshall is the reported top choice. However, Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda is on board to co-write the music with legendary composer Alan Menken.

Zendaya undoubtedly has the chops and experience to portray Ariel, having co-starred in 20th Century Fox’s P.T. Barnum musical The Greatest Showman and being a successful pop singer in her own right. The actress also has a history with Disney, having starred in two Disney Channel television series, Shake It Up and K.C. Undercover. Zendaya has taken on more big screen roles in recent years, joining Sony’s Spider-Man series that’s part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She debuted as Michelle in Spider-Man: Homecoming and is expected to return to the role for the sequel, 2019’s Spider-Man: Far From Home. Given all her experience and talent, Zendaya would be a fantastic choice for a modern take on Disney’s Little Mermaid.

Of course, casting a black actress like Zendaya in the role of Ariel would likely result in backlash against Disney’s production. Similarly, there was backlash when rumors surfaced she’d be playing Sony’s take on Mary Jane Watson in its Spider-Man series, with some comic fans crying for a “comics accurate” portrayal of MJ, who’s typically a white, redheaded woman (despite the fact that black people can have red hair). If Disney confirms the casting of Zendaya as Ariel, it’s likely there will be some resistance among certain fans of the Mouse House, but the actress also has a number of fans who would no doubt be excited to see her take on the role.

All that said, this is still a rumor for now, and shouldn’t be taken as fact. Though Disney may have offered the role to Zendaya, there’s no guarantee the actress will accept the offer or join the production. Still, if rumors of The Little Mermaid casting are going around, that may indicate Disney is ready to move forward with their latest live-action adaptation. As such, more should be learned about The Little Mermaid in the coming months.

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Bond 25 Rumor: Christopher McQuarrie Eyed To Direct

Mission: Impossible – Fallout director Christopher McQuarrie is rumored to be a possible replacement for Bond 25. Daniel Craig’s final outing as 007 is set to open in theaters next November, and was set to be helmed by Oscar-winner Danny Boyle. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case, as Boyle recently departed the project due to creative differences. Since Bond 25 was already in the midst of casting principal roles and supposed to start filming in December, it gives the producers little time to find someone else and keep the production on schedule.

Fans will have their own picks until an official announcement is made, and several would be more than thrilled to see McQuarrie make the leap from the IMF to MI6. He’s directed arguably the strongest Mission: Impossible films to date, with Fallout considered one of the best action movies in the last several years. It shouldn’t come as any surprise his name has already been brought up as a possibility.

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Justin Kroll of Variety posted on Twitter that McQuarrie’s name is “being floated as a replacement” for the Bond 25 gig. He cautions that this is a rumor for the time being, so viewers should definitely take this with a healthy dose of salt. Check out his post in the space below:

After Rogue Nation and Fallout, McQuarrie has clearly demonstrated a knack for delivering thrilling, fast-paced action movies. Some would argue his work on Mission: Impossible has elevated that franchise past Bond (which is coming off the lackluster Spectre), so McQuarrie would be a great get for EON. However, it doesn’t read as a very plausible scenario. Based on comments he’s made, McQuarrie seems ready to take some time off and recharge his batteries before jumping head first into a new project. He just concluded the Fallout press tour, so it’s unlikely he’d be willing to take on another massive task so soon. Plus, as Kroll notes, McQuarrie would prefer to develop something original next, instead of helming another sequel. There’s always the possibility he gets roped in to make Mission: Impossible 7 for Paramount at some point, too.

McQuarrie’s crafting of amazing set pieces and penchant for twisty narratives reads as the perfect match for 007, but sadly, the timing here doesn’t line up. Bond 25 will have to look elsewhere for its director, though a number of big names (like Christopher Nolan and Denis Villeneuve) are already out of the running. Even Martin Campbell, the man behind Goldeneye and Casino Royale, has said he won’t return unless Bond is recast. That isn’t happening until after this film, so hopefully the producers find a replacement soon.

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 Source: Justin Kroll

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