Greenlit: Phoebe Waller-Bridge Will Star Opposite Harrison Ford in the Next ‘Indiana Jones’ + More

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Greenlit means a project is officially a go, so all you have to do is follow these leads to stay up to date. You never know where you’ll find an opportunity to land an audition!

“Indiana Jones 5”
The adventure continues! First reported by Deadline, “Fleabag” creator and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge will join Harrison Ford in the next installment of the “Indiana Jones” franchise. James Mangold will take over the helm from Steven Spielberg, with Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, and Simon Emanuel serving as producers. This will be the fifth installment of the iconic franchise, which began in 1981 with “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” Plot details are vague, and casting is in progress for the rest of the main cast. Production is expected to begin this summer with a planned release date of July 29, 2022. The most recent installment of the franchise, 2008’s “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” was cast by Debra Zane

“Shazam! Fury of the Gods”
Announced early Monday afternoon, Lucy Liu is set to play the villain Kalypso, the sister of the recently announced Helen Mirren, in the upcoming DC Comics adaptation “Shazam! Fury of the Gods.” As previously reported, Zachary Levi will reprise his role as Shazam with Rachel Zegler (“West Side Story”) co-starring. David F. Sandberg will return to direct from a screenplay by Henry Gayden. Rich Delia was the casting director of the first film. “Shazam! Fury of the Gods” is due out on June 2, 2023.

“The Crowded Room”
Out of the Spidey-Suit and into “The Crowded Room,” Tom Holland has been cast to star in the upcoming anthology series at Apple. Coming from Akiva Goldsman (“A Beautiful Mind”) and with the first season of the series based on the biography “The Minds of Billy Milligan” by Daniel Keyes, “The Crowded Room” will tell the story of Billy Milligan, the first person ever acquitted of a crime because of Dissociative Identity Disorder. Goldsman will adapt the book for the screen in the 10-episode first season with Apple Studios and New Regency co-producing. Holland will executive produce in addition to starring.

And while Holland is also busy on the upcoming “Uncharted” adaptation, another video game adaptation is continuing to add to its cast. Edgar Ramirez is set to play the business titan and arms manufacturer Atlas in the upcoming “Borderlands” adaptation for Lionsgate and Janina Gavankar has also just been announced to be joining the project, directed by Eli Roth. He joins the previously announced Cate Blanchett, Kevin Hart, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ariana Greenblatt, Florian Munteanu, Haley Bennett, and Jack Black. Says Roth, “I’ve been a fan of Edgar’s since his early performances and he continues to amaze me with each dramatic turn. We want to create something wild, fun, and very different from anything they’ve seen from Edgar before. I am so, so excited to work with him.” Craig Mazin has written the latest draft of the screenplay. 

Untitled Steven Spielberg Film
Announced last week, Paul Dano has been cast in a major role in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming untitled Amblin film. As we previously reported, Spielberg is working on the film loosely based on his childhood growing up in Arizona. Michelle Williams will star in the role inspired by his mother, and Seth Rogen will also play a character based on Spielberg’s favorite uncle. This will mark the first time since 2001’s “A.I.” that Spielberg will also share screenwriting duties, co-writing the script with regular collaborator Tony Kushner. No casting director has been named, though Spielberg’s most frequent collaborators are Ellen Lewis and recent “West Side Story” remake CD Cindy Tolan. Production is expected to begin this summer with a planned 2022 release.

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