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The Russo Brothers are leaving their mark in the record books with their latest film, “Avengers: Endgame,” but their next project will have them exchanging capes for fatigues with a familiar face: the newest Spider-Man, Tom Holland. Directors Joe and Anthony Russo will reteam with Holland on “Cherry,” a film based on the biography of soldier Nico Walker. The biography follows the war veteran as he returns home from a tour of duty with a debilitating case of undiagnosed posttraumatic stress disorder. As the soldier struggles with the life-changing effects of war, he turns to the dangerous world of opioids to subdue his mental disorder. As his addiction grows, he begins robbing banks in order to support his drug habit. Holland is the only name currently attached to the thriller for which Los Angeles–based team Aquila/Wood Casting is working on finding additional talent. Production on the film is rumored to be starting at the end of the year with no exact or official start date currently scheduled. A production location has also yet to be announced.
Jennifer Lopez will play with the format of the traditional rom-com in her next film. The actor and singer has officially joined Owen Wilson and Colombian singer Maluma in the romantic comedy “Marry Me.” The project follows a bride on her wedding day who learns her rock-star fiancé has been cheating on her. Before she can call off the ceremony, she pulls a random person from the crowd and weds him on the spot. The hasty marriage puts her to the test and she realizes love is harder to manage than she previously thought. Tucker/Meyerson will assemble the rest of the cast. Production is set to start in early October in New York.
“The Flight Attendant”
Kaley Cuoco, fresh off her long stint on CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory,” has already boarded her next series, “The Flight Attendant.” HBO Max, the new streaming service from WarnerMedia, will house the drama as an exclusive online-only series, joining a slew of recently announced projects that are headed for the new streamer. The series will follow a flight attendant who has a booze-filled one-night stand with a stranger. When she wakes up the next morning, she finds him dead with no recollection of the previous night. The story becomes a race to find out exactly what happened and who committed the crime. Cuoco, who will also executive produce, is currently the only name attached to the project, but additional actors are being assembled by L.A.-based Automatic Sweat. Production on the series is set to start in October and continue through the end of the year.
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This story originally appeared in the Aug. 15 issue of Backstage Magazine. Subscribe here.