News Bits: Mask, Wonder, Days, Dark, Den, Shell

Mystery of the Iron Mask
The first photo is out from “Mystery of the Iron Mask: Journey to China,” the upcoming $48 million fantasy thriller penned by Russian writer-producer Alexey Petrukhin and starring Jason Flemyng as an 18th century English explorer ordered by Peter the Great to map the Russian Far East.

The film traces his long and perilous journey to China, during which he meets deadly martial arts masters, beautiful Chinese princesses and a mythical monster. Jackie Chan (pictured) and Arnold Schwarzenegger also star. [Source: Heat Vision]

Wonder Woman
Eight-time world champion boxer Ann Wolfe has been confirmed for the role of Artemis, one of the greatest warrior Amazons, in Patty Jenkins’ upcoming “Wonder Woman” film.

In the comics, Artemis started out as captain of the Queen’s Guard and even took up the mantle of Wonder Woman herself at one point. Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Lucy Davis, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Danny Huston, Elena Anaya, Ewen Bremner, Saïd Taghmaoui and David Thewlis also star in the film which opens June 2nd. [Source: Twitter]

Den of Thieves
The Gerard Butler and Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson-led action thriller “Den of Thieves” has scored a January 19th 2018 release date. Christian Gudegast helms the film from a script he co-wrote with “Prison Break” creator Paul Scheuring.

The story follows an elite crew of bank robbers sets out to pull off the ultimate heist and get to the money first, right under the noses of Los Angeles’ most feared division of law enforcement. [Source: Deadline]

Ghost in the Shell
In a big nod to fans, the original voice actors from the classic 1995 anime film “Ghost in the Shell” will reprise their roles for the Japanese language dub of the upcoming Hollywood live-action remake. Returning cast include Atsuko Tanaka as The Major, Akio Otsuka as Batou, and Koichi Yamadera as Togusa. [Source: Kotaku]

6 Days
Vertical Entertainment has acquired North American rights and Netflix has snagged some international rights to Toa Fraser’s thriller “6 Days” starring Jamie Bell, Abbie Cornish and Mark Strong. A Fall theatrical release is planned in the United States.

Based on the real events surrounding the April 1980 hostage crisis when six armed gunmen stormed the Iranian Embassy at London’s Princes Gate. A six-day standoff ensued as a group of the UK’s Special Air Service forces prepared a raid to free the 26 captives. [Source: Deadline]

Dark Room
“Moonlight” co-producer Andrew Hevia is teaming with commercial director Joshua Wong on the English-language, Hong Kong-based mystery thriller “Dark Room” which Wong will make his feature directorial debut.

Budgeted at under $5 million, the story follows a British-born Chinese woman who comes back to Hong Kong, takes a photograph of a crime in progress by accident, and becomes obsessed with the mystery. [Source: THR]