News Shorts: January 28th 2018

Filmmaker Chris McKay has confirmed that a big announcement regarding the upcoming “Nightwing” movie at Warner Bros. Pictures will take place around Valentine’s Day, however, it won’t be in regards to casting on the DC Comics-inspired superhero film.

Finn Wittrock, Dacre Montgomery and most recently Dylan O’Brien have all been linked to the role of Batman’s former sidekick Robin/Dick Grayson going out on his own. [Source: Twitter]

David W. Thompson is set to replace Charlie Tahan in the role of Jonathan Crane/The Scarecrow on the fourth season of FOX’s “Gotham”. Tahan’s commitment to Netflix’s “Ozark” precluded him from reprising the role. Thompson will make his debut as Scarecrow this spring after the show returns for the second half of the fourth season on March 1st. [Source: TV Line]

Station 19
“Station 19” has been revealed as the title for the upcoming “Grey’s Anatomy” spin-off which will be executive produced by showrunner Stacy McKee. Set at Seattle Fire Station 19 in Seattle, the story sees Jason George‚Äôs Dr. Ben Warren giving up his life as a surgeon to become a firefighter. The series kicks off with a special two-hour event on ABC on March 22nd. [Source: Variety]

The Crown
Paul Bettany is no longer in the running to play Prince Philip in the third season of Netflix’s “The Crown”. Bettany was in active negotiations for the role as a replacement for Matt Smith, who played the character in the first two seasons.

The third and fourth seasons have not yet been ordered, but the series is expected to continue. Others joining the series include Olivia Colman as Elizabeth and Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret. [Source: Deadline

The Seven Five
Sony Pictures has set “I, Tonya” and “The Finest Hours” director Craig Gillespie to helm police corruption drama “The Seven Five” for Annapurna Pictures. Eli Holzman and John Lesher will produce.

The film is a narrative feature take on Tiller Russell’s 2014 documentary about police corruption in New York City’s 75th Precinct during the 1980s, a time when the precinct was one of the most violent in the nation. [Source: Variety]

Positive School
Moroccan-French writer-director Nabil Ayouch (“Horses of God,” “Razzia”) is set to direct the realistically-shot hip-hop musical “Positive School”.

The story is inspired by a true-life cultural center lost in the midst of Sidi Moumen where former rapper Anas is teaching young kids, girls and boys, to express themselves through hip hop song and dance. [Source: Variety]

The Yellow Birds
DirecTV and Saban Films are teaming to release Alexandre Moors’ “The Yellow Birds” in North America in the Spring. The film, penned by David Lowery, will debut day-and-date in theaters and on demand.

The story follows two young soldiers, Bartle (Alden Ehrenreich) and Murph (Tye Sheridan), as they navigate the front lines of the Iraq War. Bartle soon becomes haunted by a promise he made to Murph’s mother before their deployment. Jack Huston, Jennifer Aniston and Toni Collette co-star. [Source: Variety]

Max Martini has joined the cast of the psychological horror thriller “Eli” at Paramount Players. Ciaran Foy (“Sinister 2”) directs the story set in a secluded clinic where an 11-year-old (Charlie Shotwell) with a rare disease is being treated.

Soon, the clinic becomes a haunted prison with no way out. Martini will play Eli’s father, who moves to the facility with his wife after dealing with his son’s mysterious illness for two years. The film opens January 4th next year. [Source: Heat Vision]

STX Entertainment has set a June 1st release date for Baltasar Kormakur’s romantic drama “Adrift” starring Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin. The true story tale follows a married couple who set out on a journey across the ocean. When the wife awakens to find her husband badly injured and their boat in ruins, she must find the strength to save them both. [Source: Variety]

Revenge Wedding
CBS Films has hired Cheryl Hines to direct the comedy “Revenge Wedding”. The story begins when a woman discovers that her wealthy fiance is cheating on her. She enlists her best friend and a crew of miscreant lowlifes to transform their perfect wedding into a circus of revenge. [Source: Variety]

Chris Hemsworth
Chris Hemsworth, having just recently wrapped the fourth “Avengers,” has revealed he’s taking a break from acting for much of the rest of the year – the reasoning being he wants to be at home more with his wife and kids. [Source:]

Sneaky Pete
Amazon Prime Video has announced a March 9th premiere date for the second season of its original drama series “Sneaky Pete” starring Giovanni Ribisi, Jane Adams, Margo Martindale, Ethan Emby and Shane McRae.

Cliff ‘Method Man’ Smith has joined the cast of Pierre Morel’s “Peppermint” at Lakeshore Entertainment and STX Films. Jennifer Garner stars as a woman whose husband and daughter are gunned down in a drive-by.

She wakes up from a coma and spends years learning to become a lethal killing machine in order to one day take revenge on everyone she holds responsible. Smith will play a detective in the film. [Source: Variety]

Extremely Wicked & Incredibly Vile
Angela Sarafyan (“Westworld”) has joined the cast of the Joe Berlinger-directed thriller “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile” starring Zac Efron as serial killer Ted Bundy.

Sarafyan will play Joanna, a close friend of Bundy’s longtime girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer (Lily Collins) who acts as a support system for Elizabeth and is the reason she starts to finally question Bundy’s intentions. [Source: Deadline]

Amazon Studios and STXfilms have released a series of character posters from the Nash Edgerton-directed “Gringo” starring David Oyelowo, Charlize Theron, Joel Edgerton, Amanda Seyfried, Thandie Newton, and Sharlto Copley.

A mix of dark comedy, white-knuckle action and dramatic intrigue, Gringo joyrides into Mexico, where mild-mannered businessman Harold Soyinka (Oyelowo) finds himself at the mercy of his back-stabbing business colleagues back home, local drug lords and a morally conflicted black-ops mercenary.