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The Kid Who Would Be King
The first photo has been released of “Mission: Impossible” scene-stealer Rebecca Ferguson in the upcoming Joe Cornish-directed “The Kid Who Would Be King”. The story follows a band of young kids who embark on an epic quest to thwart a Medieval menace named Morgana (Ferguson) who is the half-sister of King Arthur. Patrick Stewart stars as Merlin, while Louis Serkis, Tom Taylor, Rhianna Dorris, Angus Imrie, and Denise Gough co-star. [Source: Reddit]

500 Words or Less
Gabrielle Union, Rebel Maverick and Amyale have secured the rights to Juleah Del Rosario’s debut young adult novel “500 Words Or Less” with plans to adapt it into a feature. Union will produce.

Written entirely in verse, the story follows Chinese-American high school senior Nic Chen who attempts to salvage her reputation among her Ivy League-obsessed classmates by writing their college admission essays and in the process learns big truths about herself. [Source: Deadline]

Post Malone, Alan Arkin, Iliza Shlesinger, Bookem Woodbine, Hope Wilson and James DuMont have all joined the ensemble cast of Peter Berg’s “Wonderland” film at Netflix. Sean O’Keefe is adapting the script.

Mark Wahlberg and Winston Duke lead the cast of the film about a detective named Spenser as he uncovers the truth about a sensational murder and the twisted conspiracy behind it. It is based on the novel series by Ace Atkins and Robert B. Parker, while Neal H. Moritz is producing. [Source: Variety]

Netflix has announced plans to bring around $1 billion in production money to New Mexico over the next decade as the site of a new U.S. production hub for original film and TV series on the service. Previously the company shot “Godless” and “Longmire” there. The deal includes final negotiations to buy ABQ Studios in Albuquerque’s Mesa del Sol planned community. [Source: Variety]

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlewald
Topping the polls of many ‘most anticipated’ films for the Fall is the upcoming “Harry Potter” spin-off feature “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”. Now the film’s official final poster, which assembles the entire cast facing off against the titular villain, has arrived and can be seen below.