HOLLYWOOD — Leonardo DiCaprio is already working on the remake of the Danish film “Another Round,” this year’s Academy Awards Best International film. The Danish original starred Mads Mikkelsen, who we’ve seen in “King Arthur” (2004), with Clive Owen; “Casino Royale” (2006), with Daniel Craig; “Doctor Strange” (2016), with Benedict Cumberbatch, among others. Mikkelsen also is in the untitled third “Fantastic Beasts” film.
Fans of the Disney film “Enchanted” (a $340 million grosser in 2007) can celebrate a sequel that’s on its way with the original cast. Amy Adams, James Marsden and Patrick Dempsey are returning, along with “Frozen’s” Idina Menzel, Maya Rudolf, Yvette Nicole Brown and Snow White’s Seven Dwarfs. Word is that Dempsey, who recently returned to “Grey’s Anatomy,” will be singing in this sequel.
Barring unexpected setbacks from the pandemic, studios are planning to unleash the biggest and best films they have to attract moviegoers. “A Quiet Place, Part 2,” one of the first casualties of COVID 19, is set to open May 28, along with Emma Stone’s “Cruella,” co-starring Emma Thompson. June 25 will bring “F9” (“Fast & Furious 9”); July 9 brings Josh Lucas and Will Patton in “The Forever Purge,” for the “Purge” franchise fans. Sports fans will be dazzled by LeBron James, playing himself, in “Space Jam: A New Legacy,” opening July 16.
“The Green Knight,” with Oscar-nominee Dav Patel as Sir Gawain (King Arthur’s nephew), Alicia Vikander, Sean Harris and Joel Edgerton, promises ghosts, giants, thieves and swash-buckling come July 30. Also that day, Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt travel on a small riverboat through a supernatural jungle in “Jungle Cruise.”
“The Suicide Squad” swings back into action Aug. 6, with Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Taika Waititi, Sylvester Stallone, Idris Elba and Pete Davidson. The remake of the science-fiction epic “Dune,” starring Timothee Chalamet, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Jason Momoa, Dave Bautista, Oscar Isaac, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Charlotte Rampling and Stellan Skarsgard, is unleashed Oct. 1 into theaters and on HBO Max.
James Bond spies again Oct. 8 in “No Time to Die,” and yet another sequel, “Halloween Kills,” with Jamie Lee Curtis, arrives Oct. 15 to stalk Halloween. The new “Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” with Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver and Annie Potts, returns Nov. 11.
Tom Cruise’s “Top Gun Maverick” finally lands Nov. 19, and the long-awaited (filmed more than a year ago) remake of “West Side Story” hits the streets Dec. 10.
Still awaiting an opening date is “The Tragedy of Macbeth,” with Denzel Washington in the title role, along with this year’s best actress Oscar winner, Frances McDormand, as Lady Macbeth and Brendan Gleeson as King Duncan. How can Lady Macbeth resist rubbing her hands together demanding … “Out damn pandemic, out”?
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Photo Cutline: Mads Mikkelsen in “Doctor Strange”
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