Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images(LONDON) — Fleabag‘s Emmy-winning creator and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge has signed on to the upcoming fifth Indiana Jones adventure.
The actress will co-star with Harrison Ford for director James Mangold’s take on the dashing archaeologist, production of which has begun to spin up.
Plot details are still hush-hush, but what is known is the fifth Indy movie is set to bow on July 29, 2022.
Incidentally, while the British actress and Killing Eve co-producer has never worked with Ford, she starred as the Millennium Falcon‘s sassy droid co-pilot L3-37 in Solo, which was about the early days of Ford’s iconic Star Wars character.
Both projects were produced by Lucasfilm, which is owned by ABC News’ parent company Disney.
Netflix/Des Willie(LONDON) — Netflix, which brought the drama of Britain’s Royal Family to millions of people with its Emmy-winning hit The Crown, is mourning the death of Prince Philip, who died at age 99. Matt Smith and Tobias Menzies, who both portrayed the Duke of Edinburgh at different points in his life on the show, have also sounded off.
In a statement to Newsweek, Menzies wrote: “If I know anything about the Duke of Edinburgh I’m fairly sure he wouldn’t want an actor who has portrayed him on television giving their opinion on his life, so I’ll leave it to Shakespeare.” Menzies then quoted The Bard’s As You Like It: “O good old man! How well in thee appears The constant service of the antique world…” concluding it with “Rest in Peace.”
A representative for Smith expressed his condolences to Queen Elizabeth II to the U.K.’s Express, adding, “Prince Philip was the man. And he knew it.” The statement concluded, “Thank you for your service old chap — it won’t be the same without you.”
Netflix released a statement as well, noting, “Netflix, Left Bank Pictures, Sony Pictures Television, and the production team on The Crown are deeply saddened to hear of the death of The Duke of Edinburgh. Our thoughts are with the entire Royal Family at this sad time.”
Jonathan Pryce will be the next actor to portray the late Prince Philip as The Crown continues.
Paramount Pictures(LOS ANGELES) — After buzzing the July 4 tower, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell has done another of his patented fly-bys: ABC Audio has confirmed that Top Gun: Maverick is now landing on November 22.
This will be the fourth release date for the Tom Cruise sequel. It was initially supposed to come out July 12, 2019, but was bumped to December 2020 in a vain effort to outrun the pandemic, and then again moved to its July date.
The new November 22 date bumps another Tom Cruise movie, Mission: Impossible 7, to May 22 of 2022.
The shifting of the Paramount Pictures tentpole films rippled through the studio’s release schedule, leading to the following changes:
The G.I. Joe spin-off Snake Eyes has been moved from October 22, 2021 to July 23, 2021.
Jackass 4 has been moved from September 3 to October 22, 2021′
The untitled Bee Gees movie will open November 4
Dungeons & Dragons has been moved from May 27, 2022 to March 3, 2023
The next Star Trek movie will open June 9, 2023
Mission Impossible 8 has been moved from November 4, 2022 to July 7, 2023
Disney Parks(LOS ANGELES) — After its opening was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Disney has announced that on June 4, its anticipated Avengers Campus will finally open at Disney’s California Adventure park at Disneyland in Anaheim, California.
The park itself will fully re-open, only for California residents at first, on April 30. However, California Governor Gavin Newsom recently announced that the Golden State will be fully open for business on June 15, including theme parks.
The Avengers campus will be a must-see for die-hard Marvel movie fans, complete with movie accurate re-creations of locations as seen in Doctor Strange and other films, as well as the interactive attraction WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure. Tom Holland — Spider-Man himself — was tapped to help bring the 3-D experience to life.
“What Walt Disney Imagineers have created is pretty spectacular,” Holland previously explained to Good Morning America. “When I first joined [the MCU] playing Spider-Man, I went to [the] Avengers headquarters [set] and it was just a bunch of green screens. So the fact that there will be a legit place where people can…visit is pretty awesome.”
The campus will also feature never-before seen tech that was co-created with the engineering wizardry of the late Grant Imahara. The Mythbusters veteran, who died unexpectedly last summer, helped design bleeding-edge-tech acrobatic robot “stuntmen” that will be dressed as Spidey, and swing and tumble over the heads of park visitors.
The Avengers Campus will also provide a perfect backdrop for the Guardians of the Galaxy — Mission: BREAKOUT attraction, which was an overhaul of Disneyland’s existing “Tower of Terror” ride at the California park.
ABC(NEW YORK) — While her character in the CBS sitcom Mom isn’t the ideal mother to say the least, Allison Janney is just fine only playing a mom on TV.
In a chat on Drew Barrymore’s talk show, the 61-year-old, six-time Emmy winner explained she’s “OK with” her decision not to have children.
“I think if I would have found the right guy at the right time who wanted to have kids, I probably would have with the right partner, because I wasn’t ever really confident that I wanted to have kids,” the actress explained.
“I would rather regret not having kids than have kids and regret that,” Janney admitted. “I’m OK with it.”
The I, Tonya Oscar nominee never married, either — though was engaged for two years to her former Our Very Own co-star Richard Jenik, before they split in 2006.
The currently single star told Drew that she’s been “virtually dating” of late, but if nothing pans out, that’s OK, too. “[A]t this time in my life [I’m] getting to know who I am and what I want,” the actress says. “I’d love to eventually find someone to share my life with, but if it doesn’t happen, I’ll be just fine.”