Jude Law is in talks to play the classic Disney villain, Captain Hook, in the studio’s live-action Peter Pan film “Peter Pan & Wendy,” sources tell Variety.

“Pete’s Dragon” director David Lowery is on board to direct the project. Lowery co-wrote the script with Toby Halbrooks, and Jim Whitaker is producing.

Disney’s 1953 animated classic is still the most successful adaptation of the J.M. Barrie novel about Peter Pan, the boy who wouldn’t age and the children whom he whisks away to the magical world of Neverland. Many other studios have made their own versions on the big and small screens, including Steven Spielberg’s “Hook” starring Robin Williams and Joe Wright’s “Pan,” both of which disappointed at the box office.

If the deal closes, Law would follow in the footsteps of Dustin Hoffman, Jason Isaacs and, most recently, Hugh Jackman as actors who have played the iconic pirate antagonist in previous retellings of the story.

Though there were rumors of the film ending up on Disney Plus, like the “Lady and the Tramp” live-action adaptation, sources say the release is expected to be theatrical.

Disney is coming off a very strong year of live-action adaptations with both “Aladdin” and “The Lion King” grossing $1 billion at the global box office. Disney was so happy with its “Aladdin” live-action film that it has already begun developing a sequel to the film.

Law is coming off of HBO’s “The New Pope.” He was also recently seen in Paramount’s “Rhythm Section.”

He is repped by CAA.

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“The Nest,” a drama about a family’s disastrous decision to relocate to England, will debut exclusively in theaters on Sept. 18, 2020.

The announcement is a sign that IFC Films, which purchased the film at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, has awards ambitions for the picture and for the performances of its stars Jude Law and Carrie Coon. It also signals that studios are gaining greater confidence that exhibitors will be back on line in the coming months after cinemas closed in March due to coronavirus.

“The Nest” is writer and director Sean Durkin’s follow-up to “Martha Marcy May Marlene.” The film follows Rory, a charismatic businessman played by Law, as he decides to move his family to his native England in order to cash in on the booming 1980’s London. Things do not go as planned. Not only does Rory struggle to establish himself, but he sticks his wife and kids in a run-down mansion they can’t afford to furnish and keep up. The isolation and mounting financial issues began to take a toll on their family bonds.

Variety’s Peter Debruge noted that the film benefit from creating a spooky atmosphere. “The real point of comparison between ‘The Nest’ and a movie like ‘The Shining’ lies in the psychological toll that a selfish father can have on his family,” he wrote. “In a sense, it has more in common with ‘Marriage Story’ or ‘The Souvenir’ — films about destructive male ego told, at least in part, from a female point of view. Rory may be the first character we meet, but the movie ultimately favors Allison (Coon), the screw-turning wife seemingly conjured from one of those ghostly classics where sinister things happen when a family relocates to freaky new digs.”

“We’re looking forward to releasing ‘The Nest’ in theaters this fall as Sean Durkin continues to prove what a masterful filmmaker he is, delivering career best performances from Jude Law and Carrie Coon.” said Arianna Bocco, executive VP of acquisitions and productions at IFC Films, in a statement.

“The Nest” was produced by Durkin, as well as by Ed Guiney, Derrin Schlesinger, Rose Garnett, Amy Jackson, and Christina Piovesan. It was executive produced by Andrew Lowe, Polly Stokes, Jude Law, Ben Browning, Glen Basner, Alison Cohen, and Milan Popelka, with co-producers Kasia Malipan and Noah Segal. The picture was developed with BBC Films, which financed it with FilmNation Entertainment. Telefilm Canada provided further backing. FilmNation Entertainment is handling international sales.

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Showtime has confirmed development of half-hour series The Auteur, starring Jude Law (The Young Pope) and directed by newly minted Oscar winner Taika Waititi (Jojo Rabbit), who will also write with Peter Warren (Ghost Team). Signaling its intention to pick up the project to series, the network has ordered multiple scripts of The Auteur, produced by Showtime and Legendary with Endeavor Content serving as studio
Based on the graphic novel by Rick Spears, James Callahan and Luigi Anderson, The Auteur is described as a gonzo horror-comedy, a twisted romance and a glamorous, high wire act of biting satire. In it, desperate to make a great horror movie after a massive bomb, a film producer accidentally traps his production on a backlot with a serial killer.

“The Auteur unites the wildly imaginative filmmaker Taika Waititi and the barbed wit of Peter Warren with the undeniable Jude Law in a bloody love letter to the movies that will make you simultaneously die laughing and want to run for your life,” said Amy Israel, Showtime’s EVP, Scripted Programming.

The Auteur is executive produced by Taika Waititi, Peter Warren, Jude Law, Eric Gitter, Rick Spears, James Callahan and Dan Halsted. Waititi is set to direct the pilot episode. Directing followup episodes would be subject to availability due to his hectic feature schedule.
Law received Oscar nominations for his performances in Cold Mountain and The Talented Mr. Ripley, along with a Golden Globe nom for HBO’s The Young Pope. He is set to reprise his starring roles in the Sherlock Holmes and Fantastic Beasts threequels.

Waititi wrote, directed, produced and starred in Jojo Rabbit, which won him an Oscar, a BAFTA and WGA for Best Adapted Screenplay and PGA and DGA nominations, as well as, an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. Waititi directed Thor: Ragnarok, as well as wrote and directed, the feature films Hunt for the Wilderpeople, What We Do in the Shadows and Boy. He serves as executive producer, co-writer, and director of FX’s TV series adaptation of What We Do in the Shadows, and directed the season finale of Disney+’s The Mandalorian, while also voicing the character IG-11.

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Happy Birthday Jude Law!


[Trailer] The Rhythm Section

Trailer for Jude new move The Rhythm Section is now out.
A woman seeks revenge against those who orchestrated a plane crash that killed her family.


Disney’s “Captain Marvel” is the newest member of the billion-dollar club.

The superhero tentpole starring Brie Larson officially surpassed $1 billion in ticket sales worldwide, reaffirming the long-known notion that female superheroes can hold their own at the box office. The blockbuster has generated $358 million in North America, along with $645 million overseas.

“Captain Marvel” is the seventh pic in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to reach this milestone, joining the ranks of “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Black Panther,” “The Avengers,” “Captain America: Civil War,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” and “Iron Man 3.” It also marks the 18th Disney movie to gross over $1 billion. The 21 films in the MCU have collectively hauled $18.5 billion to date.

“Captain Marvel” has been lauded as Marvel’s first blockbuster that centers on a female superhero. Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, the star-studded cast also includes Jude Law, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, and Annette Bening.

“Wonder Woman,” DC’s first female-led superhero film, paved the way, showing Hollywood that all kinds of audiences can get behind a little female empowerment. That tentpole — starring Gal Gadot and directed by Patty Jenkins — generated a massive $841 million globally.

Larson’s Carol Danvers (aka Captain Marvel) will make her Avengers debut in “Avengers: Endgame,” which hits the big screen on April 26. Post-credits scenes in both “Captain Marvel” and “Avengers: Endgame” teased the Kree warrior as the universe’s last, best hope after Thanos turned half of life in the galaxy to dust.

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Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law are set to reunite for the threequel, which now opens in theaters on Dec. 22, 2021.

Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures are partnering on the film, which is set to once again feature Downey as the iconic British detective, while Law will play his famous sidekick, Dr. Watson.

From a script by Chris Brancato, Sherlock Holmes 3 will hit theaters 10 years after the first sequel, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, debuted in December 2011 on its way to earning $545.4 million at the worldwide box office.

Sherlock Holmes, which was released Dec. 25, 2009, earned $524 million globally. Guy Ritchie directed the first two films.

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