Sony’s upcoming video-game adaptation Uncharted has reportedly cast Mark Wahlberg as Victor Sully. The news comes courtesy of Variety, which is reporting that the Academy Award nominee will mentor Tom Holland’s young Nathan Drake in the film. While it certainly seems like a weird casting choice, it actually makes sense once you factor in Wahlberg’s relationship with the property.
For the people who haven’t played the games, the film will act as an origin story of sorts of the adventurer. While the casting choice certainly seems very out of place, it’s not much of a surprise really. Mark Wahlberg was eyeing the role of Nathan Drake years before when the film was being developed by David O. Russel. Now that the film has been repurposed into a prequel to the hit game franchise, it seems like Wahlberg really wanted to join the film in some capacity. It’s a similar situation to Jake Gyllenhaal’s casting in Spider-Man: Far From Home, another Sony franchise that Holland leads.
The untitled Uncharted film is being directed by Travis Knight (Bumblebee), who incidentally has also directed Wahlberg in The Six Billion Dollar Man. The film is in development right now and is currently slated for a December 18, 2020 release date.
Netflix today announced that the soon-to-be-launched fantasy-drama, The Witcher, will return for a second season. Season 1 of the show, based on the best-selling book series will launch on the streaming service on 20 December 2019. The renewal places The Witcher in a rare list of series to have been renewed even before the launch of the first season.
The series’ showrunner, Lauren Schmidt Hissrich said, “I’m so thrilled that before fans have even seen our first season, we are able to confirm that we’ll be returning to The Continent again to continue telling the stories of Geralt, Yennefer and Ciri.” Executive Producers for season two will be Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, Tomek Baginski, Jason Brown, Sean Daniel, Mike Ostrowski and Steve Gaub.
I’m so thrilled to announce: Geralt, Yennefer, and Ciri will be back for more adventures… in Season Two.
I could not be more proud of what the amazing cast and crew of The Witcher have accomplished, and can’t wait for the world to dig in and enjoy these stories with us. ❤️⚔️🐺 pic.twitter.com/evWoHvUl1e
The second season will see the key cast, including Henry Cavill (Mission Impossible – Fallout, Man of Steel) as Geralt of Rivia, Anya Chalotra (The ABC Murders, Wanderlust) as Yennefer, and Freya Allan (The Third Day, Into The Badlands) as Ciri, return. Details about the director of the series and additional cast members will be announced soon.
Production for Season 2 will begin in London, early 2020, for a planned debut in 2021. The Witcher season 2 will also feature eight episodes.
The Witcher season 1 will debut on Netflix on December 20. You can find more about the show here.
Last year’s Netflix original Sex Education was a breath of fresh air in the young-adult genre. The show focuses on teenage sex and how teens in that awkward period have, well, awkward experiences.
In season 2, as a late bloomer, Otis must master his newly discovered sexual urges in order to progress with his girlfriend Ola whilst also dealing with his now strained relationship with Maeve. Meanwhile, Moordale Secondary is in the throes of a Chlamydia outbreak, highlighting the need for better sex education at the school and new kids come to town who will challenge the status quo.
Netflix has now revealed many new details about season 2, However, before you read them below, we’d like to advise a word of caution as they may give away certain spoilers from the show:
Maeve and Aimee’s BFF relationship is stronger than ever since Aimee ditched ‘the Untouchables’.
Eric notices his new-found self-confidence attracting unfamiliar kinds of attention.
Adam is at military school, still conflicted by his feelings for Eric.
Lily has hit pause on her sexual endeavors to focus on her creative talents and finds a newfound friend in Ola.
Jackson is forced to flex his mental rather than physical muscle and is still buckling under the pressure from his parents to succeed.
Jean and Jakob’s relationship is discovered and they have to learn how to operate as a blended family. Jean forms an unlikely connection with Mrs. Groff and friendship between the two women begins to form.
There’s no doubt that Netflix is very happy with the success of the first season, as it seems like this is a series that’ll benefit from a long-term investment.
Sex Education will return to Netflix with 8 brand new episodes in 2020. You can find more about season 2 here.
Doctor Sleep is directed by Mike Flanagan (Gerald’s Game) and stars Ewan McGregor as a grown-up Danny Torrance. If you haven’t read the books, then this is effectively all you need to, and should, know before stepping into the theater. Fans of Stephen King will know that Kubrick’s The Shining adaptation wasn’t exactly faithful to the book. Well, those fans can rest easy as Flanagan has made a worthy sequel to both the book and the film.
Doctor Sleep takes place in the same cinematic universe as Kubrick’s 1980 classic, but also includes the more fantastical elements from King’s books. Starting off with a small flashback to a young Danny learning to control his powers, we jump about 30 years into the future. Having escaped the harrowing events of the past, Danny is living in a small town away from the prying eyes of the evil spirits who once haunted him. At the same time, he’s also become very alcoholic.
Alongside him, we also follow a cult known as The True Knot, led by Rebecca Ferguson’s enigmatic performance as Rose The Hat. The True Knot’s purpose is, well, unknown. But their methods aren’t. Having survived millennia by preying on those with the Shine, they find out about Abra (Kyliegh Curran), a young girl whose Shine is much more powerful than anyone has ever encountered. At the same time, Abra and Danny form a connection and bond over their powers.
Alright, now that we’ve set up the basic plot, let’s talk about the technicals. Flanagan shines (sorry) in his technical wizardry behind the camera. Having written, directed and edited this film, it’s rare to see a major studio giving so much control to a filmmaker over a popular property. But then again, Kubrick also had full control over his vision of the first adaptation. But with this control doesn’t warrant every part of the movie to be outstanding, much as I want it to be.
The first act is slow. Very deliberately slow. We don’t just jump onto the plot. We wait for it. As Flanagan lets us peek into the lives of our characters, the feeling of uneasiness takes over. And it’s just this fear of the unknown and unexplained that makes up so much of the horror in the film. These 2 films and their source material don’t abide by the usual horror tropes. Say goodbye to jumpscares, as these films fully embrace the fact that fear comes from the unknown. With that said, Doctor Sleep does manage to take a more direct approach to horror.
A lot of that can be attributed to the film’s more fantastical elements. The True Knot’s vampirical imagery, the treatment of the shining as a superpower, all of these things help the film with its more mainstream approach. Even the title itself has a superhero ring to it, as it becomes Danny’s alter-ego later in the film. Another thing that I really liked was the use of actual actors and using make-up to play older legacy characters.
If you’ve seen the trailers, you’ll know that the film does revisit The Overlook. While that does happen in the third act, and it indulges itself in a lot of homages to The Shining, it doesn’t detract from the experience. And of course, that’s where things go really crazy, with it revisiting and recreating scenes from its predecessor.
Doctor Sleep is a sequel that manages to respect the classic story and stand on its own. And that is rare to see these days.