Chris Pine in “Wonder Woman”
Chris Pine, fresh from the $821 million “Wonder Woman” grosses, has completed the science-fantasy film “A Wrinkle in Time,” opening March 9 with Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling and Zach Galifianakis. Pine currently is shooting the Netflix historical action film “Outlaw King,” in which he plays Robert the Bruce, opposite “Nocturnal Animals” Oscar-nominee Aaron Taylor Johnson. Sadly, you’ll have to wait until December 2019 for the “Wonder Woman” sequel.
Hugh Jackman, who shredded his body to make nine “Wolverine” films and returned to his musical roots in “The Greatest Showman,” with Zac Efron, Michele Williams and Zendaya (opening Christmas Day), is now filming the political comedy/ drama “The Front Runner” (for director Jason Reitman, who gave us “Juno” and “Up in the Air”). Jackman is playing 1988 presidential candidate Gary Hart, who dropped out when the scandal of his extramarital affairs made headlines. His co-stars are Oscar-winner J.K. Simmons and Oscar-nominee Vera Farmiga (for Reitman’s “Up in the Air”). Based on Matt Bai’s bestselling book “All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid,” it’s very timely for what’s happening in politics today.
Steve Carell became a TV star playing Michael Scott in “The Office” (2005-2011) and began making films such as “Bruce Almighty” (2003), starring Jim Carrey, and the sequel, “Evan Almighty” (2007), in which he became the star. Carell rose through the ranks in “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” (2004) and “Bewitched,” then starred in “The Forty-Year-Old Virgin” (2005), “Get Smart” (2008), the “Despicable Me” (2010) franchise and “Crazy, Stupid, Love” (2011). He’s currently on screen in “The Battle of the Sexes,” with Emma Stone, playing Bobby Riggs to her Billy Jean King.
Carell has completed the Amazon studios “Beautiful Boy” (produced by Brad Pitt), co-starring Oscar-winner Timothy Hutton and Maura Tierney, and is now shooting “Back Seat” (also produced by Pitt), with Oscar-winner Christian Bale and Amy Adams, and Robert Zemeckis’ “Last Flag Flying,” with Bryan Cranston and Laurence Fishburne (opening November 2018). He’s also shooting director Robert Zemeckis’ fantasy drama “The Woman of Marwen,” with Leslie Mann and Diane Kruger.
Andrew Garfield, Oscar nominated this year for “Hacksaw Ridge,” must have been disappointed by the poor turnout for Martin Scorsese’s “Silence” (especially after losing a ton of weight to do it). He’s currently on screen in “Breathe,” with “Downton Abbey’s” Hugh Bonneville, and has completed the neo-noir crime thriller “Under Silver Lake,” with Riley Keough (Elvis’ granddaughter) and Topher Grace (“That ‘70s Show”). Will Garfield be able to “Breathe” “Under Silver Lake” without his “Spider-Man” costume?