Film news you might have missed this week
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In all the excitement over the UK general election, you might have missed out on some exciting film news this week. If you're looking to catch up, here are a few of the major headlines. Zhang Ziyi joins cast of Godzilla: King Of The Monsters Zhang Ziyi (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; The Grandmaster) has joined the cast of Godzilla: King of the Monsters, the planned sequel to 2014's Godzilla. She is set to play a recurring role as an operative of the secretive Monarch organization, which appeared in both Godzilla and Kong: Skull Island. Ziyi will also play the character in Godzilla vs. Kong, as part of Warner Bros. and Legendary's MonsterVerse. Godzilla: King of the Monsters will be directed by Michael Dougherty from a script he co-wrote with Zach Shields and is set for a March, 2019 release. Mellissa McCarthy will star in Christmas comedy Margie Claus Mellissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids, Ghostbusters) will play Margie Claus in a Christmas musical comedy directed by Ben Falcone and co-written with Damon Jones. The premise involves Santa Claus going missing on Christmas Eve, forcing Margie to leave her home in the North Pole “for the first time in eons” to rescue him. Margie Claus is set for a November 2019 release. Joel Edgerton set to write and direct gay deprogram drama Boy Erased Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby, Loving), who made his directorial debut with 2015's The Gift, is now set to write and direct Boy Erased, based on the memoir by Garrard Conley. The book is about Conley's experiences with a church-supported conversion therapy programme that aimed to "cure" homosexuality. Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea) is set to star and Edgerton is reportedly pursuing Russel Crowe and Nicole Kidman for supporting roles. Boy Erased is expected to start production in the fall.
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