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Month: February 2021

HBO’s THE LAST OF US Adaptation Casts Their Joel and Ellie

‘Last of Us’: ‘Game of Thrones’ Breakout Bella Ramsey to Star as Ellie (Exclusive) | Hollywood Reporter:

Bella Ramsey, perhaps best known for her breakout role as the fierce Lyanna Mormont in HBO’s Game of Thrones, is reuniting with the cabler to star in The Last of Us, the company’s adaptation of the hit video game.

Ramsey will play Ellie, a 14-year-old orphan who has never known anything but a ravaged planet and who struggles to balance her instinct for anger and defiance with her need for connection and belonging … as well as the newfound reality that she may be the key to saving the world.

Pedro Pascal Joins Bella Ramsey to Star in HBO’s ‘Last of Us’ | Hollywood Reporter:

Pedro Pascal is joining his former Game of Thrones co-star Bella Ramsey in The Last of Us, HBO’s adaptation of the hit video game, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The story set 20 years after modern civilization has been destroyed and centers on the relationship between Joel, a smuggler in this new world, and Ellie, a teenager who may be key to a cure for a deadly pandemic. Joel, a hardened survivor, is hired to smuggle the 14-year-old girl out of an oppressive quarantine zone. What starts as a small job soon becomes a brutal, heartbreaking journey as they traverse the U.S. and depend on each other for survival.

The Mandalorian star is playing Joel.

Sounds awesome to me.

Lucasfilm Drops Gina Carano From All Future Projects

‘The Mandalorian’ Star Gina Carano Fired Amid Social Media Controversy | Hollywood Reporter:

Gina Carano will not be returning to The Mandalorian or the Star Wars galaxy after sharing a post on social media implying that being a Republican today is like being Jewish during the Holocaust.

“Gina Carano is not currently employed by Lucasfilm and there are no plans for her to be in the future,” a Lucasfilm spokesperson said in a statement. “Nevertheless, her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable.”

Carano has also been dropped as a client by UTA, an agency spokesperson confirms.

This is not the first time Carano, who played former Rebel Alliance soldier Cara Dune on The Mandalorian, has been the focus of social media ire for her political comments. Last November, she issued contentious tweets, one in which she mocked mask-wearing amid the novel coronavirus pandemic and another in which she falsely suggested voter fraud occurred during the 2020 presidential election.

“They have been looking for a reason to fire her for two months, and today was the final straw,” a source with knowledge of Lucasfilm’s thinking tells THR.

According to sources, Lucasfilm planned to unveil Carano as the star of her own Disney+ series during a December investor’s day presentation but scrapped those plans following her November tweets. Multiple Mandalorian spinoffs are in the works from executive producers Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni, including Rangers of the New Republic, which could have potentially starred Carano.

You know, I was really rooting for Carano. Following her MMA run in Strikeforce (where I was a fan), I was excited to see her launch a pretty decent acting career in movies like DeadpoolHaywire and Fast Five.

But, I guess like fellow MMA fighter Tito Ortiz, those punches to the head really did a number on her.

It’s so wild to me to see a situation which, honestly, could’ve been solved by just not posting.

By no means do I support her views (though I admit its her right to have them, as dumbass as I believe them to be), but really, she had A PRIMARY ROLE IN THE STAR WARS UNIVERSE which she pissed away here by way of Twitter/Instagram.

Sure, I guess a future of being a butt-hurt “cancelled” commentator for Fox News and similar outlets is in her future, but…Jesus Christ. It’s amazing to see someone light a match, pour gasoline and burn a bridge in real time.

SOUND THE KLAXONS, CLONE HIGH to Return for HBO Max (Also, An Adult VELMA Show?)

‘Clone High’ Reboot, ‘Scooby Doo’ Spinoff & Pete Davidson Comedy Set At HBO Max – Deadline:

HBO Max is doubling down on adult animation, ordering three series and setting a bustling development slate.

The streamer has handed a two-season order to Clone High, the reboot of the classic MTV series with Phil Lord, Chris Miller and Bill Lawrence, and ordered Scooby-Doo spinoff Velma with Mindy Kaling set as lead voice star and exec producer and Fired on Mars from Pete Davidson.

TWO SEASONS!

For those who did not watch Clone High, it was an amazing show which gave us the rise of Lord and Miller. I think it’s only available for purchase digitally now.

It was the perfect encapsulation of early 00’s angst, colliding with surreal humor. Their interpretation of JFK is an all-timer.

Now, as for that Velma show…

Velma tells the origin story of Velma Dinkley, the unsung and underappreciated brains of the Scooby-Doo Mystery Inc. gang. Voiced and exec produced by Kaling, the series from Warner Bros. Animation has has Charlie Grandy, Howard Klein and Sam Register as executive producers.

I’m thinking / hoping this is basically Harley Quinn but for Velma?

Any way you slice it, I’m very excited for HBO Max’s focus on cartoons!