The Purge 4: James DeMonaco, who wrote and directed the first three installments in the Purge series (above on the set of The Purge: Election Year), says that the next movie is currently titled The Purge: The Island. DeMonaco is writing the prequel, which revolves around “the first experimental Purge” when all crime is declared legal. He says it will be set on Staten Island. Gerard McMurray will direct the movie, scheduled for release on July 4, 2018. [Vulture]
Aladdin: Will Smith (above in Suicide Squad) shared a photo from the first day of shooting on Disney’s live-action Aladdin (below), featuring himself (the Genie) with Mena Massoud (Aladdin), Naomi Scott (Princess Jasmine) and Marwan Kenzari (Jafar). Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad, Billy Magnussen and Numan Acar also star; Guy Ritchie is directing. New recordings of songs from the animated version will be included, as well as two new songs. [Facebook]
We just started shooting Aladdin and I wanted to intro you guys to our new family… Mena Massoud/Aladdin, Naomi Scott/Princess Jasmine, Marwan Kenzari/Jafar, and I’m over here gettin my Genie on. Here we go!
Woody Allen: Jude Law (King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, above) has joined the cast of Woody Allen’s next movie. Elle Fanning, Selena Gomez and Timothée Chalamet are already confirmed to star. As usual with the filmmaker, no plot details about the untitled project have been revealed. [Variety]
mother! Trailer: Jennifer Lawrence stars in a new trailer for Darren Aronofsky’s mother! Footage that has not been seen before hints at possible twists and turns in the thriller, which also stars Javier Bardem, Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer. It opens on September 15. [Movieclips]