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This Week in Movie News: Anthony Mackie Confirmed to Star in ‘Captain America 4,’ Dominique Thorne Joins ‘Black Panther 2’ and More

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Need a quick recap of the past week in movie news? Here are the highlights:


New Captain America: Disney and Marvel have sealed the deal on the next installment of their Captain America movie franchise. Deadline reports that Anthony Mackie has signed on to star in the fourth part of the series, existing within the mega-franchise of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This will be Mackie’s first solo MCU feature film as the lead, and the first Captain America movie centering the actor’s character, Sam Wilson, as the new Cap. Previously known as The Falcon, Sam took over the red, white and blue costume and shield from Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers in the TV series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. That show’s creator and head writer, Malcolm Spellman, is writing Captain America 4 with Dalan Musson, who was a staff writer on the program.


Ironheart joins Black Panther 2: Speaking of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the linking of movies and TV series, Dominique Thorne (Judas and the Black Messiah) will make her MCU debut in the feature film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. The actress is playing Riri Willams, a teenage genius who designs her own version of the Iron Man armor to become the young superhero Ironheart. We’ve already known for a while that Thorne will star in an Ironheart streaming series in the works. But this week, Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige revealed to ComicBook.com that Thorne will first appear in the Black Panther sequel. The movie is now shooting and is due in theaters on July 8, 2022.


Emma Stone will return as Cruella: Speaking of Disney sequels, the studio has secured the return of Emma Stone for a follow-up to their recent live-action One Hundred and One Dalmatians prequel, Cruella. The Oscar-winning actress had raised concerns she wouldn’t be back following disappointment with the first movie’s distribution strategy, but the studio seems to have made amends. Deadline reports that she will again portray the titular orphan turned fashion designer who is supposed to eventually age into one of the most iconic Disney Villains of all time — the dog-hating Cruella de Vil. Cruella 2 currently is without a release date.


Wes Anderson to direct Scarlett Johansson: Black Widow star Scarlett Johansson is the latest big name to join the next Wes Anderson movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The Oscar-nominated actress previously worked with the filmmaker on his 2018 animated feature Isle of Dogs, but this will be her first live-action role in an Anderson movie. THR also revealed that fellow Isle of Dogs voice actors Bryan Cranston and Liev Schreiber have joined the untitled project, which is currently shooting in Spain. Schreiber has already done a live-action movie with Anderson: this fall’s The French Dispatch. Jeffrey Wright, who makes his Anderson debut in that upcoming movie, also joined the next effort, as did Anderson film newbie Hope Davis.


Henry Thomas enters the Pet Sematary prequel: In other casting news, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and star Henry Thomas is the latest name attached to Paramount’s untitled Pet Sematary prequel, inspired by the original 1983 novel by Stephen King. Deadline reports the former child star joined the cast along with actress Samatha Mathis (Pump Up the Volume). Thomas previously co-starred in the Stephen King film adaptations Gerald’s Game, Doctor Sleep, and Desperation and the series Nightmares & Dreamscapes. Mathis also previously co-starred in Nightmares & Dreamscapes as well as two more Stephen King adaptations for television: the movie Salem’s Lot and the series Under the Dome.

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