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Krysten Ritter, Aaron Paul to perform James Patterson book for Audible

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July 4 (UPI) — Krysten Ritter, Aaron Paul and Nathalie Emmanuel have signed on to perform The Coldest Case: A Black Book for Audible.

The prequel to James Patterson‘s bestselling, 2017 crime thriller, The Black Book, is part of a larger deal the author recently made to create a collection of audio-only Audible Original stories.

“I’m thrilled to collaborate with Audible on an extraordinary slate of original projects,” Patterson said in a press release.

“I’m particularly looking forward to building stories specifically for the listening experience — the spin of a tire wheel, the gravel in a villain’s voice, the note of triumph in a detective’s final words as he closes a case — all performed by gifted, top-tier talent. Audiences have been flocking to the audio arena, and I can’t wait to explore and innovate in a different medium.”



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Aldis Hodge in talks to play Hawkman in Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Black Adam’

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Sept. 26 (UPI) — The Invisible Man and Underground actor Aldis Hodge is in talks to play Hawkman in Black Adam, the comic-book adaptation starring Dwayne Johnson as the titular anti-hero.

Hodge’s casting negotiations were reported Friday by Variety, Deadline and EW.

Jungle Cruise director Jaume Collet-Serra will helm the project in Georgia next year.

Hawkman is a winged warrior and member of the DC Comics superhero team Justice Society of America.

Noah Centineo was previously announced to play society member Atom Smasher.

Hodge’s other credits include Straight Outta Compton, One Night in Miami and Hidden Figures.

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Yara Shahidi to play Tinker Bell in Disney’s live-action ‘Peter Pan’

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Sept. 26 (UPI) — Grown-ish star and Black-ish alum Yara Shahidi is set to play the iconic fairy Tinker Bell in Disney‘s new live-action version of Peter Pan and Wendy.

Shahidi has joined a cast that includes Jude Law as Captain Hook, Alexander Molony as Peter Pan and Ever Anderson as Wendy.

Pete’s Dragon director David Lowery is helming the project.

Shahidi is the first woman of color to play Tinker Bell on screen.

Margaret Kerry was the live-action model on whom the sprite was based in the animated 1953 film classic, Peter Pan, while Julia Roberts played Tinker Bell in the live-action Hook and Ludivine Sagnier played the pixie in 2003’s Peter Pan.

The movies were all inspired by J.M. Barrie‘s 1904 play, Peter Pan, and/or his 1911 novelization of it, Peter and Wendy.

The tale follows the adventures of a boy who never grows up and the curious human children he squires away to the magical world of Neverland.

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Samuel L. Jackson to reprise Nick Fury role in Disney+ series

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Sept. 26 (UPI) — Samuel L. Jackson is set to reprise his Marvel Cinematic Universe character of Nick Fury in a possible series for Disney+.

If the show is officially green-lit, it would be Jackson’s first lead TV role.

Mr. Robot scribe Kyle Bradstreet is writing and will executive produce the Marvel Studios project about the Avengers handler.

No details have been released regarding additional casting, a timeline or plot for the show.

Jackson has played Fury in numerous Marvel films, as well as in the ABC series, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, since 2008’s Iron Man.

Jackson’s other credits include Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained, the Star Wars franchise, Snakes on a Plane, Unbreakable, Glass and Coach Carter.

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