Freeze frame: Letitia Wright; Nikkhil Advani; Timothy Olyphant; Jhulan Goswami
Letitia Wright, Shuri in Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War, has said she is “down” with idea of an all-female superhero ensemble film. “Let’s just do it! I think if we’re going into the next phase of Marvel, we’ve gotta completely tick that off the list. An all-female Marvel cinematic experience. I’m down for that,” Wright, 24, told Entertainment Tonight. Wright also hoped that her character is given more responsibility in future Marvel films instead of just being confined to her laboratory. “I would like to see (Shuri) venture out (of Wakanda) a little bit more and go on different missions around the world, and hopefully, she can go on those missions with her brother. I’d like to see her have a bit more responsibility in the land as well.”
Director Nikkhil Advani is set to make his next directorial venture with John Abraham in the lead. After directing the well-received D-Day, and POW: Bandhi Yuddh Ke and producing Airlift, he will tell the story of the gun battle at L-18 Batla House, Delhi which happened in September 2008. It was one of the most talked-about and controversial police operations of recent times. Advani last directed John Abraham in Salaam-E-Ishq. Batla House will go on floors this September and will be shot in Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur and Nepal.
Actor Timothy Olyphant is in negotiations to join the cast of Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. If finalised, the 49-year-old actor, who has acted in films such as Scream 2, Hitman and I Am Number Four, will join Hollywood stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt in Tarantino’s ninth film, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film will release on August 19 next year commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Charles Manson murders.
Fresh from the success of PadMan and 102 Not Out, Sony Pictures has acquired the rights
for a biopic of former India women’s cricket team skipper Jhulan Goswami. Sony will develop and produce the biopic in partnership with Dunamis Entertainment. Goswami is the highest wicket-taker in women’s Test cricket.