Monday Movie Report: Casting news on Idris Elba, Tom Holland

Hollywood casting has had a few strings tied to comic book movies recently.

The most recent bit of news dropped over the last 24 hours, with “Spider-Man: Homecoming” star Tom Holland getting cast in the novel adaptation “Cherry.”

Interestingly enough, the movie will be directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, the team behind “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Captain America: Civil War,” movies which Holland has performed in.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the story to be adapted follows a former United States Army medic suffering from PTSD who becomes addicted to opioids. As a result, the main character begins robbing banks.

In other casting updates, actor Idris Elba is likely to join the cast of the “Suicide Squad” sequel. According to THR, Elba is negotiating for the role of Deadshot, a character who was portrayed by Will Smith in the 2016 “Suicide Squad” picture.

Courtesy NBC

The film is set for release on Aug. 6, 2021 and is being helmed by James Gunn, who’s also helping in the writing process. While not confirmed, there are rumors that Margot Robbie, who starred in the 2016 movie as anti-hero Harley Quinn, is set to return.


At the weekend box, it was another good opening for Marvel Studios. The film “Captain Marvel,” starring Oscar winner Brie Larson, earned $153 million at its first outing. According to Box Office Mojo, it’s Marvel Studios’ seventh largest opening weekend.

The full top five of the weekend was:
1. Captain Marvel – $153,000,000
2. How to Train your Dragon 3 – $14,696,000
3. A Madea Family Funeral – $12,050,000
4. The LEGO Movie 2 – $3,825,000
5. Alita: Battle Angel – $3,200,000

For the upcoming weekend, new releases include the animated movie “Wonder Park,” the sci-fi thriller “Captive State” and the young adult romance “Five Feet Apart.”

On the small screen, meanwhile, home releases include:

  • The Crimes of Grindelwald, my rating: 1.5 out of 5, Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 2.07 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 37%.
  • Green Book, my rating: 3 out of 5, Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 3.5 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 78%.
  • Mortal Engines, my rating: 1 out of 5, Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 2.42, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 26%.

Author: Matthew Liedke

Journalist and film critic in Minnesota. Graduate of Rainy River College and Minnesota State University in Moorhead. Outside of movies I also enjoy sports, craft beers and the occasional video game.

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