Movie News: Matt Damon to Star in ‘Charlatan’


Charlatan: Matt Damon (Suburbicon, above) will star as a doctor turned con man in Charlatan. It’s based on a book by Pope Brock, first published in 2008, that told the true story of a medical doctor in Kansas who fooled his patients into believing he had found a cure for impotence. Brian Koppelman and David Levien (Ocean’s Thirteen) will write the screenplay. [Variety]

The Croods

The Croods 2: A sequel to The Croods (above) has now set a theatrical release date. The Croods 2 will once again feature a prehistoric family as they grapple with a new challenge: another family. Returning members of the voice cast include Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Cloris Leachman and Clark Duke. Leslie Mann will lend her vocal talents as well. Look for the animated comedy in theaters on September 18, 2020. [Coming Soon]

Lex Scott Davis

The Purge: The Island: Y’lan Noel (HBO’s Insecure) and Lex Scott Davis (above), known for TV’s Training Day, will star in the fourth installment in the Purge series. The Purge: The Island is reportedly set in Staten Island, New York and will serve as a prequel, detailing the very first Purge, when all crime is made legal for one night. The thriller is scheduled for release on July 4, 2018. [The Tracking Board]

Melissa McCarthy

Cook Off! Trailer: Melissa McCarthy (above) plays an aspiring chef in the ensemble comedy Cook Off! As the first trailer reveals, the movie revolves around a competition for amateur cooks from around the country; it will open in theaters later this year. [Movieclips]

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