The Week in Movie News: ‘Shazam!’ and ‘Lion King’ Casting, Marvel and More

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


Zachary Levi and Mark Strong to star in DC’s Shazam!: As Justice League gets ready to open, Warner Bros. announced some big news on another DC movie in the works: Shazam! will star Zachary Levi (who can be seen in the new Marvel movie Thor: Ragnarok) as the title superhero and Mark Strong as villain Doctor Sivana. Read more here and here.


Beyonce confirmed for The Lion King: Disney unveiled an official cast roster for its live-action The Lion King remake, and among the ensemble was Beyonce Knowles-Carter, confirmed to be playing Nala. Read more here.


The women of the MCU want an all-female Marvel movie: Some of the best Marvel movies are those with interesting character combinations, so the main actresses of the MCU franchise pitching a spin-off with just female characters is a very exciting prospect, as is the revelation that Jeff Goldblum’s Grandmaster and Benicio del Toro’s Collector will likely appear together someday. Read more here and here.


Thor: Ragnarok Live: For The Late Late Show with James Corden, the cast of Thor: Ragnarok performed a live rendition of parts of the movie before a surprised theater audience. Watch the amazing stunt below.


Taika Waititi on the funny DC Easter egg in Thor: Ragnarok. We talked to Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi, who was also an actor in DC’s Green Lantern, which led to a funny connection between the two movies. Read what he had to say here.


Downsizing looks to charm big crowds: Another trailer for Alexander Payne’s Downsizing debuted with a more comedic focus on the Matt Damon-led sci-fi movie. Watch it below.

The Disaster Artist looks like the opposite of a disaster: The second trailer for The Disaster Artist is filled with critical praise and James Franco and Dave Franco doing incredible-looking work. Check it out below:

Star Wars: The Last Jedi keeps the anticipation going: Another trailer arrived for the next Star Wars episode, this time for international audiences. Also this week, we got a look at the first TV spot for the movie. See them both here: