The Good, The Bad & The Nerdy for July 10, 2018
Billy Dee Williams, the actor who famously played Lando Calrissian, will reprise the role for Star Wars: Episode IX. Williams will be returning to the Star Wars big screen for the first time since 1983’s Return of the Jedi. The character made his suave debut in Empire Strikes Back. Episode IX is being directed by J.J. Abrams and will reunite Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver, among others. Keri Russell is one of the new additions to the cast. The film opens Dec. 20, 2019.
Prolific Marvel comic king Stan Lee —the man behind Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Hulk and dozens of others—is dropping his $1 billion lawsuit against POW! Entertainment for fraud, two months after the suit was filed in his name. “The whole thing has been confusing to everyone, including myself and the fans, but I am now happy to be surrounded by those who want the best for me,” Lee said in a statement. “I am thrilled to put the lawsuit behind me, get back to business with my friends and colleagues at POW! and launch the next wave of amazing characters and stories!” This news comes on the heels of a judge granting a restraining order to protect Lee and his family against a memorabilia collector who allegedly embezzled assets worth $5 million or more.
Jeremy Renner is joining Jamie Foxx in Spawn, the movie adaptation of the comic book. Foxx is set to star as Al Simmons, a black-ops agent who is betrayed and murdered, with his soul sent to hell for all the innocents he killed. He makes a deal with a demon who allows him to return to Earth and see his wife, but in a cruel twist, five years have now passed and his wife has moved on. Simmons now roams the earth as a disfigured superpowered spawn of Hell who is trapped in the middle of a war between Heaven and Hell. Renner will play Twitch, a good cop surrounded by corrupt officers who ends up working with Spawn. The character was a key player in the comic and even headlined his own comic.
Who’s excited for the new season of Orange Is The New Black?
Jerry O’Connell is set to host a new late-night talk show, titled Real Men Watch Bravo, premiering this fall. The actor will co-exec produce the series with Andy Cohen. (O’Connell is a frequent guest on “Watch What Happens Live” with Andy Cohen.) Each episode of the show will feature O’Connell and a panel of male celebrities, comedians and tastemakers discussing pop culture with an emphasis on Bravo programming.
Finally, we head back to Star Wars for an interesting, classical take on the Imperial March. Doesn’t sound as threatening in this style, does it?