Tomorrow's Theater ... Today

Greg Dean Schmitz

FML's newest column continues this week with upcoming movies associated with this week's "The Intruder," "Long Shot," and "UglyDolls."


A Dog's Journey (5/17/2019)
For a movie opening on over 2,200 screens as counter-programming against "Avengers: Endgame," this week's "The Intruder" sort of snuck up on us like some sort of, well, Intruder. Likewise, we're just two weeks away from another movie starring Dennis Quaid, though this one's trailer has received more attention (plus, it's also a sequel). Dennis Quaid, who plays the evil title character in "The Intruder" will have a nicer role in "A Dog's Journey," as the owner of the title dog voiced by Josh Gad. "A Dog's Journey" is of course the sequel to 2017's "A Dog's Purpose," which opened to $18.2 million.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters (5/31/2019)
After making his lead acting debut playing Ice Cube in 2015's "Straight Outta Compton," O'Shea Jackson Jr. is now regularly appearing in films that have nothing at all to do with his dad. This week, Jackson costarred in "Long Shot" as Seth Rogen's friend, and later this month, he'll be seen again as part of the ensemble cast in "Godzilla: King of the Monsters." You'd be forgiven for not realizing Jackson was even in the movie, as not only does the film have over a dozen human costars, but the trailers also have to introduce three classic monsters (Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah), as well as little hints like there actually being seventeen monsters in this one. So, we'll forgive the trailers if you didn't already know that O'Shea Jackson, Jr. is costarring with TV stars Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things), Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights), and Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel).

The Lion King (7/19/2019)
Speaking of ensemble casts, this summer's remake of "The Lion King" might have even more (and arguably, bigger) stars. "The Lion King" also happens to feature the voice of one of the other stars of "Long Shots," as Seth Rogen is voicing Pumbaa the warthog, with Billy Eichner voicing his "Kakuna Matata" singing partner Timon the meerkat. Of course, they're just supporting characters to the movie's lions, who will be voiced by Donald Glover (Simba), Beyoncé Knowles-Carter (Nala), Chiwetel Ejiofor (Scar), Alfre Woodard (Sarabi), and James Earl Jones (reprising his role as Mufasa). In addition to songs from the original movie (including "Circle of Life" and "Can You Feel the Love Tonight"), the remake will also reportedly feature a new song (written by Elton John) over the credits to be sung by Beyoncé.

Zeroville (9/6/2019)
The 'Long Shot" cast are sort of dominating the trailers this week, mostly because the voice cast of "UglyDolls" are mostly singers who don't have any other films in the works yet (since their "day job" careers are as musical performers). So, we're going to stick with Seth Rogen for one more movie, as he's one of the friends of James Franco who helped him out with the indie film "Zeroville." The curious thing about "Zeroville" is that it has a lot in common with Quentin Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" (7/26/2019), which is also set in Los Angeles in 1969. In addition to James Franco (in the lead role) and Seth Rogen, the Zeroville ensemble cast also includes Will Ferrell, Megan Fox, Danny McBride, Jacki Weaver, and James' brother Dave Franco (as Montgomery Clift).

The Addams Family (10/11/2019) (Charlize Theron)
Charlize Theron is having a pretty busy 2019, starting with Long Shot, and ending with both an animated movie reboot of a beloved franchise, and what's presumed to be one of the year's big awards seasons contenders. That animated reboot is of course, The Addams Family, which has been a long time coming, including a time when it was almost directed by Tim Burton (that makes sense). Charlize Theron will be voicing Morticia, with Oscar Isaac (AKA Poe Dameron from Star Wars: The Force Awakens) voicing her husband Gomez. Their kids Wednesday and Pugsley will be voiced by Chloe Grace Moretz and Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things), respectively. The Addams Family is part of a pretty crowded flock of movies timed for Halloween, which also include Joker, and the sequels Zombieland: Double Tap and Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.

Jumanji 3 (12/13/2019) (Nick Jonas)
It was a big week for the Jonas Brothers, with Joe getting married to Sophie Turner (AKA Sansa Stark) in Las Vegas, and Nick Jonas starring in this week's "UglyDolls." Nick Jonas also wisely attached himself to the revived Jumanji franchise by costarring in "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" in 2017, and he's also returning for the not-yet-titled Jumanji 3 in December. Other returning cast members like Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson, and Karen Gillan will also be joined in the third Jumanji by new cast members Awkwafina, Danny DeVito, and Danny Glover in unknown roles. We also don't know the premise just yet, but one guess is that after the first two movies featured first a board game, and then an old school game cartridge, is that the third film could have a more current game style.

Fair and Balanced (12/20/2019)
Speaking of movies that don't yet have official titles, one of this year's awards contenders is thought to be the movie about FOX News founder Roger Ailes and the various accusations of sexual misconduct behind the scenes at the network. (We're seeing the title "Fair and Balanced" more and more now, but it's not yet officially confirmed, and there's also no trailer yet.) The movie will have several famous actresses playing both real life news celebrities and also some composite characters (notably, Margot Robbie plays one). "Long Shot" star Charlize Theron will play Fox's most famous personality, Megyn Kelly, and Nicole Kidman will be playing Gretchen Carlson. Other costars will include Connie Britton, Allison Janney, SNL star Kate McKinnon, Malcolm McDowell (as Rupert Murdoch), and John Lithgow as Roger Ailes himself.