Movie News: Lizzy Caplan to Star in 'X-Men' Spin-off 'Gambit'; 'Murder on the Orient Express' Sequel on Its Way

Movie News: Lizzy Caplan to Star in 'X-Men' Spin-off 'Gambit'; 'Murder on the Orient Express' Sequel on Its Way

Nov 21, 2017

Now You See Me 2

Gambit: Lizzy Caplan (TV's Masters of Sex; Now You See Me 2, above) is in talks to join the cast of Gambit. If things work out, Caplan will play the female lead in the X-Men spin-off opposite Channing Tatum, who is set to portray the titular mutant character. Gore Verbinski (A Cure for Wellness) will direct the super-powered adventure, which is scheduled for release on February 24, 2019. [Variety]


Murder on the Orient Express

Death on the Nile: The new version of Murder on the Orient Express, directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh as Agatha Christie's famed detective Hercule Poirot, has already earned more than $148 million at the box office worldwide and so a sequel is on its way. Death on the Nile, based on another mystery novel by Christie featuring Poirot and set on a cruise boat, will be scripted by Michael Green, who adapted the new Murder. Branagh is expected to return as both star and director. A film version was first brought to the screen in 1978. [THR]


X-Men: Apocalypse

Shaft: Alexandra Shipp (X-Men: Apocalypse, above) is in final negotiations to play the female lead in Shaft. The sequel will star Jessie T. Usher (Independence Day: Resurgence) as an FBI agent who is the estranged son of the famed private detective, to be played by Samuel L. Jackson, star of the 2000 reboot. The cast includes Richard Roundtree, who starred in the original 1971 crime drama; Tim Story (Ride Along 2) will direct. [Deadline]


24 Hours to Live

24 Hours to Live Trailer: In the whiz-bang, action-packed first trailer for 24 Hours to Live, Ethan Hawke is introduced as a hitman who has somehow been resurrected so that he can complete one last timely mission, lest he once again lose his life. Rutger Hauer, Liam Cunningham and Nathalie Bolt also star; the movie will be released on December 1. [Movieclips]

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