Movie News: Zendaya Joins Hugh Jackman's Musical 'Greatest Showman'; Watch Charming 'Pete's Dragon' Clip

Movie News: Zendaya Joins Hugh Jackman's Musical 'Greatest Showman'; Watch Charming 'Pete's Dragon' Clip

Jul 13, 2016


The Greatest Showman on Earth: Zendaya (Spider-Man: Homecoming) is in negotiations for a key role in the musical The Greatest Showman on Earth. Hugh Jackman will star as famed circus founder P.T. Barnum. If things work out, Zendaya will portray the girlfriend of a character to be played by Zac Efron. Michelle Williams is also in talks for the movie. [Deadline]


The Ward

Halloween: Filmmaker and composer John Carpenter, who is currently touring the world as a musician, says: "Right now, I am interested in my music career. … It's just so much fun to do." As to filmmaking, he says: "I had to stop. I had no life. It [filmmaking] is so stressful." He will serve as executive producer for the upcoming new version of Halloween, however, and says: "Maybe I'll do the music." Carpenter composed the theme music for the original 1978 horror movie. [Screen]


Jennifer Yuh Nelson

Darkest Minds: Jennifer Yuh Nelson, an animation veteran who most recently directed Kung Fung Panda 3, will direct the live-action movie Darkest Minds. It's based on the first book in a trilogy by Alexandra Bracken about life after a pandemic kills most children and teenagers. Some young survivors then develop superpowers deemed dangerous and are thus locked up in internment camps. [THR]


Pete's Dragon

Pete's Dragon Clip: A charming new clip from Pete's Dragon features young Oona Laurence and Oakes Fegley talking about imaginary friends. Directed by David Lowery, the new version of the tale follows a young man who says he lives in the woods with a dragon named Elliot. Bryce Dallas Howard and Robert Redford also star; look for the movie in theaters on August 12. [Movieclips]

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