Alicia Vikander is officially your new Lara Croft, and she’ll play the role a little differently to Angelina Jolie. Speaking to the The Sunday Times, Alicia revealed the new film is ’[about] a girl living in east London… the story of her becoming who we know her as. I’ve read a lot of scripts, and ideas of women in these big films just make me fucking — excuse my language — snore and go, ‘Come on, aren’t we past this?’ This actually has relationships and stories’.
Everyone’s favourite pre-Mean Girls black comedy is officially slated for a remake, but this time, it’ll be on the small screen. TV Land have picked up the 1988 film for an anthology series, set in the present day where the original outcasts have become the popular girls. The Heathers are a) a black lesbian, b) a gender-queer male and c) has a body like Martha Dumptruck. Very diverse. Are you excited?
Jumanji is a 90s cult classic, telling the tale of a 12-year-old boy who gets trapped in a board game. We didn’t think you could get much better than the original, but Sony seemed to disagree, slating a remake for 2017. Karen Gillan is confirmed as the female lead, opposite Dwayne The Rock Johnson and Kevin Hart. Jack Black and Nick Jonas are also slated to appear in the remake that's getting more exciting by the second.
Mary Poppins without Julie Andrews?! A new nanny might be hard to picture for fans of the original 1964 film, but Emily Blunt is officially confirmed as the new nanny to dole out a spoonful of sugar! Due out on Christmas Day 2018, we're very excited. As for how Julie Andrews feels about her new-gen replacement? Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, ’Rob [Marshall, the film’s director] said he was in the Hamptons, and he saw [Andrews], and he said, 'It's top secret, but Emily Blunt's playing Mary Poppins... And she went, 'Oh, wonderful!' I felt like I wanted to cry. It was lovely to get her stamp of approval. That took the edge off it, for sure’. As for her Mary? ‘She’s a little meaner, yeah. We're delving into the books a lot more, it's a different version of the character’.
Keira Knightley just signed on as the Sugar Plum Fairy! Disney are remaking the Christmas classic, with Mackenzie Foy as Clara and Misty Copeland and Morgan Freeman also on board. We cannot wait to see the costumes…
A Star Is Born
As soon as we heard Beyoncé had signed on, we were seriously interested. But before you get excited, Queen Bey is too busy running the world to play the aspiring actor, so is handing over the reigns to none other than Lady Gaga. Directed by Bradley Cooper, the film would also star Bradley as a troubled, alcoholic movie star in the fourth reboot of the film originally released in 1937. Nothing has been confirmed so far, but a possible release date could be 2017.
Beauty and the Beast
Disney fans all over the world were ecstatic when Emma Watson was cast as Belle in Disney’s live action remake, set to fall in love with Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens as the Beast. But after months of painful speculation, we FINALLY have our first look at Emma Watson in the film. We warn you, it's more teaser than trailer... Watch it below
Will Spider-Man be the same without Tobey Maguire?! We've already had time to deal with the fact there will be a brand new Peter Parker (hello, Wolf Hall's Tom Holland), but we're SO excited about Zendaya's casting in the as-yet untitled film. Zendaya is definitely in a lead role, with rumours saying she'll play a character called Michelle, and probably won't be Peter's lady. She's too badass to just play a love interest, anyway… The film is due out in July 2017, so we'll bring more details as we have them!
The film that saw Reese Witherspoon and Sarah Michelle Gellar battle it out for Ryan Phillippe's affections might be a (not quite) '00s classic, but the dark drama is getting a 2016 reboot, due to show on America's NBC. Set 15 years after the original film, the TV show will follow Bash Casey, the son of Annette and the late Sebastian. There's also a "strong female aunt", who has a close relationship with Bash. With the promise of sex, money, secrets and lies, this looks like a must-watch series, especially now Sarah Michelle Gellar has confirmed her return. Reese Witherspoon is definitely not coming back, but her replacement, Kate Levering, is confirmed.
The Jungle Book
Not one, but TWO Jungle Book remakes have been in the works recently, with Warner Bros and Disney going head to head. Disney bagged Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba, Bill Murray and Lupita Nyong’o, competing against the Warner cast in Jungle Book: Origins includes Cate Blanchett, Christian Bale, Benedict Cumberbatch and even Gollum (aka Andy Serkis). Catch the Disney trailer below.
It's official! Dirty Dancing is getting a reboot - but for the small screen?! US TV channel ABC (that's a lot of initials...) have just confirmed a three-hour remake of the cult dance flick, with a pretty unexpected actress in the lead role. Abigail Breslin has just been confirmed to take over the role of Baby, originally played by Jennifer Grey. We still can't get over her transformation from Little Miss Sunshine's Olive to Chanel #5 in Scream Queens! Now this?! Debra Messing has also signed on to the flick.
First 1970, then 2000, now 2016?! Charlie's Angels is officially getting it's third reboot in the next couple of years, with Pitch Perfect's Elizabeth Banks in talks to direct. We all remember Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu and Drew Barrymore taking on the tough trio, but who will fill their heeled boots next? Time will tell...
And as if that's not enough, check out these confirmed celebrities signed on for sequels, too.
Which films are you excited to see, and which should be left alone? Let us know below!