Disney Interested in Beyonce as Nala for Live Action Version of THE LION KING

Queen Bey appears ready to unleash her inner lioness. Variety is reporting that Disney and Jon Favreau are both interested in casting the pop icon Beyonce as Nala for the upcoming live action adaptation of The Lion King. This would add her to the already impressive cast that adds Donald Glover as Simba and James Earl Jones reprising his role as Mufasa. For the soundtrack's sake, having both Glover and Beyonce on board can only mean great things! I'm calling it right now, Bruno Mars is doing a song for this movie. 

What are your thoughts on having Beyonce in the role? In terms of acting, it would be her first major film appearance since Epic

Alternate Poster for ROGUE ONE Designed by Artist Matt Ferguson

Yahoo Movies UK has unveiled an alternate Rogue One: A Star Wars Story poster from artist Matt Ferguson. We've featured a ton of Matt's art here on the site over the years, and every time I see one of his pieces, I truly don't understand why studios don't hire him and his contemporaries to design the posters for every single major Hollywood film release. There just seems to be so much more thought put into a design like this than something like this.

STAR TREK: DISCOVERY Casts THE OFFICE’s Rainn Wilson as Intergalactic Criminal Harry Mudd

I've got a fun piece of casting news regarding CBS's upcoming Star Trek: Discovery series today. The Office's Rainn Wilson will be taking on the role of conman and intergalactic criminal Harry Mudd.

If you're familiar with the Star Trek franchise then you know that Harry Mudd isn't a new character. The character's full name is Harcourt Fenton Mudd and he was originally played by Roger C. Carmel

Mudd appeared in one episode of the 1960s series and also showed up in an episode of the 1973 Star Trek: The Animated Series. Rainn will fit this character perfectly. He's described as follows:

Harcourt Fenton "Harry" Mudd was a male Human civilian in the 23rd century. He was a notorious con artist encountered several times by the crew of the USS Enterprise. Essentially more of a lovable rogue than a true villain, he lived by his wits on the other side of the law.

The new series also stars the previously announced cast that includes Doug Jones as Lt. Saru, a Starfleet Science Officer; Anthony Rapp as Lt. Stamets, an astromycologist, fungus expert, and Starfleet Science Officer; Michelle Yeoh as Starfleet Captain Georgiou; James Frain as Spock's father; and Jason Isaacs as Captain Lorca, who is the Captain of the Starship Discovery.

Star Trek: Discovery is set on a new ship and will follow new characters who embark on new adventurous missions while embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation of dreamers and doers.

Star Trek: Discovery will take place before the original Star Trek series, and it's set to premiere in May on CBS before going to CBS All Access.

Adult Swim Greenlights Two New Animated Series From Teams Behind ROBOT CHICKEN And RICK AND MORTY

Adult Swim has flipped the switch on two new animated shows that will both be premiering in 2017, and they sound pretty awesome. With veterans from Rick and Morty and Robot Chicken, the Cartoon Network programming block looks to continue their reign of ratings over late night millennials. Here's what they have on deck. 

First up is Apollo Gauntlet which hails from Myles Langlois, an independent Canadian animator looking to bring 80s cartoons and new age comedy to a marriage. Apollo Gauntlet will be a 15 minute animation series in which an ordinary cop is transported to a futuristic medieval world. Obviously, this show gives off some He-Man vibes, which gets me excited enough as it is. 

Next, we have Hot Streets which hails from a writer for Rick and Morty and Robot Chicken's Brian Wysol. The show features an FBI agent and his dog, niece, partner, and supernatural phenomena. This series has many of the Robot Chicken and Rick And Morty team on board as executive producers so I'm excited to see how it turns out. 

We'll keep you updated when more information on both shows drop. Until then, keep it here!

Channing Tatum Will Voice George Washington in an R-Rated Animated Film About America

Channing Tatum will be voicing our nation's first President, George Washington, in an animated film featuring a revisionist history of America. Deadline tells us Netflix will be pushing its first animated motion picture titled, America: The Motion Picture. The film is being produced by Tatum as well as the duo behind Archer. Dave Callaham, who wrote the first two Expendables movies, wrote the script, and Matt Thompson will be directing. 

I think I'm sold on what little info we know so far, how about you? Everything from the Archer team from Frisky Dingo to SeaLab 2021 has been gold, so I can't expect anything different from this. 

Watch: Sound in Christopher Nolan Films

Art of the Film has released a nice little video montage featuring some of the best sound effects in Christopher Nolan's storied filmography. I'd like to think everyone appreciates little moments like these in context of the films as we're watching them, but sometimes it takes a video like this to really get people to home in on this particular aspect of someone's filmmaking and realize how important sound design is to the overall feel of a movie.

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS – Footage Reaction Video – CinemaCon 2017

I've been curious to see what director Kenneth Branagh is doing with his film adaptation of Agatha Christie's 1935 novel Murder on the Orient Express. With a star-studded cast that includes Johnny Depp, Daisy Ridley, Judi Dench, Michelle Pfeiffer, Josh GadHamilton star Leslie Odom Jr., Willem Dafoe, and Branagh, you know you're going to get something great. Well, 20th Century Fox showed off a bit of footage from the film at CinemaCon yesterday and I liked what I saw! We talk about the footage we saw in the reaction video above.

The story revolves around the murder of an American on board the famous train and Belgian detective Hercule Poirot (Branagh), who is tasked with solving the case that has numerous suspects among the passengers.

Fox will be releasing the remake on November 22, 2017.

GHOST IN THE SHELL Short Film Succinctly Explains Why Whitewashing Matters in Hollywood Movies

By now, you're all aware of the controversy surrounding Paramount's Ghost in the Shell movie. It's a Hollywood adaptation of a beloved manga and anime, and the source material had a Japanese woman as its protagonist. But Scarlett Johansson was cast in the lead role for the adaptation, which has left a sour taste in a lot of people's mouths. It's the latest instance of Hollywood failing to provide representation for Asian actors in leading roles on screen, and this short film from Chewy May and Jes Tom (via /Film) nicely shows the kinds of mental effects decisions like this can have on people who are vastly underrepresented in our modern media landscape.

Look, Paramount clearly ran the numbers on this and thought they'd get better box office returns with Johansson playing the Major instead of an Asian actress, but all it takes is one studio having the balls to actually put an Asian woman in the lead of a movie like this for one to succeed and be the example that Hollywood turns to in order to prove that it makes financial sense. Paramount wasn't willing to go out on a limb this time, but hopefully another studio will soon.

THE DARK TOWER Footage Recently Screened Had a Connection to THE SHINING

Earlier this week, Warner Bros. screened the first trailer for the highly anticipated film The Dark Tower at CinemaCon, and it definitely got me even more pumped up for the movie. We posted a reaction video talking about what we saw, and there was something I thought I saw in the footage from the film, but it happened so fast I wasn't sure if I saw what I thought I saw. 

Then I started talking to other people, who confirmed that what I saw was actually there, and it made me happy to learn that I wasn't just seeing things. There is a little Easter egg in the footage that connected The Dark Tower to Stephen King's The Shining.

In the trailer for the film, we see the young character Jake talking to a psychiatrist. We see a few shots from the office as they are talking and one of those shots include a framed photo of The Overlook Hotel from Stanley Kubrick's film adaptation of The Shining. If you're a fan of King's work then this little thing is definitely a geek out moment. I'm sure you'll get to see it when the trailer is eventually released. I can't wait to see what other Stephen King universe Easter eggs that they throw into the movie.

I know that The Dark Tower series contains nods to many of King's other stories, and it's pretty cool to see that they are going to include some of those nods in The Dark Tower movie. 

The Dark Tower series tells the story of Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, who is traveling southeast across Mid-World’s post-apocalyptic landscape, searching for the powerful but elusive magical edifice known as The Dark Tower. Located in the fey region of End-World, amid a sea of singing red roses, the Dark Tower is the nexus point of the time-space continuum.  It is the heart of all worlds, but it is also under threat. Someone, or something, is using the evil technology of the Great Old Ones to destroy it.

The film is being directed by Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair) and has a supporting cast that includes Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road) as Tirana; Fran Kranz (The Cabin in the Woods) as Pimli, the right hand man of Randall Flagg; and Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen), Katheryn Winnick (Vikings), and Claudia Kiim (Avengers: Age of Ultron).

The Dark Tower hits theaters this summer on July 28. To catch up on all of our Dark Tower news, click here.