Headlines and Bullet Points: What's Going on in the World of Entertainment News Today?
— Ava Duvernay’s adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time continues to piece together its cast. Oprah Winfrey is aboard as Mrs. Which, and now so is Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling as Mrs. Whatsit and Mrs. Who. For the role of Mrs. Whatsit, Witherspoon seems badly miscast, especially where no one plays “grandmotherly hobo” better than Carol Kane.
— For anyone who thought that movies still maintained a slight edge over television in terms of prestige, that final shoe has now dropped, as the most celebrated actress of her generation (or most any other) is moving to television. Meryl Streep is teaming with J.J. Abrams to star in The Nix, based on a recently published novel by Nathan Hill.
The Nix is a sprawling generational tale that focuses on a hippie-era mother who gets national press exposure for throwing rocks at a conservative governor on the presidential campaign trail. Before you know it, her estranged son — a professor, aspiring novelist and general underachiever — seizes an opportunity to get himself out of debt by writing a scathing profile of his estranged mother.
Abrams is expected to direct a few episodes, according to Deadline.
— The greatest actor of his generation, however, is sticking with the big screen, as Daniel Day Lewis is re-teaming with his There Will Be Blood director Paul Thomas Anderson for an as-yet untitled film about the fashion industry in 1950’s London. The movie is set to be released during awards season in 2017
— Vin Diesel is developing a procedural, First Responders, for NBC, because NBC doesn’t have enough procedurals on its slate. At least this one doesn’t come from Dick Wolf. This one is a “dynamic, high-action procedural about young veterans struggling to reintegrate into society, while heroically saving civilian lives along the way.”
— Jessica Biel, who we haven’t seen much of lately, will be top-lining a crime thriller based on a Petra Hammesfahr book for the USA Network called The Sinner. The hourlong drama “follows a young mother who is overcome by an inexplicable fit of rage and commits a startling and very public act of violence — and to her horror has no idea why. A rogue investigator finds himself obsessed with uncovering the woman’s buried motive, and together they travel a harrowing journey into the depths of her psyche and the violent secrets hidden in her past.”
— Finally, there will be another Underworld movie, Blood Wars. It arrives in early 2017. Here’s the trailer: