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Netflix and Mattel HAVE THE POWER... to cast the next He-Man. Both parties announced Friday that Kyle Allen — who recently appeared in Steven Spielberg's high-profile adaptation of West Side Story for 20th Century Studios — has been tapped to play Prince Adam/He-Man in an upcoming live-action Masters of the Universe film.
Allen replaces Noah Centineo in the former Sony project, which plans to kick off principal photography this summer with The Nee Brothers (The Lost City, Band of Robbers) directing from a script they co-wrote with David Callaham (Mortal Kombat, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings). Their story begins with Adam living life as an orphan before discovering that he is the prince and protector of a faraway land threatened by an evil force. Three guesses as to who the bad guy is. Here's a hint: his name rhymes with "Shmellator."
"Masters of the Universe is an iconic property that shaped the imaginations of an entire generation of kids with the message of becoming the best version of yourself," Robbie Brenner, executive producer of Mattel Films, said in a statement. "With our partners at Netflix, we look forward to showing audiences that anything can happen in Eternia. We are continuing to unlock this global franchise in new ways, and we can’t wait to see Kyle battle it out with Skeletor in this epic live-action saga."
"We’ve always been inspired by the fantastical world of Eternia," added producers Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, and Steve Tisch. "This movie has been 14 years in the making for us and our partners and we are so excited to tell an entirely new story for Masters of the Universe with the Nee Brothers and Dave Callaham for Mattel and Netflix and share it with a global audience."
Brenner will oversee the title alongside Kevin McKeon (VP of Mattel Films). DeVon Franklin is a also on board as a producer.
Netflix is currently home to a pair of fresh He-Man titles: Kevin Smith's Masters of the Universe: Revelation and the more kid-friendly He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. Season 2 of the latter premieres Thursday, March 3.
The classic '80s franchise has only been adapted for the world of live-action once in 1987's Masters of the Universe, which starred Dolph Lundgren as Prince Adam and Frank Langella as Skeletor. Directed by Gary Goddard, the movie was a financial and critical flop, but has since been reappraised in recent years.