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WIRE Buzz: Tomb Raider director sets Troll at Netflix; Tom Cruise films his Tenet trip; more

By Jacob Oller
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This isn’t Trollhunter: Roar Uthaug’s upcoming Netflix movie Troll may focus on the same segment of Norwegian folklore, but it’s squarely focused on the mythological creature. The Tomb Raider helmer is going home for his next actiony genre film

The Wrap reports that Troll will be a Norwegian-language film as Uthaug looks to take one of his long-gestating projects from his brain to the screen.

Troll is an idea that has been developing in the back of my mind for over 20 years,” Uthaug  said. “I can’t wait to unleash this Norwegian monster on the world.”

The film tracks a beast crawling from the depths of Dovre mountain, heading to the capital of Norway after a millennia-long slumber. Sounds like Godzilla — only they’ll need to trap the creature under the Earth, back where he came from. “We are thrilled to bring Troll to life, a Norwegian fairy tale figure, played, directed and produced by Norwegians for the global market,” said producers Horn and Strand Sinkerud.

Troll plans to devastate Netflix sometime in 2022.

Next, while the theatrical moviegoing experience is still deemed unsafe by many experts in light of the coronavirus pandemic still impacting the U.S., the situation internationally differs country by country. The U.K., for example, was able to screen Christopher Nolan's Tenet for critics. Now a more famous patron has been to see the film: Tom Cruise.

The actor attended a screening of the time-bending film with his Mission: Impossible 7 director Christopher McQuarrie and had the whole thing filmed. Not the whole movie, obviously, but the process. At least they were wearing masks.

Take a look:

"Big Movie. Big Screen. Loved it," Cruise wrote. The actor applauded the film at the beginning and end of the screening, reiterating his enthusiasm for the movie on his way out of the theater. Oh, and he got recognized from a car while wearing a big Bane-like mask. Wild.

Cruise has always been one for taking risks, especially on his M:I films, but this is maybe his first stunt that relies entirely on his immune system. Tenet opens in the U.S. on Sept. 3.

Finally, Tribeca fest fave The Dark and the Wicked has found a home.

According to Deadline, the horror film from writer/director Bryan Bertino is getting a North American release thanks to RLJE Films and an international streaming home on Shudder. The film, about a mother and children dealing with the death of a family matriarch, stars Marin Ireland (The Umbrella Academy), Michael Abbott Jr., Xander Berkeley, Lynn Andrews, Julie Oliver-Touchstone, Tom Nowicki, and Ella Ballentine.

The Dark and the Wicked is set to hit theaters on Nov. 6 in the U.S. and drop on Shudder for the U.K., Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand sometime in 2021.