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Casting: Spider-Man: Far from Home adds Remy Hii; del Toro’s Antlers sprouts Jesse Plemons; and Mulan adds two more

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Aug 14, 2018

Spider-Man’s European vacation next summer is about to get a little more crowded, thanks to Sony Pictures’ reported addition of new cast member Remy Hii. 

The Wrap reports that Hii has signed on for an still-unnamed part in Spider-Man: Far from Home, the sequel to 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, which is set to hit theaters next summer. Hii joins returning stars Tom Holland (of course), Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya, Marisa Tomei, Cobie Smulders, and the recently-announced Jake Gyllenhaal, who’ll be playing Mysterio. Jon Watts will return as director.

Far from Home takes Peter Parker away from his beloved New York City for the first time ever, and reportedly will follow the canonical thread in the Marvel Cinematic Universe set down by Homecoming. Marvel head Kevin Feige also has hinted the movie may even tie in with the catastrophic events of Avengers: Infinity War and those of Avengers 4, which will already have been in theaters for two months by the time Far from Home comes along.

Remy is getting a major turn on big screens this week with the release of Crazy Rich Asians, in which he plays wealthy Hong Kong movie insider Alistair Cheng. He’s also appeared in Netflix’s Marco Polo, as well as a current stint on Harrow, an ABC medical drama broadcast in Australia.

Spider-Man: Far from Home takes off for its sure-to-be-eventful continental tour beginning on July 5 of next year.


Guillermo del Toro’s Antlers has reportedly just picked up a major addition: Jesse Plemons, the character actor whose breakout turn as affable bad guy Todd Alquist in Breaking Bad has sparked a slew of more recent appearances in everything from big-screen roles like Hostiles and the upcoming Jungle Cruise movie to small-screen fare like Fargo (Season 2) and Black Mirror (the “USS Callister” episode). 

According to Variety, Plemons has agreed to a still-unspecified role alongside Keri Russell, who plays a teacher who gets irreversibly invested in a student’s sinister, supernatural secret life. Hostiles director Scott Cooper is directing Antlers, with del Toro co-producing in partnership with David Goyer and Miles Dale. 

Cooper has described Antlers as having some old-school John Carpenter and Exorcist horror vibes, but a release date hasn’t yet been revealed. Stay tuned as Antlers sprouts additional development news.


Not to be left out, Disney continues to round out the cast for its live action film adaptation of Mulan as production gets underway. Deadline reports Jimmy Wong (star of online series “Video Game High School”) and Doua Moua (who’s racked up a number of small roles in TV series including Veep and Iron Fist) have joined the Mulan cast as Ling and Chien-Po, respectively. 

The two characters provided comic relief in the original 1998 animated movie as Mulan’s sometime-inept, warrior-in-training friends. Directed by Niki Caro, the title role in the live action version belongs to Yifei Liu, the subject of Caro's evocative and contemplative green-screen shot from the set just as production on the new movie recently began.

With a targeted release date of March 27, 2020, it’s still early days for Mulan, but the cast appears at last to mostly be in place. In addition to Liu, Mulan stars Donnie Yen as Commander Tung, Gong Li as a still-unnamed villain, Jet Li as The Emperor, and Jason Scott Lee as Bori Khan.


Finally, Deadline is also reporting that Apple’s long-brewing TV streaming ambitions are inching closer to reality with the casting of Altered Carbon’s Joel Kinnaman, The Patriot’s Michael Dorman, and Damnation’s Sarah Jones for its upcoming, untitled space drama series from Sony Pictures Television and Battlestar Galactica‘s Ronald D. Moore.

Little is known about the project, but Deadline describes the concept as a take on what the world might be like “if the global space race had never ended.” Kinnaman is set to play a top astronaut named Edward Baldwin, while Jones and Dorman will play a husband-and-wife astronaut couple. No release date has yet been announced.