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Development: Lodge 49 renewed; The Kid Who Would Be King first look; and It star Sophia Lillis' next role

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Oct 4, 2018

The surf looks good for more Lodge 49, The Kid Who Would Be King releases its first sneak peak, and It breakout star Sophia Lillis finds a Grimm new role in SYFY WIRE's latest development roundup.

First, let's dive into Lodge 49, shall we?

AMC has ordered up a 10-episode second season of its acclaimed comedy-drama, which stars Wyatt Russell (Overlord) as ex-surfer Sean "Dud" Dudley, who drifts through life in Long Beach, California after the death of his father and collapse of the family business.

The first season saw Dud joining a fraternal lodge where he meets Ernie, a middle-aged plumbing salesman and a "Luminous Knight" of the order, with whom he bonds. The latter sets about initiating Dud into a world of domestic beer, easy camaraderie, and the promise of Alchemical mysteries that may or may not put him on the path to recover the idyllic life he's lost.

Word of the renewal comes as Lodge 49 airs its season finale this Monday. Season 2 will premiere on AMC in 2019.


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Elsewhere, fans of the sci-fi flick Attack the Block have something to celebrate as that film's writer-director, Joe Cornish, is finally back after seven long years.

Teasing the occasion, 20th Century Fox has unveiled the first poster of Cornish's new project, The Kid Who Would Be King, a fantasy family adventure following a young  British schoolboy named Alex (Louis Serkis) who stumbles on Excalibur – yup, the same mythical sword from King Arthur's Court.

Alex must learn to wield the sword fast if he's going to stop a medieval villain named Morgana (Rebecca Ferguson). Lucky for him, he'll get some magical assistance from that ol' wizard himself, Merlin, played by Patrick Stewart.

The Kid Who Would Be King hits theaters next spring.


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And finally, Sophia Lillis, who played a young Beverly Marsh in last year's hit horror remake of Stephen King's It, will trade creepy clowns for a forest-dwelling cannibal.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, she's been cast in Gretel and Hansel, a new spin on the classic Grimm fairy tale by the recently revived Orion Pictures label, from horror director Oz Perkins.

The spooky flick will follow Gretel (Lillis) as she leads her younger brother into a dark wood in desperate search of food and work, only to run into a terrifying witch who has other, more delectable plans for the pair.

Filming is expected to get underway this fall in Ireland.


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