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Casting: Porg VR project lands Anthony Daniels, Sanaa Lathan enters The Twilight Zone, and more

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Oct 11, 2018

We've got a ton of casting news in our latest roundup, which ranges from giant apes, to a galaxy far, far away, to a pizza delivery girl becoming the target of a Satanic cult. Never a dull moment in the world of casting, is there? Not on your life, kid!

Stepping up to the plate first is Anthony Daniels, the longtime of C-3PO in the Star Wars franchise. He's pretty much appeared in nearly every film and TV show that's spun out of the original trilogy, so it makes sense that he'll be a part of a Porg-related VR experience, Star Wars: Project Porg

Thanks to Lucasfilm’s ILMxLAB, you'll be able to find out what it's like to raise a Porg, the puffin-like aliens first introduced in last winter's Star Wars: The Last Jedi

"In Project Porg, you will need to gain the trust and affection of your porgs by offering them treats and playing with them. Teach them how to maneuver real-world environments with care instructions from Star Wars’ most meticulous droid, C-3PO," reads the official release.

Star Wars: Project Porg

Credit: Lucasfilm/ILMxLAB

Think of it as a Star Wars-themed version of Tamagotchi or Nintendogs

Porgs came into existence because the real-world shooting location of Ahch-To, Skellig Michael in Ireland, is overrun with puffins, which are always flying over the island. As such, it was easier to create creatures based on them, rather than spending a ton of money to digitally remove them from different shots.

Project Porg will be free to download on the Magic Leap One in December. 


 

Next up, you're entering another dimension, not only of sight and sound, but of mind. There's the signpost up ahead, next stop, it's Alien vs. Predator's Sanaa Lathan! 

Yes, according to Deadline, the The Affair actor has joined Jordan Peele's modern reboot of The Twilight Zone, the classic anthology series cooked up by the great Rod Serling.

While not much is known about her role, it is confirmed that she's set to star in an episode entitled "Rewind," a verb that conjures up all sorts of fantastical sci-fi and fantasy images in our heads. Will she play an irritable video store clerk who gets trapped in one of the video tapes she constantly rents out? Will her character gain the ability to travel back in time and attempt to prevent some historical disaster? Your guess is as good as ours.

Sanaa Lathan

Credit: 20th Century Fox

The re-imagined Twilight Zone (featuring Peele as narrator/host) is expected to drop on CBS All Access sometime in 2019. 


 

Anyone up for some pizza and devil worship? It's the Halloween equivalent of "Netflix and Chill," ya dig?

OK, so maybe we just made that up, but crust, sauce, cheese, and the Prince of Darkness are the central premise of Fangoria's upcoming film, Satanic Panic, which follows a young pizza delivery girl, who unwittingly drops off a pie for an evil cult that wants to sacrifice her to the Dark Lord. Guys please, a tip would do just fine. 

Today, Deadline announced the full cast for the project, which includes: Rebecca Romijn (X-Men), Jerry O’Connell (Carter), Hayley Griffith (The Mysteries of Laura), Ruby Modine (Happy Death Day), Arden Myrin (Insatiable), AJ Bowen (The Sacrament), Jordan Ladd (Cabin Fever), Jeff Daniel Phillips (The Lords Of Salem), Hannah Stocking (Boo 2! A Madea Halloween), Michael Polish (Some Kind Of Hate), Whitney Moore (House Of Demons), and Skeeta Jenkins (Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich).

Written by Grady Hendrix (based on a story by him and Ted Geoghegan), the film will be directed by Chelsea Stardust Peters and arrive in 2019. 


 

And last (but most certainly not least) Variety reports that Brian Tyree Henry (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse) will star in Godzilla vs. King Kong, alongside Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things). 

Helmed by Death Note's Adam Wingard, the movie will be the fourth installment in Legendary and Warner Bros.' MonsterVerse, which is a shared universe of classic kaiju, particularly those created by Toho (e.g. the folks behind Godzilla).

Godzilla vs. King Kong is slated for release on May 22, 2020 and will also feature Danai Gurira (Black Panther), Kyle Chandler (First Man), and Julian Dennison (Deadpool 2).

Before we see Godzilla duke it out with the giant ape, however, he'll first be going up against Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, out May 31, 2019. 


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