STX at CinemaCon: Valerian, Molly’s Game, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Film News

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Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne in ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.’ (Photo credit: Vikram Gounassegarin © 2016 VALERIAN SAS Ð TF1 FILMS PRODUCTION)

STX Entertainment took to the stage on day two of CinemaCon, presenting updates and details on their lineup of films including the announcement that Robert Rodriguez will be directing the Ugly Dolls animated film hitting theaters on May 19, 2019, and Eddie Murphy will provide a voice in an untitled movie about a young bull. It was also revealed that Elton John is on board to produce an animated Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat film. Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice are writing new songs for the movie which will also feature the original songs from the musical.

STX Film Chief Adam Fogelson made a point of saying the studio will continue to be committed to working with female filmmakers, pointing to the success of Bad Moms. And Bad Moms star Mila Kunis helped promote the comedy’s upcoming sequel, Bad Moms Christmas, which is supposed to begin production next month. Kunis called Bad Moms relatable, honest, and grounded in reality as well as being hilarious.

An impressive, visually stunning new trailer for STX’s big sci-fi project, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, debuted and seemed to have won over the audience of National Association of Theatre Owners members. Director Luc Besson and Valerian star Cara Delevingne teamed up on stage at CinemaCon, with Besson revealing he’s been wanting to make this film for decades. Delevingne was as impressed with the trailer as the crowd, joking that she needed someone to pinch her after watching it for the first time. Delevingne also proudly revealed she performed her own stunts for the sci-fi action adventure film.

STX’s presentation also included the debut of footage from Aaron Sorkin’s Molly’s Game starring Jessica Chastain. Sorkin and Chastain shared the stage to promote the directorial debut of Sorkin, with Chastain saying she’s a fan of the film’s theme of female empowerment. Sorkin, who compared directing Chastain to driving a Lamborghini, said, “It’s not often when you find a story that’s cool and has a lot of heart.” Chastain’s character is based on a real person, but Sorkin promises the film will go in-depth and not just retell the tabloid story people know.

Also taking the stage during the packed presentation were Mark Wahlberg and director Peter Berg who are reuniting on Mile 22. The film’s been in the works for years and features Wahlberg as a CIA agent who has to get an informant to a plane that’s 22 miles away.