DJ Khaled, Rashida Jones, Ben Mendelsohn, Karen Gillan, Masi Oka Join Fox Animations’ ‘Spies in Disguise’

Fox Animation has landed Ben Mendelsohn, Karen Gillan, Rashida Jones, Masi Oka and DJ Khaled as voices in its upcoming 2019 animated feature “Spies in Disguise.”

The actors join Will Smith and Tom Holland in the animated film about two spies, Lance and Walter. One is a super cool and charming spy, and the other invents the super cool gadgets Lance uses. When an event happens, they must learn to rely on each other like never before in order to save the world. It is based on Lucas Martell’s 2009 animated short “Pigeon: Impossible.”

The film is expected to have a ’60s spy flick feel and look but it will take place in a modern context. It will take place in a stylized version of Washington D.C.

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Nick Bruno, an animator who has worked on films such as “Epic” and 2015’s “The Peanuts Movie” is directing the film along with “Ferdinand” storyboard artist Troy Quane.

“Spies in Disguise” is being produced with Blue Sky Studios and Chernin Entertainment. The film is set for a September 2019 release date.

Michael J. Travers (“The Peanuts Movie”) is producing. Theodore Shapiro (“Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie”) has been tapped to score.

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Fox Animation has landed Ben Mendelsohn, Karen Gillan, Rashida Jones, Masi Oka and DJ Khaled as voices in its upcoming 2019 animated feature “Spies in Disguise.”

The actors join Will Smith and Tom Holland in the animated film about two spies, Lance and Walter. One is a super cool and charming spy, and the other invents the super cool gadgets Lance uses. When an event happens, they must learn to rely on each other like never before in order to save the world. It is based on Lucas Martell’s 2009 animated short “Pigeon: Impossible.”

The film is expected to have a ’60s spy flick feel and look but it will take place in a modern context. It will take place in a stylized version of Washington D.C.

Nick Bruno, an animator who has worked on films such as “Epic” and 2015’s “The Peanuts Movie” is directing the film along with “Ferdinand” storyboard artist Troy Quane.

“Spies in Disguise” is being produced with Blue Sky Studios and Chernin Entertainment. The film is set for a September 2019 release date.

Michael J. Travers (“The Peanuts Movie”) is producing. Theodore Shapiro (“Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie”) has been tapped to score.

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Ben Mendelsohn, Karen Gillan, Rashida Jones, DJ Khaled and Masi Oka Join Voice Cast Of Fox Animation ‘Spies In Disguise’

EXCLUSIVE: Ben Mendelsohn (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), Karen Gillan (Doctor Who), Rashida Jones (Parks and Recreation), DJ and music producer DJ Khaled and Masi Oka (Hawaii Five-0) have joined Will Smith and Tom Holland in the voice cast of Fox&#821…

EXCLUSIVEBen Mendelsohn (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), Karen Gillan (Doctor Who), Rashida Jones (Parks and Recreation), DJ and music producer DJ Khaled and Masi Oka (Hawaii Five-0) have joined Will Smith and Tom Holland in the voice cast of Fox’s animated film Spies In Disguise. Directed by Epic animator Nick Bruno and Ferdinand storyboard artist Troy Quane, the Fox Animation production is being made with Blue Sky Studios and Chernin Entertainment. The release is set…

‘Shall We Begin?’: Netflix Drops First Trailer for ‘Death Note’ Film Adaptation

What do you do when you get a Death Note — a supernatural notebook that can kill people? You murder, of course.

Netflix’s live-action film adaptation of the popular manga and anime series “Death Note” dropped its first trailer Wednesday, giving us a glimpse into the destruction that our protagonist is going to cause.

The film stars Nat Wolff as Light Turner, a young man who happens to come across a notebook called a Death Note. The rules are simple: “the human whose name is written in this note shall die.” He begins to use the notebook to kill criminals in an effort to make the world a better place, but a detective (played by Lakeith Stanfield) catches on and they begin a game of cat and mouse.

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Shall we begin? #DeathNote pic.twitter.com/fEd12Gm32c

— Netflix US (@netflix) March 22, 2017

At the end of the trailer we get a glimpse of something in the shadows. That’s Ryuk, a shinigami, or death god, and previous owner of the notebook, voiced by Willem Dafoe. Margaret Qualley, Paul Nakauchi, Shea Whigham and Masi Oka, also star.

The film comes from “You’re Next” and “Blair Witch” filmmaker Adam Wingard.

“Death Note” was originally at Warner Bros., where it was picked up in 2009. However, when the studio decided to make fewer films, it moved over to Netflix.

Twitter has already started to weigh in, noting that it’s another instance of a Japanese story being cast with a white protagonist. Even the names have been changed. Light Yagami, as he was named in the manga, is called Light Turner. The love interest, Misa Aname, was renamed to Mia Sutton (played by Qualley).

@Bearpigman Pictured here:

Iron Fist (2017)
Ghost in the Shell (2017)
Death Note (2017) pic.twitter.com/W1XDOmjLLz

— ᴊᴀᴄᴋᴀss (@Styxiedust) March 22, 2017

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— Alex Perry (@Yelix) March 22, 2017

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Many aspects from the Japanese source material still remain. For example, the name given to Light’s killer alter ego is Kira, which is a Japanese romanization of the word “killer.” You can see it mentioned on a wall in one of the trailer’s shots.

The trailer’s release comes following recent controversies on Netflix and in Hollywood concerning the whitewashing of Asian stories and roles. Netflix and Marvel have been receiving criticism for “Iron Fist,” which stars a white man who learns Asian martial arts and mysticism. “Ghost in the Shell,” which is based on a famous anime film and hits theaters on March 31, has also received backlash from fans who question the decision to cast Scarlett Johansson as the Japanese lead.

“Death Note” will premiere on Netflix Aug. 25.

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What do you do when you get a Death Note — a supernatural notebook that can kill people? You murder, of course.

Netflix’s live-action film adaptation of the popular manga and anime series “Death Note” dropped its first trailer Wednesday, giving us a glimpse into the destruction that our protagonist is going to cause.

The film stars Nat Wolff as Light Turner, a young man who happens to come across a notebook called a Death Note. The rules are simple: “the human whose name is written in this note shall die.” He begins to use the notebook to kill criminals in an effort to make the world a better place, but a detective (played by Lakeith Stanfield) catches on and they begin a game of cat and mouse.

At the end of the trailer we get a glimpse of something in the shadows. That’s Ryuk, a shinigami, or death god, and previous owner of the notebook, voiced by Willem Dafoe. Margaret Qualley, Paul Nakauchi, Shea Whigham and Masi Oka, also star.

The film comes from “You’re Next” and “Blair Witch” filmmaker Adam Wingard.

“Death Note” was originally at Warner Bros., where it was picked up in 2009. However, when the studio decided to make fewer films, it moved over to Netflix.

Twitter has already started to weigh in, noting that it’s another instance of a Japanese story being cast with a white protagonist. Even the names have been changed. Light Yagami, as he was named in the manga, is called Light Turner. The love interest, Misa Aname, was renamed to Mia Sutton (played by Qualley).

Many aspects from the Japanese source material still remain. For example, the name given to Light’s killer alter ego is Kira, which is a Japanese romanization of the word “killer.” You can see it mentioned on a wall in one of the trailer’s shots.

The trailer’s release comes following recent controversies on Netflix and in Hollywood concerning the whitewashing of Asian stories and roles. Netflix and Marvel have been receiving criticism for “Iron Fist,” which stars a white man who learns Asian martial arts and mysticism. “Ghost in the Shell,” which is based on a famous anime film and hits theaters on March 31, has also received backlash from fans who question the decision to cast Scarlett Johansson as the Japanese lead.

“Death Note” will premiere on Netflix Aug. 25.

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‘Hawaii Five-O’: Masi Oka Exiting CBS Drama Series After Seven Seasons

Masi Oka, who has been with CBS procedural Hawaii Five-O since the first season as a recurring, then as a series regular from Season 2 on, is exiting the show.
The upcoming 13th episode will be his last, as his character Dr. Max Bergman, moves to Africa with his new bride Sabrina (Rumer Willis). Oka tells EW, which first reported the news, that he made the decision to leave the show because he felt the character had run its course. Max “had done too much of everything he…

Masi Oka, who has been with CBS procedural Hawaii Five-O since the first season as a recurring, then as a series regular from Season 2 on, is exiting the show. The upcoming 13th episode will be his last, as his character Dr. Max Bergman, moves to Africa with his new bride Sabrina (Rumer Willis). Oka tells EW, which first reported the news, that he made the decision to leave the show because he felt the character had run its course. Max “had done too much of everything he…