Today is all about movies and movie stars, with one starring in games, one starring as a gamer and some very retro classics headed to a screen near you soon. There's also Pokémon Go gossip and a games studio doing a good holiday deed.
Mads Mikkelsen, Hannibal and the star of the Hideo Kojima's latest batshit creation Death Stranding, has admitted that even he's a little confused by the game. "I mean ... the stuff he told me? I only understood some of it," he tells Birth, Movies, Death. Mikkelsen will play the game's bad guy, and is providing motion capture and his voice for the role. "The emotion, the feeling of it, the sensuality in what he does. Without even being a gamer, I was like, this is crazy, what he's doing. I loved it."
Meanwhile another actor and everyone's favorite Christmas elf, Will Ferrell, will play an aging pro gamer in an untitled esports comedy for Legendary. IRL esports teams Evil Geniuses and Fnatic are in negotiations to join him, and it's being written by SpongeBob SquarePants 3 (due 2019) writers Michael Kvamme and Jordan Dunn.
Circle of Confusion, the executive producers behind The Walking Dead, have signed on to create adaptations of Sega Genesis classics Altered Beast and Streets of Rage. The management and production company has previously been involved in Straight Outta Compton, Dirk Gently and American Ultra, so these might actually be retro adaptations worth keeping an eye on.
Starbucks, home of your favorite festive calories, might have just spilled a bunch of Pokémon Go news. An internal staff memo has leaked that suggests along with a delicious new Pokémon Go Frappuccino with blackberry and raspberry syrup, new Pokemon will be released into the game. The new drink, and Pokémon, should arrive on Thursday.
Hitman, despite its murderous subject matter, has gone soft for the holidays offering free Christmas content and asking players to donate to the World Cancer Research Fund. “Cancer is something that affects everyone in one way or another at some point in their lives. We’re giving away some fun, free holiday content to all Hitman players and we ask in return that if you want to donate to a great cause, please give whatever you can," says Io-Interactive's Hannes Seifert.