In February of this year, Dolly Parton sat down with host Larry Ferguson for an extended interview on his online talk show “Mr. Nashville Talks.” In the midst of their discussion, Parton revealed that, whereas prior to the COVID-19 pandemic she was working on a Broadway musical, she has since shifted her energy toward producing a biopic about her life. “COVID hit and that changed my mind about a whole lot of things,” she said. “I’m thinking now that I might do my life story as a feature. Maybe possibly even a musical feature, so we’re in talks about that. I love Kristin Chenoweth. She’s just absolutely fantastic.”
Chenoweth is a seasoned actor and musical performer herself. Among some of her more well-known credits are the role of Glinda in the original Broadway production of “Wicked,” press secretary Annabeth Schott on “The West Wing,” waitress Olive Snook on “Pushing Daisies,” and more recently the villainous Mildred Layton in Apple TV+’s comedic musical “Schmigadoon!” (via IMDb).
Since Parton directly expressed interest in producing a biopic based on her life, and named Chenoweth as her top choice to play her, such a project seeing the light of day seems like a genuine possibility, presuming Chenoweth is game and available.
The Stars Of First Blood Have Changed A Lot Since 1982
Another one of the Hope Deputies, Mitch (David Caruso) initially treats Rambo poorly, but changes his tune after seeing the scars all over the man’s body. He sees the danger in this stranger and points it out to the others, uttering the classic line, “We ain’t huntin’ him. He’s huntin’ us.” That turns out to be true, as Mitch becomes the first of the deputies to fall to Rambo after getting stabbed in the leg. He did not appear in the film after that, but we did blow the whistle on Galt’s brutal treatment of Rambo.
Caruso’s star did not take off immediately after “First Blood.” He scored a recurring role on “Hill Street Blues,” which was created by Steven Bochco. He went on to appear in “Twins,” “King of New York,” and “Mad Dog and Glory” before he scored the role of Detective John Kelly in the groundbreaking “NYPD Blue,” also produced by Bochco. Caruso decided to bail out after just one season, though, and tried becoming a movie star with projects like “Jade” and “Kiss Of Death.” It did not work.
After kicking around for a while, he returned to TV prominence as sunglasses maestro Horatio Caine in “CSI: Miami.” However, since that show went off the air in 2012, Caruso hasn’t done anything acting-wise.
Lucasfilm President Describes 'Road Map' for Upcoming Star Wars Films
A new Star Wars film hasn’t hit theaters since 2019, which saw the Skywalker Saga come to an end with The Rise of Skywalker. Lucasfilm has been focused on building out its television properties over the last few years, finding success with such series as The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett on Disney+. Even though the studio is continuing to expand its streaming offerings, that doesn’t mean there aren’t plans in place for Star Wars to return to the big screen. In an extensive look at the state of the franchise in Vanity Fair, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said that there’s a “road map” for the future of Star Wars films.
Kennedy announced during the 2020 Disney Investor Day presentation that Thor: Ragnarok and Jojo Rabbit director Taika Waititi was going to be directing an upcoming Star Wars feature. While updates have been few and far between since then, it seems like that project will be the first of the new batch of Star Wars films to be released. Rogue Squadron from Patty Jenkins seems to be planned for further down the line, more than likely once the director’s schedule clears up following a third Wonder Woman installment. The Vanity Fair piece also mentions the rumored Star Wars film from MCU architect Kevin Feige, and while Michael Waldron recently confirmed that he’s actively writing the project, Kennedy was a little more noncommittal:
Then comes the long-awaited series of films from The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson. For years, there have been rumors and conflicting reports about whether Johnson’s trilogy was still going forward as planned. The mixed critical reception of The Last Jedi seemingly steered Lucasfilm away from the director, but Kennedy says the studio would still like to have Johnson return to the world of Star Wars…once his schedule opens up:
While there’s still a lot of uncertainty around the Star Wars films that are being developed, the fact that there are plans in place bodes well for the future of the franchise. It’s also not like there hasn’t been a long wait between Star Wars installments in the past, as The Phantom Menace came out 16 years after the original trilogy culminated with Return of the Jedi. Even after the prequel trilogy came to an end, it was another decade before The Force Awakens breathed new life into Star Wars. Now that Lucasfilm is no longer beholden to the events of the Skywalker Saga, the door is wide open to take the galaxy far, far away into whatever direction it would like.
In the meantime, Star Wars continues to thrive on Disney+ while Lucasfilm pieces together its plan for a return to theaters. The highly-anticipated Obi-Wan Kenobi series will be hitting the streamer with a two-episode premiere next week, and Andor is set to debut later this summer. Add in the upcoming third season of The Mandalorian and the Ahsoka spin-off that’s currently in production, and there’s going to be plenty of Star Wars content streaming directly into your living room in the near future.