Unmissable Weekly: June 18, 2017

Bookish and Awesome’s weekly round-up of buzz-worthy news from around the bookternet in bite size. Click on the links to be directed to the full articles.

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This is Unmissable Weekly: Movie Casting Edition.

Jessica Chastain is in talks to join Simon Kinberg’s “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” as the villain Lilandra.

Lilandra is the empress of an alien empire called the Shi’ar, who leads the quest to imprison and execute Dark Phoenix, leading her into conflict with the X-Men.

Not that I’m not already excited for Dark Phoenix.


Angourie Rice will star in MGM’s romance movie “Every Day,” an adaptation of David Levithan’s novel with Michael Sucsy directing.

Production will begin next month in Toronto. Jesse Andrews, who wrote “Me And Earl and the Dying Girl,” has adapted the script.

Me: One of my first YA loves is getting a female lead!
Article: Oh, but also, “an entity named A, who inhabits a new body of another teenage boy each day.”


Danielle Macdonald, the breakout star of Sundance movie Patti Cake$, has booked her next starring role.

The Australia native will star opposite Jennifer Aniston in comedy-drama Dumplin. The film, helmed by The Proposal and Step Up director Anne Fletcher, is based on Julie Murphy’s 2015 YA novel that follows Willowdean Dickson (Macdonald), who was given the nickname “Dumplin'” by her former beauty queen mom (Aniston).

Dumplin’ finds its Willowdean.


The Flash actor Keiynan Lonsdale will appear in Fox 2000 YA drama Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda, the Greg Berlanti-helmed film adaptation based on Becky Albertalli’s novel. It centers on a young gay teen, Simon (Nick Robinson), who takes a novel approach to coming out to his classmates.

This is a spoiler but AAAAAHH—Simonites all over the world had been waiting forever for this announcement/confirmation and it’s HERE!

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