This edition of the Geek News Brief includes stories about the announcement of Dune: Part Two, Brendan Fraser joining the cast of Batgirl, Sony sets release dates for two mystery Marvel movies, and Ryan Gosling cast as Ken in the Barbie movie.

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Dune: Part Two announced for 2023

Legendary Pictures has confirmed plans to release Dune: Part Two, by tweeting out “This is only the beginning… Thank you to those who have experienced Dune so far, and those who are going in the days and weeks ahead. We’re excited to continue the journey!”

The studio expects the movie to premiere on October 20th, 2023, with director, producer, and co-screenwriter Denis Villeneuve returning.

Brendan Fraser to play villain in Warner Bros. upcoming Batgirl movie

Brendan Fraser is set to join Leslie Grace in Warner Bros. and DC Films’ upcoming Batgirl movie. While not confirmed, sources told Deadline that they believe Fraser will play the supervillain Firefly.

The film is set for release on HBO Max, marking one of the first major DC properties to debut exclusively on the streamer, though a specific release date has not yet been announced.

Sony sets 2023 release dates for two new Marvel movies

Sony continues to plot the future of their Marvel universe, as the studio has confirmed 2023 release dates for two mystery Marvel projects. The unnamed films are scheduled to hit theaters on June 23 and October 6 of 2023. It’s likely that one of these films will be Venom 3, but at this point that’s purely speculation.

Sony is currently set to release Spider-Man: No Way Home on December 17th, Morbius on January 28, 2022, and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2 on October 7, 2022.

Ryan Gosling cast as Ken in upcoming Barbie film

Deadline is reporting that Ryan Gosling will be playing Ken in Warner Bros.’ upcoming Barbie movie, starring opposite Margot Robbie.

Given his busy schedule, Gosling initially passed on playing the part, but insiders add that as pre-production time increased and the studio remained persistent with him being their only choice, an opening in his schedule appeared, allowing him to sign on.

Plot details are unknown at this time, but given director Greta Gerwig’s track record, one can expect that this won’t be your typical take on the doll’s story.

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Rob Logan

Rob is a movie buff, computer whiz, gamer, huge Batman fan, and above all... a geek. In addition to being the Founder and Host of The Geek Generation, he is also a photographer, graphic designer, certified clinical hypnotherapist, a former professional wrestler, and a current superhero.

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