From a US President to the Mad Titan, Josh Brolin has made a staggering variety of roles as his own. The gruff intensity that he brings to the table is balanced by the verve and nuance he portrays in all his roles. Brolin’s versatility is one of the primary reasons for his continued success and the reason for which he can reinvent himself so easily for the roles that he takes up at any given point of time.
Brolin was born in the posh beachfront city of Santa Monica, California to Jane Cameron, a wildlife activist, and James Brolin, an actor well known for his appearances on films and soap operas especially throughout the 1970s and 80s. Despite boasting of a strong artistic lineage, Brolin was hardly exposed much to his father’s career while growing up on a ranch. Brolin’s upbringing was quite unique; his friendship with a local surfing group made him look beyond his own life. He had experiences with crime; he stole cars; and drugs, most notably heroin, from a young age. Although he was saved from any serious mishap, he did witness the deaths of several of his friends from drug abuse.
Brolin’s first big break came in ‘The Goonies’, an adventure comedy film by Richard Donner, who is of course, renowned for directing the first modern superhero film in ‘Superman’ in 1978. After his second film ‘Thrashin’, Brolin took a self-imposed hiatus from films as he found his performance in the film to be horrendous. He took to the stage in Rochester, New York for a few roles and marked his return to films with a number of villainous roles, something prominent to this day. His major works include ‘W’, ‘No Country for Old Men’, ‘Milk’, and of course, the superhero movies ‘Deadpool 2’ and ‘Avengers: Infinity War.’
While Brolin does have a four-film arc for Cable planned out in the future, including the already released ‘Deadpool 2’, not much is known about those films except that he will return as the time travelling mutant, perhaps alongside more X-Men characters. At this point, the question that might be circling your mind is what is the next Josh Brolin movie and TV show? Well, the good news is that we have a clear answer to that question. Here’s the list of upcoming Josh Brolin films/TV shows scheduled to release in 2019 and 2020. We can only hope that the latest Josh Brolin movies would be as good as some of his recent ones.
1. Avengers: Endgame (2019)
With the second trailer for ‘Avengers: Endgame’ dropping just a few hours ago, the hype is at its peak for arguably the most anticipated film of all time. We all know how it ended in last year’s epic ‘Infinity War’ with Brolin’s self-righteous Thanos wiping away half of all living creatures with one snap. In both the trailers released for the upcoming film, there has been no sight of our main culprit. Save for his armor, which now hangs like a foreboding scarecrow, Brolin has been nowhere near our sight.
It is certain that his absence is intentional. Directors Anthony and Joe Russo are playing most of their cards close to their chest, and with good reason. There have been many theories afoot about how the rest of the team will go about saving those who disintegrated into ashes. There is time travel, alternate Infinity Stones, and of course, Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) who, as we know by now, will join the Avengers pretty early on in their battle against the Mad Titan.
Brolin deservedly won rave reviews for his portrayal of the conflicted antagonist in ‘Infinity War’. Going by his track record and obvious importance to the plot of ‘Endgame’, expect Brolin to steal the show once again, and be a worthy opponent to Earth’s mightiest heroes.
2. Brothers (TBA)
Arnold Schwarznegger and Danny DeVito would make for an unlikely lead pairing, but that is exactly what ‘Twins’ did back in 1988. What’s more, they were brothers in that buddy comedy, stretching the obvious falsity to hilarious heights! Just this February, production house Legendary Entertainment picked up a script entitled ‘Brothers’ after a fierce bidding war. The cast – Josh Brolin and Peter Dinklage in a hilarious comedy that is influenced by that 1988 seminal film. Coincidentally, both Brolin and Dinklage are costars in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ too.
The script will be written by Etan Cohen, who has the wonderful ‘Tropic Thunder’ to his name. Andrew Lazar will be a primary producer through his Mad Chance banner, having also been a producer for the widely praised ‘American Sniper.’ However, he won’t be the only one. Both Brolin and Dinklage won’t be simply starring in the film, they will be acting as producers too. While Dinklage will produce through his Estuary Films company, Brolin will produce via Brolin Productions.
Brolin has done quite a few comedies in his career although his roles in those movies veered towards the serious side. Films such as ‘Men in Black 3’, ‘Hail Caesar’, and even ‘Deadpool 2’ certainly lend themselves to the comedic, but Brolin’s humor manifests itself chiefly through his sombre portrayal. On the other hand, Dinklage does have a reputation for being funny. Films such as ‘Knights of Badassdom’, ‘Death at a Funeral’, and of course, ‘Elf’ showcase his peerless comic timing amply. It’s these differing approaches to comedy that makes this upcoming venture full of promise.
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3. Quasimodo (TBA)
There has been one project throughout Brolin’s career that he has always wanted to bring alive on the big screen, and that is the story of the hunchback of Notre Dame, or Quasimodo. Several years ago in 2011, Brolin was in talks to produce a Quasimodo movie with Tim Burton helming the director’s seat. However, that project was in limbo for a while, and Burton didn’t stay with the film. However, director Zhang Yimou (of ‘The Great Wall’ fame) arrived at the helm afterwards. While that hasn’t kick-started the film yet, development is very much on. Brolin was quite candid about bringing the project back on his press tours for ‘Deadpool 2’ last year.
With so many well-known adaptations of the legendary Victor Hugo tale in existence, including the 1996 Disney animated feature, Brolin’s ‘Quasimodo’ would need to do something special to make a mark on audiences. Going by the actor’s talents and his dedication towards bringing the project to life, it is ideally placed to be exactly that.
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