Earlier this year, Disney’s Searchlight Pictures picked up the film, “Magazine Dreams”, which stars Jonathan Majors as Killian Maddox, who lives with his ailing veteran grandfather, obsessively working out between court-mandated therapy appointments and part-time shifts at a grocery store where he harbours a crush on a friendly cashier. Though Killian’s struggles to read social cues and maintain control of his volatile temper amplify his sense of disconnection amid a hostile world, nothing deters him from his fiercely protected dream of bodybuilding superstardom, not even the doctors who warn that he’s causing permanent damage to his body with his quest.
The release date of the film has always been at risk of being changed following Jonathan Majors being charged earlier this year, with two counts of misdemeanour assault, though he denies the charges. Now that the trial will begin in New York at the end of November, Disney has pulled the film from its upcoming release schedule. Initially, it would be released in cinemas on December 8th 2023, but now the film no longer has a release date.
It was expected that the release date would change, since last month, Disney moved another Searchlight Pictures film, “Poor Things”, onto the December 8th slot. Ever since the news broke of Jonathan’s arrest, all the promotion of the film was stopped, and while Disney continued to release the second season of “Loki” this month, where he stars as Victor Timey, a variant of Kang, he was missing from any promotional material. Even without the trial, with all of the delays caused by the actor’s and writer’s strikes, it’s very possible that this film would have been delayed into 2024, as Disney reshuffles its schedule.
Ultimately, the film’s release date, along with Jonathan Major’s future within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, where he plays the Multiverse’s main villain, Kang, is likely to be determined by the upcoming trial, as Disney will be unlikely to continue with its plans should he be found guilty.
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