5 things to know this evening: Jake Gyllenhaal to play a Marvel villain, Obamas sign Netflix deal, and Jet Li worries fans

Good evening! Catch up on your pop culture news with our roundup of today’s top stories.

1. Jake Gyllenhaal to play Marvel villain
Jake Gyllenhaal attends the 2018 Sundance Film Festival at Eccles Theatre on Jan. 20. (Photo: C Flanigan/FilmMagic)

This is big for fans of superhero flicks: Gyllenhaal is in talks to star as the mind-altering Mysterio in the sequel to blockbuster Spider-Man: Homecoming, according to multiple reports. Tom Holland will star in the movie that’s scheduled for released on July 5, 2019. Read more>>

2. The Obamas are coming to Netflix

Former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have scored a multiyear deal to create content for the streaming giant. “Barack and I have always believed in the power of storytelling to inspire us, to make us think differently about the world around us, and to help us open our minds and hearts to others,” she said. Read more>>

3. Jet Li photo causes concern

Fans of the martial arts movie legend are worried about his health after a new photo showing the 55-year-old looking frail went viral. His last movie was released in 2016, and Li has largely been forced to leave acting because of his health. He revealed in 2013 that he has both a heart condition and hyperthyroidism. Read more>>

4. Hugh Grant, 57, engaged for the first time
Hugh Grant and Anna Eberstein on the red carpet at the British Academy Film Awards, Feb. 18. (Photo: Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage)

The famously marriage-averse star of Bridget Jones’s Diary now plans to wed Swedish TV producer Anna Eberstein, his longtime love and the mother of three of his five children. Official notice that Grant is planning a wedding later this month was posted in his West London neighborhood. Read more>>

5. Royal wedding ratings are in

It felt like everyone was watching Prince Harry marry Meghan Markle, and now we have a better idea of just how many people were. According to Nielsen, 29 million Americans tuned in for the event, which is about 6 million more people than those who watched Prince William and Kate Middleton exchange vows in 2011. Still, there are a few reasons why those numbers don’t tell the whole story. Read more>>


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