Noah Centineo
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According to an insider close to the project, Noah Centineo is in talks to star as He-Man, the lead character in Sony Pictures and Mattel Films’ ‘Masters of the Universe’, based on the classic ’80s cartoon and toy line.  Twin brothers Aaron and Adam Nee are attached to direct and worked on the screenplay.  ‘Men in Black: International’s Matt Holloway and Art Marcum were recently brought on to retool the script.  David S. Goyer was previously attached to direct and wrote a screenplay, but it’s unknown if his work will be kept.  At another point, McG was set to direct and Kellan Lutz seemed poised to portray He-Man, but of course, that version never materialized.


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Centineo first gained noticed when he replaced Jake T. Austin as Jesus Adams Foster on Freeform’s teen soap ‘The Fosters’.  Last year, he starred in two hit romantic comedies on Netflix, ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’ opposite Lana Condor, and ‘Sierra Burgess is a Loser’ with Shannon Purser.  He is set to return in ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before 2’ and has a role in next year’s reboot of ‘Charlie’s Angels’.  He also starred on the go90 digital series ‘T@gged’.

‘Masters of the Universe’ focuses on Prince Adam from the alien planet Eternia, who possesses the mighty Power Sword which transforms him into He-Man, the Most Powerful Man in the Universe and Eternia’s superhuman defender.  The toy line was one of the best selling of the 1980s, bolstered by a syndicated animated series from Filmation.  In the classic mythology, He-Man was assisted by The Sorceress of Castle Greyskull, Man-At-Arms, warrior woman Teela, klutzy magician Orko, and others who opposed the evil Skeletor, who hoped to conquer Eternia with his army which included Beast Man, Evil-Lyn, Mer-Man, Trap Jaw, and more.

A poorly-received live-action film was crafted by Cannon Film in 1987.  Dolph Lundgren played He-Man, with Frank Langella as Skeletor.  In the decades since, various studios and filmmakers have attempted to bring the swords and sorcery concept back to the big screen, but so far, none have come to fruition.

This looks to be the closest a ‘Masters’ project has gotten to becoming a reality.

Source: The Wrap