Noah Centineo might have to start hitting the gym. Multiple outlets are now reporting that Centineo is in talks to play the character He-Man in Sony Pictures’ upcoming project with Mattel. The film, called “Masters of the Universe,” is one of several projects that Mattel has in the works, including movies based on the “An American Girl,” “Hot Wheels,” and “Barbie” franchise.
The new live-action adaptation is based on the toys, comics, and animated series from the 1980s. He-Man was the alter-ego of Prince Adam, protector of Eternia and nemesis of Skeletor. Adam and Aaron Nee are directing the film for Sony Pictures, working from a script written by David S. Goyer. The animated adventures of “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe” ran from 1983 to 1985 and the toy line was one of the more popular franchises back in the day.
The new movie would be the second attempt at making a live-action film based on the He-Man franchise. Cannon Films released “Masters of the Universe” in 1987, but it wasn’t great. The film starred Dolph Lundgren as He-Man and featured Courtney Cox in one of her first film roles. That movie had He-Man transported from Eternia to our modern era, where he fought an evil sorceress. The film did not go over well with critics and opened in third-place on the domestic charts after making $4.8M. The film went on to make $17.3M for the studio.
Fans of Centineo can see him in the upcoming Elizabeth Banks’s reboot of “Charlie’s Angels.” That film will feature Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska as the three leading ladies. Netflix’s “The Perfect Date” also features Centineo, and that film is hitting the video streaming service next month. The big project that Centineo has been working on is the sequel to “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before.” Centineo and Lana Condor are reprising their role for the next installment.