Han Solo Spin-off Loses its Directors

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller will no longer be directing the Han Solo film.

“We normally aren’t fans of the phrase ‘creative differences’ but for once this cliché is true,” the pair said in a statement, citing a difference in vision and process.

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Lord and Miller, who directed the Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street, were signed-on to helm the Star Wars spinoff in 2015. Actors Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover and Woody Harrelson are set to star in the project, along with Alden Ehrenreich in the lead role. Shooting began in February this year and, despite the director crisis, the film is still set to be released 25th May 2018.

In a statement, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy confirmed a new director would be announced soon, adding, “Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are talented filmmakers who have assembled an incredible cast and crew, but it’s become clear that we had different creative visions on this film, and we’ve decided to part ways.”

It’s news that we’re all too familiar with, after a flurry of similar creative conflicts in recent years. The last Star Wars spin-off Rogue One experienced similar issues, bringing in Tony Gilroy to fix up and reconceptualise the film that Gareth Edwards had put together.

Prequels are a sensitive issue in this franchise, let’s hope this ends well.

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First Look at Star Wars: the Last Jedi

Vanity Fair have release a series of Annie Leibovitz photographs from the set of Star Wars: Last Jedi.

The incredible collection includes photos of cast members in character on the set of the highly-anticipated Star Wars sequel. Vanity Fair also released four different cover each with a different theme; the dark side, the force, the legacy and the resistance.

 

 

Many familiar faces are included in the collection, with a glimpse of Rey and Luke in training and a stunning action shot of Kylo Ren wielding a lightsabre, but we also get our first look at some new characters, including Benicio Del Toro and Laura Dern.

The photos include some beautiful shots of Carrie Fisher, who tragically passed away late last year. The legacy edition cover is entirely dedicated to her, and her iconic on-screen persona General Leia Organa.

 

 

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Just last month a brand new teaser trailer dropped for the upcoming film, which will be released later this year on 15th December 2017.

 

The Witcher TV Series Coming to Netflix

A new English-language Netflix series has been announced based on Andrzej Sapkowski’s The Witcher saga, the inspiration for CD Projekt Red’s popular RPG trilogy.

Platige, a production company who also worked on the Witcher game series, will be involved in the show’s creation. Platige’s Tomasz Bagiński, who directed the game’s opening cinematics and worked on the Oscar nominated short the Cathedral, will direct at least one episode per season.

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“There is a moral and intellectual depth in these books which goes beyond genre,” said Bagiński and fellow producer Jarek Sawko. “It is a story about today and today’s challenges, hidden under a fantasy cover. It is a story about us, about the monster and the hero inside all of our hearts.”

No specific details have been released yet and it is unclear which of Sapkowski’s eight novels the show will draw from, or which of its many characters will feature.

“The Witcher stories follow an unconventional family that comes together to fight for truth in a dangerous world,” said executive producers Sean Daniel and Jason Brown, who previously worked together on Syfy’s The Expanse. “The characters are original, funny and constantly surprising and we can’t wait to bring them to life at Netflix, the perfect home for innovative storytelling.”

Much like their video game adaptation, the books are full of fascinating, morally-ambiguous characters navigating a difficult political climate in a high fantasy setting. The world they inhabit is plagued by supernatural monsters, and young hunters must train from an early age to master the Witcher abilities necessary to defeat these deadly creatures.

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With a wealth of interesting character studies and a strong set of stories to draw from, it’s easy to see why Netflix were keen to adapt the series. The novel’s author Andrzej Sapkowski is thrilled to see his work picked up by the streaming service.

“I’m excited about our efforts together, as well as the team assembled to shepherd these characters to life,” said the author, stressing that the series would be staying true to the source material.

Bagiński and Sawko further emphasized that the show would stick to underlying themes of the book, “There is a moral and intellectual depth in these books which goes beyond genre. It is a story about today and today’s challenges, hidden under a fantasy cover. It is a story about us, about the monster and the hero inside all of our hearts.”

So far no release date or casting information has been announced.

New Marvel Defenders Netflix Trailer Drops

A new trailer just dropped for Marvel’s next big Netflix show, The Defenders.

The show sees major characters from Marvel’s Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist collide to form the Defenders in order to take down the Hand – a group of assassins heavily name-dropped throughout the four series.

The new trailer provides a first look at the group in action, meeting one another for the first time in some instances and learning to work as a team.

“The devil of Hell’s Kitchen, the smart-ass detective, the righteous ex-con and the kid with the glowing fist,” says the trailer’s voice over, and that’s exactly the kind of ill-fitting, wisecracking collective we want to see struggle. The limited dialogue also suggests wealthy young newcomer Iron Fist may struggle to fit in with the seasoned heroes.

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Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, and Finn Jones will reprise their roles as the show’s leading heroes, along with supporting characters such as Rosario Dawson’s Claire Temple. The trailer also reveals the return of Elektra, and Sigourney Weaver’s brand new villain.

The series is set to premiere on Netflix in just a few months, from 18th August, so prepare for a good binge.

 

Jeff Goldblum to star in Jurassic World Sequel

Jeff Goldblum will star in Universal Pictures’ sequel to Jurassic World (2015), alongside Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard.

The actor, who starred in the original Jurassic Park (1993) and The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), will reprise his cult role as Dr. Ian Malcolm, the insurance consultant who inexplicably survived both films.

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Goldblum has previously revealed that he wasn’t contacted about a role in the 2015 relaunch, which became one of the highest earning films in history after making £1.3bn at the box office.

“They’re doing spectacularly well without me,” Goldblum stated at a screening of Independence Day (1996) for the film’s 20th anniversary. “If I never did any more, I’d be entirely nourished and happy and fulfilled from having done these.”

Little is known about the upcoming blockbuster’s story line or how Goldblum will feature, but director Colin Trevorrow has spoken about the possibilities of leaving the theme park and exploring how the science at work there might be applied other spheres, such as military, agriculture or medicine – essentially using prehistoric dinosaurs much like we do modern animals.

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“We are the Alpha now,” Trevorrow said in an interview with Radio Times, “and we dominate all of the other animals. But when you throw in animals that were the Alpha on this planet for far longer than we’ve ever existed in with us… I don’t really know who’s in charge there.”

Jurassic World included hints at how the technology might be used elsewhere, with the park’s chief of the security Vic Hoskins voicing a desire to have the Velociraptors fight alongside the military.

The new sequel is expected to release June 2018, and we’ll most likely hear more about the film’s plot early next year.

Ever wondered how Han Solo got his name?

Disney just gave us a massive teaser for their young Han Solo Star Wars spin-off.

Speaking at the University of Southern California, Disney CEO Bob Iger expanded on what we know about the movie, including a revelation about its leading man. Apparently our iconic hero wasn’t always known as Han Solo, and the new movie will explain how he got that name – and presumably reveal his birth name for the first time in the series.

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He also confirmed the story would follow Han in his younger years, from 18-24, including the story of how he met Chewbacca, and how they acquired the infamous Millennium Falcon. Since previous movies have already referenced Solo winning the Falcon from Lando Calrissian (portrayed by Donald Glover in the new prequel) in a game of sabacc, it will be interesting to see how the movie expands on this.

Iger didn’t give too much more away, but with the young Han Solo film set to release 25th May 2018, we’ll likely get plenty more teasers before the end of the year. Until then, enjoy this ridiculously stylish on-set photo of the film’s unreasonably beautiful cast.

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NEW Alien: Covenant Poster Drops

A brand new theatrical poster just dropped for Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant.

The terrifying new poster from 20th Century Fox depicts in stunning detail the Xenomorph surrounded by dead Engineers victims, along with what fans are speculating is a first look at the Queen.

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The epic poster follows several minimalist designs released recently that sent a much more ominous and ambiguous message and doesn’t give much away. We know from the synopsis that Alien: Covenant is set after the events of Prometheus, and follows the crew of the Covenant as they land on what seems like an uncharted paradise. There the crew discover sentient AI David (Michael Fassbender), the lone survivor of the Prometheus expedition and the story, most predictably, takes a delightfully dark turn.

The first trailer for the new sci-fi horror hit late 2016, and left fans divided with its tone and narrative. Everything we’ve seen so far however suggests the franchise is returning to its dark, horror roots, as oppose to the sci-fi/thriller style of Prometheus. Ridley Scott has stated the film will address the origins of the beast, and would link into a third instalment that brings the entire series full circle with the original Alien.

Alien: Covenant is in theatres from 19th May and stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Amy Seimetz, Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Nathaniel Dean, Alexander England, Benjamin Rigby, and James Franco.