Month: November 2017

Pokemon Movie finds its female lead

Star of Big Little Lies, Kathryn Newton, has landed the female lead for Legendary’s live-action movie adaptation of Pokemon.

She joins Justice Smith, star of The Get Down, who was picked as the male lead for the movie.

Newton will play the role of Lucy, a journalist who joins the male character along with Pikachu, a species of Pokemon, who will be motion captured.

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Based on the gaming franchise which began as a card game and anime series, the project will be titled Detective Pikachu, with casting directors wrapping up arduous testing for the role.

Stranger Things star Natalia Dyer, Haley Lu Richardson (who featured in M. Night Shyamalan’s Split earlier this year) and 13 Reasons Why star Katherine Langford were also in the running for the role.

Production for the project is set to start in London in January next year.

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Live-action Mulan finds its lead actress

Chinese actress Liu Yifei, also known as Crystal Liu, is set to play the lead in the live-action adaptation of Disney’s Mulan, directed by Niki Caro.

The announcement comes after a year-long worldwide search for the lead role, which consisted of a team of casting directors looking at over 1000 candidates before deciding on Liu.

Nicknamed Fairy sister by the Chinese public, she is currently one of China’s most popular actresses after breaking out in the mid-2000s as a teenager.

Liu has featured in both 2008’s The Forbidden Kingdom, alongside Jackie Chan and Jet Li, and 2014’s Outcast, with Nicolas Cage and Hayden Christensen.

She also starred opposite Emile Hirsch in Danish auteur Bille August’s period romance, The Chinese Widow, which opened the Shanghai International Film Festival in June.

WATCH: First trailer for Avengers: Infinity War

It’s here! The first look at next year’s huge third instalment of the Avengers franchise including all the regulars as well as some newcomers who have come to the party.

Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, we see everyone join together to take on Thanos (Josh Brolin) who we have caught glimpses of in previous Marvel movies.

Other notable inclusions – Spider-Man wearing his iron suit, Cap’n America sporting a new beard, Vision looking a lot more like Paul Bettany than last time (as well as having some sort of romance with Wanda) and of course, the introduction of the Guardians of the Galaxy.

So here it is in all its glory, the first trailer for the highly anticipated Avengers: Infinity War:

Avengers 4 to feature ‘true finale’

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has promised something different for Avengers 4, which could surprise fans.

Speaking to Vanity Fair, Feige said that Avengers 4 will “bring things you’ve never seen in superhero films: a finale.”

“There will be two distinct periods,” he continued. “Everything before ‘Avengers 4’ and everything after. I know it will not be in ways people are expecting.”

Of course, Feige didn’t give any specifics away but early rumours suggested the potential death of some of our favourite superheroes.

Avengers 4 won’t be released until May 2019 but the third instalment of the series, Avengers: Infinity War, hits cinemas in May next year.

James Franco announces superhero project

James Franco has confirmed he will produce and star in a superhero movie, but did not reveal the identity of the character it would be based on.

There have been reports that Fox has been working on a Marvel Comics movie based on Multiple Man.

“I do have a superhero that I am developing,” Franco told the Hollywood Reporter. “I don’t know how much I can say. But I will say I am producing and performing in it.

“It’s early stages. I think probably what I can say is, like anything, there’s a need to develop more.”

Franco mentioned that he was working on a number of different projects through Ramona Films, the company that he created with his brother, Dave.

“Our bottom line MO is, how can we push this into new ground? A little bit, but still make it entertaining? What I love about what Simon Kinberg and Fox and the X-Men people have done with Deadpool and Logan — it took a while to get there, maybe 10 years — but they are going to go hard R.

“And we’re going to take this superhero thing and really just push it into a new genre. So we’re working with Simon Kinberg on an X-Men property.”

Franco is currently receiving plaudits for his portrayal as Tommy Wiseau in The Room, which hits UK cinemas this Friday.

Who might replace Ben Affleck as Batman?

It has been widely reported that Ben Affleck will not be returning to play the Dark Knight in Matt Reeves’ The Batman. Although the actor didn’t actively suggest he would be leaving the role in an interview last week for USA Today, he did say it is something he is contemplating. He went on to suggest: “You don’t do it forever, so I want to find a graceful and cool way to segue out of (the role).”

Affleck didn’t offer any reason for his doubts over the future of the role, but one thing could be down to the poor reception critically for the DC movies he has featured in. He has now portrayed Bruce Wayne aka Batman three times in two years now (Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Justice League), but it’s looking increasingly likely that we will see someone new donning the cape in the stand-alone Batman movie. Here are some potential candidates for the role:

Jake Gyllenhaal

As it stands, Gyllenhaal is the favourite to don the cape after a report was released last week claiming he expressed interest in the role and even had meetings with director Reeves.

In the DCEU leaks section of Reddit an allegedly ‘incredibly reliable source at Warner Bros’ revealed “Gyllenhaal really wants the role, but the studio isn’t 100% sold on the idea yet.

Interestingly, the 36-year-old auditioned for the role of Batman in 2005 for Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins with the role of course going to Christian Bale instead.

Armie Hammer

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Having supposedly been chosen to play Batman in the 2008 version of Justice League that was scrapped, Hammer must surely feel that he has unfinished business when it comes to the role.

Hammer previously worked alongside Superman’s Henry Cavill in The Man From UNCLE where he portrayed a dark and dangerous spy which could work as some form of audition.

Colin Farrell

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In 2007, Will Smith’s I Am Legend featured a cool easter egg—a movie billboard layering the Batman and Superman logos together. This was when a Batman v Superman movie was originally planned – and Farrell was one of the front runners to play the Batman, despite Christian Bale filming The Dark Knight at that moment in time.

Farrell won’t be featuring in the next instalment of Fantastic Beasts, freeing up some time for him to possibly feature as the caped crusader, but at 41 years of age, it’s difficult to see him commit to the character.

Michael Fassbender

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It’s tough to see this one becoming a reality due to his commitments as Magneto in the X-Men franchise, but Fassbender would be a solid choice for the role.

His CV consists of some dark, gritty roles which have demonstrated why he would fit the ruthless persona of Bruce Wayne.

Again, at 40 years of age, it might be difficult for Fassbender to take on such a demanding character physically.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan

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This is one of the more farfetched shouts but super-fan theories portray some form of logic. Morgan featured briefly in Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice as Thomas Wayne, Bruce’s father.

One alternate timeline in the comics sees Thomas Wayne – not Bruce – become Batman. This theory does involves some form of time travel from The Flash which comic fans will be familiar with.

In addition, at 51, there’s little chance of Morgan being able to commit himself to the role – though fans of the TV series Negan would argue otherwise.

Keanu Reeves

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Somewhat of a wildcard in this list – especially considering how much of a factor age seems to be amongst the other candidates. But with that said, anyone who has watched Reeves resurrect his career in both John Wick films will know just how nimble the 53-year-old still is.

With John Wick 3 in the pipeline, it’s unlikely that Reeves would take on the role of Batman, but he has demonstrated that he would have been perfect for the role once upon a time.

 

Uma Thurman to Harvey Weinstein: ‘I’m glad it’s going slowly, you don’t deserve a bullet’

Uma Thurman yesterday launched a scathing attack on disgraced mogul, Harvey Weinstein, whilst wishing her Instagram followers a Happy Thanksgiving.

Footage was released earlier this month of the Pulp Fiction actress telling Access Hollywood: “I’ve learned that when I’ve spoken in anger I usually regret the way I express myself. So I’ve been waiting to feel less angry. And when I’m ready, I’ll say what I have to say.”

Her Instagram post yesterday was the first suggestion that she is now ready to tell all after including the #metoo hashtag, and going on to wish all her followers a Happy Thanksgiving “Except you Harvey, and all your wicked conspirators – I’m glad it’s going slowly – you don’t deserve a bullet”.

She ended the post, which included a picture of her character from Kill Bill, Beatrix Kiddo, with “stay tuned”, suggesting that she will soon reveal her story.

Check out the post in full below:

WATCH: First footage of Jurassic World sequel

Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow yesterday tweeted a snippet of footage from next year’s sequel.

The adorable five second video is of lead man Chris Pratt hanging out with a baby raptor.

It hasn’t been confirmed whether the raptor is CGI’d or animatronic, but Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom director, JA Bayona, has promised more practical effects in the sequel.

One criticism of the first instalment was the overuse of CGI for the dinosaurs. Bayona has taken the director’s helm after Trevorrow stepped back to co-write.

“Obviously you don’t have real dinosaurs — sometimes you have people playing dinosaurs — but we love animatronics and we’re trying to do as much with them as possible,” Bayona told Vanity Fair.

“I think animatronics bring soul and reality to it. We’re trying to find the balance between animatronics and CGI in order to cheat the audience so they don’t know what they’re seeing.”

Original cast members Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, and B.D. Wong will be returning for the next instalment, which opens in the UK June 8 2018.
Watch the first footage below:

Jude Law lands male lead role in ‘Captain Marvel’

Jude Law is in negotiations to star as the lead male role opposite Brie Larson in ‘Captain Marvel’.

The British actor recently was confirmed as playing Albus Dumbledore in the Fantastic Beasts sequel and he has now landed Marvel universe according to Variety.

Law would be playing Doctor Walter Lawson, aka Captain Mar-Vell, who mentors Larson’s character, Carol Danvers, an Air Force pilot whose DNA becomes accidentally fused with an alien’s.

Samuel L. Jackson is also set to feature as the famous leader of the Avengers, Nick Fury.

First taste of Channing Tatum as a yeti in Smallfoot trailer

The hilarious new teaser trailer for next year’s animation, Smallfoot, dropped today.

The movie comes from Warner Animation Group, the creators of the Lego Movie, and boasts a strong cast offering their vocals including Channing Tatum, Zendaya, James Cordon and LeBron James.

The film follows Tatum’s character after he comes into contact with a human for the first time, gaining fame in the yeti community as a result.

Smallfoot hits UK cinemas next October