Star Wars Breaks Pre-ticket Sales Records

It was inevitable that Star Wars: The Force Awakens would break records due to the incredible response it’s had so far – not to mention the excitement surrounding the original trios return to the epic saga after almost 30 years.

However, to break box office records even before being released its something very special indeed – and will surely continue over coming weeks.

We’ve already seen cinema websites crash around the US and UK due to overwhelming demand for tickets, so it makes sense that Star Wars 7 would break the record for the most pre-ticket sales for both IMAX and regular 2D/3D screens. To put its success into perspective, Star Wars has sold an incredible eight times more tickets it’s it first day than the previous record holder, The Hunger Games – it’s also means the J.J. Abrams directed film has already earned over $6.5 million at the domestic (US) box office without even being released.

It’s certainly a good sign for the newly-acquired Disney franchise, as forecasters predict that the film could well become the highest grossing film of all time, overtaking the current holder Avatar, which earned a box office shattering $2.7 billion back in 2009.

Only time will tell if Star Wars: The Force Awakens becomes the highest grossing film of all time, but it will not be an easy road as competition from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Captain America: Civil War will be fierce as they all fight for box office supremacy.

Robert Downey Jr Becomes Highest Paid Actor, Ever?

He’s one of the biggest names in Hollywood – we all know that considering Robert Downey Jr’s superstar status thanks to his Tony Stark/Iron Man character. But now it seems the Oscar-nominated actor is about to take a-list pay-checks to a whole new level when filming of Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 and 2 start filming next year.

If sources are to be believed, and most likely they are considering RDJ’s last payday for Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), the Marvel godfather is set to bank an astonishing $200 million for the super-blockbusters that are set for release in 2017 and 2019.

The mouth-watering sum will make Downey Jr. the highest paid actor in history for a single film (or a two-part film in this case), shattering the pay days of previous stars including Tom Cruise, Jack Nichelson and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Avengers: Infinity War will certainly be setting records even before it’s part 1 release, with the two films reportedly costing a combined total of $1 billion to produce, $400 million of that going towards salaries for it’s stellar cast including the likes of Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth and Jeremy Renner to name just a few.

RDJ has been an advocate for equal pay in the past, often holding Marvel executives to ransom, threatening to pull out of the films if his fellow cast members didn’t receive adequate pay increases in return for their epic box office success.

Marvel has to-date earned an Earth-shattering $5 billion worldwide and is set to double that when a whole host of new films hit cinemas starting next year with Captain America: Civil War, which in itself looks more like an ‘Avengers’ film than a solo outing.

Check out the list of highest earning actors and actresses in history here »

Jeremy Irons Joins ‘Assassin’s Creed’ Cast

British screen legend Jeremy Irons has recently joined the cast of the high profile film adaption of the hit video game Assassin’s Creed. The Michael Fassbender led blockbuster recently confirmed that the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice star had joined it’s ranks alongside fellow cast newcomer Brendan Gleeson.

Irons will assume the role of Marion Cotillard’s father, while Gleeson plays father to Michael Fassbender’s character Callum Lynch.

Assassin’s Creed is based on the popular video game by the same name and follows the story of Callum Lynch (Fassbender), an unsuspecting hero who’s able to unlock the memories of his ancestors, an ancient brotherhood of assassins, who’s DNA holds the answers to a more pressing modern day threat.

Michael Fassbender will team up again with Macbeth (2015) director Justin Kurzel and fellow star Marion Cotillard for Assassin’s Creed, which hits cinemas worldwide from December 30, 2016.

Star Wars’ Puts ‘Jurassic World’ In It’s Sights

It’s still not even been released yet, but Star Wars: The Force Awakens continues to rack up the box office takings, having now surpassed the $50 million mark in pre-ticket sales for the December 17 release.

J.J. Abrams new installment is being tipped as one of the movie events of the century and has proven rightly so as fans continue to flock in their masses to snap up whatever tickets may be left for the first couple of weeks of release.

The newly acquired Disney franchise has already smashed the pre-ticket sales record, previously held by 2011’s The Hunger Games, and is now looking to overtake Jurassic World‘s monster opening weekend haul of $210 million – something that looks increasingly likely as the week’s go by.

It’s worth pointing out that most of the pre-ticket sales revenue to-date consists of IMAX screening’s, with UK based cinemas such as the BFI at Waterloo seeing sell-outs for the first couple of week’s into the new year. However it’s almost guaranteed that normal 3D and 2D screening’s will start to sell-out as Star Wars fever-pitch continues to escalate.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens will continue on almost 30+ years after the events in ‘Return of the Jedi‘ and sees original stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill, who’s character Luke Skywalker remains M.I.A. until the films release, return to their famous roles.

J.J. Abrams Is Hiding Skywalker From Us On Purpose

So, the potential whereabouts of a certain Luke Skywalker has become hot news since the first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit the Internet a couple of months back, and became an obsession for some when the last trailer launched last week in the same day that tickets went on sale around the world.

But despite the myths and downright bizarre theories as to where the Jedi Master might be hiding, we are still none-the-wiser to why he’s been left out of all trailers and posters – it’s pretty curious to say the least. Is he in hiding? Perhaps he’s turned to the darkside of the force like his father? Dead perhaps? Who knows…

The man behind the new Disney squired franchise, Mr J.J. Abrams recently hinted that we won’t see Mark Hamill as the iconic Jedi Luke Skywalker until the film is released this December – this of course sent eager Star Wars fans into meltdown, wondering why the main hero is being left out, when his co-stars Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher have featured so prominently in the exclusive trailers.

Even though no-one but those close to the project can shed light on this mysterious omission, I think it’s most likely the character is in some sort of seclusion, much like Master Yoda in the original trilogy, though for what reasons will remain unknown until the films release.

One thing we can confirm is that Luke Skywalker is not the mysterious Sith we’ve all seen in the trailers and posters – that character is played by Kylo Ren, and as you can probably tell by the footage seen so far, is considerably younger than Mr Hamill – so let’s knock that theory on the head right here, right now.

As for Skywalker, we just need to accept me fact that we have to wait until December to find out and just enjoy the fact that even in this modern day weird, there are still something’s that cannot be leaked over the Internet. Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits cinemas and IMAX theatres worldwide on December 17.

Spielberg Says Indiana Jones Will Never Be Recast

Recasting a popular role in Hollywood seems to almost be a weekly thing these days – so when Steven Spielberg tells us that he doesn’t ever see Indiana Jones being recast, we tend to sit up and pay attention.

Speaking with Screen Daily this past week, the Academy Award-winning filmmaker, revered as one of the greatest in history, spoke of Indiana Jones future and where he saw the characters future lying after Harrison Ford retired from the iconic character.

“I don’t think anyone could replace Harrison as Indy. I don’t think that’s ever going to happen. It’s certainly not my intention to ever have another actor step into his shoes in the way there have been many actors that have played Spider-Man or Batman. There is only going to be one actor playing Indiana Jones, and that’s Harrison Ford.”
STEVEN SPIELBERG

Director, Indiana Jones

It’s certainly understandable that the War Horse director feels this way about his beloved character, especially in an environment hellbent on diluting characters will constant cast changes – most recently the drama surrounding Spider-Man.

Many Marvel fans saw Andrew Garfield as the perfect actor to transition the role into the multi-billion dollar Avengers franchise, but saw his time as Peter Parker cut short after only playing character on two occasions.

Perhaps when you have a role as iconic as Indiana Jones and an actor who has defined that role, it’s almost impossible to reboot the franchise with someone else – a dilemma not to dissimilar to Iron Man and Robert Downey Jr. The Oscar-nominated actor has almost become one his superhero character to the point where it wouldn’t work with someone else in the role – when we see Iron Man we see RDJ, and vice-versa.

Robert Downey Jr has defined the Iron Man character since it’s debut in 2008.

Only time will tell on Indiana Jones‘ future, especially with recent reports linking Hollywood heavyweight Chris Pratt to the role, but for now we can at least expect another outing for Harrison Ford as the famous archaeologist, not to mention his return to the much loved Star Wars franchise.