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.

Colin Firth Returning For Highly Anticipated Kingsman Sequel?

Kingsman: The Secret Service was no doubt one the biggest box-office hits of the last year, breathing new life into the spy-genre and making an unexpected action-star out of Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth overnight.

Much to everyone’s dismay however…

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…Colin Firth’s bad-ass character met an untimely demise towards the end of the film, leaving audiences wondering exactly how they could ever make a successful sequel without the superstar.

Alas, it appears hope is on the horizon for fans of the British spy franchise – Kingsman creator Mark Miller, the man behind the original comic, recently hinted that the resurrection of Firth’s character was their primary concern when penning the sequels script. Speaking to IGN, Miller spoke of the work going on behind the scenes with director Matthew Vaughn:

“That’s the conversation everyone’s having right now, because part of what made that movie work is Colin. Colin’s fantastic, it was a two-hander, that film. You also want to have the integrity of the story, so if you are bringing him back, it has to make sense. That’s where it is at the moment. Beats of the story have been done. Screenplay co-writers Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman are working on it at the moment. Some things have to be worked out, some decisions have still to be made and everything, so it’s all fairly amorphous, but all going well.”

Though the exact details of how Firth’s character will return are yet to be cemented, there are numerous options for the writers to play around with, and they promise that whatever is decided, it will make sense.

Robert Rodriguez To Lock New Movie Away for ‘100 Years’

Most top filmmakers in Hollywood are not shy about pushing the boundaries of acceptability nowadays, especially in a film climate that leans heavily towards the big-budget blockbusters – but ‘Sin City‘ visionary Robert Rodriguez seems to going to extreme lengths with his latest film.

100 Years‘, a new short film starring John Malkovich, is set to make film history in some form or another when it is locked away for one hundred years to coincide with the intended release of Louis XIII Cognac, a luxury and prestigious brand that’s known for maturing its product for a century at a time.

Hollywood it’s certainly no stranger to product endorsements, with current James Bond release ‘SPECTRE‘ currently advertising over 50 different brands during its two and half hour running time – but this odd partnership has got to the most ambitious to date.

Rodriguez, known for action-thrillers such as From Dusk Till Dawn and Once Upon a Time in Mexico, will lock away the film in a time capsule volt for one hundred years, where it will then be released in conjunction with the next batch of Louis XIII Cognac, who’s current bottle has just hit shelves after being locked away since 1915.

It’s certainly bad news for any Robert Rodriguez or John Malkovich fans out there who will most likely never see the mysterious film – though your grandchildren certainly will one day, as the intended release is November 18, 2115.

For now all we can see of the project are three teaser trailers starring John Malkovic, and depicting three different versions of what the world may look like in ‘100 Years‘.

Who knows, maybe it will claim the Christmas top spot that year.

View the teases trailers below:

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.

Again? Prometheus 2 Gets Another Title Change

Talk about a crisis of indentity – choosing the title of your next film is an important step in the movie making process, but it seems Ridley Scott is having somewhat of an issue when settling on a title for the upcoming sequel to Prometheus, and now we’re seeing yet another change.

People did tend to agree that the last choice of title for Prometheus 2 was ‘out there’ somewhat – I mean ‘Alien: Paradice Lost‘ is downright bizarre and makes absolutely no sense to most, perhaps that’s why Scott recently announced a change to the title, which now reads ‘Alien: Covenant‘. With the sequel set to begin shooting in February next year, the new title gives a hint to the direction the film will be taking, as ‘Covenant’ in simpler terms literally refers to ‘an agreement’, like one between humanity (us) and God, or in this case Gods.

Details for the plot are still sketchy, but there’s set to be a great deal of hidden meaning in the sequel that will answer a lot of lingering questions left by Prometheus three years ago – at least that’s what the new title would lead us to believe. One thing that’s already been confirmed is that Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender will be reprising their roles with Ridley Scott taking to then helm again.

Then again I could be completely wrong and the title could change a dozen times between now and when production begins next year – here’s hoping it doesn’t though as we’ll end up with a serious identity crisis when the film finally hits cinemas on May 30, 2017.

For more information on hidden meanings for Alien: Covenant, head over to cinemablend.com.

Star Wars TV Spot Brings Even More Footage

A couple of days after an international trailer released in Japan sent everyone into meltdown over never before seen footage, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has started releasing 30 second TV spots  with new scene teasers.

Millennium Falcon, Harrison Ford and some unexpected ass-kicking make up the US TV spot, which you can watch below (courtesy of Joblo.com:

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which sees Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill return to the timeless franchise, is on track to become the highest grossing film of all time when it hits cinemas worldwide on December 17.

Brand-new Star Wars Trailer Is Released In Japan

Just when you think J.J. Abrams can’t surprise us any more, he goes and releases a brand-new, exclusive trailer containing unseen footage of next months gargantuan release Star Wars: The Force Awakens – just a week after telling fans not to expect any other trailers I might add.

Never before seen Star Wars footage is like a drug to many fans around the world – so when a new trailer hit the Japanese market, the internet went into meltdown once again as people rushed to view the new trailer, and were left in a state of shock to watch yet more unseen footage. This time however I don’t think anyone seemed to surprised that the illusive Luke Skywalker was nowhere to be seen…again, as Abrams and Disney had made it perfectly clear that the Jedi hero would not be seen until the film’s release on December 17.

The new trailer did however pack a punch, delivering yet more action, dialogue and the first real introduction of the new droid we’ve seen so much of over the last couple of months – and did you notice something different about this yet, unnamed droid? Many fans seemed quick to highlight the droids feminine sounding voice that could spell a first for the Star Wars universe, as all droids up until now have been referred to as “he”.

Considering the randomness surrounding the release of Star Wars trailers, and the fact that we never seem to know when or if one may be released, we might yet see more unseen trailers hitting the airwaves between now and December 17, as Disney continue to ramp up the frenzied buzz that surrounds what’s sure to be the biggest cinematic release so far this century.

Check out the new trailer below:

‘Spectre’ Breezes Past ‘Skyfall’ With $80million First Week

It was mentioned last week that more records were certain to follow the impressive opening day return that ‘Spectre‘ took in compared to its 2012 predecessor ‘Skyfall‘, and now having reigned at the domestic (UK) box office for the past week, Daniel Craig’s fourth outing as 007 has smashed UK box office records with a cool $80 million ($64 million from the UK alone).

It’s was on the cards considering the hype that surrounded its release in the months building up to it – and with the biggest budget to date, which saw the MGM picture shut down Mexico City for a week, it had to deliver big for the studios behind the 24th installment in the hit British franchise.

Considering Bond is still to open in North American and Asia territories, where it’s proven to be an unformed able force of late, it looks promising that we’ll once again see 007 hit the billion dollar mark worldwide.

Spectre‘ sees a cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind codename: SPECTRE.

Daniel Craig and Sam Mendes have already confirmed their involvement in the yet untitled ‘Bond 25‘, though the long term futures of this record breaking duo remain unclear – certainly a worrying sign for studio execs who are already planning to open big-money negotiations with the pair, but have already started to tout potential replacements should Craig step down from the role he’s held for over a decade.

Matthew McConaughey Passess On ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2’ Role

He’s one of the biggest actors on the planet and one that frequently been associated with superhero roles in the past, but it seems Matthew McConaughey in happy to pass on the villain role in the upcoming ‘Guardians of the Galaxy‘ sequel.

The reasons as to why he would pass on the opportunity to join one of the most anticipated sequels of 2017 is a mystery, especially considering some of the most loved and critically celebrated superhero characters are in fact evil – Loki, Heath Ledger’s Joker… You get the point.

One reason could perhaps stem from McConaughey’s desire to one day play a superhero in either a Marvel or DC Comics franchise – the Academy Award-winning actor has previously come close, having entered into negotiations for the role of Captain America before Chris Evans was eventually cast in the now record-breaking Marvel film franchise.

Despite McConaughey turning the yet undisclosed villain role down in the upcoming ‘GOTG 2‘, director James Gunn has confirmed that the role will be cast within the next two weeks, with surely a big star name set to the join the Marvel sequel.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 sees Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Zoe Saldana and Dave Bautista all returns to their starring roles as they also prepare to enter the expansive Avengers universe for the soon-to-be epic blockbusters Avengers: Infinity War – parts 1 and 2.

‘Spectre’ Breaks UK Box Office Opening Day Record

Pre-box office forecasts had tipped Spectre to do well upon its release and it’s likely we may well see further UK box office records smashed in the coming weeks as the latest instalment in the blockbuster franchise continues to draw crowds to their local cinemas.

James Bond has become a major player in the world of cinema since Daniel Craig and director Sam Mendes teamed up for Skyfall, and although the duo will be returning for ‘Bond 25‘, it’s not yet known whether this successful partnership will continue past 2017 – though with the $1.1 billion that the last film made, and the likelihood that Spectre will match that colossal haul, there will certainly be some big-money offers on the table to entice them to continue with this winning formula.

Spectre, co-starring Christoph Waltz, Naomi Harris, Ralph Fiennes, Dave Bautista and Lea Seydoux, is in cinemas worldwide now.

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.