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”.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
For a film that took 11 years to get off the ground, it appears that Ryan Reynolds unwavering patience with Marvel is about to see the studio giant make an absolute killing off it’s newest franchise, Deadpool.
The R-rated origins story about foul-mouthed anti-hero Wade Wilson has already shattered box office records as it continues to reign victorious at the top of the global box office, having now surpassed the $300 million dollar mark. Not bad for a film with a production budget a little south of $60 million.
Based on the character first seen in X-Men Origins: Wolverine back in 2009, Ryan Reynolds has spent the best part of 11 years convincing the big-wigs over at Marvel to fund his Deadpool project – often seeing it shelved in place of other projects such as Ant-Man and Spider-Man reboots.
But now having made the studio a whole pile of money for a relatively small investment (as far as superhero blockbusters go), it appears Reynolds has finally shredded the disappointing memory of Green Lantern in the most spectacular and ingeniously creative way possible.
With a sequel already green lighted by the studio and colossal fanbase heading back again and again to see first installment, it’s safe to say we’ll be seeing Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool a lot in the foreseeable future.
Its no surprise that Twentieth Century Fox has decided to pull the Fantastic Four sequel from its schedule, having previous insisted that the doomed franchise reboot would continue on despite the first film becoming one of the biggest flops of all time.
The studio giant has seen a painful year in box office takings thanks largely in part to the catastrophe that is the Fantastic Four reboot – what was meant to be the growing Jewel in its 2015 schedule, Fantastic Four made only $167 million worldwide from a production budget that cost almost $220 million, when you factor in its marketing.
Now Fox obviously sees no hope it saving the franchise, and having pulled the 2017 sequel release, may decide to scrap it entirely and possibly sell the rights back to Marvel. Fantastic Four was meant to offer a whole new diverse look on Marvel‘s original franchise, opting for a younger cast that included Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell and Michael B. Jordan, but after initial critics panned the reboot, it didn’t take long until audiences decided to snub the summer blockbuster.
The franchise was riddled with controversy before its release, most notably when director Josh Trank publically slammed his movie, taking to Twitter to accuse Fox of diluting his original story;
“A year ago I had a fantastic version of this [film]. And it would’ve received great reviews. You’ll probably never see it. That’s reality though.”
Regardless of the past, with no director willing to continue the story and with the cast unlikely to continue with their characters, it’s probably not such a bad idea to scrap the franchise all together – though if Spider-Man had taught us anything, it’s to expect Hollywood to reboot be franchise in the near future.
You really can’t keep an old dog down – especially in Hollywood.
Just a couple of months on from Steven Spielberg’s comments that “there is only going to be one actor playing Indiana Jones, and that’s Harrison Ford…“, it appears the Oscar-winning director is sticking to his guns by confirming another Indie film is in the pipeline starring Mr Ford once again.
It’s surprising considering the box-office flop of the last installment, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which hit cinemas back in 2008 to disappointing reviews – mostly due to the unnecessary ‘extraterrestrial’ nature of the story.
Regardless of personal feelings regarding the franchise, Spielberg and Ford are clearly not finished with the adventurous character, despite many believing Shia Lebeouf, who played Indiana Jones son in the last film, would take over leading man duties for a brand new franchise – though such plans never came to fruition.
Disney clearly have a lot of faith in Harrison Ford’s ability to still pull in the masses – not surprising considering the colossal success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens which saw Ford return to another iconic role after almost 30 years.
The trailer is finally here for Captain America: Civil War, the most dramatic installment of Marvel‘s record-breaking ‘Avengers’ franchise, starring Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr who’s characters go head-to-head.
When a new bill is passed by the US Senate requiring all superheroes to make themselves known to the US government, the once strong Avengers find themselves divided between Captain America (Evans) who’s opposed to the law, and Iron Man (Downey Jr) who’s for it.
Captain Ameica: Civil War, starring Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie and Elizabeth Olsen, will also introduce a whole new set of hereos to the universe including Spider-Man (Tom Holland), Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman). It hits cinemas worldwide from April 29, 2016.
Check out the trailer for the long-awaited sequel to Now You See Me – starring Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Daniel Radcliffe, Lizzy Caplan, Michael Caine and Mark Ruffalo.
One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public’s adulation with their Robin Hood-style magic spectacles, The Four Horsemen resurface for a comeback performance in hopes of exposing the unethical practices of a tech magnate. The man behind their vanishing act is none other than Walter Mabry, a tech prodigy who threatens the Horsemen into pulling off their most impossible heist yet. Their only hope is to perform one last unprecedented stunt to clear their names and reveal the mastermind behind it all.