The Week in Movies discusses the last seven days in cinema – including Mark Hamill saying he’s keeping a huge Star Wars: The Force Awakens secret, the rumoured Justice League Dark cast and more…
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Even though only a month away from release, Star Wars: The Force Awakens plot details are still shrouded in secrecy. Part of this is because of Mark Hamill’s strict non-disclosure agreement, which is reportedly protecting a secret almost as big as Darth Vader’s outstanding child support payments.
It certainly isn’t about George Lucas’ secret involvement. The Star Wars creator has spoken about being phased out of the franchise, deciding it’s probably for the best. Anghus Houvouras agrees wholeheartedly in The Week in Disappointment.You’re not Ron.
As Disney ready themselves to relaunch the cinematic universe from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, Warner Bros. are already fully underway with their DC version. Wonder Woman has now officially started shooting with the finalised cast list released (although it states Chris Pine is playing Steve Trevor, there are theories to the contrary). To celebrate production beginning, Gal Gadot shared a first look image of her in the solo superhero movie. If you like your Wonder Woman images with more Megan Gale, though, here’s a look at George Miller’s aborted Justice League Mortal movie from 2007.
Meanwhile, on DC’s more supernatural side, there are rumours galore on who will be cast in Justice League Dark – the super team of John Constantine, Swamp Thing, Deadman and the like – who will play their primary villain Anton Arcane, and who is on the shortlist to direct the movie.
20th Century Fox have three tentpole superhero releases next year – X-Men: Apocalypse, Deadpool and Gambit. Writer/producer Simon Kinberg described the latter as a ‘sexy heist thriller’, while Evan Peters has teased a “bigger, longer and more detailed” slow-mo Quicksilver sequence in Apocalypse, to which director Bryan Singer will reportedly start shooting the sequel in early 2017. It’s tough to keep up with all this X-Men stuff, which is why Stan Lee only just learning about Iceman coming out as gay in the comics is understandable.Next you’ll tell me Spider-Man’s a black guy!
In sequels and remakes news, Zoolander 2 has its debut trailer, Ricky Gervais has posted the first look at David Brent in his Office spin-off movie Life on the Road, and Christopher Nolan’s seminal anti-chronological movie Memento is being remade (talk about the movie industry going backwards…).
Ridley Scott loves revisiting his films almost as much as he does re-editing them in new director’s cut versions. His Prometheus II movie which became Alien: Pardise Lost which is now called Alien: Covenant (move aside, Neill Blomkamp) got its official synopsis this week. The director also spoke eloquently of his Blade Runner sequel’s opening scene. Ryan Gosling is in that now, by the way.Ryan Young Goose
Over in Auteur Corner, Edgar Wright will be directing an animated movie about shadows for DreamWorks, Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting 2 is a “beautiful thing” according to Robert Carlyle, and Ben Wheatley will be remaking The Wages of Fear.
Now Marvel’s Jessica Jones is available on Netflix (read our coverage here; that’s your weekend gone), the streaming service’s next big release is Sofia Coppola’s A Very Murray Christmas. It’s out on December 4th. Here’s the trailer.
The festive special’s story seems to share Gravity’s central thesis – just add Clooney.
May the Film be with you.
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