Despite being three trailers in, we’re still none the wiser as to who Suicide Squad’s central antagonist is. I’ve got my own theories. Flickering Myth’s Thomas O’Connor, however, reckons Jared Leto is the real life villain, sexually harassing his fellow actors under the guise of ‘method acting’. It’s an interesting argument – one I personally congratulated Thomas with by sending him a box of dead butterflies.To be fair, Jared Leto seems pretty strange whether he’s method acting or not.
But hey, guess what? We totally broke an exclusive this week! And not just a little thing. Our sources told us (yeah, we have sources now) who will be playing Darth Vader in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. We were in British newspaper The Independent and everything.The actor playing Darth Vader in Rogue One will probably look like this with the suit on.
In other Rogue One news, Daisy Ridley has denied a fan theory declaring Jyn Erso is Rey’s mother (presumably because they both sound like early Kiera Knightley), and LEGO has built on the trailer’s success in their own image. Flickering Myth’s Neil Calloway noticed Canary Wharf Underground Station in the movie’s teaser, so he wrote an article on The Rise and Rise of London as a Film Location.“We’ve got to get the plans back to the Rebel Base…by taking the Jubilee Line and changing at London Bridge.”
Before Rogue One in the Star Wars timeline, however, there was a young Han Solo. It looks like Hail Caesar’s! Alden Ehrenreich is now frontrunner for the role. Which means I’m going to have to learn how to spell his surname.Let’s go with Al Ricky for now.
Over in Science-Fiction-Franchise-With-‘Star’-In-The-Title-That-J.J.-Abrams-Left-Behind news, Star Trek Beyond’s final trailer is set for next month’s 50 anniversary fan event. The new Star Trek TV series will reportedly not exist within the NuTrek continuity established by Abrams’ 2009 reboot, and is rumoured to be set between The Original Series and The Next Generation. But really they’re the same continuity because everything was linked together by the wormhole.“Can we get some more lens flare over here?”
Elsewhere in movie science fiction, a batch of set photos from Alien: Covenant have been released (which show a beautiful real-life explosion); we got our first look at Scarlett Johansson in the live-action Ghost in the Shell movie; James Cameron promised we’ll have four Avatar sequels by 2023, which is a strange number of instalments for a franchise to have (Twitter wasn’t that impressed either); and the official logo for the Men In Black/23 Jump Street crossover was unveiled. Yep. It’s actually happening.And it’s going to be awesome.
Elsewhere in movie land, there’s a new Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them trailer; we got the first look at Kong: Skull Island in a new featurette; Indiana Jones 5 will be a “continuation” of the Crystal Skull story (i.e. Indiana Jones and the Use of the Crystal Meth) – Flickering Myth’s Tony Black has imagined what that would look like; Warner Bros. will launch a Hanna-Barbera Expanded Universe, starting with their Scooby-Doo reboot S.C.O.O.B. (Fred Flintstone turning up at the end probably won’t have the same impact as Nick Fury at the end of Iron Man); and Lionsgate have unveiled the logo for their Power Rangers remake.It kind of looks like they used WordArt.
To play us out, here’s our exclusive interview with Jon Favreau about his new film The Jungle Book. If the idea of a 2016 live-action Disney remake of the film sounds unappealing, just remember that Bill Murray is playing Baloo. The movie is terrific and one of the best films of the year. Forget about your worries and your strife.
May the Movies be with you.
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