The Week in Movies discusses the last seven days in cinema, including a bunch of actors announced for Spider-Man: Homecoming, a very unexpected piece of casting for Fast and Furious 8, the first trailer for The Office spin-off David Brent: Life on the Road and much, much more…
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About five years too late (and 15 years too old), Donald Glover has been cast in a live-action Spider-Man movie. The fan-favourite ex-Community star had campaigned to play Peter Parker back when the franchise was last rebooted (eventually losing out to Andrew Garfield), and he’s now been cast in a secret role for Spider-Man: Homecoming.Glover narrowly beat a blonde, white guy called Chris for the role.
Glover’s casting – along with the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first black- and female-led superhero movies, Black Panther and Captain Marvel respectively – reveals Phase III isn’t really facing Thanos. Marvel Studios is finally confronting their *other* big arch-nemesis…racial diversity.But purple people are evil regardless.
As Spider-Man: Homecoming crawls towards production, more and more actors are being announced for the solo film. Freaks and Geeks’ Martin Starr has joined the movie, along with Prometheus’ Logan Marshall-Green reportedly signing as a side-kick to the film’s big bad – which is rumoured to be Michael Keaton’s Vulture. Insert Birdman joke here.Bird puns are just another feather in my cap.
Across the production lot in Atlanta, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has wrapped production. In director James Gunn’s announcement video, he confirmed the cast will be travelling to next month’s San Diego Comic-Con…along with some footage from the film.I’m seeing double…four Chris Pratts!
But comic book stuff isn’t always a good thing. Daredevil star Charlie Cox thinks he might have blown a young Han Solo audition because of his Marvel role.Turns out pretending to be blind for the best part of two years isn’t the best for maintaining confident eye contact.
Harrison Ford’s other iconic role is apparently a lot safer. Director Steven Spielberg has promised he won’t kill off Indiana Jones in the franchise’s upcoming fifth instalment. I hate to break it to Stevey, but Indiana Jones died when Shia LaBeouf went monkey swinging in Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.We don’t talk about Mutt Williams.
Head to the next page for the unexpected Fast and Furious 8 casting news, the first trailer for The Office spin-off David Brent: Life on the Road, the rumoured details for Transformers: The Last Knight and more…