The Week in Movies discusses the last seven days in cinema, including the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (and our review), details revealed on the Harley Quinn spin-off movie Gotham City Sirens and more…
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After years of waiting since the Anthology movie was first announced, I sat down in my IMAX seat in Leicester Square on Tuesday night ready for one of the most anticipated films of 2016: the sequel to Revenge of the Sith.
While there isn’t much follow-up from George Lucas’ rom-com in space Prequel Trilogy (“I don’t like sand”), the spin-off movie serves very well as a prequel to A New Hope. You can read my less trolling thoughts on the film in my ★ ★ ★ ★ review.
Not like the reviews are going to matter. Rogue One became the biggest Thursday opening of the year this week, beating both Captain America: Civil War and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’s debut nights. And if the latter proved anything, it doesn’t matter what the film is like, as long as you’ve got a fancy brand name attached to the title.
But because us film fans are insatiable monsters, we’re already chasing the next Star Wars fix. Apparently Supreme Leader Snoke will be a mixture of puppetry and CGI for his scenes in Episode VIII, but a trailer for the film probably won’t be released until the Spring. Back to re-reading the Thrawn Trilo-
LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy also revealed that the Young Han Solo film – the next Star Wars Anthology movie – will begin shooting in February.
Disney must hope that casting fresh-faced Alden Ehrenreich as the lead will help their profit margins, unlike the recently released list of Hollywood’s most overpaid actors. One man who is consistently good value for money, like a well-maintained Ford Fiesta, is Chris Evans – who was named Tinseltown’s “best value” actor for the second year running. Which is great news for Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer’s next film Jekyll, which has already cast the Captain America star.
Hopefully Evans’ brother-from-another-Russia-mother is just as worthy, as Sebastian ‘Winter Soldier’ Stan has been cast alongside Margot ‘Harley Quinn’ Robbie in I, Tonya.
Back into comic-book-land, Robbie’s Harley Quinn spin-off Gotham City Sirens has found its director…David Ayer! Because he did such a good job on Suicide Squad (26% on Rotten Tomatoes)!
Hopefully it’s a case of Warner Bros saying, ‘thanks for putting up with all our stupid demands and creatively-stifling choices on the last one. Make the film you want to make here.’ But then you read the rumour that Megan Fox might be cast as Poison Ivy.
Suicide Squad’s extended cut is out now (which Flickering Myth’s Tai Freligh has reviewed). Will Smith has revealed why he took on the role of Deadshot instead of returning as Captain Steven Hiller in Independence Day: Resurgence.
Head to the next page for two big updates on Ben Affleck’s solo Batman movie, new trailers for The Fate of the Furious and Dunkirk and more…