One superhero film that will shoot this year (despite losing its original director Tim Miller) is Deadpool 2, which will see the return of Colossus, Negasonic Teenage Warhead and – most importantly – taxi driver Dopinder.
Fox’s main superhero property wants to go one better. Production Weekly are not just listing X-Men: The New Mutants to start shooting in April, but also another movie called X-Men: Supernova in May.
Peter Dinklage might be joining the increasingly growing list of actors who have starred in multiple comic book universes. After playing Dr. Bolivar Trask in X-Men: Days of Future Past, Marvel apparently want him for both the upcoming Avengers movies. He’ll be joined by Spider-Man and Gomora, who have also both confirmed themselves for the climax of Marvel’s Phase III.
But Thor: Ragnarok might end up being the MCU’s next sleeper hit, especially after Tom Hiddleston teased a showdown between Loki and Doctor Strange.
LucasFilm are still figuring out how to deal with Carrie Fisher’s passing. As Princess Leia/General Organa was to play a significant part in both Star Wars: Episodes VIII and IX, many have speculated the films will use CGI to recreate her onscreen. The studio took the very unusual (but totally understandable) step to publicly deny these fan theories.
We might not know how the film will deal with Fisher’s death, but we sure now know how it starts: just as The Force Awakens ended. Director Rian Johnson confirmed Episode VIII will pick up immediately after the preceding film’s end. So we can enjoy even more of Luke and Rey staring at each other on a hilltop.
Woody Harrelson has now officially signed on for the Young Han Solo film, with directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller citing his incredible acting ability and that “he is also very good at ping pong.” Harrelson has revealed of the role, “I’m a mentor to Han, but I’m also a bit of a criminal.” But he was stopped short when J.J. Abrams burst into the room screaming something about spoiler alerts.
Elsewhere, outside the big superhero and space blockbuster properties, Tom Hardy is still waiting on that Mad Max sequel call (presumably because Fury Road drove everyone mad); Vin Diesel has no such problem, with Paramount already wanting another xXx film; James Corden has been cast in the female reboot of Ocean’s 11 and Disney want Anna Kendrick to play Santa Claus (somehow those last two stories don’t have the names mixed up).
Yes, the BAFTA nominations might be out. As too is the ‘shortlist’ for the Razzies. But to play us out, there’s only one list you need to read this week: Flickering Myth’s Most Anticipated Movies of 2017.
May the Movies be with you.
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