Last week in film: Avengers: Infinity War, The Dark Tower, War for the Planet of the Apes, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Okja, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and more
It’s been a relatively uneventful week in the world of film, however we previously shared the official teaser trailer for Marvel’s Black Panther.
We also have the following updates:
Chris Hemsworth toys around on the set of Avengers: Infinity War, 3 new tv spots for The Dark Tower, War for the Planet of the Apes introduces Nova, Spider-Man: Homecoming extended NBA promo and Spidey suit featurette, Netflix’s Ojka introduces Mija, Ant-Man and The Wasp casting news, and Dark Universe adds titles to their upcoming roster.
Chris Hemsworth toys around on the set of Avengers: Infinity War
A behind the scenes video for Avengers: Infinity War has been released featuring actor Chris Hemsworth messing around with action figures used by the Russo brothers to stage scenes for the film, or so the skit would have us believe. Hemsworth is easily one of the funniest MCU cast members, as is evident in the previously released Team Thor videos part 1 and part 2. As you can see in the video, the Thor actor seems to be holding a grudge about being excluded from Civil War, but isn’t bitter toward a few of his team mates.
The film is described as described by Marvel Studios as being culmination of everything in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since Iron Man(2008). Anthony and Joe Russo (Captain America: Civil War) are directing, from a screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. The confirmed and rumored cast is extensive and includes the following:
Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Benedict Wong, Anthony Mackie, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Pom Klementieff, Benicio Del Toro, Sean Gunn, Benicio Del Toro, and Josh Brolin as Thanos. Possible but unconfirmed are Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Don Cheadle, Tessa Thompson, Cobie Smulders, and Chadwick Boseman. Furthermore the studio are reportedly considering Peter Dinklage for an undisclosed role. Evangeline Lilly will not appear in Infinity War, but is expected to appear in the follow up.
As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment – the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain.
In related news Chris Hemsworth recently shared a photo of himself with Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi wearing matching shirts via Instagram (above).
Thor: Ragnarok smashes it’s way into theatres on November 4th, while Avengers: Infinity War releases on May 4, 2018.
Lead image credit: Chris Hemsworth
The Dark Tower gets 3 new tv spots
Sony Pictures have released 3 new 30 second tv spots for The Dark Tower. The film is an adaptation of the Stephen King book series of the same name featuring The Gunslinger, Jake Chambers, and The Man in Black characters. Though it’s clear that the film is taking its own direction, it’s evident from the footage released so far that the source material is being honored and referenced.
Directed by Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair), The Dark Tower stars Idris Elba (Luther, Thor, The Jungle Book) as The Gunslinger (aka Roland Deschain), Matthew McConaughey (Interstellar, Dallas Buyers Club, Mud) as The Man in Black, Tom Taylor (The Last Kingdom) as Jake Chambers, Fran Kranz (Cabin in the Woods, Donnie Darko) as Pimli, Katheryn Winnick (Vikings) as Laurie Chambers, and Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen, Preacher) as Sayre. The plot reads as follows:
The Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, roams an Old West-like landscape where “the world has moved on” in pursuit of the man in black. Also searching for the fabled Dark Tower, in the hopes that reaching it will preserve his dying world.
The Dark Tower releases on July 28th 2017.
War for the Planet of the Apes clip introduces the character Nova
A new clip over 2 minutes long has been released by 20th Century Fox for their upcoming War for the Planet of the Apes film that explores the character of Nova played by Amiah Miller. The film is directed by Matt Reeves from a screenplay co-written with Mark Bomback and stars Andy Serkis, Judy Greer, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Karin Konoval, Amiah Miller, and Terry Notary. The official plot synopsis:
Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.
War for the Planet of the Apes will release on July 14th, 2017.
Lead image credit: 20th Century Fox.
Spider-Man: Homecoming NBA Finals “Watch the Game” Extended Cut promo and Spidey suit featurette
An extended version of a recent NBA Finals promo for Spider-Man: Homecoming has been released by Sony, featuring guest appearances from Stan Lee, DJ Khaled and NBA stars Magic Johnson and Tim Duncan. Additionally a featurette with detailed focus on Spidey’s Stark suit has also been released, including input from both Robert Downey Jr. and Tom Holland.
Homecoming stars actor Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, who previously appeared in the role for Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War. Marisa Tomei will also reprise her role as Aunt May, and Robert Downey Jr’s Tony Stark/Iron Man will appear in the film as Peter’s mentor. The film is directed by Jon Watts and in addition to Holland and Downey stars Tony Revolori as Flash Thompson, Jacob Batalon as Ned Leeds, Laura Harrier as Liz Allan, Angourie Rice as Betty Brant, Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan, Michael Keaton as Adrian Toomes/The Vulture, Michael Chernus as Phineas Mason/Tinkerer, and Bokeem Woodbine as Shocker. The film will also include new characters, most notably Peter’s classmate named Michelle portrayed by Zendaya. The synopsis:
A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man, who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May, under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark. Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.
Spider-Man: Homecoming will swing into theatres on July 7th, 2017.
Okja featurette introduces Mija
A new featurette for Netflix original film Okja has been released that shows the cast introducing the main character Mija played by An Seo Hyun. Okja is an upcoming South Korean-American action-adventure movie directed by Bong Joon-ho and co-written by Bong and Jon Ronson. The film stars Ahn Seo-hyun, Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Steven Yeun, Lily Collins, Devon Bostick, Byun Hee-bong, and Shirley Henderson. The synopsis reads as follows:
For 10 idyllic years, young Mija (An Seo Hyun) has been caretaker and constant companion to Okja—a massive animal and an even bigger friend—at her home in the mountains of South Korea. But that changes when the family-owned multinational conglomerate Mirando Corporation takes Okja for themselves and transports her to New York, where image obsessed and self-promoting CEO Lucy Mirando (Tilda Swinton) has big plans for Mija’s dearest friend.
With no particular plan but single-minded in intent, Mija sets out on a rescue mission, but her already daunting journey quickly becomes more complicated when she crosses paths with disparate groups of capitalists, demonstrators and consumers, each battling to control the fate of Okja…while all Mija wants to do is bring her friend home.
Deftly blending genres, humor, poignancy and drama, Bong Joon Ho (Snowpiercer, The Host) begins with the gentlest of premises—the bond between man and animal—and ultimately creates a distinct and layered vision of the world that addresses the animal inside us all.
Okja will premiere exclusively on Netflix on June 28.
Ant-Man and The Wasp casting news
According to Variety, Marvel’s Ant-Man and The Wasp has cast Hannah John-Kamen (Black Mirror, Game of Thrones), though which character the actress will be portraying has yet to be revealed. Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, and Michael Pena are all expected to reprise their roles from the original. Kevin Feige is producing, with Peyton Reed is returning to direct the sequel, and Rudd and Gabriel Ferrari writing the script. Plot details are unknown at this time.
Ant-Man and The Wasp will be in theatres on on July 6, 2018.
Dark Universe adds 2 new titles
Universal Pictures has been planning a shared cinematic universe for several of their upcoming films that explore new takes on the classic Universal Monsters, which has been granted the title Dark Universe. The franchise kicked off with the recent theatrical release of The Mummy, which is to be followed by Bride of Frankenstein with a release date of February 14th, 2019. Fandom recently reported that Phantom of the Opera and The Hunchback of Notre Dame are among the titles being added to the line up. Alex Kurtzman, mastermind behind Dark Universe, and director and producer of The Mummy, stated the following:
“We know we’re going to do Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Dracula, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Phantom of the Opera, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Invisible Man.”
It’s being rumored that Angelina Jolie is being considered for the role of Bride of Frankenstein, and we’ll update readers with a confirmation and other news as it becomes available.
The Mummy is currently in theatres. Bride of Frankenstein has a set release date of February 14th, 2019
That concludes our film news roundup for the week, be sure to check back next Sunday for the latest updates.