Last week in film: Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2, Captain Marvel, Thor: Ragnarok, Spiderman: Homecoming, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Batgirl and more

By ·April 23, 2017 3:27 pm

It’s been a busy week in the world of film and we bring you updates from the following:

From the Marvel Cinematic Universe we have news for Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2, Captain Marvel, Thor: Ragnarok, and Spider-Man: Homecoming, and on the DC front we have the latest on from Joss Whedon on the upcoming Batgirl film, several new images have been released for Alien: Covenant, new cast have been announced for Peter Jackson’s Mortal Engines, and Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water gets a release date and synopsis.

You can also check out the first teaser trailer for Kingsman: The Golden Circle.


Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2 images and related news

The Cast of Guardians of The Galaxy, from left to right, Michael Rooker as Yondu, Rocket, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Zoey Saldana as Gamora, Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, and Dave Bautista, Drax the Destroyer and Baby Groot.

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 image of Baby Groot (Voiced by Vin Diesel) from Marvel Studios and Disney.

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 image of Ego (Kurt Russell) from Marvel Studios and Disney.

Ahead of it’s release in a couple of weeks, EW have released several new images from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2. In related news BBFC‘s website reveals that the films runtime will be 2 hours, 15 minutes. According to Screenrant, director James Gunn confirmed that the film will have a record 5 post credits scenes. Gunn also took to Facebook to announce that he will be writing and directing Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 3, whis he told EW is be the final film in a trilogy that will tell one story.

“I think really that the three movies work together as a whole, they’re going to tell one story,” Gunn told EW at the premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. “This is the story of this iteration of the Guardians of the Galaxy, and we’re going to get to know the characters even better in the same way we got to know them much better in this film than the first one.”

He added, “I wouldn’t have said yes if I didn’t have a fairly clear idea of where we were going and what we were going to do. I’m not a guy that’s just going to do it if I don’t have a vision for it. So, I’m very excited.”

Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2 blasts into UK cinemas on 28th April and US cinemas on May 5th.


 Captain Marvel directors announced

Captain Marvel comic art from Marvel comics.

Marvel Studios have announced that Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck have signed on to direct the forthcoming Captain Marvel, starring Brie Larson. The pair have previously collaborated on Mississippi Grind, Sugar, Half Nelson, and It’s Kind of a Funny Story. Kevin Feige will produce the film, written by Meg LeFauve and Nicole Perlman. Marvel Studios’ Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, and Jonathan Schwartz serve as Executive Producers alongside Stan Lee. From the press release:

Carol Danvers has a very nuanced, powerful story, so Marvel took time selecting the final directing duo. But ultimately Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck’s diverse body of work and ability and focus on character made the choice a winning one. Each of their films exhibit nuanced, fascinating performances and a deeply-felt sense of character, all which will fuel the pairs passion around telling Carol Danvers’ Story.

Captain Marvel is currently in production and will release on March 8, 2019.


Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi confirms cameo

Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi by Jemal Countess/WireImage via The Guardian.

Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi took to instagram last fall to cryptically tease his cameo in the film. Collider reports that his roles has been confirmed and that he’ll be portraying the sentient Kronan rock creature known as Korg from the comics by means of providing the voice and motion capture. Waititi had the following to say about the character:

His name is Korg, like the piano, and he’s a Kronan! I mean, I know you’ve seen (Thor) Dark World. At the beginning of Dark World, there’s a Kronan there. This is kind of a relation to that guy. He’s not as tall. He’s sort of about eight feet tall, and he’s um, made of rocks. He’s one of the creatures featured in the Planet Hulk storyline along with another character called Miek who is also in the film, so we’re borrowing those from their storyline and putting them in the arena, the Contest of Champions, that the Grandmaster, Jeff Goldblum runs on the planet Sakaar, which the Hulk is the main champion.

He’s one of the few characters to befriend Thor on the planet. He helps him out. Sort of explains how things go and becomes an ally to Thor.

The director also teased that an additional comic character from Marvel Comics in 2006’s “Planet Hulk” storyline will also have a cameo in the film:

Miek. He’s from the comics as well. He’s sort of like an insectoid. He sort of has a cool exoskeleton with knife hands. He’s basically sort of a larva shaped thing. He controls the exoskeleton with these controls and stuff. He’s way more graceful than Korg. Much more efficient and Miek does not talk.

In related news, Marvel’s Kevin Feige informed heroichollywood that Ragnarok is going to be less like Guardians than some fans may think:

“Well, I think I would say it’s, and as people see more of Ragnarok, it’s a Taika tone more than a Guardians tone. He’s really adding a very unique point of view to it, but certainly the success of Guardians just boosted our confidence to continue to go in new, fun, weird directions, and I think that led to Doctor Strange and certainly, ultimately, leads to the things we’re doing in Infinity War.”

Thor: Ragnarok is in UK theatres in October and US theatres on November 3rd, 2017.


New Spider-Man: Homecoming image revealed

Tom Holland as Peter Parker in Spider-Man: Homecoming from Marvel Studios and Sony.

Empire have released a new image of Tom Holland’s Peter Parker from the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming. The character made his debut in Captain America: Civil War and was well received by fans. Holland told the magazine:

“We’ve seen the billionaire. We’ve seen the god. We’ve seen the soldier. Now we get to see the kid.”

Jon Watts is directing, and in addition to Holland the cast includes 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.


Kingsman: The Golden Circle teaser trailer released

20th Century FOX have released the first trailer for the upcoming Kingsman: The Golden Circle. The follow up to Kingsman: The Secret Service sees director Matthew Vaughn return to the helm, as well as stars Colin Firth and Taron Egerton reprising their roles. Additional cast includes Julianne Moore, Mark Strong, Halle Berry, Elton John, Channing Tatum and Jeff Bridges. While Kingsman: The Secret Service was an adaptation of Dave Gibbons and Mark Millar’s 2012 comic book, The Golden Circle charters into original territory. The film has the following synopsis:

Kingsman: The Secret Service introduced the world to Kingsman – an independent, international intelligence agency operating at the highest level of discretion, whose ultimate goal is to keep the world safe. In Kingsman: The Golden Circle, our heroes face a new challenge. When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, their journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US called Statesman, dating back to the day they were both founded. In a new adventure that tests their agents’ strength and wits to the limit, these two elite secret organizations band together to defeat a ruthless common enemy, in order to save the world, something that’s becoming a bit of a habit for Eggsy.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle will release on September 29th, 2017.


New images released for Alien: Covenant

Empire have revealed new image for Ridley Scott’s upcoming Alien: Covenant. You can also check out additional new images at EWDirected by Scott, the film stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Amy Seimetz, Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Nathaniel Dean, Alexander England, and Benjamin Rigby. The synopsis:

Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created, with Alien: Covenant, a new chapter in his groundbreaking Alien franchise. The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.

Alien: Covenant will be unleashed in theaters on May 19th from 20th Century Fox.


Joss Whedon talks Batgirl casting

Batgirl comic art from DC comics.

DCEU is bringing Batgirl to the big screen with Joss Whedon (The Avengers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly) on board to write, direct, and produce the film. In an interview with Variety, he discussed casting the lead role, stating:

I don’t have my eye on anybody. I feel like I’m creating this character, I’m gonna dialogue with her and then we’ll see who joins that later on… I doubt it will be a name. This is somewhere where you go and find Batgirl and then you cast her.

I’m not against movie stars, they’re great, but you need somebody who’s going to be just right. And a situation like this, the name carries a lot of weight so it’s not as critical.

This seems to contradict previous rumors that actress Lindsey Morgan (The 100) had landed the role. No further information about the film is available at this time, though more announcements are expected soon.


Peter Jackson’s Mortal Engines casting news

Mortal Engines concept art by Christian Bravery.

THR have reported that Peter Jackson’s Mortal Engines have cast Game of Thrones actor Patrick Malahide and  Arrow actor Colin Salmon and Rege-Jean Page (Roots) in the adaptation of YA book series by Philip Reeve. Jackson is producing, with his protege Christian Rivers set to direct. Additional cast includes Robert Sheehan, Hera Hilmar, Hugo Weaving and Stephen Lang. The plot:

Many years after the “Sixty Minute War,” cities survive a now desolate Earth by moving around on giant wheels attacking and devouring smaller towns to replenish their resources.

Mortal Engines is expected to release in theatres on December 14, 2018 from Universal studios.


Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water gets release date and synopsis

The Shape of Water logo from Fox Searchlight Pictures.

Directed by Guillermo del Toro from a screenplay written with Vanessa Taylor, The Shape of Water has been granted a December release date according to Deadline. The film stars Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Octavia Spencer. The synopsis:

From master storyteller, Guillermo del Toro, comes The Shape of Water – an other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of silence and isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment. Rounding out the cast are Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Doug Jones.

The Shape of Water will release in theaters on December 8th, 2017 from Fox Searchlight Pictures.


HBO developing a film adaptation of Fahrenheit 451

Variety are reporting that HBO are developing a film adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s classic novel Fahrenheit 451. The film will star Michael B. Jordan (Creed, Chronicle) will star as Montag, and Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals, Bug) as Beatty. Jordan will also serve as an executive producer on the project through his Outlier Productions, and Ramin Bahrani (99 Homes) will direct from a screenplay co-written with Amir Naderi. The novel synopsis:

Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden.

Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television “family.” But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didn’t live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television.

When Mildred attempts suicide and Clarisse suddenly disappears, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known. He starts hiding books in his home, and when his pilfering is discovered, the fireman has to run for his life.

The project is in the early stages of development and no further information is available at this time.


That wraps up our film related new from the past week. Check back for more announcements and updates on these films and more!



Lead image credit: Marvel Studios, Disney


Written by Jennifer Izykowski

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