Last week in film: Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Marvel’s Black Panther, Justice League, Stephen King’s IT, Blade Runner 2049, and Tomb Raider
Ahead of San Diego Comic-Con this week, the film industry has been granted a fair amount of news. We previously shared a number of new images for Marvel’s Black Panther, as well as behind the scenes footage for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. We also have the following updates:
Character portraits revealed for Star Wars: The Last Jedi as well as Marvel’s Black Panther, and new images revealed for Stephen King’s IT, Blade Runner 2049, and Tomb Raider.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi character portraits
Following the release of the behind the scenes footage of Star Wars: The Last Jedi at D23, Lucasfilm released a number of character portraits via the official Star Wars twitter account. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman. J.J. Abrams, Tom Karnowski and Jason McGatlin are the executive producers. The film stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro.
In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi arrives in UK theatres on December 14th and in the US on December 15th.
Black Panther character portraits revealed
EW have released a number of character portraits for Marvel’s Black Panther. The film sees Chadwick Boseman reprise his role as T’Challa/Black Panther in his first solo adventure following the events of Captain America: Civil War. In addition to Boseman, the cast includes Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, with Angela Bassett, with Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis. The film is directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Nate Moore, Jeffrey Chernov and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole wrote the screenplay. The official synopsis for the film reads as follows:
Marvel Studios’ Black Panther follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.
Black Panther claws its way into U.S. theaters on February 16, 2018
New Justice League photo shows Batman, Wonder Woman, and The Flash joining forces
EW have shared a new image from Warner Bros. Justice League that shows a new look at the teammates working together. The film is helmed by Joss Whedon, and stars Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Henry Cavill, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher, Amy Adams, Amber Heard, Jeremy Irons, J.K. Simmons, Willem Dafoe, among others.
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes – Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash – it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
Justice League is in theaters November 17th.
In related news, Deadline have reported that Jaume Collet-Serra (Orphan, The Shallows) is considered a frontrunner to direct Suicide Squad 2.
New images revealed for Stephen King’s IT
EW have released new images from Warner Bros. adaptation of Stephen King’s IT. The production stills featuring The Losers Club that are fairly reminiscent of The Goonies. Directed by Andrés Muschietti (Mama), the film stars Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, and Jack Dylan Grazer, known collectively in the story as The Losers Club. The film also stars Bill Skarsgard (Allegiant, Netflix’s Hemlock Grove) as the story’s central villain in the form of malevolent clown known as Pennywise. The official film synopsis:
When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group of young kids are faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.
It is set for theatrical release on September 8th.
Fresh images released for Blade Runner 2049
A number of new production stills have been released by EW of Warner Bros. Blade Runner 2049. The film is executive produced by Ridley Scott and succeeds the story and characters from the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick. A sequel to Scott’s original Blade Runner (1982) film, Blade Runner 2049 is directed by Denis Villeneuve from a screenplay by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, The film stars Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Carla Juri, Lennie James, Dave Bautista, and Jared Leto. They film synopsis reads:
Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.
Blade Runner 2049 will release theaters on October 6th, 2017.
New Tomb Raider image released
A new image from Warner Bros. Tomb Raider reboot has been unveiled by EW, showing Lara Croft finding her roots. Directed by Roar Uthaug (The Wave), the film stars Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina, The Danish Girl) as Lara Croft. Additional cast includes Dominic West (The Affair), Walton Goggins (The Hateful Eight, Justified), and Daniel Wu (Into the Badlands, Warcraft). The synopsis reads:
Suddenly, the stakes couldn’t be higher for Lara, who—against the odds and armed with only her sharp mind, blind faith and inherently stubborn spirit—must learn to push herself beyond her limits as she journeys into the unknown. If she survives this perilous adventure, it could be the making of her, earning her the name tomb raider.
Tomb Raider will be in theaters on March 16, 2018.
That concludes our tv related news from the past week. San Diego Comic-Con is taking place at the end of the week, so check back frequently for the latest news and trailers.