Last week in film: Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Spider-Man: Homecoming, New Mutants, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, Justice League Dark, Deadpool, and more

By ·May 28, 2017 2:29 pm

The past week was a fairly quiet one regarding film related news, though we previously shared two new trailers for Spider-Man: Homecoming.

We do however have updates for the following:

Star Wars: The Last Jedi cast images and new details revealed, another new clip from Spider-Man: Homecoming, New Mutants news and casting announcements, Black Cat/Silver Sable film news, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets final trailer, Deadpool bloopers and gag reels released online and sequel casting news, Universal Pictures announced Dark Universe franchise, and Justice League Dark is looking for a new director.


Star Wars: The Last Jedi cast images and new details

Carrie Fisher, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, and Kelly Marie Tran as the rebels General Leia Organa, Poe Dameron, Finn, and Rose Tico, with droid BB-8. Photograph by Annie Leibovitz. via Vanity Fair.

Daisy Ridley as Resistance warrior Rey and Mark Hamill as mentor Luke Skywalker, on location in Ireland. Photograph by Annie Leibovitz. via Vanity Fair.

First Order leaders General Hux, Kylo Ren, and Captain Phasma, played by Domhnall Gleeson, Adam Driver, and Gwendoline Christie. Photograph by Annie Leibovitz. via Vanity Fair.

Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, with droids R2-D2 and BB-8 and the Droid Department’s Brian Herring, Dave Chapman, Matthew Denton, Lee Towersey, and Joshua Lee. Photograph by Annie Leibovitz. via Vanity Fair.

Laura Dern, as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, a newcomer to the saga. Photograph by Annie Leibovitz. via Vanity Fair.

Benicio Del Toro, as the shifty “DJ,” a newcomer to the saga. Photograph by Annie Leibovitz. via Vanity Fair.

Fisher, who died in December, with daughter Billie Lourd (Lieutenant Kaydel Connix). Photograph by Annie Leibovitz. via Vanity Fair.

Vanity Fair have teamed up with legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz to reveal exclusive images from the set of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The article reveals several new details about the film, including the following (minor spoilers ahead for those who don’t want to know any details about the film): Luke and Rey aren’t alone on the island, which is inhabited by a race of indigenous creatures. There will be a training element to Luke and Rey’s relationship, though it won’t be what viewers expect. Luke is a major focus in the film, and he’s reportedly searching out the first Jedi Temple.

The film will introduce several new characters, including Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo played by Laura Dern, and DJ played by Benicio Del Toro, Billie Lourd as Lieutenant Kaydel Connix, among others. Kylo Ren will be going through something of a rehabilitation state, and is presumably regretful about his actions in The Force Awakens. The film will introduce new locations, some of which will portray “luxury and wealth”, according to director Rian Johnson. You can also watch a behind the scenes video from the photoshoot, revealing exclusive footage and brief statements from the cast. According to Mark Hammil, the film has a very different feel to previous episodes:

“It’s so much different in many ways from the other episodes. And yet, I think it’s very satisfying in delivering what the fans want to see.”

A follow up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the film is directed by Rian Johnson (Looper, Brick), The Last Jedi stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Billie Lourd, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels, Jimmy Vee, Laura Dern, Benicio Del Toro, Mark Hamill, and the late Carrie Fisher, who the studio also released a tribute to at Star Wars Celebration over the weekend. The Last Jedi plot synopsis:

Having taken her first steps into a larger world in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), Rey continues her epic journey with Finn, Poe and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the saga.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi arrives in your galaxy December 15th 2017. In related news, the next anthology film is expected to be announced next month.

Image credits, including lead image: Vanity Fair, Lucasfilm


New Spider-Man: Homecoming clip

A new clip from Spider-Man: Homecoming reveals footage of Tony Stark and Happy Hogan interacting, which is followed by previously released trailers and clips. The film 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.


X-Men spinoff ‘New Mutants’ will be a horror themed film plus casting news

New Mutants comic art from Marvel Comics.

According to EW, the highly anticipated X-Men spinoff titled New Mutants will be a horror themed film set within the X-Men universe. The film is directed by Josh Boone, and stars Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch, Split) as Magik, and Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) as Wolfsbane. Henry Zaga (13 Reasons Why) is rumored to have been cast as Sunspot, and THR are reporting that Rosario Dawson is in talks to play Dr. Cecilia Reyes. Given that Dawson already plays nurse Claire Temple in several of the Marvel Studios Netflix series, this seems a fairly bizarre choice. According to an interview IGN did with producer Hutch Parker, Dafne Keen’s X-23 character from Logan is unlikely to appear in the film, or any other Fox Marvel properties, and would more likely get her own feature.

“We are making a full-fledged horror movie set within the X-Men universe,” director Josh Boone says. “There are no costumes. There are no supervillains. We’re trying to do something very, very different.”

New Mutants has a release date of April 13, 2018


Black Cat/Silver Sable film lands a title, director, and writer

Black Cat and Silver Sable characters from Marvel Comics.

Sony is rebooting it’s Spider-Man franchise once again, starting with this summers release of Spider-Man: Homecoming, a collaboration with Marvel Studios. The franchise will also see several feature films focusing on various characters from within the Spider-Man comic universe, starting with Venom starring Tom Hardy. A third film, reportedly titled Silver & Black, is being is developed that centers around comic characters Silver Sable and the Black Cat.

According to THR the project has landed director Gina Prince-Bythewood, writer and director of The Secret Life of Bees. The project is being produced by Matt Tolmach and Amy Pascal. The most recent draft is being worked on by Chris Yost (upcoming Thor: Ragnarok), and Lisa Joy (Westworld) also worked on the script. Both an antagonist and ally to Spider-Man, Silver Sable is a mercenary who hunts criminals. Black Cat, aka Felicia Hardy is a burglar who has a romantic history with Spidey in the comics. Although Spider-Man is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the spinoffs will stand apart.

Little else is known about the projects at this time, though we’ll keep readers updated as news is made available.

MORE: Tom Hardy cast in the lead role for Sony’s upcoming Venom film


Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets final trailer

The final trailer for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets has been released. Written and directed by Luc Besson (The Professional, The Fifth Element, Lucy), the visually stunning sci-fi film Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is based on the ground-breaking comic series from Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mezieres. The film stars Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, John Goodman, Herbie Hancock, and Kris Wu. The official synopsis reads:

In the 28th century, Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are a team of special operatives charged with maintaining order throughout the human territories. Under assignment from the Minister of Defense, the two embark on a mission to the astonishing city of Alpha—an ever-expanding metropolis where species from all over the universe have converged over centuries to share knowledge, intelligence and cultures with each other. There is a mystery at the center of Alpha, a dark force which threatens the peaceful existence of the City of a Thousand Planets, and Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is July 21st, 2017.


Deadpool bloopers and gag reels released online and sequel casting news

JoBlo Movie Trailers have released the blooper and gag reel for Fox’s Deadpool, featuring over 6 minutes of hilarious footage that didn’t end up in the film. The sequel is currently in preproduction and is directed by David Leitch and written by Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese. New characters being introduced in the follow up are Cable, portrayed by Josh Brolin, and Domino, portrayed by Zazie Beetz. Returning characters include Colossus, Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Dopinder, and Vanessa. In related news, Deadline have reported that Jack Kesy (The Strain) is to play a major villain in the sequel.

Deadpool 2 is expected to arrive in theater in 2018.


Universal Pictures announced Dark Universe franchise

Dark Universe cast from Universal Pictures.

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 begins with the theatrical release of The Mummy on June 9th, followed by Bride of Frankenstein with a release date of February 14th, 2019. Bride will be directed by Bill Condon (Beauty and the Beast) from a screenplay by David Koepp. Casting news is expected to be announced soon. From the press release:

Universal Pictures announced today that its series of films reviving the studio’s classic monster characters for a new generation will be known as Dark Universe. The motion logo for the new initiative features a musical theme composed by Danny Elfman and will debut in theaters preceding The Mummy, which will be released on June 9. The announcement includes details of the enterprise relaunching Universal’s iconic characters into modern cinema, as well as confirmations of superstar cast and that Academy Award winner Bill Condon will direct Bride of Frankenstein.

Dark Universe was begun by core creatives Alex Kurtzman, who also serves as director and producer of The Mummy, the inaugural film in the new classic monster series, and The Mummy producer Chris Morgan, who recently saw The Fate of the Furious, the sixth film he wrote for the Fast & Furious franchise, claim the biggest opening in history at the global box office when it opened on April 14. Also joining the enterprise to inspire and entertain a new generation are such visionary talents as Oscar winner® Christopher McQuarrie (Mission: Impossible series, The Usual Suspects) and David Koepp (War of the Worlds, Jurassic Park).

“We take enormous pride in the creativity and passion that has inspired the reimagining of Universal’s iconic monsters and promise audiences we will expand this series strategically,” said Donna Langley, Chairman, Universal Pictures.  “The enterprise masterfully developed by Chris and Alex will allow each subsequent chapter the right time to find the perfect cast, filmmakers and vision to fulfill it.  As we launch Dark Universe with Danny’s provocative theme before The Mummy and collaborate with a brilliant filmmaker like Bill to weave the story of a very modern woman in a very classic tale, we feel confident we’re off to a tremendous start.”

“When Universal approached us with the idea of reimagining these classic characters, we recognized the responsibility of respecting their legacy while bringing them into new and modern adventures,” said Kurtzman and Morgan. “The studio and our fellow creative collaborators have championed and challenged us as we’ve begun to spin the web of Dark Universe. It’s our hope these movies will engross longtime fans and spark the imaginations of brand-new ones.”

Dark Universe films will be distinguished by performances from some of the most talented and popular global superstars stepping into iconic roles, as well as electric new talents whose careers are starting to break through. While previously announced, the stars of both imminent and future Dark Universe projects are gathered for the first time in the attached photo: The Invisible Man and Frankenstein’s Monster will be played by, respectively, blockbuster icon Johnny Depp and Academy Award winner Javier Bardem, who appear together later this summer in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Those actors join superstar Tom Cruise as soldier of fortune Nick Morton and Oscar winner Russell Crowe as Dr. Henry Jekyll, who lead the all-star cast of The Mummy, along with Sofia Boutella, the actress who embodies the title role in that film.

The Mummy will be released on June 9th.


Justice League Dark looking for a new director

Justice League Dark from DC comics.

According to Variety, DC’s Justice League Dark is in need of a new director. Doug Liman was previously on board to helm the film, but has left the project due to scheduling conflicts. Guillermo del Toro was originally attached to the project, making this is the second director to leave. The film is being produced by Scott Rudin is producing from a script written by Michael Gilio. Borys Kit, a writer for The Hollywood Reporter, announced via twitter that the studio is considering IT director Andrés Muschietti. Bleedingcool are also reporting that Argentinian filmmaker Damián Szifron is also on the list.

While Muschietti may be a good fit for the project, we hope it wouldn’t interfere with his adaptation of Josh Malerman’s Bird Box

No other information about Justice League Dark is available at this time, though an official announcement is expected soon.


That brings last week’s film highlights to a close, be sure to check back next Sunday for the latest updates.

Written by Jennifer Izykowski

Lead Writer

Jennifer is currently a stay a full time homemaker residing in the Adirondack region of upstate New York with a background in business management. At present, she provides care for disabled family members.

Hobbies and interests include homesteading, self defense and tactical training, hiking, photography, writing, reading, drawing, painting, television, comics, and film.

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