Last week in film: The Dark Tower, Death Note, Valerian, War for the Planet of the Apes, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, New Mutants, and Deadpool 2

By ·July 2, 2017 10:00 am

The past week has seen a hand full updates in the world of film, and we bring you the following:

New featurette for Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, Death Note official trailer and more, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets extended clip, X-Men: Dark Phoenix and New Mutants casting news, and filming updates and casting news for Deadpool 2.

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New featurette for Stephen King’s The Dark Tower

Sony Pictures has released a new featurette for The Dark Tower exploring the legacy of the Gunslinger. The film serves as a sequel to Stephen King book series of the same name featuring The Gunslinger, Jake Chambers, and The Man in Black characters.

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.


Official trailer and featurette and poster for Netflix’s Death Note

New Death Note poster from Netflix featuring Ryuk the Shinigami ((voiced by Willem Dafoe).

Netflix has released an official trailer and filmmaker featurette for Death Note, based on Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata’s popular manga. The featurette explores the inspiration behind director Adam Wingard’s adaptation. Wingard is known for Blair Witch and You’re Next, and the cast includes Nat Wolff (Paper Towns), Margaret Qualley (The Leftovers), Lakeith Stanfield (Get Out), Paul Nakauchi (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End), Shea Whigham (American Hustle) and Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man).

Based on the famous Japanese manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, Death Note follows a high school student who comes across a supernatural notebook, realizing it holds within it a great power; if the owner inscribes someone’s name into it while picturing their face, he or she will die. Intoxicated with his new godlike abilities, the young man begins to kill those he deems unworthy of life.

Death Note will premiere exclusively on Netflix on August 25th.

Lead image credit: Netflix


War for the Planet of the Apes behind the scenes featurette

A new featurette has been released by 20th Century Fox for their upcoming War for the Planet of the Apes that takes a behind the scenes look at actor Andy Serkis’ transformation into Caesar. 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.


Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets extended clip

A new extended clip titled “Welcome” has been released for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. The opening sequence for the film is expected to debut in theatres ahead of Spider-Man: Homecoming. 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.


Evan Peters to reprise his role as Quicksilver for X-Men: Dark Phoenix

According to THR, actor Evan Peters is returning to the X-Men franchise for X-Men: Dark Phoenix, reprising his role as Quicksilver. The film is being helmed by first time director Simon Kinberg, who previously served as creative mastermind for the X-Men franchise as producer, and additionally wrote and produced X-Men: Days Of Future Past, and X-Men: Apocalypse. He is producing the film along with Bryan Singer, Hutch Parker and Lauren Shuler Donner.

Additionally, Jessica Chastain (The Martian, Interstellar, Crimson Peak) is being considered as the main villain, Shi’ar Empress Lilandra. They join Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Alexandra Shipp, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, and Kodi Smit-McPhee who are all reprising their roles. Plot details have yet to be revealed, though it’s set to take place in the early 1990’s.

 X-Men: Dark Phoenix has a release date of  November 2, 2018

In related news, THR is also reporting that Alice Braga has been cast in X-Men: New Mutants in a role that was originally to be played by Rosario Dawson. She joins Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch, Split) as Magik, and Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) as Wolfsbane, newcomer Blue Hut (The Originals) as Danielle Moonstar, Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things) as role Sam Guthrie (also known as Cannonball), and Henry Zaga (13 Reasons Why) as Roberto da Costa (a.k.a Sunspot). The film is directed by Josh Boone.

The New Mutants will open in theaters on April 13, 2018.


Deadpool 2 filming begins and casting news

Deadpool 2 set photo, vian Ryan Reynold’s Facebook.

Actor Ryan Reynolds recently shared an image via facebook commemorating the first day of filming for Deadpool 2. The following caption accompanied the image:

Day one. Maximum Effort 2.0.

The film is directed by David Leitch, with Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Leslie Uggams, Stefan Kapacic, and Brianna Hildebrand all reprising their roles. Shioli Kutsuna is a newcomer in an undisclosed role. In related news, Reynolds also took to instagram to announce that Hunt for the Wilderpeople star Julian Dennison has joined the cast and shared the following image and caption:

Giving Julian Dennison a warm 💀💩L welcome as we stare off into our beautiful future together. #RickyBakerPool #NZ

Ryan Reynolds with new cast member Julian Dennison on set of Deadpool 2, via Reynold’s instagram.

Deadpool 2 is slated to hit theaters June 1, 2018.

Image credits: Ryan Reynolds, 20th Century FOX.


That concludes our film related news from the past week, be sure to check back next Sunday for the latest updates.

Written by Jennifer Izykowski

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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.

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