Last week in film: Updates for War for the Planet of the Apes, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Tomb Raider, Batgirl, and more

By ·April 2, 2017 1:56 pm

The past week has been a busy one in the world of film. We’ve previously shared the latest trailer from Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming as well as the creepy first footage from the upcoming adaptation of  Stephen King’s IT. Below you will find updates including details on the following:

The first full length trailer for War for the Planet of the Apes, the latest trailer for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, new poster and synopsis for Kingsman: The Golden Circle, the first official images for Tomb Raider, as well as the latest news for DCEU’s standalone Batgirl film.

Additionally you can view trailers for found-footage thriller Phoenix Forgotten and melancholic supernatural drama A Ghost Story starring Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck.


War for the Planet of the Apes gets an offical trailer and poster

The third installment for the current franchise, War for the Planet of the Apes is directed by Matt Reeves from a screenplay co-written with Mark Bomback. The film 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 gets a new trailer

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets poster from EuropaCorp.

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.


Kingsman: The Golden Circle gets a new poster and plot synopsis

Kingsman: The Golden Circle poster from 20th Century Fox.

20th Century Fox have released a teaser poster and synopsis for the follow up to Kingsman: The Secret Service. Titled Kingsman: The Golden Circle, the film 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. The synopsis reads:

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


Tomb Raider official images revealed

Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft from Warner Bros. upcoming Tomb Raider film.

Vanity Fair have revealed the first official images of Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina, The Danish Girl) as Lara Croft from Warner Bros. upcoming Tomb Raider film. Directed by Roar Uthaug (The Wave), the film also stars 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.


Joss Whedon to direct standalone Batgirl film

DC’s Batgirl is coming to the big screen.

Variety are reporting that latest addition to the DCEU brings Batgirl to the big screen. The film will be the second in the DCEU to feature a female lead and will center around DC Comics character Barbara Gordon, the daughter of Gotham City police commissioner James Gordon. The article also states that other characters from the world of Gotham will be included. Joss Whedon (The Avengers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly) is confirmed to be on board for writing, directing, and producing the film. No other names are officially attached to the project at this time, however according to IGN it’s rumored that actress Lindsey Morgan (The 100) may have landed the leading role.

No further information is available at this time, though more announcements are expected soon. DCEU have several other films in production, including Justice League and Wonder Woman which are both out this year.


Phoenix Forgotten trailer and poster

Produced by Ridley Scott, found-footage sci-fi thriller Phoenix Forgotten is directed by Justin Barber (Beginners) and co-written by Barber and T.S. Nowlin (The Maze Runner franchise, Pacific Rim: Uprising). The film stars includes Florence Hartigan, Chelsea Lopez, Justin Matthews, and Luke Spencer Roberts. The official synopsis reads:

Based on the shocking, true events of March 13th, 1997, when several mysterious lights appeared over Phoenix, Arizona. This unprecedented and inexplicable phenomenon became known as “The Phoenix Lights”, and remains the most famous and widely viewed UFO sighting in history.

Phoenix Forgotten tells the story of three teens who went into the desert shortly after the incident, hoping to document the strange events occurring in their town. They disappeared that night and were never seen again. Now, on the twentieth anniversary of their disappearance, unseen footage has finally been discovered, chronicling the final hours of their fateful expedition. For the first time ever, the truth will be revealed.

Phoenix Forgotten opens in theatres on April 21st, 2017.


A Ghost Story official trailer and poster

A Ghost Story poster from A24.

Written and directed by David Lowery (Pete’s Dragon), A Ghost Story stars Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Carol) and Casey Affleck (Gone Baby Gone, Manchester by the Sea). Additional cast includes Will Oldham, Sonia Acevedo, Rob Zabrecky and Liz Franke. The synopsis:

“With A Ghost Story, acclaimed director David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Pete’s Dragon) returns with a singular exploration of legacy, loss, and the essential human longing for meaning and connection. Recently deceased, a white-sheeted ghost (Academy Award-winner Casey Affleck) returns to his suburban home to console his bereft wife (Academy Award-nominee Rooney Mara), only to find that in his spectral state he has become unstuck in time, forced to watch passively as the life he knew and the woman he loves slowly slip away. Increasingly unmoored, the ghost embarks on a cosmic journey through memory and history, confronting life’s ineffable questions and the enormity of existence. An unforgettable meditation on love and grief, A Ghost Story emerges ecstatic and surreal—a wholly-unique experience that lingers long after the credits roll.”

A Ghost Story is in theaters July 7th.


That concludes our film news roundup for the week. Check back for more announcements and updates on these films and more!

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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