Last week in film: War for Planet of the Apes, The Dark Tower, Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Wonder Woman, Aquaman and more

By ·May 21, 2017 11:00 am

The past week has been busy for film related news, and we already shared the latest trailer for War for the Planet of the Apes as well as casting news for Sony’s upcoming Venom film.

Below we have updates for the following:

War for the Planet of the Apes tv spots, Dark Tower theatrical posters, updated synopsis for Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Infinity War, and Black Panther, new images from DC’s Aquaman and Wonder Woman, poster and trailer for Netflix original film Okja, as well as an image and synopsis from Captive State from director Rupert Wyatt.


New tv spots for War for the Planet of the Apes

Two new tv spots have been released by 20th Century Fox for their upcoming War for the Planet of the Apes. 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.

Lead image credit: 20th Century Fox


New Dark Tower theatrical posters

Matthew McConaughey as The Man in Black in Columbia Pictures The Dark Tower.

Idris Elba as The Gunslinger in Columbia Pictures The Dark Tower.

Actors Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba shared new posters via twitter for their upcoming film The Dark Tower. The film is an adaptation of the 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


Thor: Ragnarok updated synopsis

Thor: Ragnarok poster from Marvel Studios.

An updated synopsis for Thor: Ragnarok from Marvel Studios has been revealed. Ragnarok is directed by Taika Waititi (Hunt for the Wilderpeople, What We Do in the Shadows) who will also appear in the film as comic character Korg , the film stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/Hulk, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Jaimie Alexander as Sif, Jeff Goldblum as The Grandmaster, Karl Urban as Skurge, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Cate Blanchett as Hela, Ray Stevenson as Volstagg, and Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Stephen Strange. Comic Book Movie recently shared the the updates synopsis, which reads as follows:

Thor’s world is about to explode in Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok. His devious brother, Loki, has taken over Asgard, the powerful Hela has emerged to steal the throne for herself and Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe. To escape captivity and save his home from imminent destruction, Thor must first win a deadly alien contest by defeating his former ally and fellow Avenger… The Incredible Hulk!

Thor: Ragnarok smashes its way into theatres on November 3rd, 2017.


Avengers: Infinity War official synopsis

Avengers: Infinity War logo from Marvel Studios.

Avengers: Infinity war is just under a year from release and has been given an official synopsis. The film is described as described by Marvel Studios as being culmination of everything in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since Iron Man (2008). Anthony and Joe Russo (Captain America: Civil War) are directing, from a screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. The confirmed cast includes Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Benedict Wong, Anthony Mackie, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Pom Klementieff, Benicio Del Toro, Sean Gunn, Benicio Del Toro, and Josh Brolin as Thanos. Possible but unconfirmed are Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Don Cheadle, Tessa Thompson, Cobie Smulders, and Chadwick Boseman. Furthermore the studio are reportedly considering Peter Dinklage for an undisclosed role. Evangeline Lilly will not appear in Infinity War, but is expected to appear in the follow up. Comic Book Movie recently shared the official synopsis, which reads as follows:

As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment – the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain.

Avengers: Infinity War has a release dates of May 4, 2018.


Marvel’s Black Panther official synopsis

Black Panther logo from Marvel Studios.

Also due early next  year from Marvel Studios is Black Panther. The film is being directed by Ryan Coogler (Creed), with Chadwick Boseman is reprising his Captain America: Civil War role as T’Challa/Black Panther. In addition to Boseman, the film stars Michael B. Jordan (Creed), Lupita Nyong’o (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, 12 Years a Slave), Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead), Martin Freeman (The Hobbit trilogy, Sherlock), Daniel Kaluuya (Sicario), Angela Bassett (American Horror Story), Forest Whitaker (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) and Andy Serkis (Avengers: Age of Ultron, Star Wars: The Force Awakens). Additional cast members include Letitia Wright (Urban Hymn), Winston Duke (Person of Interest), Florence Kasumba (Captain America: Civil War), Sterling K. Brown (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story) and John Kani (Captain America: Civil War). Comic Book Movie recently shared the official synopsis, which reads as follows:

After the events of Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War, King T’Challa returns home to the reclusive, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country’s new leader. However, T’Challa soon finds that he is challenged for the throne from factions within his own country. When two foes conspire to destroy Wakanda, the hero known as Black Panther must team up with C.I.A. agent Everett K. Ross and members of the Dora Milaje, Wakanadan special forces, to prevent Wakanda from being dragged into a world war.

Black Panther will claw its way into theatres on February 16th 2018.


Aquaman first look at Amber Heard’s Mera and casting news

Aquaman director James Wan recently revealed an image of Amber Heard as Mera via twitter. Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones) stars, reprising his role from this November’s Justice League. The film also stars Amber Heard (Justice League, Magic Mike XXL) as Mera, Willem Dafoe (Platoon, Spider-Man 2, Boondock Saints) as Vulko, Temuera Morrison (Star Wars: Episode II, Green Lantern) as Tom Curry, Dolph Lundgren (The Expendables films) as Nereus,Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (The Get Down) as Black Manta, Patrick Wilson (The Conjuring films, Watchmen) as Orm/Ocean Master; and Nicole Kidman (The Hours, Eyes Wide Shut, Lion) as Atlanna. In related news, Deadline are reporting that Ludi Lin (Power Rangers) has been cast in the role of Murk.

Aquaman is the King of the Seven Seas. This reluctant ruler of Atlantis, caught between a surface world constantly ravaging the sea and Atlanteans looking to lash out in revolt, is committed to protecting the entire globe.

Aquaman will splash it’s way into theatres on December 21, 2018


New Wonder Woman poster and images

Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman from Warner Bros. Pictures.

Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, Lisa Loven Kongsli as Melanippe, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, Chris Pine as Steve Trevor in Wonder Woman from Warner Bros. via EW.

Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman with Chris Pine as Steve Trevor in Wonder Woman from Warner Bros. via EW.

Robin Wright (center) as General Antiope in Wonder Woman from Warner Bros. via EW.

EW have released several new images for Warner Bros. upcoming Wonder Woman, due in theatres in just a couple of months. Directed by Patty Jenkins from a screenplay by Allan Heinberg, the film stars Gal Gadot (Batman vs Superman), Chris Pine (Star Trek franchise), Robin Wright (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Netflix’s House of Cards), Danny Huston (Clash of the Titans, X-Men Origins: Wolverine), David Thewlis (Harry Potter franchise, The Theory of Everything), Connie Nielsen (The Following, Gladiator), Elena Anaya (The Skin I Live In), Ewen Bremner (Snowpiercer), Lucy Davis (Shaun of the Dead), Lisa Loven Kongsli (upcoming Ashes in the Snow), Eugene Brave Rock (Hell on Wheels) and Saïd Taghmaoui (American Hustle). The official synopsis:

Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.

Wonder Woman will arrive in theatres on June 2nd, 2017.


Trailer and poster released for Netflix original film Okja

Okja is an upcoming South Korean-American action-adventure movie directed by Bong Joon-ho and co-written by Bong and Jon Ronson. The film stars Ahn Seo-hyun, Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Steven Yeun, Lily Collins, Devon Bostick, Byun Hee-bong, and Shirley Henderson. The Netflix press release including the plot synopsis reads as follows:

For 10 idyllic years, young Mija (An Seo Hyun) has been caretaker and constant companion to Okja—a massive animal and an even bigger friend—at her home in the mountains of South Korea. But that changes when the family-owned multinational conglomerate Mirando Corporation takes Okja for themselves and transports her to New York, where image obsessed and self-promoting CEO Lucy Mirando (Tilda Swinton) has big plans for Mija’s dearest friend.

With no particular plan but single-minded in intent, Mija sets out on a rescue mission, but her already daunting journey quickly becomes more complicated when she crosses paths with disparate groups of capitalists, demonstrators and consumers, each battling to control the fate of Okja…while all Mija wants to do is bring her friend home.

Deftly blending genres, humor, poignancy and drama, Bong Joon Ho (Snowpiercer, The Host) begins with the gentlest of premises—the bond between man and animal—and ultimately creates a distinct and layered vision of the world that addresses the animal inside us all.

Okja will premiere exclusively on Netflix on June 28.


First Image from Captive State from Focus Features

John Goodman in Captive State from Focus Films.

Captive State is an upcoming film directed by Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Gambler), who also co-wrote the original screenplay with Erica Beeney. The film stars John Goodman (Kong: Skull Island, 10 Cloverfield Lane), Ashton Sanders (Moonlight), Jonathan Majors (upcoming When We Rise) and Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel, The Conjuring). The film is produced by David Crockett and Rupert Wyatt and executive produced by Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King.

Set in a Chicago neighborhood nearly a decade after an occupation by an extra-terrestrial force, Captive State explores the lives on both sides of the conflict – the collaborators and dissidents

Captive State will release in theaters on August 17, 2018.


That concludes our film news roundup for the week, 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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