Last week in film: Updates on Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2, The Predator, Jurassic World 2, Kong: Skull Island, Deadpool 2 and more

By ·March 12, 2017 10:07 am

It’s been a busy week for film related news, and we’ve already shared the latest trailer on Alien: Covenant, first look images for Thor: Ragnarok, as well as a new trailer and poster for Wonder WomanBelow you will find updates and details on the following films:

Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 post credit scene confirmed, The Predator gets a new a behind the scenes photo and casting news, Jurassic World 2 unveils its first official image, Kong: Skull Island has a comic tie in forthcoming, and Deadpool 2 announces which actress will play Domino.

Additionally you can check out new trailers for Buster’s Mal Heart and Atomic Blonde. 


Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2

Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 poster via Marvel Studios.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 director James Gunn recently took to twitter to confirm that the film will have a post credits scene. In response to a fan inquiry, he responded:

“All I’ll say is, unless you have to rush out because your mother is dying, stay through the entire end credits.”

This news will come as little surprise to fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, who have expected to have to have to stay through the entire film since it’s inception. Beginning with Iron Man and for each film that followed, the studio has included at least one mid or post credits scene that ties into future films. What the content could be for this installment is anybody’s guess at this point, though with the Guardians confirmed to be appearing in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War film and it’s sequel, it seems it would be a perfect opportunity to for a tie in. For more on Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 and the MCU, check out What to expect from the Marvel Cinematic Universe films in 2017


The Predator

The Predator (2018) cast photo featuring (from left to right) Alfie Allen, Keegan-Michael Key, Thomas Jane, Augusto Aguilera, Boyd Holbrook, and Trevante Rhodes. Image credit: 20th Century Fox.

Director Shane Black recently shared a new set photo for The Predator via twitterAlthough the film is considered part of the original franchise, plot details have yet to be unveiled. but the film is currently in production and set to release on February 9th, 2018. Stars include Boyd Holbrook, Olivia Munn, Trevante Rhodes, Keegan-Michael Key, Sterling K. Brown, Jacob Tremblay, and Thomas Jane. Black co-starred as Rick Hawkins in the original film, and directs from a screenplay he co-wrote with Fred Dekker. The pair previously wrote The Monster Squad (1987) together.

The twitter post was accompanied by the following caption:

“Stone killers with serious acting chops — but which of them will be chopped… by THE PREDATOR? (See what I did there?)”

Additionally, Deadline have reported that actor Jake Busey has been added to the cast. Though details of his character are unknown at this time, his father Gary Busey starred in Predator 2 (1990).


Jurassic World 2

First look image from the upcoming sequel to Jurassic World from Amblin Entertainment and Universal Pictures.

Shared via the official Jurassic World facebook page, a new image the upcoming sequel reveals a young girl amidst dinosaur bones in a museum. Plot details have been kept quiet thus far, so the image is open to interpretation for now.

Directed by J.A. Bayona from a screenplay by Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World director) and Derek Connolly, the film stars Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Bryce Dallas Howard (Pete’s Dragon, Black Mirror) who are reprising their roles from Jurassic World. Additional cast includes, James Cromwell (Murder in the First, Halt and Catch Fire), Justice Smith (The Get Down) , Ted Levine (Mad Dogs, The Bridge), BD Wong (Jurassic World, Mr. Robot, Gotham), Toby Jones (Captain America, Harry Potter, The Hunger Games), and Rafe Spall (Prometheus, Shaun of the Dead), among others. Steven Spielberg is serving as executive producer for the film, which arrives in theatres June 22nd, 2018.


Kong: Skull Island

New image from the upcoming Skull Island: The Birth of Kong comic series coming soon from Legendary Comics.

Dailydead has revealed that following Kong: Skull Island being released in theatres, Legendary Comics have announced a four-part comic book series titled Skull Island: The Birth of Kong, which will serve as both a sequel and prequel to the film.

From the press release:

As the highly anticipated Kong: Skull Island arrives in theaters, Legendary have announced a new comic book series. Skull Island: The Birth of Kong, is a 4-part saga that delves deeper into the mysteries of Skull Island and the mythic origins of Kong. Written by Arvid Nelson, the first issue will be available in print and on Comixology on April 5, 2017.

Both a sequel and a prequel to the film, the series tells the story of a secret team of Monarch operatives returning to Skull Island to discover the truth behind Kong and the island he is born to protect. In doing so, they unlock an ancient history of monster conflict, witness the primal war between Kong and an otherworldly ecosystem of deadly new creatures, and finally reveal how this lonely god became the last of his kind.

With a dramatic new narrative that paves the way for what is to come, fans will discover new revelations that point to the future of the MonsterVerse.


Deadpool 2

Following the Deadpool 2 teaser that accompanied FOX’s Logan, Ryan Reynolds recently took to twitter, cryptically revealing the actress cast to play Domino for the upcoming sequel. He posted the image above, which spells out Zazie Beetz included the following caption:

“Domino Effect.”

Later he tweeted a separate image the actress photoshopped onto a comic cover. As a comic character, Domino is a mutant mercenary with luck based powers. Beetz is known for FX’s Atlanta and Netflix’s Easy. Fans are still awaiting an announcement for who will portray Cable, who Deadline recently confirmed will also be joining Deadpool in the upcoming X-Force movie. More Deadpool related news is expected in the weeks and months to come.


Buster’s Mal Heart

A surreal psychological thriller with dark humor, Buster’s Mal Heart is about “…a family man whose chance encounter with a conspiracy-obsessed drifter leaves him on the run from the police and an impending event known as The Inversion.” The film is written and directed by Sarah Adina Smith and stars Rami Malek (Mr. Robot), Kate Lyn Sheil (Outcast, You’re Next), DJ Qualls (Man in the High Castle), Toby Huss (Deadwood, Halt and Catch Fire, Colony), Lin Shaye (Insidious), Mark Kelly (Mad Men, Fear the Walking Dead), and Teresa Yenque (The Visitor).

Official synopsis:

“In this bold thriller peppered with dark humor and interlocking mystery, an eccentric mountain man is on the run from the authorities, surviving the winter by breaking into empty vacation homes in a remote community. Regularly calling into radio talk shows — where he has acquired the nickname “Buster” — to rant about the impending Inversion at the turn of the millennium, he is haunted by visions of being lost at sea, and memories of his former life as a family man.

Buster (Rami Malek) was once Jonah, a hard-working husband and father whose job as the night-shift concierge at a hotel took its toll on his psyche and, consequently, his marriage to the sensitive Marty (Kate Lyn Sheil) — until a chance encounter with a conspiracy-obsessed drifter (DJ Qualls) changed the course of their lives forever. As the solitary present-day Buster drifts from house to house, eluding the local sheriff at every turn, we gradually piece together the events that fractured his life and left him alone on top of a snowy mountain, or perhaps in a small rowboat in the middle of a vast ocean — or both, in this visceral mind bender that will provoke discussion long after it turns your world upside-down.”

According to Dailydead Well Go USA Entertainment will release Buster’s Mal Heart theatrically in New York and Los Angeles on April 28th.


Atomic Blonde

Collider shared the NSFW Red Band trailer for the upcoming Atomic Blond film, which is adapted from Antony Johnston’s 2012 graphic novel The Coldest City. The story follows an “undercover MI6 agent is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents.”  From Universal Pictures, the film stars Charlize Theron (PrometheusMad Max Fury Road) , James McAvoy (Split, The X-Men franchise), John Goodman (10 Cloverfield Lane, Kong: Skull Island), Eddie Marsan (Sherlock Holmes, V for Vendetta), Sofia Boutella (Kingsman, Star Trek Beyond), and Toby Jones (Captain America, Harry Potter, The Hunger Games). The film is written by Kurt Johnstad (300) and directed by David Leitch in his solo credit as director, after co-directing John Wick.

Official synopsis:

“A high-stakes, global action-thriller that takes place in the city of Berlin, on the eve of the Wall’s collapse and the shifting of superpower alliances. Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road) portrays Lorraine Broughton, a top-level spy for MI6, who is dispatched to Berlin to take down a ruthless espionage ring that has just killed an undercover agent for reasons unknown. She is ordered to cooperate with Berlin station chief David Percival (James McAvoy of X-Men), and the two form an uneasy alliance, unleashing their full arsenal of skills in pursuing a threat that jeopardizes the West’s entire intelligence operation.”

Atomic Blond is expected to release on July 28th, 2017.

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

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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