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As humanity picks up the pieces, following the conclusion of ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon,’ Autobots and Decepticons have all but vanished from the face of the planet. However, a group of powerful, ingenious businessman and scientists attempt to learn from past Transformer incursions and push the boundaries of technology beyond what they can control – all while an ancient, powerful Transformer menace sets Earth in his crosshairs.
With help from a new cast of humans (led by Mark Wahlberg, Jack Reynor and Nicola Peltz), Optimus Prime and the Autobots rise to meet their most fearsome challenge yet. Set for a June 27th release in the US and a July 10th bow in the UK, Michael Bay’s ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ also stars Li Bingbing, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Sophia Myles, T.J. Miller, Han Geng and Titus Welliver, while the voice cast includes John Goodman as Hound, Ken Watanabe as Drift, Peter Cullen as Optimus Prime, Frank Welker as Galvatron, John DiMaggio as Crosshairs, Mark Ryan as Lockdown, Robert Foxworth as Ratchet and Reno Wilson as Brains.
I know you first talked with Michael Bay about doing ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ on the set of ‘Pain and Gain,’ but how did that conversation go? And what was it about Michael that made you want to feature in his next film… ?
Mark Wahlberg: Well, he was walking with me back to my car in the parking lot on ‘Pain and Gain’ and said, “Hey, how about doing another movie with me.” I said, “absolutely.” He said, “Well, we have this idea for a new Transformers movie.” I said, “I’m in.” So he said, “… do you want me to tell you the story?” I said, “You can, or I can wait for the script. But I’m in.” And I added, “The only thing is, I only want to make sure that like on ‘Pain and Gain’ you give me the freedom to kind of develop the character and make him my own.” And he said, “Absolutely, that’s why I want you.” So I was very excited, and I loved the fact that I was playing a dad with a teenage daughter, which is something I will be faced with in the near future – so it was good practice (laughs). I had such a great experience working with him on ‘Pain and Gain,’ and I love the way he works and I love everything about the experience. It was a no brainer for me.
Yesterday it was reported that Shane Black, the screenwriter behind ‘Lethal Weapon’ and writer-director of ‘Kiss Kiss Bang Bang’ and ‘Iron Man 3,′ will write the treatment and is attached to direct a ‘Predator’ reboot. Roughly 24 hours after that news hit, Black has revealed that his ‘Predator’ film isn’t a “reboot”. He and his co-writer Fred Dekker are actually envisioning an “inventive sequel” with this iteration. “Why start over, when you’ve all this rich mythology yet to mine?” Black tells Collider, adding that he doesn’t like reboots generally, but can “really get behind inventive sequels”, noting that he likes “the idea of expanding and exploring the existing Predator mythology, rather than hitting the restart button.”
With a number of rumors swirling around the rebirth of the Order of the Sith Lords and a “Jedi Hunters” collective, Stefan Stankovic has put together this brilliant Sith piece for ‘Star Wars: Episode VII.’ After almost a year of speculation, it was announced earlier this summer that John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’. Reportedly set approximately thirty-five years after ‘Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi’ and the demise of Darth Vader, the plot is said to “center around a trio of young leads, along with characters from the previous installments.”
Columbia Pictures has just set loose this new one-sheet for Antoine Fuqua’s Denzel Washington-lead ‘The Equalizer.’ The film is based on the 1980s TV show that starred Edward Woodward as the title character. In this movie version Washington plays McCall, a former black ops commando who has faked his death to live a quiet life in Boston. When he comes out of his self-imposed retirement to rescue a young girl, Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz), he finds himself face to face with ultra-violent Russian gangsters. As he serves vengeance against those who brutalize the helpless, McCall’s desire for justice is reawakened.
Annapurna Pictures and Rooney Mara have teamed up to option the New York Times bestseller ‘A House in the Sky’ by co-authors Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett. The memoir will be developed as a starring vehicle for Mara, who will also serve as a producer alongside Annapurna’s Megan Ellison. Annapurna’s Chelsea Barnard will be the executive overseeing the day-to-day development and production of the project. Mara is perhaps best known for her Academy Award-nominated performance in the David Fincher adaptation of the Steig Larsson trilogy ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.’ She recently wrapped production alongside Cate Blanchett in ‘Carol,’ the adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s romance novel ‘The Price of Salt’ directed by Todd Haynes. She’s currently filming ‘Pan’ where she portrays Tiger Lily in Joe Wright’s origin story of the classic ‘Peter Pan.’
Will Poulter has reportedly joined Leonardo DiCaprio in ‘The Revenant,’ a gritty thriller that Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (‘Babel’, ‘Amores Perros’, the upcoming ‘Birdman) will direct for a fall 2015 release. An adaptation of the Michael Punke novel ‘The Revenant: A Novel Of Revenge,’ DiCaprio will star as Hugh Glass, a 19th century fur trapper who gets mauled by a grizzly bear, and then is left for dead by cohorts who rob him. When he survives, he sets out on a treacherous journey to exact revenge on those who betrayed him. Set to commence filming in September, Gonzalez Inarritu and Mark L. Smith co-wrote the script for ‘The Revenant.’ The official synopsis for the book can be read below.
Will Poulter will next be seen in ‘The Maze Runner’ alongside the likes of Dylan O’Brien, Thomas Sangster, Kaya Scodelario, Aml Ameen, Ki Hong Lee, and Blake Cooper. To date, he’s perhaps best known for his roles in ‘Son of Rambow,’ ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,’ ‘Wild Bill’ and ‘We’re the Millers.’