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‘Monsters’ & ‘Godzilla’ Director Gareth Edwards To Helm The First ‘Star Wars’ Spinoff Movie; Set For 2016
Awesome news! With ‘Godzilla’ tearing it up at the worldwide box office, Lucasfilm and Disney have today announced that Gareth Edwards will direct the first stand-alone Star Wars film. In addition to the episodes of a new Star Wars trilogy, Lucasfilm and Disney have begun development on multiple stand-alone movies that will offer new stories beyond the core Saga. This Edwards-directed film will be penned by Gary Whitta and is due out on December 16th, 2016. The first “Episode” movie, ‘Star Wars: Episode VII,’ opens on December 18th, 2015.
Gareth Edwards blazed into the filmmaking forefront with his acclaimed work on ‘Monsters,’ a film he wrote, directed and served on as cinematographer and visual effects artist. The skill and vision readily apparent in ‘Monsters’ earned him the high-profile spot directing this year’s smash hit ‘Godzilla.’
Jessica Chastain Talks About Playing Marilyn Monroe In Andrew Dominik’s ‘Blonde’; Denies ‘True Detective’ Season 2 Rumors
At the 21st annual Cannes Cinema Against Aids benefit for amFAR, Jessica Chastain confirmed that she will be playing Marilyn Monroe in Andrew Dominik’s ‘Blonde.’ First announced back in 2010, ‘Blonde’ is based on Joyce Carol Oates’ novel of the same name, which reimagines the inner, poetic and spiritual life of Norma Jeane Baker – the child, the woman and the fated-celebrity better known by her studio name of Marilyn Monroe. The 2001 book was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.
The two-time Oscar nominee had the following to say about ‘Blonde,’ “Listen, with that project, I love Andrew Dominik. I think he’s an incredible filmmaker and artist. He has his own different, unique voice. I wasn’t interested in, and I’m not interested in, making a Marilyn Monroe biopic, because I feel like we’ve had so many of those and so many people are fantastic and it’s not a competition, you know what I mean? It was not exciting to me. So I read Joyce Carol Oates’s book, Blonde, and what surprised me is that it’s not a biography. It’s actually a work of fiction. And I found it to be a great feminist novel, because it takes the archetype of the blonde, as represented by Marilyn Monroe, and we see what society does [with] her and what the film industry in particular does with her, and how she’s devoured up. And I think in a day and age where we’re fighting to have female voices in cinema and perspectives of women [in] a film industry dominated by male voices, it’s a good story to tell.”
From The Weinstein Company comes this batch of character posters for ‘The Giver,’ the adaptation of the Lois Lowry novel from director Phil Noyce. While there’s been a plethora of movies involving dystopian young adult novel storylines, ‘The Giver’ was ahead of its time, winning the Newbery medal in 1994. Starring Jeff Bridges, Brenton Thwaites, Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes, Alexander Skarsgard, Odeya Rush and Taylor Swift, the film lands in cinemas on August 15th.
Jeff Bridges has been trying to make Lois Lowry’s 1993 classic ‘The Giver’ into a film for nearly 20 years. In that time, his kids became adults, his father Lloyd, who he’d wanted to play the Giver, died, and he got rejection after rejection from everybody in town until Harvey Weinstein came along. Jeff Bridges has took on the role of the Giver and is serving as a producer on the film.
Hot on the heels of yesterday’s title and logo reveal, this new fan poster has arrived online for the ‘Man of Steel’ follow-up, ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.’ The highly anticipated action adventure is directed by Zack Snyder and stars Henry Cavill in the role of Clark Kent/Superman, Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, with Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane returning from ‘Man of Steel,’ Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, and Holly Hunter in a role newly created for the film.
Paramount Pictures has set loose this new viral video for Michael Bay’s ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction.’ The human cast features the likes of Mark Wahlberg, Jack Reynor, Nicola Peltz, 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. At this moment in time, there’s no details about who will be voicing the Dinobots featured in the movie.
At the Cannes Film Festival for Bennett Miller’s drama ‘Foxcatcher,’ Channing Tatum gave THR a quick update about him joining the X-Men gang as Gambit in ‘X-Men: Apocalypse.’ “I hope to be joining – everything’s not done yet,” Tatum said on May 19th. “I’ve obviously been in talks, and we’re on the one yard line,” he added. “I’m always afraid of being like, ‘Yes it’s totally happening’ and then it doesn’t happen.”
Previous reports said Channing Tatum will get a stand-alone spinoff, with his version of Gambit being introduced in ‘X-Men: Apocalypse.’ The stand-alone film is still in development, however, and no director has been attached. “I’m dying to do it,” he said, of ‘X-Men: Apocalypse,’ which would follow ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past.’