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Hot on the heels of the news that Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium) will follow up ‘Chappie’ with an ‘Alien’ sequel at 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures has released the first three clips from the ‘District 9′ and ‘Elysium’ director’s latest flick . Led by Sharlto Copley as the titular robot (he’s playing Chappie via performance capture), the sci-fi flick also stars Dev Patel, Ninja and Yo-Landi Vi$$er, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Sigourney Weaver and Hugh Jackman.
With filming now underway, producer Jerry Bruckheimer has Tweeted the first image from the set of ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tale.’ The fifth entry in the blockbuster franchise inspired by the classic Disney Theme Parks attraction is directed by Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning (Kon-Tiki) and will film entirely at Village Roadshow Studios and on locations within Queensland, Australia. Johnny Depp returns as Captain Jack Sparrow, while the likes of Oscar winner Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men, Skyfall), Kaya Scodelario (The Maze Runner, “Skins”), Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent, The Giver) and Golshifteh Farahani (The Patience Stone, Exodus: Gods and Kings) join the cast. Rejoining the action are Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush as Barbossa, Kevin R. McNally as Joshamee Gibbs and Stephen Graham as Scrum.
With filming now well underway on ‘Spectre,’ this new set image image has arrived online from the Rome set of the 24th entry in the James Bond franchise. According to Italian site Bad Taste, shooting in Rome will begin on March 8th. The scenes shot in Italy’s capital city will reportedly feature a major car chase.
‘Spectre’ stars Daniel Craig as James Bond, Christoph Waltz as Franz Oberhauser, Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny, Léa Seydoux as Madeleine Swann, Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra, Andrew Scott as Denbigh, a new member of MI6 and Whitehall, Dave Bautista as Mr. Hinx, a henchman and bodyguard, Ralph Fiennes as M, the head of MI6 and Bond’s superior, Ben Whishaw as Q, the MI6 quartermaster, Rory Kinnear as Bill Tanner, the MI6 Chief of Staff, and Jesper Christensen as Mr. White, an enforcer in the Quantum organisation.
Last month ‘District 9,’ ‘Elysium’ and ‘Chappie’ helmer Neill Blomkamp posted a series of concept art designs for a new film in 20th Century Fox’s “Alien” franchise, setting the internet ablaze. And while Blomkamp admitted that the designs were unofficial, he hinted that he’d be more than happy to take on such a project. He described them as “a mental stroll into the world Ridley Scott created.” The caption of the first image he posted, suggested that – at the time – it was a movie that would never happen: “Was working on this. Don’t think I am anymore. Love it though.”
However, the plot thickened when franchise lead Sigourney Weaver had the following to say about the possibility of a new ‘Alien’ film with her ‘Chappie’ director, “[Neill] kept sending me these brilliant designs and ideas and everything. We’ll see what happens….. We just left it at such a creepy place, sort of stranded above Earth. I was quite happy to move on to other things, and I didn’t want to go to Earth. I didn’t want to manufacture a sequel, and I felt like we were starting to do that. If something happens from this, it would be very organic and very original, and because of that, it would make me want to do it. If it was someone as talented as Neill, I’d certainly listen.”
THR bring word that Will Smith will lead ‘Bounty,’ a Sascha Penn-penned spec script that Paramount Pictures has acquired. The story is set in Boston and centers on a man (Smith) who is wrongly convicted of murder. He escapes from prison determined to prove his innocence — a nearly impossible task after the widow of the man he supposedly killed puts a $10 million bounty on him, dead or alive.
Will Smith will next be seen opposite Margot Robbie in ‘Focus,’ which hits theaters on Febrary 27th. His upcoming projects also include the DC Comics movie ‘Suicide Squad’ and ‘Concussion,’ which is based on the GQ article “Game Brain” and co-stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Albert Brooks, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Bitsie Tulloch, Luke Wilson, David Morse and Alec Baldwin.
‘Homeland’ and ‘Gotham’ actress Morena Baccarin has joined Ryan Reynolds, T.J. Miller, Ed Skrein, and MMA champion-turned-actress Gina Carano in ‘Deadpool,’ 20th Century Fox’s action movie based on the wisecracking mercenary Marvel character. Baccarin will play the female lead and romantic interest of Reynolds’ title character.
Last month we heard that production on the upcoming ‘Deadpool’ film will be set up in Ryan Reynolds’ home town of Vancouver. Last summer test footage “leaked” online for the long-in-development X-Men spinoff to much acclaim. Closely following the warm reception, 20th Century Fox penciled in the perpetually on/off project for a February 12th, 2016 release date – three months before ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ hits the big screen.