With principle photography set to commence next month on J.J. Abrams’ ‘Star Wars: Episode VII,’ LucasFilm has sent out a statement focusing on the franchise’s Expanded Universe, revealing that all future media tie-ins will be canonical. Beginning with the release of ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ on December 18th of 2015, future ‘Star Wars’ movies will alternate annually between the ongoing sequence of “Episodes” and a series of standalone movies. The official statement can be read in full below alongside a new video celebrating the ‘Star Wars’ Expanded Universe. Expect official news about ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ any day now.
For over 35 years, the Expanded Universe has enriched the Star Wars experience for fans seeking to continue the adventure beyond what is seen on the screen. When he created “Star Wars,” George Lucas built a universe that sparked the imagination, and inspired others to create. He opened up that universe to be a creative space for other people to tell their own tales. This became the Expanded Universe, or EU, of comics, novels, videogames, and more.
With the release of the film on the horizon, 20th Century Fox has unleashed this latest TV spot for ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past.’ Acting as a sequel to both ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ and ‘X-Men: First Class,’ ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ includes cast members from both: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Shawn Ashmore, Ellen Page, and Daniel Cudmore return from ‘X-Men: The Last Stand,’ while James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult and Lucas Till return from ‘X-Men: First Class.’
Sony Pictures has unveiled this new quad poster for ’22 Jump Street,’ the upcoming sequel to the 2012 action-comedy blockbuster ’21 Jump Street.’ ’22 Jump Street’ reunites Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum as they return to their roles as undercover cops Schmidt and Jenko; they are also re-teaming with ’21 Jump Street’ directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,’ ‘The LEGO Movie’). Alongside Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, Ice Cube reprises his role as Captain Dickson.
In the action-comedy, after making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) when they go deep undercover at a local college. Opening on June 6th in the UK and June 13th in the US, the film also stars Nick Offerman, Dave Franco, Rob Riggle, Amber Stevens, Jillian Bell, and Craig Roberts.
Speaking to Digital Spy at Sundance London, ‘Fruitvale Station’ writer/director Ryan Coogler opened up about his upcoming ‘Rocky’ spin-off, ‘Creed.’ “My dad and I are real close, and we were going through something pretty intense in our relationship around the time I was getting ready to make Fruitvale, and that’s how I came up with the idea for Creed,” the director explained. “He was a big Rocky fan, and I watched the movies with him. I never thought in a million years I’d get to do it, but I told my agent and he got really fired up about it… By the time Fruitvale was done I was able to come back and talk with [Sylvester Stallone] some more about it. We’re writing the script for it right now, and hopefully we’re in the mix.”
Ryan Coogler is currently writing the script with his friend Aaron Covington. That said, he confirmed that Sylvester Stallone would be substantially involved in the writing process for ‘Creed.’ “He wrote every Rocky movie there ever was, so although I’m writing the script, I’ll definitely talk to him about it,” he insisted. “Not only because he invented these characters, but because he’ll have to be an actor in the film, so it’s talking to him in both ways. Rocky isn’t the main character in the story, but he’s a major supporting player. And nobody knows that character like him; in the few meetings that I’ve had with him, sometimes he’ll talk like Rocky. We’ll be talking about a scene, and he’ll kind of go into acting mode. It’s unnerving how good of an actor Stallone is – if I can get Stallone and Mike together in the same frame, the camera might explode.”
StudioCanal has unveiled this first clip from the upcoming thriller, ‘The Two Face of January.’ Lead by Viggo Mortensen, Oscar Isaac and Kirsten Dunst, the film is based on the novel of the same name by Patricia Highsmith, adapted for the screen by Academy Award nominee Hossein Amini (Drive, Snow White and the Huntsman, The Wings of the Dove). Amini is also making his directional debut on the film. The official synopsis can be read below. ‘The Two Faces Of January’ opens on May 16th.
1962. A glamorous American couple, the charismatic CHESTER MACFARLAND (Viggo Mortensen) and his alluring younger wife COLETTE (Kirsten Dunst), are in Athens during a European vacation. While sightseeing at the Acropolis they encounter RYDAL (Oscar Isaac), a young, Greek-speaking American who is working as a tour guide, scamming female tourists on the side. Drawn to Colette’s beauty and impressed by Chester’s wealth and sophistication, Rydal gladly accepts their invitation to dinner.