IGN has unleashed this special internet trailer for ‘The Raid 2,’ which is once again penned and directed by Gareth Evans. The action sequel picks up right where the first film left off and follows Rama (Iko Uwais) as he goes undercover and infiltrates the ranks of a ruthless Jakarta crime syndicate in order to protect his family and uncover the corruption in his own police force. In addition to Uwais, the cast includes Tio Pakusadewo, Putra Arifin Scheunamann, Julie Estelle, Alex Abbad and Roy Marten. ‘The Raid 2′ opens in the US on March 28th and in the UK on April 11th.
He thought it was over. After fighting his way out of a building filled with gangsters and madmen – a fight that left the bodies of police and gangsters alike piled in the halls – rookie Jakarta cop Rama thought it was done and he could resume a normal life. He couldn’t have been more wrong.
Well, this is exciting. THR bring word that Andy Serkis has come on board to direct Warner Bros. Pictures’ live-action take on ‘The Jungle Book.’ The outlet add that it is unclear if he will take a part in the movie at this stage. Serkis is perhaps best known for his performance capture roles as Gollum in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy and ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,’ King Kong in the eponymous 2005 film, Caesar in ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ and the upcoming ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,’ and Captain Haddock in Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Adventures of Tintin.’ He’s also earned a Golden Globe Award nomination for his portrayal of serial killer Ian Brady in the British television film ‘Longford’; and he was nominated for a BAFTA Award for his portrayal of New Wave and punk musician Ian Dury in the biopic ‘Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll.’
Andy Serkis is stepping into the shoes initially filled by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Babel), who departed the project due to scheduling conflicts. Ron Howard was briefly in talks to take the helm but they did not get far along. As the outlet point out: “The move puts Warners back in the Jungle Book race as Disney also has a live-action Jungle Book project, which is already in the casting stage. Idris Elba is on board to voice the man-eating tiger Shere Khan in a version to directed by Jon Favreau.”
While ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ doesn’t come out until May, Bryan Singer has already begun teasing details about the much anticipated film’s 2016 sequel. Talking to the Mexican outlet Cine Premiere (via CBM), the director-writer-producer shed some light on ‘X-Men: Apocalypse,’ revealing that he’s looking at including both Gambit and Nightcrawler for the 2016 film (quotes translated), “I’m considering Gambit and potentially a young Nightcrawler for ‘Apocalypse’….. I was going to have to Nightcrawler [in 'Days of Future Past'] and even wrote a scene, but I felt that we were forcing too mutants into the story.” A fan favorite, Gambit’s only big-screen appearance to date was in ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine,’ where he was played by Taylor Kitsch. Nightcrawler was played by Alan Cumming in ‘X2.’
I’m sure we’ll be hearing a lot more about ‘X-Men: Apocalypse in the run up to ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past,’ so stay tuned. ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ opens on May 27th, 2016. The character Apocalypse, created by Louise and Walter Simonson, made his debut in X-Factor #6. The world’s first mutant, En Sabah Nur was born in Egypt around 3,000 BC and used advanced technology to make himself an eternal conqueror, believing wholeheartedly in survival of the fittest.
Hot on the heels of the film’s latest trailer, Disney has set loose this new TV spot for ‘Maleficent,’ the live action re-telling of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale. Lead by Angelina Jolie as Disney’s notorious evil queen, ‘Maleficent’ co-stars Elle Fanning as Aurora, and Sharlto Copley as Stefan, the half-human, half-fairy bastard son of the human king. In the film, Miranda Richardson plays Queen Ulla, a fairy queen who is Maleficent’s aunt – and dislikes her niece. Kenneth Cranham plays the human king who plots to conquer the fairy kingdom. Sam Riley takes the role of Diaval, a raven who changes into human form and is Maleficent’s right hand. Juno Temple, Imelda Staunton and Lesley Manville play the three pixie fairies in the tale.
Set for release on May 30th, the film explores the origins of the evil fairy Maleficent and what led her to curse Princess Aurora in Disney’s animated classic ‘Sleeping Beauty.’ Academy Award-winning production designer Robert Stromberg (Avatar, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland and Oz The Great and Powerful) directs from a script by Linda Woolverton (Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, and Alice in Wonderland).
Anthony Mackie Set For John Hillcoat’s ‘Triple Nine’; Also Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Casey Affleck, Kate Winslet…
This cast just gets better and better. According to Variety, Anthony Mackie is in negotiations to join John Hillcoat’s crime thriller ‘Triple Nine.’ Mackie would work opposite Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kate Winslet, Aaron Paul, Gal Gadot, Woody Harrelson and Teresa Palmer. Mackie has a busy year ahead of him. Not only is he in ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ (sidenote: he’s absolutely fantastic as Sam Wilson/The Falcon), but he also stars with Jennifer Connelly in the Paul Bettany-helmed ‘Shelter.’
The ‘Triple Nine’ story follows a group of thieves who plan to kill a young LAPD officer to divert the police away from a daring heist they’re perpetrating across town. The title refers to police code indicating that an officer needs immediate assistance. Casey Affleck will play the targeted officer, while Chiwetel Ejiofor will play a career criminal who masterminds the heist. John Hillcoat (The Road, Lawless, The Proposition) is directing from a script by Matt Cook.
‘Divergent’ is the first installment of the futuristic action-adventure trilogy based on Veronica Roth’s The New York Times bestselling novels. Starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Maggie Q, Jai Courtney, Miles Teller, Zoë Kravitz, Ansel Elgort, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Ben Lamb, Christian Madsen, Ray Stevenson, Mekhi Phifer and Amy Newbold, ‘Divergent’ is set in a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on human virtues. Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) is warned she is “Divergent” and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy by a faction leader (Kate Winslet) to destroy all Divergents, Tris must learn to trust in the mysterious Four (Theo James) and together they must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it’s too late. ’Divergent’ is directed by Neil Burger (Limitless, The Illusionist) and is set for a March 21st release in the US and a April 4th bow in the UK.
Was there a particular element about Four’s journey in this movie that resonated with you?
Theo James: At first we don’t really know what his motivations are, where he stands really. There’s a clear attraction between him and Tris, but you’re not sure if this guy is batting for good or bad. Through the course of the movie you realize he’s actually motivated by something beyond him, a greater good. And I love that Four is a person who thinks before he speaks. He’s a watchful person and he’s listening all the time, but he doesn’t feel like he needs to speak necessarily or make a point of throwing his weight around. He’s also very efficient and strong, but he’s not someone who would show off. Secondly, I connected to Four because he felt like an older style of movie character, he had that element of a Steve McQueen or a Paul Newman, they don’t need to push anything. They’re just themselves, with their own sense of masculinity.