Speaking on the 500th episode of the Filmspotting podcast, Rian Johnson opened up briefly about his work as writer-director on ‘Star Wars Episode VIII’ (he’s also rumored to be writing and perhaps helming ‘Star Wars Episode IX’). Johnson joked, “I’m really excited about all the things I can’t tell you.” He then talked about why he took the job, “The thought of it made me so completely joyfully happy. I wanted to to play in this world, of literally the first movie my dad put me in the car to see.” The ‘Looper’ writer-director was also asked how he got the job, to which he jokingly replied, “I can only assume it was a clerical error, like in the movie ‘Brazil.’ There’s a ‘Brian Johnson’ out there who is really mad.”
Eva Green is reportedly in talks to re-team with her ‘Dark Shadow’ director on the adaptation of ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.’ Based on the Ransom Riggs novel, the story follows a teenager who finds himself transported to an island where he must help protect a group of orphans with special powers from creatures out to destroy them. Green would play the title character, who acts as a guardian for these orphans.
Eva Green was last seen in ‘300: Rise of an Empire,’ the series ‘Penny Dreadful’ and she can be seen next in Robert Rodriguez’s ‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,’ ‘The Salvation’ and ‘White Bird in a Blizzard.’ Tim Burton’s next film, ‘Big Eyes,’ opens in December. Filming is set to commence on ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ in February.
Awesome ‘Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice’ Fan Poster With Henry Cavill’s Superman, Ben Affleck’s Batman & Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman
Utilizing the promo images for Henry Cavill’s Superman, Ben Affleck’s Batman and Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, Comic Book Bros have put together this rather brilliant fan poster for ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.’ From ‘Man of Steel’ helmer Zack Snyder, ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ also stars Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, Scoot McNairy, Ray Fisher as Victor Stone/Cyborg, and Holly Hunter in a role newly created for the film.
After premiering this past weekend at Comic-Con, Warner Bros. Pictures has just unveiled this first trailer for ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.’ The trilogy of ‘The Hobbit’ films tell a continuous story set in Middle-earth 60 years before ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ which Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson and his team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar-winning ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.’ ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,’ the final chapter in ‘The Hobbit’ trilogy, will be released in the UK on December 12th and in the US on December 17th.
‘The Jungle Book': Christopher Walken & Giancarlo Esposito Join Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba…
Walt Disney Pictures send word that Academy Award winner Christopher Walken will take on the role of King Louie, the ruler of a troop of monkeys and apes, while Giancarlo Esposito (Critics Choice Award winner and Emmy nominee for ‘Breaking Bad’) will voice Akela, the leader of the wolf pack, in director Jon Favreau’s live-action/CG hybrid adaptation of ‘The Jungle Book.’
Christopher Walken and Giancarlo Esposito join Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o as Raksha, Golden Globe winner Idris Elba as Shere Khan, and Scarlett Johansson as Kaa. The film also marks the debut of newcomer Neel Sethi as Mowgli, who will be the only actor to physically appear on screen.
An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan (Lee Pace), a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits: Rocket (Bradley Cooper), a gun-toting raccoon; Groot (Vin Diesel), a tree-like humanoid; the deadly and enigmatic Gamora (Zoe Saldana); and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista). But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand–with the galaxy’s fate in the balance. From writer-director James Gunn, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ opens in the UK and Ireland on July 31st before opening in the US on August 1st. The likes of Karen Gillan, Michael Rooker, Djimon Hounsou, Benicio del Toro, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Josh Brolin, Ophelia Lovibond, Gregg Henry, Marama Corlett, Emmett J. Scanlan and Enzo Cilenti also star.
You’ve had plenty of otherworld experience, from playing Neytiri in ‘Avatar’ and Uhura in the ‘Star Trek’ film franchise. And in this film you play this deadly green-skinned assassin, and Thanos’ adopted daughter, who deep down has a lot more there than we are initially are lead to believe. What was it about her that really spoke to you… this character who’s the last remaining member of her species?
Zoe Saldana: I was very moved by her being an orphan, and being taken violently from her home and being subjected to a life of violence. Therefore she grows up to be this stealth assassin…. but actually she has a heart of gold and really just wants to break away and become free. She plays an important role in making the others see that they must do something collectively about stopping planets of people from dying at the hands of Ronan.