‘Harry Potter’ Spinoff ‘Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them’ Confirmed To Be A Trilogy; Will Be Released In 2016, 2018 & 2020
Warner Bros. Pictures send word that they will release three pictures, in 2016, 2018 and 2020, based on best-selling author J.K. Rowling’s original story and screenwriting debut, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.’ Set in an extension of her familiar wizarding world, featuring magical creatures and characters inspired by Harry Potter’s Hogwarts textbook and its fictitious author, Newt Scamander, “Fantastic Beasts” will be directed by David Yates, who directed the last four Harry Potter movies, and reunite the filmmaking team of David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram. The first film will open on November 18th, 2016
WB Reveal Their 2016-2020 DC Movie Release Dates; Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman, Justice League & More
Warner Bros. Pictures have just announced a massive expansion of their DC Entertainment-branded content. The studio will release a slate of at least 10 movies – as well as stand-alone Batman and Superman films – from 2016 through 2020 that expands this prized universe of characters:
- The aleady announced ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ will open on March 25th, 2016, and then David Ayer’s (End of Watch, Fury) will follow on August 5th, 2016 .
- ‘Wonder Woman’ starring Gal Gadot will be released on June 23rd, 2017.
- ‘Justice League Part One’ is set for November 17th, 2017 with Zack Snyder returning to direct and Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, and Amy Adams reprising their roles as Superman, Batman, and Lois Lane. Furthermore, Snyder will also direct ‘Justice League Part Two’ for release on June 14th, 2019.
- ‘The Flash’ starring Ezra Miller (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) will be released on March 23th, 2018, and ‘Aquaman’ starring Jason Momoa will be released on July 27th, 2018.
- ‘Shazam,’ starring Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam, will be released on April 5th, 2019.
- ‘Cyborg’ starring Ray Fisher will open on April 3rd, 2020, and a ‘Green Lantern’ reboot opens on June 19th, 2020.
Set for a wide release on January 16th, 2015, ‘Testament of Youth’ is a powerful story of love, war and remembrance. The film is based on the First World War memoir by Vera Brittain, a story that has become the classic testimony of that war from a woman’s point of view. A searing journey from youthful hopes and dreams to the edge of despair and back again, it’s a film about young love, the futility of war and how to make sense of the darkest times. ‘Testament of Youth’ is led by Alicia Vinkander as Vera Brittain, and the stellar cast also includes the likes of Kit Harington, Taron Egerton, Colin Morgan, Dominic West, Emily Watson, Joanna Scanlan, Hayley Atwell, Jonathan Bailey, Alexandra Roach, and Anna Chancellor.
‘Testament Of Youth’ is directed by James Kent (The Thirteenth Tale, The White Queen) and produced by David Heyman (Gravity, the Harry Potter movies) and Rosie Alison (Paddington, The Thirteenth Tale) for Heyday Films. Award-winning writer Juliette Towhidi adapted the screenplay. Tickets are still available for the public screening on the 16th of October at the BFI London Film Festival.
How did you become involved with Testament Of Youth, and what were your first impressions of the script?
Kit Harington: I studied ‘Testament Of Youth’ in school and knew a lot about the First World War. I was immediately interested in the script, especially the war poetry. I then met with James Kent and Rosie Alison to read for the part. And Juliette Towhidi did a brilliant job writing the script. She has created an extremely moving and dreamlike piece. Everyone around Vera, including Roland, seems to be a snippet in Vera’s life, almost part of her imagination.
What were initial thought about Roland and and his poetry, and what resources did you use to prepare for this role?
Kit Harington: For me, Roland is an ultra-confident, charming, mysterious schoolboy. He challenges Vera. The Roland we see in the film is a reflection of Vera’s image of him. There’s no real way of knowing who Roland actually was. We only know him from Vera’s story and from his poetry. He was more romantic than poets of the same generation. His poems are beautiful and simple and touch on the war in a soft, non-accusatory way. His poetry explores the idea of war and heroism. The poem read at the end of the film is particularly moving. Roland is saying to Vera ‘I want you to live on after I die.’ He tells her to meet someone else if he dies.
I looked at the few photos we have of Roland and was quite pleased that we have similar appearances (laughs). I also read all the letters that Vera and Roland sent to one another because I wanted to hear their voices. Initially, they wrote to each other every three days. As the war progressed, however, Roland becomes increasingly more silent.
Hopefully preceding the release of the film’s first trailer, director Colin Trevorrow has just Tweeted this teaser poster for his hugely anticipated ‘Jurassic World.’ Opening on June 12th, 2015, the long awaited sequel stars the likes of Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins, Omar Sy, Jake Johnson, Judy Greer, Irrfan Khan, Andy Buckley, original ‘Jurassic Park’ actor B.D. Wong and Vincent D’Onofrio.
Colin Trevorrow is directing the film from a script he wrote with Derek Connolly. Trevorrow’s first film, ‘Safety Not Guaranteed,’ starred Chris Pratt’s ‘Parks and Recreation’ love interest Aubrey Plaza. Set 22 years after the original film, ‘Jurassic Park’ director Steven Spielberg is producing the sequel with Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley. Michael Giacchino will compose the score.
Linked to the role since Comic-Con, earlier this month it was revealed that Marvel Studios‘ talks with Joaquin Phoenix to play Doctor Strange have fallen through. Previous online rumors have linked the likes of Tom Hardy, Keanu Reeves, Ethan Hawke, Benedict Cumberbatch and Jared Leto to the “Master of the Mystic Arts”, and you can now add another name to that diverse list: Ewan McGregor. According to Badass Digest, McGregor – an actor I’m a huge fan of – is among those being considered by Marvel for the role. ‘Sinister’ and ‘The Exorcism of Emily Rose’ helmer Scott Derrickson is set to direct ‘Doctor Strange,’ and while unconfirmed, it seems that the film will arrive in cinemas on July 8th, 2016.
Javier Bardem is said to be in early talks to play the lead villain in the fifth ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ movie, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.’ Christoph Waltz was rumored for the role at one point, but Bardem currently has the offer and is reportedly in discussions to sign on. Bardem’s wife, Penelope Cruz, appeared in the previous film ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.’
If his deal makes, Javier Bardem will play Captain Brand, a ghost bent on revenge against Johnny Depp’s Capt. Jack Sparrow, who he holds responsible for the murder of his brother. Geoffrey Rush is expected to reprise his role as Barbossa, who could team up with Captain Brand. Bardem previously starred alongside Depp in ‘Before Night Falls.’