Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli, After Earth) has finished his work on the Gareth Edwards-directed standalone ‘Star Wars’ film. “Gary has been a wonderful, inspired contributor and I enjoyed working with him tremendously,” said Edwards in a statement to THR. “I’m so grateful for all of his contributions. ” Said Whitta, “The year I spent working with Lucasfilm on this Star Wars film has been by far the most rewarding period of my entire career. As a lifelong Star Wars fan I’m deeply grateful to have had the rare opportunity to contribute to a new chapter in its ongoing cinematic legacy. The film is going to be amazing.” Although unconfirmed, a recent rumor claims that this standalone ‘Star Wars’ film involves bounty hunters looking to steal the plans for the Death Star.
Following a stellar response from critics and fans alike and a hefty box office figure of $745,570,770 million, 20th Century Fox and the filmmakers behind ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ are currently hard at work on the film’s follow-up, ‘X-Men: Apocalypse.’ “Apocalypse” takes the superhero franchise in a new direction, and producer Simon Kinberg has already revealed that the film will bring in younger actors to play Cyclops, Storm and Jean Grey.
Late last year we heard that Chloe Moretz, Elle Fanning and Hailee Steinfeld are said to be among the actors being eyed to play a young Jean Grey in Bryan Singer‘s ‘X-Men: Apocalypse,’ while Ben Hardy, Charlie Rowe and Timothee Chalamet are under consideration for the role of young Cyclops. Yet new names have emerged online, revealing actors who are said to be testing to play Jean Grey (aka Phoenix), Scott Summers (aka Cyclops) and Ororo Munroe (aka Storm) in ‘X-Men: Apocalypse.’ Famke Janssen played Jean Grey in five ‘X-Men’ movies, Cyclops has been portrayed by James Marsden in four films, and Halle Berry played Storm in four films.
20 Minutes Of BTS Footage & 2 Featurettes For Michael Mann’s ‘Blackhat’ – Starring Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis & Tang Wei
From Legendary Pictures comes these behind-the-scenes featurettes and “B-Roll” for Michael Mann’s ‘Blackhat’ (which previously went under the title ‘Cyber’). Set within the world of global cybercrime, the film follows a furloughed convict and his American and Chinese partners as they hunt a high-level cybercrime network from Chicago to Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Jakarta. Starring Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis, Tang Wei and Wang Leehom, ‘Blackhat’ opens on January 16th in the US and February 20th in the UK.
Deadline bring word that Aubrey Plaza has joined Zac Efron and Robert DeNiro in ‘Dirty Grandpa.’ The road trip comedy is about an uptight twenty-something (Efron) who embarks on a road trip before his wedding to bond with his recently widowed grandfather (De Niro), only to find that his grandpa is a foul-mouthed lunatic on a mission to get laid during Spring Break. Dan Mazer, long-time writing and production partner of Sacha Baron Cohen, is directing the film. Set for August 12th, 2016, the ‘Parks and Recreation’ and ‘Safety Not Guaranteed’ will play Lenore, a savvy, beguiling party girl looking for fun on Spring Break.
From Sony Pictures comes this second trailer for ‘Chappie,’ the upcoming film from Neil Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium). 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.
Opening on March 6th, the official synopsis for ‘Chappie’ is as follows: “Every child comes into the world full of promise, and none more so than Chappie: he is gifted, special, a prodigy. Like any child, Chappie will come under the influence of his surroundings – some good, some bad – and he will rely on his heart and soul to find his way in the world and become his own man. But there’s one thing that makes Chappie different from anyone else: he is a robot. The first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. His life, his story, will change the way the world looks at robots and humans forever. “
For anyone expecting a Jason Bourne (Matt Damon)/Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner) crossover in the next “Bourne” film, series producer Frank Marshall has revealed to Collider that Damon and Renner’s characters will not meet in the new film. “We don’t have plans for that,” he said. “You never know. I never say never. But that’s not the plan. They’re on separate tracks.” The next as-yet-untitled film, set for July 29th, 2016, will also see the return of Paul Greengrass at the helm (The Bourne Legacy, The Bourne Ultimatum, Captain Phillips). Justin Lin, who’s directing the upcoming ‘Star Trek 3,’ is set to helm the next Aaron Cross “Bourne” film.