In addition to the episodes of a new Star Wars trilogy, Lucasfilm and Disney continue development of multiple stand-alone movies that will offer new stories beyond the core Saga. The newest director to come on board is Josh Trank, who captured imaginations worldwide with his critically lauded directorial debut ‘Chronicle,’ a fresh and engaging take on the superhero genre. He’s currently at work on ‘The Fantastic Four’ for 20th Century Fox.
It was recently announced that Gareth Edwards will direct the first stand-alone Star Wars film. This Edwards-directed film will be penned by Gary Whitta and is due out on December 16th, 2016. The first “Episode” movie, ‘Star Wars: Episode VII,’ opens on December 18th, 2015. Due to the high level of secrecy surrounding the Star Wars development process, it is unclear which stand-alone movies Gareth Edwards and Josh Trank will tackle. Previously rumored for stand-alone movies include Boba Fett and Jedi master Yoda. There are also rumors of a potential Han Solo origin story or at least something on the Solo clan, and untold adventures of Luke Skywalker.
Well played, JJ Abrams. Well played.
In response to a number of leaked set photos from ‘Star Wars: Episode VII,’ JJ Abrams’ production company Bad Robot has posted their own image from the shoot featuring a note from the director with a tongue-in-cheek response to the whole ordeal. If you’re not up on your Star Wars lore, the note is sitting on the holochess board which famously belongs inside the Millennium Falcon.
This new French poster and collection of images have landed online for Liv Ullmann’s first film as a director in more than a decade, ‘Miss Julie.’ An adaptation of August Strindberg’s classic 1888 Swedish battle-of-the-sexes play, ‘Miss Julie’ is led by Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton.
Set on Midsummer’s Eve in a large country house, ‘Miss Julie’ details a battle of both sexes and classes, revolving around the eponymous daughter (Jessica Chastain) of a wealthy landowner, and her flirtation with and seduction of her father’s valet (Colin Farrell), a power struggle that has tragic consequences. The house’s cook and valet’s lover (Samantha Morton) observes the tryst as it unfolds. Look out for ‘Miss Julie’ later this year.
Don Cheadle has launched an Indiegogo campaign for his long planned ‘Miles Ahead,’ the story of a few dangerous days in the life of Miles Davis (Cheadle), the virtuoso, fighter and genius, as he bursts out of his silent period and conspires with a Rolling Stone writer (Ewan McGregor) to steal back his music. It was previously reported that Zoe Saldana will play Frances Davis, the legendary artist’s former wife. Cheadle will also make his feature directorial debut from a script co-written with Steven Baigelman, while Herbie Hancock and Robert Glasper will be scoring ‘Miles Ahead.’
Aiming to raise $325,000 by July 6th, Don Cheadle writes: Music has always been one of my passions. Since 6th grade, when I started listening to my parents’ Miles Davis records, his artistry has been an inspiration to me; he was someone who only ever followed a path as a runway to create a new one. Surprisingly, Miles’ life, his passion, his creativity, his fire have never been brought to life in a film and the fact that his family has chosen me to do this now is an honor. Check out the campaign here.
This new poster and trailer has arrived online for ‘Love, Rosie,’ a romantic comedy based on the bestselling book ‘Where Rainbows End’ from Irish author Ceclia Ahern (P.S. I Love You). The film stars Lily Collins and Sam Claflin as Rosie and Alex, best friends since school who “find that life often gets in the way of love but, true love just like true friendship, never dies. The question is will life allow them to get back into synch with each other after having missed so many opportunities?”
Starring alongside Lily Collins and Sam Claflin are Jaime Winstone, Christian Cooke, Suki Waterhouse, Tamsin Egerton, Jamie Beamish, Ger Ryan and Lorcan Cranitch. ‘Love, Rosie’ is directed by Christian Ditter (Wickie and the Treasure of the Gods, The Crocodiles) from a screenplay by Juliette Towhidi (Calendar Girls). The film opens on October 24th in the US.
From DreamWorks Animation comes this latest behind-the-scenes featurette for ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2.’ The sequel checks in with Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and his dragon pal, Toothless, five years after he brought humans and dragons together on the island of Berk. An outsider who’s now the village hero, Hiccup is on the verge of adulthood, with his chieftain father, Stoick the Vast (Gerard Butler), grooming him for responsibility. But he’d rather embrace what’s left of his carefree childhood.