Returns and Exits
Star Wars Episode VIII has recently begun filming and this week Gwendoline Christie, who played Captain Phasma in The Force Awakens, confirmed her return to the franchise. Christie played a relatively small part in the latest movie despite being a prominent figure in the pre-release marketing campaign and had, until now, been unconfirmed to reprise her role.
Meanwhile Noomi Rapace has revealed she will not return to the shared Alien/Prometheus universe, possibly due to a scheduling conflict. Rapace played Elizabeth Shaw in Prometheus but won’t return for Ridley Scott’s sequel, Alien: Covenant.
Far Future Release Dates…
Vin Diesel has confirmed release dates for films 9 and 10 in the Fast and the Furious franchise, posting their respective release dates on instagram- April 19, 2019 and April 1, 2021. This confident announcement follows other film franchise series, such as the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the DC Comic Book Movies, in publically revealing release dates years in advance. Book tickets…in a few years time.
Steven Soderbergh Returns
Steven Soderbergh, director of hit movies such as Ocean’s Eleven, Sex, Lies and Videotape, and Erin Brockovich, officially retired from movies in 2013. However a script for a new project, titled Lucky Logan, has supposedly impressed him so much he has decided to return to the big screen. The movie is set to star Channing Tatum, an actor Soderbergh has worked with previously on three movies including Magic Mike. See Variety for the original story.
Remake time…again. This time it’s a remake of Cabin Fever, apparently shooting from the same script as the 2002 original. The 2016 version will have a limited release on February 12th in the States. If I were to add a hashtag to describe this remake, it would be #pointless.
Next up is Green Room, where members of a punk rock band battle white supremacists at a remote roadhouse. Scheduled for release Stateside in April, and May for UK viewers, the movie has had a strong, positive reaction from critics and stars Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots and Sir Patrick Stewart.
Zoolander 2, the belated sequel to the 2001 original, hits cinemas next week and has released a new trailer, featuring some new footage of returning stars Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Will Ferrell. As with all comedy movies there is always the worry that the funniest moments are in the trailers, so proceed with caution…
Zootopia, from Disney and set to hit cinemas in March, is set in a city full of different mammals and has released a couple of promotional clips this week. Check them out below.
In Memory of…
Joe Alasky, voice of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, passed away on February 3rd after a battle with cancer. He also voiced other famous characters including many other Looney Tunes stars such as Sylvester and Tweety and Grandpa Lou Pickles in later seasons of Rugrats and spin-off series All Grown Up!
Sadly we can add Alaska’s name to the growing list of stars losing their battle with cancer this year. Below are links to some cancer charities; please consider donating. Thank you.