I always get to the end of the week and think, “What even happened?” And then I look back and I’m reminded why I love movies in the first place. There was a lot of news at the business end of Hollywood, with Sony Pictures announcing intentions to release new Bad Boys movies over the next few years. And then there was the Deadpool trailer.
If you were lucky enough to attend 20th Century Fox’s Comic-Con panel, you’ve already seen the NSFW footage that was shown off this week. But if you, like me, didn’t get to attend Hall H, then this week’s trailer was quite the treat. Not only is it clear that the filmmakers are faithfully re-creating Deadpool onscreen, but the film is definitely earning its “hard R” rating.
There was other news, too, such as some hints about a Jurassic World sequel, and confirmation that, yeah, the newest Mission: Impossible is pretty great. Also: critics just don’t like the new Fantastic Four, which folks not only say is boring, but pretty nonsensical. Great news!!!
Oh, and we got to see Vin Diesel with a beard.
Star Wars: Rogue One rumor is too crazy to ignore
We’ve seen some crazy Star Wars rumors over the past several months. Some seem plausible; others not so much. This latest one, coming from Heroic Hollywood, claims Rogue One’s Felicity Jones, who is rumored to be the movie’s lead, will be Boba Fett’s daughter. Yeah, you read that right. As cool as it sounds, the timeline just doesn’t make sense. But Boba Fett! [PopcornTalk]
Pez animated movie coming soon
The Lego Movie was such a success that it’s inspiring others to capitalize on cherished childhood toys. Not only will we see a Minecraft movie, and a film about emoji, but an animated flick based on Pez Candy dispensers. I love Pez Candy! No, seriously; I ordered a bunch from Amazon last month and already ate them all. [EW]
Frank Grillo will return for The Purge 3
After he’s done exchanging fisticuffs with Captain America, Frank Grillo will return for The Purge 3. The series has been a surprise hit, chronicling a dystopian future where murder is legal for one day out of the year. No clue where the story will go following the events of The Purge 2, though we’ll find out when the movie drops on July 2, 2016. [Variety]
Hawkman cast for Legends of Tomorrow
When next season’s Arrow/The Flash airs, Hawkman will be involved. Variety says Falk Hentschel will play the role, otherwise known as Carter Hall. Hall has the ability to access the power of the Hawk God, hence giving him his obvious super human name. Legends of Tomorrow is set to make its debut in 2016. [Variety]
Ominous new Batman v Superman image shared
Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder shared a new image from the movie on his (private) Instagram account, and it’s very melancholy. The tone of the new Batman is one of sadness and regret, and this stormy photo seems to reflect the character’s forlorn mood. What’s he doing in that open field? We don’t know! Seems similar to the shot of him walking up to the abandoned Wayne Manor from the recent trailer. [BatmanNews]
Kraven the Hunter coming to Spider-Man
Heroic Hollywood reports Kraven the Hunter might be the main baddie in the upcoming standalone Spider-Man movie. The evidence of him popping up in that movie is a little sketchy, though it would be awesome for Sony to use a villain we haven’t seen on film before. Kraven is one of Spider-Man’s greatest foes, and would be a perfect way to introduce us back into the Spider-Man universe. [HeroicHollwood]
Colin Farrell joins Fantastic Beasts
Following in the footsteps of Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston and Ezra Miller, Colin Farrell has signed on to appear in Fantastic Beasts. The Hollywood Reporter says Farrell will play the role of Graves, a wizard that Newt Scamander (Redmayne) meets in New York. Cool! Fantastic Beasts is currently scheduled for a Nov. 18, 2016 release. [THR]
No Midi-Chlorians in The Force Awakens
The Force Awakens director, J.J. Abrams, recently confirmed to MTV that the upcoming film won’t feature midi-chlorians. What are midi-chlorians you ask? They were introduced in The Phantom Menace, and were used as a means to explain the connection between a Jedi and the Force. Abrams has already said he’s trying to capture the essence of the original trilogy, which means we’ll see no references to midi-chlorians when The Force Awakens comes out. [MTV]
X-Men live-action TV series imminent
While nothing is set in stone, FOX said negotiations with Marvel for a live-action TV series have been positive, and that an announcement could be coming soon. “It’s something we’re definitely pursuing,” said FOX boss Dana Walden. Right now, FOX is focused on X-Men: Apocalypse, which is currently filming and comes out early next year. [ScreenCrush]
Ready Player One set for 2017 release
Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi project, Ready Player One, has been scheduled for a Dec. 15, 2017 release. Hooray. Based on an Ernest Cline novel of the same name, Ready Player One follows the rise of virtual reality universe, the Oasis, which humans begin to value over the real world. Dark, brooding, sad, and probably where we’re headed. Or not. [Variety]