Wednesday, 23 December 2015

New character one sheets for Zoolander 2 arrive online

Paramount Pictures have recently released their first batch of character one sheets for Ben Stiller's Zoolander (2001) sequel Zoolander 2.

















Dust off your Le Tigre because Derek Zoolander is making a comeback, once again directed by and starring Ben Stiller as the cerebrally challenged male model.

Of course, it has been a few years since Derek Zoolander was busy foiling Mugatu's foul schemes, dominating the fashion scene and advertising Aveda ("the essence of wetness") as a merman. Times have changed, his stock has fallen but he is no less lacking in blinding self-awareness.

Set 15 years after the original, Zoolander 2 finds Derek and best pal Hansel (Owen Wilson) trying to deal with a world that has seemingly moved on past them. Their lives have changed – not always for the better – and they are not best pleased.

And then there are other issues to deal with, including Derek's family – wife Matilda (Christine Taylor) and son Derek Jr. (Cyrus Arnold) – and the fact that they are not as young or as much in style as they used to be.

Stiller is once again directing, working from a script by Justin Theroux (Tropic Thunder). The film has been shooting in Rome and features the return of Wilson, alongside Zealander veterans Christine Taylor and Will Ferrell as Mugatu, while also introducing new characters played by Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids) and Penélope Cruz (Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), with Cyrus Arnold as Derek Junior.

Zoolander 2 is set for release 12 February 2016 release.

Two new one sheets for Captain America: Civil War arrive online

Marvel have recently released two new one sheets for Joe and Anthony Russo's Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) follow-up Captain America: Civil War.








Loosely based on Mark Millar's comic book version of the story, Captain America: Civil War promises to ignite big changes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and tie together elements that have been simmering across several movies. After the latest Avengers mission causes the now standard collateral damage, government forces (led by General Ross, once again played by William Hurt) decides that superheroes need more regulation. Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) disagrees, worried what that might lead to in a post-S.H.I.E.L.D./Hydra era. Standing on the other side of the argument, still traumatised by what he experienced in New York and then Sokovia in the Avengers movies, is Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.). Needless to say things spiral from there and the former friends take sides against each other.

The film has a lot to accomplish – it needs to continue Cap's (and Sebastian Stan's Bucky Barnes) story from Captain America: The Winter Soldier, add in threads from Avengers: Age Of Ultron and introduce new characters such as Chadwick Boseman's (42) Black Panther. The cast is bigger than ever and the stakes have rarely been higher – this time the clash is more personal.

Captain America: Civil War arrives in the UK on 29 April.

New character one sheets for Youth arrive online

Fox Searchlight have recently released a batch of character one sheets for Paolo Sorrentino's (The Great Beauty) Youth.

















Michael Caine's upcoming slate includes Vin Diesel's (Furious 7) The Last Witch Hunter and the sequel to Now You See Me (2013), but while he is clearly keeping busy in elder statesman roles, it looked as though Harry Brown (2009) was his final film as the lead. Happily that turned out not to be the case, since he couldn't resist Paolo Sorrentino's Youth.

"I've retired about 30 times," Caine told Empire magazine recently. "I always retire and then someone comes along with an offer you can't refuse. I wasn't going to play any more leading roles. I don't like it because you've got to get up early in the morning for eight weeks. But I just had to do Youth. It was wonderful."

Sorrentino wrote and directed the film, which involves Caine's retired orchestra conductor and composer being pulled from a trying holiday in the Alps to organise a royal performance.

Harvey Keitel (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Rachel Weisz (The Fountain), Paul Dano (Prisoners), Alex Macqueen (Cinderella) and Jane Fonda (Monster-in-Law) co-star, and Youth is out in the UK on 15 January.

New one sheet for Brooklyn arrives online

Lionsgate have just released their first trailer and one sheet for John Crowley's (Boy A) transatlantic tale Brooklyn.





Adapted from Colm Tóibín's bestselling novel by Nick Hornby, Brooklyn follows a young woman named Eilis (Saoirse Ronan) who in a quest to find a new life and work, moves from her small Irish town to the shiny new world of Brooklyn. There, she meets and falls for an Italian-American named Tony (Emory Cohen).

But a family tragedy strikes, bringing Eilis back home, where she reconnects with her old community and finds Jim (Domhnall Gleeson) trying to win her affections. Suddenly, she is caught between two worlds and two potential loves...

With Jim Broadbent (Cloud Atlas), Julie Walters (Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince), Eileen O'Higgins (Emma) and Eve Macklin (1,000 Times Good Night) in the impressive ensemble, Brooklyn is out now.

New character one sheets for Pride And Prejudice And Zombies arrive online

Lionsgate have recently released their first batch of character one sheets for Burr Steers' (Charlie St. Cloud) Pride And Prejudice And Zombies.





















Based on Seth Grahame-Smith's genre mash book, which took Jane Austen's classic tale of love, manners, society and stubbornness, and injected a hefty dose of zombie action into it, the film has finally found its shuffling feet after years of development difficulties involving different directors, writers and actors and is preparing to unleash itself upon us all.

Working from his adaption of the book, director Burr Steers has heroine Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James) musing over how to balance life with the stench of death that is everywhere thanks to a huge outbreak of the sorry stricken following a vicious plague. And while she may not be on the lookout for a husband like some of her sisters and contemporaries, things change when she finds a potential match in Mr. Darcy (Sam Riley).

With Matt Smith (Doctor Who) as Mr. Collins, Douglas Booth (Noah) as Mr. Bingley, Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire) as Mr. Wickham, Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows) as Jane Bennett, Suki Waterhouse (Pusher) as Kitty Bennet, Ellie Bamber (The Falling) as Lydia Bennet, Lena Headey (Games Of Thrones) as Lady Catherine de Bourgh and Charles Dance (Game Of Thrones) and Sally Phillips (Bridget Jones Diary) as Mr. and Mrs. Bennet, Pride And Prejudice And Zombies arrives in the UK on 12 February.

New one sheet for Deadpool arrives online

20th Century Fox have recently released their latest one sheet for Tim Miller's debut feature Deadpool.





Effects man/second unit director Tim Miller is calling the shots for this one, working from a script by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Zombieland). Deadpool, as some of you may already know, features former Special Forces warrior turned mercenary Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds), who undergoes a rogue experiment as part of the Weapon X plan that leaves him brutally scarred but also boasting Wolverine like healing powers. Armed with his new abilities and his pitch-dark sense of humour, he hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life, while taking on other bad guys as he does so.

With Ed Skrein (Ill Manors), T.J. Miller (Transformers: Age Of Extinction), Gina Carano (Fast & Furious 6) and Morena Baccarin (Homeland) among the cast, Deadpool will wisecrack his way into UK cinemas on 4 February.

New one sheet for 5th Wave arrives online

Sony Pictures have recently released their latest one sheet for The 5th Wave (The Disappearance Of Alice Creed).





Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass) stars as Cassie Sullivan, a young woman who has survived four previous waves of deadly extra-terrestrial attacks that have left Earth a darkened, doomed place where the chamaeleonic alien Others pick off survivors. First they came for our power, then they wiped out major cities. Next was a viral attack that sickened a vast swathe of Earth's population, followed by the fourth incursion, aimed at eradicating the hold-outs. The fifth is on its way...

In the wake of this destruction, Cassie still hopes to rescue her younger brother. She prefers to travel alone, but then she meets Evan Walker (Alex Roe), a mysterious young man who could be her big hope. But can she trust him?

J. Blakeson is the director, with Live Schreiber (Salt), Ron Livingston (The Conjuring), Maria Bello (Prisoners), Maika Monroe (The Guest) and Terry Serpico (The Departed) bulking up the rest of the cast. Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich) penned the adaptation from Rick Yancy's novel, and The 5th Wave is out in the UK on 22 January.

New one sheets for Spike Lee's Chi-Raq arrive online

Amazon Studios have recently released their first one sheets for Spike Lee's (Inside Man) Chi-Raq.








Written by Lee and Kevin Willmott (Ninth Street), Chi-Raq is based on Aristophanes' Lysistrata, a classical Greek comedy play in which women withhold physical affection from their husbands as punishment for fighting in war.

Teyonah Parris (Dear White People) plays Lysistrata, the girlfriend of a Chicago gang leader (Nick Cannon) who persuades other frustrated women to abstain from sex until their men agree to end the senseless cycle of violence.

With an ensemble cast that includes Wesley Snipes (Blade), Angela Bassett (Olympus Has Fallen), Samuel L. Jackson (Django Unchained), John Cusack (High Fidelity), Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls) and Dave Chappelle (Undercover Brother), Chi-Raq is available in the US now and should arrive in the UK early next year.

"Once he has the sword, that will be the end of all of us."

Netflix have recently released their first trailer and one sheet for Woo-Ping Yuen's (True Legend) Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword Of Destiny.





Once subtitled Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend, the long awaited sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) is finally ready to leap on to our screens.

Adapted from the fifth book of Wang Du Lu's Crane-Iron pentalogy, originally called Silver Vase, Iron Knight (the original Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon drew from the fourth tome) the movie's plot has been kept largely quiet, though Michelle Yeoh returns as Yu Shu-Lien in a story involves redemption, sacrifice and the fight to keep an ancient, powerful sword out of the hands of an evil warlord.

With a script by John Fusco (The Forbidden Kingdom) and fight choreography legend Woo-Ping Yuen calling the shots, Yeoh is joined for this one by Donnie Yen (Ip Man) as Silent Wolf, Harry Shum Jr (Glee) as Tiefang, Jason Scott Lee (Seventh Son) as Hades Dai, Juju Chan (Fist Of The Dragon) as Silver Dart Shi, Chris Pang (I, Frankenstein) as Flying Blade, Darryl Quon (Night At The Museum) as Turtle Ma, Roger Yuan (Skyfall) as Iron Crow and Shuya Chang (Revenge Of The Green Dragons) as Jen Yu. Netflix are backing this one, and will have it ready for streaming from 26 February.




"You so much as flinch and I will blow your head off."

Lionsgate have recently released their first trailer for Gavin O'Connor's (Warrior) Jane Got A Gun.





It has been infamous for its troubled development and the chaotic start to its shoot, but Natalie Portman (Black Swan) and the Jane Got A Gun team will be hoping that 2015 is the year that the Western thriller puts its troubles behind it and stands on its own merits.

Portman stars as Jane, trying to make a living on the tough New Mexico plains. But when her deadbeat husband Bill (Noah Emmerich) is double-crossed by his gang, she knows that the merciless mercenaries will be on their way to her home to finish the job. With a young daughter and a livelihood to protect, she realises that even her own abilities with a weapon might not be enough to hold off the hoodlums led by John Bishop (Ewan McGregor), so she recruits her old flame Dan Frost (Joel Edgerton) to help her defend the place.

The stage is set for a showdown between the ruthless gang and the duo just trying to make sure the undertaker doesn't need to pay a visit. With Rodrigo Santoro (300), Boyd Holbrook (Gone Girl), Todd Stashwick (You, Me And Dupree) and Nash Edgerton (The Gift) also in the cast and Gavin O'Connor calling the shots, Jane Got A Gun will arrive in the US on 29 January and should be out in the UK shortly after.




New character one sheets for Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrive online

Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm have recently released their latest character one sheets for J.J. Abrams' (Star Trek Into Darkness) Star Wars: The Force Awakens, this time featuring Oscar Isaac's (Inside Llewyn Davis) hotshot pilot Poe Dameron and lovable ball droid BB-8.








To the surprise of almost nobody at all, Star Wars: The Force Awakens destroyed everything in its path last weekend, smashing any number of previously held box office records with an eye watering tally of $517m.

With $238m of that in the US alone, Star Wars: The Force Awakens comfortably beat Jurassic World's record for a US opening weekend by $30m. It also scored the biggest opening weekend figures pretty much everywhere else it played, including here in the UK ($48.9m), Australia, New Zealand, Japan and across Europe.

Interestingly, it has yet to beat Jurassic World for the biggest ever opening worldwide – Jurassic World took in a colossal $524.9m in the summer, while Star Wars: The Force Awakens currently stands at $517m. That said, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has yet to reach China, which gave Jurassic World $99m of their global tally. So expect that domino to fall too come 9 January. China has three more weeks of spoiler avoidance to go.

Written by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan (Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes), the film stars Star Wars veterans Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Kenny Baker, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and new saga arrivals Oscar Isaac, John Boyega (Attack The Block), Daisy Ridley (Silent Witness), Adam Driver (Girls), Andy Serkis (Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes), Domhnall Gleeson (About Time), Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years A Slave), Gwendoline Christie (Game Of Thrones), Max von Sydow (Shutter Island), Christina Chong (W.E.), Crystal Clarke and Pip Anderson.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is out now... in case you didn't know.

Monday, 21 December 2015

New trailer and one sheet for Nice Guys arrives online

Warner Bros have recently released their red band trailer and new one sheet for Shane Black's (Iron Man 3) The Nice Guys.





Black certainly wasn't wrong when he described this film as "a caper. A little fast, a little funny and a little rough in places, kind of coarse..." as it is clearly all that and more. And it also feels like the Iron Man 3 (2013) director is back in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005) territory, but with a harder edge.

Produced by Joel Silver (Sherlock Holmes), The Nice Guys is set in 1977, and sees Ryan Gosling (Drive) as down on his luck private eye Holland March, who crosses paths with hired muscle Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe). These unlikely allies must prowl the mean streets of Los Angeles to solve the case of a missing girl, which soon develops links to the death of a porn star. As they unravel the cases, they discover a massive conspiracy reaching the highest levels of power. As the duo digs into the case, they discover that turning over these Los Angeles rocks is not particularly conducive to good health...

Hard boiled (and knowingly silly) dialogue crackles through this one, which gives the impression that everyone involved had great time making it. Here's hoping that translates to the final film.

With Matt Bomer (In Time), Margaret Qualley (The Leftovers), Kim Basinger (L.A. Confidential) and Ty Simpkins (Jurassic World) also part of the cast, The Nice Guys will be staking out UK cinemas from 3 June next year.




First look at Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling in The Nice Guys arrives online

Shane Black (Iron Man 3) has been hard at work on his latest film, 1970s set crime drama The Nice Guys, which features Russell Crowe (Noah) and Ryan Gosling (Drive). And now the first look at the two stars has emerged online, giving a glimpse at them in all their polyester glory.





"We needed costumes that still presented these guys with a sort of unfettered masculinity," says Black. "You wanted them to be sexy, not goofily representing the '70s. I think they look great in these '70s clothes. If anyone can rock these things, these two can pull it off."

The Nice Guys sees Gosling as down on his luck private eye Holland March, who crosses paths with hired muscle Jackson Healy (Crowe). These unlikely allies must prowl the mean streets of Los Angeles to solve the case of a missing girl, which soon develops links to the death of a porn star. As they unravel the cases, they discover a massive conspiracy reaching the highest levels of power. So what can we expect from the new film by the man behind Iron Man 3 (2013)? "It is an R-rated film and it's a caper," explains Black. "It's a little fast, a little funny and a little rough in places, kind of coarse. These guys are working-class dudes, they're not really sophisticated private detectives, so it's a chance to do the kind of thriller I don't see too much of anymore."

If that sounds a little bit like Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005), you're not alone, and Black even labels the film a spiritual sequel. "It retains the harshness of the world and gives a nod that we're very much in noir territory," Black says. "It's a little bit pushed – the premise, the time period, everything is a little crazy." With Matt Bomer (In Time), Margaret Qualley (The Leftovers), Kim Basinger (L.A. Confidential) and Ty Simpkins (Jurassic World) also part of the cast, The Nice Guys will be staking out UK cinemas from 3 June next year.

Jennifer Garner set to join Bryan Cranston in Wakefield

Just a few weeks after he first announced the project on Howard Stern's show, Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) is already shooting the quirky drama Wakefield. And with that news comes news via Variety that Jennifer Garner (Dallas Buyers Club) is set to co-star as Cranston's wife.





Robin Swicord (The Jane Austen Book Club) wrote the screenplay and is directing the film, based on an E.L. Doctorow short story which was in turn a riff on Nathaniel Hawthorne's 1837 original. The plot finds Cranston as a married lawyer in New York in the midst of a nervous breakdown after his wife discovers he has been having an affair. When he spots a raccoon in the attic of his home, he decides to live up in the cramped space for several months.

This is Swicord's second film as a director following The Jane Austen Book Club (2007). She also wrote the screenplays for Memoirs Of A Geisha (2005) and The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (2008). Garner comes to the LA set of Wakefield almost straight from Barry Sonnenfeld's Nine Lives, which is out in the UK on 27 May. Cranston, meanwhile, will shortly be back on our screens in Trumbo, about the blacklisted writer, which is out here on 5 February.

Steven Spielberg says no one will replace Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones

Talking recently about Star Wars and his career in general, Harrison Ford has said he would be happy to work on another Indiana Jones film. And according to Steven Spielberg (Lincoln), no one else could or should replace Ford as the iconic adventurer.




Speaking with Screen International, Spielberg made his feelings clear. "I don't think anyone could replace Harrison as Indy, I don't think that's ever going to happen," he said, denying recent rumours that someone such as Chris Pratt (Jurassic World) could take over the fedora and bullwhip. "It's certainly not my intention to ever have another actor step into his shoes in the way there have been many actors that have played Spider-Man or Batman. There is only going to be one actor playing Indiana Jones and that's Harrison Ford." Which doesn't necessarily rule out someone else playing a Jones family member again following the disappointing Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008).

Of course, while there has been plenty of chatter about a new Indy outing, and with Kathleen Kennedy and the Lucasfilm team eager to make more movies from their big properties for Walt Disney Pictures, nothing will get made unless Spielberg wants to. It does appear that he is still eager, however. Why? "Because there are more adventures out there than films," he says. "So as long as there's more adventures out there, I've got a bullwhip, a fedora, a leather jacket and a man on a horse who knows how to get the job done."

Spielberg's latest, Bridge Of Spies is in UK cinemas now.

Helen Mirren in talks to join Will Smith in Collateral Beauty

With David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada) having taken up the directing job, one of Will Smith's (I Am Legend) new films can finally start building its cast. News arrives via Variety that Helen Mirren (The Queen) is in talks to join Collateral Beauty.




The drama finds Smith as a New York advertising executive who suffers a massive personal tragedy. Shocked at how quickly his life is going into a tailspin, his colleagues hatch an unorthodox plan to help him, only to see it backfire in unexpected ways. Variety's report offers no details on who Mirren would play, and since she is only in early talks, there is no guarantee that she will join the film.

Still, her casting would certainly help boost a drama that finally seems to be on a more solid track after some actor and director changes. Once boasting Hugh Jackman (The Wolverine) and Rooney Mara  (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) in the cast with Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (Me And Earl And The Dying Girl) directing, the film now has Frankel and Smith attached, preparing to work from Allan Loeb's script. The cameras should be rolling early next year in the Big Apple, but it has yet to lock in an exact release date.

Mirren will be back on our screens in Trumbo which arrives on 5 February, and follows that with drone thriller Eye In The Sky on 8 April.

Titus Welliver set to play mob boss in Ben Affleck's Live By Night

Currently busy shooting his latest project directing and starring, Ben Affleck (Argo) has added one of his lucky charms, someone who has worked on every film that he has made in his career behind the camera to date. News arrives via The Wrap that Titus Welliver is joining Live By Night.




Affleck's latest adaptation of Dennis Lehane's novel finds characters from one of the writer's previous books (The Given Day) and tracks them into the Prohibition era. Our main focus is Joe Coughlin (Ben Affleck), a police captain's son who, with his brother Danny (Scott Eastwood) finds himself caught up in organised crime as part of a rum smuggling organisation that transports alcohol from Cuba to Boston via Florida.

Welliver joins an ensemble that also includes Sienna Miller (Stardust) as Emma Gould, who Coughlin falls for, but who also happens to be the daughter of his mobster boss. Then there is Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Graciella Suarez, part of the Floridian crime structure and Elle Fanning (Maleficent) as the sheriff's daughter Loretta Figgis, an aspiring actress who finds herself in a world of trouble. And that is just the main cast, with Chris Messina (Argo), Chris Cooper (Jarhead), Anthony Michael Hall (The Dark Knight) and recent addition Brendan Gleeson (In Bruges) aboard. There is no exact release date yet, but the film should be out in 2017. Welliver has just finished shooting the second season of Amazon drama Bosch, which is set to return to our TV screens next year.

J.J. Abrams collaborated with Lin-Manuel Miranda for new cantina scene music in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Stopping by Jimmy Fallon's Tonight show, J.J. Abrams (Star Trek Into Darkness) has revealed a new and surprising piece of Star Wars: The Force Awakens gossip. The director has collaborated with Lin-Manual Miranda – writer, composer and star of the Broadway musical Hamilton – on the music for a new cantina scene.





"I went to see Hamilton," Abrams explained, "and Lin-Manuel Miranda came up to me, and said, 'If you need music for the cantina, let me know!' I was like, 'does he know'?! Because basically we have a scene that's sort of our version of the cantina scene. John Williams had said he'd rather not write the music for that scene. So I emailed Lin, and he said, 'I'll drop everything!' We sent music files back and forth... the whole thing was nuts. So now in the movie is this music that Lin-Manuel Miranda and I wrote."

Miranda himself later added his voice to the conversation via Twitter. "We did [work together]," he said. "Worked on it between 6pm & 7:30 on 2 show days for the past 2 months. J.J. is the best. Can't wait to see."

Rumours of a new cantina sequence – homaging the iconic scene in the original Star Wars (1977) – have been out there since the brief shots in the Comic Con behind the scenes reel of Simon Pegg on what looked like it might be a cantina set. But now we have official confirmation.

Look out for our Star Wars: The Force Awakens Easter eggs feature coming soon for more revealing details.




Star Wars: The Force Awakens is out now.

Reese Witherspoon may star in doll origin tale Barbie And Ruth

While the doll itself is already the subject of a film in development via Mattel and Sony Pictures, news arrives via Screen International that Reese Witherspoon (Wild) is producing and may star in an origin story for Barbie called Barbie And Ruth.




But don't expect a bizarre origin story for Barbie herself – this is aiming to be more along the lines of a biopic about Ruth Handler, the woman who came up with the idea for the toy in the first place. Bold Films has bought up the rights to Robin Gerber's book Barbie And Ruth: The Story Of The World's Most Famous Doll And The Woman Who Created Her, and the team has joined forces with Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea's Pacific Standard company to develop the film for the actress to star in.

"Ruth Handler's inspiring true story reveals the triumphs and struggles of the genius businesswoman behind the creation of Barbie, the most iconic doll in the world," says Bold chairman Michel Litvak in a statement. This is just the latest addition to Witherspoon's growing list of producing projects, which currently includes live action Tinkerbell story Tink and supernatural thriller Cold.

As for the Barbie movie, that is still in development at Sony Pictures with Diablo Cody (Juno) the most recent name attached to work on the script.

Christopher McQuarrie confirms his return for Mission: Impossible 6

To date, every Mission: Impossible film has had a different director guiding the increasingly ambitious stunts of Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt. But for the follow-up to Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, that looks set to change (or rather no change), as, following earlier speculation and talk of negotiations, Christopher McQuarrie will return to write, direct and co-produce Mission: Impossible 6.





You can understand why Paramount Pictures might want him back – Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation was a huge success ($682.3 million worldwide and counting at the box office) and his long working relationship and close friendship with Cruise makes the job easier for all involved. Not to mention that it was a great film full stop even without the Mission: Impossible trappings.


Talking to Entertainment Weekly recently, McQuarrie did make it sound like he was at least considering the idea. Despite admitting at the time, "I know that that's a bigger conversation we've only flirted with, so who knows?", he went on to admit that he had been coming up with ideas for new show stopping stunts. "As soon as we landed [from Rogue Nation's plane sequence], somebody said, 'What are you gonna do now?'" he says. "I've been thinking about it ever since, and I've got a secret little list that may or may not happen. We have an idea, and it doesn't require low Earth orbit. Let's put it this way: There are bigger stunts without more altitude."

Cruise, of course, will be involved, having been the linchpin as star and producer for years. And it's a fair bet that Rebecca Ferguson could also be back as Ilsa Faust, ending a run of female characters never showing up again – Michelle Monaghan's uncredited cameo at the end of Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011) not withstanding. The aim, apparently, is to have the new film shooting in August of next year, so all involved will want these decisions made sooner rather than later to allow proper time for development and planning. As always, watch this space.

Alicia Vikander set for Submergence

It was announced earlier this month that James McAvoy (X-Men: First Class) was set to to star in Wim Wenders' (Pina) new romantic drama. At the time Wenders was still looking for a female lead, but appears to have found the perfect candidate, with news arriving via Variety that Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina) is set to join McAvoy in Submergence.



 

Loosely adapted from J.M. Ledgard's 2013 novel by Erin Dignam, the story finds two lovers separated by thousands of miles as they both face life or death situations. McAvoy will play James Moore, the prisoner of jihadist fighters in Somalia. As he endures his captivity, his thoughts drift to Danielle Flinders (Vikander), the women he fell for after they met the previous Christmas. She, meanwhile, is thinking of him as her submersible explores the depths of the ocean floor.

Wenders is looking to start the cameras rolling this March in Europe and Africa. Vikander, who has become one of the most in demand actors around, will next be seen in The Danish Girl, out here on 1 January, and is already the subject of awards talk. She will follow that with the next Bourne film on 29 July and The Light Between Oceans, which won't reach these shores until 6 January 2017.

Ron Howard set for new thriller The Girl Before

He is back in adventure mode for In The Heart Of The Sea next month, but Ron Howard (Rush) already has his eyes on a potential new thriller, book adaptation The Girl Before.




Regular Howard collaborator Universal Pictures snapped up the rights to J.P. Delaney's novel, one that isn't scheduled to arrive on shelves both virtual and physical until autumn next year. But the likes of Imagine Entertainment's Brian Grazer clearly saw something in the book and pounced, with Howard now attached to potentially direct.

The story follows a traumatised woman who becomes fascinated by an amazing minimalist house and falls for the man who designed it. Then she discovers that three years before, another damaged woman lived and died there, and she begins to wonder if she is simply in a repeat of that situation.

This one is still in the very early stages, with no writer aboard as yet. But those needing their fix of Howard adapting books can be content with the aforementioned In The Heart Of The Sea, which is drawn from Nathaniel Philbrick's non-fiction tome and arrives in the UK on 26 December, and his latest Dan Brown-based film, Inferno, featuring (Captain Phillips) Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon arrives on 14 October next year.

Ridley Scott announces two more Alien movies will follow Covenant

There was a point, somewhere before Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) when George Lucas decided that Star Wars was his destiny after all. Ridley Scott is clearly having some sort of similar epiphany, since following Prometheus (2012) and in the run-up to Alien: Covenant, he has now revealed that there will be two further Alien films planned before his prequel series finally links to his 1979 classic.




"When [Covenant] finishes there'll be another one and then another one," he says, speaking at a Sydney press conference as he begins pre-production. "They'll gradually drive into the back entrance of the 1979 film."

None of these projected projects, incidentally, will be the Neill Blomkamp (District 9) film, which is seeming an increasingly unlikely prospect as Scott re-asserts his ownership of the franchise and takes it in the direction that personally interests him.

"Prometheus was borne out of my frustration that in the three Aliens that followed [mine], no-one asked the question 'Who made the Alien and why?'", he explains, reiterating something he has been saying for years. "Very basic questions. I came up with the notion of Prometheus, which starts to indicate who might have made it and where it came from. So I'm now going to the next one, which is the next evolution directly connected with the first one. We'll kind of pick it up there, with Michael Fassbender in pieces, and it will evolve..."

Fassbender is set to return in some form as the android David, but Scott says Noomi Rapace's Elizabeth Shaw will only make a brief appearance in Covenant. He says the rest of the cast will likely be largely Australian, given the Sydney shoot. The movie's locations will include "monumental forest and monumental rock." He says all three of his Prometheus follow-ups will shoot in Australia, but he revealed that Dennis Villeneuve's (Prisoners) Blade Runner (1982) sequel – which Scott will produce – will be made in the same studio as The Martian in Budapest.

Alien: Covenant will go into full production in March for a likely release in 2017. "Why was this space jockey there and why did he have an Alien inside him? Those questions will be answered," says Scott. As always, watch this space.

Jennifer Lawrence plans to direct Project Delirium

Known for her serious acting and seriously entertaining off-screen sound bites and scene stealing, Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games) is looking to expand her range behind the camera. News arrives via Entertainment Weekly that Lawrence is currently planning to direct her first film, called Project Delirium. 




As for what the film is about, Lawrence herself explains in her interview with Entertainment Weekly. "It's based on this article, Operation Delirium about mental warfare in the '60s, like an acid experiment gone terribly wrong." First published in The New Yorker in 2012, it chronicled the research into psychochemicals that temporarily incapacitate the mind as a way to take out enemy soldiers. You can read the entire piece here

"It's funny, I've wanted to direct since I was 16 and always thought I should start making steps towards that," she says. "If I had tried to do it earlier, I wouldn't have been ready. Now I actually feel ready." There is no timeline for this one as yet – she has other work in front of the camera to complete first, and will next be seen in David O. Russell's (Silver Linings Playbook) Joy, which arrives 1 January, and X-Men: Apocalypse, which is due on 19 May. She is currently filming science fiction romance Passengers opposite Chris Pratt (Guardians Of The Galaxy), and that should be in cinemas here on 23 December next year.

New trailer and one sheet for Mojave arrives online

A24 Films have recently released their latest trailer and one sheet for William Monahan's (London Boulevard) Mojave.





Though it features two rising actors in Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) and Garrett Hedlund (TRON: Legacy), and is the latest directorial effort from The Departed (2006) writer William Monahan, Mojave hasn't exactly enjoyed the greatest critical luck following festival screenings. It is quietly heading to screens in the US soon, and has a new trailer to prove it courtesy of Entertainment Tonight.

Mojave finds Thomas (Hedlund), a troubled artist sick of his privileged Los Angeles life who heads into the desert for some soul searching. But when his jeep crashes and he is left to wander, what he finds is chameleon-like drifter Jack (Isaac), who immediately comes across as suspicious. Upon his return to LA, Thomas learns that Jack has followed him and intends to destroy his seemingly perfect world.

Little does Jack realise that Thomas is hiding more than just some self pitying issues – he is a man with a violent temper and finds it within himself to fight back.




Mojave will be out in US cinemas early next year and is out via VOD now. There is no word on a UK release date as yet.

"Everybody has a little darkness in 'em."

Sony Pictures Classics have recently released their first trailer and one sheet for Marc Abraham's (Flash Of Genius) I Saw The Light.





It's one thing to sing on film, but to sing convincingly as someone else, while not just pulling off an impersonation, but imbuing genuine spirit and character into it, is no mean feat. But it's one that Tom Hiddleston (Thor: The Dark World) appears to be managing in Marc Abraham's Hank Williams biopic I Saw The Light.

Written and directed by Marc Abraham, the film is based on Colin Escott's biography of the man who scored hits with songs such as Your Cheatin' Heart, I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry and Lovesick Blues. Williams, who died in 1953, is still considered one of the most significant country music artists and rose quickly, burned brightly and died at the age of 29 from heart failure brought on by pills and alcohol.

With Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene), David Krumholtz (This Is The End), Bradley Whitford (The Cabin In The Woods), Maddie Hasson (God Bless America), Cherry Jones (Signs), Josh Pais (A Beautiful Mind) and Wrenn Schmidt (Preservation) also in the cast, I Saw The Light gets its full US release on 25 March. We get it a few weeks earlier in the UK on 5 February.



New trailer for Zoolander 2 arrives online

Paramount Pictures have recently released their latest trailer for Ben Stiller's Zoolander (2001) sequel Zoolander 2.





Dust off your Le Tigre because Derek Zoolander is making a comeback, once again directed by and starring Ben Stiller as the cerebrally challenged male model.

Of course, it has been a few years since Derek Zoolander was busy foiling Mugatu's foul schemes, dominating the fashion scene and advertising Aveda ("the essence of wetness") as a merman. Times have changed, his stock has fallen but he is no less lacking in blinding self-awareness.

Set 15 years after the original, Zoolander 2 finds Derek and best pal Hansel (Owen Wilson) trying to deal with a world that has seemingly moved on past them. Their lives have changed – not always for the better – and they are not best pleased.

And then there are other issues to deal with, including Derek's family – wife Matilda (Christine Taylor) and son Derek Jr. (Cyrus Arnold) – and the fact that they are not as young or as much in style as they used to be.

Stiller is once again directing, working from a script by Justin Theroux (Tropic Thunder). The film has been shooting in Rome and features the return of Wilson, alongside Zealander veterans Christine Taylor and Will Ferrell as Mugatu, while also introducing new characters played by Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids) and Penélope Cruz (Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), with Cyrus Arnold as Derek Junior.





Zoolander 2 is set for release 12 February 2016 release.

Cheeky new one sheet for Deadpool arrives online

20th Century Fox have recently released their latest one sheet for Tim Miller's debut feature Deadpool.





Effects man/second unit director Tim Miller is calling the shots for this one, working from a script by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Zombieland). Deadpool, as some of you may already know, features former Special Forces warrior turned mercenary Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds), who undergoes a rogue experiment as part of the Weapon X plan that leaves him brutally scarred but also boasting Wolverine like healing powers. Armed with his new abilities and his pitch-dark sense of humour, he hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life, while taking on other bad guys as he does so.


With Ed Skrein (Ill Manors), T.J. Miller (Transformers: Age Of Extinction), Gina Carano (Fast & Furious 6) and Morena Baccarin (Homeland) among the cast, Deadpool will wisecrack his way into UK cinemas on 4 February.

New trailer and quad poster for Room arrives online

A24 Films have recently released their latest trailer and quad poster for Lenny Abrahamson's (Frank) anticipated drama Room, boasting the promise of another great performance from Brie Larson (The Spectacular Now).





Room is based on the 2010 novel by Emma Donoghue, which is itself based loosely on the real life case of Elisabeth Fritzl. Fritzl was imprisoned in a secret basement space by her appalling father Josef for 24 years, bearing him several children which he explained as foundlings. She was discovered in 2008, and her father was jailed for life in 2009.

In Donoghue's Man Booker Prize shortlist version, this becomes the story of Ma, imprisoned for seven years with a son called Jack, who is also the novel's narrator. Their captor remains offstage, given little attention, since the focus is on Jack's world view, having never known anything but the small space in which he lives. But that world is about to be shaken when he and Ma are finally freed.

Donoghue wrote her own screenplay, and this is Abrahamson's first film following last year's excellent Frank (2014).





Room is out in the US now and will arrive in the UK 29 January.

New trailer for Dark Places arrives online

Entertainment One have recently released their UK trailer for Gilles Paquet-Brenner's (Sarah's Key) Dark Places.





The plot sees the seven-year-old Libby Day witness the murder of her family, seemingly the work of a Satanic cult, and testify against her own brother (Corey Stoll) as the murderer. Fast forward 25 years and the grown-up Day (Charlize Theron) has to face some unpleasant facts about the case. Approached by Nicholas Hoult's (Warm Bodies) vigilante sleuths the Kill Club, she is forced to re-evaluate her original version of events.

Coming from Gone Girl writer Gillian Flynn, this is, as you might expect, a weighty, danger filled tale filled with revelations and protagonists who might not know have all the facts to begin with. And with Theron, Hoult, Stoll and more involved, it certainly promises to be another compelling thriller.

With Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass), Christina Hendricks (Drive) and Drea de Matteo (The Sopranos) in the cast, Dark Places arrives in the UK in February.




New one sheet for Pride And Prejudice And Zombies arrives online

Lionsgate have recently released their latest one sheet for Burr Steers' (Charlie St. Cloud) Pride And Prejudice And Zombies.





Based on Seth Grahame-Smith's genre mash book, which took Jane Austen's classic tale of love, manners, society and stubbornness, and injected a hefty dose of zombie action into it, the film has finally found its shuffling feet after years of development difficulties involving different directors, writers and actors and is preparing to unleash itself upon us all.

Working from his adaption of the book, director Burr Steers has heroine Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James) musing over how to balance life with the stench of death that is everywhere thanks to a huge outbreak of the sorry stricken following a vicious plague. And while she may not be on the lookout for a husband like some of her sisters and contemporaries, things change when she finds a potential match in Mr. Darcy (Sam Riley).

With Matt Smith (Doctor Who) as Mr. Collins, Douglas Booth (Noah) as Mr. Bingley, Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire) as Mr. Wickham, Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows) as Jane Bennett, Suki Waterhouse (Pusher) as Kitty Bennet, Ellie Bamber (The Falling) as Lydia Bennet, Lena Headey (Games Of Thrones) as Lady Catherine de Bourgh and Charles Dance (Game Of Thrones) and Sally Phillips (Bridget Jones Diary) as Mr. and Mrs. Bennet, Pride And Prejudice And Zombies arrives in the UK on 12 February.

"I thought she was with you?"

Warner Bros have recently released their latest trailer for Zack Snyder's Man Of Steel (2013) follow-up Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice.





Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, of course, follows the fallout from Man Of Steel's chaotic battles. Fearing the actions of a god like super hero left unchecked, Gotham City's own formidable, world weary vigilante takes on Metropolis' most revered, modern day saviour, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman (Ben Affleck) and Superman (Henry Cavill) going toe-to-toe, a new threat quickly arises, as Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) exploits the uncertainties about Superman for his own ends.

As well as Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman and Cavill returning as Clark Kent/Superman, the film also features Gal Gadot (Fast & Furious 6) as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa (Conan The Barbarian) as Aquaman, Jeremy Irons (Beautiful Creatures) as Alfred Pennyworth and newcomer Ray Fisher as Cyborg, alongside Man Of Steel veterans Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White and Diane Lane as Martha Kent. Snyder will also be finding screen time for Callan Mulvey (Zero Dark Thirty), Scoot McNairy, Holly Hunter (Paradise) and Tao Okamoto (The Wolverine).





Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice will hit screens on 25 March next year.