Star Wars: Mark Hamill Shares Fan-Made Original Trilogy Reunion Image

Mark Hamill shares a fan-made image reuniting the beloved characters of the Star Wars original trilogy, wondering what might have been if the old guard went on another adventure together. By the time The Force Awakens picked up 30 years after Return of the Jedi, the heroes of the Rebellion had all gone their separate ways. Following the emergence of the First Order and Ben Solo’s turn to the dark side, Luke Skywalker fled to Ahch-To to die in isolation, Han Solo returned to a career of smuggling around the galaxy, and Princess Leia led the Resistance. The trio never saw each other again, due to Kylo Ren murdering his father at the end of Force Awakens.

For the sequel trilogy, the filmmakers created a new generation of heroes and villains that would carry the Skywalker saga towards its conclusion, introducing audiences to characters like Rey, Finn, and Poe Dameron. The old guard of the originals was still a part of the new films, but they were all relegated to supporting roles. There are many fans out there who wish the veterans got one last hurrah together, and Hamill certainly sympathizes with that viewpoint.

Related: Star Wars 9 Theory: Snoke Was Actually Palpatine All Along

On Twitter, Hamill posted a fan-made image of the older versions of Han, Luke, Leia, and Lando Calrissian flying in the Millennium Falcon as they look to accomplish another mission. In his post, Hamill used the hashtag #MissedOpportunities. Check it out in the space below:

In the past, Hamill’s been vocal about his wish to see the original trilogy characters reunite, and even pitched a few ideas to J.J. Abrams. As fun as it might have been to see the band back together, an argument can be made the sequel trilogy is better because that didn’t happen. Luke, Han, and Leia already had their story told, and Star Wars needed fresh blood in order to be viable again. Additionally, the lack of a reunion made Han’s death all the more tragic. He never got an opportunity to patch things up with his best friend after it all went south. The closest fans got to seeing the original big three again was Luke and Leia’s tearful meeting on Crait, where Solo’s lucky gold dice symbolized his presence. Han’s death still would have been impactful if he saw Luke again, but knowing the two’s relationship (probably) was fractured and would never be repaired really tugged at the heartstrings.

Though Hamill made headlines for saying he fundamentally disagreed with The Last Jedi (comments he later regretted making), people should not take this as any sort of serious criticism of the modern movies. On social media, Hamill is a renowned prankster and enjoys trolling his followers – especially Star Wars fans. In all likelihood, this is tapping into that side of his personality, though it will be interesting to see if this actually turns out to be a tease of sorts. With The Rise of Skywalker set to definitively end the saga, people have their fingers crossed for some kind of flashback involving the big three.

More: Star Wars 9: Why Palpatine Can’t Be A Force Ghost

Source: Mark Hamill

2019-04-26 01:04:22

Chris Agar

Spider-Man Meets Mysterio In New Far From Home Image

Tom Holland’s Spider-Man meets a new potential ally in Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) in a new image from Spider-Man: Far From Home. All the attention for the Marvel Cinematic Universe is currently on the debut of Avengers: Endgame in theaters, and while fans around the world are just now beginning to experience the film, Phase 3 is not yet over. As Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige recently revealed, Spider-Man: Far From Home is actually the end of Phase 3, and it will hit theaters in just over two months.

The sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming sees Peter Parker go on an overseas summer vacation with his friends. It has previously been said that the film picks up just minutes after Avengers: Endgame, meaning it should be the first insight into the MCU after however the newly released blockbuster ends. The first trailer for Far From Home, though, suggests that it will not be an easy time for Peter. He wants to take a break from being a hero right now and just enjoy the summer, but is then recruited by Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) to fight The Elementals with the help of magician Quentin Beck aka Mysterio.

Related: Sorry, Avengers: Infinity War Didn’t Set Up Spider-Man: Far From Home

Although Mysterio is traditionally a villain to Spider-Man in the comics, Spider-Man: Far From Home is making him a hero (or at least that is what the cast and crew are saying in the press so far). The aforementioned trailer showed Mysterio fighting Hydro-Man, one of The Elementals, and appeared to save Peter in the process. Now in a new image from EW, the two heroes come face to face.

The possible first true encounter between Spider-Man and Mysterio is a big moment that fans of Marvel comics have been waiting to see, but it also confirms a major plot point for the movie. This photo confirms that Mysterio will know of Spider-Man’s true identity, which could come back to haunt Peter if Quentin does become a villain. The duo will reportedly quickly spark a friendship and director Jon Watts said that Mysterio will be the “cool uncle” to Peter when compared to Tony Stark being his mentor in Homecoming, which could make such a turn all the more difficult for Peter to accept.

The photo also gives us an incredibly detailed look at Mysterio’s costume, and the translation to the big screen is just as magnificent as fans of the comics have been hoping for. Additionally, the photo includes Numan Acar in the background, who is rumored to possibly be playing fellow Spidey villain Chameleon. The location of the meeting could potentially be the base of Mysterio and Chameleon, or at least a hiding spot. Regardless, it will be fascinating to see how Spider-Man and Mysterio’s relationship evolves from this point on in Spider-Man: Far From Home.

MORE: Spider-Man Theory: Far From Home’s Mysterio Is From The Multiverse

Source: EW

2019-04-25 12:04:15

Cooper Hood

The 10 Worst Things Loki Has Ever Done

Loki was one of the oldest villains in the MCU. First appearing in Thor, he would go on to become the main antagonist in The Avengers before having subsequent appearances in Thor: The Dark World and Thor: Ragnarok. Throughout his time on-screen, Loki went through a redemption arc of sorts where he went from the God of Mischief to someone proud of his Asgardian and Jotun heritage, fixing his relationship with Thor.

That said, Loki did a lot of awful things before his untimely demise in Avengers: Infinity War. We’re looking back at the 10 worst things Loki has done so far.


Loki knew that he couldn’t outmatch Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in The Avengers, so he came up with a plan to subdue them. This included getting captured and imprisoned on the Helicarrier so that he could unleash the Hulk.

RELATED: How Thanos Got the Mind Stone for Loki in The Avengers

His plan was successful, making Bruce Banner’s and the rest of the team’s worst fears come true. Not only did Hulk nearly destroy some of the other Avengers, but almost wrecked the entire Helicarrier by himself. Many SHIELD agents’ lives were placed in danger, all because the Hulk was let loose. If it weren’t for Thor also being on the ship, the results would’ve been much worse.


While we take the crossover-centric MCU for granted, that was just a pipedream back in Phase One. There was one character that seemed to tie the team together, which was SHIELD agent Phil Coulson. Coulson appeared in Iron Man, Iron Man 2, and Thor, having a hand in most of the founding Avengers. He was also ecstatic to meet Captain America and see the team formed to help save the world. Unfortunately, Loki’s invasion of the Helicarrier would be curtains for him. This noble agent was cut down by the God of Mischief in a matter of seconds, leading the Avengers to unite.


While Loki seemed to be on a better path in Thor: The Dark World, the end of the film proved that he was up to his old tricks. After faking his own death, he managed to usurp the throne of Asgard and banish Odin to another realm. This meant that Asgard was under the command of Loki from Thor: The Dark World all the way to Thor: Ragnarok. Usurping Odin also caused the Allfather to essentially be trapped on Earth and stripped of his power in the process. It was Loki’s actions here that started the events of Ragnarok, which led to the destruction of Asgard.


At the end of The Avengers, Loki was taken back to Asgard by Thor and placed in a prison for years. In Thor: The Dark World, Loki remained in confinement, having brief moments of conversation with his old family and friends. However, he was still not meant to be trusted, which was proven when the Dark Elves came knocking.

RELATED: Loki Survived Infinity in One of Marvel’s Fake Avengers Scripts

While Kurse was letting the prisoners free, Loki told him the directions to the palace so that he could confront Odin. Unfortunately, this move backfired on Loki, as it resulted in the death of his mother, Frigga, the parent that he was close to.


In Thor, Loki was jealous of his brother’s place in Asgard. They were both in line for the throne, but it was ultimately Thor who was chosen to take his father’s place. This sent Loki spiraling, which caused him to come up with a plan to become worthy of the throne. He tried to destroy Jotunheim, a realm that fought with Asgard several times, by leaving the Bifrost open. There are shots of the realm’s structures falling and many of the Frost Giants running away in terror. Keep in mind that this was after Loki tricked Laufey, the king of the Frost Giants, and cut him down.


At the end of Thor: Ragnarok, it seemed that Loki had finally joined his brother in fighting the good fight. However, he was still up to his old tricks. While he was resurrecting Surtur in Odin’s Vault, he came across the Tesseract, which he used in The Avengers to try and take over New York. At the start of Avengers: Infinity War, it was confirmed that Loki, indeed, took the Tesseract for himself. It wasn’t clear what he planned to do with the Infinity Stone, but it was all for naught. It was his greed that began the Mad Titan’s quest for genocide.


Thor was banished to Earth in his first movie to learn humility so that he would be a better leader. At the climax of the film, Loki sent the Destroyer to make sure that his brother didn’t come back to Asgard. Thor, with no powers, had to work with the Warriors Three to try and destroy the machine. His final strategy was self-sacrifice in an effort to save his friends, which Loki gladly took him up on. The Destroyer backhanded him, leaving Thor for dead. However, that was precisely the move that made the God of Thunder worthy of Mjolnir again.


Loki was the villain of The Avengers, meaning that he did a lot of awful things in that movie. He slaughtered people in Germany, sent the Hulk on a mad rampage, and even took over Hawkeye’s mind. His crowning achievement was his invasion of New York with the Chitauri army, though.

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Opening a portal, he had legions at his command, all trying to destroy the city and take down as many people as possible. Loki’s actions here caused a lot of damage in the MCU as a whole. People weren’t the same after that, and their lives was changed forever.


Four years passed between the events of Thor: The Dark World and Thor: Ragnarok. That means four years went by since Loki took over Asgard under the guide of Odin. That was a long time to wonder what was happening to the city under Loki’s leadership. At the start of Thor: Ragnarok, we see that the God of Mischief had led Asgard to complacency, putting on ridiculous displays and erecting statues in his honor. Asgard had lost its touch because of Loki, not helping to protect the Nine Realms. Thor was the only one trying to save the Nine Realms as a result.


It seemed that Loki and Thor were finally reaching a mutual understanding in Thor: Ragnarok. After having a meaningful talk, they were working together to get off Sakaar. However, Loki was about to take the opportunity to strand his brother and call the authorities on him.

This would not only doom Asgard and everyone on it, but doom Thor to confinement by the Grandmaster for the foreseeable future. Thankfully, Thor was already onto Loki and had a backup plan prepared. He shocked Loki with the technology Valkyrie used and left him there for the rest of the champions to find.

NEXT: 20 Things Everyone Gets Wrong About Loki

2019-04-25 11:04:43

Joshua Olivieri

Avengers: Endgame’s Josh Brolin Reveals Details of His MCU Contract

Thanos actor Josh Brolin talks about the status of his MCU contract with the upcoming release of Avengers: Endgame. Marvel Studios had been teasing Thanos as early as the first Thor, with his first on-screen appearance in 2012’s The Avengers. But it wasn’t until 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy that the Mad Titan first got a part in a film that’s basically not a glorified cameo. Even after that, the public had to wait four more years before he properly debuted in last year’s Avengers: Infinity War. Fortunately, between the actor’s acting and the impressive CG-work on the giant purple villain, he was an instant hit.

Infinity War ended with Thanos accomplishing his goal – successfully wiping out half of life in the universe with the use of the completed Infinity Gauntlet with the hopes of bringing balance to it. It was the first time that the MCU heroes suffer real defeat and they intend to make an epic comeback in Endgame. With that, the upcoming Joe and Anthony Russo-directed and Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus-written intends to put the heroes on offense and Thanos on defense. But regardless of what happens in the film, will fans still see the Mad Titan around in the franchise? Brolin offers some information with regard to that matter in a new interview.

Related: Thanos Taunts the Avengers in New Endgame TV Spot

Speaking with Variety during the Endgame Hollywood premiere, Brolin was asked about how many more MCU films he’s signed up for. The actor was initially playful with his answer, but he eventually revealed that he’s on a per-film status which means that after Avengers 4, it’s up in the air whether or not he’ll return in future movies. “10. For the next 10 years, doing one a year. Kevin Feige, by the way, you hear that? No, I’m good. I’m on a one movie to one movie basis so we’ll see what happens after this movie,” he revealed. That said, the actor seemed eager to continue playing the role based on how gratifying and pleasant his experience was on portraying the character. “It’s a character that turned out to be sympathetic that nobody thought would be sympathetic and that was really nice. It turned into a multi-dimensional character and nobody thought it was supposed to be,” he explained.

Whether or not fans will see Thanos in the MCU past Endgame remains to be seen, but for Brolin, he’s not going anywhere just yet. With Disney’s successful acquisition of Fox’s TV and movie assets, the rights to X-Men, Fantastic Four and all their tie-in characters are back with Marvel – that includes Deadpool. Brolin also plays Nathan Summers aka Cable in the Ryan Reynolds-spearheaded franchise and with Marvel Studios head honcho going on the record to say that they have no plans of changing the course of the series, chances are that the time-traveling mutant will continue to appear in future films like the in-development spin-off, X-Force and maybe even Deadpool 3 depending on its story.

Considering the nature of the MCU, it’s not outside the realm of possibility to see Brolin as Thanos again moving forward. It would be such a waste to not bring him back after years of build up to the character and eventually nailing his introduction. While Infinity War devoted much of its time fleshing out the character and Avengers: Endgame potentially continuing it, there’s still so much that’s unknown about the Mad Titan. With his origins tied to the upcoming film The Eternals, one would think that it won’t be difficult to integrate him in future storytelling in whatever way possible.

More: Thanos Wants to Destroy Earth (Not Balance It) in Endgame TV Ad

Source: Variety

2019-04-25 11:04:11

Ana Dumaraog

Avengers: Endgame Breaks International BO Records with $169M Opening Day

Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame has officially broken several international box office records with its opening day. That shouldn’t come as a big surprise to moviegoers: Endgame is probably one of the most highly anticipated movies of the year, if not the decade. Even before its opening weekend, the film was already selling out thousands of screenings, and fans crashed ticket-buying sites, such as Fandango, when ticket pre-orders went live.

Endgame follows up on a story that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been building up to for over 10 years. It’s a direct follow-up to Avengers: Infinity War, a movie that saw the Avengers lose to the Mad Titan Thanos, who successfully collected all the Infinity Stones to give him ultimate power. Thanos then used that power to snap his fingers, which decimated half of the universe’s population, as well as many of the superheroes who were members of the Avengers team. The movie will help wrap up Phase 3 of the MCU, although that phase officially ends in July with the release of Spider-Man: Far From Home.

Related: Avengers: Endgame Recap: The Most Important Things To Remember From Each Movie

For now, though, Endgame is breaking records all over the world. According to Box Office Pro, the film has brought in a whopping $169 million in its opening day overseas. It opened at #1 in all markets and broke records in China for the highest all-time industry single day and the highest all-time midnight showing. Other countries also saw the movie break records for the highest all-time industry single day, including Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand and Taiwan. It also scored the highest all-time superhero opening of all time in many countries.

Considering that Endgame cost anywhere from $350-400 million to produce, the fact that it is well on track to take in a sizable profit speaks loudly about just how many people are interested in seeing this film. The movie already has a Certified Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and both fans and critics have started to chime in with statements about how epic Endgame is.

Endgame breaking box office records isn’t surprising to fans of the franchise since Marvel spent over a decade building up these characters and stories, with Endgame being the ultimate finale in the series. The enormous demand for the film has some theaters adding additional showings around the clock to give fans what they want – unlimited power to see the movie of all movies in the MCU without needing an Infinity Gauntlet to do so. There is also a high likelihood of repeat viewings, meaning that the sky’s the limit when it comes to how much money Endgame will eventually take in.

More: Avengers: Endgame Hides a Secret Thor Joke in Its Poster

Source: Box Office Pro

2019-04-25 11:04:09

Robin Burks

Netflix Cuts The Hateful Eight’s Extended Version Into 4 50-Minute Episodes

Netflix cuts The Hateful Eight Extended Version into four 50-minute episodes. Directed by Quentin Tarantino, the 2015 western thriller is available to stream in its original form, however the April 25 addition of the longer cut shows that Netflix lists the film as a “Season.”

Distributed by The Weinstein Company, The Hateful Eight chronicles the meeting of eight strangers during a blizzard. Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, and Jennifer Jason Leigh headline the film, though it features an accomplished ensemble cast of supporting players like Channing Tatum and Bruce Dern. Produced for approximately $44 to $54 million, The Hateful Eight earned over $155 million at the box office and earned three Oscar nominations, with the iconic composer Ennio Morricone winning for Best Film Score. Like all Tarantino films, The Hateful Eight made headlines for its controversial racial and gender-related themes, and the film’s release preceded the downfall of Harvey Weinstein. The Hateful Eight was originally intended to be a sequel to Tarantino’s 2012 western Django Unchained, and a script was leaked in 2014. Ultimately, the final version mostly resonated with fans and critics alike, as The Hateful Eight currently has a 74 percent Rotten Tomatoes rating and a 76 percent audience score. 

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Today, Netflix released The Hateful Eight Extended Version and lists the film as a four-part season rather than a 210-minute film. “Season 1” begins with the “episode” entitled “Last Stage to Red Rock,” which is followed by the subsequent episodes “Minnie’s Haberdashery,” “Domergue’s Got a Secret,” and “The Last Chapter.” Under the “More Like This” section, The Hateful Eight is unsurprisingly correlated with the original film, in addition to the Coen brothers’ No Country for Old Men and The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, the latter of which is a six-chapter anthology film that Netflix didn’t separate into various sections. Under Netflix’s “Details” tab for The Hateful Eight, the streaming service notes that Tarantino’s film is “Gritty” and “Controversial.” On Twitter, it didn’t take long for people to express their concern about Netflix’s decisions to chop up The Hateful Eight into four episodes. 

The Hateful Eight originally released on Christmas Day 2015. For many, it was a cinematic event, as Tarantino’s film received a roadshow 70mm film release. For context, Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2012 film The Master also screened in 70mm, making it the first fiction film to have such a release since Kenneth Branagh’s 1996 film Hamlet. 

For Netflix, the decision to break apart the The Hateful Eight Extended Version will fuel the debate about the differences between a theatrical viewing experience and a domestic streaming experience. Steven Spielberg has been on record many times about his concern for Netflix’s distribution model, though the streaming service is reportedly set to acquire the famous Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, allowing for weekend theatrical screenings of Netflix Originals. Even if the “Season” version of The Hateful Eight may not seem problematic, it’s definitely not a good look for Netflix. 

More: The Hateful Eight Featurette: The History of 70mm Roadshows

Source: Netflix

2019-04-25 11:04:06

Q.V. Hough

Dune Movie Reboot Confirmed to Have at Least One Sequel

Legendary’s CEO says the plan is to make at least one sequel to Denis Villeneuve’s Dune movie reboot. One of the touchstone sci-fi novels of the 20th century, Frank Herbert’s first Dune book was published in 1965 and has since given rise to multiple sequels and prequels that flesh out the property’s mythology. The original novel takes place in the future on the desert planet Arrakis, where a pair of royal families (Houses Atreides and Harkonnen) battle one another for control of the planet and its valuable resource melange (aka. spice).

As far as adaptations go, Dune is known for being notoriously difficult to translate into other mediums. David Lynch’s 1984 Dune movie was a critical and commercial bomb, while John Harrison’s 2000 Dune miniseries earned high viewership, but was limited by its budget and content restrictions. Cult director Alejandro Jodorowsky infamously tried and failed to get a Dune film made during the ’70s (as chronicled in the 2013 documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune), as did Paramount when it announced plans to make a Dune movie in 2008… only to abandon the project three years later.

Related: Dune Movie Reboot is Being Scored By Hans Zimmer

Finally, in 2016, Legendary landed the Dune movie rights and quickly set Villeneuve (then fresh off his success with Arrival) to work on the adaptation. However, it was previously revealed that Villeneuve’s film will only adapt the first half of Herbert’s book, with the second half being saved for the sequel. Legendary CEO Joshua Grode reaffirmed the studio’s Dune plans in a recent interview with THR, explaining that “There’s a backstory that was hinted at in some of the books [that we expanded]. Also, when you read the book there’s a logical place to stop the movie before the book is over”.

According to its official synopsis, Villeneuve’s first Dune movie – which is currently filming for a 2020 theatrical release – will follow Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet), the “brilliant and gifted” son of House Atreides head Duke Leto Atreides (Oscar Isaac), as he travels to Arrakis to ensure his family’s future. The reboot is ever referred to as a hero’s journey story in its synopsis, which aligns with Villeneuve ‘s description of the movie as “Star Wars for adults”; that is, a grand space epic that follows a young man as he comes of age, but with more political intrigue that Luke Skywalker’s own big adventure in A New Hope.

Needles to say, Paul’s greater journey (much like Luke’s) will have barely begun when he sets out to Arrakis in Villeneuve’s movie. It’s probably for the best that the filmmaker isn’t trying to cover too much at once then, especially since Herbert’s original Dune novel is practically two stories in one itself (like Grode indicated). Of course, the danger is that audiences might never get to see the second half of the narrative here if the initial Dune under-performs at the box office (a la Villeneuve’s sequel Blade Runner 2049). For now, though, it sounds like Legendary is pretty determined to make at least two films, save for the unlikely event that the first one is a complete flop.

NEXT: Everything You Need to Know About the Dune Reboot

Source: THR

2019-04-25 10:04:57

Sandy Schaefer

Star Wars 9 Scores More Trailer Views Than Force Awakens & Last Jedi

In its first 24 hours online, the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker teaser trailer scored more views than previews for The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. Earlier this month, Lucasfilm finally revealed some long-awaited official details for their upcoming blockbuster, unveiling the film’s title and first bits of footage during Celebration Chicago. The fact that Episode IX is the conclusion of the Skywalker saga would be reason enough for fans to anticipate it, but the hype went into overdrive when it was revealed Emperor Palpatine is making a surprise return.

The Rise of Skywalker will cap off what’s sure to be an incredible year for Disney, which has other massive tentpoles like Avengers: Endgame, The Lion King, and Frozen 2 hitting theaters in 2019. Given how popular several of their properties are, it isn’t surprising to see Disney’s movies set all-time trailer view records shortly after they drop. And while Episode IX couldn’t approach the overall marks, it did post a new high for the Star Wars franchise.

Related: Star Wars 9 Theory: Snoke Was Palpatine All Along

According to Deadline, the Rise of Skywalker teaser had 111 million views online during its first 24 hours, topping the figures of Force Awakens and Last Jedi within the same timeframe. Episode IX actually more than doubled Episode VII’s totals, and got 20 million more views than Episode VIII.

While those numbers are definitely impressive, they obviously pale in comparison to what Endgame (289 million) and Lion King (224.6 million) posted late last year. But it’s important to keep in mind that the Rise of Skywalker trailer officially premiered during the film’s panel at Celebration, and a number of people likely caught it on the livestream. That probably impacted the number of views the actual trailer video got on the Star Wars YouTube channel. In the meantime, Skywalker’s reported “EOR viral rate” of 295:1 beats those of Last Jedi, Force Awakens, and Rogue One. That shows the trailer launch was a monumental success and got fans buzzing, so Star Wars is very much still at the forefront of the zeitgeist. Despite the toxic discourse surrounding The Last Jedi and Solo flopping at the box office, people are excited to see The Rise of Skywalker.

All of this bodes well for what’s sure to be a comprehensive marketing campaign that takes place over the next several months. Star Wars should have a presence at San Diego Comic-Con in July, and there’s another Force Friday merchandise event planned for October. If interest in The Rise of Skywalker is this high at the outset of promotion, then Lucasfilm may have another juggernaut on their hands come December. The previous three Star Wars movies to debut over the holidays all made more than $1 billion worldwide each, so it would be very surprising if Episode IX didn’t accomplish that feat as well.

More: Star Wars 9: Why Palpatine Can’t Be A Force Ghost

Source: Deadline

2019-04-25 08:04:47

Chris Agar

The Lion King Images Spotlight Timon, Pumbaa, Rafiki & More

Characters like Timon, Pumbaa, and Rafiki get the spotlight in the new images from Disney and director Jon Favreau’s The Lion King remake. The Mouse House’s live-action reimaginings of its animated films have grossed more than $5 billion at the worldwide box office to date, beginning with 2010’s Alice in Wonderland. As such, it’s little wonder that Disney has even more planned for the next few years, including live-action retellings of Aladdin and The Lion King this year, followed by Mulan in 2020. And that’s not to mention Lady and the Tramp, which is debuting on Disney+ when the streaming service launches in November.

The Lion King marks the second such remake for Favreau, who previously called the shots on Disney’s Oscar-winning The Jungle Book in 2016. And much like he did on that film, Favreau is using photorealistic CGI to retell lion cub crown prince Simba’s coming of age story on the big screen, complete with all the majestic settings and colorful animals of the original 1994 animated movie. Of course, characters like Simba, Mufasa, and Scar look a little different this time around, in keeping with the remake’s “live-action” aesthetic.

Related: Scar’s New Look in The Lion King Remake is a Good Thing

Speaking of which: since The Lion King remake is entirely CGI (unlike The Jungle Book), many have fairly argued that it shouldn’t be referred to as “live-action”. Others, however, have reasonably pointed out that Favreau shot the movie in the same way that he would’ve done on a traditional live-action film. The director made a similar argument during his interview with EW, which also included several brand-new photos from The Lion King retelling. You can read his quote below, followed by the images.

“The whole reason for all of this is to make an animated film feel live-action – to have a real crew come in, interface with an animated film, and make all the camera decisions that you would on set, instead of somebody sitting at a keyboard programming in the camera moves. If you look at the way we’re covering and cutting [the animated performances], all of that is related to traditional cinema.”

Part of Favreau’s approach to modernizing The Lion King also involved casting actors who reflect the current pop cultural zeitgeist, as he explained to EW. Among the film’s cast members are Childish Gambino himself, Donald Glover, as the voice of adult Simba. The latter is shown loafing around here with his buddies Timon and Pumbaa, who are voiced by Billy Eichner (American Horror Story) and prolific writer-director-actor Seth Rogen, respectively. Also pictured here are the wise mandrill Rafiki (Black Panther‘s John Kani), prim and proper red-billed hornbill Zazu (Late Week Tonight‘s host John Oliver), and Oscar-nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor as Simba’s scheming uncle Scar (who, yes, will get to perform the classic musical number “Be Prepared” in the remake, according to EW).

All in all, the “live-action” versions of these Lion King characters are pretty visually striking and convincing, yet remain faithful to the designs and appearances of their 2D animated predecessors… which is also the problem, for a lot of people. Basically, The Lion King remake isn’t really promising anything new so much as it’s aiming to deliver a more realistic-looking version of the same movie that so many have already watched (and, in some cases, never really had a desire to see in “live-action”). On the other hand, Favreau has promised the film isn’t a shot for shot retelling and will both “deliver on people’s expectations while surprising them somehow”. Time will tell on that one.

NEXT: 2019 Summer Movie Preview – The 20 Films to See

Source: EW

2019-04-25 08:04:24

Sandy Schaefer

James Gunn Shares Look at The Suicide Squad Storyboard

James Gunn has shared a first look at the upcoming film The Suicide Squad through a storyboard. Suicide Squad 2, which has officially been titled The Suicide Squad, will be the follow-up to the 2016 film that was directed by David Ayer. After Disney fired Gunn from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, the director jumped over to DC to work on The Suicide SquadGunn has since been rehired by Disney, but will direct The Suicide Squad before Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

The Suicide Squad is currently on track for a summer 2021 release date with Gunn directing, but that wasn’t always the plan. At one point it was believed that Suicide Squad 2 could be released in 2018, but the film obviously got delayed by a few years. Several directors were also in talks to helm the project before Gunn, including Mel Gibson, Guy Ritchie, and Gavin O’Connor. Gunn is now officially on board for the project and it looks like he is on the storyboard process of development.

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In a screenshot from James Gunn’s instagram story, the director can be seen working hard on an illustration for a storyboard. It is hard to make out what exactly is drawn no the notecard, but Gunn captioned his post “My beautiful storyboards are back #TheSuicideSquad“. The screenshot, courtesy of Thomas Polito, can be seen below.

Suicide Squad had several DC villains such as the Joker (Jared Leto), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Deadshot (Will Smith), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Diablo (Jay Hernandez), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), Slipknot (Adam Beach), and Enchantress (Cara Delevingne). However, The Suicide Squad has been called a “total reboot”  and is said to introduce several new members to the team. The DC villains King Shark, Peacemaker, Polka-Dot Man and Ratcatcher have all been confirmed for the sequel, but there are some team members from the first movie that are also returning. So far, only Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, and Amanda Waller are said to be returning for the sequel.

This sneak peek of the film might not give fans too many details about the project, but it should be reassuring at least that the project is actually making progress. Fans might not be able to tell what is being drawn in this storyboard at this point, but it is always fascinating to look back after the movie has been released to see which of Gunn’s storyboardsd came to life. Gunn has shared storyboards in the past for films like Guardians of the Galaxy, so hopefully The Suicide Squad will be able to match the success he has seemed to have with Marvel thus far.

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Source: James Gunn, Thomas Polito

2019-04-25 05:04:50

Christopher Fiduccia