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James McAvoy Offers to Play Young Picard for Patrick Stewart

James McAvoy has offered to once again play a younger version of Patrick Stewart, this time in the form of a young Picard for the character’s new Star Trek series. The new Picard-led Star Trek show will air on the CBS All Access streaming service, where CBS hopes to keep Star Trek shows airing all year long.

Star Trek has certainly had a long run in pop culture. The first Star Trek show aired from 1966-1969, and while the original series was rather short-lived, star William Shatner would go on to play lead character Captain Kirk in seven movies, before the franchise began completely focusing on a new set of characters. There have been multiple follow-up series over the years, including The Next Generation starring Stewart as Picard, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Enterprise, and the latest Discovery. The series has also had its fair share of cinematic adventures sprinkled over the years, including the immensely popular current trilogy produced by J.J. Abrams. Quentin Tarantino is now developing his own Star Trek movie, a fourth film in Abrams’ series is still expected to happen, and the new series revolving around Picard is in pre-production. Needless to say, Star Trek is one property that has shown no signs of slowing down.

Related: William Shatner Congratulates Patrick Stewart on Return to Star Trek

When Stewart posted a photo on Instagram recently of the new Picard series’ writers room, McAvoy commented, “Need a flashback guy????” Just saying @sirpatstew I’ve got previous experience and will work for autographs.” Stewart’s original post can be seen below.

Stewart previously confirmed his return to the franchise when he attended the Star Trek Las Vegas convention. Not a lot is currently known about the upcoming series; however, it will be focusing on the next chapter of Jean-Luc Picard’s life. Even after his most recent Star Trek role in 2002, Stewart has stayed busy with acting. Shortly before his time with Star Trek ended, Stewart jumped into another franchise; X-Men. Patrick has appeared in a total of seven X-Men movies as Professor Charles Xavier, a.k.a. Professor X, including X-Men: Days of Future Past, which was McAvoy’s second time playing the younger version of Stewart’s character.

Much like Stewart, McAvoy has had a successful acting career. Aside from his X-Men role, McAvoy has starred in films like Wanted, Atomic Blonde, and Split. He will also be starring in the upcoming It: Chapter Two, as well as M. Night Shyamalan’s third film in the Unbreakable series, titled Glass. Fans were very accepting of him playing a young version of Professor X, so he would likely be a good fit for the new Picard Star Trek series, if they ever do need to cast a young version of Picard.

More: CBS Has Discussed Star Trek Spinoff Shows For Every Discovery Character

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2018-09-25 03:09:03 – Christopher Fiduccia

James Bond Rumor: Henry Cavill Eyed To Replace Daniel Craig After Bond 25

Henry Cavill is reportedly being eyed to be the next James Bond. In 2011, Cavill snagged the highly coveted role of Warner Bros. new Superman, but his superhero career hasn’t gone according to plan. After just three appearances, there’s been reports that Cavill is ready to leave the role behind. This comes on the heels of him being cast in the lead of Netflix’s The Witcher live-action series. While he may have a small screen franchise locked down, another one on the big screen may be headed his way.

One of the most talked about potential next roles for Cavill has been James Bond. Daniel Craig currently plays the role for MGM and Eon, but Bond 25 is scheduled to be his final outing. The studios will need someone to replace him eventually, and a new rumor suggests they already have their eyes set on Cavill.

Related: Every Bond 25 Update You Need to Know

Gossip site Crazy Days and Nights (via Comic Book) shared a blind item rumor last week that a studio was looking to cast a “foreign born former superhero” as a replacement in a long-running franchise. Today, the site revealed what that mystery rumor was about, and it was indeed in regard to Cavill being eyed to be the next Bond. This is still just a rumor at this point, but comes from the same site that recently shared Tom Cruise’s Green Lantern casting rumor. Since the validity of this rumor isn’t yet known, it’s best to take it with a grain of salt – or two.

Cavill is in many ways the prototypical casting choice for Bond, which is why many have fan-cast him in the role. He would be in his late 30s by the time he’d make his first appearance – especially with Craig’s Bond 25 now delayed till 2020 as it gets a new director. However, his age is barely a concern, if one at all. He looks the part, and basically auditioned for the role with Man from U.N.C.L.E. a few years back. With The Witcher possibly raising his star power and his stellar turn in Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Cavill has everything one is looking for in James Bond.

Even though MGM and Eon may want Cavill for the role now, it’s unlikely that they’re looking too far into Bond’s future at present. They still need to square away Bond 25, get Craig’s final film released to the public, and make sure it delivers for fans, before worrying too much about what comes after. If it’s Cavill who plays 007 next, then great. He even believes he’s more prepared to play the role after his experience making Fallout. If today’s rumor is true, then he’ll get his shot at the job eventually.

MORE: Recasting DCEU’s Superman After Henry Cavill’s Departure

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2018-09-20 02:09:32 – Cooper Hood

James Wan Producing Movie Adaptation of Milk Horror Short Film

James Wan will be producing a feature length movie adaptation of the horror short film Milk. The short horror film by filmmaker Santiago Menghini has grabbed some serious attention at this year’s film festival circuit, and it has become one of the standout short films of the year.

Milk follows the chilling story of a young teen boy with a controlling mother who soon begins questioning the nature of his reality. The short film has succeeded in winning a number of awards at different film festivals over the course of this year, including the prestigious Midnight Shorts Jury Award at SXSW.

Related: After The Nun, What’s Next For The Conjuring Movies? 

News of James Wan’s involvement in a feature length adaptation of the horror short came via Collider. As word of Milk’s success traveled around, New Line snapped up the rights to the short film and handed over the project to Wan. Santiago Menghini has been chosen to stay on and direct the feature length adaptation of his short, while Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski will write the script. Michael Clear and Roy Lee will join Wan as producers on the project.

Wan is a busy filmmaker as of late, balancing both directing and producing duties though a number of movie projects. Though he is perhaps best known for his construction of an expansive horror universe starting with his 2013 film The Conjuring and his upcoming DCEU debut with Aquaman, he is also heading a number of other exciting projects that many of his fans might not know about. Over the summer it was announced that he will produce an reboot of the horror/comedy Arachnophobia, while he is also producing a feature film adaptation of Stephen King’s famous novel The Tommyknockers. He is also attached as a producer on the planned reboot of the popular sci-fi Resident Evil.

Some of the most unique works in contemporary horror filmmaking have come from prominent filmmakers, like Wan, producing feature length adaptations of promising short films that caught Hollywood’s attention at film festivals. Fans of the horror genre will remember Guillermo del Toro’s decision to produce a feature length adaptation of Andrés Mushietti’s short Mama, which went on to become one of the most talked-about films of 2013. Of course, Wan has already had some success with this formula of expanding a horror short into a full length picture: his debut film Saw was in fact based off of a short film of the same name. Plus, Wan produced the movie adaptation of David F. Sandberg’s Lights Out, which was based on Sandberg’s short film. Considering Wan’s mastery of the horror genre as reflected in his previous work and Milk’s success on the film festival circuit, this feature length adaptation definitely has the recipe for success.

More: Conjuring Theory: The Nun’s Irene Is A Young Lorraine Warren

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2018-09-19 05:09:40 – Caitlin Leale

Guardians of the Galaxy 2’s Michelle Yeoh “Horrified” by James Gunn’s Firing

Michelle Yeoh condemns Disney’s decision to fire James Gunn after his almost decade-old offensive tweets were unearthed. The move put Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3‘s production on indefinite hold, and might even affect the narrative of Avengers 4 with regard to the cosmic heroes. Yeoh briefly appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 as Aleta Ogord (a Guardian of the Galaxy in the comic books), and although it isn’t confirmed, rumor has it that she, alongside other high profile Ravagers, are being set up to take part in the threequel.

Yeoh is still basking in the success of director Jon M. Chu’s Crazy Rich Asians. which claimed the box office top spot for the third consecutive week. The first Hollywood blockbuster with a fully Asian cast since 2005’s Memoirs of a Geisha, the romantic comedy has also been a hit with critics. The Malaysian Chinese actress plays Eleanor Young in the story, and with a sequel already set to go at Warner Bros., fans can likely expect Yeoh to reprise her role in China Rich Girlfriend.

Related: Crazy Rich Asians 2: Everything We Know About The Sequel’s Story

However, on a more serious note, Yeoh recently talked about Gunn’s sudden firing, calling Disney’s move “so unnecessary” during an interview with Yahoo! Movies UK. The actress also asked others to show the troubled filmmaker support.

“You’re talking about things that he said in the archives. If he had said it yesterday, or today, or something like this then you can make a big fuss but why dig up something now? I don’t understand at all. It’s so unnecessary, what good does it do? Let’s support James Gunn. he’s such an amazing, incredible filmmaker and human being. We will fight on. You can’t keep a good guy down, that’s what I believe.”

Yeoh is the latest actor Gunn worked with on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to voice support for the director following his firing. Kurt Russell and David Hasselhoff separately made it known that they’re backing the embattled filmmaker. The main cast of Guardians of the Galaxy also released an official statement standing by their director, and asking Disney to reinstate him as the helmer of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Aside from them, there’s been an outpouring of support for Gunn from his other peers in the industry, as well as from the countless fans who signed an online petition encouraging his rehiring.

Sadly, Gunn returning to helm Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 seems to be all-but impossible now. For a time, many were hoping that Disney would reverse their decision, especially with reports that Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige was championing Gunn’s cause. However, the latest on the matter says that the House of Mouse is standing by their choice. Regardless of whether Gunn returns to helm an MCU film in the future, it doesn’t look like he’s going to have a hard time landing a new gig, with several other studios reportedly interested in hiring him.

More: A-Team Director Joe Carnahan Bluntly Suggests Disney Rehire James Gunn

Source: Yahoo! Movies UK



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2018-09-08 09:09:46 – Ana Dumaraog

James Wan Explains Why The Conjuring Expanded Into A Franchise



In a new featurette, filmmaker James Wan delves into why The Conjuring expanded into a franchise. Wan directed the first film of the connected horror universe, The Conjuring, back in 2013. The film met critical acclaim and sparked a movement in the horror genre that continues today with franchise’s latest installment, The Nun.

After The Conjuring won over horror fans and film critics alike for its ambitious efforts to break down well-worn genre tropes, Wan was encouraged to create more within the universe and wrote and directed The Conjuring 2, which takes place 6 years after the 1971 events of the first film. From there, the horror franchise was built through films such as Annabelle, Annabelle: Creation, and now this year’s The Nun, all of which wind back the clock and look at the events preceding The Conjuring and its sequel to set up the conflict in those films.

Related: Here’s How The Nun Connects To Annabelle & The Conjuring

In Warner Bros.’ latest featurette for The Nun (below), Wan broke down exactly how and why he and his creative team expanded that first 2013 film into an entire horror franchise. And, as it would turn out, it was superhero films that actually inspired Wan. “One of the things that occurred to all of us early on is, they have a superhero universe, why can’t we do that in the horror world?” Wan explained, adding: “When we were making the first Conjuring, it became very apparent to us that there could be a bigger universe – so many other great stories that would be awesome to look into.”

The Nun will explore the origins of the demonic spirit that haunts the Warrens in The Conjuring 2. Set in 1952, it is the earliest-set film in the entire franchise, preceding Annabelle: Creation, which took place in 1955. American Horror Story star Taissa Farmiga plays The Nun’s protagonist Sister Irene, a young nun who encounters the evil spirit. Wan also explained in the featurette that the main inspiration for The Nun came from the success of the Annabelle pictures. The filmmaker discussed his excitement with how the Annabelle doll has become an iconic figure of the Conjuring universe through her own films and that he wanted to explore the background of The Conjuring 2’s nun character in the same way.

Wan will not be directing The Nun, but he is working on the film as a writer and also helped director Corin Hardy with additional photography. Certainly one of the reasons that the Conjuring franchise is so successful is Wan’s continued involvement through all of the films and their shared visual styles, as well as the “classical…old-school storytelling” that he’s wanted to maintain from the very beginning. The franchise isn’t ending with The Nun, either – plans for Annabelle 3 are in motion, and the studio has scheduled a 2019 release for a currently untitled Conjuring movie as well. With his franchise, James Wan is proving that extended universes should not be and are not limited to the superhero genre and that, most important of all, horror is here to stay.

More: 15 Things You Completely Missed in The Conjuring Franchise

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Idris Elba Claims He Will Not Be the Next James Bond



Idris Elba claims he will not be the next James Bond. Even though current 007 Daniel Craig still has one movie left before his tenure is up, people can’t help but speculate about who might succeed him. There is no shortage of candidates, but one name in particular that’s emerged as a fan-favorite is Idris Elba. Considering franchise producer Barbara Broccoli is open to casting a person of color in the role, it didn’t seem farfetched to some that Elba could don the tux next.

Rumors of Elba becoming Bond gained traction earlier this month, when it was alleged the producers were considering him. The actor had a bit of fun addressing it all in cryptic tweets, but due to several pieces of evidence, it always seemed like this was nothing more than a pipe dream. Now, Elba once again comments on the rumors – providing a blunt, yet definitive answer to the question.

Related: Actors Who Could Be The Next Bond (That Aren’t Idris Elba)

While speaking with Good Morning Britain at an event for his directorial effort Yardie, Elba was briefly asked if he would be the next 007. As he walked away, the actor replied with a simple, “No.”

There’s always the possibility Elba is just keeping a secret, but odds are he’s telling the truth. The Bond franchise has more pressing matters than finding Craig’s replacement; director Danny Boyle recently departed Bond 25 (due in theaters November 2019) because of creative differences. Locking in a new helmsman for that film is the top priority, especially since they were in the midst of casting the female lead and villain. Production on Bond 25 was set to begin this December, and odds are EON would like to keep that schedule intact. It would also be somewhat silly to be on the hunt for the next Bond when the present one still isn’t done.

Elba definitely has the qualities one would look for in a James Bond, but it appears that ship has sailed. When the producers are casting the new 007, it’s unlikely he’s even considered. By the time Bond 25 opens in theaters, Elba will be 47 years old, only a few years younger than the outgoing Craig. Since the 26th movie in the long-running franchise probably won’t be ready until 2022 or 2023 at the earliest, the producers will be searching for a younger actor who could headline multiple installments. For instance, Craig was 38 when Casino Royale debuted. It’s unfortunate this is the case, but it all comes down to timing, and Elba (as great as he could have been), missed his shot at a license to kill.

MORE: Every Bond 25 Update You Need To Know

Source: Good Morning Britain



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James Bond 25: Everything You Need To Know



One of the longest-running franchises in cinematic history, famed spy 007 will return in the upcoming Bond 25. The film sees Daniel Craig (who has been in the role since 2006’s Casino Royale) return to the fold. After the divisiveness of Spectre, many thought the series would enter a new era, but Craig is hoping to end his tenure on a high note with another exciting mission. Here’s all you need to know about the sequel.

  • James Bond 25
  • Release Date: November 9, 2019
  • Cast: Daniel Craig
  • Director: N/A
  • Writer: N/A

Last Update: August 21, 2018

Daniel Craig Plays James Bond For the Final Time

After Spectre, it looked like Craig’s tenure as 007 was over. Not only did the film’s ending send the spy literally riding off with his love, Craig himself seemed over the franchise. He was particularly prickly during Spectre promotion, at one point saying he’d rather slit his wrists than portray the character again. However, he later changed his tune and signed on for one more mission, saying he wants to conclude his time as Bond on a high note with Bond 25.

Read More: Bond 25 Is Daniel Craig’s Next Movie

No Bond 25 Supporting Cast Is Confirmed

Several of Bond’s MI6 allies from Skyfall, including Ralph Fiennes’ M, Naomi Harris’ Eve Moneypenny, and Ben Wishaw’s Q returned for Spectre. It’s reasonable to assume they’ll all be back for the next sequel, but nobody is officially signed on at this point in time. Presumably that will change soon, since Bond 25 needs to start filming soon to make its release date.

Read More: Naomi Harris Unsure If She’ll Be In Bond 25

Christoph Waltz Won’t Play Blofeld In Bond 25

Two-time Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz was cast as Spectre’s main villain, revealed to be famed Bond nemesis Ernst Blofeld. In the film, he also went by the name Franz Oberhauser and was Bond’s foster brother. Blofeld was left alive at the end of Spectre, seemingly as a way to carry him over into a sequel. However, Waltz has gone on record to say while he would have liked to come back, he will not be returning to the franchise.

Read More: Christoph Waltz Will Not Be In Bond 25

Helena Bonham Carter is Rumored For Bond 25 Villain

Bond villains are cinematic legend at this point, so there’s always much interest in who will torment 007 next. With Waltz out of the picture, that distinction could fall to Helena Bonham Carter, who is reportedly at the top of the producers’ list for the antagonist. Carter has played a wide range of characters throughout her career, so she would be a strong fit.

Read More: Helena Bonham Carter Rumored For Bond 25

Bond 25 Does Not Have An Official Title

As many fans know by now, Bond 25 is merely a placeholder for the film’s official name, which will be revealed at some point in the future. One of the bigger rumors about the film indicates it will be called Shatterhand and draw inspiration from the novel Never Dream of Dying by Raymond Benson. The plans for Bond 25 seem to have changed since that speculation came out, so viewers shouldn’t read too much into that right now, however.

Read More: Bond 25 Rumored Title & Villain Details

Beyonce May Record Bond 25 Theme Song

One of the franchise’s most noteworthy trademarks is the song that plays over the stylized opening credits sequence. Every film sees a different artist lend their talents – to varying degrees of success. Bond 25 might bring out the big guns by recruiting none other than Beyonce to sing the tune. Arguably, Adele’s “Skyfall” is the bar for themes in the Craig era, so it’ll be interesting to see if Beyonce (or whoever takes the job) can try to match the Oscar winning number.

Read More: Beyonce Rumored To Record Bond 25 Theme Song

Bond 25’s Distribution Rights

When Craig first took on the role in 2006’s Casino Royale, it marked the beginning of MGM’s partnership with Sony, who distributed the films worldwide. That contract was for four films, meaning it expired with the release of Spectre. Hollywood became embroiled in an intense bidding war for the Bond rights, with several major studios vying for the tentpole. In the end, it was indie upstart Annapurna Pictures that landed the domestic rights, with Universal securing international. Bond is one of the biggest properties worldwide, so there’s lots of money to be made here.

Read More: Bond 25 Production & Distribution Details Confirmed

Bond 25 Has No Director

Earlier this year, it was reported Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle would call the shots on Craig’s last 007 adventure, a prospect that excited many. Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be, as Boyle departed the project due to creative differences. It’s unknown what exactly transpired behind-the-scenes, but now the film need to find a new director quickly. Production was set to begin by the end of the year in order to meet the November 2019 release date.

Read More: Danny Boyle No Longer Directing Bond 25

Bond 25 Has No Official Writer

When Boyle was attached, the Bond 25 script was set to be written by Trainspotting scribe John Hodge – injecting the franchise with some much-needed new blood in regards to writing. But now that Boyle has left the project, it’s reasonable to assume Hodge is going with him. Earlier in development, the studio was debating Hodge’s script or one written by Bond veterans Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, so it’ll be interesting to see what happens.

Read More: James Bond Desperately Needs New Writers

Bond 25 Begins Filming December 2018

With a planned November 2019 release date, the expectation is for Bond 25 to be in production later in 2018. This would give the creative team plenty of time to complete the project ahead of its premiere. For comparison, Skyfall began filming in November 2011, and Spectre was in front of the cameras in December 2014.

Read More: Ben Wishsaw Thinks Bond 25 Will Start Filming This Year

Bond 25 Does Not Have a Trailer or Poster

Since the film hasn’t started shooting yet, there are no marketing materials available. Odds are, nothing will come out until early 2019.

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