Spinning Saturday Headlines – Week 20: Star Trek Beyond, Thor: Ragnarok, Napoleon, The Dark Tower, Fast 8, TMNT 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming…
Hi. Short & sweet this time. Check out the “News”-section for updates during the week. This week we got things ranging from “Warcraft” movie clips to The Rock joining what seems like the Universal Robert Ludlum Cinematic Universe to first teaser graphics of the upcoming “Star Trek” TV reboot.
Speaking of Star Trek…
TRAILER FROM “BEYOND”
So – no Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage” playing in the background this time. The dirtbike is still featured. Looks like the Enterprise gets blown up once again. And Kirk is still struggling the weight of his fathers’ shadow.
Speaking of Kirk’s father…(oh yes – I bet a lot of folks forgot already that he was played by Chris Hemsworth)
THOR: RAGNAROK-CASTING NEWS
The Taika Waititi(“What We Do in the Shadows“)-directed “Thor“-sequel added some major pieces to it’s cast – as well as confirmed the character that Cate Blanchett was already rumored to play. So, besides the returning players Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba and Mark Ruffalo who reprises his role of Bruce Banner/The Hulk from other MCU films, the newcomers are as follows:
- Cate Blanchett as Hela (Hela is the Asgardian goddess of Death, inspired by the Norse goddess Hel. Hela rules over both Hel, the underworld and resting place of souls not destined for Valhalla, and Niflheim, the icy world that’s home to those who died without honor; sometimes these realms overlap.)
- Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie (Valkyrie, also know as Brunnhilde, is a hero, ally and one-time love interest of Thor, who was appointed by Odin to lead the Valkyrior, the group of valkyries who spirit the souls of the fallen away to Valhalla.)
- Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster ( The Grandmaster has a direct tie to the Infinity Stones and to Thanos himself, and is a close friend to fellow elder Taneleer Tivan, a.k.a. The Collector (Benicio del Toro). Not exactly a villain but definitely not a hero, The Grandmaster loves to play games by pitting groups of super-powered characters against each other. I would assume that this character acts as some sort of a lead-in to the Infinity Wars – whatever they may now be titled.)
- Karl Urban as Skurge (Also known as Executioner, an Asgardian who was originally depicted as a supervillain that wielded a magic double-bladed battle axe. Skurge fell in love with the Enchantress and was frequently used in schemes by her and the trickster god Loki. So I guess this promises some good back & forth dialogue between Urban and Hiddleston.)
Marvel stated: “The continuation of the epic Thor franchise will be powerful and unique, and with the additions of Cate, Jeff, Tessa, Karl, and Mark to the cast we have the makings of his most dangerous and heroic adventure yet. The sheer, raw talent each of these actors brings to the screen can’t be quantified. Having any one of them join the Marvel Cinematic Universe would be an honor, and having all of them is incredible.” You know – no matter which way you look at it, that is one hell of a cast. No mention of the Warriors Three though…
CARY FUKUNAGA TO RESURRECT KUBRICK’S “NAPOLEON”?
Over the years, Stanley Kubrick‘s unmade “Napoleon“-project has sort of reached a mythical status. There’s been all sorts of documents, script pages and artwork released through the years, and the publishing house Taschen even made an insanely pricy book about it. A few years back there was talk that Steven Spielberg was going to revive the project as a miniseries, but as the ‘berg is always juggling at least a dozen project at once, it slowly disappeared from the radar.
Until this week, when news broke out that Cary Fukunaga is in talks to now direct the miniseries for HBO – and Spielberg will executive produce under his Amblin Television banner along with Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey. It seems that the project went into fast track again after Kubrick’s family have finally agreed to open up all of Kubrick’s archive of material on “Napoleon” for the production to use. Jan Harlan, the handler of Kubrick’s archives, said: “I am sure HBO will take full advantage of the material we have. We have provided [them] with stacks of material,” he said. “I am delighted that Stanley’s huge efforts may finally lead to a film.”
Thoughts? Fukunaga had a bit of a rough patch recently when he had creative differences with WB over his adaptation of Stephen King‘s “IT“, but this sounds like a proper project to warrant a return to HBO after the first season of “True Detective“.
STEPHEN KING TWEETS A POSSIBLE MAJOR SPOILER FOR “THE DARK TOWER”
The Dark Tower is close, now. The Crimson King awaits. Soon Roland will raise the Horn of Eld. And blow. pic.twitter.com/rqGSKM3dWL
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) May 19, 2016
Yeah, that is the Horn of Eld there – and those who know the plot of the books know it’s significance. Did King just tell us that the movie is in fact a sequel to the book-series? We’ll see. The first shots of Idris Elba as Roland also hit the web:
FIRST LOOK AT CHARLIZE THERON IN “FAST 8”
— Fast & Furious (@FastFurious) May 20, 2016
Well, it’s very much your standard early promotional picture, but I guess he character Cipher is a Metal Girl.
TMNT 2 GETS THE “OFFICIAL FINAL TRAILER”…
…now we just wait for the 15 TV spots. Still no Vanilla Ice.
MICHAEL KEATON IS
OUT IN “SPIDERMAN: HOMECOMING”, MAYBE
Michael Keaton has been a bit undecided about joining the Sony/Marvel Spider-Man reboot, “Spider-man: Homecoming” as the villain. A short time ago he was in talks, then he was in, then he was out. Now the latest news is that he is once again in – or at least “in final negotiations”. Which kinda sorta means “in”, right…? The filming is set to begin in June, so they better make that deal soon. Marvel and Sony are keeping plot and character details pretty secret, and it’s unclear which villain in the spiderverse Keaton will play – although there’s been a lot of rumors that its Vulture(which would mark the first time the character is being portrayed in the movies – although Sam Raimi was going to use the character in his fourth film – played by John Malkovich of all people! – before that whole project was canned).
THE MOST IMPORTANT MOVIE NEWS OF THE WEEK…
…is of course this:
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) May 19, 2016
“THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR” KEEPS PLAYING WITH REALITY
I found the first two “Purge”-movies pretty enjoable. Frank Grillo made one damn badass character in the second one. I just hope they have put more effort on the story than just taking potshots at the whole Election Year theme…
SPIT-TAKE OF THE WEEK
That would be this:
Sheesh. And let’s be frank – there was a whole slew of trailers for the upcoming TV reboots released this week, and the Spit-Take was pretty much tied between this and:
That is all.