And Rian Johnson talks about the nitty gritty of Star Wars editing. Infinity War‘s cast continues to grow. An Expanse star joins the cast of The Punisher. Plus, get a look at Tom Welling’s Lucifer debut, and new footage from Blade Runner 2049. Spoilers now!
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
New details about Maz Kanata’s role in the film have emerged in the strangest of places: “Find the Force”, an augmented reality campaign that tasks fans with scanning cardboard cutouts being put in stores for this friday’s “Force Friday II” merchandising extravaganza.
According to Making Star Wars, the app reveals that Maz, who plays a much smaller role here than she did in The Force Awakens, has been forced to take up a more active role in the criminal underworld after the events of the last movie — and she is in fact the person who points the Resistance towards Benicio Del Toro’s mysterious slicer DJ, setting off Finn and Rose’s mission to the world of Cantonica.
Meanwhile, Rian Johnson revealed on Twitter that The Last Jedi will have only 12 wipe transitions — the least of any Star Wars film to date. Please begin preparing your hot takes about how this will somehow be the thing that ruins the legacy of the Star Wars franchise.
Just off the top of your head, which movie would you guess has the most wipe transitions?— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) August 25, 2017
Poll answer:— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) August 25, 2017
Empire – 42 wipe transitions!
A New Hope – 31
TFA had just 14 https://t.co/l87EVGnKYf
The most wipe transitions in a SW movie was Ep 1, with 55.— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) August 25, 2017
To my eternal shame, The Last Jedi is bringing up the rear with a measly 12.
Avengers: Infinity War
Letitia Wright has confirmed on Twitter that Black Panther’s sister, Shuri, will also be returning for Avengers: Infinity War.
Blessings ??? super excited to be apart of this. https://t.co/YXhApFndWV— Letitia Wright (@letitiawright) August 25, 2017
David F. Sandberg confirmed to Collider that Billy Batson and Shazam will be played by two different actors, rather than attempting to use one performance for the transforming hero.
Yeah, I wouldn’t want to do that. That seems like way too much of a hassle. So I think it’s just kind of best to have a kid and an adult.
Floria Sigismondi (director of 2010’s The Runaways and sundry music videos for David Bowie, Marilyn Manson and Leonard Cohen) has signed on to helm an adaptation of Henry James’ The Turing of the Screw for Amblin Entertainment. The new Screw comes from a screenplay by Chad and Carey Hayes, the duo behind The Conjuring franchise. [Deadline]
Here’s a closer look at Tony Stark’s new arc reactor from Atlanta Filming’s Twitter account.
So here is a close-up of the thingy… pic.twitter.com/IHXXOqX3fv— Atlanta Filming (@AtlantaFilming) August 26, 2017
A ton of creepy new photos from the film have been released — head over to the link for more. [ Coming Soon]
A new promo highlights the battle between the incredible Hulk and the mighty Thor, with a dash of Hela thrown in for good measure.
Blade Runner 2049
Two new TV spots titled “Questions” and “Answers” have been released — watch them in order for the full experience.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Julianne Moore’s Poppy launches her evil scheme from a bowling alley — special embroidered shirt and all — in the latest promo for Kingsman: The Golden Circle.
Welcome to Willits
First Showing has a trailer and poster for a new sci-fi/horror film from IFC Midnight about a group of teens who encounter aliens on a marijuana farm.
The LEGO Ninjago Movie
Here’s a “back to school” themed new trailer for the film, which manages to break the boundaries for just how many times the word “ninja” can be said in 90 seconds.
Shohreh Aghdashloo has joined the cast in the recurring role of Farah Madani, a homeland security agent hunting Frank Castle. Madani is also the mother of Amber Rose Revah’s character, Dinah. [Entertainment Weekly]
Clementine’s baby is due at the worst possible time in the synopsis for “Cradles and Graves”, next week’s episode of Zoo.
As the team is trapped inside the plane by toxic spores surrounding them, complications arise during the delivery of Clementine’s baby.
Here’s some very suitably moody cast pictures for season two, courtesy of the Stranger Things Twitter account:
We’re going back to Hawkins. pic.twitter.com/WlC8x4G9MR— Stranger Things (@Stranger_Things) August 26, 2017
And it’s only getting stranger. pic.twitter.com/2bjBasesy9— Stranger Things (@Stranger_Things) August 26, 2017
A place where new adventures await us. pic.twitter.com/fDJf9rTKLW— Stranger Things (@Stranger_Things) August 26, 2017
A place where the curiosity door never closes. pic.twitter.com/uDNwLnAnCf— Stranger Things (@Stranger_Things) August 26, 2017
In an interview with TV Line, Wendy Mericle revealed Michael Emerson’s mysterious new character will be very similar to ones he’s already played on Lost and Person of Interest.
This character that we’re having [Michael] play is somewhat similar to people has has played in the past. But we had many conversations with him about how to make it different, and what elements we could bring to the character to change it up.
Legends of Tomorrow
Speaking with Bleeding Cool, Maisie Richardson-Sellers stated season three feels “almost like a new show”.
We go to some really fun time periods and see some really cool historical figures and characters from folklore and world renown from our history. And we’ve got a team of new supervillains that are really exciting. The playful edginess gets amplified, it’s fun and silly but there are also some very emotional moments. And having Zari join the team as a superhero from the future adds a new fresh spin on everything. It feels so fresh, almost like a new show. The same way season two felt like a new show from season one. I’m excited to see how that translates to the screen.
Lockjaw gets his own character poster, because he’s a very good boy. [Coming Soon]
Once Upon a Time
Episode six of the seventh season is titled, “Wake Up Call”.
Syfy has released their US Fall/Winter schedule, revealing the US airdates and synopses for new seasons of Channel Zero, Z Nation and Van Helsing, as well as the debuts of Happy!, Con Man, Ghost Wars and Superstition.
CHANNEL ZERO: NO-END HOUSE – Second Instalment Premieres Wednesday, September 20 at 10/9c
Inspired by Brian Russell’s “creepypasta” tale, CHANNEL ZERO: NO-END HOUSE tells the story of a young woman named Margot Sleator, played by Amy Forsyth (“The Path”), and her best friend Jules (Aisha Dee “The Bold Type”), who visit the No-End House, a bizarre house of horrors that consists of a series of increasingly disturbing rooms. When Margot returns home, she realises everything has changed. The second six-hour instalment will be directed by Steven Piet (“Uncle John”). Franchise creator Nick Antosca (“Hannibal,” “Teen Wolf”) will return as executive producer and showrunner; Max Landis (“Chronicle,” “American Ultra”) will also executive produce.
HAPPY! – Series Premiere Wednesday, November 29 at 10/9c
Universal Cable Productions’ HAPPY! is based on New York Times best-selling author Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson’s graphic novel of the same name. The series follows Nick Sax (Christopher Meloni, “Law & Order: SVU”) – an intoxicated, corrupt ex-cop turned hit man – who is adrift in a world of casual murder, soulless sex and betrayal. After a hit gone wrong, his inebriated life is forever changed by a tiny, relentlessly positive, imaginary blue winged horse named “Happy” (Patton Oswalt). Executive producers Morrison (“Batman,” “The Invisibles”) and Brian Taylor (“Crank,” “Gamer”) co-wrote the pilot teleplay. Neal Moritz, Pavun Shetty and Toby Jaffe of Original Film (“The Fast and the Furious” franchise), Meloni and showrunner Patrick Macmanus will also executive produce. Taylor directed the pilot.
CON MAN – Television Debut of Web Series Airs Saturday, September 9 at 10/9c
The short form web series, which debuted on Vimeo and Comic-Con HQ, will have its television debut with a Season 1 marathon on Saturday, September 9th beginning at 10/9c showing all 13 episodes back-to-back. The critically acclaimed, geektastic series, which recently received two Emmy® nominations for Outstanding Actor and Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series, follows THE JOURNEY of Wray Nerely (Alan Tudyk), a washed-up, former sci-fi celebrity who revisits his GLORY days on the convention circuit. The series is executive produced by Tudyk, PJ Haarsma and Nathan Fillion, who also co-stars. The star-studded first season also features Seth Green, Felicia Day, Sean Astin, James Gunn, Tricia Helfer and many more.
Z NATION – Season 4 Premieres Friday, September 29 at 9/8c
Z NATION follows a team of everyday heroes, led by Lieutenant Warren (Kellita Smith), during their epic struggle to save humanity. Season 4 begins with a mind-bending jump in time. Murphy and Warren find themselves alive in Zona, the zombie free playground for billionaires. Meanwhile, the rest of our heroes are fighting alongside the last of the humans against the mutated Zombie Virus and the unkillable “MAD-Z’s.” Warren’s mysterious dream of a black rainbow and flesh-eating black rain propels the season forward and puts our heroes in the middle of an even worse Zompocalypse. Here they will have to battle Jugalo Zombies and find the Zombified President of the United States – or at least his thumb. Produced by The Asylum, Z NATION stars Kellita Smith, Keith Allan, DJ Qualls, Anastasia Baranova, Russell Hodgkinson, Nat Zang, Joseph Gatt, Emilio Rivera and Matt Cedeño.
VAN HELSING – Season 2 Premieres Thursday, October 5 at 9/8c
VAN HELSING stars Kelly Overton (“True Blood”) as Vanessa Van Helsing, a descendent of the Van Helsing lineage who must lead mankind against a world controlled by vampires in the post-Rising apocalypse. In Season 2, Vanessa and the other survivors discover old alliances have crumbled, and new connections expose long-buried SECRETS about The Rising, the Van Helsing heritage and the survival of humankind itself.
GHOST WARS – Series Premiere Thursday, October 5 at 10/9c
Created by Simon Barry, the horror series GHOST WARS is set in a remote Alaskan town that has been overrun by paranormal forces. Local OUTCAST Roman Mercer (Avan Jogia, “Tut,” “Victorious”) must overcome the town’s prejudices and his own personal demons to harness his repressed psychic powers in order to save everyone from the mass haunting threatening to destroy them all. GHOST WARS is produced by Nomadic Pictures. Chad Oakes and Mike Frislev (“Fargo,” “Van Helsing,” “Hell On Wheels”), Simon Barry (“Continuum”), Dennis Heaton (“Motive”) and David Von Ancken (“Code Black”) serve as executive producers. The series also stars Vincent D’Onofrio (“The Judge,” “Daredevil”), Kim Coates (“Sons of Anarchy”), Kandyse McClure (BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, “Hemlock Grove”), Kristin Lehman (“Motive”) and Meatloaf (“Fight Club”).
SUPERSTITION – Series Premiere Friday, October 6 at 10/9c
The series centres on the Hastings family, owners of the only funeral home in the mysterious town of La Rochelle, Georgia. THE FAMILY also acts as the keepers of the town’s dark SECRETS and history. Known for its haunted houses, elevated graveyards, odd townsfolk and rich history of unusual phenomena, the town is also a “landing patch” for the world’s darkest manifestations of fear, guided into the world by an ancient, mysterious malefactor. XLrator Media’s Barry Gordon and MVPTV’s Mario Van Peebles (“Roots,” “Bloodline,” “Hand of God,” “Empire,” “Lost”) will produce, and Van Peebles will also write, direct and star in some of the episodes. Joel Anderson Thompson (BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, “Boomtown,” “House M.D.”) has been tapped as showrunner, and Laurence Andries (“Alias,” “Six Feet Under,” “Supernatural,” “The Pacific”) will executive produce.
Finally, here’s a picture from Entertainment Weekly of Tom Welling’s debut — and, technically, return to the world of DC comics TV — as Marcus Pierce, a do-gooder nuisance for the devil himself.
Banner art by Jim Cooke.