Mark Hamill discusses the opulence of The Last Jedi‘s casino planet. Underworld is heading to TV. Star Trek: Discovery‘s Alex Kurtzman plots a course for the show’s future. Plus a ton of new pictures from Blade Runner: 2049, and new footage from The Gifted, Rick & Morty, and the return of Supergirl. Spoilers now!
Teen Titans Go!
Warner Bros has officially announced that the zany cartoon series Teen Titans Go! will get its own movie next year. No other details were confirmed beyond the name and a move to a 27 July 2018 US release date. [Deadline]
The House With a Clock in Its Walls
Kyle MacLachlan has been cast in Amblin’s adaptation of the John Bellairs/Edward Gorey novel as Isaac Izard, “the sinister original owner” of the film’s titular house. [Deadline]
In related news, Owen Vacarro also has joined the film as its orphaned, 10-year-old lead. [Variety]
That Hashtag Show claims Bryan Cranston is under consideration for a “large supporting role” in the treasure hunting video game adaptation, and that it may or may not be Victor “Sully” Sullivan, the mentor of Nathan Drake.
Shooting has finally begun on the second Avatar film following months of pre-production in Australia, according to /Film.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
I was on one set, and I’m not giving anything away because Rian has already talked about a casino sequence. The set, with 150 actors all dressed in prosthetics and puppetry and robots — that set alone could probably easily have financed 100 Brigsby Bears. It was easily one of the most opulent sets I’ve ever been on. I’m fascinated not by just the scenes I’m in. When I had free time I would go and observe all these different actors and all these different scenes. The amount of talent that just is unrecognised… That’s why the credits run for an hour and a half. Because it takes thousands of people to successfully mount an epic of this size.
Hamill’s presence during filming there doesn’t necessarily mean that we’ll see Luke on the planet, mind, given his mention that he enjoyed going around watching the other scenes being filmed.
Blade Runner 2049
Coming Soon has over 40 new stills from the film. Head over there for more.
The first trailer for The Beyond, the feature-length adaptation of Hasraf Dullul’s short film, Project Kronos, has been released.
Underworld: The Series
Producer Len Wiseman and his production company, Sketch Films, are developing a TV series based on the popular vampires vs werewolves franchise. Speaking with Deadline, Wiseman stated, “The series will be a pretty big departure from the films. I don’t want to say it’s more adult, but it’s definitely less comic book in its tone and character.”
Deadline reports Europacorp has acquired the television rights to Howard Chaykin’s satirical sci-fi comic book American Flagg!, set in a dystopian corporate future where a naive TV star becomes the titular hero after being drafted into the corrupt world of Chicago law enforcement.
Teen Wolf‘s Tyler Posey has joined the cast as Shane, a high school dropout and drug dealer who has more going on than “anyone realises”. [THR]
Star Trek: Discovery
Speaking with THR, Alex Kurtzman stated a second season would air “ideally, on the early side of 2019”.
There have been preliminary conversations about when and how [a second season could air] and we’ve been very consistent in our message, which is that rather than announce a date and have to push again, let’s take into consideration everything we’ve learned from this season. Now we know what we can do and where the sand traps are, so let’s give ourselves ample time to announce a date that makes sense to everybody — both the needs of production and CBS. Breaking story is, in some ways, the easier and faster thing; it’s the ability to execute on it that’s much harder. We want to take the right amount of time and don’t want to rush.
The Strucker kids get up to no good while learning how to hone their powers in a new clip from IGN.
Medusa gets some work done on a laptop while sitting outside at a picnic table in images from episode three, titled “Make Way for… Medusa!” See more pics from Medusa’s working lunch at the link.
An embittered Supergirl goes up against a submarine while fantasising about Mon-El in some seriously tiny shorts in the latest trailer for the show’s third season.
Meanwhile, Coming Soon has pictures from the premiere, “Girl of Steel”. More at the link.
Rick & Morty
Finally, Rick and Morty must stop a monster haunting the secret Kennedy Sex Tunnels in a sneak peek from the season finale, “The Rickchurian Mortydate”.
Banner art by Jim Cooke.