George Lucas offers his thoughts on Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The Goosebumps sequel has found a director. John Cena talks up the Bumblebee spinoff. Plus, Titans could be casting some major flashback sequences, and set pictures from Venom. Behold, spoilers!
Gwyneth Paltrow posted a few photos of herself on set wearing a checkered motion-capture suit, which could imply Pepper dons the Iron Man armour again at some point in the movie, as she did in Iron Man 3 (although it could even mean she finally takes on her comics persona of Rescue, too). ScreenRant was able to capture grabs before they were deleted from Paltrow’s Instagram account.
Meanwhile, Hawkeye is back on set, according to Jeremy Renner on Instagram.
Ian Chen (Fresh Off the Boat) and Jovan Armand (Bella and the Bulldogs) have joined the cast as Billy Batson’s friends, Eugene and Pedro. [Deadline]
Ari Sandel (The DUFF) has been hired to direct the Goosebumps sequel, which may or may not see the return of Jack Black’s portrayal of R.L. Stine. [Variety]
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
Disney has coaxed director Joe Johnston out of semi-retirement for reshoots on their live-action Nutcracker adaptation. Johnston will be taking the reins from director Lasse Hallstrom, who stated in a press release, “The film is in very good hands in London while I’m away. I will return to postproduction after the holidays.” [THR]
ScreenRant also uncovered a quote from Jason Momoa in the tie-in book Justice League: The Art of the Film, discussing what we can expect from Arthur Curry at the beginning of Aquaman.
When we find Arthur, he’s hiding on the edges of society. He knows what his power is, but he doesn’t know how to channel it. He hasn’t accepted himself as king. He’s been running from both sides, human and Antlantean, and he’s been really that outlaw and renegade and the rebel.
In an interview with CBR, visual effects Supervisor Angus Bickerton teased, “We’ve had the briefest of conversations with Matthew [Vaughn] about it… he’s got plans.”
Bumblebee: The Movie
Confirming suspicions, Hailee Steinfeld told IGN that Bumblebee: The Movie is testing the waters for further Transformers spinoffs.
I think that we’ll see how the first one does, how people receive it and how it turns out and then hopefully start the conversation and what happens after that.
Meanwhile, John Cena referred to Bumblebee: The Movie as “a wonderful reboot of the franchise” while promoting Ferdinand to Digital Spy.
An American Werewolf in London
Max Landis took to Twitter to confirm he’s finished a draft of the script.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
George Lucas found the film “beautifully made,” according to representative Connie Wethington. Make of that what you will. [THR]
Omega Underground claims that Ant-Man and the Wasp‘s Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrar have been hired to write the Highlander reboot, which is currently looking to shoot in South Africa.
Though details are virtually non-existent, Variety reports Woody Harrelson is in talks to play “a henchman of sorts” in Sony’s Venom.
Meanwhile, set photos of Tom Hardy scooting around on a motorcycle have surfaced on Atlanta Filming‘s Twitter page.
We also have a trailer for an upcoming sci-fi action movie from Canada, about a high school student realising he has superpowers during an armed assault on his roll-call class.
Krys Marshall (This Is Us) has joined the cast of Supergirl as Julia Freeman, “a 20-something musician living near National City who holds clues to Reign’s true identity”. [TV Line]
The Frankenstein Chronicles
Netflix has acquired the US distribution rights to The Frankenstein Chronicles, a series starring Sean Bean reimagining Mary Shelley’s novel as a supernatural crime drama. Bean plays John Marlott, a war veteran and river policeman who investigates a corpse stitched together from the bodies of several victims. [Variety]
Game of Thrones
Speaking with THR, Sophie Turner teased a “happy” but “lost” Sansa in the show’s final season.
For the first time, we’re seeing her very satisfied and happy – but you wonder, what’s next for Sansa? What’s going to motivate her? Is it just about keeping Winterfell as it is in this currently good place? Is it the rising threat of the undead? It’s a very strange place for her. Where do her motivations lie now? Now that she’s run out of people to manipulate, I wonder if she feels a little bit lost!
That Hashtag Show has uncovered casting calls for two characters speculated to be Batman and a younger, “tween” Robin. The outlet suggests the dynamic duo may appear in several flashbacks throughout the season.
[DAVE STORY] Male, mid 30s-40s, Caucasian. The downfalls of others only make this man stronger. Polished. Unwavering. Think a young Jack Nicholson. RECURRING GUEST STAR.
[YOUNG JOHN CROSSLAND] Male, Caucasian, To play 10-13, athletic, lean, approximately 5’0″ and not afraid of heights. Please list height on submission. RECURRING GUEST STAR
Netflix has renewed The Punisher for a second season.
— The Punisher (@ThePunisher) December 12, 2017
Finally, the CW has released a new poster for Black Lightning. [Coming Soon]
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