Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week.
The Star Wars: The Last Jedi world premiere was a star-studded event that did not disappoint. From larger than life replicas of AT-AT walkers, to BB-8 rolling down the red carpet, it was a must-see event. (Hollywood Reporter, The Guardian)
The initial reviews have been very positive, as well. TechCrunch’s Anthony Ha described it as “the most moving Star Wars movie – and the funniest,” while Michael Phillips of The Chicago Tribune praised Rian Johnson’s first directorial role for the franchise. (New York Times)
While the nominations roll in, Margot Robbie and Saorise Ronan are already preparing their next project, Mary Queen of Scots, in theaters November 2, 2018. The film focuses on the 16th-century rivalry between the Queen of Scots and the Virgin Queen. Ronan plays former Queen of France Mary Stuart whose arrival in Scotland threatens the English throne held by Elizabeth I, played by Robbie. (Entertainment Weekly)
Set in Columbus, Ohio in the year 2045, Warner Bros. released the first trailer for Ready Player One. The trailer contains several references to classic video games and 80s pop culture, as well as a QR code that, when scanned, reveals more details about the upcoming film. Steven Spielberg’s next project hits theaters March 20, 2018. (Warner Bros.)
Sony released the first trailer for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, coming to theaters on Christmas 2018. While the plot is being kept under wraps, we know that Liev Schreiber, Mahershala Ali, Shameik Moore and Brian Tyree Henry will lend their voices to the project, with Moore portraying the main character Miles Morales. (Sony Pictures)
Entertainment Weekly released a first look at Incredibles 2, in theaters June 15, 2018. The first shot shows the Parr family exactly as we left them 14 years ago: ready to face a new enemy terrorizing their city. According to the voice of Elastigirl, Holly Hunter, her character will play a more prominent role in the Disney/Pixar sequel, showcasing “a real incredible sense of competitiveness and ambition.” (Entertainment Weekly)
2019 will be a big year for Stephen King. In addition to sequels of It and The Dark Tower, Paramount confirmed the film adaptation of Pet Semetary will come to theaters April 19, 2019. It has originally been slated for a September 6, 2019 release. (Hollywood Reporter)
Live-action film Detective Pikachu is set for a May 10, 2019 release date. Starring Ryan Reynolds, this will be the first live-action film in the Pokémon franchise’s history. (Deadline)
Woody Harrelson is in talks to join the cast of Venom, starring Tom Hardy. Rumors suggest Harrelson would play “a henchman of sorts.” (Variety)
Disney is close to confirming a deal to buy 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets for $60 billion. A possible announcement could come as early as tomorrow. (CNBC)
- Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Having taken her first steps into the Jedi world, Rey joins Luke Skywalker on an adventure with Leia, Finn and Poe that unlocks mysteries of the Force and secrets of the past.
- Ferdinand: After Ferdinand, a bull with a big heart, is mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure.