Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week!
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige confirmed a Ms. Marvel movie is in the works with more details to be revealed following the release of Captain Marvel. Ms. Marvel is Marvel’s first Muslim hero, and a fan favorite among comic readers. Introduced in 2014, the hero’s given name is Kamala Khan, a Pakistani-American from Jersey City, New Jersey with shapeshifting abilities. (/Film)
Shortly after Lucasfilm Studio Chief Kathleen Kennedy expressed interest in a Lando Calrissian spinoff, Lucasfilm released a statement that shut down the idea. “We would love to tell a story about Lando Calrissian one day,” reads the statement, “but it’s not relevant, it would be fun to rell the story of Han and Chewie.” Lucasfilm has other origin stories in the works, including projects for Obi-Wan Kenobi and Boba Fett. (CinemaBlend, ScreenRant)
Lucasfilm is known for their incredible use of practical effects, but according to a new featurette for Solo: A Star Wars Story, the bar has been set even higher. Costume Designer David Crossman states “This particular film has been the most costumes we’ve ever produced for a Star Wars film. We’ve made over a thousand costumes.” See the amazing details come together May 25. (/Film)
Why did Marvel decide to launch the MCU with Iron Man? According to Ben Fritz, author of The Big Picture: The Fight for the Future of Movies, the decision was made by groups of children. “Marvel… asked kids which [hero] they would most like to play with as a toy. The overwhelming answer, to the surprise of many at Marvel, was Iron Man.” At the time, Marvel believed they would simply break even on ticket sales with their profit coming from toy sales. (Quartz)
Empire shared an exclusive photo from Jason Statham’s The Meg that gives us a better look at the size of the giant shark. In the photo, the megalodon passes by a diver, clearly showing how large Statham’s enemy will be. The Meg hits theaters August 10. (Empire)
The Leonard Bernstein estate has officially granted music and life rights to Paramount Pictures and Amblin Entertainment for a biopic about the legendary composer. Bradley Cooper will direct, produce and star in the film. (Deadline)
Do you want to hear your voice on the big screen? 20th Century Fox is giving Queen fans a chance in a new promotion for Bohemian Rhapsody, a Freddie Mercury biopic starring Rami Malek. Through PutMeInBohemian.com, fans can record themselves singing the titular track for a chance to have their voice included in the film which debuts November 2. (PutMeInBohemian.com)
Kevin Hart will star in the long-awaited remake of 1974 comedy Uptown Saturday Night. Will Smith and Denzel Washington were in talks to star in the project, but busy schedules for both actors forced a change in casting. Instead, Smith and Overlook Entertainment Partner James Lassiter will produce. (Variety)
Meryl Streep will start in The Laundromat, a drama based on the Panama Papers that Steven Soderbergh will direct. Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas are also in early talks to join the production. (Hollywood Reporter)
Click below to watch the latest trailers and clips.
- Deadpool 2 (Release Date: May 18)
- Incredibles 2 (June 15)
- Mission: Impossible Fallout (July 27)
- Mile 22 (August 3)
- Searching (August 3)
- BlacKkKlansman (August 10)
- The Predator (September 14)
- Bohemian Rhapsody (November 2)
- Deadpool 2: Foul-mouthed mutant mercenary Wade Wilson (AKA. Deadpool), brings together a team of fellow mutant rogues to protect a young boy of supernatural abilities from the brutal, time-traveling mutant, Cable.
- Book Club: Four lifelong friends have their lives forever changed after reading 50 Shades of Grey in their monthly book club.
- Show Dogs: Max, a macho, solitary Rottweiler police dog is ordered to go undercover as a primped show dog in a prestigious Dog Show, along with his human partner, to avert a disaster from happening.
- On Chesil Beach: Based on Ian McEwan’s novel. In 1962 England, a young couple find their idyllic romance colliding with issues of sexual freedom and societal pressure, leading to an awkward and fateful wedding night.
- First Reformed: A former military chaplain is wracked by grief over the death of his son. Mary is a member of his church whose husband, a radical environmentalist, commits suicide, setting the plot in motion.