Ok, it’s not news to start with, but it is fun. To promote Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (out today), the ever-game Tom Cruise has done the ‘Role Call’ on The Late Late Show with Brit host James Corden. A Few Good Men, Risky Business, The Last Samurai, a couple of Mission Impossibles – they’re all here. Cruise may always look like someone on day release from a maximum security facility when he does stuff like this, but you can’t deny his commitment to the promotion of his films. Watch the almost 10-minute skit below:
No, that’s not a typo up there, we just thought this information was so exciting that we wrote it twice. A couple of years ago Whedon directed a little movie you may have heard of – Avengers: Age of Ultron (it did rather well) – and the whole experience knackered the poor bloke so much he basically vanished. Now, like any decent hero, he’s back and writing screenplays and saying he’d love to direct a Star Wars movie. Despite saying a few years back that there is nothing he’d hate more. Look, Joss is a genius ok? He can contradict himself as much as he likes. Here’s the quote, courtesy of those nice peeps at Complex:
“Do I want to make a Star Wars movie? Yeah. I was like, “I don’t want to make a Star Wars movie. Like, god dammit, why?” But I saw the trailer for Rogue awhile ago and I was like, “I want to do that.” To make a Star Wars movie and not be wed to the bigger picture.“
So no Episode-entry for Whedon then. But a Boba Fett standalone? An Obi-Wan adventure? Maybe if we all wish hard enough it’ll come true.
Yesterday we brought you the first trailer for the third standalone Wolverine movie, simply titled Logan. It’s a hell of a first look at what will be Hugh Jackman’s last turn as the adamantium-clawed mutant – the hashtag #onelasttime was trending yesterday – and the international trailer contains a scene that seems to pretty much guarantees the film will follow Deadpool into the the R-rated (that’s a ’15’ in the UK) wheelhouse.
This bit was missing from the US trailer, and it’s inclusion made the BBFC mark the UK version as a ’15’ trailer. After the huge amount of moolah that Deadpool raked in, and with fans clamouring for the comic’s brutality of their favourite sometime X-Man to be shown on the screen, it seems the money crunchers think this is the way to go. It’ll annoy the hell out of tweenage boys who can’t get in to see it though. Logan opens worldwide March 2 and 3 2017.
You don’t want it, you’ll not pay to see it, the chances of it being any good are probably pretty slim and yet a Willy Wonka prequel film has still be announced. Warner Bros. and producer David Heyman – the team behind the Harry Potter movies and the forthcoming five-film Fantastic Beasts ‘Potter prequels/offshoots – are behind this and it’s reported by Variety that the film will not be an origin story but rather an early adventure of Wonka. Reading between the lines, there are most probably long term plans here for other movies featuring Mike TV, Veruca Salt, Augustus Gloop and the like. Twitter did not like this, especially coming so soon after the recent passing of much loved and original Wonka Gene Wilder. We can’t help thinking that Warner Bros. PR department has dropped a bit of a clanger here by not waiting a bit longer. More news as and when we get it.
Well of course he is. The couldn’t-be-more-British Mary Poppins sequel has cast the couldn’t-be-more-British Colin Firth in a starring role, and the interwebs (this time) breathe a sigh of relief. In complete contrast to news of a new Willy Wonka film (see above), the announcement earlier this year of a long-belated Mary Poppins sequel was greeted with delight. No doubt this was largely down to the perfect casting of Emily Blunt as Poppins and, by getting Firth on board, nothing but more goodwill seems to have been generated. Firth will be playing William Weatherall Wilkins, president of the Fidelity Fiduciary Bank (in the original, the bank is the workplace of Mr Banks (David Tomlinson), its full name being the Dawes Tomes Mousley Grubbs Fidelity Fiduciary Bank). Does Firth’s character have any link to the Dawes family? We don’t know yet. We do know that Dick Van Dyke should really, really, really be somewhere in the film though. Mary Poppins Returns opens December 2018.