Just a few days after Warner Bros. Pictures announced they had delayed Jungle Book: Origins back to October of 2017, Disney felt like firming up their plans to release their own adaptation of The Jungle Book on October 9th, 2015. Production is underway on the film right now, and while we don't have a first look at the film from the set (likely because there will be tons of visual effects used to bring the animals to life), a piece of concept art has surfaced giving us a glimpse at Mowgli (played by newcomer Neel Sethi, the only actor who will be seen on screen) and the black panther Bagheera (voiced by Ben Kingsley). Look!
hell heck is this film?! One of the wackiest, most eye-brow-raising selections of Sundance 2015 is a film titled Last Days in the Desert, written and directed by Rodrigo Garcia. The plot is explained as: "Ewan McGregor is Jesus -- and the Devil -- in an imagined chapter from his forty days of fasting and praying in the desert." As much as that sounds like the perfect comedy, it's actually a historical "adventure drama" (according to IMDb) where Jesus must overcome a "dramatic test" as he confronts the Devil, who is also McGregor. Our first look at Jesus has just arrived and because this is such a unique film, I can't help but share the photo (though it doesn't show much) as we count down the days to Sundance in late January.
Since Hercules didn't work out too well this year for Dwayne Johnson, fans will have to look forward to 2015 for the action star to redeem himself. Furious 7 arrives in April, and then the month after, Johnson takes the lead in San Andreas. The action thriller from Journey 2: The Mysterious Island director Brad Peyton sees Johnson as a special ops firefighter working with his ex-wife (Carla Gugino) as they attempt to leave Los Angeles and head to San Francisco in order to rescue their daughter (Alexandra Daddario) after a massive earthquake strikes California. A trailer is coming soon, but first, here's some new photos.
There's no doubt that Jake Gyllenhaal is enjoying a career boom much in the same fashion that Matthew McConaughey has over the past few years. And just like McConaughey underwent a drastic transformation for his Oscar-winning role in Dallas Buyers Club, the Nightcrawler and Brokeback Mountain star has done something similar, but on the complete opposite end of the body spectrum. A first look photo from Antoine Fuqua's boxing drama Southpaw has just emerged, in which Gyllenhaal plays Junior Middleweight Champion Billy “The Great” Hope, and as you can see, the Oscar nominee is absolutely ripped. Look below!
Next fall brings the return of Adam Sandler as Dracula in the animated sequel Hotel Transylvania 2. We have heard anything about the sequel since it was announced back in 2012, but now we have word on some of the returning voice cast, which includes Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg, Kevin James and Steve Buscemi, with Keegan-Michael Key stepping in for Cee-Lo Green this time. But the real news is one of the new cast members, and that's the legendary comedian Mel Brooks, director of the iconic monster comedy spoof Young Frankenstein, lending his voice to the ancient vampire Vlad, the cranky old father of Dracula. And we also have a first look at his character and the rest of the gang too. Look below!
Over the summer, we learned that Hugh Jackman completely shaved his head in order to play the villainous pirate Blackbeard in Joe Wright's new adaptation of the classic tale of Peter Pan. The new fantasy adventure is simply called Pan, and it definitely offers a new spin on J.M. Barrie's classic characters. This version finds Peter as a young orphan in World War II who never grew up. He ends up getting kidnapped by Blackbeard's pirates and taken away to Neverland. And while this Neverland is still full of pirate ships, this time they also happen to fly. And we have a first look at the title hero, Jackman wearing an unconvincing wig (though we think that's the idea) and these cool flying ships. Look below!
Just a few weeks ago we learned that Patrick Stewart would play a white supremacist in Green Room, the next film from Jeremy Saulnier, the indie director behind the fantastic thriller Blue Ruin (now available on Netflix Instant). Production is already underway on the film, and thankfully, Stewart was given the honor of debuting a first look at his character in the film, complete with his Neo Nazi gang. Honestly, he looks a little Heisenberg-esque with that sweater, beard and glasses, and that's pretty cool. No shots of Anton Yelchin and Imogen Poots yet, but surely we'll see them sometime down the road. Look below!
With some major films hitting theaters over the next month of holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, we're starting to get a slew of new photos and trailers offering a first look at some of the early releases in 2015. The latest is the comedy Get Hard starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart, and this certainly looks like it's going to stretch the limits of the big screen. Ferrell is a pretty tall guy, and Hart is one of the shortest comedians today, and these first look photos clearly show their size difference, even using it for comedic effect as one photo shows Ferrell bench pressing Hart. Expect the first trailer sometime soon. Look!
Following the ominous teaser poster from last month, Universal Pictures has launched a viral site to tease Jurassic World. The website is for a company called Masrani Global, a corporation built on telecommunications which has since expanded to oil, all the profits of which helped founder Sanjay Masrani purchase International Genetic Technologies (InGen) in 1997 after Dr. John Hammond passed away. The site also gives us an introduction to Jurassic World, the operational theme park which has bee up and running since June 2005. And the best part is that there's some new images from the park, including our first look at B.D. Wong reprising his role from Jurassic Park, and Irrfan Khan as Masrani's son. Look!
Back in the spring, we got our first look at Blue Sky Animation's adaptation of the classic Charles Schulz comic strip Peanuts. It wasn't much except a glimpse at Charlie Brown with his loveable and occasionally mischievous dog Snoopy. But now some new images have surfaced showing off the rest of the gang, including Lucy, Linus, Sally, Peppermint Patty and more. No sign of Pigpen, but it does appear we get to spend Christmas with the gang. Could there be a new tale based around the holiday outside of the famous "A Charlie Brown Christmas" animated special that will be playing on TV again soon? It would seem so. Look!
After tackling political drama and comedy with the likes of Recount, Game Change and The Campaign, director Jay Roach is heading further into the past for a historical drama called Trumbo. The title refers to screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, a real-life Hollywood screenwriter who defied the House Un-American Activities Committee by refusing to testify regarding accusations of ties to communism. Trumbo ended up being blacklisted and sentenced to nearly a year in prison but never stopped writing movies, and now this first look photo shows the Oscar winner brought to life by "Breaking Bad" Emmy winner Bryan Cranston.
While we're all so transfixed by what Lucasfilm is doing with Star Wars now that the production company is under the banner of Disney, that's not the only thing they've been working on. In fact, Lucasfilm has an animated movie called Strange Magic that has just been given a release date of January 23rd, 2015 by Touchstone Pictures, one of Disney's distribution arms. The film is described as a "madcap fairy tale musical" inspired by the classic tale A Midsummer Night's Dream, so no, that's not a weird variation of Groot in the image above. Instead, that's our first look at the Bog King (voiced by Alan Cumming), Griselda (Maya Rudolph) and Marianne (Evan Rachel Wood) in the computer animated film. Look!
After making a splash with the indie Concussion recently, director Craig Zobel is stepping up to a bigger film with Z for Zachariah, an adaptation of Robert C. O'Brien's 1974 novel of the same name. Now the first look at the film has just arrived with a promotional shot featuring the principal cast of Margot Robbie, Chris Pine and Chiwetel Ejiofor. The film follows a small-town girl (Robbie) who lives alone on a farm in the only valley with breathable air in the wake of nuclear war wiped out everyone else in her family. Suddenly, her world is turned upside down when two strangers wander in from the forest. Look!
Though we're pumped to see Kurt Russell in Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight, we'll get to see the Escape from New York and Death Proof star saddle up in another western too. Russell is the star of Bone Tomahawk, which in addition to being one of the coolest movie titles ever, will tell the story of a sheriff who sets out to rescue a group of captives from a band of wild cannibals. And sweetening the deal is the presence of Richard Jenkins, Patrick Wilson and Matthew Fox in the cast too. Now if you're not excited at that premise, then you should check out the first look photo showing off Russell and his jowls.