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J.J. Abrams is Rumored to Return to Direct 'Star Wars: Episode IX'

J.J. Abrams

Even though Star Wars: The Force Awakens isn't slated to arrive for nine months, and we only just confirmed Looper director Rian Johnson would be at the helm of Star Wars: Episode VIII, coming in May of 2017, that's not stopping the rumors from starting on who will be at the helm of Star Wars: Episode IX. After all, Disney wants a new film from the galaxy far, far away arriving every year (like Star Wars: Rogue One in 2016) for the foreseeable future, so why wouldn't they be planning ahead? And Latino Review has the first rumor of a frontrunner director for Episode IX as The Force Awakens helmer J.J. Abrams.

 Posted March 18 in Development, Movie News, Rumors, Star Wars | Comments

Rumor: Sony & Marvel's New Spider-Man Won't Be White This Time

Miles Morales

Unless you've been living under a rock or you just don't care, you've probably heard that Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios reached a deal to share Spider-Man so the character can enter the cinematic universe of The Avengers while still having his own film franchise that's controlled by Sony and produced by Marvel. Shortly after the news broke, it was revealed that a younger Spider-Man was desired this time, and we had some suggestions as to who should play the wallcrawler. Names like Dylan O'Brien and Logan Lerman were said to be in early consideration, but we might see a completely different approach. Read on!

 Posted February 23 in Marvel, Movie News, Rumors | Comments

Rumor: Spielberg Wants to Direct Chris Pratt in New 'Indiana Jones'

Chris Pratt / Indiana Jones

Here we go… The big rumor on Oscar weekend, with all of Hollywood in town, is that Steven Spielberg is apparently quite interested in directing the new Indiana Jones movie. If you recall, in January we posted another rumor that Chris Pratt – star of Jurassic World and Guardians of the Galaxy – is Disney's top pick to star as the new version of Indiana Jones. Ever since Disney got their hands on Lucasfilm a few years ago, they've been figuring out how to bring more franchises back. Aside from Star Wars it sounds like Indy is next, and word from Deadline around Hollywood is that "assuming a script comes in to his satisfaction, Spielberg hopes to direct that film." That film being the new Indiana Jones perhaps starring Chris Pratt.

 Posted February 21 in Discuss, Movie News, Rumors | Comments

Karl Urban Circles 'Aquaman' Villain Role, Noam Murro May Direct?

Karl Urban

Well, hot on the heels of Chiwetel Ejiofor being sought after for a role in Doctor Strange, and the official addition of Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner and Alexandra Shipp in X-Men: Apocalypse, we've got one more superhero story, but this one is a little less solid. The first big screen iteration of Aquaman isn't slated to arrive until July 27th, 2018, but that's not stopping Warner Bros. from getting their DC Comics cinematic universe in order ahead of time. Latino Review has early word that Star Trek franchise star Karl Urban is in the running for a supporting role in the aquatic adventure that already has Jason Momoa as the hero.

 Posted January 22 in DC, Movie News, Rumors | Comments

Ben Affleck's Batman Rumored to Also Appear in 'Suicide Squad'

Batman

While we don't normally run many rumors like this, when Forbes is the one with the scoop, that makes it feel a little more legitimate. First of all, Latino Review has a story spouting off some plot details about Suicide Squad, and they mention that while the villain Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) is in pursuit of super powered heroes and villains, with Batman seen on a surveillance screen, implying that he's on her list. But they specify that Ben Affleck would not appear in any other capacity as Batman. However, Forbes has heard otherwise, and is reporting that Batman will be in Suicide Squad, but at the end of the film. Read on!

 Posted January 21 in DC, Movie News, Rumors | Comments

Rumor: Simon Kinberg Taking Over First 'Star Wars' Spin-Off Script

Star Wars

Just before the weekend, we learned that Gary Whitta was stepping away from the first Star Wars spin-off film that will be directed by Godzilla helmer Gareth Edwards. Considering the statement given by Whitta when the news was announced, it sounds like his work is done, and it's just time for some new eyes to take a look at the project and do some polishing so the film can be ready to shoot later this year when Spectre is done shooting at Pinewood Studios across the pond. Now SlashFilm has learned (though couldn't confirm) that Star Wars: The Force Awakens consultant Simon Kinberg may be replacement writer.

 Posted January 12 in Development, Movie News, Rumors, Star Wars | Comments

Trio of 'The Raid 2' Stars to Appear in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

Iko Uwais & Cecep Arif Rahman

It sounds like Star Wars: The Force Awakens is going to get a triple dose of Indonesian action, at least if a new rumor is to be believed. Twitch has word that Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian and Cecep Arif Rahman, three of the key players from The Raid 2, the unbelievable action film directed by Gareth Evans, will have roles in Episode VII. However, we have no indication of what characters they'll be playing yet. We're just hoping that since these three are so skilled with fighting and are just insanely fast, that they will be involved in some kind of action sequence. Can you imagine a lightsaber battle with these guys? Read on!

 Posted January 5 in Casting, Movie News, Rumors, Star Wars | Comments

Sony Pictures Still Planning to Release 'The Interview' Somewhere?

The Interview

If you've been following the news the past few days, you've undoubtedly heard about the debacle concerning the Sony Pictures comedy The Interview from writers and directors Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg. The film was set to be released on Christmas Day, but the studio pulled it from release after major theater chains dropped the film following threats by the Guardians of Peace, the same group responsible for hacking into Sony Pictures and leaking thousand of documents and e-mails with private information. But now it seems Sony Pictures may not have completely given up on The Interview seeing the light of day. Read on!

 Posted December 21 in Discuss, Movie News, Rumors | Comments

Rumor: First 'Star Wars' Spin-Off to Focus on Death Star Plans Heist

Star Wars

Hot on the heels of news when the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer will arrive, a new rumor has popped up about the first spin-off that will come one year after Episode VII hits theaters. We already know the film will be directed by Godzilla helmer Gareth Edwards with a script from Book of Eli scribe Gary Whitta. Now SlashFilm has learned from a variety of sources that the first Star Wars spin-off will focus on one of the most important plot points in the saga's history. However. this is something that we've never seen played out or discussed in detail on the big screen: the heist to obtain the plans to the original Death Star.

 Posted November 24 in Development, Movie News, Rumors, Star Wars | Comments

Expect the 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Trailer with 'The Hobbit'

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Normally it's not worth reporting when the first trailer for a movie will arrive, but when that trailer is Star Wars: The Force Awakens, everyone is anxious to find out when we'll get the first glimpse of the next chapter in the iconic Star Wars saga. There have been rumblings that the trailer will show up before the end of the year, and that's been supported by the fact that John Williams has already been in the recording studio working on music for the trailer itself. Now a report comes from Star Wars 7 News saying that the teaser trailer will be attached to The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies next month. More below!

 Posted November 19 in Hype, Movie News, Rumors, Star Wars | Comments

Is Director A.J. Edwards Making a Mace Windu 'Star Wars' Spin-Off?

Mace Windu

As of now, there are already two Star Wars spin-off films lined up after Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrives next December. Godzilla director Gareth Edwards is already signed to direct the first one, arriving just one year after Episode VII, and Lucasfilm has already lined up Chronicle director Josh Trank to be at the helm of whatever spin-off will follow Episode VIII from Looper director Rian Johnson. However, is there a chance that another spin-off is in the works? The Better Angels director A.J. Edwards partook in a Reddit AMA and was asked about potential involvement in the revival of the Star Wars franchise. Read on!

 Posted November 18 in Movie News, Rumors, Star Wars | Comments

Christoph Waltz Presumably Takes a Villain Role in James Bond 24

Christoph Waltz

Back in April, Oscar nominated actor Chiwetel Ejiofor was being eyed for the villain role in James Bond 24, the as yet untitled next installment in the long-running secret agent franchise. However, it sounds like that may not be happening anymore as The Daily Mail's reliable James Bond scoop master Baz Bamigboye just revealed on Twitter that Christoph Waltz has signed on for a role in 007's next outing. Now we're presuming that he's playing the villain, though the source doesn't actually clarify, so there's a chance that maybe he's not playing a bad guy after all. But having Waltz as a Bond villain just makes sense. Read on!

 Posted November 13 in Casting, James Bond, Movie News, Rumors | Comments

'Batman v. Superman' Shooting Some Sequences on IMAX Cameras?

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice

We recently just got word that just one sequence in Star Wars: The Force Awakens was shot using IMAX cameras, and it turns out another big blockbuster might be using the giant film stock under the radar as well. SlashFilm noticed a tweet from Mike Eisenberg, a Chicago man who owns and operates his own production company, saying, "I can confirm with my own eyes that Batman vs Superman is filming at least the Wayne murder scene with full IMAX film cameras." Now the internet is full of lies, but this seems to be a legitimate observation on the set of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice as Before the Trailer corroborated the claim and Batman News also said the same. So just what were they shooting in Chicago?

 Posted November 13 in DC, Movie News, Rumors | Comments

Jared Leto Might Be Playing The Joker in David Ayer's 'Suicide Squad'

Jared Leto / Suicide Squad

Some potentially big news landing late on Friday night, thanks to a report from Jeff Sneider at The Wrap. He says a source from Warner Bros "familiar with the project" has revealed that Jared Leto, coming off of his Academy Award win for Best Supporting Actor earlier this year, is "circling a key role" in David Ayer‘s Suicide Squad that might actually be – drum roll – The Joker. Wait, what? Yea that's what it says, which makes some kind of sense considering Suicide Squad is a DC villain round-up movie and it did occasionally include The Joker in the comic it's based on. But casting isn't confirmed yet, it's only a potential for now.

 Posted November 7 in Casting, Movie News, Rumors | Comments

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