Tuesday, 22 August 2017

JD Payne and Patrick McKay set to adapt A People's History Of The Vampire Uprising

World War Z, in novel form at least, is a sprawling story of undead encounters told from different points of view. Switch the subject matter to the fang club and you have got some idea of what A People's History Of The Vampire's Uprising is all about. Now news arrives via Deadline that 20th Century Fox and Shawn Levy's (Real Steel) 21 Laps company have now hired writers JD Payne and Patrick McKay to adapt Raymond Villareal's upcoming novel.

Deadline also likens the story, which 21 Laps picked up back in February, to Traffic (2001) and the title describes the concept pretty much perfectly. Villareal's novel aims to put a new spin on the usual vampire mythology by charting the spread of a worldwide epidemic as seen by different people. Now all we have to wonder is whether this will be a straight adaptation of the novel or something that remixes it much as Marc Forster's World War Z (2013) did with it's source material.

Payne and McKay have already written one film for Levy, having worked on Deadliest Warrior, set up at Paramount Pictures. As for the actual novel of A People's History Of The Vampire Uprising, that isn't set to hit shelves until next summer.

"What good thing has ever happened in a cornfield, Al?"

Netflix have just released their first trailer and one sheet for Eli Craig's (Tucker And Dale Vs. Evil) latest horror comedy Little Evil.

It can be hard for a parent to bond with a stepchild, but for Adam Scott's (Step Brothers) Gary, it is going to be a devil of a time.

Gary has seemingly found a perfect life with Evangeline Lilly's (Ant-Man) Samantha – they are in love, they just got married and now they have moved in together at Samantha's house. There is just one small problem... Samantha's son, Lucas (Owen Atlas). Both moody and somewhat weird, Gary is starting to suspect he might actually be the son of Satan.

Cue a lot of worried running around and Lucas proving that there is definitely something wrong there. Think The Omen (1976) meets Problem Child (1990)...

With Tucker And Dale Vs. Evil (2010) director Eli Craig calling the shots, the film also features the likes of Bridget Everett (Trainwreck), Tyler Labine (Tucker And Dale Vs. Evil), Donald Faison (Scrubs) and Clancy Brown (The Shawshank Redemption).

Little Evil will arrive on Netflix on 1 September.

Ed Skrein on for the new Hellboy

Already no stranger to tough guys or comic book adaptations – as his work in The Transporter Refueled (2015) and Deadpool (2016) will attest – Ed Skrein is set to head back into both worlds, with news arriving via The Hollywood Reporter that he has scored a role in the new Hellboy.

The film, which may or may not end up subtitled Rise Of The Blood Queen, already has Neil Marshall (The Descent) directing and David Harbour (Stranger Things) playing the main character. Skrein is joining up to play Major Ben Daimio, a rugged sort who was a consultant with Big Red's employers the Bureau for Paranormal Research that eventually scored a full-time job. And his credentials go further than his Marine Corps training – after a supernatural encounter, he turns into a were-jaguar whenever he is in pain or suitably angry.

The casting of Skrein in the role will no doubt raise some eyebrows and won't be greeted with universal acclaim, as the character in the comics is Japanese-American. In an era when the likes of Ghost In The Shell are called out for whitewashing Asian characters in particular, it certainly seems like a strange choice, no matter the actor's credentials.

Skrein will join the likes of Ian McShane (Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), Milla Jovovich (The Fifth Element) and recent recruit Sasha Lane (American Honey) in the film, due to kick off shooting next month. As for another high profile gig, Skrein will show up in Alita: Battle Angel, due out on 20 July next year.

Pedro Pascal set to play the villain in The Equalizer sequel

When you have Denzel Washington as your leading man, you need a suitably sneaky threat to go up against him. And the producers of The Equalizer (2014) sequel think they have their man, with news arriving via Variety that Pedro Pascal is set to join.

With Antoine Fuqua back in the director's chair, the film is largely being kept quiet beyond the fact that Washington will return as Robert McCall, a former special ops agent who reluctantly trades a quiet life for helping the helpless.

Last time out, he took on a Russian syndicate, but there are no details yet on what Pascal will be doing to get on McCall's radar. We can assume it will be something criminal though...

Fuqua is gearing up to direct the movie, which is already targeting a 14 September 2018 release date. As for Pascal, he is on the side of justice for his next film, playing one of the Statesmen in Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, due to arrive in UK cinemas on 20 September.

Disney's new Aladdin adds Numan Acar

While the main cast is in place for Walt Disney Pictures' new, live action version of Aladdin (1992), director Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows) is filling in some of the supporting roles. News arrives via Deadline that he has now hired Homeland veteran Numan Acar.

With a script from John August (Big Fish), this new film will both channel the 1992 animated original and the classic story of the young street thief who falls for a princess and battles a nefarious villain with the help of a powerful genie. Mena Massoud (Jack Ryan) and Naomi Scott (Power Rangers) are playing Aladdin and Princess Jasmine, with Marwan Kenzari (Ben Hur) as the evil Jafar and Will Smith (I Am Legend) likely squeezing into performance capture togs or just hitting the voice booth to bring the genie to life.

Acar, who has also been seen in The Great Wall (2016) and The Promise (2016), will play Hakim, head of the palace guards and right-hand man to Jafar.

Ritchie's version of the story has yet to lock down a release date, but we can expect it to arrive in the next couple of years. Acar will next show up in In The Fade and in Horse Soldiers, which is out on 26 January next year.

Ben Hardy, Joe Mazzello and Gwilym Lee join Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody

Rami Malek (Mr. Robot) is already aboard, ready to prove his pipes to play Freddie Mercury. But Bryan Singer (X-Men: Days Of Future Past) and his team have now locked in the people to play the rest of Queen in Bohemian Rhapsody. News arrives via Variety that Ben Hardy, Joe Mazello and Gwilym Lee are the chosen trio.

Singer is gearing up to start filming in the autumn, with Justin Haythe (Revolutionary Road) providing the script for the film, which will document the rise of Mercury and his band mates, with the real life Brian May and Roger Taylor involved as producers and music overseers.

Hardy is set as Taylor, the band's drummer while Lee is playing lead guitarist May. Mazello, meanwhile, is bass master John Deacon.

This certainly marks a real step forward for a film – spearheaded by producer Graham King (Argo) – that has seen a few false starts in its time. Sacha Baron Cohen (The Brothers Grimsby) was attached to play the lead for Sony Pictures, but the movie is now set up at 20th Century Fox with Singer in the director's chair. It will feature some of the band's biggest hits and should be out in cinemas around Christmas 2018.

"Welcome to Suburbicon, a town of great wonder and excitement."

Entertainment One have just released their first trailer for George Clooney's (The Monuments Men) Suburbicon.

George Clooney is becoming as prolific for his work behind the camera as he is in front of it. That trend continues with crime comedy Suburbicon, Clooney's sixth film as director, which also boasts the might of a script co-written by Joel and Ethan Coen (Hail, Caesar!).

A dark crime comedy set in the 1950s, the Suburbicon of the title refers to a peaceful suburban community, full of white picket fences and manicured lawns. That peace is about to be shattered when the wife of Gardner Lodge (Matt Damon) is murdered. What follows is a bloody tale of revenge against some rather unsavoury mobsters.

The script for Suburbicon dates back to 1986 – the Coen brothers wrote it shortly after completing their debut Blood Simple (1984). Clooney and his regular co-writer Grant Heslov (The Monuments Men) rewrote it, changing the setting from present day to 1959. 

With Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) and Julianne Moore (Crazy, Stupid, Love.) also in the cast, Suburbicon will be out on 24 November in the UK, following a 27 October debut in the US.

New trailer for Kingsman: The Golden Circle arrives online

20th Century Fox have just released their latest trailer for Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) follow-up Kingsman: The Golden Circle.

It was perhaps the worst kept secret in the world of movies, teased last year with a poster featuring the quote 'Rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated'. But now it is official, with 20th Century Fox releasing their latest one sheet for Kingsman: The Golden Circle with Firth once again taking top billing.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle reunites director Vaughn with his regular screenwriter Jane Goldman, and returning cast members Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Sophie Cookson and Edward Holcroft.

This time around, Egerton's gentleman spy Eggsy joins forces with the Kingsman's US counterparts, the Statesmen, to stop the machinations of Poppy (Julianne Moore.) Vaughn has gathered quite the cast around them, with Jeff Bridges (True Grit), Channing Tatum (21 Jump Street), Halle Berry (Cloud Atlas), Pedro Pascal (Game Of Thrones) and Elton John. No, seriously, Elton John. That Elton John.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle arrives in cinemas 20 September.

Jessie T. Usher set to play Son Of Shaft

Another new version of Shaft has been in the works for a little while now – and Ride Along (2014) director Tim Story was recruited to make it back in January. Now news arrives via Deadline that the new movie – Son Of Shaft – will be playing up the generational angle, with Richard Roundtree, Samuel L. Jackson and Jessie T. Usher (Independence Day: Resurgence) all taking roles.

Roundtree, of course, famously originated the character in the 1971 classic. Jackson was another John Shaft in the 2000 reboot, this time the nephew of the original. Now here comes Usher, still best known for Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) as the son of Jackson's character. He is an FBI agent, trained in technology crime and is forced to team up with his old man in a clash of cultures and after a long estrangement.

Story should have the cameras rolling later this year, with Kenya Barris (Girls Trip) on script duty. Usher can also be found on US TV in Survivor's Remorse, which recently returned to screens.

Gemma Chan joins Mary Queen Of Scots

Following our first look at Saoirse Ronan as the title character in Mary Queen Of Scots, news arrives via Deadline that Gemma Chan (Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them) will joining her.

Mary Queen Of Scots is of course one of those endlessly re-examined stories – the tragic Scottish queen lived a life marred by death, high drama and international intrigue. As a baby she was engaged to the heir to the French throne, who she later married – but he died young and she returned to Scotland to be the centre of conspiracies both romantic and political. Cue failed marriages, disastrously bad decisions, possible murders, imprisonment and a serious falling out with her cousin Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie).

Chan is playing Bess of Hardwick, who was Elizabeth's friend and confidante and, with her husband, the Earl of Shrewsbury, eventually ended up becoming one of Mary's captors for 15 years.

Josie Rourke, artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse, is currently calling the shots for latest iteration of the film, which has attempted to come together before, but never quite made it to the screen. So this is certainly good news.

The likes of Jack Lowden (Denial), Joe Alwyn (Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk), Martin Compston (The Disappearance Of Alice Creed) and new recruits Brendan Coyle (Downton Abbey), David Tennant (Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire) and Guy Pearce (The Hurt Locker) bolster the cast for the film, which has a script by House Of Cards creator Beau Willimon based on John Guy's acclaimed biography My Heart Is My Own: The Life Of Mary Queen Of Scots. There is no word yet on a release date.

Jerry Lewis: Comedy legend dies aged 91

One of Hollywood's most successful comedians, a pratfall master, a troubled talent and a sensation in France. All of those and more apply to Jerry Lewis, who has died aged 91.

Born Joseph Levitch in Newark, New Jersey in 1926, to show business parents, Lewis picked up a knack for performing at an early age. He made his debut at the age of 5 in a hotel singing Brother Can You Spare A Dime. A natural wisecracker, he began pantomiming opera and popular songs as a teenager, scoring bookings at burlesque houses and at Brown's Hotel in New York, where he was making ends meet as a busboy. Irving Kane, a working comic, was impressed by his seemingly raw talent enough to represent him and work as his road manager.

Through his career, he worked on screens big and small, and had several shows named after him. Most famously, he partnered with Dean Martin for a series of comedy films, and had a successful run together for a decade before personal issues split them apart. In cinema, Lewis enjoyed some big hits, such as The Nutty Professor (1963), and won praise for his won in The King Of Comedy (1982) before making his own stabs at writing, producing and directing his own output. But those rarely worked out, and he infamously made concentration camp comedy The Day The Clown Cried (1972), which has entered into filmmaking legend. American audiences rarely had too much time for him, but he found a big following in France, where he received the Legion Of Honour in 1983. He also hit it big as a Vegas performer and recording artist, releasing several albums.

But Lewis' fortunes were never always positive – he battled bankruptcy, addictions and a reputation as a difficult person to work with. He also got into trouble for making racist jokes and, during one of his regular hosting gigs at his annual Muscular Dystrophy telethons, he got into trouble for making a gay slur on camera.

In an interview, Lewis once said the key to his success had been in maintaining a certain child-like quality, but added: "I've had great success being a total idiot."

"I look at the world through a child's eyes because I'm nine," he told Reuters in 2002.

"I stayed that way. I made a career out of it. It's a wonderful place to be."

Actor Jim Carrey  (Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind), whose comedy style was strongly influenced by Jerry Lewis, said: "That fool was no dummy. Jerry Lewis was an undeniable genius an unfathomable blessing, comedy's absolute. I am because he was!"

There were also tributes from the daughters of Lewis's longtime associates Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin.

"Dear Jerry, Dad will be as happy to see you as I'm sad to see you go. Give him one of your bear hugs for me. I'll always love you," tweeted Nancy Sinatra.

Deana Martin also wrote on Twitter: "I'm heartbroken at the loss of our life-long friend (Uncle) Jerry Lewis. I've loved him all my life and will miss him greatly."

He is survived by his second wife, SanDee Pitnick, and their daughter.

Ours thoughts are with his friends and family.


New quad poster for George Clooney's Suburbicon arrives online

Entertainment One have just released a new quad sheet for George Clooney's (The Monuments Men) Suburbicon.

George Clooney is becoming as prolific for his work behind the camera as he is in front of it. That trend continues with crime comedy Suburbicon, Clooney's sixth film as director, which also boasts the might of a script co-written by Joel and Ethan Coen (Hail, Caesar!). 

The script for Suburbicon dates back to 1986 – the Coen brothers wrote it shortly after completing their debut Blood Simple (1984). Clooney and his regular co-writer Grant Heslov (The Monuments Men) rewrote it, changing the setting from present day to 1959. Set in quiet small town Suburbicon, full of picket fences and manicured lawns, it sees Gardner Lodge (Matt Damon) find his peaceful life disrupted by the Mafia. A bloody journey of revenge inevitably follows.

Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) and Julianne Moore (Crazy, Stupid, Love.) also star in the film, which is heading towards a 24 November release date.

Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Wars standalone movie in the works

It has been speeding through the rumour hyperspace for at least a couple of years, but it looks like the idea is now jumping into reality, lights blazing. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm are now in the early planning stages for an Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Wars standalone movie.

But before Ewan McGregor starts shrugging on the robe and digs his lightsaber out of the cupboard, there is no script in place and no word on casting, as no one is yet saying where in the Jedi master's life the movie will take place. There is a chance it could flash back to his days before the prequel trilogy, or fill in some time between Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith (2005) and Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977).

So far, all that is even close to being known is that Stephen Daldry is in very early talks to make it. The man behind Billy Elliot (2000) and The Hours (2002) is certainly an unexpected choice, as he has little on his CV to suggest him wanting to jump into the Star Wars universe, but he is an experienced director and would certainly bring some extra gravitas to the movie.

There has been no official announcement from Disney or Lucasfilm, so we will still consider this one nebulous until confirmed. Still, this is the closest the project has come to being official. As always. watch this space.

Patty Jenkins returning to direct Wonder Woman sequel

It is hardly a surprise, since there had already been talk of her involvement in the movie's early development, but now news arrives via Deadline that Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins is signing her deal to make the sequel.

Given the success of the film, it was only a matter of time before Warner Bros secured her services, and the studio has reportedly offered her a handsome raise to come back and call the shots again, putting her on a much deserved par with her male colleagues in terms of earnings.

Warner Bros made word of the sequel official at this years San Diego Comic Con, announcing a December 2019 release date. Other than that, and the fact that it will once again star Gal Gadot as the Amazonian warrior princess, no details have been released in terms of setting or other casting. Now, at least, the project has a definite leader.

As for Gadot's Wonder Woman character, she will be back on our screens in Justice League, due to arrive in cinemas 17 November.

Michael B. Jordan attached to A Bittersweet Life

News arrives via Deadline that Kim Jee-woon's well regarded Korean action thriller A Bittersweet Life (2005) is heading for an American remake, with Michael B. Jordan (Creed) set to star and Jennifer Yuh Nelson (Kung Fu Panda 2) in line to direct the new movie.

Jordan will take over the lead role of a criminal underworld enforcer who has his boss's absolute trust in exchange for unquestioning loyalty. That loyalty is soon challenged though when he is ordered to kill one of his employer's girlfriends, a woman that our hero has grown close to. Cue bullets flying, punches landing and a whole heap of trouble.

Shawn Levy's (Real Steel) 21 Laps company is producing the movie and 20th Century Fox are on board to finance and distribute. Jordan has Marvel's Black Panther due on 16 February next year, and will also be seen in HBO's new take on Fahrenheit 451. Nelson, a veteran of DreamWorks Animation, is currently at work on her live-= action directorial debut, an adaptation of young adult novel The Darkest Minds.

First look at Saoirse Ronan in Mary Queen Of Scots arrives online

With the cameras now rolling on historical drama Mary Queen Of Scots, Working Title have released our first look at Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn) as the titular monarch.

Mary Queen Of Scots is of course one of those endlessly re-examined stories – the tragic Scottish queen lived a life marred by death, high drama and international intrigue. As a baby she was engaged to the heir to the French throne, who she later married – but he died young and she returned to Scotland to be the centre of conspiracies both romantic and political. Cue failed marriages, disastrously bad decisions, possible murders, imprisonment and a serious falling out with her cousin Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie).

Josie Rourke, artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse, is calling the shots for latest iteration of the film, which has attempted to come together before, but never quite made it to the screen. So this is certainly good news.

The likes of Jack Lowden (Denial), Joe Alwyn (Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk), Martin Compston (The Disappearance Of Alice Creed) and new recruits Brendan Coyle (Downton Abbey), David Tennant (Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire) and Guy Pearce (The Hurt Locker) bolster the cast for the film, which has a script by House Of Cards creator Beau Willimon based on John Guy's acclaimed biography My Heart Is My Own: The Life Of Mary Queen Of Scots. There is no word yet on a release date.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

New trailer for Michael Winterbottom's On The Road arrives online

Lorton Entertainment have just released their first trailer for Michael Winterbottom's (9 Songs) On The Road.

Michael Winterbottom has a history of blending music with drama, and mixing real life conversations into fictional films. His latest, On The Road, has the feel of both an on tour music documentary and a love story.

One strand of On The Road's story follows North London rock four-piece Wolf Alice as they take to the streets of the UK to promote their debut album, My Love Is Cool, for the last time. Driving from city to city, playing 16 venues in three weeks, the band are joined by Estelle (Leah Harvey), an intern with the band's record company, who will be helping the band with their promotional duties, accompanying them as they visit local radio stations and give interviews to the press. Estelle strikes up a relationship with Joe (James McCardle), a member of the band's road crew, and through their eyes, we see both the magic and monotony of life on the road, giving us a glimpse behind the scenes of a passionate young rock band in their searing prime.

The film has won praise at a variety of film festivals, including London, and certainly arrives with some healthy buzz. It will be out in the UK on 29 September.

Sasha Lane joins the new Hellboy

With a hero, a villain and a mentor now in place, the new Hellboy movie – named either simply after the hero or with the subtitle Rise Of The Blood Queen, depending on which report you read – now has someone else for the demonic central character to interact with, as word arrives via The Hollywood Reporter that Sasha Lane (American Honey) will play Alice Monaghan.

Torn from the pages of Mike Mignola's comicbooks, Alice is a young woman who was kidnapped by fairies to raise as their own after they discovered they could no longer have children. Hellboy rescued her and she had lingering supernatural abilities following her time with the fae folk. How much of that backstory and the exact nature of her relationship will be in the movie with Hellboy himself (played this time out by Stranger Things' David Harbour) is still unknown.

She joins a cast that already boasts Ian McShane (Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) as Hellboy's adoptive father, Professor Broom and Milla Jovovich (The Fifth Element), who is playing the big threat, medieval sorceress and Blood Queen Nimue, looking to destroy the world.

Neil Marshall (The Descent) is directing the movie, aiming to kick off shooting next month in Bulgaria and the UK.

St. Vincent looking to adapt The Picture Of Dorian Gray

She has already shown her abilities as a rock multi-instrumentalist under the musical pseudonym St. Vincent, but now Annie Clark has her eye on an interesting movie project. News arrives via Variety that she is looking to adapt Oscar Wilde's 1890 novel The Picture Of Dorian Gray with a female lead.

Lionsgate are backing this one, kicking off the development process by hiring Elle (2016) writer David Birke to work on the script. The story of Dorian Gray features a Victorian hedonist who never seems to age or suffer the ill-effects of his lifestyle. His secret? A self-portrait stashed in the attic that ages while he stays the same.

While Wilde's book – his only novel in amongst his varied writings – has been adapted several times before for the screen, this adaption is set to twist the tale by exploring the expectations of female beauty.

This won't be the first time that Clark has stepped behind the camera, as she contributed the segment Birthday Party to female driven horror anthology XX, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.

New trailer for The Killing Of A Sacred Deer arrives online

A24 Films have just released their first trailer for Yorgos Lanthimos' (The Lobster) The Killing Of A Sacred Deer.

With Lanthimos once again sharing script chores with co-writer Efthymis Filippou, The Killing Of A Sacred Deer finds Lobster (2015) star Colin Farrell as Steven, a charismatic surgeon faced with making an unthinkable sacrifice after his life falls apart. It is all due to him taking a teenage boy under his wing, as the youngster's behaviour turns sinister. It is probably best to go into this one not knowing that much more, since Lanthimos' work usually derives its power from the slow discovery of the story.

With Nicole Kidman (Stoker), Alicia Silverstone (Clueless), Barry Keoghan ('71), Raffey Cassidy (Tomorrowland) and Bill Camp (12 Years A Slave) also in the cast, The Killing Of A Sacred Deer will arrive in UK cinemas on 17 November.

Channing Tatum set to star in Bloodlines

Aiming to keep working on as many interesting projects as he can, Channing Tatum (21 Jump Street) is now attached to star in and produce another film, this time based on a true story of drug dealers, race horses and the FBI, with news arriving via Deadline that he is set to join Bloodlines.

Universal Pictures have bought the rights to Melissa Del Bosque's upcoming book, which is subtitled The True Story Of A Drug Cartel, The FBI, And The Battle For A Horse-Racing Dynasty. It follows the real life tale of rookie FBI agent Scott Lawson after he was assigned to the seemingly quite town of Loredo, Texas. His job mostly consists of generating reports about the drug war, which doesn't exactly seem stimulating until he is tipped off about a horse sold for a record price at an Oklahoma auction. The reason for the interest is the buyer – Miguel Trevino, one of the leaders of brutal Mexican cartel the Zetas. With a much more dangerous potential case on his hands, Lawson teamed up with more experienced colleague Alma Perez, and they discovered the chance to infiltrate as it laundered drug money through American quarter horse racing.

Jonathan Herman, who worked on Straight Outta Compton (2015), is on board to write the adaptation, and we will see how this one makes its way through the usual tricky development territory.

Tatum is back on our screens with Logan Lucky next week and is part of the cast for Kingsman: The Golden Circle, due on 20 September.

Ron Howard offers another Han Solo Star Wars standalone tease

While the focus of the Han Solo Star Wars standalone will naturally be on the early days of the scruffy looking smuggler, there are just some things you can't escape in that galaxy far, far away. And one of those is the creeping influence of the Empire. Ron Howard (Rush), who is directing the Solo movie, has just hinted at that with a new tweet from the set.

The image, of course, is of that of an Imperial helmet, one worn by soldiers on the Death Star. Will the battle station feature in the film? If it does at all, it is more likely to be a background point, since Solo didn't have experience of the giant construct until after meeting Luke Skywalker and Ben Kenobi in the original Wars.

But he did know a thing or two about outwitting the Empire, so perhaps this is more a nod to Star Destroyers and other forces. We will find out when the movie, which Howard took over directing this year, arrives on 25 May next year.

Before that though, we have Star Wars: The Last Jedi hitting our screens. And the director of that film, Rian Johnson (Looper), stopped by The Star Wars Show to talk about his work. Well, mostly he talks with Hamilton stage director Thomas Kail, but it is a fun chat nonetheless.

Alan Arkin joins Tim Burton's Dumbo

While we learned the names of most of the cast for Tim Burton's (Alice In Wonderland) new, live action take on Dumbo (1941) when Disney sent a video of the director talking about the film starting shooting to last month's D23 event, there is someone else to add to the list. News arrives via Variety that Alan Arkin (Argo) is set to join them.

Dumbo introduces Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell), a former circus star who finds his life turned upside down when he returns from the war. Circus owner Max Medici (Danny DeVito) enlists Holt to care for a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him a laughing stock in an already struggling circus. But when Holt's children (Nico Parker and Finley Hobbins) discover that Dumbo can fly, persuasive entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton) and an aerial artist named Colette Marchant (Eva Green) swoop in to make the peculiar pachyderm a star.

Arkin is on board to play J. Griffin Remington, a Wall Street tycoon, who we assume will be a backer for Vandevere. His new gig in a weird coincidence given that we last saw him trying to rob a bank in Going In Style.

The new Dumbo is scheduled for 29 March 2019.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

New Papillon remake images arrive online

While we are sure that there are those of you who feel a remake of the prison break drama Papillon (1973) is somewhat unnecessary, director Michael Noer (Northwest) is planning to re-work the idea and make something that feels fresh. Now, with the Toronto International Film Festival arriving next month, GEM Entertainment have released our first look at the film, featuring Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim) and Rami Malek (Mr. Robot).

With a script from Prisoners (2013) writer Aaron Guzikowski, the film is once again based on the memoir of Henri 'Papillon' Charriere, played in the original by Steve McQueen and here by Hunnam. It tells the story of his life as a petty criminal in 1930s France who is unjustly convicted of murder and sent packing to a penal colony that has a bad reputation for violence and corruption.

It is there that Charriere meets the nerdy but wealthy Louis Dega – originally played by Dustin Hoffman and by Malek here – who in return for protection agrees to fund his friend's prison escape.

With Eve Hewson (Bridge Of Spies), Ian Beattie (Alexander) and Tommy Flanagan (Gladiator) also in the cast, we will find out how the new one is received when it debuts at the Toronto International Film Festival. There is no sign of UK release date as yet.

"I'm molly bloom. Do you know about me?"

STX Entertainment have just released their first trailer for Aaron Sorkin's (Steve Jobs) directorial debut Molly's Game.

With the likes of Jessica Chastain (The Martian), Idris Elba (Prometheus) and Kevin Costner (Man Of Steel) in front of the camera and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin making his directorial debut on the other side of it, it is fair to say that Molly's Game is an anticipated movie.

Molly's Game, subtitled From Hollywood's Elite To Wall Street's Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure In The World Of Underground Poker, is the memoir of Molly Bloom, whose story is a fascinating one. A world-class skier since she could walk, she became a nationally ranked business mogul at 21 while still excelling in college. She just missed out on joining the Olympic team upon graduating and took a year off to live in Los Angeles, choosing the unlikely path of waitressing. Thanks to her business acumen, she ended up making millions by running the world's most exclusive high stakes poker game for eight years before the FBI came calling. The reason? Unbeknownst to her, some of her players had ties to the Russian mob.

Elba plays the defence lawyer who learned that there was more to her than the tabloid tales would lead anyone to believe.

With Chris O'Dowd (Calvary), Michael Cera (Juno) and Brian D'Arcy James (Game Change) also in the cast, Molly's Game will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival before arriving in the UK on 29 December.

Daniel Craig confirms he will return as James Bond

After months of speculation and misinformation, we finally have an official, unequivocal, definitive answer – Daniel Craig will return as James Bond, for a fifth film.

Craig – currently doing the press rounds for Logan Lucky, in which he plays a bleached haired redneck convict – had by his own admission been "quite cagey" about his future as 007. But in an appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Craig settled the feverish tabloid debate once and for all.

He told Colbert that he had known the news for a couple of months, but held out with an official announcement for some time. He hinted, however, that the next Bond movie – his fifth in the role, and the 25th in the series overall – would likely be his last. "I think this is it," he told Colbert. "I just want to go out on a high note and I can't wait."

Eon, the production company which own the screen rights to Ian Fleming's famous MI6 spy, announced last month that the next James Bond film would arrive in 2019, but that press release made no mention of who would be stepping into the tuxedo.

There is still no word on who will direct the new movie. Sam Mendes, who directed both Skyfall (2012) and SPECTRE (2015), won't be back, and there is reportedly a director shortlist that includes Yann Demange ('71), David Mackenzie (Hell Or High Water) and Denis Villeneuve (Sicario).

Filming is likely to begin at some point in 2018, aiming towards the announced US release date of 8 November 2019, arriving a couple of weeks earlier than the UK.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

First trailer for Sean Baker's The Florida Project arrives online

A21 Films have just released their first trailer for Sean Baker's (Tangerine) The Florida Project.

Director Sean Baker broke through in a big way with Tangerine (2015), shot entirely on an iPhone, the slice of Los Angeles life drama won numerous awards. And his follow-up, The Florida Project, seems to be on a similar trajectory after debuting at Cannes Film Festival to positive reviews earlier this year.

The film is set on a stretch of highway outside Disney World, where a budget motel known as The Magic Castle squats unceremoniously. There, six-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince) spends her days with her best friend Jancey and lives a life that, while it may not be perfect, is fun and involving.

With her rebellious mother Halley (Bria Vinaite) doing her best to raise her, Moonee also has an unexpected friend in Bobby (Willem Dafoe), who does his best to help out, even as Halley explores more dangerous possibilities to provide for her.

The Florida Project will be out in the US on 6 October before heading to the UK on 12 January next year.

New one sheet for Mother! arrives online

Paramount Pictures have just released their latest one sheet for Darren Aronofsky's (Black Swan) Mother!

So far, the marketing material for Aronofsky's latest, Mother! have leaned towards the weird and unsettling. And that feeling continues with the latest poster, which shows some serious cracks opening up between Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games) and Javier Bardem (Skyfall).

Aronofsky's first film in three years sees him back in the psychological thriller territory that won Black Swan (2010) such plaudits. Lawrence and Bardem play a couple who move into a new house, only for some uninvited guests (Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer) to disrupt their tranquillity. If the trailer is anything to go by, what happens next is a web of dark, mysterious and occasionally sexy horror, as their peaceful existence evaporates.

With Domhnall Gleeson (Ex Machina), Brian Gleeson (Snow White And The Huntsman), Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids) and Stephen McHattie (The Watchmen) also in the cast, the film is so far shrouded in much unnerving mystery, which is certainly a good thing.

Mother! arrives in UK cinemas on 15 September.

Anya Taylor-Joy in talks for Robert Eggers' Nosferatu remake

Anya Taylor-Joy was the breakout star of The Witch (2015) and has gone on to a variety of roles since, including the rather brilliant Split (2016) and Morgan (2016). Now news arrives via Variety that she is currently in talks to reunite with her The Witch director, Robert Eggers, for his new take on silent horror classic Nosferatu (1922).

Eggers is writing and directing the film, which is being kept mostly under wraps for now. But it will spin its own version of the story of Count Graf Orlok of Transylvania, who is looking to buy a house in Germany and becomes enamored with the wife of real estate agent Thomas Hutter.

You can assume Taylor-Joy will play the wife, but nothing has been officially announced. Eggers has been working on this one for a while, but it is still a ways away from happening. Particularly since Taylor-Joy's schedule is a busy one – she is currently shooting X-Men spin-off New Mutants and will also appear in her Split director M. Night Shyamalan's Glass.

Geneva Robertson-Dworet set to take over Captain Marvel script

As is often the case on major films, even in the well oiled Marvel Studios machine, there is a change being made in the writers' room for Captain Marvel. News arrives via Deadline that Geneva Robertson-Dworet, who penned the new Tomb Raider, will taking over scripting duties.

Captain Marvel, which has Brie Larson (Room) playing the titular hero, will offer an origin story for Carol Danvers, a skilled test pilot whose DNA is melded with that of Kree warrior Mar-Vell. Subsequently, she gains powers such as flight, enhanced strength, damage resistance and the ability to absorb and re-channel energy. We learned recently at the San Diego Comic Con that the film will be set in the 1990s, will feature Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury and will see her battling the cosmic threat known as the Skrulls.

Nicole Perlman (Guardians Of The Galaxy) and Meg LeFauve (Inside Out) were reportedly at work on the script, but their schedules have become increasingly busy – LeFauve, for one, is co-directing Gigantic for Walt Disney Feature Animation.

So now Robertson-Dworet, who has worked on a variety of projects still bubbling away in development, will liaise with directors Anna Boden (It's Kind of a Funny Story) and Ryan Fleck (Half Nelson) on the Marvel movie, which is taking aim at an 8 March 2019 release.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

New look at Ready Player One arrives online

Empire magazine have just revealed our latest look at Steven Spielberg (Bridge Of Spies) at Ready Player One, featuring Tye Sheridan (Mud) and Olivia Cooke (Me And Earl And The Dying Girl) as Art3mis, also known as Samantha Evelyn Cook.

Click here for a closer look.

Adapted from Ernest Cline's book, Ready Player One is set in a world where millions across the planet interact in a virtual space known as Oasis, in which you can be anything you want to be. For Teenager Wade Watts (Sheridan), it is a way to escape his tough life, inside Oasis he uses the avatar Parzival. When the original co-creator of Oasis James Donovan Halliday (Mark Rylance) dies, the Steve Jobs style billionaire offers his fortune and control of Oasis to anyone who can complete an elaborate treasure hunt. Wade naturally starts questing, joined by fellow player Samantha Cook, also known as Art3mis (Cooke) and threatened by the corporate types looking to ensure they take control. They are represented by the nefarious Nolan Sorrento, played by Ben Mendelsohn (Killing Them Softly). Also aboard is Simon Pegg (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Ogden "Og" Morrow, Halliday's former colleague and one of the other brains behind Oasis.

Speaking to Empire, Cooke said that her experience was something approaching a virtual dream come true. "It felt like pure adventure," explains the Me And Earl And The Dying Girl (2015) star. "It was Willy Wonka, it was Indiana Jones. When you're a kid wanting to be an actor, the idea of working with [Spielberg] sounds absurd. It was surreal."

Ready Player One will upload into cinemas from 30 March 2018.

Donald Sutherland joins Ad Astra

With Brad Pitt (Inglourious Basterds), Tommy Lee Jones (No Country for Old Men) and, most recently, Ruth Negga (Loving) recruited for science fiction tale Ad Astra, the cast for James Gray's (The Lost City Of Z) latest just continues to grow. News arrives via The Hollywood Reporter that Donald Sutherland (The Hunger Games)  is the latest to step aboard.

Gray co-wrote the script with Ethan Gross, and a few nuggets of information about the film have escaped from the soundless vacuum of space, albeit ones that could evolve during the movie's journey to the screen. The plot reportedly sees space engineer Roy McBride (Pitt) heading out into the solar system 20 years after his father (Jones) left on a one-way mission to Neptune, aiming to find signs of extra-terrestrial intelligence. Now Roy is looking to track down what happened to his father, with the story apparently boasting a Heart Of Darkness (1993) in space vibe and some talk of a threat from the dad.

As for Sutherland, we don't yet know what role he will be playing in the movie, which is gearing up to shoot shortly. But he will be seen in The Leisure Seeker and is part of the cast for Danny Boyle's (Slumdog Millionaire) Getty kidnap drama Trust.

Studio Ghibli set to re-open for Hayao Miyazaki's new film

While we were all sorry to hear that Studio Ghibli, the legendary animation company behind such films as My Neighbour Totoro (1988), Howl's Moving Castle (2004) and Spirited Away (2001) were closing their doors for an indefinite hiatus, the Ghibli team never quite went away, working on TV projects, lending thier name to other companies' films and even planning for a theme park. But now there is some good news, with word arriving via The Playlist that co-founder Hayao Miyazaki has decided to come out of retirement for a new project, and that Ghibli will be back in full production to support the feature film.

A little like Steven Soderbergh (Ocean's 11), Miyazaki himself didn't ever fully retire, instead spending his time on a short entitled Kemushi no Boro (Boro The Caterpillar) for the Ghibli museum. And, inspired by his work on that, he had announced that he intended to turn the project into a full length animated feature.

As part of a small ceremony in July, Miyazaki brought together some of the main people involved in the film to talk about the idea, with the studio starting to recruit artists later that month. Training for new arrivals will kick off in October and the film should properly be in production a few months after that. There is no official confirmation that the new project will be the full length version of Boro, but we are just happy that both he and his company are back to weave their particular magic on screens.

Leonardo DiCaprio attached to Leonardo Da Vinci film

Leonardo DiCaprio as Leonardo Da Vinci? If Paramount Pictures have their way, it will happen, as news arrives via Deadline that the actor is attached to appear in and produce a film about the famed artist and scientist.

The potential film will spring from the work of Walter Isaacson, who wrote the eponymous book about the Renaissance artist and thinker who created some of the most iconic works of all time, including the Mona Lisa and Vitruvian Man.

Paramount and Universal Pictures waged a heated bidding war for the rights to the book, and DiCaprio's Appian Way production company was first on board to oversee the film as a potential starring role for the actor. It is too early for a writer or director to be attached at this point, and DiCaprio has plenty of projects awaiting his attention, but this would certainly appear to be something Paramount will aim to get made.

DiCaprio has a lot of movies in the works as producer, and is considering a few to appear in, including The Devil In The White City and Killers Of The Flower Moon.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

"You know, all of you can kiss my Russian ass."

Entertainment One have just released their first trailer and one sheet for Armando Iannucci's (Veep) The Death Of Stalin.

In Soviet Russia, comedy satirises you! Armando Iannucci – the man behind Alan Partridge, The Thick Of It, In The Loop and about a billion other cult comedy classics – rarely steps a foot wrong, and after passing the torch on his award winning HBO comedy Veep after the fifth season, the Scottish writer, producer and director has put his hand to a new film entitled The Death Of Stalin. Those who don't watch this very funny first trailer will be first against the wall when the revolution comes.

Based on the graphic novel of the same name by Fabien Nury, the film depicts the sudden demise of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin in 1953, and the chaotic fallout that followed in the Communist Party apparat, as Stalin's underlings vie for power – and their lives.

There is a giant ensemble cast populating this Kremlin, which includes Adrian McLoughlin (Stud Life) as Joseph Stalin, Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent) as Georgy Malenkov, Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire) as Nikita Khrushchev, Olga Kurylenko (Quantum Of Solace) as Maria Yudina, Michael Palin (Monty Python And The Holy Grail) as Vyacheslav Molotov, Simon Russell Beale (Into The Woods) as Lavrentiy Beria, Paddy Considine (The Bourne Ultimatum) as Comrade Andreyev, Andrea Riseborough (Oblivion) as Svetlana Stalin, Rupert Friend (Young Victoria) as Vasily Stalin, Jason Isaacs (Fury) as Georgy Zhukov, Paul Whitehouse (Mortdecai) as Anastas Mikoyan, and Justin Edwards (Love & Friendship) as Spartak Sokolov.

By the looks of the trailer, there are accents flying everywhere, from faithful Russian cadences to Yorkshire lilts and distinctly New York dialects. Expect a typically witty, sweary and farcical tour de force from Iannucci and regular co-writers David Schneider (Knowing Me, Knowing You With Alan Partridge) and Ian Martin (In the Loop) when The Death Of Stalin arrives in cinemas on 20 October.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Riz Ahmed in talks for Venom

Sony Pictures' new planned Venom film already boasts the performing talents of Tom Hardy (Inception). Now word comes via Variety that if the studio has their way, it will also feature Riz Ahmed (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), who is in early talks to join the movie.

Given the preliminary nature of the attempt to hatch a deal, there has been no official confirmation, and Sony Pixtures won't say exactly who Ahmed could end up playing. But Variety has heard it would be a "popular Marvel Comics character". Is he the new Spider-Man? Maybe not, especially since Marvel has said that everyone's favourite friendly neighbourhood web-slinger (Tom Holland) may not even appear in this film, which aims to stand alone from the likes of Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Ruben Fleischer (Gangster Squad) is on to direct the new movie, with Hardy set to play Eddie Brock, who is merged with the outer space symbiont and gains his own set of powers and a distinctly less friendly attitude than Spidey. Scott Rosenberg (Con Air) and Jeff Pinkner (Zoo) have been figuring out the script for the movie, which is currently set for a 5 October 2018 release date, and an apparent stand-off with Warner Bros and DC Entertainments Extended Universe entry Aquaman.

Ahmed was last seen in City Of Tiny Lights and is currently at work on Western tale The Sisters Brothers.

Kurt Sutter and Nick Jonas join Chaos Walking

With shooting set to kick off soon, director Doug Liman (Edge Of Tomorrow) is building the cast he needs for science fiction adaptation Chaos Walking. Now news arrives via Deadline that Kurt Sutter (Sons Of Anarchy) and Nick Jonas (Careful What You Wish For) are the latest additions.

Adapted from Patrick Ness' book trilogy – The Knife Of Never Letting Go, The Ask And The Answer and Monsters Of Men – Chaos Walking finds humankind in a dark future, colonising a distant planet after the Earth has been ruined. When an infection called the Noise strikes, all thoughts become audible and chaos follows.

A corrupt autocrat takes the chance to seize control of the human settlements in order to launch a strike on native alien race the Spackles, blaming them for the infection that is apparently killing human women. Young Todd Hewitt (Tom Holland), the only boy in a town solely comprised of men, rebels to stop the oncoming destruction. Going on the run with his dog, he teams up with a mysterious girl (Daisy Ridley), who is the source of a precious patch of silence.

Deadline reports that Sutter is on to play Cillian, a farmer who became Todd's adoptive father at a young age and raised him, though their relationship isn't always calm. The Hollywood Reporter, meanwhile, has learned that Jonas will be Davy Prentiss Jr., a young soldier in the army of the mayor (Mads Mikkelsen) who also happens to be the man's son, and is envious of his close mentorship relationship with Todd.

The film is aiming at a March 2019 release date. Sutter is more normally found running TV series (though he does dabble in acting on his own productions and others), and has been overseeing the difficult genesis of the spin-off from his Sons Of Anarchy show, Mayans MC. Jonas will be back on our screens in Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle, due to rumble in on 20 December.

Anna Paquin set for Tell It To The Bees

Anna Paquin (The Piano) has often been drawn to dramas with deeper shadings. Now news arrives via Screen International that she is joining the cast of a new BFI and Creative Scotland funded romantic tale called Tell It To The Bees.

Annabel Jankel (D.O.A.) is aboard to direct the film, with the script provided by Henrietta and Jessica Ashworth (Dixi), which adapts Fiona Shaw's novel. Tell It To The Bees finds Holliday Grainger as a mother in 1950s Britain who is dealing with the breakdown of her marriage. She meets a doctor (Paquin) who is returning to her quiet home town to take over the practice formerly run by her late father, and a romance blossoms between the two.

The cast will also comprise Kate Dickie (The Witch), Emun Elliott (Prometheus), Steven Robertson (Kingdom Of Heaven), Lauren Lyle (Holby City) and newcomer Gregor Selkirk. Jankel is rolling the cameras now on the film, and it will likely arrive in cinemas next year.

Paquin will appear in an episode of Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams and is also part of the cast for Netflix's adaptation of Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace, due to hit the streaming service later this year. She is also appearing in and producing husband Stephen Moyer's (True Blood) feature directorial debut The Parting Glass.

Morten Tyldum set to direct Exit West

When they haven't been busy wrangling the two new Avengers films, Joe and Anthony Russo (Captain America: Civil War) have spent time setting up a production company and striking deals with other filmmakers for new movies. Now news arrives via Deadline that their latest collaboration will be with The Intimidation Game (2014) director Morten Tyldum, who is on to make Exit West.

Tyldum is on board to adapt Moshin Hamid's bestseller, which finds a young man named Saeed fleeing an unnamed country with a woman named Nadia when Saeed's mother is killed by a stray bullet and their city is torn apart by clashes between the government and guerillas.

Joining a mass of fellow migrants fleeing war zones, they pass through a crowded camp on the Greek Island of Mykonos and end up, via a stop in London, in California. There, their relationship is tested by the struggle to find food and shelter.

Tyldum seems happy with the new arrangement. "Joe and Anthony are phenomenal storytellers with a bold and unique vision for their company and the kind of films they and their team want to produce," he says in a statement picked up by Deadline. "As a filmmaker, it feels like coming home and I couldn't be more thrilled for what we can make together." The Russos have a deal with 20th Century Fox to distribute what they produce and earlier this year picked up the rights to handle the next film from Swiss Army Man (2016) duo the Daniels.

As for their own work, Avengers: Infinity War arrives on 27 April next year, with the follow-up landing in April 2019.

Justice League concept art shows Batman's new wonderful toy

As Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) himself admits in the latest Justice League trailer, his superpower is that he is rich. Rich enough, in fact, to splash out on a new plane to help transport his newfound friends around when they are out saving the planet. Check out the concept art of the Flying Fox courtesy of Entertainment Weekly below.

According to production designer Patrick Tatopoulos, the massive, chunky jet has plenty of cargo space and more. "You can put three Batmobiles in the lower part of it," he tells Entertainment Weekly  "I didn't want to do a sleek airplane; it needed to feel like an extremely avant-garde classic. With the maneuverability of a jet – but it can actually carry things." It has three levels – cargo in the bottom, a "cultural centre" in the middle for the team and a cockpit level at the top. Oh, and you can see every other level from wherever you are.

The one puzzling thing about the design here is the use of the Wayne Technology name on the side: Doesn't Bruce want to keep the whole secret identity thing sort of... well, secret? Perhaps it travels too quickly for anyone to see. For more from the movie, head to the Entertainment Weekly site here.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

"If you really want to see what people are, all you have to do is look."

Lionsgate have just released their latest trailer and one sheet for Stephen Chbosky's (The Perks Of Being A Wallflower) Wonder.

With Steve Conrad and Jack Thorne adapting R.J. Palacio's bestselling book, Wonder finds Jacob Tremblay (Room) as August 'Auggie' Pullman. Born with facial defects, he has been through a number of painful surgeries to alleviate his various conditions and has lived most of his life to date being home schooled.

Now, though, he is ready to confront the challenges of his peers, and finds that compassion and acceptance aren't always easy to come by. But he ends up with friends regardless and learns that you can't really blend in when you are born to stand out.

With Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson also in the cast, Wonder arrives in UK cinemas on 1 December following a 17 November release in the US.

New images from Star Wars: The Last Jedi arrive online

There has been something of a dry spell in Star Wars: The Last Jedi related activity following the brief behind the scenes footage shown at this year's D23 event. But with the December release date mere months away, Entertainment Weekly have released a batch of new images courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm.

All the expected people feature – Daisy Ridley's Rey, John Boyega's unsure Finn, an emotional look at the late Carrie Fisher as General Organa and even one or two new faces, such as Kelly Marie Tran's Rose and the furry wide eyed porgs, who live on the island of Ahch-To (where Mark Hamill's Luke has sequestered himself) and, according to the filmmakers, "get everywhere".

Among the other new pieces of information are the fact that we will get to meet Andy Serkis' Supreme Leader Snoke in the flesh, that Finn is having trouble finding his place in the Resistance and would much rather head off somewhere no one knows him, and that Tran's low-level engineer sees him as something of a hero figure, which makes him even more uncomfortable in his own skin.

Then there is Rey, who fresh from losing Han, is learning that her welcome on Ahch-To might not be as warm as she hoped. "'Oh my God, this other man that I lost within a couple days was somewhat of a father figure. Now he's gone, and instead I'm with this grumpy guy on an island who doesn't want me here,'" says Ridley to Entertainment Weekly, who admits that her character was building that first meeting up in her mind. "I don't think one girl, who he doesn't know, turning up with a lightsaber is gonna make him go, 'Oh, s—, yeah, of course I'll get back into the action...'"

For more on the movie, head over to the Entertainment Weekly site here.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be out on 15 December.