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Will Smith, Tom Hardy and Margot Robbie close to signing up for Suicide Squad

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 05:58:00 GMT

Warner Bros might only have just announced Suicide Squad, but the project already has a director, and could be about to add a trio of A-list stars to its cast list.

According to Deadline, Will Smith, Tom Hardy and Margot Robbie are in negotiations with the studio, with deals thought to be close for all three actors.

It had previously been reported that Ryan Gosling was also on Warner’s hit list, and with the studio seemingly moving very quickly on this one, don’t be surprised to see him joining the fun sooner rather than later.

Based on one of DC’s less broadly-known properties, the film will follow a group of supervillains who each accept a suicide mission in exchange for an official pardon for their former crimes.

Directed by David Ayer, the film is slated to open in the US on 5 August 2016, with a UK date to be officially confirmed.

Simon Kinberg talks Fantastic Four reboot

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 05:43:00 GMT

Simon Kinberg has been discussing Fox’s forthcoming Fantastic Four reboot, and specifically how the production team are carefully selecting the first footage to debut to fans…

“We’re putting it together now,” says Kinberg to Comicbook.com, “and one of the important things, because this Fantastic Four is a reboot, and is such a different tonality and vibe from those other films, we want to make sure that the first thing we put out really expresses the voice of the movie, and isn’t compromised by not having visual effects ready, or anything like that.”

Kinberg himself has been a pretty constant presence on set throughout filming, and according to the producer, the new film will be a more “character-driven” piece than fans might have been expecting.

“I’ve seen all the footage from the movie,” says Kinberg. “I was there for pretty much the whole shoot. It is a very different film from the others, and one that I think is very different from other superhero movies. It’s a very emotional, character-driven, more grounded film than I think people are anticipating.”

Directed by Josh Trank and co-starring Kate Mara, Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell, The Fantastic Four will open in the UK on 6 August 2015.

Colin Farrell the latest contender to play Doctor Strange?

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 05:30:00 GMT

The casting process for Doctor Strange continues to limp ever onwards, with Colin Farrell the latest name to be linked to Marvel’s favourite sorcerer.

According to The Wrap, Farrell is now one of the top names in contention for the role, with Keanu Reeves and Benedict Cumberbatch also thought to be among the frontrunners.

The report also claims that Joaquin Phoenix is still in the mix, despite early negotiations having apparently broken down. It is thought he had previously come close to accepting the role, only for the finer points of his deal to prove unsatisfactory…

Meanwhile, another potential contender for Doctor Strange could be about to throw his lot in with another superhero franchise, with Fox reportedly keen to sign Tom Hardy as the titular villain in X-Men: Apocalypse.

Directed by Scott Derrickson, Doctor Strange will open in the US on 8 July 2016, with a UK date to be confirmed.

Adam McKay talks Ant-Man rewrites

Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:37:00 GMT

Adam McKay has been discussing rewriting Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man script in a new interview with Collider, and has suggested that his version will be more action-heavy.

“[Paul Rudd] called me when Edgar Wright stepped away from the project and told me what was going on,” says McKay. “I went and met with Marvel, and I was a little dubious just because I’m friends with Edgar and I didn’t know what the story was.”

“And then when I kind of heard what happened, that Edgar had parted ways, and then I saw their materials… I was like, ‘God this is pretty cool’.”

“We added some new action beats,” he continues. “I grew up on Marvel comics so the geek in me was in heaven that I got to add a giant action sequence to the movie; I was so excited.” 

“So we did, we added some cool new action. There’s a lot that’s already in there from what Edgar did, there’s a lot of dialogue and character still in there… We just shaped the whole thing, we just tried to streamline it, make it cleaner, make it a little bigger, a little more aggressive.”

Directed by Peyton Reed and co-starring Rudd, Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly, Ant-Man will open in the UK on 17 July 2015.

Jena Malone to appear in Batman v Superman in mystery role

Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:18:00 GMT

Batman v Superman might already be packing a seriously over-stacked cast list, but there’s apparently room for one more, with Jena Malone set to appear in the film.

According to THR, Malone will feature in a “mystery role”, with no details confirmed as yet regarding who exactly she’ll be playing.

Rumour has it that she could be appearing as a female version of Robin, although there’s nothing concrete on that front. A potential headline maker in the works there…

Carrie Kelley is another potential character to have been mentioned in the report, a young woman who was rescued by Batman as a child and who pops up in the Frank Miller miniseries The Dark Knight Returns that Zack Snyder has name-checked as inspiration.

In any case, Malone will line up alongside Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Jesse Eisenberg when the film opens in the UK on 25 March 2016.

Saw producers planning to revive horror series

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 06:29:00 GMT

With the Saw series set to enjoy its 10th anniversary this Halloween, producers Mark Burg and Oren Koules have revealed plans are afoot to breathe new life into the franchise.

The last film in the series was released back in 2010, but with the original set to be re-released later this month, it seems that Jigsaw may not be done with us after all…

"James [Wan] and Leigh [Whannell]…when Saw came out they were so afraid of being ‘the Saw guys’,” said Koules in an interview with STYD. “Now that they’ve made their own mark, they’re very comfortable to come back.”

“Our goal is to go to Comic-Con, not next summer but the summer after with our heads up saying, ‘here we go.’ James and Leigh are comfortable with the success they’ve had. And it’s time. James is in post on his movie. Leigh’s on post on his. Everyone has time and it’s time.”

Just where is left for the series to go remains to be seen, but there is certainly some appeal in seeing Wan and Whannell return to the franchise that made them famous. Time to dust off that pig mask…

Star Wars: Episode VII within three weeks of completing filming

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 06:09:00 GMT

Kathleen Kennedy has been discussing progress on Star Wars: Episode VII, which is rapidly approaching the point where cameras will stop rolling…

As reported by The Guardian, Kennedy revealed that LucasFilm is “within three weeks of finishing filming on Star Wars: Episode VII” before going on to wax lyrical about the thrill of returning the franchise to London.

“This continues a long tradition of Star Wars movies being made in London,” said the producer. “It goes back to 1976.”

“To know that we are now coming back and we will be making the movies once again based out of Pinewood and now we’re looking to put together ILM London, it’s rather remarkable that this has come together in less than two years.”

Meanwhile, series stalwart Warwick Davis has also confirmed he will be returning for the new film, courtesy of the amusing video below…

Directed by J.J. Abrams and co-starring Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o and John Boyega, Star Wars: Episode VII will open in the UK on 18 December 2015.

Gal Gadot and Pedro Pascal eyeing Ben-Hur remake

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 05:50:00 GMT

Timur Bekmambetov’s remake of swords and sandals classic, Ben-Hur, could be about to swell its supporting cast, with Gal Gadot and Pedro Pascal in discussions to join the production.

According to THR, Gadot has entered early negotiations to play the film’s female lead, a slave girl named Esther who Ben-Hur finds himself falling for.

Meanwhile, Deadline reports that Game Of Thrones star Pascal is in talks to play Pontius Pilate, expected to be a bigger role in this version of the story than it was in the 1959 film.

Jack Huston has already been cast in the title role, while Morgan Freeman will play his mentor in chariot-racing, and Toby Kebbell will appear as the villainous Messala.

Directed by Bekmambetov from a script currently being re-written by the Oscar-winning John Ridley, Ben-Hur will open in the UK on 19 February 2016.

Guillermo del Toro planning for Pacific Rim 3

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 05:30:00 GMT

Guillermo del Toro may have enough on his plate to ensure Pacific Rim 2 is still some way off, but that hasn’t stopped the director making plans for a potential third film in the series…

Del Toro has been discussing what we can expect from the first sequel, and went on to explain to Collider that the aim is to lead into the third film in an eventual trilogy.

“Some of your favourite characters come back,” says del Toro, “some others don’t because we have decided that we’re going to shoot ambitiously and say ‘Let’s hope we have three movies.’”

“So some characters come in at the end of the second,” he continues, “hoping that it will ramp up on the third one.”

The director then confirmed that he hopes to begin production on the second film by late 2015, ahead of its official release date on 7 April 2017. Robots and monsters and sequels, oh my!

Game Of Thrones season five will use flashbacks for the first time

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 19:40:00 GMT

While Game Of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss usually like to guard their pre-season secrets fairly closely, the pair have revealed one detail about the show’s fifth year: it will contain flashbacks.

While Benioff and Weiss had previously made a point of avoiding the device, the latest season will see them break their own rule, as the show’s narrative begins to become ever more fragmented.

“By making the first season, we set a rule,” explained the duo. “No prophecies, dreams or flashbacks. We failed the first two and this season the third. So yes, this season will finally have flashbacks.”

Meanwhile, Entertainment Weekly goes on to reveal that the new season will kick off with one such flashback, although the report doesn’t go into details as to what it might entail.

Feel free to speculate away in the comments. Game Of Thrones is currently shooting in Seville, with the new season set to air on HBO in the spring.

REMINDER: Total Film’s online reviews have a new home from next month

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:54:00 GMT

In around a month’s time TotalFilm.com and SFX.co.uk will be teaming up with GamesRadar.com to create a one-stop entertainment site for all your film, TV and gaming needs.

This means that from mid-November Total Film and SFX's mighty reviews are making the leap to our new GamesRadar URL. 

Reviews are a cornerstone of Total Film. We'll continue to upload all the latest film reviews just as you see them on TotalFilm.com now. This won’t change when we move to GamesRadar​, and if you enjoy reading the reviews in Total Film and SFX, you'll still see the same names at our new, combined site. There'll also be major book reviews, weekly TV episode reviews, and of course videogame coverage.

All of Total Film’s review back catalogue will be available from launch –​ ​and SFX's Doctor Who and The Walking Dead episode ​​reviews will be available on GamesRadar.com as early as this week. Please do take a look and give us your feedback.

P.S. Total Film and SFX print and digital magazines remain completely unaffected by the changes online. Look out for Total Film Issue 225, in shops and on your iPad now!

First trailer for In The Heart Of The Sea: watch now

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:57:00 GMT

Chris Hemsworth takes on a whopping great whale in the first trailer for Ron Howard’s seafaring epic, In The Heart Of The Sea.

The film is based on the true story that inspired Herman Melville’s classic novel, Moby Dick.

Thor star Hemsworth plays the ship’s first mate, Owen Chase, with Brendan Gleeson providing the narration (he plays the older version of Chase).

The film also stars Cillian Murphy and Benjamin Walker.

Watch the first teaser trailer below, now:

A poster has also been revealed, and you can see it below:

[Click on the poster to see it in hi-res]

In The Heart Of The Sea opens on 13 March 2015.

Warner Bros unveils huge DC plans

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 08:56:00 GMT

Warner has unveiled some huge plans for its DC universe, confirming solo movies for The Flash and Wonder Woman, casting Ezra Miller in the former, and announcing that Zack Snyder will direct two Justice League movies.

In a glut of headline-making revelations, the studio outlined a whole raft of future plans, with Suicide Squad confirmed as the first DC movie to follow Batman V Superman, set to arrive in 2017 with David Ayer directing.

That will be followed by a Wonder Woman solo movie later that year, before Zack Snyder takes the helm of the first Justice League movie, with the second pencilled in for 2019.

Sandwiched in between those two films in 2018 will be The Flash, headed up by Ezra Miller in the title role, and Aquaman, starring Jason Momoa.

2019 will see the arrival of the Dwayne Johnson-starring Shazam, before the final entries on the DC slate land in 2020, in the form of a Cyborg movie and a Green Lantern reboot.

And is if all that wasn't enough, the studio also confirmed that both Batman and Superman will also be getting solo films at some point down the track.

In other Warner Bros news, it was also confirmed that there would be three LEGO movies between now and 2018, with The LEGO Movie 2 following The LEGO Batman Movie and Ninjago. Plus, Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them will be at least a trilogy of films. The first part, directed by Potter's David Yates, opens in 2016.

A huge amount to process then, but quite the statement of intent from a studio that had seemingly been struggling to match Marvel’s forward planning. Over to you, Feige…

Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts will be 'at least' a trilogy

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 08:31:00 GMT

On top of announcing its DC extravaganza, Warner has also unveiled its plans for Harry Potter spin-off, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, which will arrive as 'at least' a trilogy of films…

The three films will be released in 2016, 2018 and 2020, with Potter alumnus David Yates officially confirmed to direct the first installment in the new series.

J.K. Rowling is currently writing the script for the first film, which will be set in New York and will focus on intrepid wizard Newt Scamander. “Jo [Rowling] has a vision for this extension of the franchise, and for the first time, she is writing the script for what she believes is at least a trilogy,” says Warner Bros CEO Kevin Tsujihara.

The story will be set long before Harry’s time, although there may be a few familiar characters that crop up along the way, as Newt sets about adventuring his way through the weird and wonderful world of Magizoology.

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them will open on 18 November 2016, giving you plenty of time to make sure you know your Crumple-Horned Snorkack from your Acromantula…

Christian Bale in talks to play Steve Jobs

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 06:21:00 GMT

Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs biopic looks as though it may have found its leading man, with THR reporting that Christian Bale is in negotiations to take the role.

It had initially been a part that Leonardo DiCaprio had looked set to play, only for the star to recently drop out of discussions, citing scheduling worries.

Bale had previously been David Fincher’s first choice to star, back when the he was attached to the project, only for the director to eventually walk away.

Scripted by Aaron Sorkin, Boyle’s film will be split into three thirty-minute scenes, each set before three of Apple’s major product launches, from the Mac to the iPod.

The film has yet to receive an official title or release date, but expect announcements on those two fronts as soon as a leading man is locked in…

Noomi Rapace talks Prometheus 2

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 05:53:00 GMT

Noomi Rapace has been discussing Prometheus 2, and has hinted at the new villains we can expect to see in the forthcoming sequel.

With Ridley Scott having recently suggested the Xenomorphs won’t feature next time around, it remains to be seen what form the chief antagonists of the new film will take, although Rapace has a couple of big ideas…

“God?” she suggests in an interview with MTV. “Or the Devil? I don’t know where [Scott] is going to take us, but I can’t wait to go there. I don’t know what we’re going to discover.”

“She can’t go to Earth,” says Rapace of her character, Elizabeth Shaw. “There’s nothing left for her there really. She wants to go where they came from, those creatures… so what’s there? I don’t know.”

With Scott likely to direct and with Michael Fassbender also set to return, Prometheus 2 will open in the US on 4 March 2016 with a UK date to be confirmed.

Neil Patrick Harris will host 2015 Oscars

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 04:06:00 GMT

The 2015 Academy Awards will have a brand new host, with Neil Patrick Harris set to present the ceremony for the very first time.

Having recently hosted this year’s Emmy Awards on top of several Tony Awards ceremonies, Harris is an experienced hand at this kind of gig, and looks a worthy replacement for Ellen DeGeneres.

She in turn had proved a popular host, with her performance at the 2014 awards gaining largely positive reviews. However, it is thought she was unwilling to return for a second outing in 2015.

Harris could potentially find himself attached to one of the Best Picture nominees, should Gone Girl get the nod, although given the film’s adult content, it would be a surprise to see him among the winners on the night…

Stranger things have happened though. We’ll have to wait until 22 February 2015 to find out for sure… Until then, here’s NPH reacting to the news...

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The first teaser poster lands for Jurassic World

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 06:17:00 GMT

The first poster has arrived online for Jurassic World, teasing a long-awaited return to Isla Nublar.

Featuring the classic Jurassic Park logo against a foreboding, smoky background, the new poster aims for ominous and does a nice job of getting the goosebumps going ahead of next year’s release.

“The park is open,” booms the official tagline, making us want to pile into the nearest jeep, head off into the rain-soaked jungle in search of a luckless goat, and wait for feeding time.

The new film will take place some 22 years after the events of the original, with the action returning to the remote Isla Nublar, where the park is back up an running once more, and finally open to the public…

Directed by Colin Trevorrow and co-starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and Vincent D’Onofrio, Jurassic World will open in the UK on 12 June 2015.

Russo brothers in line to direct Avengers 3 & 4?

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 06:03:00 GMT

The news broke only yesterday that Iron Man would be joining Captain America 3 as part of the Civil War storyline, and the repercussions for the rest of the Marvel universe are already being speculated on.

According to Badass Digest, Marvel is keen to appoint the Russo brothers as directors of The Avengers 3 and possibly 4, with a view to establishing a coherent through-line across its future films.

Having delivered at the box office with Winter Soldier, the Russos are already in place to direct Captain America 3, and with the events of that film likely to set up a whole new narrative arc, it makes sense that the studio might have its eye on them to pick up the baton from Joss Whedon.

The Civil War storyline focuses upon a divisive piece of government legislation that demands the registration and service of anyone possessing super-powers. Cap and Iron Man come down on either side of the fence, leading to all out war between our two heroes.

Captain America 3 is scheduled to land in the UK on 29 April 2016, which is expected to be followed by The Avengers 3 further down the track in 2018. The road to Phase 3 begins here…

Steve Carell and Channing Tatum star in new Foxcatcher trailer: watch now

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 05:47:00 GMT

A new trailer has arrived online for Foxcatcher, in which Channing Tatum competes for Olympic gold under the watchful eye of wealthy trainer, Steve Carell.

Having spent his life in the shadow of his brother (Mark Ruffalo), Tatum is only too pleased to have the spotlight to himself for once, even if Carell’s intentions are a little murkier than first meets the eye.

He’s a slightly unhinged individual, you see, and although he genuinely wants Tatum to achieve Olympic success, it comes at quite a price…

Take a look at the new trailer, below…

The film is already generating some serious awards-season buzz, with Carell many people’s tip for an Oscar nod, and judging from the footage on show here, the hype is very much justified…

Directed by Bennett Miller and co-starring Sienna Miller, Anthony Michael Hall and Vanessa Redgrave, Foxcatcher will open in the UK on 9 January 2015.

Javier Bardem negotiating villain role in Pirates Of The Caribbean 5

Tue, 14 Oct 2014 23:21:00 GMT

Pirates Of The Caribbean 5 may well have found its chief antagonist, with Javier Bardem reportedly in talks to play Jack Sparrow’s latest enemy.

The Wrap reports that Bardem is currently negotiating with Disney to play the villain of the piece, a ghost captain who blames Sparrow for the death of his beloved brother.

Christoph Waltz had initially been linked to the role, but Disney are thought to have made an offer to the Spanish actor whose wife, Penelope Cruz, appeared in the last instalment in the franchise.

THR also confirms that Geoffrey Rush will be returning as Captain Barbossa, while a female co-lead has yet to be cast, with the character set to face accusations of witchcraft.

Directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg and starring the returning Johnny Depp, Pirates Of The Caribbean 5 will open in the UK on 7 July 2015.

Ewan McGregor the new favourite to play Doctor Strange?

Tue, 14 Oct 2014 23:07:00 GMT

Another day, another Doctor Strange rumour, with Ewan McGregor the latest big name to be linked to the title role in the forthcoming Marvel project.

Ever since Joaquin Phoenix dropped out of negotiations to play the titular sorcerer, the rumour mill has been abuzz with potential candidates to replace him, with Badass Digest mooting McGregor as the latest contender.

According to the report, Marvel are “looking at” McGregor, with the actor thought to be doing his homework on the character ahead of any potential casting.

McGregor is one of several major names to be linked to the role in recent weeks, with Keanu Reeves and Ethan Hawke also thought to be among the frontrunners.

Scott Derrickson will be helming the film, one of the key titles in Marvel’s Phase 3 portfolio, with Doctor Strange set to open in the US on 8 July 2016. A UK date has yet to be confirmed.

Robert Downey Jr. will join Captain America 3

Tue, 14 Oct 2014 06:16:00 GMT

Fairly major news to bring you this morning regarding Captain America 3, with Variety reporting that Robert Downey Jr. is set to join proceedings.

According to the report, the film will bring the famous Civil War storyline to the big screen for the first time, as Cap and Tony Stark find themselves lining up against each other.

Their difference stem from the the Superhero Registration Act, a piece of government legislation that demands anyone with superhuman abilities reveal themselves to the authorities, and act as part of their private police force.

Tony Stark is all for it, but Steve Rogers is not, and the two soon find themselves on a collision course of epic proportions. Exciting stuff then, but according to the report, it nearly didn’t happen…

According to Variety, Iron Man had initially been pencilled in for a small role in the film, only for Downey to campaign for a larger part in proceedings. While Marvel chief Ike Perlmutter wasn’t happy, Kevin Feige saw the opportunity to bring Civil War into existence, and is in the course of thrashing out a deal with his star.

All of which would go some way towards explaining why a fourth Iron Man solo outing is unlikely, as a Civil War storyline could run for several films in its own right. Look forward to the battle lines being drawn when Captain America 3 opens in the UK on 29 April 2016.

Michael Keaton says he would play Batman again

Tue, 14 Oct 2014 06:00:00 GMT

Michael Keaton has been reminiscing about his time as Batman, and says he would re-don the cape and cowl if the chance of a reunion with Tim Burton ever presented itself.

“If it was Tim Burton directing?” clarified Keaton, when asked by Entertainment Weekly whether he would ever consider playing the character again. “In a heartbeat.”

“Tim, in the movies, really invented the whole dark-superhero thing. He started everything, and some of the guys who have done these movies since then don’t say that, and they’re wrong.”

Meanwhile, Keaton also revealed that he was offered a whopping $15 million to return to the role for Batman Forever, but decided against it for creative reasons…

“It sucked,” says Keaton, explaining why he turned the movie down. “Yeah, it was just awful.” Let’s hope Joel Schumacher isn’t reading…

Jai Courtney calls Terminator: Genisys a “reset”

Tue, 14 Oct 2014 05:47:00 GMT

Jai Courtney has been discussing Terminator: Genisys, and says that the new film will act as a “reset” for the long-running franchise.

“I think it’s going to be really cool what they’ve done with it,” says the star. “People want to know if it’s a sequel or a reboot. A word that kind of came to me is that it’s more of a ‘reset’.”
“That’s the awesome thing about when you play with time travel. We can kind of get away with, you know, maybe we’re introduced to a world that audiences know but circumstances can change and that shifts the course of everything.”

With that in mind, Courtney suggests that the new film will be completely accessible for those who are new to the series, as well as those who are long-term Skynet fanatics…

“I don’t think it’s either or,” he says. “I think it’s, if they wanted to [watch the previous films] they could but I don’t think that if they hadn’t they’ll see our film and be completely lost.”

Directed by Alan Taylor and co-starring Emilia Clarke, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jason Clarke, Terminator: Genisys will open in the UK on 3 July 2015.