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Weekly Film News Round-Up: Captain America, It, Indiana Jones, And More

While the spotlight may have been singing brightly on the British political horizon the film news has been pouring in so join us for this round-up.

First up Captain American: Civil War has been adding all manner of cast members to its already bulging cast.  Martin Freeman, fresh off Hobbit duties, has joined the roster in an unspecified role.  There’s already speculation that he could be playing a Government ‘interrogator’ assigned to the nation of Wakanda which is the place where Black Panther hails from.  Also returning to the Marvel cinematic universe will be Revenge star Emily VanCamp who starred as Agent 13 in The Winter Soldier.  Add to that almost every key cast member of the Marvel films including; Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Elizabeth Olsen, Robert Downey Jr., Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, and Don Cheadle as well as Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man and William Hurt from The Incredible Hulk also both expected to make appearances and Civil War is increasingly looking like bursting at the seems with heroes.  The film will see a government act passed which forces all heroes to reveal their true identity, something which Captain America is against but Tony Stark is for sending the two into a Civil War with various heroes siding with them.  Joe and Anthony Russo have just started production with a script from Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.  Source – Marvel 

It seems Indiana Jones is still very much alive and kicking.  The man with the whip looks certain to return to the big screen but in what form remains open.  LucasFilm super-producer Kathleen Kennedy told Vanity fair that they will make another Indy film but there is no script currently in development.  There have been rumours that the franchise will be rebooted with Chris Pratt taking over from Harrison Ford but those rumours remain just that.  Meanwhile Indiana director Steven Spielberg has stated he would like to make another Indiana film in whatever guise the franchise sees fit.  Source – Vanity Fair

Stephen King’s It adaptation took a step forward this week with news that the terrifying malevolent force Pennywise The Clown will be played by Will Poulter.  It’s a bit of left-field casting considering Poulter is relatively young to be playing such a creepy role but True Detective director Cary Fukunaga said he was originally looking for older actors to play the role, which has been played in the past by Tim Curry, but was impressed by Poulter’s auditition and some footage he saw of him in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant. The book sees a group of kids having to defeat an evil force that plagues their town and then encountering it again when they’re adults.  The film is expected to be released in two-parts presumably with the logical cut-off in the time-line being the separating point.  Source – Variety 

Rosamund Pike, Jason Clarke, Jacks O’Connell and Reynor and Mia Wasikowska have all signed on to star in HHHH for The Connection writer-director Cédric Jimenez.  The film will tell the story of Reinhard Heydrich, also known as Reich Protector who was one of Hitler’s key members in coming up with The Final Solution.  Pike, who was last seen in her Oscar nominated role for David Fincher’s Gone Girl, will play his wife while O’Connell and Reynor will play the resistance paratroopers who managed to assassinate Heydrich.  Wasikowska will play a girl in occupied Prague who befriends O’Connell’s character.  Production is expected to start in August with a  planned 2016 release date.  Source – The Wrap 

Alex Garland, fresh off the success of one of the year’s best films Ex_Machina is already looking to his next project Annihilation.  The film, based on the book by Jeff VanderMeer sees a group of investigative scientists travel into  sealed of zone known as Area X which has claimed lives in the past.  The heroine of the film, is guiding the latest journey to uncover the truth about her husband and they soon discover there is more to Area X than first thought and the shady powers-that-be are manipulating them.  Garland clearly has pulling power and is in advanced talks with Natalie Portman to take the lead role.  Source – Variety 

 

 

 

Alex Moss Editor

Alex Moss’ obsession with film began the moment he witnessed the Alien burst forth from John Hurt’s stomach. It was perhaps ill-advised to witness this aged 6 but much like the beast within Hurt, he became infected by a parasite called ‘Movies’. Rarely away from his computer or a big screen, as he muses on Cinematic Deities, Alex is “more machine now than man. His mind is twisted and evil”. Email: alex.moss@filmjuice.com

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