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Exclusive: Chiké Okonkwo (Banshee, BBC's Paradox) has been cast in Nate Parker’s The Birth of A Nation. He joins an ensemble that includes Jackie Earle Haley, Armie Hammer, Colman Domingo, Penelope Ann Miller and Mark Boone Junior in the historical drama based on the true story of the 1831 slave rebellion led by Nat Turner. Okonkwo plays a brutalized slave who becomes a freedom fighter and ally to Turner (Parker) during the rebellion. Prompted by religious visions, Turner… »
Gerard Butler is back to save the day – and the Us President – from terrorists on British soil. As world leaders gather to pay their respects to the late British Prime Minister, a team of terrorists target the powerful figures at the funeral and it’s up to Secret Service agent Mike Banning (Butler) to join forces with an MI6 agent (Charlotte Riley). With President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart) in tow, the two agents are the only ones who can stop this catastrophe.
The action thriller features a supporting cast that includes Morgan Freeman, Melissa Leo, Jackie Earle Haley, Angela Bassett, and Radha Mitchell. Look for London Has Fallen in theatres on January 22, 2016.
Check out the teaser trailer now: »
- Rachel West
As someone who didn’t find there to be anything particularly special about Olympus Has Fallen, I was blown away by how well the action-thriller performed at the box office, but I guess that’s just the power of a solid marketing campaign. The first teaser for follow-up London Has Fallen doesn’t pretend to be anything more than more of the same, but given the warm welcome for Olympus, Lionsgate clearly believes it doesn’t have to do much more than put the film out there, sit back and rake in the big bucks.
There’s really not much to say about the content in the first teaser, which dropped tody. I wanted to beat my head against the keyboard watching the solemn title cards – “In 2013, Olympus fell. In 2016, London will fall. Dun Dun Dun” – and there’s literally nothing else to it than generic-looking explosions, the most morose »
- Isaac Feldberg
A first trailer has dropped for Babak Najafi’s sequel to Lionsgate’s suprise hit Olympus Has Fallen. The action has moved from the states to the United Kingdom, hence London Has Fallen, and unsurprisingly sees the destruction of several of the capital’s landmarks. An onimous rendition of ‘London Bridge has fallen down’ plays over the destruction, as the familiar faces of Gerard Butler, returning as Mike Banning, and Aaron Eckhart flash across the screen.
The sequel to the worldwide smash hit Olympus Has Fallen begins in London, where the British Prime Minister has passed away under mysterious circumstances. His funeral is a must-attend event for leaders of the western world. But what starts out as the most protected event on earth, turns into a deadly plot to kill the world’s most powerful leaders, devastate every known landmark in the British capital, and unleash a terrifying vision of the future. »
- Jake Wilson
In 2013, Antoine Fuqua's President-in-peril actioner Olympus Has Fallen introduced Gerard Butler as disgraced Secret Service Agent Mike Banning, who was tasked with saving Commander-in-Chief Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart) when terrorists shut the White House down. In their second adventure together, London Has Fallen, Banning and Asher attend the funeral of the British Prime Minister, who died under mysterious circumstances. With world leaders in attendance to pay their respects, another terrorist organization seizes on this perfect opportunity to take them all out. And yet none of this is revealed in the first look at director Babak Najafi's sequel. That's fine. This is a teaser trailer. All we really need to see is Butler and Eckhart running around amidst explosions while the historic monuments of London crumble down around them to the eerie, minor-keyed tune of "London Bridge Is Falling Down". Subtlety is not what these films aim for, and I respect that. »
- Dave Trumbore
They blew it all up!! The first teaser trailer has debuted for London Has Fallen, the sequel to Olympus Has Fallen starring Gerard Butler as Mike Banning and Aaron Eckhardt as the President. Both of them are back again, along with Morgan Freeman, in London Has Fallen which does indeed bring the action to London. Melissa Leo, Radha Mitchell, Angela Bassett, Jackie Earle Haley and Robert Forster also star, but not everyone is in this footage yet. This teaser sets up the "London Has Fallen" showdown, putting Butler & Eckhardt at the center of "a plot to assassinate all the world leaders" in London. I'm sure it's going to be full of ridiculous action and crazy twists, so if you're excited for this you know what to expect. Here's the first teaser trailer for Babak Najafi's London Has Fallen, found on YouTube: The sequel to the worldwide smash hit Olympus Has Fallen, »
- Alex Billington
The first London Has Fallen trailer has dropped, offering a first look at the sequel to the 2013 hit Olympus Has Fallen. This time around Gerard Butler returns as Secret Service agent Mike Banning as the action moves from U.S. to British soil. The story begins following the death of the British Prime Minister and his funeral becomes a target of a terrorist organization to destroy some of the world's most powerful leaders, devastate the British capital, and unleash a terrifying vision of the future. The only hope of stopping it rests on the shoulders of the President of the United States (Aaron Eckhart) and his formidable Secret Service head (Butler), and an English Mi-6 agent (Charlotte Riley) who rightly trusts no one. Morgan Freeman also stars as the Vice President of the United States. Babak Najafi takes over directorial duties from Antoine Fuqua and along with the returning Butler and Eckhart, »
- Brad Brevet
Depending on where your politics lay, "London Has Fallen" may also be an all too accurate description of the recent election results in the United Kingdom. But it's also the title of the unlikely sequel of the unlikely hit "Olympus Has Fallen," the first of the dueling 2013 blockbusters about the White House coming under siege (the other was "White House Down," which earned more at the box office, but also had double the budget). And the first trailer has arrived for another tale of bad guys, honorable presidents and the people who work for them. Read More: Review: 'White House Down' Starring Channing Tatum & Jamie Foxx Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Melissa Leo, Radha Mitchell, Robert Forster, Jackie Earle Haley, and Charlotte Riley are among the ensemble for this one which takes the story across the pond. Terrorists seize the opportunity of the British Prime »
- Kevin Jagernauth
By Mike Thomas
In the beginning, there was Lon. As the disfigured antagonist in The Phantom of the Opera, his half-masked face hid a horrible secret, only to be revealed at the climax of the film. The formula of the masked villain had been played out in countless films, with the hero unmasking the villain in the end. This worked well for suspense, and it an easy gimmick for an exciting reveal.
In the Golden Age of Horror, villains - monsters - had faces. Frankenstein. Dracula. the Wolfman.. With these characters, it was the creature that was important, not the actor. So anyone, from Bela Lugosi, to John Carradine, to -- Leslie Nielsen could portray the undead creature of the night. (Bar Bet: though Lugosi is most identified with Dracula, it was Count Dooku, Christopher Lee, who played the part more than any other actor). In the Universal Monsters era, »
- Mike Thomas
London Has Fallen: Our first look at Gerard Butler in London Has Fallen reveals the Secret Service agent again taking matters into his own hands. The sequel to Olympus Has Fallen finds Butler back on the job protecting the U.S. President (Aaron Eckhart) during a trip to London to attend the Prime Minister's funeral. Angela Bassett, Morgan Freeman, and Melissa Leo also return; Charlotte Riley and Jackie Earle Haley join in the fun. It's set for release on January 22, 2016. [Empire] Furious 8: Jason Statham says he is already talking about reprising his role as the villainous Deckard Shaw in Furious 8. He also comments that there is "some great stuff" that he knows about the plans for the movie, but, in a jovial mood, he declined to be more specific...
- Peter Martin
First London Has Fallen Movie Image Released. A still photo from the upcoming sequel to 2013’s Olympus Has Fallen has been released. If you can’t tell, the location has been changed from Washington D.C. to London, but the premise is most likely strikingly similar.
In an age where every non-indie or dramatic movie is intended to become a franchise, it’s not that shocking to see Olympus Has Fallen get sequel treatment. After all, it made its money back and the basic action appeal is there. To be honest, I’m more excited for a sequel such as this one than any other expected, unsurprising continuation of any of the current crop of storylines (well, Captain America: Civil War might be the exception here). It’s just awesome that we’ll be getting another R-Rated action movie featuring Gerard Butler breaking bones and murdering ‘the enemy’. I only have one valid concern, »
- Marco Margaritoff
London Has Fallen: Our first look at Gerard Butler in London Has Fallen reveals the former Secret Service agent again taking matters into his own hands. The sequel to Olympus Has Fallen finds Butler back on the job protecting the U.S. president (Aaron Eckhart) during a trip to London to attend the prime minister's funeral. Angela Bassett, Morgan Freeman and Melissa Leo also return; Charlotte Riley and Jackie Earle Haley join in the fun. Its release date recently moved to January 22, 2016....
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Having nearly singlehandedly stopping North Korean terrorists from killing the President, secret service agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) returns for a London set follow-up to the action hit "Olympus Has Fallen".
In the new film "London Has Fallen", Banning and an MI6 agent (Charlotte Riley), must save the day when U.S. President Asher (Aaron Eckhart) is targeted in London at the funeral of the Prime Minister. Angela Bassett, Radha Mitchell, Morgan Freeman, Jackie Earle Haley, Melissa Leo, Robert Forster and Colin Salmon also star in the film.
Today, Empire have posted the very first photo from the production which star Gerard Butler calls a "fun franchise" and adds "You get to do a lot of really badass action, but its got its tongue firmly in its cheek." »
- Garth Franklin
Focus Features has released the first London Has Fallen image, and while it doesn’t show Gerard Butler stabbing a guy in the head, it does have him protecting the Underground. In the upcoming film, terrorists are out to destroy the world’s leaders, the British capital, and basically ruin everything because that’s how terrorists do. Now it’s up to ‘Merica to save the day as the President (Aaron Eckhart) and his Secret Service head (Butler) come to the rescue. If the original movie hadn’t been so uncomfortably serious, I might be excited as the prospect of some dumb fun, but I’m bracing myself for more of the same, although Butler tells Empire “You get to do a lot of really badass action, but it's got its tongue firmly in its cheek.” Check out the image below. The film opens October 2nd in the U.K. »
- Matt Goldberg
From Zoolander 2 to 23 Jump Street, with 100s in-between. Here's our rundown of the assorted movie sequels in the works...
Think Hollywood is bereft of original ideas? You just might after this. Here's our look at the assorted movie sequels currently in the works. Since we last did a list like this, we've dropped films that seem to have died a death - Wanted 2, Spring Breakers 2 - but we'll keep this rundown up to date over the coming month.
Without further ado...
23 Jump Street
Sony is pressing ahead with a third Jump Street movie, as well as a possible Jump Street vs Men In Black film, and a female-headlined spin-off. For 23 Jump Street specifically, Rodney Rothman is back and working on the script (he wrote the second one). It's unclear yet if Chris Miller and Phil Lord can find breathing space in their schedule to direct. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are both expected back, »
The sequel to 2013's Olympus Has Fallen, which was set for a October 2, 2015 release, will now open on January 22, 2016.
Jackie Earle Haley has joined the cast as Deputy Chief Mason.
Watch the trailer for Olympus has Fallen below: »
Gramercy Pictures has announced that it has pushed back the release date of the action sequel London Has Fallen, with the film now set to arrive on January 22nd 2016, as opposed to its original date of October 2nd this year. At present, it’s unclear how this will impact its UK release, but we can probably expect a similar move.
The shift comes in the wake of the news that 20th Century Fox has pushed up the release of Ridley Scott’s sci-fi drama The Martian to October 2nd. London Has Fallen will now open against Journey 3: From the Earth to the Moon, Mechanic: Resurrection, The Boy and Risen.
The sequel to the worldwide smash hit Olympus Has Fallen begins in London, where the British Prime Minister has passed away under mysterious circumstances. His funeral is a must-attend event for leaders of the western world. But what starts out »
- Gary Collinson
Gramercy Pictures has announced that the upcoming action sequel "London Has Fallen" has been delayed by just over two months.
Originally slated for October 2nd this year, this follow-up to 2013's "Olympus Has Fallen" will now open January 22nd next year. The announcement comes just days after Fox moved their buzzed about Ridley Scott sci-fi epic "The Martian" into the October 2nd slot.
The story begins after the British Prime Minister passes away. His funeral then becomes a target of a terrorist organization to destroy some of the world’s most powerful leaders, devastate the British capital, and unleash a terrifying vision of the future.
The only hope of stopping it rests on the shoulders of the President of the United States (Aaron Eckhart) and his formidable Secret Service head (Gerard Butler), and an English Mi-6 agent (Charlotte Riley) who rightly trusts no one. Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Melissa Leo, »
- Garth Franklin
Special effects legend Rick Baker formally announced his retirement this week. Baker cited a “cheap and fast” philosophy in the movie industry that was at odds with his desire to ensure things got done right as the catalyst for his retirement. Baker’s work stretches across several prominent films, from An American Werewolf in London to Videodrome to The Rocketeer to Ed Wood to Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes and Tropic Thunder. Baker also worked on the Men in Black films and Michael Jackson’s famous “Thriller” music video. The 2014 feature Maleficent will now stand as his last work.
Baker will, however, be auctioning off his famous work via The Prop Store, beginning today.
Jessica Chastain and Amy Schumer are poised to work together on a new comedy. The Tracking Board has reported that Chastain, known mostly for her dramatic work in features such as The Tree of Life and Zero Dark Thirty, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
The sequel to the worldwide smash hit Olympus Has Fallen begins in London, where the British Prime Minister has passed away under mysterious circumstances. His funeral is a must-attend event for leaders of the western world. But what starts out as the most protected event on earth, turns into a deadly plot to kill the world’s most powerful leaders, devastate every known landmark in the British capital, and unleash a terrifying vision of the future. Only three people have any hope of stopping it: the President of the United States, his formidable secret service head (Gerard Butler), and an English Mi-6 agent who rightly trusts no one.
London Has Fallen is set for release in the Us and UK on October 2nd, »
- Gary Collinson
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