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There's no grand mystery why the Chinese box office is playing an increasingly important part in the movie industry. Over one billion potential audience members live there and they're understandably more likely to see a big Hollywood movie if it's set in China or has a Chinese star in its cast somewhere. A new rumor has it that even movies set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away are paying attention. Twitch Film, which specializes in covering the international movie scene, picked up on a local rumor that Chinese megastar Donnie Yen (Ip Man) would be joining the cast of the Rian Johnson-directed Star Wars: Episode VIII. They admitted that the source of the rumor was somewhat tabloid-y in nature, but that the rumor was worth sharing because it fit with something...
- Peter Hall
Late last week, it was heavily rumored that Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One has already begun production at London's Pinewood Studios, with star Felicity Jones having shot one major scene. And we're expected to hear some big announcements at this year's Comic Con, where Star Wars: The Force Awakens will have a big presence this Friday. But today, we have an unconfirmed rumor that Star Wars: Episode VIII, which is in pre-production with director Rian Johnson, is already starting to cast new actors. And apparently the production wants Hong Kong action legend Donnie Yen, known best in the states for his Ip Man franchise, for an important yet undisclosed role.
The news comes from Apple Daily, a Hong Kong tabloid not exactly known for its blockbuster movie scoops. They claim that Donnie Yen has already signed on, insuring that Star Wars: Episode VIII has international box office appeal. Spoiler Alert! »
The Hong Kong tabloid Apple Daily is reporting that actor/martial artist Donnie Yen ("Hero," "Shanghai Knights"," "Ip Man") has apparently signed on to Rian Johnson's currently-untitled "Star Wars: Episode VIII" project. Yen's role in the film is unknown at present.
Twitchfilm first picked up the report and adds that they've also heard murmurs about Chinese actors, including a major Asian male action star, being sought for the franchise - albeit for the more immediate first of the anthology films "Star Wars: Rogue One".
Is the original report confusing Yen's casting as being in 'Episode VIII' instead of 'Rogue One'? Filming on Gareth Edwards' 'Rogue One' is reportedly already underway in the UK whereas Rian Johnson's film isn't expected to begin shooting until the end of the year at the earliest.
If it is 'Rogue One', one thing the role will Not be is that of »
- Garth Franklin
By the time of the anticipated launch of the Star Wars sequel trilogy this December with Episode VII: The Force Awakens, we will have gotten to either love or hate a slew of new primary characters. However, rumors are circulating that the middle act might add some Force-powered chop-socky with the exciting addition of Hong Kong action star, Donnie Yen. A Hong Kong tabloid called Apple Daily has stoked the rumor fires with their report claiming that Donnie Yen, one of the most bankable stars in the lucrative China film market, has landed a role in the yet-to-be-titled Episode VIII, directed by Rian Johnson. As the sparse details of the report imply, Yen would prospectively play a Jedi, who, by some fateful set of circumstances, becomes a friend to Harrison Ford.s Han Solo in the battle against the neo-Imperial organization known as The First Order. The report goes so »
Take this one with a hearty grain of salt until more official confirmation comes our way, but Hong Kong tabloid Apple Daily is reporting that martial artist and action star Donnie Yen has scored a role in Lucasfilm and Disney’s Star Wars Episode VIII, which will be the third of the relaunched Star Wars films to hit theaters.
Rian Johnson (Looper) is directing the film, which will reportedly be shooting in London next month. Yen, best known for the Ip Man trilogy, will supposedly take on the role of a Jedi and have at least one scene with Harrison Ford’s Han Solo. Currently, only Oscar Isaac, playing Poe Dameron, is confirmed for Johnson’s pic.
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- Isaac Feldberg
It’s certainly an exciting time to be a Star Wars fan, what with Lucasfilm gearing up for a marketing blitz on Star Wars: The Force Awakens ahead of its December release, as well as kicking off production on Gareth Edwards’ Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One.
Now it seems we may have our first piece of casting news on the next project on Lucasfilm’s slate, Star Wars: Episode VIII, with Hong Kong tabloid Apple Daily claiming that martial arts star Donnie Yen (Ip Man) has signed on for a role in the Rian Johnson-directed film, having won the part ahead of competition from Chinese actors such as Wang Lee Hom, Stephen Chow, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Daniel Wu, Jet Li and Chang Chen.
The tabloid claims that Yen will be filming scenes in London next month for the May 2017 release, which does cast doubts on the reliability of the report, »
- Gary Collinson
Donnie Yen Star Wars Episode VIII rumour: Reports are circulating online that eastern action movie star Donnie Yen will play a Jedi in the next Star Wars movie. Donnie Yen Star Wars Episode VIII rumour
We’ve been reading a few reports this morning that IP Man star Donnie Yen has signed on the dotted line to play a Jedi in Rian Johnson‘s Star Wars Episode VIII. The reports seem to original from a Chinese language website called Apple Daily (via Martial Arts Action Cinema), and they add that Yen will star opposite Harrison Ford as Han Solo in the film.
There’s not a lot else in the news report, other than that Yen is set to fly to London to start shooting next month, which seems a little early for any Episode VIII activity. Gareth Edwards‘ Star Wars Rogue One is shooting at Pinewood from next month, »
- Paul Heath
Following the massive success of Furious 7, Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Jurassic World at the Chinese box office this summer, Hollywood is really seeing the importance of the Chinese market. A number of key productions are now scrambling to cast Chinese actors with the hope of maximizing their potential desirability with Chinese audiences in the years to come. Hong Kong tabloid Apple Daily is reporting this morning that Donnie Yen has signed on to join Star Wars Episode VIII, and will be jetting off to London next month to start filming. The article also talks about Yen joining Harrison Ford on screen, even though currently only Oscar Isaac is confirmed to be appearing in Rian Johnson's film. Reportedly other actors being considered for the...
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Next week, some of the biggest movies and TV shows Hollywood has to offer will head a few hours south to San Diego for Comic-Con 2015, which runs from Thursday, July 9 to Sunday, July 12. Last week, before the official Comic-Con schedule was released, we tried to break down some of the surprises that the studios and networks may have in store for fans, since many of the big events at every Con aren't found on the official schedule. This year will surely be no exception, and several of the studios are even feeding into this, with the lineups for Open Road Films and 20th Century Fox still shrouded in mystery. We can speculate on what movies these studios will showcase until the cows come home, but we won't know for sure what exactly will be on display until everyone has been seated in Hall H for each presentation. Last year, the »
Last year Amazon Prime released their biggest television project to the masses. That show was Extant and starred Academy Award Winner Halle Berry as Molly Woods, a female astronaut, whom after returning from a year long solo space mission found herself pregnant. Meanwhile her husband John, played by Goran Visnic was hard at work designing a new form of artificial intelligence, known as a ‘Humanic’. The result was Ethan, played brilliantly by Looper’s Pierce Gagnon, a robot child that Molly and John were raising as there own.
As the series progressed it was revealed that Molly’s baby was of course alien in origin and Molly found herself desperately trying to save her hybrid child form government officials, whilst still trying to keep Earth safe from invasion. If you haven’t seen the show »
- Kat Smith
Last year, just before the Comic-Con schedule was announced, I tried to predict some of the big surprises that the studios would spring on us in San Diego. As it turns out, I was actually right about a few of them (the first Mad Max: Fury Road trailer, first look at Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), but there were so many more, like Legendary announcing Godzilla 2 and Kong: Skull Island, Bruce Campbell returning for Ash Vs. Evil Dead and Biz Markie's "Just a Friend" performance. With the con just a few weeks away, the official schedule is starting to roll out, day by day, with some big stuff happening in Hall H. Of course, many studios started announcing their panels weeks ahead of time, but now, the "big picture," as it were, is starting to come together. Although this Con picture is much different than years past. »
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, »
For over a thousand generations the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic, which means they must have dealt with a variety of threats. Over the six Star Wars movies, the peacekeepers fought enemies ranging from Sith Lords and bounty hunters to battle droids and fighting ring beasts. That will continue when the next wave of Star Wars movies kick off later this year, but Star Wars: Episode VIII director Rian Johnson dreamt of a particularly unusual enemy for the newest generation of benevolent Force wielders to face: dogs. You can find the whole story on Johnson.s Twitter feed, but here.s the summary. Earlier this week, Johnson dreamt he was storyboarding an action scene so great that even if Episode VIII was a disaster it would, "blow the roof off the theater." Then he experienced a moment of lucidity within the dream »
When you sign on to work on a Star Wars film, you sign a huge Nda which prevents you from talking about the movie in almost any way possible (for example, see us try to get screenwriter Gary Whitta to talk about Star Wars: Rogue One here). But Star Wars: Episode VIII writer/director Rian Johnson has […]
- Peter Sciretta
In April 2013, Disney Chairman Alan Horn made the dreams of millions come true when he announced a range of new plans for the iconic and beloved Star Wars film franchise. Beginning with a new trilogy of core sequels – headed up by Star Wars: The Force Awakens – the studio confirmed that there would also be several standalone, spinoff movies, giving a broader view of Star Wars action.
With this parallel Star Wars series quickly becoming known as the Star Wars Anthology films, the imaginations of fans ran wild – with such a rich universe to draw upon, the possibilities seemed endless. The schedule for these new plans was confirmed by Disney CEO Bob Iger – the intention being, to release of a new core film every two years, interspersed with an Anthology film. The result of this schedule means we will potentially see a brand new Star Wars film every year, for six years, »
- Sarah Myles
Here at The Movie Bit we like to try and broaden your horizons from time to time, and bring you some movies that for one reason or another have passed you by. Some old, some new, all of these movies are readily available at your local DVD store, or online through the likes of Netlix, so no more excuses as to why you haven’t seen the films on this list. The next time you find yourself wondering what to watch on your night in, just pick any from the list below and we promise you’ll be pleasantly surprised. So, without further delay, here’s part 1 of our guide to the 50 best movies you haven’t seen...yet! 1 - Brick Synopsis: Rian Johnson’s debut feature film sees a teenage loner force his way into the underworld of a high school crime ring to investigate the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend. »
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There's a lot of talk about the digital campfire concerning the Arri's new Alexa 65 camera, which combines the proven image quality, dynamic range, and usability of the Alexa with a much larger 65mm equivalent sensor. Emmanuel Lubezki used it to shoot Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's The Revenant, Robert Elswit used the camera for the much-talked-about underwater sequences in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation and it's being used as I type to film Captain America: Civil War. Well, now it's heading to a galaxy far, far away. The Hollywood Reporter brings word cinematographer Greig Fraser (Zero Dark Thirty) will be using the camera to lens Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One for director Gareth Edwards, delivering the latest in premium, large-format, 6K resolution in digital filmmaking. Meanwhile, Rian Johnson, who will be filming Star Wars: Episode VIII revealed on Twitter he'll be using 35mm for that shoot, though he did consider 65mm. This »
- Brad Brevet
The Playlist's Rodrigo Perez reports that Terry Gilliam is planning to funnel some Amazon money into The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. "'It’s my madness!' Gilliam laughed." Meantime, while Gareth Edwards will be using the new Arri Alexa 65, "a digital camera that provides 6K resolution," to shoot Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One, Rian Johnson will be sticking to his guns: Star Wars: Episode VIII will be shot on 35mm. More news of projects in the works: John Sayles will adapt Frank Herbert's Soul Catcher for Chris Eyre to direct. Reese Witherspoon is going to Wall Street—and more. » - David Hudson »
J.J. Abrams shot Star Wars: The Force Awakens on 35mm film and yesterday news broke that Rian Johnson will do the same for Star Wars: Episode VIII, but apparently Gareth Edwards is going in a different direction with his anthology film, Star Wars: Rogue One. According to THR, parts of Rogue One will be shot with a large-format, 6K resolution model of Arri's Alexa 65. As described on the Arri website, it’s “a complete large-format solution for high-end theatrical motion pictures.” It’s “a scaled-up version of an Alexa Xt, able to capture an uncompressed Arriraw 65 mm image of stunning intensity and definition.” The moment the camera debuted back in December, cinematographers were clamoring to get their hands on it. Robert Elswit used it for an underwater sequence in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, Stuart Dryburgh might shoot all of Yimou Zhang’s The Great Wall with it »
- Perri Nemiroff
Having already confirmed that he will not be directing any more Jurassic movies, Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow is predictably the subject of vast amounts of speculation with regard to his next project choices. He made the leap from small indie movies – such as Safety Not Guaranteed – to a giant blockbuster franchise, which means that Trevorrow’s name inevitably arises in any discussion about potential Star Wars directors – particularly now that Josh Trank has relinquished the reins of the planned second Star Wars Anthology movie. Doing press for Jurassic World has seen the director deal with the Star Wars question – particularly in conversation with /Film.
“Yeah, I can’t say no to that idea. Look, I think you’d know I was lying if I said I would never ever do a Star Wars film. I could tell you absolutely, 100 per cent for sure, I’m not doing or involved in the Boba Fett one. »
- Sarah Myles
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