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During Marvel Studios' Hall H presentation in San Diego, Marvel's Black Panther Producer Kevin Feige introduced fans to the rest of the film's cast! In addition to Chadwick Boseman, the Black Panther himself, and director Ryan Coogler, Feige also welcomed to the stage Michael B. Jordan, who will play Erik Killmonger, Lupita Nyong'o, taking the role of Nakia; and Danai Gurira as Okoye. Additionally, fans got their first look at the new logo for the film, on display above.
There had previously been rumors that Killmonger would be present in this movie, along with a number of other Marvel characters. These characters include Monica Lynne, a singer who saved T'challa from drowning after he was defeated by Killmonger. Monica Lynne is said to be T'challa's "longest love interest," whom he's pledged "eternal devotion" to. Others include N'Gassi, T'calla's adviser and acting regent when he's away from Wakanda, Oyoke, who Danai Gurira is playing, »
In a posting on Facebook, Johnson said: "Final slate of the final shot. VIII is officially wrapped. Thanks to the best cast and crew in the galaxy, and thanks to the fans for all the love and support though the whole process. Cannot wait to put it together and share it with you all!"
Continuing the story from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," the film stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Lupita Nyong’o, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis along with new to the series Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern and Kelly Marie Tran.
"Star Wars: Episode VIII" is scheduled for release December 15, 2017.
- Garth Franklin
That's a warp! Star Wars: Episode VIII is finally done shooting. Though there will be additional pick-up days later in the year, director Rian Johnson announced via Facebook that the eighth chapter in the Skywaker saga is officially in the can. Now, the post-production process starts on this follow-up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Johnson shared a very quick video from set teasing the final slate along with the movie's final shot, which you can see below. Here's what Rian had to say.
"Final slate of the final shot. VIII is officially wrapped. Thanks to the best cast and crew in the galaxy, and thanks to the fans for all the love and support though the whole process. Cannot wait to put it together and share it with you all!"
Star Wars 8 began shooting in February of this year, with a shoot that lasted just a little over six months. »
Despite having a wrap party earlier this month, it seems that filming wasn’t quite finished on Star Wars: Episode VIII… until now. Yes, the next chapter of the main Star Wars saga is now in the can, as revealed by director Rian Johnson on the official Twitter page…
Final slate of the final shot. VIII is officially wrapped. Cannot wait to share it with you all! –@rianjohnson pic.twitter.com/l4Apk0Ro4i
— Star Wars (@starwars) July 22, 2016
Star Wars: Episode VIII is set for release on December 15th 2017 and sees returning cast members Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (Leia Organa), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Kanata), Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma), Billie Lourd (Lieutenant Connix) and Andy Serkis (Supreme Leader Snoke) joined by new additions Benicio Del Toro »
- Gary Collinson
Following the success of Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book earlier this year, CG live-action is becoming an increasingly appealing prospect for Hollywood studios. Fox is jumping aboard that trend by optioning the very popular, bi-monthly, independent comic book series Mouse Guard for adaptation – with Gary Whitta (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) writing the screenplay.
Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) will produce the project, which will see the characters of these graphic novels brought to life. The source material first launched in 2006, and was created by David Petersen. It tells the story of medieval, anthropomorphic mice, and the way in which they protect their community from predators and foe. With ten years of storytelling to play with, in addition to a number of spin-off series, Fox will be hoping that Mouse Guard will be the beginning of a brand new franchise opportunity for the studio.
Mouse Guard is in the very early stages of development, »
- Sarah Myles
Marvel Studios is currently seeking background talent for their upcoming superhero feature, “Black Panther.” The film, which will feature Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, and Michael B. Jordan, is looking for actors to portray “people from Africa,” who can be anywhere from 2–90 years old. Shooting will take place January 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. Read: “Don’t Underestimate ‘Captain America’ Star Sebastian Stan” “Black Panther,” which is directed by Ryan Coogler (“Creed”) and stars Chadwick Boseman as the titular superhero, depicts the story of “T’Challa, the new ruler of the advanced kingdom of Wakanda, [who] must defend his land from being torn apart by enemies from outside and inside the country.” See the full casting notice here, and be sure to check out all of Backstage’s Atlanta audition notices! Looking for on-camera advice? Check out our YouTube channel: »
At this year's Star Wars Celebration in London director Rian Johnson has confirmed at Star Wars Celebration Europe that Star Wars: Episode VIII will start directly after the end of J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
"For the first time, we're breaking Star Wars tradition and starting our movie right where the last one left off. Skellig Michael is an incredibly mystical place. To be there and have that be the first thing we were shooting was an appropriately surreal way to start everything off."
The cast includes Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis. New additions to the cast include Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern, and newcomer Kelly Marie Tran.
Star Wars: Episode VIII is set to hit theaters December 15, 2017 release. »
- J.B. Casas
London — Directors Rian Johnson, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, accompanied by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, discussed the future of the “Star Wars” franchise at Star Wars Celebration Europe at the ExCel Centre. Alden Ehrenreich was also officially introduced as young Han Solo for the upcoming standalone movie.
“This is going to start right where the last one left off,” “Episode VIII” director Johnson said. “It was a break from tradition.”
He added, “The second film is where we zoom into the characters, getting to the heart of them and challenging them.”
In preparation to direct the highly anticipated sequel, Johnson screened gritty 1949 WWII drama “Twelve O’Clock High” (“It became extremely important”) and Mikhail Kalatozov’s 1959 survival adventure “Letter Never Sent” plus classics like “The Bridge On The River Kwai,” “The Dambusters,” “Sahara” and “Gunga Din.”
Johnson went to San Francisco and spent six weeks figuring out the story.
- Ian Freer
Luke Skywalker has vanished. As far as opening crawls go, few are as dramatic and immediate as Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Teeing up the events to come in brilliant fashion, that ambiguous tease had fans on tenterhooks for much of the movie, and it was only during the final scene that Mark Hamill’s wayward Jedi Master appeared on screen. Had J.J. Abrams and Co. taken the actor’s initial thoughts on board, though, Luke Skywalker could have been introduced long before Rey made a beeline for Ahch-To, home to the first Jedi Temple.
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As Hamill revealed during a panel at the ongoing Star Wars Celebration Europe, he initially hoped Luke would have leaped into action on Starkiller Base, catching the lightsaber mid-flight as it flies from the snow.
It was a scene that already made a nod to Luke’s encounter with the Wampa in Empire Strikes Back, »
- Michael Briers
Ahead of this weekend’s Star Wars Celebration, Daisy Ridley (Rey) and Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) have taken to social media to announce that Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII has wrapped production. Ridley shared an image of her character Rey complete with lightsaber, while Hamill posted a photo from the wrap party…
Meanwhile, Hamill also took to Facebook to share a video from the party, featuring a group of dancing Stormtroopers…
Star Wars: Episode VIII is set for release on December 15th 2017 and sees returning cast members Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (Leia Organa), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Kanata), Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma), Billie Lourd (Lieutenant Connix) and Andy Serkis (Supreme Leader Snoke) joined by new additions Benicio Del Toro (Guardians of the Galaxy), Laura Dern »
- Gary Collinson
Exclusive: Dean-Charles Chapman has been set to star in Breathe for director Andy Serkis, opposite Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy. The film is based on the true story of Robin (Garfield), a handsome, brilliant and adventurous man whose life takes a dramatic turn when polio leaves him paralyzed. Foy will star as Robin's devoted and determined wife Diana. Together they refuse to be imprisoned by his suffering, traveling the world and transforming the lives of others with… »
Hot Toys has unveiled a batch of promotional images for its latest 1/6th scale Star Wars: The Force Awakens figure, featuring Daisy Ridley’s Rey in her Resistance Outfit from the final scene of the movie; check them out here…
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The highly-accurate collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of Daisy Ridley as Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens featuring the highly detailed head sculpt, meticulously tailored outfit as seen in the final scenes of the film, Rey’s signature staff, a blaster pistol, Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber hilt, and a hexagonal figure stand with the Resistance’s emblem.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens sees J.J. Abrams directing returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and Tim Rose (Admiral Ackbar), in addition to Adam Driver »
- Amie Cranswick
If ever there was any doubt that Disney’s no-spoiler policy for Star Wars has reached the point of caricature, an Instagram post spotted by The Verge reveals that Daisy Ridley has been sporting a pillowcase on her head to ensure her Star Wars: Episode VIII hairstyle remains, ahem, under wraps.
Ridley, who would commonly upload bite-sized fitness videos on her personal Instagram feed, took to the social platform earlier today to share a new gym session replete with said pillowcase. The caption reads: “Ran to the gym between different set ups so wore a pillowcase on my head to protect my Rey Hairstyle from Instagram’s gaze.”
Surprise! It’s #workoutwednesday cause I don’t know if I have time to train Friday! Ran to tthe gym between different set ups so wore a pillowcase on my head to protect my Rey Hairstyle from Instagram’s gaze #topemployee #secrecyqueen @gravzy12 pushing me super hard! »
- Michael Briers
“The jungle consumes everything,” says a character in The Legend of Tarzan. “It preys on the old, the sick, the wounded. It preys on the weak – but never the strong.” And now, thanks to modern film-making technology, you can consume the jungle back, without having to get your hands dirty, or bitten off.
The Legend of Tarzan is the second time in a matter of months that Hollywood has taken us back to the jungle, after Disney’s reworking of The Jungle Book. One suspects this has less to do with a newfound interest in the tropics and everything to do with the awesome possibilities of special effects. Those fraught, dangerous location shoots with »
- Steve Rose
Back in 2007 it was announced that Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson were teaming up to bring Herge’s The Adventures of Tintin to the big screen, with Spielberg directing a first movie, Jackson helming the sequel, and the duo teaming up to round out the trilogy by co-directing the third.
Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin arrived in 2011 and was met with positive reviews and a decent global box office of $374 million. However, by that point, Jackson was back in Middle-earth developing what ultimately became a trilogy of Hobbit movies, and talk of the sequel seemed to fizzle out.
Well, Spielberg has now confirmed that the second movie is still in the works, with Jackson remaining attached as director, although he’s set to helm a mystery project for Amblin first:
“Peter was so busy with The Hobbit that it took him away from Tintin and he’s doing another film for my company now, »
- Gary Collinson
Rounding on to the “home stretch,” filming on Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII is fast approaching the finish line, after Mark Hamill revealed via Twitter that, should everything go according to plan, principal photography on the sci-fi sequel will wrap on Friday, July 22.
Urging fans to “wait for Episode VIII,” the series stalwart noted that Johnson’s anticipated follow-up will shift into post-production in little over two weeks’ time.
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Details remain under lock and key, of course, and until the VFX team begin to craft some semblance of a finished product, expect Disney to uphold that level of mystery around all things Star Wars: Episode VIII. Perhaps more than anything, Hamill’s status report is a reassuring reminder that the sequel remains on track for its 2017 bow.
It wraps on Friday July 22nd 2016 #LooseLipsSinkStarships #W8ForVIII #DontBeAHomer #PatienceMyPadawans #Rogue1Sooner https://t.co »
- Michael Briers
Steven Spielberg’s “The Bfg” feels as if were made by machine — uniform, perfectly tooled, but lacking a distinctive touch. So, it’s strange that the film’s one true spark of humanity doesn’t stem from an actor’s on-screen performance, but from a technical representation of a character who isn’t even human.
Mark Rylance’s spry, sprightly performance as the Big Friendly Giant provides the film’s saving grace, despite the fact that he’s never physically present in it. Instead, via the magic of motion capture, Rylance’s frame is stretched to a spindly 24 feet high, the better to play a giant who nervously abducts a young girl named Sophie (Ruby Barnhill), inadvertently rescuing her from a loveless orphanage.
It’s a delicate balancing act, for both Rylance and for the performance-capture team, because the character needs to be both terrifying and pitiable; a giant who »
- Sam Adams
A talky and mostly turgid attempt by British director David Yates to build on the epic vision he brought to the final four Harry Potter movies via another beloved literary hero, “The Legend of Tarzan” is sequel, origin story and racially sensitive revisionist history lesson all in one. What it isn’t is much fun for anyone who’s seen Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “ape man” in any of his previous incarnations. While name recognition alone should snare a fair number of those who prefer their pulp heroes endowed with superpowers, between this and last year’s “Pan,” evidence suggests Warner Brothers ought to leave the live-action reboots to Disney.
As it turns out, Disney scored a double victory earlier this year with “The Jungle Book,” not only getting out in front of Warners’ Andy Serkis-directed version of the same, but also stealing the thunder from the rival studio’s other jungle child tentpole. »
- Peter Debruge
Yesterday we brought you a batch of promotional images for Hot Toys’ 1/6th scale Han Solo figure, and now we’ve got a look at the collectible figure for Han’s buddy and Millennium Falcon co-pilot Chewbacca as he appears in Star Wars: The Force Awakens; check out the images here…
The highly-accurate collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of Chewbacca in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It features a new face sculpt with articulated jaw, newly developed multiple layers of fabric hair with various shades of brown throughout whole body capturing Chewbacca’s unique appearance, all-new bowcaster and bandolier bag, and a specially designed figure stand.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens sees J.J. Abrams directing returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and Tim Rose (Admiral Ackbar), in addition »
- Amie Cranswick
Hot Toys is kicking off its latest wave of Star Wars: The Force Awakens collectible figures by releasing a batch of promotional images for its 1/6th scale Han Solo, based on the likeness of Harrison Ford in Episode VII; take a look below…
The highly-accurate collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of Harrison Ford as Han Solo in the movie. It features a newly developed head sculpt and hands, finely tailored outfit and winter gear, all-new blaster pistol, and a specially designed figure stand.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens sees J.J. Abrams directing returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and Tim Rose (Admiral Ackbar), in addition to Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (A Most Violent Year), Andy Serkis (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Domhnall Gleeson (Ex Machina), John Boyega (Attack the Block »
- Amie Cranswick
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