Chris Pine Lands Wonder Woman Role

Hollywood heartthrob Chris Pine has landed himself a role in the ‘Wonder Woman’ movie set for release in 2017. Whilst he may not be my type, Pine’s guy-candy reputation has come good again as he is set to play Steve Trevor, love interest to the titular heroine.

It has been a long-running rumour that Pine would be picked for the role, but it was today confirmed that he will partner Gal Gadot in her solo movie. This will be the first female led superhero movie from DC since the infamous ‘Catwoman’ of 2004. We expect much better from this offering, and the inclusion of the ‘Star Trek’ actor can only be a good thing.

Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes
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Charlie Hunnam Wants More From Pacific Rim Sequel

Charlie Hunnam will hit the big screen again this autumn in Guillermo del Toro’s Halloween horror ‘Crimson Peak’, but his attention was briefly stolen by another del Toro project – the ‘Pacific Rim’ sequel. Hunnam will reprise his role as jaeger pilot Raleigh Becket for ‘Pacific Rim 2’ and spoke this week of his desire for a focus on acting over visual effects.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, the ‘Sons Of Anarchy’ man said: “when it becomes very technical, those technical aspects create a rigidity to the process”. Continuing, “you have to find where your little place to fit into that process is, as opposed to the whole thing being about you”. Sounds like someone is in need of some attention. Here’s hoping del Toro listens to his actor’s wishes.

Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes

Tommy Lee Jones Added To Bourne Cast

Tommy Lee Jones is the latest addition to the growing and somewhat impressive cast list for the next instalment in the Bourne franchise. There have been no hints towards who Jones’ character will be, but he’s an another big name to add to a crew which already includes Alicia Vikander, Viggo Mortensen, Julia Stiles and, of course, the returning Matt Damon. The upcoming sequel also sees Paul Greengrass return to the director’s chair. It would appear that this latest offering has the potential to revitalise the Bourne franchise, after the disappointing Renner spin-off, by reverting back to tried and tested personnel.

The latest Bourne film is set for UK cinema release in 2016. It is untitled as of yet, but if the books are anything to go by, it should be titled ‘The Bourne Betrayal’. Time will tell.

Written by Nick Deal

Channing Tatum Quits Gambit?

Early this morning, the news broke that Channing Tatum may well be leaving his upcoming ‘Gambit’ project, for unknown reasons. After being introduced at comic-con this month, surrounded by plenty of hype and excitement, this announcement will come as a shock to many fans. 

As a spin-off from the ‘X-Men’ series, the ‘Gambit’ project was scheduled for release next year and was due to commence filming this autumn. Whilst nothing is concrete, and no real details of the issue have been released, for Fox to even mention a hint of a rift is not a promising sign.

Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes
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Sam Mendes To Quit Bond After ‘Spectre’

It has been a big week of news for 007 fans. We’ve been treated to a new trailer that reveals a lot more about the plot of “Spectre”, which is set to crash onto cinema screens this October. ‘Skyfall’ was a personal favourite of mine and “Spectre” looks like it will continue in the same vein, which is very promising indeed. The film looks to continue the darker side of Bond, Craig looks like he is on top form again and the film certainly looks like it includes it’s fair share of explosions and fight sequences.

As exciting as this new trailer is, it was undermined by the news that Sam Mendes has announced that he will not be continuing his involvement with the James Bond universe once this latest film is released. In an interview with the BBC, he stated “I said no to the last one and then ended up doing it, and was pilloried by all my friends. But I do think this is probably it.” He continued in saying that being part of the Bond franchise is not just a job, “it’s more of a lifestyle choice”, and he simply could not imagine himself getting behind the camera again. “I don’t think I could go down that road again. You do have to put everything else on hold.”

It seems that Mendes wants to pursue other projects, which an involvement with Bond simply does not allow. He can look back fondly at his time with Britain’s best secret agent. Skyfall smashed “Bond” box office records and revitalized the franchise after the dismal “Quantum of Solace”. And if the new installment lives up to expectation, Mendes will have a left wonderful legacy that he can look back on proudly. Roll on October.

Written By Nick Deal

Aladdin To Get Live-Action Treatment

Ever wondered what a live-action, feature film of ‘Aladdin’ might look like? No? Well JumpCut UK can tell you that it’s happening. In fact, ‘Aladdin’ the prequel is in the works over at Disney right now. This time the producers will be focusing on the genies and all the action before Aladdin buffed that dusty lamp.

Following this year’s ‘Cinderella’ live-action reimagining, and plans to give ‘The Jungle Book’ the same treatment, Disney have hired the writing team of Damian Shannon and Mark Swift (‘Friday The 13th’, ‘Shark Tale’) to make all our wishes come true. The story will reportedly explain how that genie ended up in the lamp and why he can’t get out. Producer Tripp Vinson is on board (responsible for this Summer’s ‘San Andreas’) so expect big action, pyrotechnics and a star studded cast.

Written by Wan Tyszkiewicz

Ralph Set To Wreck-It Again

More franchises, more sequels, but will it be more of the same? Who cares! ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ fans will be happy to know that John C. Reilly has confirmed that he is on board for ‘Wreck-It Ralph 2’. Speaking last weekend at Galway Film Fleadh, Reilly let the cat out of the bag. No official release has been announced by Disney, but there is plenty of speculation about the latest 3-D computer animated sequel. 

Rich Moore made his directing debut with the first ‘Wreck-It’ film and has hinted at some of the possible plot scenarios for the second film, including cameos from Mario and Tron. Sarah Silverman is expected to once again lend her vocal chords for Ralph’s pintsize friend, Venellope von Schweetz. Fans will just have to wait for more official release info, but in the meantime “don’t close your eyes…”

Written by Wan Tyszkiewicz

Sherlock Christmas Special

Comic-Con 2015 has given ‘Sherlock’ fans the best gift ever; I’m talking about the British TV version starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. Steven Moffat and the ‘Sherlock’ production team are releasing a one-off, vintage episode for Christmas 2015. Set in Victorian times, this special will be an extraordinary event and will be screened in selected cinemas worldwide before its television debut.

JumpCut UK author Chris Winterbottom recently discussed declining cinema audiences and the reasons for this drop in attendance, in his feature ‘TV Killed The Movie Star’. TV series can deliver highly addictive, long-form, immersive storytelling which arguably a film cannot.

Are we on the brink of a new element in cinema that might revive this recreation? TV programmes have been made into films many times before, but an auditorium based, premiere style screening of a highly successful TV series is virtually unique. One thing is for sure, following the recent discussion panel at Comic-Con – all the fans worldwide want to know in which countries and in which cinemas that screening will appear. We’ll let you know the minute we hear anything!

Written by Wan Tyszkiewicz

Han Solo Project Announced

Disney have announced the latest ‘Star Wars’ spin-off, which will be directed by Christopher Miller and Phil Lord (‘The Lego Movie’), will focus on iconic smuggler Han Solo and his life before encountering The Force. Scheduled for release on 25 May 2018, fans will have to wait a bit longer to find out who plays Solo. But odds on favourite with the bookies right now is Aaron Paul of ‘Breaking Bad’ fame.

Also up for consideration: Aaron Taylor-Johnson (‘Kick-Ass’), Josh Hutchinson (‘Hunger Games’) and Chris Pratt, but maybe that’s just because he looks a lot like a young Harrison Ford? Then there’s Armie Hammer (‘Lone Ranger’), Chris Hemsworth, Jack O’Connell, Zac Efron and Nicholas Hoult.

With all that talent and all that choice there are no confirmations yet, but this week Aaron Paul dropped a heavy hint on Twitter and Instagram by saying “My dreams are coming true #StarWars”. Smoke and mirrors or the real deal?

Written by Wan Tyszkiewicz