Movie Talk: ‘Black Panther’ Casts Angela Bassett, Legendary Pictures Secures Rights to ‘Dune’

     November 22, 2016

On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (November 22nd, 2016) John Campea, Jeremy Jahns, Mark Ellis, Jon Schnepp, Ashley Mova and Wendy Lee discuss the following:

  • Legendary Pictures secures rights to Dune
  • Opening this week
  • First teaser released for Cars 3
  • First trailer released for The Comedian starring Robert De Niro
  • Mail Bag

black-panther-logoMarvel announced yesterday that Angela Bassett has landed a key role in Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther. Bassett will play T’Challa’s mother, Romonda, and joins the all-star cast made up of Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke and Forest Whitaker. The rumored storyline is said to focus on Black Panther’s leadership, which is threatened when two foes come together forcing Black Panther to get help from the C.I.A. and the Dora Milaje. The movie is expected to begin production early next year with a release date set for February 16, 2018.

Legendary has announced that they have acquired the rights to Frank Herbert‘s science fiction classic Dune. The studio will now enter into active development on possible film and TV projects geared towards a global audience. Dune will be produced by Legendary’s Thomas Tull, Mary Parent, and Cale Boyter, with the Herbert estate also helping produce. No other specifics have been revealed at this time.


Moana – An adventurous teenager sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana meets the once-mighty demigod Maui, who guides her in her quest to become a master way-finder.

Allied – During World War II, intelligence officer Max Vatan (Brad Pitt) is stationed in North Africa where he encounters a French Resistance fighter (Marion Cotillard) on a deadly mission behind enemy lines.


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Bad Santa 2 – Fueled by cheap whiskey, greed and hatred, Willie Soke (Billy Bob Thornton) teams up with his angry little sidekick, Marcus, to knock off a Chicago charity on Christmas Eve.

Rules Don’t Apply – A small town beauty queen (Lily Collins) is under contract to the infamous Howard Hughes (Warren Beatty). After she arrives in Los Angeles, she meets her driver, Frank Forbes (Alden Ehrenreich) where their instant attraction not only puts their religious convictions to the test but also defies Hughes’ number one rule: no employee is allowed to have an intimate relationship with a contract actress.


Disney and Pixar have unveiled their first teaser trailer for Cars 3. The first look doesn’t offer much by way of plot or dialogue however, it does show a dramatic twist in the Lightning McQueen story that is at the center of the story. The film marks the directorial debut of Brian Fee, an animator and storyboard artist on films like Wall-E and Monsters University. Cars 3 opens in theaters on June 16, 2017.

Michael Bay took to Facebook live yesterday to respond to some fan questions about when we might be able to expect the first trailer for his upcoming fifth film in the Transformers franchise, The Last Knight. He then confirmed that the teaser for the 2017 release will be playing in front of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Transformers: The Last Knight sees the return of Age of Extinction’s Mark Wahlberg and will hit theatres on June 23, 2017.

the-predator-posterAccording to a report from Slash Film, Cinematographer Larry Fong has been hired on as cinematographer for Shane Black‘s The Predator. Fong is best known for being the director of photography for Zack Snyder films including 300, Watchmen, Sucker Punch and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The Predator is now in pre-production and is scheduled to begin shooting in February 2017 in order to hit a February 9th, 2018 release date.

The first trailer for Taylor Hackford’s The Comedian starring Robert De Niro has landed online. The story follows De Niro’s Jackie Burke character, an aging comic icon who has seen better days. After accosting an audience member, Jackie is forced to serve out a sentence doing community service where he meets Harmony (Leslie Mann), the daughter of a sleazy Florida real estate mogul. The Comedian gets a limited release on December 2nd and goes wide on January 13, 2017.


Ted Anderson writes:

Imagine if Ewan’s Obi-Wan from Episodes 1-3 appeared in Rogue One this year. It would be kinda cool to have him cameo in order to connect the stories. But also not have him over take the film which should stay focused on this team. Having his character just show up for a 30 second scene or so would be nice especially since many people agree Obi-Wan was basically the best thing about the prequels. Love ya guys!

Stewart Fletcher writes:

I love the channel and honestly can’t get enough. My question is fairly simple: What two actors have the best on screen chemistry and who has the worst? For the first, I think Pitt and Clooney in Ocean’s 11 is a solid, non-romantic pairing and Emma Stone/Andrew Garfield in ASM. For the latter I only have to say one thing: “I hate sand.” Your thoughts?



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