Movie Talk: ‘Rogue One’ Trailer Discussion; Young Han Solo Movie Looking for Lando Calrissian

     August 13, 2016

On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (August 12th, 2016) Dennis Tzeng, Kristian Harloff, John Rocha, and Sinead DeVries discuss the following:

  • Ezra Miller teases speed force meet up with Grant Gustin in The Flash
  •  Bad Boys 3 get’s a new title and release date
  • Box Office Predictions
  • Mail Bag


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Disney and Lucasfilm finally released the second full length trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The two-minute-long trailer gave us a ton more footage, focusing in on the story centered around Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso character. But maybe the biggest reveal Star Wars fans were hoping for was the long overdue reveal of Darth Vader, who was finally revealed at the very end with a short glimpse of him breathing in front of a monitor. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens December 16th and stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, and Forest Whitaker.

Han Solo and Chewbacca won’t be the only familiar faces when the Young Han Solo Star Wars spinoff hits theaters. Per The Wrap, casting is underway for a young Lando Calrissian; the character that was first played by Billy Dee Williams in The Empire Strikes Back. Lando was from Han Solo’s past who offered Han and his buddies refuge, only to double cross them for Darth Vader. He eventually redeemed himself and was revealed to be a bit of a rogue in the vein of Solo, fighting alongside the good guys in Return of the Jedi. And just as the Wrap dropped the story, a report from Birth.Movies.Death revealed that Donald Glover is the first choice by Disney and Lucasfilm to take on the role originated by Williams. The report offers very little details for the casting choice so, for now, this should be classified as just a rumor. The character of Lando has popped up here and there in further expansions of the Star Wars franchise most notably in Star Wars Rebels, that was even voiced by Williams. The actor, be it Donald Glover or another name, will join Alden Ehrenreich in the Phil Lord and Chris Miller helmed anthology, with filming set to begin in January or February of 2017.


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The Scarlet Speedster has always been a staple character in the DC Universe and a key member of the Justice League and literal driving force behind DC’s comic book Multiverse. The Flash has come into his own on the small screen and has finally been realized on the big screen in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. And despite comments from the higher ups that say otherwise, many fans were hopeful that the CW’s Barry Allen, played by Grant Gustin, would somehow zoom into the DCEU as well. When DC and Warner Bros. chose to cast Ezra Miller as Barry Allen, fans thought that was the end of the story. Or maybe not. Speaking with MTV News, Ezra Miller spoke about his upcoming standalone Flash movie and revealed that “he can’t wait” to meet up with CW star Gustin, and not just in the real world. Teasing a true multiverse connection, Miller said he can’t wait to see him, eye to eye, adrift in the Speed Force. The Flash hits theatres on March 16th, 2018.


In a strange bit of news coming out of the Fast and Furious 8 production, it was revealed that Dwayne Johnson didn’t exactly have the best of time shooting the eighth movie in the franchise. Taking to his Instagram a couple of days ago, he called out an unnamed “candy ass” male co-star as unprofessional. Rumors quickly swirled as to who, exactly, Johnson was talking about (many report it was Vin Diesel), and whether this was genuine or was some kind of dramatic stunt to hype the film. Now, as filming winds down, Johnson has taken to Instagram again to express his thanks to the film’s crew and provide a bit of an update to his beef. Johnson stresses that conflict isn’t always a bad thing, and the whole Fast & Furious 8 team is focused on one simple goal. Directed by F. Gary Gray, Fast 8 opens in theaters on April 14, 2017.


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While filming on Spider-Man: Homecoming has been underway for nearly a month already, casting for the Marvel and Sony Pictures co-production is continuing to take place. Per Deadline, Orange Is the New Black actor Michael Chernus has been added to the ensemble in the villainous role of The Tinkerer. This was actually a part many reported on back in May via JoBlo, and now Deadline confirms that it is The Tinkerer who will be in the Spider-Man pic, with Chernus bringing the character to life. Michael Keaton reportedly plays the film’s main villain, rumored to be Vulture. And as we learned at Comic-Con, Vulture’s suit is entirely tech-based. This fits into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which itself is very tech-centric as opposed to more the mystical or organic, but Vulture needs some help in putting this flying suit together. That’s where the character of The Tinkerer comes in, and that’s likely where his involvement in the picture ends—if the role could be cast in the middle of production, it’s likely not a huge part for the movie. Chernus joins Tom Holland, Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr., Donald Glover and Zendaya in the movie directed by Cop Car helmer John Watts. Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theatres on July 7, 2017.


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Bad Boys 3 is forging ahead, and no one is more excited than Josh Macuga, who threw a parade in downtown LA when the news was first announced. However, Sony Pictures is now making a couple of changes as the project inches closer towards production. The studio announced an ambitious slate of release dates last summer, with Bad Boys 3 put on the schedule for release in February 2017. It was quickly moved to June 2nd, where it would be going head to head with Wonder Woman. And now that date is off the table as well. The sequel, which will see Will Smith and Martin Lawrence reprising their roles, has now been pushed to January 12, 2018 and has been given a new title: Bad Boys for Life. The Grey and A-Team filmmaker Joe Carnahan will write and direct the project that is now going head-to-head with Fox’s Maze Runner: The Death Cure. Sony also announced a release date for Bad Boys 4 on July 3, 2019 but we haven’t heard any more about a further sequel just yet.


Now it’s time for Box Office Predictions brought to you by our friends at AMC Theatres. This is the part of the show where we make our predictions on what movies are opening this weekend and in what order they will top the weekend’s box office.


Kevin Singh writes:

Hi Collider Movie Crew, I watch your movie talk show every day as it’s part of my daily routine. My question is something that has come up due to the critics and DC Comics relationship recently. Why can’t there be critics on movie sets to judge the film? Or maybe when the script is being made or edited. Critics in the movie making would help movies be successful by finding mistakes. I’m not saying that critics should be on all movie sets, I’m just saying shouldn’t they have more of an active role in film making? Thanks, and keep up the awesome work.



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