Movie Talk: ‘Young Han Solo’ Trilogy in the Works; Charlie Hunnam Won’t Return for ‘Pacific Rim 2’

     July 26, 2016

On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (July 26, 2016) Mark Ellis, Kristian Harloff, Jon Schnepp, and Ashley Mova discuss the following:

  • Opening this week (Brought to you by AMC Theatres)
  • Mail Bag


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We know that Lucasfilm is developing a new trilogy of core films in the Star Wars saga, but long-term plans for the standalone anthology films have always remained a mystery; especially for the Young Han Solo movie. Alden Ehrenreich was recently revealed to portray young Han Solo in the second Star Wars Story from Phil Lord and Chris Miller and now, according to The New York Daily News, the studio wants to capitalize on the hype surrounding the character and is developing plans for three Han Solo films in total. An insider was quoted as saying that there is a real sense of excitement around the Han Solo movie and its potential. They feel that his character has the right potential to become a central figure in several movies. The Young Han Solo movie is currently dated for May 25, 2018.

When news broke that John Boyega would lead Pacific Rim 2, many fans wondered why no other cast members had been confirmed, especially those from the first movie. While we’ll have to wait and see if anyone from the 2013 release is coming back for more, we now know at least one actor who won’t be reprising his role, Charlie Hunnam. While talking to Yahoo! Movies at Comic-Con, Hunnam confirmed that he will not be returning as Raleigh Beckett. He told the outlet that there was an early draft that featured him heavily, but he isn’t able to make himself available for the shooting schedule. Steven S. DeKnight is directing Pacific Rim 2 from a script by Derek Connolly. Filming is to begin later this year.



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After Prometheus, we know that Alien: Covenant will feature a brand new cast with Michael Fassbender serving as a bridge between the two movies, reprising his role as David, the sole survivor of Prometheus whom a new exploration crew stumble upon when they arrive on the seemingly deserted planet. Collider’s own Steve Weintraub got the chance to talk with Fassbender about his new movie, The Light Between Oceans, and during their chat, Fassbender touched on what we can expect from Covenant. One big difference this time around, it seems, is that Ridley Scott is aiming to up the fright factor. Alien: Covenant will make its way to the theatres on August 4, 2017

Comic-Con 2016 has come and gone and fans are still talking about the Marvel panel. Marvel Studios regularly brings out their A-game for the weekend and this year was no different. They debuted the first footage from Spider-Man: Homecoming, an extended clip and semi-teaser trailer from Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2, along with a new look at Doctor Strange, and even a specially made video for Thor: Ragnarok. But unlike the Warner Bros. panel where every single piece of footage shown in the room was put online in an official capacity, Marvel kept things entirely under wraps. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 writer/director James Gunn took to Facebook last night to shed a little light on why that footage is not being put online, saying the visual effects are not finished and he wants the best version delivered for fans later when they’re done.


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Paramount Pictures and MGM have unveiled a new Ben-Hur trailer for Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov’s adaptation of the Lew Wallace novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ. The book was famously adapted in 1959 by director William Wyler with Charlton Heston in the starring role, but this new adaptation brings back more of the Biblical aspects of Wallace’s novel, telling the story of a prince that parallels the story of Jesus Christ. Ben-Hur stars Jack Huston as Judah Ben-Hur, a prince who is falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother Messala played by Toby Kebbell. Ben-Hur slowly makes his way back to his homeland to seek revenge, resulting in an explosive clash between Judah and Messala. The film also stars Morgan Freeman and opens in theaters on August 19th.

The first teaser trailer for Trainspotting 2 has landed online. The long in development sequel became a reality when director Danny Boyle was able to reunite the original cast for a story based on author Irvine Welsh’s follow-up novel entitled Porno. Now the first footage has been unveiled in the form of a teaser trailer, giving fans the first look at Renton played by Ewan McGregor, Spud played by Ewan Bremner, Sick Boy played by Jonny Lee Miller, and Begbie played by Robert Carlyle. Trainspotting 2 opens in theaters on January 27, 2017.

OPENING THIS WEEK (Brought to you by AMC Theatres)

Nerve – Hard-working high school senior Vee DeMarco (Emma Roberts) has had it with living life on the sidelines. When she’s asked by the online game of Nerve — Are you a Watcher or a Player? — Vee decides to sign up for just one dare in what seems like a fun, harmless game. But as she finds herself caught up in the thrill of the adrenaline-fueled competition, the game begins to take a sinister turn with increasingly dangerous acts, leading her into a high stakes finale that will determine her entire future.

jason-bourne-posterJason Bourne – It’s been 10 years since Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) walked away from the agency that trained him to become a deadly weapon. Hoping to draw him out of the shadows, CIA director Robert Dewey assigns hacker and counterinsurgency expert Heather Lee to find him. Lee suspects that former operative Nicky Parsons is also looking for him. As she begins tracking the duo, Bourne finds himself back in action battling a sinister network that utilizes terror and technology to maintain unchecked power.


Mark Overby writes:

 Hello Crew!

Thank you all so very much for your hard work at Comicon and keeping us all up to date with what is new and cool in the Comic and Film world!

With that said, do you see Comicon reaching a breaking point and eventually collapsing on itself in the very near future?

With impossible lines and impossible costs, “cheap” motels going for $600 a night, plus the cost of a ticket, if you are lucky enough to get one, food and spending cash, one could easily drop several thousands dollars for the privilege of standing in huge lines for hours on end with no guarantee of seeing the panel or movie clip the came for, or risking life and limb on the main floor as they crash into throngs of human beings while trying to shop. I understand that your jobs and positions offer you the opportunity to see and do all the things that the vast majority of fans miss do to overcrowding, If you were an average fan who simply wanted to go knowing how crowded and expensive it has become, would you even bother?

Cyrus writes:

Hey Collider crew

Just wanna say big thank you to your comic con coverage, it was great to see it all from the uk. Ok so I think we all know this question is coming so let’s just get it out of the way, besides all of us who won comic con this year DC or Marvel?? From not going and just seeing the hype online I think more people were excited about DC films mainly because there was more footage for us all to see. However, I actually think marvel won the TV area as I hear more people excited for the Luke Cage and Iron Fist more so than the DC shows. Love to know what you think and stay awesome.



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