Each week, Lauren Gallaway brings you the best and most exciting in pop culture news. Get ready for a fresh perspective on the week’s most buzzed-about stories in the business.
Justice League Synopsis Revealed!
After the media was given access the set of Justice League, Warner Bros. released the film’s official logo and synopsis. Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
Justice League roars into theaters November 17, 2017.
Darth Vader Set To Return For Rogue One
The first character details have officially emerged for Rogue One, Disney’s next Star Wars film that features the highly dangerous mission of stealing the Death Star plans. Jyn Erso, as played by Felicity Jones, is asked to carry out the theft because she is a fugitive from the law. Her father is Galen Erso and is played by Hannibal’s Mads Mikkelsen. Diego Luna is playing Captain Cassian Andor, a by-the-book Rebellion commander. Donnie Yen is playing Chirrut Imwe, a blind swordsman who follows the way of the Jedi. His protector is Baze Malbus, who is played by Jiang Wen. Ben Mendelsohn is playing an Imperial leader named Director Orson Krennic who both fears Darth Vader and seeks the approval of the Emperor. Alan Tudyk is voicing a droid named K-2SO and Forrest Whitaker is playing a character from Clone Wars, Saw Gerrerra. It was also confirmed this week that Darth Vader will be in the film and that James Earl Jones has returned to voice the role.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story soars into theaters on December 16, 2016.
Spider-Man: Homecoming Adds Notable TV Actors To Cast
Bokeem Woodbine has officially joined Spider-Man Homecoming as one of the film’s villains. Woodbine is most notably recognized for his role as Mike Milligan in Fargo. He played a crime syndicate enforcer who made a significant impact on the show’s second season. Homecoming also added Michael Mando to the cast this week. Mando has played intense characters on Orphan Black and most recently on Better Call Saul. Mando and Woodbine are the latest actors to join Robert Downey Jr., Tom Holland, Marisa Tomei, and Zendaya in the stand-alone Spider-Man film.
Spider-Man: Homecoming swings into theaters on July 7, 2017.
First Trailer For Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Debuts
Tom Cruise is back as former military commander Jack Reacher. After being cleared of murder in the first Jack Reacher film, Reacher must now clear the name of the woman who took over his position in the military. Avengers and How I Met Your Mother star Cobie Smulders must be broken out of prison and proved innocent if she is to be free of charges of espionage. The trailer shows Cruise and Smulders teaming up to root out a conspiracy and take down a lot of bad guys in the process.
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back punches its way into theaters on October 21, 2016.
Bryan Cranston Tapped To Play Zordon In Power Rangers
Bryan Cranston, the prolific actor who has graced both stage and screen, will play the founding father of the Power Rangers, Zordon. Zordon’s greatest adversary is Rita Repulsa, who is played by Pitch Perfect 2 director Elizabeth Banks. Cranston joins the already cast Power Ranger team, which currently stars Dacre Montgomery, Becky G, Ludi Lin, Naomi Scott, and RJ Cyler. Zordon oversees the creation of the Power Rangers, assigning them their powers and teaching them the way of unity in the face of danger and chaos. Cranston played anti-hero Walter White in AMC’s Breaking Bad and has most recently starred in Trumbo.
Power Rangers assemble on the big screen on March 24, 2017.
Wonder Woman Lynda Carter To Guest Star On Supergirl Season 2
The CW announced this week that Lynda Carter will be joining the cast of Supergirl season two. Carter will be playing the President of the United States in Kara’s nation of America. Carter is no stranger to the world of superheroes and DC Comics, as she played the breakout role of Wonder Woman in the 1970s. Carter’s casting lines up with Warner Bros. inclusion of John Wesley Shipp, Helen Slater, Mark Hamill, and Dean Cain — all actors who have starred in DC Comics shows and films previously and currently guest star on Supergirl and The Flash.
Supergirl season two premieres on The CW October 10, 2016.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Wins Big At The Saturn Awards
The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror celebrates “genre entertainment and anything with an edge.” The 42nd Annual Saturn Awards were held over the weekend and everyone from Ant-Man to The X-Files took home an award. The best part about the Saturn Awards is that is honors comic book, sci-fi and fantasy shows that often get overlooked by other award shows like Continuum, The Flash, Outlander, Crimson Peak and more. J.J. Abrams’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens took home a record of eight awards, including Best Science Fiction Film, Best Actor Harrison Ford, Best Writing, Best Make-up, Best Special Effects, Best Editing, Best Music, and a Best Supporting Actor Award for Adam Driver.
Read the complete list of Saturn Awards winners here.
Nominees For Television Critics Awards Announced
The Television Critics Association announced their nominations this week for the 32nd Annual TCA Awards. For anyone wondering if “peek TV” applies more to network or cable shows, these nominations show that cable dramas are winning out by a huge margin. Between HBO’s 12 nominations, FX’s 11 nominations, and Netflix’s six, cable and streaming are truly replacing networks as the places to watch the best comedies and dramas. USA Network’s dark hacker drama Mr. Robot and FX’s scripted The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story earned the most nominations, with four each. Netflix’s Jessica Jones also scored a nomination for Outstanding New Program, which might be the first time a comic book adaptation has ever made the list.
Read the complete list of TCA nominees here.
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Entertainment journalist who’s passionate about science fiction, superheroes, and all things nerdy. Regular Comic Con attendee, co-founder of The Marvel Report and co-host of The Flash Podcast and the Peggy Carter Podcast. Assistant editor at CBR and contributing writer to HitFix and The Tracking Board. Obsessed with British accents, strong female characters, Sherlock, and Steve Rogers.
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