Each week, Lauren Gallaway brings you the best and most exciting pop culture news. Get ready for a fresh perspective on the week’s most buzzed-about stories in the business.
John Boyega to Star In and Produce Pacific Rim 2
Break-out actor and star of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, John Boyega, will be suiting up for the long awaited Pacific Rim 2. While Warner Bros. has been cagey on whether or not the film was moving forward, returning producer Guillermo del Toro announced this week that Boyega will be starring in and co-producing the film. Boyega will play the son of Stacker Pentecost, Idris Elba’s character from the first film. This is Boyega’s first major film announcement outside of Star Wars: Episode VII, VIII, and IX. Del Toro will executive produce the film and Daredevil’s Steven DeKnight will direct.
Spider-Man: Homecoming Adds Marvel Alum Kenneth Choi
Kenneth Choi is the newest actor to join Tom Holland and Robert Downey Jr. in Marvel’s web-slinging film Spider-Man: Homecoming. Choi is set to play Peter Parker’s high school principle. The film, which takes place after the events of Captain America: Civil War, will focus on Parker’s relationship with his aunt May — Marisa Tomei — his high school friends Zendaya, Tony Revolori, Laura Harrier, and Michael Barbieri, and his mentee training with Tony Stark. While Choi may be the newest addition to the modern MCU, he originally played a Howling Commando in Captain America: The First Avenger, alongside Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell, and Sebastian Stan.
Battlestar Galactica Moves Forward with New Screenwriter
News broke this week that the long-awaited Battlestar Galactica film adaptation was moving forward again, this time by attaching a screenwriter to the film. Lisa Joy — co-executive producer on HBO’s Westworld and wife of famous Nolan brother Jonathan Nolan — is set to write the script for Universal’s Battlestar Galactica film. According to previous news, the film will not focus on the 2004 SyFy series, but instead on the original 1978 show. Moneyball’s Michael de Luca is set to produce the film and the Hunger Games‘ Frances Lawrence is rumored to direct.
Third International Ghostbusters Trailer Shakes Up NYC
Another trailer has landed for Paul Feig’s adaptation of the Ghostbuster’s franchise. This time, the team can be seen explaining their work to Kevin — Thor’s Chris Hemsworth — and protecting New York City from a giant ghost. The visual effects in this new trailer are crisp and colorful, especially when the team fires up their proton packs. The film opens in a few short weeks and is shaping up to be one of the biggest box office draws of the summer, alongside Independence Day Resurgence and Jason Bourne.
Blade Runner Sequel Adds Mackenzie Davis
News on Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner sequel has been slowly trickling in, as the director is working on both this film and Alien Covenant. Halt and Catch Fire’s Mackenzie Davis is the newest actor to join Blade Runner 2, which currently stars Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Dave Bautista, and Robin Wright. While few plot details are known, the film will pick up in Los Angeles a few decades after the first film — which took place in futuristic 2019 – and Ford will reprise his role as Detective Rick Deckard. Davis was most recently in Scott’s award-winning film The Martian, and can be seen this summer on AMC’s third season of Halt and Catch Fire.
Superman Will Make His Supergirl Debut in Season 2
The man of steel is finally coming back to The CW. Superman, also known as Clark Kent, made a few cameos in Supergirl’s first season on CBS, but only in the form of his younger selves and through the occasional text message to his cousin Kara. Now Warner Bros. is reporting that Superman will not only be joining the show but that he will show up in the first episodes of season 2. Supergirl’s producers shared this week how excited they are to be finally incorporating Clark Kent into the show. Including Superman could mean that Warner Bros. has finally made a decision about allowing multiple version of their DC Comics characters in both the television shows and the films. Henry Cavill currently stars as Superman in the film franchise — it’s unlikely he would be playing the role in both mediums.
Vixen Joins Legends of Tomorrow Season 2
Fan-favorite DC Comics’ character Vixen will officially be joining Legends of Tomorrow’s second season. Her character was first introduced on The CW’s animated series Vixen, which showed the origin of Mari McCabe’s totem-given powers. The actress who voiced Vixen, Megalyn Echikunwoke, then made her live-action debut on this past season Arrow, in order to aid Oliver and his friends in their fight against Damien Darhk. News broke this week that while Vixen has been upped to a season regular on Legends of Tomorrow, she will not be played by Echikunwoke. Since Vixen’s powers can pass from person to person via the totem, The CW is actively casting a previous possessor of Vixen’s powers to play this Legends version of the character. Echikunwoke would have taken on the role again, but she is currently committed to a slew of other projects.
Legends of Tomorrow returns to The CW Thursdays this fall.
Modern Splash Reboot in the Works
In absolutely no surprise to anyone, another reboot film has been ordered. This time, executive producer Brian Grazer is looking to reboot one of his own films, Splash. This modern take on the 1984 film is tentatively called Wet, and already has an actress lined up. Grazer produced the original film, which starred Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah. Ron Howard directed the film, which told the story of a young boy who was rescued by a mermaid. Years later when he meets her again they fall in love and have to protect her from a scientist who attempts to reveal her secret. The film was a literal “fish out of water”-type story, with Hannah’s character experiencing life in a big city for the first time. There’s no word yet as to the development progress of the film or how it will defer from the original, but Grazer said to expect a modern story with a “twist.”
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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 Moviefone and The Tracking Board. Obsessed with British accents, strong female characters, Sherlock, and Steve Rogers.
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