{Pop Weekly} Disney Finds Its Han Solo, But “The Flash” Loses Its Director

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The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Climb Out of the Shadows in New Trailer

In this new trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, super villain Shredder escapes custody, and joins forces with mad scientist Baxter Stockman and two dimwitted henchmen, Bebop and Rocksteady. As the Turtles prepare to take on Shredder and his new crew, they find themselves facing an even greater evil with similar intentions: the notorious Krang. Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo, and Raphael introduce themselves perfectly in the trailer, and team up with April O’Neil (Megan Fox), Vern Fenwick (Will Arnet), and hockey-masked vigilante Casey Jones — Arrow’s Stephen Amell.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows slides into theaters on June 3, 2016.


Alden Ehrenreich is the New Han Solo

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Casting for a young Han Solo has been underway for months, with Disney testing thousands of actors to play the part. The top three actors who had been in the running were Kingsman Secret Service’s Tarron Egerton, Hail Ceasar’s Alden Ehrenreich, and Transformers: Age of Extinction’s Jack Reynor. According to multiple sources, Alden Ehrenreich has been cast as the new Han Solo! The Untitled Han Solo Spinoff is set to show the younger years of both Han Solo and Chewbacca, and will be directed by The LEGO: Movie’s Chris Miller and Phil Lord.

The Untitled Han Solo Spinoff will debut in theaters May 25, 2018.


LeBron James Rumored to Star in Space Jam 2

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News broke this week that the long anticipated sequel to Warner Bros. 1996 film Space Jam may star LeBron James. This news came alongside the announcement that Star Trek Beyond and Fast and Furious 6 director Justin Lin would direct the film. Lin will co-write Space Jam 2 with Andrew Dodge and Alfredo Botello. While LeBron James has yet to confirm his role in the film, his signing with Warner Bros. last July signals might be on board the project.

Read more about Space Jam 2 on The Tracking Board here.


DC’s The Flash Movie Loses its Director

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Seth Grahame-Smith has officially departed The Flash movie. The Flash would have marked Grahame-Smith’s directorial debut. Grahame-Smith is most notably known for penning the scripts for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and the LEGO Batman Movie. The Flash is still moving forward with Ezra Miller in the lead role. Warner Bros. has yet to sign a new director.

The Flash speeds into theaters on March 16, 2018. 


Jennifer Lawrence Visits a German Fight Club in X-Men: Apocalypse 

Jennifer Lawrence visits a German fight club in this early sneak peek at a scene from X-Men: Apocalypse. In the clip, Mystique seeks out a mutant named Nightcrawler, a teenage mutant who can teleport himself. Nightcrawler is fighting with Angel, a winged mutant. Mystique steps in to rescue both of them from being killed by the club owners. Nightcrawler will join Mystique in her fight against Apocalypse, which hits theaters Memorial Day weekend.

X-Men Apocalypse opens in theaters on May 27, 2016.


Russell Crowe Looks to Join Tom Cruise in The Mummy Reboot

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Russell Crowe is in talks to join Tom Cruise in Universal’s reboot of The Mummy. While Cruise is set to play a Navy Seal who discovers a mummy’s tomb, Crowe is looking to board as Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde. While the plot details are still unknown, Crowe’s potential role of the famous multiple-personality doctor may provide clues as to the direction of the story. Jekyll/Hyde showing up in a mummy movie may connect this film to Universal’s larger world of monster movies. Star Trek’s Alex Kurtzman is writing and directing the film, which debuts next summer.

Universal’s Mummy reboot will hit theaters on June 9, 2017.


Lionsgate Sets Feature Adaptation of Moffat’s Jekyll 

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Lionsgate is moving forward with an adaptation of the 2007 BBC mini-series Jekyll. Jekyll was originally written by Doctor Who and Sherlock showrunner Steven Moffat. The feature adaptation is in early development, but will likely follow the same story line as the series. Jekyll followed the modern tale of Dr. Tom Jackman and Mr. Hyde, his savage and ruthless alter ego. Mr. Hyde is significantly stronger and faster than Tom. The stakes got even higher when Hyde learned of the existence of Tom’s beautiful wife, Claire, and their two children, whom he used as pawns in his power play against Tom. The Jekyll feature will be written by Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry, who are frequent collaborators with Iron Man 3’s Shane Black.

Read more about the Jekyll news exclusively on the Tracking Board 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 The Tracking Board. Obsessed with British accents, strong female characters, Sherlock, and Steve Rogers.
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