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.
The CW Network Renews All of Its Shows
In a landmark move this week, The CW renewed every single one of its shows. From the period drama Reign, to female-driven comedies like Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. From all four of their DC Comics-inspired superhero shows like Arrow, The Flash, iZombie and Legends of Tomorrow, to both Vampire shows like The Vampire Diaries and The Originals. The network even renewed the recently controversial apocalyptic show The 100. This was the first time the network has ever given a green light to every show on air, which means every show’s cast, crew and writing staff can spend hiatus resting easy, not having to worry about their jobs in the fall.
Spielberg and Ford Will Be Back for Indiana Jones 5
It’s been 35 years since Harrison Ford made his debut as the swashbuckling professor-turned-archaeologist Indiana Jones, and news broke this week that he will be back to play Jones under the directorial guidance of Steven Spielberg. Even after a disappointing fourth film, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Disney is poised to bring back the film franchise, with Indiana Jones 5. No word has come through yet about Shia Labouf’s return, as he played Ford’s son in Crystal Skull. Disney will produce the film, along with Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall. Ford most recently revived the mantle of another fan-favorite character, Han Solo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which set up the franchise for the new cast to take over in his place.
The Mutants Take Sides in New X-Men Apocalypse Trailer
While Batman v Superman is pitting two heroes head to head, and Civil War is putting a multitude of Avengers against each other, X-Men Apocalypse is pitting mutants against mutants. In this case it’s not just any mutants — it’s the biggest, baddest, oldest (and first) mutant on the planet: Apocalypse. In the newest trailer for X-Men Apocalypse, Professor Xavier’s team suits up, with Mystique at the helm, to stop Apocalypse and his Four Horseman — Storm, Magneto, Psylocke, and Angel — from trying to demolish the entire planet. Havoc and Quicksilver are also featured in this trailer, with Havoc unleashing a powerful blast from his chest in what looks like the height of the battle.
Marvel’s Luke Cage Gets September Premiere Date on Netflix
Marvel and Netflix announced this week that their next series, Luke Cage, will be released on September 30 of this year. The character of Luke Cage, as played by Mike Colter (The Good Wife), debuted last November in Jessica Jones. Luke Cage will explore Luke’s past, how he developed his impenetrable skin, it will introduce Alfre Woodard’s character Minetta/Black Mariah, and will feature the villain of the series, Willis “Diamondback” Stryker.
Finn Jones Confirmed as Danny Rand in Marvel’s Iron Fist
The Tracking Board reported a few weeks ago about the potential casting of Finn Jones in Marvel’s Iron Fist. While it was unconfirmed then, both Marvel and Netflix finally confirmed this week that the actor best known for his role in Game of Thrones, Finn Jones, will star in Iron Fist. Jones will play Danny Rand, trained martial artist, eventual Defender, and future best friend to Luke Cage.
Disney Narrows Young Han Solo Casting to Three Actors
Casting for a young Han Solo has been underway for months, with Disney seeing thousands of actors to play the part. This week the studio narrowed down its list to three actors: Kingsman Secret Service’s Tarron Egerton, Hail Ceasar’s Alden Ehrenreich, and Transformers: Age of Extinction’s Jack Reynor. The film, while still tentatively called the Untitled Han Solo Spinoff is set to show the younger years of both Han Solo and Chewbacca during their lives before they met up with Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Princess Leia in Star Wars: A New Hope.
Amber Heard Confirmed to Play Mera in Aquaman
As previously speculated, actress Amber Heard (The Danish Girl, Magic Mike XXL) will star opposite Game of Thrones Jason Momoa in Aquaman. She confirmed her casting today, and said the studio is in the process of designing her Atlantian armor and costume. Heard will make her Mera debut as Queen of Atlantis in Justice League: Part One alongside Momoa, who is playing the role of her husband Aquaman.
Aquaman swims into theaters July 27, 2018.
Lobo Movie in the Works at Warner Bros.
Lobo, a DC Comics-based character, is getting his own film from Warner Bros. Said to be an alien bounty hunter, the character was originally meant to be spoof of Marvel’s Wolverine back in the ’90s. Lobo first appeared in the Green Lantern comic book, and then in a Teen Titans spinoff called Omega Men. The Lobo film is set to be produced by Warner Bros. and will be written by Jason Fuchs, who recently penned the Wonder Woman script.
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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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