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.
Bryan Fuller Joins New Star Trek Series as Showrunner
Hannibal showrunner Bryan Fuller is set to helm the new Star Trek series for CBS All Access. Fuller has long been a fan of Star Trek, and is the perfect candidate for the job. Not only has he had a long career executive producing shows like Wonderfalls, Pushing Daisies and Hannibal, but he also previously wrote for two Star Trek series: Star Trek Deep Space 9 and Star Trek Voyager. While little details are known about the new Star Trek series, Fuller’s announcement proves that things are moving ahead on schedule for the new show.
Deadpool Sequel Discussions Begin
Deadpool opens in theaters this weekend, and the writing team and studio behind it is already talking about a sequel. As Deadpool is projected to pull in over $90 million this weekend, it makes sense that the studio is already ready to greenlight a sequel if it performs well. While that number may be high for a February release, 20th Century Fox has been betting big on it’s R-rated superhero film, spending a lot of money on clever ad campaigns, trailers, viral marketing and more. According to various sources online, writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have already been working on the script, all they need now is the green light from Fox.
Deadpool slams into theaters this weekend, February 12, 2016.
10 Cloverfield Lane Scares Up Second Trailer
When Cloverfield opened in theaters in 2008, no one knew what the ending meant for the future of the film franchise. Nothing was heard on the film after that until a trailer for a new film, 10 Cloverfield Lane, went viral a few weeks ago. The trailer featured three people living in an underground bunker, apparently living normal, albeit very quiet, lives. This new trailer takes the cast above ground, exploring the world in the aftermath of what happened in the first Cloverfield film.
10 Cloverfield Lane comes out of hiding on March 11, 2016.
Captain America: Civil War Trailer Divides the Avengers
The first trailer for Captain America: Civil War dropped the night before Thanksgiving, and while the film comes out in just three months, footage has been pretty light until now. Superbowl 50 drummed up over a dozen stellar trailers, including this new one CA: Civil War. While the first trailer featured a lengthy narrative, this new trailer set up the final conflict: Team Captain America vs. Team Iron Man. In the trailer, both teams are revealed, with half the Avengers on Cap’s side, and half the Avengers on Tony’s side. Who will win in the end will be the crux of the film.
New X-Men: Apocalypse Trailer Unleashes Psylocke
Bryan Singer’s final X-Men film is set to debut Memorial Day weekend, and this new trailer features the first footage of Olivia Munn’s character, Psylocke. Psylocke has not been featured in an X-Men film yet and is a pretty bad ass character to introduce in X-Men Apocalypse. The trailer also features a face-to-face showdown between Mystique, played by The Hunger Games‘ Jennifer Lawrence, and the film’s big baddie, Apocalypse, who is played by Star Wars: The Force Awakens actor, Oscar Isaac.
X-Men: Apocalypse’s mutant uprising begins May 27, 2016.
Jason Bourne is Back in New Bourne 5 Trailer
Matt Damon is back as everyone’s favorite forgetful super spy, Jason Bourne, in the fifth installment of the Bourne franchise. Damon was absent from the last Bourne film, Bourne Legacy, with The Avenger’s Jeremy Renner as another Treadstone recruit. The Bourne 5 trailer debuted during Superbowl 50, and surprised everyone with Damon’s return to the series. This new film, titled simply Jason Bourne, opens in July of this year. Returning actor Matt Damon will be joined by Tommy Lee Jones (The Fugitive) and Alicia Vikander (Man from U.N.C.L.E.).
Jason Bourne returns to theaters July 29, 2016.
New House of Cards Trailer Features Unhappy Underwoods
The Underwood’s are back, and their picture perfect exterior is beginning to crack in this new trailer for House of Cards. The fourth season of HOC hits Netflix in March, and the reality of Claire walking out on Francis will have huge repercussions for the season. While Francis and Claire have always been a force to be reckoned with on the show, putting them at odds against each other adds and new and dangerous twist to the season.
Agent Carter’s Hayley Atwell Lands Lead in New ABC Pilot
Agent Carter is half way through its second season, but its lead actress has just been cast in a new pilot from ABC called Conviction. If the pilot goes to series, Hayley Atwell will play Carter Morrison, the “brilliant but ne’er-do-well daughter of a former President who is blackmailed into taking a job as the head of Los Angeles’ newly created Conviction Integrity Unit. She, along with her team of lawyers, investigators and forensic experts, work together to examine cases where there’s credible suspicion that the wrong person may have been convicted of a crime.” While many shows don’t move past the pilot phase, what does this mean for the future of Agent Carter? Since both shows are on ABC, could Atwell do both? Or is this the end of the line for Marvel’s Agent Carter? Stay tuned for further updates on the future of both shows.
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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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