Movie Talk: Darth Vader Confirmed for ‘Rogue One;’ Bryan Cranston Cast in ‘Power Rangers’

     June 22, 2016

On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (June 22, 2016) Kristian Harloff, Mark Ellis, Jon Schnepp, and Ashley Mova discuss the following:

  • John Boyega boards Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit Riots movie
  • Willem Dafoe’s Justice League character revealed + villain confirmed
  • AMC Rewind
  • Mail Bag


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It’s official. Darth Vader will return to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. In the latest piece of marketing material, Entertainment Weekly’s newest cover featuring the Star Wars spin-off confirms the rumors and speculation that the movie will feature the return of the infamous and iconic Star Wars villain. Entertainment Weekly was granted exclusive access behind the scenes of the latest Lucasfilm feature, revealing all the main characters in the new spin-off; including a look at Imperial weaponry, information on Jyn Erso’s parentage, along with more info on the team tasked with recovering the Death Star plans. The issue also give more insight into the other villains in the film beyond Vader, along with new reactions to the film’s reshoots from insiders. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story comes to theatres this December 16th.

Yesterday, the official Twitter account for the Power Rangers reboot announced that Bryan Cranston had joined the cast of the movie as the floating head leader, Zordon; a casting that brings Cranston’s career full circle as he originally voiced the villains Snizard and Twinman in the original series. Cranston joins the already cast Ludi Lin as the Black Ranger Zack, Naomi Scott as the Pink Ranger Kimberly, RJ Cyler as the Blue Ranger Billy, Becky G as the Yellow Ranger Trini, and Dacre Montgomery as the Red Ranger Jason, along with Elizabeth Banks as the villain Rita Repulsa. Power Rangers is directed by Dean Israelite and sports the tagline “Together we are more.” The film is scheduled for theaters on March 24, 2017.


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FN-2187, better known as John Boyega, has joined Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal’s Zero Dark Thirty follow-up centering on the 1967 Detroit Riots. Details about the project are limited though it’s known to be a crime drama set against the backdrop of Detroit’s devastating riots that took place over five summer days in 1967. Although no studio is yet attached, producers are targeting a release in 2017, the 50th anniversary of the riots. Boyega’s role in the film is unknown. Boyega was recently cast in Steven S. DeKnight’s Pacific Rim sequel, playing the son of Idris Elba’s character from the original film. He’ll next be seen in Star Wars Episode VIII next December 15, 2017.


The first trailer for Jack Reacher: Never Go Back has been released by Paramount Pictures. The follow-up to the original Jack Reacher finds Tom Cruise‘ character discovering that the women chosen to take over his role as head of the MP, played by Cobie Smulders, has been arrested for espionage. The two subsequently find themselves on the run from the law. The film is directed by Edward Zwick, taking the reins over from Christopher McQuarrie, and is written by Marshall Herskovitz along with Zwick. It also stars Aldis Hodge, Holt McCallany, and Robert Knepper. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back opens in theaters on October 21st.


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Collider’s own Steve Frosty Weintraub visited the set of Justice League last week and learned a little bit about one of the villains in the movie. Zack Snyder and the film’s producers confirmed that Steppenwolf is indeed, one of the main villains, with producer Deborah Snyder noting that a contract with the actor playing him has yet to close. The movie will revolve around everyone trying to get ahold of key pieces of technology – that of the Mother Boxes. Deborah Snyder also confirmed there will be a prologue in the film that will attempt to get audiences acquainted with Mother Box technology, teasing that three boxes of particular importance were left in the hands of the Amazonians, the Atlantians, and Mankind. Also found in the extensive coverage on, Willem Dafoe’s character has been revealed to be Vulko, the science advisor of Atlantis and an Aquaman supporting character from the comics. Justice League opens in theaters on November 17, 2017.

According to a report from Variety, Jim Carrey is returning to horror, uniting with one of the big names in the genre – Eli Roth. Carrey will team up Roth for Aleister Arcane, a movie adaptation of the horror comic by Steve Niles. Carrey will executive produce and star in the movie, which is about a group of children who befriend an old man who’s been ruined and shunned by their parents. The man dies but not before laying a curse on the town that only the kids have the power to break. The comic, published in 2004, saw this old man as Aleister Green who moonlights as a late-night horror TV host called Aleister Arcane in Jackson, Oklahoma. It’s the town that forces him off the air, leading to his revenge. Roth will direct the movie for Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment.


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Rob writes

Hey Collider Crew! Greetings from Ballyfin, county Laois in Ireland, (Just want to see you all pronounce Laois)

Just want to say I’m a huge fan of Movie Talk, Heroes, Jedi Council and the new Nightmares so huge thanks to Dennis and the crew for the great content!

As a huge fan of westerns (except for Ridiculous Six, of course), I’m hugely excited about The Magnificent Seven starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt! But there’s one thing I’m nervous about – Antoine Fuqua, there’s something about him that I don’t like, mostly because he hasn’t made a good movie since Training Day (Southpaw was ok), so my first question is – what do you think of Fuqua as the director of this? And secondly, what’s your favorite Western film in recent times? Mine is probably Bone Tomahawk or the Coen Brother’s True Grit.

Stay awesome,

Ty Cairns writes:

Hey Guys! I’m really enjoying the Schmoedown (Great Fight Harloff!) and congrats on the new Collider Nightmares show! I’m not a horror guy but I’m finding it extremely entertaining!

With all the talk lately about creating female versions of existing characters such as the ghost busters or James Bond, I’m wondering where to draw the line? For example, I understand how making James Bond a woman would change the entire nature of the character and would be interesting as a spin-off but what if he were to change nationalities instead of gender? Could we see someone like Mark Walberg play James Bond with a Boston accent? What if James Bond dressed like a regular guy and ate pizza?

My question – what goes too far and what changes are okay for studios to make to established characters? Thanks and keep up the great work!



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