Movie Talk: Emilia Clarke Joins Han Solo Spin-off; ‘Deadpool 2′ Hires ‘John Wick’ Director David Leitch

     November 21, 2016

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On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (November 21st, 2016) John Campea, Jeremy Jahns, Mark Ellis, Ken Napzok, Ashley Mova and Wendy Lee discuss the following:

  • Box Office Report
  • Mail Bag
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StarWars.com announced Friday that the Mother of Dragons herself, Emilia Clarke, has joined the cast of the Young Han Solo movie in an unknown role. She joins Alden Ehrenreich’s Han Solo and Donald Glover’s Lando Calrissian in the Phil Lord and Chris Miller directed stand alone will include the character of Chewbacca. The movie is scheduled to hit theatres on May 25, 2018.

THR has confirmed that John Wick co-director David Leitch will indeed helm Deadpool 2. The report claims that Leitch beat out Snow White and the Huntsman’s Rupert Sanders, Cabin in the Woods’ Drew Goddard and Banshee director Magnus Martens, who were on the “to-meet” list for Fox. However, after Leitch met with Ryan Reynolds in New York, he got the offer soon after. THR also reports that Fox and the producers are currently looking for another director to helm Deadpool 3 but no names have been mentioned at this time.

fantastic-beasts-and-where-to-find-them-poster-eddie-redmayneIt’s Monday which means it’s time for the weekend box office report brought to you by our friends at AMC Theatres. The wizarding world of Harry Potter is alive and well as the spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them debuted with $75 million for an easy No. 1 spot at the box office. Doctor Strange took the No 2 spot with $17.67 million, just beating Dreamworks’ Trolls, which took the No 3 spot with $17.5 million. Arrival landed in the No 4 spot with $11.8 million while Almost Christmas took the No 5 spot with $7 million.

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Variety reports that commercial director Simon McQuoid, is in talks to helm the Mortal Kombat reboot for New Line. James Wan is producing the movie and Greg Russo is penning the most recent draft. McQuoid is an Australian filmmaker and one of the most in-demand commercials directors in the business, working on high-profile campaigns for PlayStation, Halo and other top brands. A release date for the reboot has not been set.

According to a report from THR, World War Z director Marc Forster has come on board to direct Christopher Robin, Disney’s live-action fantasy that centers on the human character from Winnie the Pooh. The story will center on an adult Robin, now a businessman, who prioritizes work over his family when Winnie the Pooh appears needing help in finding his friends again. No release date has been set.

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The very first footage from Sony’s Spider-Man: Homecoming was unveiled to the lucky fans in attendance at Marvel’s Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con this year and now, according to ComicBook.com, the first full length trailer will be shown in theaters on Friday, December 16 attached to Disney’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Sony did not respond to a request for comment by the outlet so this should be classified as a rumor for the time being.

Bad news for Stargate fans! A few years ago when Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin announced their plans to make Independence Day 2, the duo also revealed that they were working on a Stargate reboot. As recently as this summer, Devlin revealed that in order to enact a plan that would include a new trilogy, they were going to be starting over with a reboot of the first movie. But now that plan appears to be dead in the water. Speaking with Empire, Devlin said everything with the project has fallen apart.

MAIL BAG 

Chan Harris writes:

You guys are always awesome and I thank you for entertaining this question.  You guys reported that Daniel Craig is still in the running to reprise the role of 007, if he wants it.  Personally, I’d prefer if he went out on a better note than Spectre.  You guys also mentioned some hopeful successors like Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston, and Benedict Cumberbatch.  If Daniel Craig comes back for one more martini, who amongst the “hopefuls” do you think would make the best Bond villain?

Rocky Drago writes:

Greetings Collider Crew. In looking ahead to the films coming in 2017, I noticed on February 10 we have a major weekend at the box office with 50 Shades Darker vs John Wick 2 vs The Lego Batman Movie. How you think each film is going to do opening weekend? Thanks & Bring on the Filthy!!!

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