Movie Talk: ‘Tomb Raider’ Casts Alicia Vikander; Final ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ Trailer

     April 29, 2016

On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (April 28th, 2016) Dennis Tzeng, Kristian Harloff, and John Rocha discuss the following:

  • Alicia Vikander cast as Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider reboot
  • Box Office Predictions
  • Mail Bag

lara-croft-tomb-raiderAfter a slew of reports pegged Force Awakens star Daisy Ridley as the potential lead in the rebooted Tomb Raider movie, THR debunked that casting, revealing Oscar winner Alicia Vikander in the role as Lara Croft. The project, which has The Wave director Roar Uthaug on board to direct, will tell the story of a young and untested Croft fighting to survive her first adventure. The story mirrors a similar plot from the 2013 reboot of the video game, which saw young Lara stranded on an island, having to fend for herself against animals, the weather and a ton of bad guys. The movie, a joint production between MGM and Warner Bros, is currently in pre-production with no word on a release date just yet.


Focus Features has unveiled the final trailer and four new posters for Kubo and the Two Strings, the LAIKA studios highly anticipated stop-motion animated film. The Japanese based, supernatural story is noted as being the studio’s most ambitious film to date. LAIKA’s previous films include Coraline, ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls. The film follows a young storyteller named Kubo who accidentally summons a spirit from his past who arrives with a serious vendetta. Kubo must then team up with Monkey and Beetle to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father. The film features the voices of Charlize Theron, Art Parkinson, Ralph Fiennes, Rooney Mara, George Takei and Matthew McConaughey. Kubo and the Two Strings opens in theaters on August 19th.

A new behind the scenes featurette for X-Men: Apocalypse has been released and sponsored by Coldwell Banker. The video gives fans a tour of Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, with comments from director Bryan Singer, stars Sophie Turner and James McAvoy, as well as production designer Grant Major and others. The behind the scenes look show the inclusion of a library wing, a huge main hall, and a beautiful office. X-Men: Apocalypse stars Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult and James McAvoy and is less than one month away from opening in theaters on May 27th.


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Warner Bros. has released a new retro trailer for the Shane Black-directed The Nice Guys. The noir thriller-comedy takes place in 1970s Los Angeles, revolving around a down-on-his-luck private eye played by Ryan Gosling, who must team up with a hired leg-breaker, played by Russell Crowe, to solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star. The new trailer harkens back to the films of that time, giving us a real taste of what we can expect from Black’s movie. The Nice Guys also stars Kim Basinger, Matt Bomer, Margaret Qualley and Ty Simpkins and opens in theaters on May 20, 2016.

In a report from THR, a prequel at Fox is being developed for the 1976 Richard Donner directed Omen movie entitled, Ben Jacoby wrote the script with David Goyer producing through his Phantom Four production company. The original movie spawned two sequels and a reboot, but the franchise has yet to explore the origins before Damien’s arrival. Antonio Campos, director of the Sundance hit Christine, is currently in negotiations to helm the movie. No release date has been set.

In a report from The Wrap, Bron Studios’ genre label The Realm has signed on to produce a werewolf-infused horror/comedy entitled The Wildness. The movie revolves around a ski bum who’s pushing 40 and still has a penchant for drugs, babes and transcendental meditation. However, he’s forced to become a hero in order to save a mountainside community that’s too drunk on wild parties and over-development to notice that their kids are being systematically turned into werewolves. Marcel Sarmiento, who helmed the ABCs of Death segment “D Is for Dogfight”, and the V/H/S Viral segment “Vicious Circles”, is directing The Wildness as casting is underway for a January production start-date in Vancouver. The movie is written by former writer Evan Dickson with his Wildness screenplay landing on the 2014 Blood List. No release date has been announced.


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Now it’s time for Box Office Predictions brought to you by our friends at AMC Theatres. This is the part of the show where we make our predictions on what movies are opening this weekend and in what order they will top the weekend’s box office.


Damon Ward writes

Hey Collider Crew.

I’ve been watching every show since y’all did the Force Awakens review and I’m a big fan. My question is what villain do you want or expect to see in the new Batman movie? I’m not sure who I want so I would love some feedback on it. Thank you for taking my question.

Dominic writes

Hey Collider crew do you think we will ever see a remake of the 1987 cult classic Monster Squad? it was one of my favorite movies growing up is this still in development your thoughts and keep up the great work.



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