Movie Talk: New ‘Rogue One’ Footage; ‘Suicide Squad’ Tracking for Huge Opening Weekend

     July 16, 2016

On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (July 15, 2016) Dennis Tzeng, John Rocha, Matt Knost and Sinead DeVries discuss the following:

  • Box office Predictions (Brought to you by AMC Theatres)
  • Mail Bag

rogue-one-posterDisney has released a new poster and featurette for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The footage highlights the film’s return to practical effects with behind the scenes looks at the newest characters populating the Star Wars universe. The clip alternates between finished footage and set videos showing director Gareth Edwards and his cast in action. Felicity Jones stars as Jyn Erso, with Mads Mikklesen as her father, Galen Erso, an Oppenheimer type figure with doomsday knowledge that is sought by the Empire and the Alliance. When Mon Mothma teams Jyn with Diego Luna‘s reliable Captain Cassian Andor, the two unite a team to help them pull off the ultimate heist. Rogue One also stars Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen along with Forest Whitaker as The Clone Wars character Saw Gerrera, and Ben Mendelsohn as the nefarious Director Orson Krennic. Rogue One hits theatres on December 16th.

Things are looking up for Warner Bros.’ DC Expanded Universe. Suicide Squad, the follow-up to this year’s less than stellar Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, was a risky prospect for the studio because of its villain-centric premise featuring a bunch of comic-book characters general audiences know nothing about. But if early box office tracking is to be trusted, Suicide Squad will be just fine. Per a report from THR, early numbers on Suicide Squad forecast an opening as high as $125 million with the potential of climbing even higher. For comparison, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, featuring two of the most iconic comic book characters in history, opened to $166 million, so if Suicide Squad comes even close to that it will be a major success for the studio. And with Batman v Superman, the end problem was it had no legs at the box office and quickly slowed down over the ensuing weeks, closing with only $330 million at the domestic box office.

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While all the buzz at the moment is about Suicide Squad, the third official film in the DC Extended Universe after Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, next year the interconnected universe will get even bigger with Wonder Woman. And thanks to some exclusive first looks from Entertainment Weekly, we have some new images that have landed online. Monster director Patty Jenkins took the helm of the first female led superhero movie out of the gate, which has been in the works now for years. Wonder Woman opens in theaters on June 2, 2017 and also stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, David Thewlis, Danny Huston, Elena Anaya, Ewen Bremner, and Saïd Taghmaoui.

Entertainment Weekly has released new details along with an official first image for the Stephen King adaptation of the popular The Dark Tower series. Idris Elba stars as the ‘Gunslinger Roland Deschain’ a character described as 200 years old with deep-rooted connections with the supernatural nature of the film. Roland is tracking down Walter played Matthew McConaughey, aka “The Man in Black,” a powerful warlock who’s looking to bring down the film’s setting, Mid-World. In the EW issue, director Nikolaj Arcel also revealed that the movie is actually a sequel to the book series, saying the hardcore fans of The Dark Tower series will know that this is actually a sequel to the books in a way. It has a lot of the same elements, a lot of the same characters, but it is a different journey. The Dark Tower opens February 17, 2017


power-rangers-movie-poster-blue-rangerLionsgate has unveiled the first character posters from the upcoming Power Rangers movie, giving us a closer look at the new ensemble. Power Rangers follows five ordinary high school kids who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove – and the world – is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. The new posters give us the main line-up of Rangers featuring 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 Red Ranger Jason. Along with the new posters, EW also revealed an exclusive image of Elizabeth Banks’ Rita Repulsa taking on Becky G’s Trini. Power Rangers also features Bryan Cranston as alien recruiter Zordon and will come to theatres on March 24, 2017.

20th Century Fox has released the first Rules Don’t Apply trailer for their “unconventional love story” that takes place in 1958, revolving around the relationship between Lily Collins’ religiously devout actress and Alden Ehrenreich’s equally conservative driver, both of whom are in the employ of eccentric visionary Howard Hughes played by Warren Beatty. The movie marks Beatty’s return to the director’s chair since 1998’s Bulworth. The film opens November 23rd and also stars Alec Baldwin, Annette Bening, Haley Bennett, Candice Bergen, Matthew Broderick, Dabney Coleman, Steve Coogan, Taissa Farmiga, Ed Harris, Megan Hilty, Oliver Platt, and Martin Sheen.

BOX OFFICE PREDICTIONS

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.

MAIL BAG

Adam Sandoval writes:

All right, time to open up a can of worms.

You guy’s have said that you have dislike Star Wars episode 1-3 and said that you hate the Transformer franchise with pure rage minus the original. So my question would be what would you change to fix it in terms of story, character and flow of the film’s? Please be specific.

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