Movie Talk: Young Han Solo Finally Cast; Captain Marvel in ‘Infinity War’

     May 6, 2016

On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (May 6th, 2016) Dennis Tzeng, Kristian Harloff, and JTE discuss the following:

  • Russo Brothers (accidentally) confirm Captain Marvel for Infinity War
  • Box Office Predictions
  • Mail Bag


Image via Lucasfilm

Last night, the long-awaited news was finally confirmed by The Wrap and Hail, Caesar! star Alden Ehrenreich has officially been cast as young Han Solo in the Star Wars Story directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Ehrenreich was universally praised following his breakout role in the Coen brothers feature and has been rumored to be at the top of the list now for weeks. Lord and Miller’s Han Solo movie is set to begin production in January 2017 and won’t hit theaters until 2018, but according to the Wrap’s report, Lucasfilm has plans for the character to appear in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Disney declined to comment on the story.

The Russo Brothers might have just confirmed Captain Marvel for Avengers: Infinity War Part 1. During a Captain America: Civil War event screening and Q and A at the Smithsonian Institute, the Russos were speaking about the upcoming Infinity War when they mentioned Captain Marvel by name. A fan quickly asked for clarification, saying, “Did you just confirm Captain Marvel?” The Russos replied, half-jokingly, half-seriously: “Um….Captain Barvel. Totally different character.” The flub has since lit up the Twitter-verse, with fans using the hashtag #MarvelAtSI documenting the conversation. Disney and Marvel have yet to confirm an appearance by Captain Marvel in Infinity War, other than in her solo movie dated for July 6, 2018.


In a report from Deadline, 20th Century Fox has tapped into an entirely new superhero universe, acquiring the rights to the Boom comic book series, Irredeemable and adapting it as a directing vehicle for Adam McKay. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters writer Tommy Wirkola is writing the screenplay. The Mark Waid-created comic book debuted in 2009, and tells the story of Plutonian, the world’s greatest superhero who began heartlessly slaughtering the population of Earth. It then falls to a superhero group known as the Paradigm to stop his rampage by turning to a famous supervillain for help. No release date or cast has been announced.

beware-the-slenderman-posterThe Slender Man is now headed from the internet to the big screen. The meme that launched a thousand more memes about a faceless man with unnaturally long arms is now up for a big screen adaptation with Screen Gems producing a film version of the internet-grown intellectual property. The Slender Man concept began with Eric Knudsen creating photos of children and a Photoshopped figure along with a narrative implying the man was involved in causing the disappearance of children and other horrifying acts. The photos and idea went viral, taking on a life of its own as other people added to the pictures and text; with short films, cosplay, and video games following. The film’s script is written by David Birke, the scribe behind horror flick 13 Sins and the upcoming Paul Verhoeven directed movie Elle. The project will soon be going out to directors.

Warner Bros. has released the final trailer for the Shane Black-directed The Nice GuysThe trailer includes plenty of new footage to help get people even more excited; with many film buffs now calling this one of their most anticipated films since the project was announced. Set in 1970s Los Angeles, the story finds Ryan Gosling’s down-on-his-luck private eye teaming up with Russell Crowe’s hired enforcer to solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star. The film opens on May 20th.

Lionsgate has released a new Now You See Me 2 trailer along with the very first clip. The movie this time around shows the Four Horsemen committing a heist rather than their usual M.O. of using magic tricks to steal from the rich and give to the poor. The clip also reveals Morgan Freeman’s incarcerated bad guy providing a brief recap of the first movie, setting up his showdown with the Horsemen that will most likely happen in the upcoming sequel. Now You See Me 2 opens on June 10th and stars Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Lizzy Caplan, Jay Chou, Daniel Radcliffe, Mark Ruffalo, and Michael Caine. 


captain-america-civil-war-poster-capNow 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.


Scott Newman writes:

Dear Collider Crew

If you could go back in time and save one bad film, what would it be? I would love to go back and save Godfather: Part 3. Getting Francis Ford Coppola and Paramount to delay the movie a few months for rewrites and Wynona Ryder plus paying Robert Duvall would have made the film substantially better. What poorly received film would you want to go back and save and how would you go about it ? Thanks Guys

Albert Kunz writes:

Yo Collider Crew,

I’m a big fan of the show and love all that you.

In the past we had only the 6 Star Wars movies and whether or not they were good they all made a ton of money and the actors playing those characters became pretty well known after they were cast in the films. Now that we more Star Wars movies coming out, with the anthology movies and perhaps another trilogy after episode 9, do you think the new actors playing these characters will become just as well known as before with actors in the 2 previous trilogies? Or will audiences become too saturated with Star Wars to care as much for the new actors being cast (whether they’re in a starring role or not)?

Thanks and keep up the great work!



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