Movie Talk: ‘Power Rangers’ First Look; Russell Crowe Joins ‘The Mummy’

     May 5, 2016

On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (May 5th, 2016) Kristian Harloff, John Campea, Dennis Tzeng, and Jon Schnepp discuss the following:

  • Russell Crowe cast as Jekyll/Hyde in The Mummy
  • Daisy Ridley and Naomi Watts cast in Hamlet reimagining Ophelia
  • Opening this Week (Brought to you by AMC Theatres)
  • Mail Bag


Image via Lionsgate

The first image of the new Power Rangers in costume has been released by Entertainment Weekly, giving fans their first glimpse at how the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers look after their heroic transformations. Per EW, the costumes are described as “translucent extraterrestrial armor that crystallizes around their bodies.” Project Almanac director Dean Israelite explains that the suit design is an extension of the character themes, saying the show was about kids coming of age, about metamorphosis. The suits needed to feel like they were catalyzed by these kids and their energy. Fans will be able to see the suits in action when Power Rangers opens in theaters on March 24, 2017.

Deadline is reporting that Russell Crowe is joining the growing legion of A-list stars taking part in Universal Pictures’ shared universe of monster movies. The Gladiator star is in early talks to play a role Deadline calls “Jekyll-like” opposite Tom Cruise in The Mummy. The trade says it is unclear whether this could lead to a future spinoff or not. Alex Kurtzman is directing the Jon Spaihts written script with Chris Morgan overseeing the whole monster universe with Kurtzman at Universal.


Image via Marvel Comics

20th Century Fox is preparing to dig deeper into their X-Men Universe with writer/director Josh Boone’s upcoming superhero film, X-Men: The New Mutants. The core team was created by Chris Claremont and artist Bob McLeod in the 80s, with mutant names unfamiliar to the general movie-going audience, but very familiar to the die hard fans. Taking to his Instagram account yesterday, Boone revealed the line-up of New Mutants we can expect to see, including Magik, Wolfsbane, Mirage, Cannonball, Sunspot, and Warlock. Boone recently turned in a new draft of the script but a release date or green-light has yet to be announced.


According to The Hollywood Reporter, Andrew Garfield is attached to star in Under the Silver Lake, a crime thriller written and to be directed by David Robert Mitchell, the filmmaker behind the highly acclaimed horror movie It Follows. Details are being kept under wraps, with the only information available about the project described as a modern-day noir crime thriller set in Los Angeles. Production is aiming to begin at the end of the summer with The Social Network’s Michael De Luca producing. No release date has been set.

Also according to The Hollywood Reporter, Saturday Night Live’s Taran Killam will make his directorial debut on the action comedy Why We’re Killing Gunther, with Arnold Schwarzenegger tapped to headline. Schwarzenegger will star alongside Cobie Smulders and Taran Killam in a plot revolving around “a group of eccentric international assassins who become fed up with Gunther, the world’s greatest hitman (who also happens to be an arrogant show-off), and decide to kill him.” Their master plan, however, quickly turns into a series of embarrassing encounters as Gunther always appears one step ahead. A June start date is being eyed for the film, which has yet to secure a release date.


Image via Lucasfilm

In a report from Deadline, Daisy Ridley and Naomi Watts are in final negotiations to star in Ophelia, a re-imagining of the Shakespeare classic, Hamlet, as told through the eyes of the play’s famously doomed heroine. The project is based on the award-winning novel by Lisa Klein that has Claire McCarthy directing from a script by Mad Men writer Semi Chellas. The story will be set in the 14th century but spoken in a contemporary voice which will put Ophelia center stage. A release date has not been set.


Captain America: Civil War – Political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability when the actions of the Avengers lead to collateral damage. The new status quo deeply divides members of the team. Captain America (Chris Evans) believes superheroes should remain free to defend humanity without government interference. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) sharply disagrees and supports oversight. As the debate escalates into an all-out feud, Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) must pick a side.


SFC 1940 writes:

Dear Collider Crew,

Big fan. Big fan. Tons of properties have had remakes, sequels, and trilogies. Few have successfully ventured beyond to become a film franchise. With the recent push from movie studios to develop a cinematic universe for their franchises, what franchise you would like to see develop into a cinematic universe including stories beyond the main characters. There are two I would like to see. Give me a Bond story about a young secret agent on their way to becoming 00-agent done in the vein of Bourne and Mission Impossible. And, take my money now for a Moe Greene (Godfather) epic about the early days of Vegas.

Nick Dull writes:

Hey all, thanks for bringing a little bit more excitement to my days at work with your Movie Talk show. With Iron Man confirmed to appear in Spider-Man’s solo movie, is it possible for Marvel to make a solo superhero movie now, without cameos/help from other superheros? I know they CAN but will they? They have such a large roster of hero’s, its hard to imagine that a superhero wouldn’t receive any help from another hero. Especially if their villain is threatening mass destruction. The excuse of ‘everyone else is busy’ can’t go on for long since there is so many now! Thanks and keep up the great work.



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