Movie Talk: Young Han Solo Frontrunner; ‘Spider-Man’ Finds Its Villain

     April 14, 2016

On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (April 14th, 2016) Kristian Harloff, Josh Macuga and Clarke Wolfe discuss the following:

  • Shane Black confirms Predator timeline
  • Opening this week (Brought to you by AMC Theatres)
  • Mail Bag


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Late in the afternoon yesterday, Deadline dropped a report that out of the possible actors on the shortlist to play Young Han Solo in the Phillip Lord and Chris Miller Star Wars movie, Hail Caesar’s Alden Ehrenreich is now considered the front runner. Deadline’s report says it was the screen test that led to Ehrenreich being considered the best among the three actors that also included Taron Egerton and Jack Reynor. The story of Young Han Solo is said to focus on his days where he met up with his walking carpet of a life partner in Chewbacca, before he joined up with the rebel alliance. The Young Han Solo film is slated for release on May 25th, 2018.

Things appear to be moving fast for the newly titled, newly rebooted Spider-Man movie from Marvel and Sony Studios, Spider-Man Homecoming. Before the reboot was named with the title Homecoming, a report hit saying the villain who will act as the primary antagonist against Tom Holland’s Spider-Man will be Vulture. Now, Variety adds to that report saying Michael Keaton is now in talks for the villain role. Though plot points about his character are being kept under wraps, many fans can’t help but notice that Keaton is the perfect age to play Vulture, AKA Adrian Toomes. Cop Car helmer Jon Watts is directing the movie from a script by Horrible Bosses scribes John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein. Spider-Man: Homecoming opens in theaters on July 7, 2017


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It looks like Shane Black’s Predator movie is up next for the director after his latest The Nice Guys lands in theatres May 20th. This according to an exclusive interview with our very own Steve Frosty Weintraub, who spoke with Black about the status of his Predator film that Black describes as an “event” film. Though Black dodged direct questions about whether or not Arnold Schwarzenegger will be involved with the movie, one question he did answer is the time frame the movie will take place in. Black confirmed the movie will be set in “present day.” The new Predator movie is due out March 2, 2018, thirty-one years after the events from the original film. How this will affect plot and story is anybody’s guess.


Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Golden Circle continues to add an impressive cast to the line up with Channing Tatum the latest actor to come on board. Tatum confirmed his casting with a tweet last night, saying “I’m about to get all up in that Golden Circle.”  That’s three new American’s on board now with Tatum joining Halle Berry and Julianne Moore; with even Elton John cast in a yet, unknown role. Kingsman: Golden Circle is written by Vaughn and Jane Goldman and will star Taron Egerton and Mark Strong. Filming begins soon with a 2017 release date.

Although the Warner Bros. adaptation of the classic Peter Pan story, Pan, failed with both box office and critics, Disney is hoping their magic can right the namesake, setting David Lowry to direct another live action version of Peter Pan; this according to a report from Variety. Lowery is also known for directing the indie Ain’t Them Bodies Saints and is also helming another Disney project, the live action version of Pete’s Dragon, which is set for release this August 12th. The latest news suggests Disney is pleased with Lowery’s version of Pete’s Dragon and hopes for the same magic touch to work on their Peter Pan adaptation. The movie is currently being written by Toby Hallbrooks; no release date has been set.


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Mark Rylance is quickly becoming Steven Spielberg’s favorite actor to work with. He will next be seen voicing and doing the mo-cap work for Spielberg’s The BFG, with other outlets reporting Rylance will also be joining Spielberg’s next drama adaptation – The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara. Now, add one more part to the mix. THR is reporting that Rylance has been added to the already promising cast of Spielberg’s science-fiction epic Ready Player One, in which he will play James Donovan Halliday, the man who created the OASIS system at the center of the film. He joins the actors already cast in Ben Mendelsohn, Simon Pegg, Tye Sheridan, and Olivia Cooke. Filming is set to begin soon with a release in theatres set for March 30th, 2018.

OPENING THIS WEEK (Brought to you by AMC Theatres)

Barber Shop: The Next Cut – To survive harsh economic times, Calvin and Angie have merged the barbershop and beauty salon into one business. The days of male bonding are gone as Eddie and the crew must now contend with sassy female co-workers and spirited clientele. As the battle of the sexes rages on, a different kind of conflict has taken over Chicago. Crime and gangs are on the rise, leaving Calvin worried about the fate of his son. Together, the friends come up with a bold plan to take back their beloved neighborhood.


Matthew Gaastra writes:

Hi guys. With the book Harry Potter and the cursed child out in july, will WB make a movie or wait till Fantastic Beasts series is done?  Will WB have two harry Potter series at the same time? A Harry Potter Movie-verse?  Thanks.



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