Happy Independence Day, America! Let’s start this July 4th off with a bang — in the form of gunslinger Idris Elba on the set of The Dark Tower. Plus, we have the latest video from Pete’s Dragon, a casting update on Transformers: The Last Knight, and much more for your holiday enjoyment!
The Dark Tower
Is there anything more American than a gunslinger? Probably not. So it’s appropriate that this Fourth of July weekend gave us our first look at Idris Elba as Roland the Gunslinger, on the set of The Dark Tower, the first film in the loooong awaited series adapting Stephen King’s epic multi-volume epic of the same name. The pic was tweeted by Ron Howard himself, who’s producing the adaptation. Joining Elba and Howard in the photo is director Nikolaj Arcel. Matthew McConaughey, of course, co-stars in the February 17, 2017 release as the evil Man in Black.
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) July 2, 2016
There’s a brand-new TV spot out for The Good Dinosaur, er, I mean the Pete’s Dragon remake. Actually, it’s pretty easy to tell the latter film’s titular creature apart from Pixar’s dino because he’s covered in fur and… Hey, wait a minute, you don’t suppose that’s the real reason Disney decided to make Elliott look like something out of Where the Wild Things Are this time around, do you? (As opposed to the reason Disney gave us.) Could they have done it to distinguish him from Arlo?! Nah, that’s silly. I mean, that would be like changing the title of John Carter of Mars to John Carter because your marketing people thought film audiences didn’t like the planet Mars. And that’s something the studio would obviously never do. Oh, hang on…
Transformers: The Last Knight
And the latest actor to join the cast of Michael Bay’s final Transformers movie is… Santiago Cabrera, star of TV’s Heroes and Merlin. We’ve also received word that the samurai Autobot Drift will be back. No longer a 2013 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse, as he was in Transformers: Age of Extinction, Transformers: The Last Knight will see him as a sweet new Mercedes AMG GT R. The Last Knight lands on June 23, 2017.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
We have confirmation of yet another film’s appearance at this month’s San Diego Comic-Con. Luc Besson’s return to space opera, the comic adaptation Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, will be present at the annual nerd prom. The EuropaCorp film will have a panel on the first day of the event, July 21st. Featuring Besson, producer Virginie Besson-Silla, and too-cute-for-words actors Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne, it will be moderated by Josh Horowitz.
Finally today, acting legend John Malkovich (pictured above in Cesar Chavez) has joined the cast of the comic-book convention heist comedy Supercon. Directed by Zak Knutson, the film co-stars Maggie Grace, Mike Epps, Russell Peters, Clancy Brown, and CariDee English. Currently shooting in New Orleans, Supercon “follows a group of washed up television stars and comic book artists who make their living attending conventions. Down on their luck, the ragtag team hashes a plot to rob the convention and bring justice to a crooked promoter and an overbearing former TV icon.”
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