Who needs coffee when we’ve got your morning shot of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in today’s Movie Morsels? Plus, get ready for the latest on X-Men: Apocalypse, Suicide Squad, The Martian, and Kung Fu Panda 3, as well as Vin Diesel‘s announcement of his next project, and more!
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
We have a new Star Wars: The Force Awakens image today, courtesy of the good chaps at Empire magazine. Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren looks more fierce than ever, poised with his trusty broadsaber in this photo from J.J. Abrams’ hotly anticipated sequel. Co-starring John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker, The Force Awakens opens everywhere on December 18 in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D.
Principal photography on the next X-Men film is now complete, as reported by Bryan Singer on Instagram. And what looks like a swingin’ mutant-themed wrap party was held to celebrate!
Starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne, Olivia Munn, Evan Peters, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Lucas Till, Josh Helman, Lana Condor, and Ben Hardy, X-Men: Apocalypse arrives on May 27, 2016.
Meanwhile, another big Fox sequel, Independence Day: Resurgence, has also wrapped, and its director, Roland Emmerich, is also heralding the news on Instagram…
ID42 features returning stars Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Vivica A. Fox and Brent Spiner, as well as Liam Hemsworth, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe, Sela Ward, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Joey King, and William Fichtner. It lands on June 24, 2016.
Matt Damon’s lone astronaut may be stranded on Mars, but he’s still very much alive. That’s the takeaway message in a new promo for Ridley Scott’s The Martian, opening on October 2 and co-starring Jessica Chastain, Michael Peña, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Kate Mara, and Donald Glover.
The Suicide Squad may be comprised entirely of bad guys, but they’re not incapable of doing some good deeds, as evidenced by the cast visiting a little girl’s lemonade stand in this story that aired on Canada’s CTV News. In it, we receive word that the film’s principal photography has finally wrapped in Toronto. Director David Ayers’ Suicide Squad — starring Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, Cara Delevingne, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Karen Fukuhara, Jay Hernandez, Adam Beach, and Viola Davis — accepts its first big screen assignment on August 5, 2016 in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D.
Wondering what ever happened to Vin Diesel’s third big-screen franchise (after Fast & Furious and Riddick)? Diesel himself has just announced via Instagram that the third film in the XXX series will at long last begin shooting in December.
After watching Edge of Tomorrow, I’m fully primed to see more of Emily Blunt in heavily armed combat, and the latest clip from Sicario has me more stoked than ever. Directed by Denis Villeneuve and co-starring Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, and Jon Bernthal, the crime thriller opens in limited release on September 18, and goes wide a week later on September 25.
Kung Fu Panda 3
Finally today, Kung Fu Panda 3 spoofs Star Wars: The Force Awakens with its latest promo. Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, James Hong, Bryan Cranston, Rebel Wilson, and J. K. Simmons do the voice honors in the latest big-screen adventure of titular critter Po. Kung Fu Panda 3, directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Alessandro Carloni, will be released on January 29, 2016.
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