While we’ll have much more Star Wars movie news for you after witnessing the Star Wars: The Force Awakens panel at Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim this weekend, we’ve got some intriguing new info today concerning the second of the Star Wars Anthology films in development based on everyone’s favorite Corellian, Han Solo. Plus, in today’s Movie Morsels, we’ve got some exciting news about an upcoming Halloween Horror Nights scare maze based on one of our favorite recent comedy hits, This Is the End. We also have trailers for Emily Blunt and Robert Pattinson‘s next films, and more!
Untitled Han Solo Anthology film
In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy explains that the studio’s upcoming Han Solo spin-off film, directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller and written by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan (and arriving on May 25, 2018), will preserve the smuggler’s signature humor…
“You can imagine, ” says Kennedy, “given who we’ve chosen to come in and direct, it should be very entertaining and funny. Han Solo is the character inside Star Wars that everybody knows has a wit and sense of humor. So that’s what this should be.”
As for Solo’s age in the film, Kennedy adds, “He’ll definitely be probably in the high teens, low 20s. We’re not introducing you to a 10-year-old Han Solo.” In other words, no yippee‘s. Thank the Maker.
This Is the End
When Universal Studios Hollywood’s annual Halloween Horror Nights opens on September 18th, the theme park will debut its first-ever “3D horror-comedy maze”. It will be based on the 2013 hit This Is the End, starring James Franco, Seth Rogen Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson. This Is the End 3D will join Crimson Peak: Maze of Madness, The Walking Dead: Wolves Not Far, Insidious: Return to the Further, and Halloween: Michael Myers Comes Home at this year’s event. So long as it includes a cameo appearance by Channing Tatum, I’ll be there.
I’ll admit I haven’t always been a diehard Emily Blunt devotee. She’s a fine actress, but her charisma often escaped me. But after watching her performances in last year’s Edge of Tomorrow and Into the Woods, I’m a bonafide Blunt fanboy. So count me in for Sicario, in which Blunt plays an FBI agent partnered with Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro while she combats drug runners on the border between the U.S. and Mexico. Directed by Denis Villeneuve, the film debuts on September 18th. Here’s the new trailer:
Ride Along 2
Love it or hate it, the buddy cop comedy Ride Along — starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart — was enough of a hit to spawn a sequel, the first trailer for which has just been released. This time around the boys are busting heads in Miami. Hilarity, naturally, ensues. Co-starring Tika Sumpter, Benjamin Bratt, Olivia Munn, and Ken Jeong, and directed by Tim Story, Ride Along 2 opens on January 15, 2016.
Finally, Twilight star Robert Pattinson sinks his teeth into the role of Life magazine photographer Dennis Stock in a biopic about about the legend Stock helped create: James Dean. The legendary actor is played by The Amazing Spider-Man‘s Harry Osborn: Dane DeHaan. Interestingly enough, the previous Harry Osborn, James Franco, also played Dean in a 2001 biopic. Life, directed by Anton Corbijn, has already opened in Europe, and is due out in the U.S. this fall. Here’s the film’s trailer:
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