Hello and welcome to VultureHound‘s weekly news round-up, where we bring you five of the biggest and best news stories to come out of the film industry every Sunday.
Although, saying that, sometimes there’s only four. Depends on what’s going on. Like today. Today it’s four. But with enough information that it’ll feel like five. Or maybe even more. So don’t worry.
Anyway, this week, we’re talking the D23 Expo! So once you’ve calmed down from the reveal of who’s playing the next Doctor Who, buckle in for some film news. There’s a lot to unpack.
Disney hypes their upcoming releases
Disney dropped a wealth hints and clips (but not all of them were released to the public, unfortunately) about a variety of their upcoming movies. Seems like as good a place to start as any, what with this being a Disney-focused post. Here’s what we found out, in no particular order:
Mulan was bumped back to 2019 to make room for Lasse Hallstrom’s Nut Cracker and the Four Realms, which will be released next Christmas.
There was a short and sweet teaser revealing Emily Blunt’s look for Mary Poppins Returns:
The Wreck-It Ralph sequel dropped a subtitle, Ralph Breaks the Internet.
Jon Favreau, director of the recent Jungle Movie, showed off footage for the upcoming Lion King remake, which apparently looked like a shot-for-shot recreation of the ‘Circle of Life’ from the first film, but obviously, a lot better looking.
The Incredbles 2 was teased with this little fake documentary about fashion designer Edna Mode:
Tim Burton’s Dumbo was announced to have started production, due for release on March 29th, 2019.
Toy Story 4 was announced, with audiences being introduced to incoming director Josh Cooley.
And of course, the anticipated next film by Selma director Ava DuVernay, A Wrinkle in Time, starring Chris Pine, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling and Zach Galifianakis, also got a trailer:
A Wrinkle in Time drops into cinemas March 9th 2018.
Aladdin summons its central cast
Next up in our D23 News Round-Up, the cast of Aladdin!
We’ve been hearing for a while now that Will Smith was going to be taking on the role of the Genie in the upcoming Aladdin remake; the latest in a long-line of live-action Disney movie revamps. In fact, I do believe it was covered in the very first VH News Round-Up.
While there was word that Disney were unsure about who would be the right man to cast for the leading role, that all seems to have been sorted out pretty quickly.
Will Smith has been confirmed as the aforementioned Genie, and will be joining Naomi Scott (The Pink Ranger in the latest Power Rangers reboot) and Mena Massoud (featured in Jack Ryan) as the titular Aladdin.
Even with a cast in place, it’s still hard to take a guess at what this could be like, what with Guy Ritchie at the helm. The very same Guy Ritchie known for films featuring theft, violence and lots of expletives. Not the sort of thing you would expect to see in a Disney movie. As of yet, there is also no release date in place. So unless one of you has a magic lamp, and are willing to waste a wish of getting me this info, we’ll just have to wait and see.
Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin is due to start filming this summer.
The Last Jedi thinks a behind-the-scenes reel is an adequate trailer substitute
But it’s not.
We can hope that films like Star Wars: The Last Jedi, are saving all their new footage for Comic-Con next week, but it’s unlikely. Although a trailer was initially rumoured, instead, fans at D23 were given a sizzle reel of behind the scenes footage.
You may be eagle-eyed enough to spot a wealth of new details. But frankly, I am not. So I’m just going to drop said footage here and let you pour over it:
Anyway, there have also been a group of new posters dropped. Each show a character shrouded in a red hue, mirroring the red font of the upcoming film’s logo, and, no doubt, high stakes and dark roads ahead for our heroes:
Star Wars: The Last Jedi flies into cinemas December 15th 2017.
Avengers: Infinity War footage rounds out the first ten years of Marvel Studios
D23 also gave fans the first glimpse of an event ten years in the making last night, as Marvel revealed their new logo and showed off footage to those lucky enough to have assembled there.
Unfortunately, the footage has yet to make it’s way online, and word is an official trailer won’t be dropping any time soon.
However, there have been numerous photos giving us insight into the new characters set to debut in Infinity War, and best of all, a description of the trailer! That makes up for the lack of actual footage, right? Right?
Look, I’m as disappointed here as you are, so let’s just get on with this and then we can all go cry in our respective corners about not being lucky enough to see the Avengers trailer for ourselves:
[Potential spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War and Spider-Man: Homecoming]
Firstly, there’s the pictures, revealing the looks of the main villain, Thanos, and his lieutenants. Known as the ‘Black Order / Cull Obsidian’ in the comics, for the movie, they’ve been adapted to be his children; and man, do they look pretty cool:
Children of Thanos revealed. pic.twitter.com/RWT4HS8tnR
— Louis D'Esposito (@louisde2) July 15, 2017
As for the footage; it apparently opens with the Guardians of the Galaxy closing in on some unforeseen catastrophe, when the body of Thor hits the front of their ship. After waking him up, the Guardians and the Norse God find the remains of various planets that have been destroyed (also, Groot is still a ‘teenager’, in case you were wondering).
Later on, the film sees Spider-Man‘s hairs stand on end as a space-ship descends to Earth. Loki stands amidst a load of rubble presenting the tesseract to someone. Iron Man prepares for battle in space with the Guardians. Scarlet Witch shoots some energy bolts. Black Panther and Winter Soldier ready to defend Wakanda from Thanos’ armies.
And of course, there’s our plethora of heroes facing down against Thanos. On some unspecific planet, the ‘Mad Titan’ teleports down in front of the heroes. “Fun really isn’t something one considers when balancing the universe. This does put a smile on my face.” Thanos says, as Gamora looks on, terrified. Doctor Strange summons platforms for Star-Lord to attack from. Spider-Man swings into action, now wearing the suit offered to him by Tony Stark at the end of Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thanos pummels Iron Man and attempts to crush Thor’s head in his hand, Spider-Man and the Guardians lie, defeated.
There are shots of Captain America and Black Widow, who are sporting a beard and blonde hair, respectively. Iron Man’s ‘Hulkbuster’ suit can also be seen in action.
And then, finally, Thanos uses what infinity stones he has to bring down some sort of planetoid (a moon, perhaps) on top of our heroes.
So yeah, do your best to imagine that from what I’ve given you, until the time when Marvel is gracious enough to reveal the footage to everyone.
Oh, and just to kick you while you’re down, Mark Ruffalo smashed any hopes of another Hulk stand-alone movie, telling reporters at D23 that it was never going to happen: