Hello and welcome to VultureHound‘s weekly news round-up, where we bring you the biggest and best news to come out of the film industry every Sunday.

There’s been a lot of interesting television news this week. The foremost of which would be that three years on from the trash that was The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, Warner Bros. are taking another stab at Middle Earth. Word is that together with Amazon, they’re working to get a Lord of the Rings TV series off the ground. Which could be fascinating. It could also be far too soon and completely unnecessary. I’ll leave that for you to decide, because as I said up top, our purview here is film. So forget all of what you just read and let’s get in to some film news:

The Circle of Life brings us the complete Lion King cast

Picture courtesy of Disney

And it’s fucking amazing.

We’ve already covered bits and pieces over the past year about whose voices would be featured in Jon Favreau’s remake of The Lion King, but just to make it easier for everyone, Disney have tweeted out an official cast list. Check it:

Isn’t that just one of the most beautiful casts of people you’ve ever seen? Even the lesser-knowns are the perfect choice. JD McCrary, for instance, who’s playing young Simba, has previously provided vocals on his elder counterpart Donald Glover/Childish Gambino’s last studio album Awaken, My Love!

Isn’t that fun?

And that’s all we’ve got to say about it really. The picture speaks for itself, so why don’t you just take a minute to bask in it’s perfection.

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(Also, in case you’re worried, I’m not ignoring the fact that Beyoncé is playing Nala, but we’ve pretty much known that would be the case for as long as this segment’s been running. Check it out for yourself in the second ever VH Weekly News Round-Up).

The Lion King roars into cinemas July 19th 2019.


Ex-Punisher dishes on Future Predator

Picture courtesy of 20th Century Fox

Thomas Jane, one of several actors to play one of the most badass Marvel Comics vigilantes about, has shed some light on the plot for Shane Black’s upcoming Predator movie.

Personally, I like Shane Black and I like Predator. So I’m on board. But for these two middle bits of news, I’m going to tone it down because I think I’ve used up my quota of raving on the first and last bit of news (yeah, that’s right – I don’t necessarily write these in order – what’re you going to do about it?), so for now, I’ll let Jane himself convey the excitement in this extract from his talk with Shadow Nation:

“We play these veterans from like Afghanistan, Iraq war or whatever. But we’re all fucking crazy so we go to the VA hospital to get our meds. We’re all like shellshocked, PTSD…soldiers. We’re at the VA hospital and we’re in group therapy and of course, somebody flips out…this is backstory, I don’t think we really see this…somebody flips out and we all get arrested and get thrown onto the bus to go down to the hospital and they throw this other guy on the bus too.

And he’s a guy they’ve actually marked to kill him because he’s seen a UFO, he’s seen the Predator ships come down so they lock him up and throw him in with us lunatics. They’re going to take that bus, drive it down to a ditch and shoot us all just to get rid of this one guy. But, of course, we take the bus over and we’re all like “fuck that man, let’s go kill these fucking Predators ourselves” and we’re just crazy enough to believe that this guy really did see a UFO and there’s these aliens out there. So that’s kinda cool!” 

The Predator shoots into cinemas on August 13th 2018.


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So (lo), how much of the Han Solo solo Star Wars story, Solo: A Star Wars Story has been re-shot?

When it was first announced that Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the minds behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street were going to direct the then-untitled Han Solo movie, people wondered what sort of hilarious and madcap misadventures Han, Chewie, Lando and the gang would be getting up to.

When the pair were fired, and Ron Howard took over, people wondered how much of their wacky comedy vibe would shine through, and how much would be topped up by Howard.

Basically, people were wondering how much of Solo: A Star Wars story would have the feel of Lord & Miller after the various reshoots.

And the answer is, unfortunately (and probably, unsurprisingly) very little of it.

Reportedly, 80% of the movie has been re-shot, doubling the films budget. After just under five months of shooting by Lord & Miller, Howard came on and competed the final three-and-a-half weeks, before then going on to undergo his significant reshoots. As Howard reguarly documented his progress on twitter, we know that he was filming for almost four months. So, essentially, the same amount of time as the previous directors.

So, basically, they went through the process of making two whole films, with the end goal of releasing one product. Eeessh, Disney, that’s a lotta money.

Solo: A Star Wars Story blasts into cinemas on May 25th 2018.


“Darkness rises, and light to meet it” in ANOTHER NEW THE LAST JEDI TRAILER

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Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley & Adam Driver / Picture courtesy of Lucasfilm

No need for an introduction. You know what Star Wars is.

(And if you don’t, then you need to go rethink your life choices. I mean it. Go away and do that. Now.)

Isn’t Andy Serkis just the best? Snoke isn’t featured as much in this trailer as the last, but even so, his delivery is just superb – especially if you think of it in comparison to the various other character’s he’s portrayed over the years; Golum, Caesar, King Kong… Top notch stuff.

As for the trailer itself, there’s not a whole lot of new stuff in this new trailer, dubbed “Awake” by Disney and Lucasfilm. Really, it’s more of a shorter remix of the last trailer, with extra bits of Luke Skywalker thrown in for good measure (and a different Snoke shot). Disney also seem to be trying to push the (probable) misdirect that Rey is going to turn evil on us even harder.

But if that wasn’t enough for you; then you’ve always got the other two trailers to get you through the next 39 days, 12 hours and 47 minutes (at the time of writing, as always):


Star Wars: The Last Jedi flies into cinemas on December 15th 2017.