This week’s weekly round up of the news stories that caught my attention is here. Just to be warned the fourth and final story could be a spoiler for the upcoming Wonder Woman films.
Woody Harrelson joins young Han Solo movie – Woody Harrelson has been officially announced to be appearing in the upcoming Star Wars young Han Solo spin off. He will join Alden Enrenreich’s Han Solo, as well as Donald Glover (Atlanta, Community) and Emila Clark (Game of Thrones, Terminator: Genysys). Whilst it is still unconfirmed who Harrelson will play in the upcoming film, it has been speculated that he may be a mentor to the young version of Solo. This isn’t Harrelson’s first experience in a big franchise having previously appeared in all four of the Hunger Games films as Haymitch Abernathy. Directors Lord and Miller said that they “couldn’t be more excited to work with an artist with as much depth and range” and praised his ability to bring “both humour and pathos, often in the same role”. What do you think of the casting? Will Woody Harrelson be a good fit for the Star Wars universe?
Deadpool makes an Oscars push – One of the signatures of Deadpool’s marketing campaign was the frequent releasing of hilarious promotional videos. Well now they are back with a ‘for your consideration’ Oscar video. The short video gives star of the film Ryan Reynolds the chance to dust off his attempt at trailer voice and deliver a message to the Oscar voters. You can find the video for yourself online, and it’s certainly a reminder of the humour that made Deadpool such a smash hit, and the highest grossing R Rated film of all time. So do you think that Deadpool really has a chance of walking away with an Oscar?
La La Land leads BAFTA Nominations ahead of Arrival and Nocturnal Animals – La La Land was once again the big winner when it came to nominations at the British Academy Film Awards as it received a whopping 11 nominations including Best Picture, Director, and Original Screenplay. It was close followed by Arrival and Nocturnal Animals, both of which received 9 awards thanks to strong showings in both the main and technical categories. Manchester By The Sea (6), I, Daniel Blake (5), Hacksaw Ridge (5), Lion (5), Moonlight (4), and Florence Foster Jenkins (4) all performed well. Whilst Harry Potter prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them managed 5 nominations, mainly thanks to appearing in most of the categories. You can find the full list of nominations on the BAFTA website and can vote for the EE Rising Star award.
Wonder Woman villain revealed? – The main villain of the upcoming Wonder Woman film may have been revealed by French publication Studio Ciné Live. They reported that that the God of war Ares, one of Wonder Woman’s foes in the comic books, will be the main villain. This was something that had yet to be revealed in any of the trailers or promotional material, but given the film’s principle World War 1 setting, this is something that many people had speculated and would fit with the story that has been given to us already. Given the at best divisive reception towards the DC films, would Ares as a villain in a World War 1 film win you over on Wonder Woman?