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.
Last week we had a brief respite from talking about superheroes, so to make up for it, we’re bringing two superhero-themed bits of news this week.
We’ll be talking about the casting for the upcoming movies Aladdin, Bumblebee and Deadpool 2 as well as offering you a peak at James Gunn’s zany promotional material for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
It’s pretty out there.
But before we get to that…
Aladdin conjures up it’s Jafar
Guy Ritchie’s upcoming remake of Aladdin is still seeping out early details, as it continues to turn heads for being such a strange concept. Not the concept of Aladdin, you understand, but Guy Ritchie on a Disney movie. Seriously, how is this thing going to turn out?
Although there is still no release date, hopefully we’ll start getting some answers soon, as the production has cast yet another of it’s core cast. While we already have Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, and Will Smith set to play Aladdin, Jasmine and the Genie, respectively, word of who would play the big bad – Jafar had yet to reach us. Now, the word is that the role will potentially be filled by Marwan Kenzari; a dutch actor, who everyone has already fallen in love with, on account of the fact that he’s a lot more muscular and handsome than the villain we remember from the 1992 cartoon.
Really. Go search his name in Google right now. People are digging this guy. Go on. I’ll wait.
Back? Good. Because while we’re on the topic of hunky actors…
John Cena wrestles with Transformers role
A lot of people are pretty tired of the Transformers films, but whether you like it or not, they’re going to keep on powering on. The latest film in the franchise, The Last Knight, has pretty unfavourable reviews, but to some, it may be a welcome movie as it (supposedly) marks the end of Michael Bay’s tenure on the Transformers franchise. Although we don’t yet know who will be taking the reigns of the next central Transformers film, what it’s about, when it will be set or who it will feature, we do know a fair bit about the first spin-off film Bumblebee.
The film will star Hailee Steinfeld, whose character will encounter the titular Bumblebee while he’s on the run way back in the eighties. The film will be directed by Travis Knight, whose last film was the critically acclaimed Kubo and the Two Strings, with a script from Shut In writer Christina Hodson.
And now, best of all, John Cena’s involved.
This film has definitely got a lot of factors that could make it the best film in the series (not that that would be difficult). Strong cast. Strong director. Eighties setting. John Cena.
I wasn’t on board before, but I think I am now.
Bumblebee races into cinemas December 21st 2018.
Ryan Reynolds teases ‘Domino’ in Deadpool 2
Remember in the months before Deadpool came out, we had that onslaught of publicity hitting us unrelentingly from every angle? Not that we minded, of course; the publicity for Deadpool was top-notch. It got people in seats. I remember when I saw it, there was an elderly couple sitting next to me who I think were probably expecting Deadpool to be a different film; most likely on account of the various posters that hyped it up as a love story. It appealed to a wide range of people, and tricked anyone it didn’t appeal to into thinking it was something else.
Anyway, my point is – it’s hard to forget all that. But if you think you were starting to forget, well, never fear, because the whole process is starting over.
Ahead of Deadpool 2, Ryan Reynolds has started doing his bit to support the film and treat the fans by offering the first look at Zazie Beetz as Domino; the probability manipulating mutant mercenary:
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) July 31, 2017
Deadpool 2 hits cinemas June 1st 2018.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 takes things to the next level
Last but not least; remember that strange song at the end credits of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2? The one featuring David Hasslehoff?
Guardians Inferno was the name of it. The song was written by director James Gunn, who, as a means of reminding everyone that the film is on it’s way to Home Entertainment in the not too distant future (as if anyone would have actually forgotten), has only gone and made a bloody music video for it. It really leans in to the whole eighties vibe that the film plays with, features appearances from various members of the cast, and frankly, it’s fabulous.
See for yourself: