News Round-up – New Black Panther trailer, Han Solo movie details, I Tonya teaser and more

It has been a much quieter week in the world of movie news, with a new trailer for a Marvel film we’ve already glimpsed taking up the most prominent spot on the agenda. We also got some very unsurprising and insubstantial news from the Star Wars universe and a first teaser from a film that is shaping up to be a major awards season contender.

Elsewhere, there were several casting announcements for some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including a Netflix role for Riz Ahmed and the reunion of Josh Gad and Daisy Ridley.

Here’s your movie news round-up…


Black Panther trailer gives new look at Wakanda

Chadwick Boseman as Wakandan ruler T'Challa in Black Panther
Chadwick Boseman as Wakandan ruler T’Challa in Black Panther

We got a brief glimpse at the new Marvel movie a few months ago when the first teaser trailer for Black Panther landed online. This week, we got a much more detailed trailer for Ryan Coogler‘s take on the Wakandan superhero. There was plenty of room to see the interplay between Chadwick Boseman‘s titular hero and Michael B Jordan as the brilliantly named villain Killmonger. It’s a mood-focused trailer that suggests Coogler will be able to present a unique spin on the Marvel movie formula.

This is a really fun trailer with an unusual and compelling style behind it. The musical backdrop is bizarre for a Marvel trailer and the landscape of Wakanda looks as if it will provide the film with the same sort of distance that has allowed Guardians of the Galaxy to occupy its own corner of the MCU. Black Panther is due to arrive in British cinemas in February 2018.


Howard reveals unsurprising Solo spin-off title

Ron Howard reveals the title of the Han Solo Star Wars spin-off
Ron Howard reveals the title of the Han Solo Star Wars spin-off

I can’t say that I’ve been kept awake at night all that much wondering what the title will be for the Han Solo movie. This week, though, the new Star Wars spin-off film landed itself an unsurprising moniker. In a video posted to Twitter to mark the end of shooting on the film, director Ron Howard revealed the title is Solo: A Star Wars Story. Howard has completed production for the movie, in which Alden Ehrenreich will play the eponymous smuggler, having replaced original helmers Phil Lord and Chris Miller at the eleventh hour.

There’s not much to say here in the way of analysis, but it’s nice to see that the film has finally reached the end of shooting. This has been a troubled production, but Howard has shepherded it through and now there will hopefully be a decent movie that emerges from this madness. Solo: A Star Wars Story is due for release in May 2018.


Robbie takes to the ice in I, Tonya teaser

Margot Robbie stars as figure skater Tonya Harding in I, Tonya
Margot Robbie stars as figure skater Tonya Harding in I, Tonya

Margot Robbie is receiving major awards buzz for I, Tonya. The film has recently premiered on the festival circuit and Robbie has quickly become a favourite, with acclaim for her performance as figure skater Tonya Harding. A first teaser for the movie, directed by Lars and the Real Girl filmmaker Craig Gillespie, landed online this week, giving us a glimpse of Robbie in character. The movie, due out in the midst of awards season, will follow Tonya’s career, including the questionable intervention of her ex-husband, played by Sebastian Stan, that led to an attack on a competitor.

There’s not much of substance in this trailer, which is more like just a tease of the movie’s visual palette and merely shows Tonya executing her famous triple axel move, but this is definitely a project worth being excited about. Robbie is a great actor who has spent several years in search of a weighty role to match her talents and she might just have it with I, Tonya. The film is due to be released in the UK in February 2018, after a December release over in the US.


Riz Ahmed could be Hamlet for Netflix

Riz Ahmed arrives at the Oscars ceremony in 2017
Riz Ahmed arrives at the Oscars ceremony in 2017 (Photo: ABC/Tyler Golden)

Riz Ahmed is on the brink of signing on the dotted line to play one of Shakespeare’s most iconic characters in a Hamlet movie for Netflix. Deadline reported this week that Ahmed has been developing the project with writer Mike Lesslie, who recently worked on Shakespeare adaptation Macbeth, so has some experience with the Bard already. The movie will transplant the action into the modern world and Ahmed is reportedly keen to use the project to highlight social issues close to his heart.

This is a hell of a role for Ahmed, who has recently attracted the best reviews of his career for his work on TV series The Night Of. He’s an actor who has really skyrocketed in popularity in recent years and taking on Shakespeare’s most popular tragedy feels like another step forward. It’s also exactly the kind of project that Netflix has proven itself really adept at pursuing in recent years, creating something unusual that may have struggled to find its footing in cinemas.


Freeman lines up big US political biopic

Morgan Freeman at a military event in 2011
Morgan Freeman at a military event in 2011 (Photo: Crystal Guerrero/USAAC)

In recent years, Morgan Freeman‘s career has largely seen him take on supporting roles in ensemble comedies themed around him being old. It’s about time he took on something more befitting of his extraordinary talents. He may have just found that project in the shape of a biopic of Colin Powell – the first African-American US Secretary of State. The Hollywood Reporter revealed Freeman will star in the film, which follows Powell’s initial opposition to the Iraq War and the case he later made for conflict.

The biopic, which will be unimaginatively called Powell, looks set to provide an interesting and different take on the political landscape surrounding the Iraq War. Freeman will almost certainly be compelling in the leading role and this has all of the ingredients to be a bona fide awards contender when it finally sees the light of day in a few years.


Gad, Evans and Ridley set for new comedy

Josh Gad, Luke Evans and Daisy Ridley will star together in a new comedy
Josh Gad, Luke Evans and Daisy Ridley will star together in a new comedy
(Photos: Disney and Gage Skidmore)

This is an exciting one, but not something we know all that much about. Deadline reported this week that there’s an untitled comedy in the works from Hawaiian screenwriting twins Aaron and Jordan Kandell, who worked together as part of the Moana story team. The duo have been working from an idea by Josh Gad, who will also star alongside his recent collaborators Luke Evans (Beauty and the Beast) and Daisy Ridley (Murder on the Orient Express). That’s pretty much everything we know at this stage.

There’s not much to this bit of news, but the central trio of performers are certainly worthy of intrigue. Gad is a fun comedic presence and Evans, too, proved he has real comedic muscles with his hyper-arrogant work as Gaston. Ridley also showcased her fair share of comedic flair in The Force Awakens. Whatever this film turns out to be, it’s one I will be following.


Jolie signs up for voice role in animation

Angelina Jolie at Comic-Con in 2010
Angelina Jolie at Comic-Con in 2010 (Photo: Gage Skidmore)

With Maleficent 2 on the slate and rumours linking her to the title role in Universal’s Bride of Frankenstein, it’s a busy time to be Angelina Jolie. She’s adding yet more to her slate, according to The Hollywood Reporter, with a leading voice part in Disney animation The One and Only Ivan. The film is co-written by School of Rock‘s Mike White and Katherine Applegate, who wrote the award-winning literary source material. It will follow a gorilla living in a shopping mall, who befriends a baby elephant, voiced by Jolie.

This sounds like a bizarre project, but it has the brilliance of White as part of the writing team and has at least one genuine A-list talent on the vocal roster. It sounds like a film that’s just about odd enough to work and it allows Jolie to take on something a little more light-hearted than the weighty stories that have so far marked out her directorial career.


What did you think of our new look at Marvel’s Black Panther? Do you think Margot Robbie has a chance at awards glory for her work in I, Tonya? Let me know in the comments section and come back next Sunday for another news round-up.

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