REVEALS THE POLAR BEAR An unexpected surprise today is the new trailer for HBO’s and BBC’s HIS DARK MATERIALS epic TV series based on Philip Pullman’s books. James McAvoy plays Lord Asriel in the story about a young girl named Lyra
The series will air later this year on BBC and HBO
Belacqua (Dafne Keen) who travels to the Arctic to find her friend Roger. Lyra’s journey brings her on a considerable adventure across worlds and lands her in the midst of a massive war being waged across existence.
ZAYN’S A WHOLE NEW WORLD IS HERE FROM DISNEY’S ALADDIN
Aladdin is ready to fly into cinemas May 24th
And here it is: the latest rendition of timeless classic A Whole New Worldset as the end title for Disney‘s live action ALADDIN which flies into theatres this month. It is performed by surprisingly good Zayn and awfully mismatched vocals from a singer called Zhavia Ward (I’ve never heard of her, but her singing sounds ghastly bad in the song, even offensively disrespectful to the genre, but that’s a millennial for you, sadly)! Beside new versions of the old songs, the soundtrack will have a new song as well. Will Smith and DJ Khaled will cover classic Oscar nominated song Friend Like Me. New song Speechless is performed by
The movie is a live action version of the animated hit
Princess Jasmine herself.
directed by Guy Ritchie, is written by John Augustand Ritchie based on Disney’s classic animated adventure. The film stars Will Smith as the larger than life Genie; Mena Massoud as the charming scoundrel Aladdin; Naomi Scott as Jasmine, the beautiful, self determined princess; Marwan Kenzari as Jafar, the powerful sorcerer; Navid Negahban as the Sultan concerned with his daughter’s future; Nasim Pedrad as Dalia, Princess Jasmine’s free spirited best friend and confidante;
Mena Massoud is Aladdin in the live action remake
Billy Magnussen as the handsome and arrogant suitor Prince Anders; and Numan Acar as Hakim, Jafar’s right-hand man and captain of the palace guards. Read more in our spotlight on the movie!
PREMIUM SPOTLIGHT ON TOLKIEN BIOPIC ON THE AUTHOR OF LEGENDARY LORD OF THE RINGS SAGA WITH NICHOLAS HOULT, LILY COLLINS, DEREK JACOBI
‘TOLKIEN’ EPIC BIOPIC
DEPICTS A LIFE OF LOVE, COURAGE AND FELLOWSHIP
A few months ago director Francis Lee found himself in a sort of a pickle when the family of famous fossil hunter Mary Anning refused to give any support to his film Ammonite in which she is played by Kate Winslet as the film portrays her as a lesbian and there are no real records or evidence that she ever was lesbian. Something similar is happening now to another biopic – TOLKIEN on the famous author of legendary Lord of the Rings saga. His family has also decided not to endorse the movie and hasn’t been a part of its production in any way. But then again, they did not give support to Peter Jackson‘s Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies either, but they did back the upcoming Amazon‘s TV series on the famous saga (for which they did get about $250 million for the rights – deservedly if I might say so). It seems that Fox movie studios did not even try to involve the family in the movie which depicts the early years in the extraordinary life of J.R.R. Tolkien which influenced his later writing. His son Christopher Tolkien said that the commercialization of his father’s work has reduced the aesthetic and philosophical impact of the creation to nothing! With or without the family’s support, Dome Karukoski‘s movie in which Nicholas Hoult plays famous storyteller is ready to hit theatres around the world next month.
Hoult previously played J.D. Salinger as well
Tolkien will hit cinemas worldwide May 10th
THE STORY OF TOLKIEN explores the formative years of the orphaned author as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school. This takes him into the outbreak of World War I, which threatens to tear the “fellowship” apart. All of these experiences would inspire Tolkien to write his famous Middle-Earth novels. The movie also sees Lily Collins playing his wife, with Derek Jacobi, Patrick Gibson, Colm Meaney, Anthony Boyle also in the cast
Nicholas Hoult takes the role of the father of LOTR
After a couple of gorgeous teasers, Disney has finally released the first full trailer for their live action version of THE LION KING which is currently looking to become the king of theatre jungle when it starts roaring in cinemas worldwide this July!
THE LION KING
takes us to the African savannah where a future king is born. Simba (Donald Glover) idolizes his father, King Mufasa (James Earl Jones), and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Mufasa’s brother, and former heir to the throne, has
The movie is not entirely the same as the animated version!
plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair
Simba will find many new friends throughout his journey!
of new found friends (Seth Rogen as Pumbaa and Billy Eichner as Timon), Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.
Director Jon Favreau used the photo realistic CGI, which he also used in his previous movie The Jungle Book, to depict animals as realistically as
Chiwetel Ejiofor lends his voice to evil Scar, Simba’s uncle.
possible. As you can hear in the trailer, everyone’s favourite crazy duo Pumbaa and Timon, will sing everyone’s favourite song The Lion Sleep Tonight in this one as well!
HBO is developing a TV series based on ASUNDA graphic novels by Sebastian A. Jones which are set in the culturally rich but war-torn world of Asunda, where an orphan girl is born of two nations and raised in a small desert town. Hunted by all, she will search for her ancestors and the courage to bind them against an ancient enemy.]
Sebastian Jones will also produce the series
ASUNDA which is, as Deadline reports, inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle earth epics and Greek mythology, has its lead hero in Niobe Ayutami, an orphan girl born of two nations, conceived through violence and raised in Oasis, a tiny desert town. Her father was a king in a country modelled on England and Europe, while her mother was the kidnapped female chief of a nomadic tribe of elves who roam a jungle region that corresponds to West Africa. Hunted by all, Niobe will search for her ancestors and the courage to bind them against an ancient enemy. Her adventures and the chronicles of other people or nations of Asunda have been covered in other titles from Stranger Comics, suchasNiobe, Dusu, Erathune, Essessa!
Alita is finally arriving this February!
This one definitely had to go through a very rough and tough way in order to finally get into cinemas February 14th! ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL took more than two decades to be made: James Cameron wanted to direct it himself and it was his passion project for a long time, but he had to give the helm over to Robert Rodriguez because of his commitments to Avatar sequels. Then there was also lots of trouble finding the actors (Jack Lowden, Douglas Booth and many actresses were in the run for the leads). Now the movie is finally here after the whooping sum of almost $200 million was spent on its
Dua Lipa will perform Swan Song, the lead song from Alita Soundtrack
production. Although the first reactions to the movie are positive, it will hardly return even a portion of that money especially after the recent tragic fall of
Rosa Salazar plays the lead role in the movie
Mortal Engines, another world building fantasy epic.
ALITA IS A CREATION
from an age of despair. Found by the mysterious Dr. Ido (Christoph Waltz) while trolling for cyborg parts, Alita (Rosa Salazar) becomes a lethal, dangerous being. She cannot remember who she is, or where she came from. But to Dr. Ido, the truth is all too clear. She is the one being who can break the cycle of death and destruction left behind from Tiphares. But to accomplish her true purpose, she must fight and kill. And that is where Alita’s true significance comes to bear. She is an angel from heaven. She is an angel of death. ALITA BATTLE ANGEL follows the story of the titular Alita, a disembodied “core”
Oscar winners Mahershala Ali and Jennifer Connelly star in the film
who awakens with no memory in a post apocalyptic world destroyed by a technological fall. Dr. Ido finds her and gives her a new body. They later
Keean Johnson, right, plays Alita’s love interest in the movie
discover that Alita is more than what she seems and has an extraordinary past. As she navigates her new life, she battles other machines who are empowered with skills.
3 OSCAR WINNERS IN THE CAST
Based on famous Asian manga, Alita uses CGI to depict the lead character using the ground breaking technique of animation (facial performance capture) within the live action world with all other characters depicted by real
The movie includes almost two thousand visual effects shots
actors. The technology used in the film took more than ten months to be developed and it started back in 2006! Beside Waltz, the cast also includes two other Oscar winners: Jennifer Connelly (as Chiren, ex-girlfriend of Ido,
The film is based on Yukito Kishiro’s 9 volume manga Gunnm!
who escaped with him from the false utopia of Tiphares, but became disenchanted with real freedom) and Mahershala Ali (as Vector, a man who rigs Motorball combat matches. Motorball is a fictional sport that plays a very
The $200 million movie was originally, apparently, planned with an even bigger budget
important part in the story)! Ed Skrein is Zapan, a cyborg tasked with tracking down and killing Alita. Jackie Earle Haley is huge cyborg Grewishka! Keean Johnson is Hugo, Alita’s love interest who also teaches her to play a gladiator-style game called Motorball. Michelle Rodriguez is
The film was first scheduled for July 2018, then pushed to December and February
Gelda, a cyborg warrior from Mars who trained Alita. Eiza González is Nyssiana, a cyborg tasked with tracking down and killing Alita. Lana Condor is Koyomi, an orphaned teen and freelance photographer. Casper Van Dien appears as Amok!
Consisting of three 90-minute episodes, the upcoming Dracula series will re-introduce the world to the vampire who “made evil sexy.” Taking place in Translyvania in 1897, the series will find “the blood drinking Count is drawing his plans against Victorian London. And be warned: the dead travel fast.” In a statement, Claes Bang said:
I am thrilled to be taking on the role of Dracula, especially when the script is in the hands of the incredible talents of Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss and the team responsible for Sherlock. I’m so excited that I get to dig in to this iconic and super-interesting character. Yes he’s evil, but there’s also so much more to him, he’s charismatic, intelligent, witty and sexy. I realise that there’s a lot to live up to with all the amazing people that have played him over the years, but I feel so privileged, to be taking on this incredible character.
There have been quite a number of adaptations of Dracula since the release of the Bram Stoker novel more than a hundred years ago, but I’m willing to give Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss a chance to prove that they can do something new with the story. “It was one of those moments – who else could it be than Claes. He has it all. Brilliant, gorgeous, charismatic, lethal. Tall, dark and gruesome all at once.” said Moffat, Gatiss, and executive producer Sue Vertue. Director of BBC Content and Piers Wenger added, “Hell has a new boss… and BBC One has an outstanding new leading man. To say we have lucked out with Claes would be to underestimate the supreme talents of Steven, Mark and the team at Hartswood and their knack for choosing the right actor to redefine an iconic role. Seriously exciting stuff.” Production on the Dracula series is expected to begin next year. As I’m not overly familiar with Claes Bang, I’ll leave it up to those of you who are, does he have the right stuff to play Dracula?
PREMIUM SPOTLIGHT ON AQUAMAN + ROYAL ATLANTEAN PORTRAITS WITH JASON MOMOA, AMBER HEARD, PATRICK WILSON, NICOLE KIDMAN, WILLEM DAFOE
NEW ‘AQUAMAN’ POSTERS
THE WRATH OF THE SEVEN SEAS
Aquaman is coming December 21st
You know your trusted spy doesn’t do superheroes, but we do believe DC has always been profoundly superior to Marvel and this one certainly looks brilliantly entertaining and visually majestic. Today you can feast your eyes on the royal portraits of Atlantean nobles fromAQUAMAN which is ready to swim into cinemas December 21st! The $160 million underwater adventure (two thirds of the film take place in the ocean) was directed by James Wan who wanted to make the movie less dark adding to it tons of romantic adventure and humour as well!
The movie was directed by James Wan
STORY OF AQUA MAN Following the events of DC’s previous all star hit movie Justice League, Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa), the reluctant ruler of the vast underwater kingdom of Atlantis, is suddenly caught in a fierce battle between surface dwellers, that threaten his oceans, and his own people, who are ready to lash out and invade the surface.
ARTHUR CURRY HEIR OF ATLANTIS
Arthur Curry is played again by Jason Momoa for the third time, he is the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis who must step forward to lead his people and to be a hero to the world just as his brother, Orm seeks to unite the
Aquaman’s Atlantis consists of seven different underwater kingdoms!
seven kingdoms against the surface world. He has the ability to manipulate the tides of the ocean, communicate with other aquatic life, swim at supersonic speeds, and possesses superhuman strength. Kaan Guldur portrays a 9 year old Arthur Curry, and Otis Dhanji portrays a 13 year old Arthur.
PRINCESS MERA OF XEBEL
Mera, a warrior and daughter of the king of the Atlantean tribe of Xebel, is played by gorgeous Amber Heard. She was raised by Queen Atlanna and
Amber Heard is Mera, princess of Xebel, who can control water
groomed to become queen. Mera possesses hydrokinetic and telepathic powers that allow her to control her aquatic environment and communicate with other Atlanteans.
ORM THE OCEAN MASTER
Orm, also known as Ocean Master is played by America’s best thespian Patrick Wilson. Aquaman’s Atlantean half-brother and ruler of Atlantis
Patrick Wilson is Orm, Ocean Master, Aquaman’s brother
seeks to unite the seven underwater kingdoms to declare war on the surface world out of belief humanity polluted the seas!
THE CITIZENS OF ATLANTIS The movie also includes Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Atlantis’ counsellor and Aquaman’s mentor, Dolph Lundgren as King Nereus: The
Nicole Kidman’s Queen Atlanna is actually dead in the movie!
king of the Atlantean tribe of Xebel and Mera’s father. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as David Kane also known as Black Manta: A ruthless treasure hunter and a high-seas mercenary with a flair for creating deadly technological
The warriors of Atlantis ride battle sharks and also sea dragons!
innovations. Nicole Kidman is Queen Atlanna: The Queen of Atlantis, mother of Arthur Curry and Orm. Ludi Lin portrays Murk, the Captain of the
Dolph Lundgren is King Nereus!
Men-of-War, the frontline army of Atlantis, while Temuera Morrison portrays Thomas Curry: Arthur Curry’s father and a lighthouse keeper!Djimon Hounsou, Natalia Safran, and Sophia Forrest play the
Willem Dafoe is Vulko, Aquaman’s mentor
Fisherman King, Fisherman Queen, and the Fisherman Princess whom Orm creates alliance with as part of his plan to unite the seven kingdoms!