It’s official: The title of the next Star Wars movie will be Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The title was announced via Star Wars’ website this morning.
It’s a title that will open up a lot of speculation as to who, exactly, it’s referring to: Luke Skywalker, who reappeared at the end of 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, maybe? Or perhaps Rey, who showed some affinity with the Force herself in the same movie? The movie’s logo also begs the question “What’s with the red?” For now, no one is saying anything—but the title reveal might mean that we’re closer to the first trailer for the movie than many suspected.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi, written and directed by Rian Johnson, hits theaters December 15.
The year is young, but the plot for Colossal is currently the front-runner for the strangest (and best) movie storyline of 2017. In the movie, a woman named Gloria (Anne Hathaway) realizes that she’s been unwittingly controlling a kaiju that’s crushing Seoul. When she discovers this she is, obviously, shocked, but soon learns the fun side of manipulating a giant monster: making him dance. (Whee!) It’s not all fun and tailfeather-shaking, though, as Gloria soon discovers that every blunder or drunken stumble she makes could have dire consequences. Check out the new trailer for writer-director Nacho Vigalondo’s new movie above.
In 2018, even angels and devils will cross party lines to prevent the coming of the End Times—on the small screen, at least. In an apropos bit of news, Amazon announced today that author Neil Gaiman will be adapting his novel Good Omens into a “comedic apocalyptic” miniseries, set to be released on Prime Video next year.
Good Omens, beloved by generations of fantasy readers, tells the story of humanity’s last bumbling steps towards the Apocalypse, as angel Aziraphale and demon Crowley try to procrastinate towards the end of the world—turns out, life on Earth is pretty comfortable for the manifestations of Good and Evil. The four horsemen of the Apocalypse include War, a female war correspondent, and Famine, a diet book author. And due to a mix-up at the county hospital, Adam Young, the Antichrist, grows up in a quiet British town. The comedy may have seemed far-fetched when Gaiman co-wrote it with Terry Pratchett in 1990, but considering tomorrow’s inauguration of a one-time reality TV star to the highest office in the land, the apocalypse comedy of Good Omens seems more like parody than fantasy.
Gaiman will write the script for the six-part limited comedy series for Amazon and the BBC, and will also serve as showrunner. Today’s news promises a good couple of years for Gaiman fans: In addition to Good Omens in 2018, an adaptation of his 2001 novel American Gods is set to premiere on Starz in April.
It might be the adaptation that the world needs by 2018—until then, we’ll have to wait and see if the Amazon series was foretold by that 17th century classic, The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch.
The final trailer for Logan, the sequel to 2013’s The Wolverine, and reportedly Hugh Jackman’s last movie as the popular X-Men character, has been released, and while it’s not as immediately grim as the first, it’s another sign that this is going to be very unlike any other superhero movie out there.
While this new glimpse is more action-packed than the first teaser—and shows Dafne Keen in action as Laura Kinney, the mysterious young girl who may or may not be a clone of Logan himself—it also purposefully plays against any expectations the audience might have about the character from the X-Men movies. In fact, it even opens with Logan leafing through an X-Men comic Laura is reading, saying, “Maybe a quarter of it happened, and not like this.”
Logan, once again directed by The Wolverine’s James Mangold, and also starring future emoji poop Sir Patrick Stewart as an aged Professor Charles Xavier, slashes into theaters March 3.
After a missed opportunity with this year’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, Miles Morales—Marvel’s other Spider-Man, the one that isn’t Peter Parker—is finally swinging his way onto the big screen. Sony Pictures Animation confirmed today that Morales will be the web-slinger at the heart of the studio’s upcoming Spider-Man animated movie.
The movie will be written by The Lego Movie’s Phil Lord, who also acts as co-executive producer on the project with his Last Man on Earth and Lego Movie partner Chris Miller. The Little Prince’s Bob Persichetti and Rise of the Guardians’ Peter Ramsey will co-direct.
Morales was created by Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli in 2011 as the primary Spider-Man for Marvel’s “Ultimate” imprint. The character—a mixed-race teenager of African-American and Hispanic descent—quickly became a break-out star, to the point of being one of the few characters to be folded into the mainstream comic book line of the publisher in 2015’s All-New, All-Different Marvel line-wide relaunch. Currently, he appears in the Spider-Man and Champions series from the publisher.
Outside of comics, he’s appeared in the Disney XD animated series Spider-Man: Web Warriors, and will be one of the leads of the upcoming Marvel’s Spider-Man animated series launching this summer. He was once rumored to be in the running to anchor the movie franchise when Marvel and Sony partnered to reboot it for a second time two years ago. Obviously, that didn’t happen—and his forthcoming animated movie debut won’t tie into the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe—but good things happen to heroes who wait, apparently.
The as-yet-untitled Spider-Man animated movie is scheduled to hit theaters December 21, 2018.
Drew Barrymore: Hollywood flower child, former Angel of Charlie, and now … zombie. In the new trailer for Netflix’s upcoming original series, Santa Clarita Diet, she plays a wife, mother, and real estate agent who finds herself turned into one of the undead and is rather upbeat about it. Turns out, she has more energy and confidence as a zombie, and if she can just manage to not eat her family, she’ll be all set! (This dark comedy, from Better Off Ted producer Victor Fresco, is definitely more Warm Bodies than Walking Dead.) All in all, this series, which premieres February 3 on the streaming service, looks like a good time. We may not need another thing about zombies, but we do need binge-able doses of Drew Barrymore and Justified’s Timothy Olyphant (he plays Barrymore’s husband), so we’ll put this on the must-watch list.