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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’s Kari Skogland to Direct ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ Series

Marvel can take my money forever, and so can Disney. The Disney+ streaming service will host many highly anticipated follow-up series to Avengers: Endgame, the most exciting one probably being The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

 

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Deadline reports that Kari Skogland (Sons of Liberty, The Handmaid’s Tale, NOS4A2, The Punisher) will direct all six episodes of the upcoming miniseries. In addition to Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan returning as the titular characters, Captain America: Civil War’s Emily Van Camp and Daniel Bruhl are in talks to reprise their roles as Sharon Carter and Baron Zemo as well.

We’re essentially getting a TV series-length continuation of Civil War, where Sam and Bucky will once again battle Zemo, who will likely try to keep the Avengers from re-establishing themselves in the wake of Endgame.

Skogland’s directorial duties are particularly exciting. Aside from her obvious qualifications, the fact that she’s directing the entire series means that we’ll be presented with a more streamlined and consistent vision that’s comparable to a six-hour film.

 

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Endgame concluded on an exceptionally satisfying note, and left many fans eager to see what happens next, especially now that Sam/Falcon is the new Captain America.

While I personally would have loved to see Bucky/Winter Soldier inherit the shield, there’s no question that the MCU’s Sam Wilson is more deserving, after being loyal to Cap to an almost unreasonable extent (how many people commit war crimes for someone they’ve known for a couple years?) and never failing to cover his left on the battlefield.

 

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Maybe we’ll even see some of super-star writer Rick Remender’s All-New Captain America, Sam Wilson’s Captain America comic debut, influence the TV series screenplay being written by Malcolm Spellman (Empire).

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is set to arrive in August 2020.

 

 

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Teaser for ‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ Arrives!

Exciting news for Disney fans! The trailer of Maleficent: Mistress of Evil has arrived and it looks to be a darker tale than most Disney productions. Fan favorite Maleficent, the mistress of all evil, returns in this sequel to the 2014 version. The first film told Maleficent’s origin story, offering a different perspective on the classic Sleeping Beauty. The upcoming sequel will pick up a few years after the original, and will see the dark sorceress join with Princess Aurora to protect the kingdom from greater threat. The film will explore the relationship between Maleficent and Aurora, while crafting a beautifully realized fantasy world.

 

Maleficent stands side by side with Aurora, Maleficent wreathed in green flames and spreading her black wings

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The aesthetics for the film look on point, with Maleficent herself brilliantly portrayed by Angelina Jolie once more.  Jolie perfect embodies the role, with her pale skin, curved horns, wreathed in green flames and  imposing black wings topping off the look. Not to mention her smooth, yet almost mischievous, voice. Joining Jolie in the film will be Michelle Pfeiffer as Queen Ingrith, Harris Dickinson as Prince Philip, and Elle Fanning as Princess Aurora.

The teaser doesn’t show much but it lets the viewers know this will be a darker twist on the source material, showcasing the moody interior of the towering castle in the kingdom, Maleficent attacking enemies to protect Aurora, and a glimpse of dark creatures flying down from the skies, as well as Maleficent spread her wings, looking like she’s ready for total war.

Are you excited? We sure are! Get ready to see the mistress of evil this October, as Maleficent: Mistress of Evil arrives October 8th.

 

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John Cusack and Jack Black in High Fidelity

Jake Lacy Joins Hulu Adaptation of ‘High Fidelity’

Exciting news for fans of High FidelityAccording to this article from ComingSoon the upcoming adaptation of the acclaimed novel by Nick Hornby has found its co-lead. Jake Lacy was announced to join the series in the role of the television show’s secondary character, Clyde.

 

 

The cover to High Fidelity featuring a man covering half his face

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The book tells the story of a pop culture trivia obsessed man called Rob. His girlfriend, Laura, leaves him, with Rob both confused and relieved by this due to his obsession with trivia. The series adaptation will be gender flipping the roles, with Rob becoming a woman and Laura becoming a man called Clyde.

 

 

 

The book was previously adapted into a feature film in 2000 starring John Cusack and Jack Black. The Hulu adaptation has been ordered for ten episodes and Zoë Kravitz will play the lead in this series. The television adaptation was originally scheduled for release on Disney+ before being moved to Hulu, as Disney was reportedly uncomfortable with more adult content on their family friendly platform. The series has no set release date yet but it should be intriguing, especially considering the gender flipped roles from the book.

 

 

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Mouse Guard

Disney Pulls Plug on ‘Mouse Guard’ Adaptation

The Disney/Fox merger means that we’ll get many X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Deadpool movies to come. However, they’ll likely come at the price of other projects that were originally planned.

io9 reports that Disney just cancelled Fox’s adaptation of Mouse Guard, the hit Peter Davidson graphic novel about adorable, epic, warrior mice who battle the elements and the rest of the food chain, to protect their homes.

 

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Production on the $170 million motion-capture adaptation, expected to star Sonoya Mizuno, Andy Serkis, Idris Elba, and Thomas Brodie-Sangster, was only two weeks away before cancellation. The Wes Ball feature was pitched as “Game of Thrones with mice.”

Disney has actually given the film’s producers, including Matt Reeves (Planet of the Apes), permission to pitch to other studios. Potential homes include Paramount and Netflix, which currently has a production deal with Reeves. Therefore, there is hope.

 

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The Rise of Skywalker

Check Out Our ‘Star Wars IX’ Predictions!

The first Star Wars: Episode IX trailer FINALLY released this past week.

FORCE BE PRAISED

 

 

We have a title, a two-minute teaser, and a lot to unpack. We have predictions.

First, the long awaited title — The Rise of Skywalker — there is a chance that this is referring to the redemption of Kylo Ren/Ben Solo and his rise to the light side, or the literal rise of his grandfather, Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader, from the Force grave.

Until the release of The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, fans had speculated whether or not Vader would make his return to the galaxy far, far away. The art book ensured hardcores that he would indeed return as an Anakin/Vader Force ghost hybrid character at some point in the current trilogy.

 

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IMAGE VIA THE ART OF STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

 

Emperor Palpatine will make a return in some form or another. We hear his legendary evil laugh. We see the ruins of the Death Star from Return of the Jedi at the end of the teaser. There is a chance that Palpatine’s remains or Force ghost accompany the wreckage. Maybe he will return to life using Kylo Ren and Vader’s ghost as Force conduits? The Dark Side makes all sorts of crazy sh*t happen, so anything seems like fair game at this point.

Unlike the previous two films, the Knights of Ren will actually make an appearance this time. The gloved hands on the TIE fighter steering wheel are a dead giveaway. Also, Rey looks epic as she gets ready to end this guy – he’s definitely getting de-knighted.

 

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Also, the current saga has a habit of borrowing elements and plot points from the original trilogy. Given that The Rise of Skywalker runs parallel to Return of the Jedi, and we can see Poe and Finn on a sand-filled planet embarking on some sort of escape/rescue mission, maybe they’re actually rescuing Rey’s mother, unbeknownst to them (or seeking Lando Calrissian’s daughter who will then lead them to Lando).

 

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Bonus: This is more of a fan-service prediction, but I can almost imagine General Hux finally getting his chance to kill Kylo, blasting him in the back, and then Kylo rises from the dead with the spirit of Vader or Palpatine inside him. Hux then gets chopped up into lightsaber barbeque…

It goes without saying that there is plenty for fans to look into with kyber crystal-lens precision and diligence. My fellow nerds, the hype has been ignited. We are the spark, that will light the hype, that will burn the haters down.

 

 

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