What a difference a week makes! In the last 7 days, we’ve seen new film releases, unexpected movie announcements and big TV news.
Let’s jump straight into it. Here are the top news in TV & Film for the week.
1) Alicia Vikander is the new Lara Croft
You heard right! With top notch performances in Ex Machina, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and her Academy Award-winning role in The Danish Girl, Alicia Vikander has been cast to play Lara Croft in a Tomb Raider reboot. The film will follow a similar premise to the 2013 game of the same name, which itself was a reboot in the gaming franchise. The film is currently in pre-production and a release date has yet to be announced.
2) Does Taylor Swift have a cameo in X-Men: Apocalypse?
We’re still unsure on this one, but there are certainly hints to validate the rumours. There’s a character in the X-Men universe called Dazzler, a mutant with the ability to turn sound vibrations into light beams and energy. Could the famous pop star be playing Dazzler?
Well, last year, long-time X-Men writer Simon Kinberg posted an image with Tay Tay alongside James McAvoy and Sophie Turner who plays Jean Grey. So when Turner posted on Twitter a hint to Dazzler in the latest film last week, rumours sparked and rightly so!
3) The Punisher is getting his own Netflix series
With high praise from both audiences and critics in his appearance in Daredevil Season 2, it’s no surprise that Netflix has given green light for The Punisher’s very own series on the streaming network. Jon Bernthal will reprise his role as Frank Castle in addition to the various Marvel and Netflix projects already lined up, including Luke Cage, Iron Fist and The Defenders. Fans will rejoice at the news, especially since The Punisher was the key highlight from the latest Daredevil series.
4) Marvel has Creative Control over upcoming Spider-Man film
Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios, confirmed early this week that Marvel will have creative control over the next Spider-Man film. While the rights for the character on film will still be held by Sony, Marvel Studios will have the majority of say over the direction of the film. Spider-Man: Homecoming will see a much younger Peter Parker compared to Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s versions of the character. After rave reviews of Tom Holland for his appearance as Peter and Spidey in Captain America: Civil War and the addition of Robert Downey Jr. in the film, 2017 could not come any sooner.
5) 20th Century Fox pulls out of Comic Con
Due to higher risks of leaks and piracy, Fox has decided not to pull out of Comic Con 2016. It’s a huge bummer for Con-goers who were expecting to see footages of upcoming Fox films and panels with the cast members of these productions. Some of Fox’s upcoming releases include Gambit, Deadpool 2, Wolverine 3, Maze Runner and the highly-anticipated Assassin’s Creed starring Michael Fassbender.
6) First Trailer for Snowden Released
The first full trailer for the upcoming film Snowden was released showcasing the controversial whistleblower in his fight for justice and truth. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays the titular character, with accurate hairline and near-perfect accent. The film also stars Shailene Woodley, Nicolas Cage and Zachary Quinto.