The Weekly Wrap: No General Leia For Episode IX

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Despite speculation that Carrie Fisher will appear in Star Wars: Episode IX, Lucasfilm chief, Kathleen Kennedy has officially announced that General Leia will in fact not appear in the next instalment of the Star Wars series. The actress passed away following the completion of The Last Jedi and despite Fisher’s family giving permission to Disney and Lucasfilm to utilise footage of the actress for the next Star Wars adventure, the studio heads have decided to not capitalise on it. Fisher apparently has a major role to play in the new film, which is due out this Christmas.

James Gunn Returns For Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3
guardians_galaxy2Despite Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 not opening in cinemas yet, director James Gunn has evidently done a good enough job for Marvel to commit to a third movie with him. Gunn has confirmed that he will return to write and direct the next instalment of the superhero franchise. The director confirmed the news with a lengthy post on his official Facebook account. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 has thus far been receiving rave reviews from initial press screenings so it will be interesting to see what magic Gunn and his team have weaved for this highly-anticipated sequel.

First Look: A Star Is Born
star_is_bornWe have a first look at the upcoming remake to A Star is Born starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga. The film, which is being directed by Cooper revolves around Jackson Maine, a country music star who is on the brink of decline when he discovers a talented unknown named Ally. As the two begin a passionate love affair, Jack coaxes Ally into the spotlight, catapulting her to stardom. But as Ally’s career quickly eclipses his own, Jack finds it increasingly hard to handle his fading glory. Cooper pulls double duty starring as Jackson with Gaga portraying Ally. The film is slated to open in September 2018.

Man From U.N.C.L.E 2
man_from_unclesAlthough it received only a lukewarm reaction at the box-office, there’s still hoping that a sequel to Man From U.N.C.L.E may get made. In a recent interview, star Armie Hammer claims that a follow-up is being penned. Although Warner Bros hasn’t greenlit any follow-ups to the franchise, the Man From U.N.C.L.E 2 could find its way into cinemas as the film has secured a 67% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The film directed by Guy Ritchie was an exciting spy romp laced with comedy and sex appeal. However it just didn’t connect with audiences as well as it should have.

The Shape Of Water Synopsis Revealed
From master story teller Guillermo del Toro, comes The Shape Of Water – an other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of silence and isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forver when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment. Rounding out the cast are Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg and Doug Jones.

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