There’s been a lot going on in the movie world this week. From space battles to political intrigue, from elaborate games to the perfect gravy. It’s all kicking off in my news round-up…

 

A LONG TIME AGO, IN A GALAXY FAR, FAR AWAY… AGAIN

Rian Johnson‘s The Last Jedi isn’t even out in cinemas, yet Lucasfilm clearly have confidence: they’ve handed him the keys to a whole new Star Wars trilogy! This is quite an achievement for the relatively-young helmer (pictured above putting Chewbacca through his paces), with execs raving over his handling of the cosmic franchise. The company’s oft-reported revolving door for directors appears to have stopped in this case.

There are scant details on what the new sequence is about, though a continuation of Episodes VII – IX has been discounted. The fresh trio of flicks will apparently “introduce new characters from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored”. Johnson is writing and directing the opening instalment, alongside friend and producer Ram Bergman. I love the name Ram Bergman – it sounds like a Star Wars character in itself!

More news as it comes in. Read the official announcement here.

 

POST WITH THE MOST

Before he introduces audiences to virtual reality adventure Ready Player One, Steven Spielberg has a weightier subject in mind for his upcoming movie. The Post tells the true story of murky political dealings in Washington, D.C.

Meryl Streep stars as Washington Post publisher Kay Graham, who together with Tom Hanks‘ editor Ben Bradlee took on the establishment to release the infamous Pentagon Papers. A great supporting cast, including Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk and Alison Brie help bring recent history to life. Go beyond the looking glass below…

 

The film is released worldwide on Jan 12th.

 

ALL PLAY AND NO WORK

High concept comedy Game Night has had its first roll of the dice with an antics-packed trailer. Rachel McAdams and Jason Bateman lead a quality cast in this calamity-laden tale of a roleplay scenario gone wrong. The Post‘s Jesse Plemons, Kyle Chandler and Jeffrey Wright make up the numbers, together with the UK’s own Sharon Horgan.

It’s the kind of thing that’s either going to be fiendishly simple or hopelessly convoluted. Either way, this looks a bit more interesting than your typical studio slapstick fest. See if you’d like to play…

 

 

BLAME IT ON THE BELGIAN

Murder On The Orient Express is out today. While it isn’t the most adventurous choice of project for actor/director Kenneth Branagh it certainly shows his eye for a classy production (and restrained use of facial hair).

I reckon Branagh is rather underrated compared to other British thesps so if you’d like to read my tribute to his career so far you can board that particular carriage here.

 

A MARVEL IN THE KITCHEN

Ryan Reynolds is at the forefront of another game-changing marketing move for Deadpool 2. The first film was noted for its irreverent publicity and this chapter’s no exception. A Thanksgiving poster has set the internet ablaze, but that’s only the beginning.

Deadpool is making some unexpected appearances in American cities, courtesy of legendary magazine Good Housekeeping. Seems when he’s not kicking ass he’s basting birds, as the pictures below illustrate:

 

For more household tips and handy hints head here. Makes you wonder what else Reynolds & co have up their sleeves in the run up to the movie’s release next June.

 

I’ll be back with more movie news next week!

 

Sources: StarWars.com, YouTube, Collider