From a new project for Emma Watson and Tom Hanks, to the long-awaited, newly confirmed sequel to Trainspotting, to the announcement of the new Bond theme, this has been a good week for cinephiles. Join us as we highlight the top movie news from the past seven days.

Sam Smith To Sing New Bond Theme

After weeks of speculation, it has been officially announced that Grammy Award winner Sam Smith will sing the latest James Bond theme song.

23-year-old Smith is following a long list of exalted artists who have lent their vocals to the iconic film franchise. The Stay With Me singer will be hoping to repeat the success of Bond classics such as Shirley Bassey’s Goldfinger, Paul McCartney and Wings’ Live and Let Die and Carly Simon’s Nobody Does it Better, not to mention Adele’s Oscar-winning track for the highly successful 2012 Bond movie, Skyfall.

Smith – whose track, Writing’s on the Wall, will be released on 25 September – says he wrote the song in just twenty minutes, adding that being asked to be part of the Bond franchise is a career highlight.

The singer told told Radio 1: “I’m so relieved to actually talk about this, this has been a top secret mission of my own.”

Spectre will be released in the UK on 26 October, 2015.

Trainspotting Sequel Confirmed

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Danny Boyle has confirmed the long rumoured plans for a Trainspotting sequel. The cult film that made Boyle a household name and lead actor Ewan McGregor a star will have its twentieth anniversary next year.

All the four main actors want to come back and do it,” Boyle told Deadline. “Now it is only a matter of getting all their schedules together.”

Boyle is currently promoting his much-hyped new movie Steve Jobs, a new biopic of the Apple visionary, which is due to premiere in the UK at the BFI London Film Festival in October. The director has stated that he intends to make the Trainspotting sequel his next priority, scheduling permitting.

The script for the new film has been written by John Hodge, writer of the original movie, and will be based on Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh’s follow-up, Porno.

The original movie followed a group of heroin addicts living in Edinburgh in the 1990s. The sequel revisits the core characters as they return to their home city some years later and aim to make money from producing porn films. How closely the new film will stick to Welsh’s novel remains uncertain, but it is believed that the four lead actors – Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller and Robert Carlyle – will all return.

Speaking in June at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, McGregor stressed his enthusiasm for the project, explaining “it would make sense for the sequel to be made in 2016, the 20th anniversary of the original.”

Emma Watson, Tom Hanks & Karen Gillan To Star In The Circle

Emma Watson will star in upcoming thriller The Circle, alongside Guardians of the Galaxy’s Karen Gillan, Star Wars actor John Boyega, Tom Hanks and Patton Oswalt.

The film is an adaptation of Dave Eggers’ novel of the same name and follows a college graduate (Watson) who begins working at an Internet monopoly that collects users personal information.

The movie is compiling an interesting cast of sought-after actors. The mix of industry icons and up-and-coming new talent, not to mention the relevant and always topical subject matter make The Circle a movie to watch out for. Check back on Culturefly for more news as this exciting project develops.

Trailer: Our Brand is Crisis

Warner Bros. has released the first official trailer for Our Brand is Crisis, an upcoming political thriller directed by David Gordon Green and starring Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton.

The movie reveals the manoeuvrings of the world of political consultants, centring on the story of a Bolivian presidential candidate who hires American strategist Jane (Bullock) to manage his campaign, whilst her rival Pat Candy (Thornton) coaches the opposition.

The movie will be released in the UK in early 2016.

Read the original trailer chat article here.

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