It’s been a week of blockbuster mayhem with casting news, sneak peeks and marketing overkill from some of the most exciting upcoming films. We sifted through the online abyss to bring you the essential movie news from the last seven days, with announcements from ancient Egypt to District 13.

In the News

Christopher Nolan has spoken out this week about the “bleak future” of cinema while writing for the Wall Street Journal. The director, whose recent films have all surpassed the $1 billion dollar mark at the box office, implored cinemas to use innovative new directions to survive as alternative platforms for films continue to thrive. Encouraging the industry not to resort to gimmickry, but instead invest in improved presentation and rely “on the emergence of filmmakers inventive enough to command the focused attention of a crowd for hours.” Nolan’s next project Interstellar is currently in post-production and will be released in November.

Casting News

The Star Wars line up just keeps growing with two new additions announced. Of the thousands of hopeful young actors that turned up to the open auditions for Episode VII last year, two have been plucked to join the stellar cast. Pip Anderson and Crystal Clarke have but a smattering of TV and film appearances between them and now, as Mark Hamill before them, are the first previously unknown cast members to join the likes of Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o and Domhnall Gleeson, as well as the original cast from Episodes IV, V and VI. The film is currently in production at Pinewood Studios and is set for release on the 18thof December 2015.

Scarlett Johansson and Jonah Hill are in talks to join the Coen Brothers’ latest project Hail Caesar. They would join an already bountiful cast including Channing Tatum, Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes and George Clooney. The film sees a return to comedy for the award-winning brothers, and focuses on a fixer, Eddie Mannix (Clooney), who works for the Hollywood studios in the 1950s keeping their stars in line.

In Pictures

This week saw a first look at Don Cheadle as the lead in Miles Away, the biopic of Miles Davies that he is also directing. The film marks Cheadle’s feature directorial debut and is currently being filmed.
miles-away-don-cheadleAnd This Is Where I Leave You received its first official poster, making full use of its admirable cast including Tina Fey, Adam Driver and Jason Bateman. The film hits cinemas on September the 19th.
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In Trailers

The last seven days delivered some blinding new trailers, including the first full trailer for Angelina Jolie’s latest Unbroken. With the film’s subject Louis “Louie” Zamperini sadly passing this month, all eyes rest on British actor Jack O’Connell to deliver justice to an incredible story, and luckily it seems here that he is more than up to the task. The story, which follows Zamperini from from his childhood up to becoming a prisoner of war is Jolie’s second feature film to direct and also stars Domhnall Gleeson, Jai Courtney and Garrett Hedlund, with the screenplay written by Joel and Ethan Coen.

Expect nothing short of epic by the looks of Ridley Scott’s latest Exodus: Gods and Kings. The new trailer shows a regal looking Christian Bale and Joel Egerton sporting a serious Scouse brow in this biblical tale of plague and revenge, which also stars Sigourney Weaver, Aaron Paul and Ben Kingsley. Exodus follows the immortal story of Moses and his journey out of Israel, and is released in December.

Hunger Games fans can rejoice as the latest tit bit of propaganda from the Capitol reaches the web. The ever menacing Donald Sutherland can be seen here as President Snow bookended by his prisoners Johanna (Jenna Malone) and Katniss’s love interest Peeta (Josh Hutcherson.) It’s a simple piece of marketing that reveals little about the plot, but the station’s highjacking halfway through the announcement, revealing “the Mockingjay lives” will have followers of the franchise thoroughly excited.