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From a lads holiday down under to a galaxy far far away, Culturefly brings you all the cinematic excitement and disappointment from the last seven days.

Casting News

Paddington thus far has had a tough gig. Having just won over audiences after a disturbing round of promo footage, he’s now lost his voice. In a very late stage of production Colin Firth has parted ways from the Paddington project in what he has deemed a “conscious uncoupling,” leaving the Peruvian bear temporarily mute. Director Paul King has said the announcement of a new actor will come in the following few weeks, and to still expect great things from the film come December.
paddingtonFormer Game of Thrones cast member Jason Momoa appears to have finally been announced as DC’s Aquaman. With months of rumours linking him to the part, Momoa is now set to join the Batman v Superman origins story due for release in 2016. An Aquaman solo project has yet to be announced by Warner Brothers, but given the spat of DC films set for release over the coming years it would not be a ludicrous assumption that one is in the pipeline.

Fans of the big haired 90s sensation that was Trolls will be happy to learn that Anna Kendrick has been cast as the lead for a musical film based on the colourful dolls. Dreamworks Animation are currently working on the project, which sees Kendrick, who is currently filming Pitch Perfect 2, play Princess Poppy. Shrek Forever After director Mike Mitchell has taken on the film, which is due for release in November 2016.

New Projects

No sooner has the dust settled on the latest Star Wars casting news then a new director for Episode VIII is announced. Rian Johnson, the genius who wrote and directed Brick and Looper will be driving the eighth chapter of the franchise while writing the treatment for Episode IX, with the hopes of directing it as well. Johnson has yet to comment on the news, but it has been confirmed that a deal is currently underway with LucasFilm for the monumental task.

In Pictures

50 Shades of Grey this week released its first official image, following its first poster, which hit the web a few months ago. The still reveals Jamie Dornan as Grey, the billionaire boss with a taste for explicit hobbies and a fascination with college grad Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson.) The film will be released in February 2015.
Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow has tweeted a glimpse of one of his dinosaurs this week to the delight of fans. With character stills from the film released online last week, this teases at a tyrannosaurus type threat, and with Trevorrow using modified dinosaurs based on advanced genetics as his monsters of choice expect a terrifying take on evolution.

In Trailers

The new trailer for The Expendables 3 launched online this week, and promises as much fun fuelled nonsense as its predecessors. Expect inexplicably huge explosions, ludicrous one liners and the leathery set faces of some of Hollywood’s biggest stars back together for one last time.

And The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes saw its last trailer released before it hits cinemas next month. With Gary Oldman back on the bad side and incredible special effects helped again by Andy Serkis and his performance capture expertise, this seems like a far more promising sequel than its title allows.

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