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From tantalising previews for hotly anticipated films, to exciting news concerning one of the biggest franchises of all time, this has been a busy week in the world of cinema. Join us as we round up the film news you need to know about from the past seven days:

Saoirse Ronan Chooses Between Two Countries, Two Lives & Two Very Different Men In New Trailer For Brooklyn

Since her electrifying debut as manipulative thirteen-year-old Briony in Atonement, Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan has made quite a name for herself in Hollywood. The now twenty-one year old, who wowed in Hanna and stood out in the all-star cast of The Grand Budapest Hotel, is currently headed to the shores of 1950s New York in the upcoming adaptation of Colm Tóibín’s New York Times bestseller Brooklyn.

Ronan plays Ellis, a young woman who emigrates from small-town Ireland to big-town America, searching for a life and purpose that has so far evaded her.

The gorgeously filmed trailer sensitively depicts the solitude and fear that Ellis feels upon her arrival thousands of miles from home in Brooklyn. Despite the initial difficulties of home sickness, Ellis soon establishes herself in New York. She finds a job in a busy department store and a home in a boarding house, inhabited by giggling, friendly girls and presided over by staunch-yet-amusing matriarch Mrs. Kehoe, played by the always-wonderful Julie Walters.

However Ellis’ life truly turns around when she meets charming Italian-American Tony, played by Emory Cohen (fans of the guilty pleasure musical TV drama Smash will be amused to note Cohen previously starred as the moaning teenage son in that series). Tony opens up Ellis’ eyes to the possibility of true love and a new life and new home in America.
brooklyn-film-stillThe stylish trailer evocatively brings the spirit of 1950s New York City to life. As Ellis and Tony happily stroll down Coney Island, glorious technicolor bathes their surrounding; the bright colours and modern buildings symbolise all the hope and opportunity New York City appeared to offer.

These scenes notably contrast with the earthy greens and greys of Ireland, which Ellis is forced to return to following a family tragedy. In Ireland, Ellis realises what she has been missing and finds herself drawn towards Jim (played by Domhnall Gleeson of About Time), who represents all that she has left behind.

Torn between two lives, two loves and two homes, Ellis finds herself contemplating an increasingly impossible choice, one that will determine the rest of her life.

Brooklyn’s script has been written by acclaimed writer Nick Hornby, who was Oscar nominated for his work on An Education. Notably, Brooklyn shares with An Education a mid-twentieth century period setting, stylish cinematography and an in-depth concentration on a young woman on the brink of adulthood.

Hornby’s script and the stellar cast (which also includes Jim Broadbent) ensure that Brooklyn is likely to make a real splash upon its release in cinemas this November.

Star Wars: Han Solo Origins Movie Announced 
han-soloThis week Disney announced that everyone’s favourite charismatic space captain Han Solo is set to star in his own feature film.

Harrison Ford famously played the iconic character in the first three Star Wars films and is set to return to the role in December’s The Force Awakens.

However it is expected a younger actor will take on the role in this new film, which is believed to chronicle the young Solo’s life prior to his first appearance in 1977’s Star Wars.

No word yet on casting or script, but several actors have already become bookies favourites. Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul and Jurassic World’s Chris Pratt remain hot contenders, but it remains just as likely that Disney will go for an unknown actor. After all, Harrison Ford was working as a self-taught professional carpenter before he caught his big break in the movie industry.

The new film isn’t due for release until 2018, so check back on Culturefly for the latest updates as they come.

New Teaser & Striking Poster For The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
mockingjay-part-2-katniss-posterIn the final Hunger Games instalment, Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss must lead a nation embroiled in Civil War, as she takes on the devious President Snow and becomes the symbol of the rebellion.

The striking new poster shows Katniss all in red, sitting on an intricate white throne, not dissimilar from the one Snow was seen sitting on in early posters. The accompanying propaganda style images of Katniss’ allies are emblazoned with emotive slogans, designed to motivate the different Districts of Panem to work together.

The teaser that accompanies it is equally imposing, yet enigmatic. Check it out below, along with a second Mockingjay Part 2 teaser that was revealed at San Diego Comic-Con last night: