From the action-packed first-look at Allegiant and the announcement that Rachel McAdams will be collaborating with Benedict Cumberbatch, to the latest gossip from the Ghostbusters set, this has been an busy seven days in the world of cinema. Join us as we highlight the latest movie updates you need to know about.
Rachel McAdams To Join Benedict Cumberbatch In Marvel’s Doctor Strange
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Oscar-nominee Benedict Cumberbatch, currently wowing in the Barbican’s West End production of Hamlet, is set to take on the eponymous lead role in Marvel’s Doctor Strange.
This upcoming movie chronicles the story of an arrogant, talented neurosurgeon, who becomes the primary protector of the Earth against magical threats.
Joining Cumberbatch are two other acclaimed British actors: Tilda Swinton will play Doctor Strange’s mentor The Ancient One and Chiwetel Ejiofor will play antagonist Baron Mordo.
Now True Detective’s Rachel McAdams has confirmed that she will also star in the movie. Speaking to The Wrap at the Toronto Film Festival, McAdams said: “I’m gonna go do Doctor Strange, kind of a psychedelic Marvel comic, with Benedict Cumberbatch, I’m really looking forward to that.”
No word yet on the character McAdams will be playing, although rumours suggest it could be Clea, Strange’s pupil and love interest who becomes one of the only people able to match his talents.
Scott Derrickson will direct the movie from a screenplay written by Jon Spaihts. Doctor Strange is due to be released in the UK on 28 October 2016 and filming is set to begin this November.
The Original Ghostbusters To Cameo In All-Female Reboot
In February, director Paul Feig confirmed the new line-up for his upcoming Ghostbusters reboot.
The original 1984 comedy classic starred Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and the late Harold Ramis as three professors who establish a ghost removal service.
The new movie stars Bridesmaids actors Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy alongside Saturday Night Live comedians Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones.
As soon as the movie was announced, rumours began circulating that Murray and Aykroyd would be cameoing in the film.
During filming, Feig confirmed these rumours and this week announced that Ernie Hudson, who played Winston Zeddemore in the original, will also have a role to play in the 2016 reboot.
In the 1984 Ghostbusters, Hudson’s character joins the original trio after they get increasingly swamped with work. He serves as an everyman character, his outlook on the ghostly goings on in Manhattan contrasting with that of the eccentric three professors he works alongside.Notably, Hudson actually criticised the new Ghostbusters idea when it was originally announced, telling The Daily Telegraph: “I love females. I hope that if they go that way at least they’ll be funny, and if they’re not funny at least hopefully it’ll be sexy. I love the idea of including women, I think that’s great. But all-female I think would be a bad idea. I don’t think the fans want to see that.”
Later, Hudson backtracked on his original quote, issuing a statement praising Feig’s remake: “Four fiercely funny, foxy, females busting ghosts … phenomenal!”
The air appears to have been cleared as Hudson spent the day filming on set. Feig praised Hudson as “a class act” and Hudson described his filming experience as “one of the most fun days of my career.”
No word yet on what roles Hudson, Murray or Aykroyd will take on. As the new movie is set in the ‘80s, it seems unlikely they will reprise their original roles, but all bets are off until we hear more.
Ghostbusters will be released 22 July 2016.
First Teaser Trailer For The Divergent Series: Allegiant
The first teaser has been released for the Divergent sequel, Allegiant. The newest chapter in this arresting dystopian series sees Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) venture over the wall to discover what remains of the rest of the world.
The new trailer is characterised by sweeping visuals, high emotion and fast-paced action, very much in keeping with the style and feel of the previous two movies.
Allegiant is the third and penultimate movie in the Divergent series (based on Veronica Roth’s book trilogy) and will arrive in UK cinemas on 18 March 2016.
Acting alongside Woodley and James are Naomi Watts, Ansel Egort, Jeff Daniels and Miles Teller.
The final film of the franchise, Ascendant, is scheduled for release on 24 March 2017.