Natalie Portman Plans ‘Annihilation’ for Alex Garland 0 10

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After years of being a screenwriter, particularly for director Danny Boyle on the likes of 28 Days Later and Sunshine, Alex Garland made his directorial debut with this year’s excellent sci-fi Ex Machina. And now he may have found his leading lady for his followup effort.

Variety reports that Natalie Portman is in early talks to star in Garland’s next sci-fi effort Annihilation, an adaptation of a novel written by Jeff VanderMeer for which Garland will also write the script.

The book is the first in a series entitled the “Southern Reach Trilogy” and centres on a group of scientists sent out to a remote place known as “Area X” which is fraught with mysterious incidents like suicides and and disappearances during previous expeditions. Portman is up for the lead role of, “a biologist who signs up for [the] dangerous, secret expedition where the laws of nature don’t apply.”

Portman is obviously an actress whom every studio wants in their film and Paramount/Garland nabbing her for the lead is reportedly contingent on the shooting starting no earlier than 2016. Apparently everyone is scrambling to work with Garland after he impressed everyone with Ex Machina, with major actresses like Tilda Swinton and Julianne Moore targeting a key supporting role, but the studio are only going to consider anyone once Portman’s deal has been finalized.

I have to admit I am unfamiliar with the book(s) but to me it sort of sounds like The Thing but sans the alien creature aspect. Ex Machina was a great slice of modern sci-fi with a terrific key role for rising star Alicia Vikander so here’s hoping he does something similar for Portman if she decides to accept the role.

Source: Variety

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Watch: New Trailer for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ 0 23

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If you’re at all interested in Star Wars (which if you’re reading this, the chances are pretty high) then you’ve no doubt already watched the new trailer for The Force Awakens. Probably many times.

However, if you happen not to have watched it yet or are only a casual viewer looking to see what all the fuss is about then we’ve got it right here for your viewing pleasure.

We’ve already had trailers and teasers that are basically fan-service but this one, while still not giving much away in terms of plot, is a much more general trailer – it premiered during an American football game last night – looking to get people excited who maybe haven’t already booked their tickets the moment they went on sale yesterday.

Anyway, without further ado check out the new trailer for what is set to be the biggest film of the year:

Also check out the new, very crowded poster:

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The Force Awakens features a cast of newcomers to the Star Wars universe including Daisy Ridley, John Boyega (Attack the Block), Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie and Adam Driver, as well as returning favourites like Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher. It’s directed by the one-and-only J.J. Abrams.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is released in the UK on December 17th and in the US on December 18th. You can book your tickets already!

The Hulk Might Return in ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ 0 23

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As was the case with the first movie, far and away one of the most entertaining aspects of Avengers: Age of Ultron was Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner AKA The Hulk, who had a film-stealing fight scene with Iron Man that rivalled the end of Man of Steel in terms of city destruction.

The last time we saw The Hulk in Age of Ultron he was [SPOILER ALERT] in the Quinjet, which supposedly crashed and the man or beast hasn’t been seen by the rest of The Avengers, SHIELD or anyone else since. He probably jumped out and swam to Fiji, said Nick Fury. However, we may now have word about when we’ll next see him.

Now take this news with a grain of salt but Joblo is reporting that The Hulk will next appear in Thor: Ragnarok, the third solo movie for Chris Hemsworth’s God of Thunder. The plot of the film, which recently had Flight of the Conchords director Taiki Waititi attached, is currently under wraps but Joblo reports it amounts to, “nothing less than the Norse Apocalypse.” The Hulk would certainly be a welcome fighting partner, then!

If true, Ruffalo joins the already confirmed returnees Tom Hiddleston as trickster Loki – the last time we saw him he had [SPOILER ALERT!] faked his death and claimed the Asgard throne for himself – and Jaimie Alexander as Thor’s female ally Lady Sif.

Do you believe Ragnarok is when we’ll next see The Hulk? Is he a good fit for Thor’s solo storyline?

Thor: Ragnarok is currently scheduled for a October 27th, 2017 release.

Source: Joblo