Film & TV News: April 8

News

  • The first trailer for the Star Wars anthology film Rogue One took the internet by storm yesterday, providing the first glimpse of the hotly-anticipated pseudo-spinoff. Two new Star Wars movies within a year of each other, both reinvigorating the franchise after years of dormancy and prequel strife — both Force Awakens and Rogue One are led by tiny gutsy British women, and you’re trying to tell me they’re not related?
  • Cillian Murphy has joined Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, marking the fifth collaboration between actor and director following the Dark Knight trilogy and Inception. He’s joining an impeccable cast that includes Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance and a handful of newcomers. If any team can turn a fresh eye onto a very famous part of history, it’s this one.
  • World’s Most Perfect Human Charlize Theron has been cast in the eighth installment of the Fast & Furious franchise, but for some strange reason they’re not calling it Fast & Furiosa.
  • Relax, you guys: Sherlock Season 4 is now filming.

Trailers

Here’s the awesome Rogue One trailer:

Trailer of the Week runner-up award goes to Swiss Army Man, which looks bonkers and features a soundtrack by Andy Hull and Robert McDowell of Manchester Orchestra:

A longer look at Spielberg’s The BFG was released earlier this week as well, adapting Roald Dahl’s children’s book The Big F*cking Giant:

In Cinemas

Everybody Wants Some, Hardcore Henry, Demolition and The Boss all open today stateside. Stay tuned this week for our reviews of the currently-in-theaters 10 Cloverfield Lane and Midnight Special.

On TV

Promotional comments from the Walking Dead showrunners promised Negan’s arrival would be “an atomic bomb”. What they didn’t tell you is that the bomb wouldn’t be exploding until the next season. Sigh.

On Netflix

The second season of Daredevil is either as good as the first, or better, or worse. That much is certain.

Review of the Week

Our Face Off column pits Disney’s toe-tapping Hercules against the signature stylings of the original Superman. Their capes are surprisingly similar — see who wore it best.

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