Exclusive: Daniel Radcliffe On Frankenstein'At its heart, it’s an adventure movie'
With his quirky drama Horns just around the corner, Daniel Radcliffe stopped by to chat movie things with Empire. With his Seb Coe movie Gold currently in a holding pattern, the current Rad-slate is dominated by 20th Century Fox’s new take on Mary Shelley’s weird scientist, Victor Frankenstein. Radcliffe, who plays Igor (or Ygor), bills it as “a real adventure at its heart, a fun movie” while stressing that there’s brains to go with the brawn. “[It’s] very smart in terms of the ideas it’s discussing, [which is] a rare combination for a huge movie.”
Igor, of course, is Frankenstein’s (James McAvoy) factotum. The character maybe lost a little intellectual freight with Marty Feldman’s portrayal of him as a boggle-eyed lunatic in Mel Brooks’ hilarious Young Frankenstein (“It’s pronounced ‘I-gor’!”), so Radcliffe’s version will probably be a little closer to what Shelley intended.
“There is that physicality,” he stressed of Igor’s famous hunchback, “but the story this time around is told through his eyes. He’s granted more of a story than he has been before. It’s an equal partnership where one of them is trying to be dominant, [which is] what separates it from other Frankenstein movies.”Unlike earlier movie adaptation – and more recently, Showtime’s Penny Dreadful – which dwelt on the relationship between Monster and his creator, here it’s between Victor and Igor. “It’s about the nature of creation, in many ways,” elaborates Radcliffe. “Victor gives Igor new life at the beginning of the movie, so he can be viewed as my creator, and at what point do you step out of that shadow or continually pay homage to the person who gave his life back.”
A Frankenstein origin story, then? “It sort of is,” agreed the actor. “The creation of the monster isn’t right until the end – you see their attempts at it. Although I’m not sure we’re teeing ourselves up for four more movies or anything.” Strangely, an early draft had a sequel-baiting ending. “James (McAvoy) and I looked at it and said, ‘Let’s make one good film first!”
Overseeing all this is Paul McGuigan, directing from a script by Chronicle's Max Landis. Alongside McAvoy and Radcliffe, Victor Frankenstein will boast the acting talents of Mark Gatiss, Jessica Brown Findlay and Andrew Scott when it hits our screens next year.
Phil de Semlyen

Exclusive: Daniel Radcliffe On Frankenstein
'At its heart, it’s an adventure movie'

With his quirky drama Horns just around the corner, Daniel Radcliffe stopped by to chat movie things with Empire. With his Seb Coe movie Gold currently in a holding pattern, the current Rad-slate is dominated by 20th Century Fox’s new take on Mary Shelley’s weird scientist, Victor Frankenstein. Radcliffe, who plays Igor (or Ygor), bills it as “a real adventure at its heart, a fun movie” while stressing that there’s brains to go with the brawn. “[It’s] very smart in terms of the ideas it’s discussing, [which is] a rare combination for a huge movie.”

Igor, of course, is Frankenstein’s (James McAvoy) factotum. The character maybe lost a little intellectual freight with Marty Feldman’s portrayal of him as a boggle-eyed lunatic in Mel Brooks’ hilarious Young Frankenstein (“It’s pronounced ‘I-gor’!”), so Radcliffe’s version will probably be a little closer to what Shelley intended.

“There is that physicality,” he stressed of Igor’s famous hunchback, “but the story this time around is told through his eyes. He’s granted more of a story than he has been before. It’s an equal partnership where one of them is trying to be dominant, [which is] what separates it from other Frankenstein movies.”

Unlike earlier movie adaptation – and more recently, Showtime’s Penny Dreadful – which dwelt on the relationship between Monster and his creator, here it’s between Victor and Igor. “It’s about the nature of creation, in many ways,” elaborates Radcliffe. “Victor gives Igor new life at the beginning of the movie, so he can be viewed as my creator, and at what point do you step out of that shadow or continually pay homage to the person who gave his life back.”

A Frankenstein origin story, then? “It sort of is,” agreed the actor. “The creation of the monster isn’t right until the end – you see their attempts at it. Although I’m not sure we’re teeing ourselves up for four more movies or anything.” Strangely, an early draft had a sequel-baiting ending. “James (McAvoy) and I looked at it and said, ‘Let’s make one good film first!”

Overseeing all this is Paul McGuigan, directing from a script by Chronicle's Max Landis. Alongside McAvoy and Radcliffe, Victor Frankenstein will boast the acting talents of Mark Gatiss, Jessica Brown Findlay and Andrew Scott when it hits our screens next year.

Phil de Semlyen

Eddie Murphy Becomes The CookIn Bruce Beresford’s new drama
Eddie Murphy currently has a fourth Beverly Hills Cop and Twins sequel Triplets on the boil. Before he serves up either, however, he’s preparing a more serious drama. He’s signed on for the title role in Cook, which Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy) will direct.
The story involves a dying man who hires Murphy to rustle up meals for his girlfriend and daughter after he’s left this mortal coil. It was initially earmarked for Samuel L. Jackson until scheduling conflicts caused him to decline. Susan McMartin (Californication) wrote the script, and Mark Canton (300, Immortals, Escape Plan) is among the producers.
"It’s a great screenplay," Canton told Empire when we had cause to speak to him recently. “It’s a small story - a true story - of a family and a guy who comes into their lives. You have to come up with either really great big franchise driven movies or little character driven movies. Those are the two businesses to be in. I’m in both. You don’t like to be caught in the middle.”
Canton likens Cook on some level to Jennifer Aniston drama Cake, which recently premiered at TIFF and called on its star to go out on something of an acting limb. “Cake startled people because Jen gained a lot of weight and cut her hair and has a lot of scars and it’s a serious drama,” he explains. “Cook is another one. Everyone now wants to do what Matt McConaughey did, so we’re financing these movies when we think they’re put together the right way. This will be Eddie Murphy like you’ve never seen him. Of that I can assure you.”
Murphy’s first non-comedy, non-Donkey role since 2006’s Dreamgirls, goes before the cameras next month. Expect further casting details in short order.
Owen Williams

Eddie Murphy Becomes The Cook
In Bruce Beresford’s new drama

Eddie Murphy currently has a fourth Beverly Hills Cop and Twins sequel Triplets on the boil. Before he serves up either, however, he’s preparing a more serious drama. He’s signed on for the title role in Cook, which Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy) will direct.

The story involves a dying man who hires Murphy to rustle up meals for his girlfriend and daughter after he’s left this mortal coil. It was initially earmarked for Samuel L. Jackson until scheduling conflicts caused him to decline. Susan McMartin (Californication) wrote the script, and Mark Canton (300, Immortals, Escape Plan) is among the producers.

"It’s a great screenplay," Canton told Empire when we had cause to speak to him recently. “It’s a small story - a true story - of a family and a guy who comes into their lives. You have to come up with either really great big franchise driven movies or little character driven movies. Those are the two businesses to be in. I’m in both. You don’t like to be caught in the middle.”

Canton likens Cook on some level to Jennifer Aniston drama Cake, which recently premiered at TIFF and called on its star to go out on something of an acting limb. “Cake startled people because Jen gained a lot of weight and cut her hair and has a lot of scars and it’s a serious drama,” he explains. “Cook is another one. Everyone now wants to do what Matt McConaughey did, so we’re financing these movies when we think they’re put together the right way. This will be Eddie Murphy like you’ve never seen him. Of that I can assure you.”

Murphy’s first non-comedy, non-Donkey role since 2006’s Dreamgirls, goes before the cameras next month. Expect further casting details in short order.

Owen Williams

Jason Momoa Opens Up About AquamanNow his casting is finally official…
It’s been one of the least-well-kept secrets around in recent months, but now that Warner Bros. has officially confirmed that Jason Momoa is set to play Aquaman, the actor himself is finally able to talk about the role. And he did just that this weekend at Atlanta’s Walker Stalker convention event, according to Comibook.com.
Momoa is happy that the catfish is out of the bag, because, if we’re all honest, he wasn’t always subtle about hinting at the casting decision. “Listen, I was asked to play it. You know, you audition and stuff like that, but the fact is you’ve just got to keep it quiet. You know what I mean; I was just trying to respect Warner Bros. and everyone’s wishes. I’m really, really happy that I don’t have to be quiet anymore, because that’s really hard for me.”
Though he studied marine biology before starting acting, Momoa won’t be using his education to help prepare for the role. But he will be using his Polynesian heritage. “My family are some of the greatest water men on earth. I’m not, but I’m going to go train with them. But it’s really an honour just being a Polynesian. And water is the most important thing in this world and we all know it. It’s cool be a part of DC’s universe. I’m really excited to be with Warner Bros., and hopefully everyone likes it. And Zack Snyder’s a genius, so I’m really excited to be hanging out with him.”
As for when he might first show up as the character – there has been speculation he’ll cameo in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice – it appears Momoa is thinking he’ll debut in the first Justice League film before the solo Aquaman adventure in 2018. “I know the Justice League will come first. That’s really what we’re going to focus on. I’m not sure if it will be set prior to Justice League or post. I don’t know too much about it. It will probably be where he came from.” Naturally, he can’t say too much more, but it must be a relief to finally have the chance to say something… Whether or not Aquaman shows his face, Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice is set for March 25, 2016.
James White

Jason Momoa Opens Up About Aquaman
Now his casting is finally official…

It’s been one of the least-well-kept secrets around in recent months, but now that Warner Bros. has officially confirmed that Jason Momoa is set to play Aquaman, the actor himself is finally able to talk about the role. And he did just that this weekend at Atlanta’s Walker Stalker convention event, according to Comibook.com.

Momoa is happy that the catfish is out of the bag, because, if we’re all honest, he wasn’t always subtle about hinting at the casting decision. “Listen, I was asked to play it. You know, you audition and stuff like that, but the fact is you’ve just got to keep it quiet. You know what I mean; I was just trying to respect Warner Bros. and everyone’s wishes. I’m really, really happy that I don’t have to be quiet anymore, because that’s really hard for me.”

Though he studied marine biology before starting acting, Momoa won’t be using his education to help prepare for the role. But he will be using his Polynesian heritage. “My family are some of the greatest water men on earth. I’m not, but I’m going to go train with them. But it’s really an honour just being a Polynesian. And water is the most important thing in this world and we all know it. It’s cool be a part of DC’s universe. I’m really excited to be with Warner Bros., and hopefully everyone likes it. And Zack Snyder’s a genius, so I’m really excited to be hanging out with him.”

As for when he might first show up as the character – there has been speculation he’ll cameo in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice – it appears Momoa is thinking he’ll debut in the first Justice League film before the solo Aquaman adventure in 2018. “I know the Justice League will come first. That’s really what we’re going to focus on. I’m not sure if it will be set prior to Justice League or post. I don’t know too much about it. It will probably be where he came from.” Naturally, he can’t say too much more, but it must be a relief to finally have the chance to say something… Whether or not Aquaman shows his face, Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice is set for March 25, 2016.

James White

Fury Fights To The Top Of The US Box OfficeThe Book Of Life opens third

After the disappointment of Sabotage, David Ayer has reason to feel cheerful this weekend as his World War II tank drama Fury roared to the top of the box office charts in America according to studio estimates. His panzer bonanza displaced Gone Girl and easily outpaced the competition – not that there was much in the way of direct challengers for its market.
Fury, which finds Brad Pitt as the commander of a Sherman tank pushing through Germany in the waning, but still very dangerous, days of the conflict, made $23.5 million from its first time out, a healthy start for a film looking to recoup nearly $70 million in production costs. Last week’s top spot squatter, Gone Girl, dipped just 32 per cent to take second with $17.8 million and easily passed the $100 million mark in the US this weekend.
Third place went to The Book Of Life, the Mexican/Day Of The Dead-themed animated adventure that was directed by first-timer Jorge Gutierrez and produced by Guillermo del Toro. The ‘toon took in $17 million and should hopefully show strong legs. It arrived ahead of Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Disney’s live-action kids’ pic, which fell from third to fourth and took home $12 million. In fifth, we find the latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Best Of Me, which has suffered from terrible reviews and arrived to middling interest, earning just $10 million. It’s the worst opening figure for a Sparks-based film so far, and could indicate that audiences are tiring of his particular brand of rom-dram tricks. If only he’d follow our advice and throw a robotic camel in there somewhere.
Dracula Untold fell from second to sixth with $9.8 million and $40.7 million in the US to date. That put it ahead of The Judge, which slipped a couple of places to seventh and earned $7.94 million. Horror spin-off Annabelle sank to eighth place, scaring up $7.92 million, with The Equalizer at ninth ($5.4 million) and The Maze Runner falling to 10th with $4.5 million.
To see Brad Pitt drive a tank over Ben Affleck in the full chart listings, head to Box Office Mojo.
James White

Fury Fights To The Top Of The US Box Office
The Book Of Life opens third

After the disappointment of Sabotage, David Ayer has reason to feel cheerful this weekend as his World War II tank drama Fury roared to the top of the box office charts in America according to studio estimates. His panzer bonanza displaced Gone Girl and easily outpaced the competition – not that there was much in the way of direct challengers for its market.

Fury, which finds Brad Pitt as the commander of a Sherman tank pushing through Germany in the waning, but still very dangerous, days of the conflict, made $23.5 million from its first time out, a healthy start for a film looking to recoup nearly $70 million in production costs. Last week’s top spot squatter, Gone Girl, dipped just 32 per cent to take second with $17.8 million and easily passed the $100 million mark in the US this weekend.

Third place went to The Book Of Life, the Mexican/Day Of The Dead-themed animated adventure that was directed by first-timer Jorge Gutierrez and produced by Guillermo del Toro. The ‘toon took in $17 million and should hopefully show strong legs. It arrived ahead of Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Disney’s live-action kids’ pic, which fell from third to fourth and took home $12 million. In fifth, we find the latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Best Of Me, which has suffered from terrible reviews and arrived to middling interest, earning just $10 million. It’s the worst opening figure for a Sparks-based film so far, and could indicate that audiences are tiring of his particular brand of rom-dram tricks. If only he’d follow our advice and throw a robotic camel in there somewhere.

Dracula Untold fell from second to sixth with $9.8 million and $40.7 million in the US to date. That put it ahead of The Judge, which slipped a couple of places to seventh and earned $7.94 million. Horror spin-off Annabelle sank to eighth place, scaring up $7.92 million, with The Equalizer at ninth ($5.4 million) and The Maze Runner falling to 10th with $4.5 million.

To see Brad Pitt drive a tank over Ben Affleck in the full chart listings, head to Box Office Mojo.

James White

Fresh Horrible Bosses 2 Poster LandsNew crime. Same tools.
Welcome back to a trio of criminal bunglers in Horrible Bosses 2. Just when you thought Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) and Dale (Charlie Day) had learned their lesson about not getting caught up in dangerous or murderous schemes, their world takes another hit and they launch a fresh stupid plan. Check out the latest poster for the comedy sequel.
Directed this time by That’s My Boy/Sex Drive man Sean Anders, working alongside regular co-writer/producer John Morris from their script, Horrible Bosses 2 finds the trio launching their own business but falling afoul of a dodgy investor (Christoph Waltz). Their boneheaded solution to this new problem? Kidnapping the man’s son, Rex (Chris Pine) for ransom.
What they don’t count on is the fact that Rex is a weird lunatic, who at first encourages them to get back at his old man for years of disrespect, and then proves to be much more problematic. The boys still have to deal with Kevin Spacey’s imprisoned, embittered Dave Harken, and Julia Harris, the ever-horny dentist played by Jennifer Aniston…
With Keeley Hazell, Kelly Stables and Suzy Nakamura among the cast, Horrible Bosses 2 will be out on December 11.
James White

Fresh Horrible Bosses 2 Poster Lands
New crime. Same tools.

Welcome back to a trio of criminal bunglers in Horrible Bosses 2. Just when you thought Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) and Dale (Charlie Day) had learned their lesson about not getting caught up in dangerous or murderous schemes, their world takes another hit and they launch a fresh stupid plan. Check out the latest poster for the comedy sequel.

Directed this time by That’s My Boy/Sex Drive man Sean Anders, working alongside regular co-writer/producer John Morris from their script, Horrible Bosses 2 finds the trio launching their own business but falling afoul of a dodgy investor (Christoph Waltz). Their boneheaded solution to this new problem? Kidnapping the man’s son, Rex (Chris Pine) for ransom.

What they don’t count on is the fact that Rex is a weird lunatic, who at first encourages them to get back at his old man for years of disrespect, and then proves to be much more problematic. The boys still have to deal with Kevin Spacey’s imprisoned, embittered Dave Harken, and Julia Harris, the ever-horny dentist played by Jennifer Aniston…

With Keeley Hazell, Kelly Stables and Suzy Nakamura among the cast, Horrible Bosses 2 will be out on December 11.

James White

New US TV Version Of The IT Crowd Planned
Scrubs’ Bill Lawrence is producing a second take
The annals of American networks are littered with failed attempts to remake British comedy series. For every Office, there is a Spaced or a Coupling. US channel NBC has already tried to craft a take on Graham Linehan’s ace sitcom The IT Crowd and failed. The company is trying again, making a deal with Scrubs producer Bill Lawrence.
This is a tough one to figure out. One the one hand, we’re really not sure that anyone needs to make another IT Crowd:  it was a perfect sealed bubble of a show that helped boost the careers of stars Chris O’Dowd, Richard Ayoade and Katherine Parkinson. But then you have Lawrence, the man behind Spin City, Scrubs and more recently, Cougar Town and Ground Floor, who will be working with Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan, two former Scrubs writer/producers who went on to help Dan Harmon make Community.
So there are certainly some clever, demonstrably funny people on board for this one. And in a weird coincidence, the star of the ill-fated 2006 take on the show (which also imported Ayoade) was one Joel McHale, who ended up on Community. You can watch a little of the pilot, which ended up scrapped by a regime change at the channel, here.
In further encouraging news, Linehan himself is involved, as he confirmed via Twitter. 


Yep. I’m closely involved and we’re going to get it right this time RT @PaulFORegan: Any thoughts on NBC trying an IT Crowd remake again?
— Graham Linehan (@Glinner) October 16, 2014
However it shakes out, the new show will take on the basic concept: two nerdy IT guys slaving away in the basement of a massive corporation are confronted with working for a new female manager who knows nothing about technology. It has what they call in the trade a “put-pilot commitment”, meaning that at least one episode will be produced to see if the channel picks it up.
James White

New US TV Version Of The IT Crowd Planned

Scrubs’ Bill Lawrence is producing a second take

The annals of American networks are littered with failed attempts to remake British comedy series. For every Office, there is a Spaced or a Coupling. US channel NBC has already tried to craft a take on Graham Linehan’s ace sitcom The IT Crowd and failed. The company is trying again, making a deal with Scrubs producer Bill Lawrence.

This is a tough one to figure out. One the one hand, we’re really not sure that anyone needs to make another IT Crowd:  it was a perfect sealed bubble of a show that helped boost the careers of stars Chris O’Dowd, Richard Ayoade and Katherine Parkinson. But then you have Lawrence, the man behind Spin City, Scrubs and more recently, Cougar Town and Ground Floor, who will be working with Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan, two former Scrubs writer/producers who went on to help Dan Harmon make Community.

So there are certainly some clever, demonstrably funny people on board for this one. And in a weird coincidence, the star of the ill-fated 2006 take on the show (which also imported Ayoade) was one Joel McHale, who ended up on Community. You can watch a little of the pilot, which ended up scrapped by a regime change at the channel, here.

In further encouraging news, Linehan himself is involved, as he confirmed via Twitter. 

However it shakes out, the new show will take on the basic concept: two nerdy IT guys slaving away in the basement of a massive corporation are confronted with working for a new female manager who knows nothing about technology. It has what they call in the trade a “put-pilot commitment”, meaning that at least one episode will be produced to see if the channel picks it up.

James White

Shawn Levy In Talks To Make Minecraft MovieWarner Bros. is hoping for a Lego-style success
Warner Bros. is already building on the success of The Lego Movie – three new films from that source are on the way – and in February, the studio made a grab for what it clearly thinks could be another winner, buying up the rights to the Minecraft game. Now the company has Night At The Museum man Shawn Levy in talks to direct a film based on the property.
The game, from Swedish developer Mojang AB, allows you to create and shape an entire world, and has sold more than 35 million copies across PCs, the Xbox 360 and mobile platforms. Much like with Lego, the only stories are those created by users, who can choose whether to explore, create or fight with each other. There are also nocturnal monsters stalking the place, which you must deal with.
While the game possibilities are nearly endless –  and The Kids Today seem to love it – it’s not immediately obvious how this can be turned into a film, though there does seem to be a lot of scope for narrative.
Meanwhile Levy is a proven hand at high concept family movies. He most recently gravitated away from that with the more mature comedy drama This Is Where I Leave You for Warners (the film’s due here next week), but is back at the madcap action well in a couple of months, as Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb arrives on December 26.
James Whirte

Shawn Levy In Talks To Make Minecraft Movie
Warner Bros. is hoping for a Lego-style success

Warner Bros. is already building on the success of The Lego Moviethree new films from that source are on the way – and in February, the studio made a grab for what it clearly thinks could be another winner, buying up the rights to the Minecraft game. Now the company has Night At The Museum man Shawn Levy in talks to direct a film based on the property.

The game, from Swedish developer Mojang AB, allows you to create and shape an entire world, and has sold more than 35 million copies across PCs, the Xbox 360 and mobile platforms. Much like with Lego, the only stories are those created by users, who can choose whether to explore, create or fight with each other. There are also nocturnal monsters stalking the place, which you must deal with.

While the game possibilities are nearly endless –  and The Kids Today seem to love it – it’s not immediately obvious how this can be turned into a film, though there does seem to be a lot of scope for narrative.

Meanwhile Levy is a proven hand at high concept family movies. He most recently gravitated away from that with the more mature comedy drama This Is Where I Leave You for Warners (the film’s due here next week), but is back at the madcap action well in a couple of months, as Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb arrives on December 26.

James Whirte

New Poster For Night At The Museum: Secret Of The TombSergeant Pepper’s lonely tablet hunter’s band?
Just to make sure you know exactly how many people have crowded into the starry cast of Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb, the poster includes as many of them as possible.
Ben Stiller returns as Larry Daley, one of the few people that know the secret held within New York’s American Museum Of Natural History: there is a stone tablet from the time of the Pharaohs that brings all the exhibits to life and has caused him no end of trouble. But in his capacity as watchman of the building, he’s grown to be friends with many of the historical figures and other displays that magically start to move and speak at night, so when they discover the tablet is corroding, the quest is on to stop them all reverting to wax figures, stone statues and rigged collections of bones.
Larry and some of the gang including Pharaoh Ahkmenrah (Rami Malek), Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams), Attila the Hun (Patrick Gallagher), Sacagawea (Mizuo Peck), Roman centurion Octavius (Steve Coogan) and Jedediah (Owen Wilson) travel to London’s British Museum to find out a fix for their tablet. There, they’ll encounter the object’s creator, Ahkmenrah’s father (Ben Kingsley), Dan Stevens as Sir Lancelot and Rebel Wilson as a security guard at the museum who is surprised when her charges start coming to life – and spilling out on to the streets of the capital.
While this final outing for the Museum crew is tinged with sadness after Williams’ passing, it appears set to deliver what we’ve come to expect from Shawn Levy’s family friendly franchise. The film is out on December 26.


James White 

New Poster For Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb
Sergeant Pepper’s lonely tablet hunter’s band?

Just to make sure you know exactly how many people have crowded into the starry cast of Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb, the poster includes as many of them as possible.

Ben Stiller returns as Larry Daley, one of the few people that know the secret held within New York’s American Museum Of Natural History: there is a stone tablet from the time of the Pharaohs that brings all the exhibits to life and has caused him no end of trouble. But in his capacity as watchman of the building, he’s grown to be friends with many of the historical figures and other displays that magically start to move and speak at night, so when they discover the tablet is corroding, the quest is on to stop them all reverting to wax figures, stone statues and rigged collections of bones.

Larry and some of the gang including Pharaoh Ahkmenrah (Rami Malek), Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams), Attila the Hun (Patrick Gallagher), Sacagawea (Mizuo Peck), Roman centurion Octavius (Steve Coogan) and Jedediah (Owen Wilson) travel to London’s British Museum to find out a fix for their tablet. There, they’ll encounter the object’s creator, Ahkmenrah’s father (Ben Kingsley), Dan Stevens as Sir Lancelot and Rebel Wilson as a security guard at the museum who is surprised when her charges start coming to life – and spilling out on to the streets of the capital.

While this final outing for the Museum crew is tinged with sadness after Williams’ passing, it appears set to deliver what we’ve come to expect from Shawn Levy’s family friendly franchise. The film is out on December 26.

James White 

Latest Unbroken Trailer Online
Angelina Jolie’s latest directorial effort has a new promo

For Unbroken, her latest stint behind the camera, Angelina Jolie has picked an emotional and occasionally harrowing true story: that of American icon Louis Zamperini. The latest trailer for the biopic, which is already drawing awards talk, is now online.

‘71’s Jack O’Connell is the star of the film as the younger Zamperini brother, a ne’er-do-well-turned-LA high-school athlete who raced in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. During World War II, his Air Force plane crashed in the Pacific, leaving him without food and water for 28 days, enduring shark attacks, starvation and strafing by enemy planes. He eventually ended up on a Japanese island behind enemy lines, where he was held as a prisoner of war for two years and tortured by his captors.

Working from a script that has seen contributions from William Nicholson, Richard LaGravenese and the Coen brothers, Jolie has rounded up a cast that also includes Domhnall Gleeson, Garrett Hedlund, Finn Wittrock, Jai Courtney, Alex Russell and C.J. Valleroy. Unbroken will be out in the US on December 25 and opens in Australia on January 15, although the cast and crew, including Angelina, will be in Sydney for the world premiere on November 17.

James White

Tom Hardy, Ryan Gosling And Will Smith May Join The Suicide Squad
Margot Robbie also considering the DC Comics film

Included as part of Warner Bros.’ big release date announcement for its DC Comics titles, the adaptation of Suicide Squad is already gathering steam, which is handy since it’s currently set as the first film to launch after 2016’s Batman V Superman: Dawn Of JusticeAnd apparently the studio is pursuing Ryan Gosling, Tom Hardy, Will Smith and Margot Robbie to star.

It is fairly early days for any discussions, though Deadline goes on to mention that they’re all fairly well disposed to signing on, which might seem surprising, but Smith is no stranger to big action fare and Hardy will do blockbuster work if he’s interested in a part. As for Robbie, she’s clearly a Warners favourite after The Wolf Of Wall Street and Focus, in which she appears with Smith. Gosling, meanwhile, is said to be taking meetings on Houdini and Doctor Strange as well as Suicide Squadaccording to The Hollywood Reporter, so might finally find himself in the blockbuster business.

David Ayer is directing the film, which finds villains such as Deadshot, King Shark, Captain Boomerang and Harley Quinn given a chance for redemption by undertaking dangerous missions for the government. There are no indications yet on whom these four might be playing, though Robbie could conceivably make a fun Harley Quinn. Suicide Squad is currently pencilled in for a mid-2016 release. Expect much more news on this one as it develops.

James White