We’ve been a bit busy lately at Screening Towers soaking up some Italian sunshine, so here’s a summary of some trailers and news you may have missed in our absence.
First seen in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Deadpool’s a wise-cracking, fourth-wall breaking, loud-mouthed superhero who’s arguably the sassiest character in Marvel’s roster. Still played by Ryan Reynolds, this first footage of next year’s inaugural solo outing for Deadpool was first screened at Comic-Con before its public premiere earlier this week and teases how Reynolds’ Wade Wilson is transformed into his violent alter-ego. Promising to be the funniest, as well as the most violent of all Marvel’s films to-date, Deadpool opens in the UK on 5 February 2016.
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
We’re not quite sure how the sequel to last year’s Maze Runner snuck up on us so quickly, but the follow-up to the wildly successful hit of 2014 is almost upon us, with it opening next month (September 2015). The latest trailer for The Scorch Trials expands upon the first, showcasing more clips of the film’s hero Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) in his continued battle against W.C.K.D., along with the rest of his fellow Gladers who escaped the titular maze of the first instalment. We named The Scorch Trials as one of our picks of 2015, so are chomping at the bit to see this one when it hits cinemas very soon.
Colin Farrell cast in Harry Potter spinoff
We certainly didn’t see this one coming, but it seems that Daredevil and TV’s True Detective star Colin Farrell has been cast in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the Harry Potter spinoff coming next year. The Hollywood Reporter has reported:
Farrell will play Graves, a wizard that Newt Scamander (Redmayne) meets in New York. The story centers on Newt’s adventures in the secret community of witches and wizards as he attempts to document magical creatures. The events of Fantastic Beasts take place 70 years before Harry Potter reads Newt’s book in school.
Channing Tatum is Gambit
There’s been some back-and-forth, it seems, over Channing Tatum’s certainty in the role of Gambit, the card-slinging trickster first played by Taylor Kitsch in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but we’ve now got official confirmation via The Hollywood Reporter that the Jump Street star will be playing the role in Gambit, due to hit cinemas on October 7 2015. The latest deets have Tatum becoming a ‘flagship’ name for the X-Men franchise, perhaps taking over Hugh Jackman’s position as a household name after he hangs up his claws after playing Wolverine ‘one last time’ in James Mangold’s third solo Wolverine outing in 2017.