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D23: Theme Parks, A New Cast Pic, A New Poster & More!
Saturday was a heavy-handed day for Star Wars fans attending Disney's D23 Expo in Anaheim, California. Cutting right to the chase here, various costumes and other goods were unveiled at the expo, including plans for Star Wars Land - two 14-acre theme parks in Anaheim, California and Orlando, Florida with three concept pictures to show fans what is in store.
As for film, aside from co-writing the forthcoming sequel to his summer box-office hit, Jurassic World, filmmaker Colin Trevorrow will have plenty of time to work out the kinks in time to direct the ninth Star Wars film. Trevorrow currently completes the roster of directors now involved in Disney and Lucasfilm's new trilogy of films within the canon aside from the upcoming spin-offs, including the December 16, 2016 release of director Gareth Edwards's Star Wars: Rogue One; That film also got its day today with a new cast photo featuring Felicity Jones front and center with Asian cinema stars Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen on the far right.
Of course, the biggest reveal of the day was the official poster for J.J. Abrams's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which has already caused a stir with new exclusive pictorals over at EW. The poster was designed by artist Drew Struzan and was handed out exclusively to D23 attendees. Check it out below!
Still to the surprise of many is the forthcoming second installment of the Escape Plan trilogy - Steven C. Miller's Escape Plan 2: Hades, following Mikael Håfström's initial 2013 hit pairing Sylvester Stallone with Arnold Schwarzenegger. A third was announced back in April and news this week now confirms the start of principal photography for upcoming threequel, Escape Plan 3: Devil's Station with Death And Life Of Bobby Z and 15 Minutes director John Herzfeld at the helm.
The new movie sees Stallone and actor Dave Bautista reprising their roles from a script by Herzfeld and screenwriter Miles Chapman which sees the two pairing up once again to break out one of their own from an inescapable prison. The two will be joined on screen by actor and martial artist Max Zhang whose credits span various facets in film from stunt double to principal actor with credits such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Soi Cheng's S.P.L. 2: A Time For Conseuqences (a.k.a. Kill Zone 2), and…
I did a lot of work this weekend. So, don't be surprised if things slow down a bit for me this week. At best, I might be able to pace myself and keep going but a little me-time also suffices.
For now, at least you have this week's installment of the Hit List to relieve your boredom. Demos, goods to promote and much more are on the way starting with a fresh new batch of stunt and training reels ripe with great talent featuring Saidqua Bynum, Dan Mast, Evelyn Osorio Vacaro, Brandon Ly, Hong Berghof (more on her later), Tim Storms, Dina Cataldi, Clancy Petersen, Katie Schwartz, Taylor Castriota, Carlton Hoyles, Sia Alipour, and a 2017 reel celebrating progress over at New York's Breakfall Studios.
Moving forward, we have two new items to help push, and we start the most recent poster debut for actress and martial artist Bridger Fox's latest turn at the helm, Assassin's Curse. The new action short is well underway ahead of its forthcoming 10X10 Filmmaker Challenge prem…
With the upcoming rollout or Jesse Johnson's The Pay Up, Accident Man and Triple Threat in his wake, leave it to action star Scott Adkins to help carry the mantle with word on the upcoming action thriller revisal, Sinners & Saints: Vengeance. Adkins will reunite once more with Chad Law-penned Jarhead 3: The Siege helmer William Kaufman who, in turn, reunites with actor Johnny Strong who led the initial 2011 revenge cop thriller.
The film aims as a stand-alone sequel which tells of a New Orleans detective who journeys to Moscow to avenge the murder of his partner at the hands of a syndicate enforcer with the help of an old war buddy, and the enforcer's lover. Law, whose writing credits also include Kaufman's zombie hit thriller, Daylight's End and Isaac Florentine's Adkins-led home invasion action pic, Close Range, is scripting with Saints And Sinners scribe Jay Moses ahead of the film's Bulgarian shoot this Winter.