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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!
Word has it that actor Lin Gengxin is a possible front runner to lead famed Hong Kong director Tsui Hark's newly confirmed adaptation of classic literary, Return Of The Condor Heroes. The story is inspired by Jin Yong's 1959 publication, the second installation of the Condor Trilogy which began in 1957 and has seen numerous film and TV adaptations, as well as its expansion into books and video games.
Hark reportedly aims to adapt the book into a trilogy of its own while fans are expecting to hear of Lin's attachment as Yang Guo, whose taboo romance with his sifu, martial arts master Little Dragon Girl, and their adventures in the martial arts world is central to the story. Lin has worked with Hark on several occassions with credits together including Young Detective Dee: Rise Of the Sea Dragon (2013), The Taking of Tiger Mountain (2014), Derek Yee's Sword Master (2016) which Hark produced, and this year's sequel hit, Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back whi…
2013 saw the genesis of an ambitious and original new endeavor from Canadian martial arts film and stunt troupe, Team 2X. That project, from industry stuntman and coordinator James Mark (Wolves), hails this week from Raven Banner with forthcoming release, Kill Order, aiming to spark a new wave of feature length martial arts movie fandom with stuntman and martial artist Chris Mark (Scott Pilgrim VS. The World) setting the stage for his own feature acting debut. When David, a troubled high school student who appears to suffer from mental illness, finds himself in a situation where he is about to be taken captive for reasons unknown, a dark power takes over his body opening the doors to a world of superhuman abilities and a past kept secret.Also starring are Dan Park, Denis Akiyama and Jessica Clement along with the mind-blowing feats of Team 2X for its November 24 premiere at the Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival. Raven Banner will then follow suit with a U.S./Canada release on F…
Universal 1440 Entertainment is getting its footing this week with director Don Michael Paul for their latest in a string of direct-to-video sequel ventures. Coming in 2018, Scorpion King: Book Of Souls, marks fifth in the Mummy franchise spin-off and with actor Zach McGowan (Death Race: Beyond Anarchy) starring as the fourth actor in line for the title role of Mathayus.
Production is underway in Cape Town, South Africa where our legendary warrior sets out to retrieve a mysterious book with the power to defeat an evil warlord. McGowan is joined by Pearl Thusi (Quantico), Katy Saunders (Law and Order), Nathan Jones (Mad Max: Fury Road) and Peter Mensah (Spartacus), and actress Mayling Ng (Wonder Woman). "Scorpion King: Book of Souls truly raises the bar in terms of action, suspense, and thrills, making it an impressive addition to the infamous Scorpion King saga," says Glenn Ross, General Manager and Executive Vice President of Universal 1440 Entertainment. "With multifa…