A breakdown of the biggest movie news from the last week (9 October – 16 October).
Timothée Chalamet Wonka Reveals (10 October 2021)
Timothée Chalamet, the star of Wonka, the upcoming Charlie and the Chocolate Factory prequel, shared a first look at his character. The image shows Chalamet in Victorian-era clothes with a large brown top hat. Another slide also showed a cane – one of the titular confectioner’s most iconic accessories.
A fan-captured set video also reveals that Chalamet will be singing in the film, the first time he’s done so on-screen.
Wonka is set to release in March of 2023, and will star Keegan-Michael Key, Sally Hawkins, and Rowan Atkinson alongside Chalamet.
Will Poulter cast as Adam Warlock in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (11 October, 2021)
Marvel have officially cast Will Poulter as Adam Warlock for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Poulter is known for his roles in Detroit, Midsommar, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, The Maze Runner, and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, and joins the MCU as one of Marvel’s most powerful heroes.
Warlock’s induction into the MCU was first alluded to in 2017’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2‘s post-credits sequence, as Ayesha of the Sovereign created a powerful being to exact her revenge on the Guardians. She named him Adam, causing speculation among fans that the being would be Warlock, which has now been confirmed by Poulter’s casting. Director James Gunn publicly welcomed Poulter to the team on Twitter.
Ruthie Tompson, Disney animator dies aged 111 (11 October, 2021)
Legendary Disney animator Ruthie Tompson has died aged 111. A statement from The Walt Disney Company reveals that Tompson passed away in her sleep on October 11.
Tompson was known for her work on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, one of the first full-length animated films ever made, as well as other notable Disney films Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo, Sleeping Beauty, and The Rescuers. Tompson also worked on 1978 animated classic The Lord of the Rings.
New M. Night Shyamalan film gets official title and release date (14 October 2021)
The Old director’s next film has been given a title and release date. The film, titled Knock at the Cabin will be released on February 3, 2023. M. Night Shyamalan shared a brief and cryptic video to his Instagram which confirms the release date.
DC FanDome (16 October 2021)
DC’s FanDome made numerous reveals and announcements – but he’s three of the biggest:
Black Adam First Look
Official behind the scenes footage offers a close early look at Black Adam. In the short clip, we see Dwayne Johnson showcasing some of Black Adam’s powers as well as glimpses at some of the film’s other actors, characters and concept art.
The Flash – First Look
DC FanDome offered fans their first real look at the DCEU’s upcoming movie The Flash, and it promises far more Batman than was initially expected. It hints that not only the DCEU’s existing Batman (Ben Affleck) will appear, but an alternate version played by Michael Keaton (who famously took on the role for 1989’s Batman). The trailer also seemingly showed that Ezra Miller, who plays the titular hero in the DCEU, will have multiple roles, playing at least two versions of The Flash.
The Batman – New Trailer
Matt Reeves’ The Batman had its latest trailer revealed at DC FanDome, and it paints an exciting picture of what to expect from the film, and from Robert Pattinson’s version of the character.
The trailer showcases a little more of the upcoming film’s tone and style, as well as glimpses at some of its action and plenty of Robert Pattinson’s vigilante growling, as well as chasing down and beating up various criminals.