A breakdown of the biggest movie news from the last week (30 January – 6 February).
Texas Chainsaw Massacre – Official Trailer (31 January)
Following on the heels of other recent horror franchise revivals is this week’s trailer for the Netflix’s upcoming horror Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The sequel appears to directly follow on from Tobe Hooper’s original 1974 film The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, with original protagonist Sally Hardesty returning to face Leatherface once again.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre is currently set to release on 18 February on Netflix.
After Yang – Trailer (1 February)
Another trailer released this week is that of After Yang, a cerebral A24 sci-fi film starring Colin Farrell about androids, family, and humanity.
After Yang is currently set to release in the US on 4 March.
Netflix 2022 Movie Preview – Official Trailer (3 February)
Netflix released a preview of their upcoming 2022 movies this week, with a staggering amount of exciting and star-studded projects teased. The preview features stars such as Chris Evans, Jamie Foxx, Charlize Theron, Ryan Gosling, Ryan Reynolds, Henry Cavill, Millie Bobby Brown, Adam Sandler, Jonah Hill, Halle Berry, and Daniel Craig teasing their various respective 2022 releases.
Among the movies teased are Knives Out 2, action-thriller The Gray Man, fantasy movie The School of Good and Evil, Adam Sandler basketball flick Hustle, and many, many more. Netflix’s plan is to release a new film each and every week for all of 2022 – an ambitious goal, and one that only Netflix’s deep pockets make possible.
Kyle Allen Cast As He-Man For Netflix’s Masters Of The Universe Movie (30 January)
Netflix’s Masters of the Universe film found its He-Man this week, as West Side Story actor Kyle Allen was cast in the role.
The newest live-action adaptation of Masters of the Universe has been a long time coming, but it finally seems to be moving forward with Allen in the lead role. Netflix are producing the film, which will be directed and co-written by fraternal duo Adam and Aaron Nee (the minds behind Sanrda Bullock’s upcoming romantic comedy action-adventure The Lost City). Shooting for the film is expected to start in the summer.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Jamie Dornan Joins Gal Gadot In Spy Thriller Heart Of Stone (1 February)
Off the back of his recent turn in Belfast, Jamie Dornan has been cast opposite Gal Gadot in upcoming spy thriller Heart of Stone.
The film is being co-produced by Netflix and Skydance, and while details of its plot are apparently being closely guarded, it’s being tipped as a female-led Mission Impossible. Tom Harper is set to direct and filming is already underway, although as yet Heart of Stone has no official release date.
Viola Davis Shares Images From Upcoming Film The Woman King (1 February)
Viola Davis shared first images from the upcoming historical epic The Woman King this week, offering a glimpse of her character Nanisca.
The Woman King tells the true story of the Kingdom of Dahomey, one of Africa’s most powerful states in the 18th and 19th centuries. Davis leads the cast as Nanisca, a general of Dahomey’s all-female military unit.
The Woman King‘s cast is rounded out by Lashana Lynch, John Boyega, Thuso Mbedu, Adrienne Warren, and Hero Fiennes Tiffin. It is currently scheduled to release on 16 September.
Dakota Johnson In Talks To Play Madame Web (3 February)
There’s also been exciting news from the lucrative world of comic book movies this week, as Dakota Johnson is reportedly in talks to play Madame Web in an upcoming film from Sony.
In the comics, Madame Web is most often depicted as an elderly blind woman with precognitive abilities confined to a web-shaped life support system. It’s unclear exactly how Dakota Johnson factors into that or how Sony plan to adapt the character to the big screen, but this news is encouraging for fans of Sony’s Spider-Man films, and potentially places Madame Web in the same universe as Tom Hardy’s Venom and Jared Leto’s Morbius.
The casting rumors indicate that shooting for Madame Web could potentially start sometime this year.
Scream 6 Announced (3 February)
The recent release (and general success) of Scream has seen another entry into the franchise announced this week.
The latest Scream brought back a number of “legacy” characters but also introduced two possible new protagonists for the franchise, so the exact plot and premise of the next Scream film is anyone’s guess. However, directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett (collectively known as Radio Silence) are returning along with writers James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter