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Michael Shannon Joins Rian Johnson’s Knives Out

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The Shape of Water’s Michael Shannon has joined the cast of Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson’s noir-flavoured whodunit Knives Out.

The film, which is currently assembling quite the A-List cast with Captain America: Civil War star Chris Evans, Casino Royale’s Daniel Craig, and Selma’s Lakeith Stanfield, is due to start shooting soon – scheduled in to work around the gap in Craig’s calendar brought about by Danny Boyle’s public exit of Bond 25 and the film’s subsequent delay.

The feature is still searching for a studio to distribute, but was fiercely bid over at the Venice Film Festival.

Michael Shannon can next be seen in TV miniseries The Little Drummer Girl, later this month. Rian Johnson is also set to create his own trilogy of Star Wars films, separate from the Skywalker Saga (which concludes with JJ Abrams’ Episode IX next year), after he finishes Knives Out.

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Pedro Pascal Confirmed To Be Under The Helmet Of The Mandalorian

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Game of Thrones and Kingsman: The Golden Circle actor Pedro Pascal has been officially named as the man under the helmet of the titular bounty hunter of Star Wars: The Mandalorian.

Little is known of the steaming-first live-action series, which will air on Disney+, save for a brief synopsis: “After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic...”

Helmed by showrunner Jon Favreau (Iron Man, The Jungle Book), the series recently announced its first crop of directors. Of note to Star Wars die-hards was the news that Dave Filoni, showrunner of fan favourite animated shows Clone Wars and Rebels, would be directing the series’ premiere episode. Meanwhile, Thor: Ragnarok’s beloved eccentric director Taika Waititi will helm an episode, along with Bryce Dallas Howard (daughter of Solo: A Star Wars Story director Ron Howard), Rick Famuyiwa (Hope), and Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones).

In Star Wars canon, the Mandalorians are a fierce race of armoured warriors that exist in tribal ‘families’, and who – until the dawn of the Clone Wars – largely kept out of the way of the rest of the galaxy. Following the devastation of their kind in the galactic civil war their numbers dwindled, until few remain by the time of the new show (roughly seven years after the events of Return of the Jedi, and twenty-three years before The Force Awakens). The race are an integral part of the Star Wars mythos, and even once warred with the Jedi Knights.

Pascal’s involvement had been heavily rumoured for the past month. The Mandalorian is currently awaiting a release date.

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Japanese Actor Shun Oguri To Make His Western Debut With Godzilla Vs. Kong

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Shun Oguri, the Japanese actor best known for Takashi Miike’s Crows Zero and Gintama, is set to join the cast of director Adam Wingard’s Godzilla vs. Kong.

The movie will mark Oguri’s first Hollywood production. He joins Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood), Julian Dennison (Deadpool 2), Rebecca Hall (Iron Man 3), Jessica Henwick (Iron Fist), and Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta). Stranger Things‘ Millie Bobby Brown (who will also star in next year’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters) is also signed on to star. The film marks the fourth entry in Legendary Pictures’ Monster-Verse, which began with 2014’s Godzilla (directed by Gareth Edwards), and continued with last year’s Kong: Skull Island (from Jordan Vogt-Roberts).

Plot details are sparse, presently, and filming is expected to begin shortly. Godzilla vs. Kong will punch its way into UK cinemas on the 22nd May, 2020.

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Thrones’ Jessica Henwick On For Godzilla vs. Kong

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Game of Thrones‘ Sand Snake Nymeria Sand, a.k.a. actress Jessica Henwick, has joined the cast of director Adam Wingard’s forthcoming kaiju creature-feature Godzilla vs. Kong.

The flick is also set to star Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things), Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood), Julian Dennison (Deadpool 2), Rebecca Hall (Iron Man 3), and Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta).

The film will mark the fourth entry into Legendary Pictures’ Monster-Verse, which began with 2014’s Godzilla (directed by Gareth Edwards), and continued with last year’s Kong: Skull Island (from Jordan Vogt-Roberts).

Plot details are being firmly kept under wraps, and nothing is known of the film’s narrative save for the almighty scrap that the title somewhat gives away.

Godzilla vs. Kong will careen into cinemas on the 22nd May, 2020. Jessica Henwick was last seen in Netflix’s Iron Fist, season two, as martial artist Colleen Wing.

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