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Plot Details Emerge For ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Sequel

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Introducing us to Eddie Redmayne’s magizoologist Newt Scamander and company last year. For J.K Rowling and director David Yates, ‘Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them’ ultimately proved a worthwhile return to the wondrous wizarding world originally realised through Harry Potter, conjuring up $814 million at the worldwide box office.

With principal photography confirmed to be underway on its currently untitled sequel, Warner Bros have wasted little time in teasing fans about the plot.

After the *SPOILER* grand reveal of Johnny Depp’s Gellert Grindewald in the finale of the first instalment, the villainous dark wizard is set to escape the clutches of MACUSA (The Magical Congress Of The United States Of America), prompting a young Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) to join forces with his former student in Newt.

In a quest that will see the action shift between New York, Paris and London in the year 1927, the follow-up will see the returns of Katherine Waterston’s Tina, Alison Sudol’s Queenie and Dan Fogler’s Jacob, alongside notable new addition Callum Turner who will play Newt’s brother Theseus.

Also joining the cast are Claudia Kim who stars in The Dark Tower later this Summer, Ingvar Sigurdsson (Everest), William Nadylam (Good Funk), Olafur Darri Olafsson (The BFG) and Sunshine On Leith actor Kevin Guthrie, whilst the character arcs of Ezra Miller’s Credence and Zoe Kravitz’s Leta Lestrange are set to be fleshed out further.

The film which is the latest in a five-part series, will be released on 16th November 2018.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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The Nun Tracking For Impressive $32M+ Opening Weekend

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Warner Bros.’ might have an early Halloween treat on their hands, with their Conjuring-adjacent fright-flick The Nun on track to earn $32 million domestically in its opening weekend, with some outlets even predicting as high as $37 million.

For a low-budget, concept-driven horror, those are good numbers, and will comfortably turn the studio a profit. The Nun, a spinoff from The Conjuring 2, will be set in 1950s Romania and follow a Catholic priest and a novitiate as they investigate the apparent suicide of a nun. Collectively, the Conjuring shared universe has currently generated WB over $1 billion.

Though a $32M-$37M opening would indeed set off some smiles in the studio boardroom, it’s unlikely that The Nun will match the numbers of the same weekend last year, which saw director Andy Muschietti’s adaptation of Stephen King classic It smash box office records and generate $123 million in its opening weekend.

The Nun stars Taissa Farmiga, Bonnie Aarons, Jonny Coyne, Charlotte Hope, Demian Bichir, and Jonas Bloquet. It has been directed by Corin Hardy, and is due for release in UK cinemas on the 7th of September, rated 15.

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The Meg Nets Over $200M Worldwide, Now 3rd-Highest Grossing Shark Film Of All Time

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After just one week at the global box office, Jason Statham-vehicle The Meg has chomped $213.4 million for itself on an estimated budget of $150 million.

Directed by Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure), Warner Bros.’ The Meg follows a team of scientists working together to take down a 70-foot prehistoric shark known as the Carcharodon Megalodon – or, The Meg. The picture has now become the third-highest grossing shark film of all time, unadjusted for inflation, behind 2004’s animated family comedy Shark Tale ($367.3M) and Steven Spielberg’s 1975 classic Jaws ($470.7M).

Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose and Winston Chao all co-star with Statham in the project, which currently has a 4.6 score on Metacritic, and a 6.2 User Review score on IMDb. Warner Bros. are reportedly thrilled at the flick’s overperformance, especially in China where Bingbing is a household name – yet another modern example of Hollywood prioritising the emerging mega-market of the Middle Kingdom and it paying off in droves.

The Meg is in UK cinemas now, rated 12A.

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‘Millie Bobby Brown Voicing A VR Experience For Darren Aronofsky’ Is The Most 2018 Headline You’ll Read Today

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Stranger Things‘ Millie Bobby Brown has signed on to narrate the second ‘episode’ in a three-part virtual reality experience entitled Spheres, from creative auteur Darren Aronofsky.

Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) lent her voice to the first episode, which was unveiled at the Sundance Film Festival. The third episode premiered before the second, at the Tribeca Film Festival, and was narrated by Patti Smith (Song to Song). Aronofsky has produced the series, which is described as a ‘virtual journey’ – because of course it is – and is based on the famous ‘Pale Blue Dot‘ image of Earth, taken by the Voyager 1 probe in 1990. All three episodes were directed by up-and-comer Eliza McNitt (Fistful of Stars).

The series will be shown off for the first time in its entirety at the Venice Film Festival, as part of the event’s virtual reality section, from the 29th of August until the 8th of September. Spheres will be released to the public on the Oculus VR system following the culmination of the VFF.

Millie Bobby Brown can next be seen in Legendary’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters, due on the 31st May next year.

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