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Claire Foy to play Lisbeth in The Girl in the Spider’s Web

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The role of Lisbeth Salander has been given to Claire Foy for “The Girl in the Spider’s Web”, the follow film up to “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”. The film is being directed by Fede Alvarez, who recently directed “Don’t Breathe”.

Regarding the casting, Alvarez stated: “I couldn’t be more thrilled about Claire taking the reins of the iconic Lisbeth Salander. Claire is an incredible, rare talent who will inject a new and exciting life into Lisbeth. I can’t wait to bring this new story to a worldwide audience, with Claire Foy at its center.”

Foy is replacing Rooney Mara in the role of Lisbeth, who played her in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”, alongside Daniel Craig.

“The Girl in the Spider’s Web” is due for release October 19, 2018.

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Ben Affleck to direct and star in Ghost Army

Batman star to go back to WWII

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Ben Affleck is headed back to WWII, with the star set to direct and star in “Ghost Army” for Universal Pictures.

The film is based on the Rick Beyer & Elizabeth Sayles book titled “The Ghost Army of World War II: How One Top-Secret Unit Deceived the Enemy with Inflatable Tanks, Sound Effects, and Other Audacious Fakery”. It’s safe to say that “Ghost Army” is a more succinct title. Nic Pizzolato wrote the script, which is also based on the Netflix doco “Ghost Army”.

Per the Deadline report, “Ghost Army” tells the story of a secret force that relied on sleight of hand and illusion to trick the Nazis in 1944. A group of soldiers including future luminaries Bill Blass, Ellsworth Kelly, Arthur Singer, Victor Dowd, Art Kane and Jack Masey landed in France to conduct a secret mission. Armed with truckloads of inflatable tanks and a massive collection of sound-effects records, they created the illusion of troop strength on European battlefields to trick the Germans into deploying forces in the wrong places.

The secret force of 1,100 men of the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops — the Ghost Army — dragged duffel bags of drawings and paintings through France and other European cities to stage phony convoys, phantom divisions and make-believe headquarters to fool the enemy about the strength and location of American units. The campaign is credited with saving thousands of American lives.

Affleck will also produce under his banner Pearl Street Films alongside Andrew Lazar and his Mad Chance Productions banner. Pearl Street Films’ Madison Ainley will be executive producer.

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Vin Diesel confirms role in Avatar sequels

Spoke on his involvement at the “Avengers Endgame” premiere

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While he didn’t straight-up say he was onboard, Vin Diesel took to his socials recently to tease a possible role in James Cameron’s “Avatar” sequels. The actor, who voices Groot in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, walked the red carpet at the “Avengers : Endgame” on Monday where he confirmed for Entertainment Tonight that he is indeed involved. And seems Diesel’s fans can thank his “Guardians” co-star for making it happen.

“Probably my favorite in the whole cast [and] the closest in my family is Zoe Saldana,” Diesel shared. “Hence Avatar. Hence why I’m doing Avatar, or one of the reasons.”

Cameron is working on four sequels to “Avatar” but it’s not known whether Diesel appears in just one of the films or all of them.

The famed filmmaker hasn’t revealed a lot about the plot of the sequels, though has confirmed that the key cast do head into the deep in the next films.

Vin Diesel

“There’s a tremendous amount of water work across Avatar 2 and 3,” Cameron told Collider. “It’s ongoing into 4 and 5, but the emphasis is on 2 and 3.”

Each film is also a standalone movie – so you can skip on “Avatar 2” and yet still enjoy “Avatar 3”.

“Each movie is a standalone movie that we would want to go see,” producer Jon Landau said. “You don’t need to have seen the first Avatar to see Avatar 2. It sits there and we’re gonna take people on a visual and an emotional journey that comes to its own conclusion.”

Diesel joins a cast that includes Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Sam Worthington, Brendan Cowell, Kate Winslet, Edie Falco, Joel David Moore, CCH Pounder, Stephen Lang, Matt Gerald, Michelle Yeoh, Cliff Curtis and Giovanni Ribisi.

“Avatar 2” is due for release December 18, 2020.

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The Rise of Skywalker : Another old favorite to return!?

We’ve heard this a couple of times now, so there could be something to it

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We’ve heard this a couple of times now, so there could be something to it – – or it’s a rumor that’ll disappear quicker than a donut at a bingo hall.

We know already, thanks to a surprise-heavy “Rise of Skywalker” trailer and an eager beaver Kathleen Kennedy, that the condom full of prunes returns in the ninth “Star Wars” film- -but is there another old favorite, still unannounced, also collecting a fat check for a reprise in the Christmas release?

According to the oft-reliable Making Star Wars, Harrison Ford may have taken on another han job- as in, the cocky smuggler we last saw mid-flight in “The Force Awakens” might be back for a quick “how’s Ma?” in Episode IX.

“I was at a reading late last night in Los Angles and a chance encounter allowed me to see evidence that Harrison Ford filmed a sequence for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”,  says the site. “Harrison Ford appears to be in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in a newly filmed moment with Adam Driver. I immediately began digging deeper and I was able to pull out disparate facts about the sequence in which Harrison Ford returns as Han Solo.”

A scene from “Star Wars : The Force Awakens”

Several different sources have filled the site in with the 411 on Solo’s comeback – – and this is what they’ve surmised of the appearance :

  • The main sequence takes place between Adam Driver and Harrison Ford or Kylo Ren and Han Solo.
  • One source called it a surprise intervention of sorts.
  • A source that did not work on or see the sequence believed it takes place when Kylo Ren asks the burned Darth Vader helmet to show him the darkness again.
  • Luke Skywalker appears to be the twist in the encounter.
  • The source was paraphrasing but Han Solo tells Ben Solo it isn’t too late and the sequence has a tone of forgiveness and understanding to it.
  • He’s not a “force ghost” in the classic sense and he’s part of a “vision” or “dream” type moment induced by Luke Skywalker.

So, if there’s truth to this nugget, sounds like Ren might indeed get back on Santa’s nice list by the end of the film.

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