Mackenzie Davis Cast In The New Terminator

Although no plot details are yet to be revealed, casting for James Cameron’s upcoming Terminator sort-of-reboot are starting to be revealed.

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According to Variety, Halt And Catch Fire and Blade Runner 2049 star Mackenzie Davis is in talks for a role in the upcoming Terminator film. The report goes on to say that Davis will take on a role “in the vein of Schwarzenegger’s robotic assassin”.

The film will apparently pick up where Terminator 2 left off, with both Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton reprising their leading roles, thus confining any film that came out post-Terminator 2 into some far flung corner of film canon, never to be heard from again.

James Cameron is producing the film, with Tim Miller attached to direct and Billy Ray working on the latest draft of the script with a release date currently penciled in for July 26, 2019.

Star Wars Goes Fantasy

Winter is coming, and it brings David and Dan with it…

In one of the more surprising news stories to come out of LucasFilm over the past few months, it has today been announced that Dan Weiss and David Benioff, creators of the HBO phenomena Game of Thrones, have been hired to write and produce a new series of Star Wars films which are separate from both the Skywalker saga and Rian Johnson’s announced trilogy.

This news certainly makes it an exciting time to be a Star Wars fan (As if it wasn’t already). With Episode 9 on the horizon, a live action TV series, Rian Johnson’s new trilogy, a new animated series by Dave Filoni and now an entirely new series of films, there is certainly a lot of Star Wars content to consume.

If I was a betting man I would have to wager that the newly announced films will act as the stepping stones between Rian Johnson’s trilogy films. Meaning it’s likely we’ll get the first D&D written Star Wars film in 2022, if all rumoured line ups are to be believed.

However, with all the positives out of the way, I do have some reservations about this announcement. Firstly, I’m concerned about the lack of an announcement in regards to an Obi-Wan Kenobi spinoff. And secondly, I’m far from D&D’s biggest fan. For me their biggest weakness if writing a compelling script that isn’t based off already established source material. This is pretty evident given the nosedive in the quality of scripts in the later seasons of Game of Thrones. So hopefully the folks over at LucasFilm have done enough research before making this decision.

You would imagine that the creators of Game of Thrones would be brought in to pen an Old Republic era series of films, and if that’s the case then there is already pre-existing material for them to work with, so it’s not the worst case scenario. Let’s just keep our fingers crossed that this all works out for the best. For now I’ll remain cautiously optimistic.

The Superbowl Roundup

The Superbowl happened! For most people it’s an event in the calendar that highlights the culmination of the American Football season. But for us nerds, it’s a time for some sick trailers.

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The Superbowl has come and gone, and whilst the result of the game itself was historic, what was perhaps as equally jaw-dropping was the quality of the trailers which we were treated to throughout the night.

There were too many to publish individual blog posts about every single one, so instead I’m going to make “The Superbowl Roundup” a yearly feature whereby I go through and highlight the best of the bunch, the trailers which stood out to me for one reason or another.

First up let’s talk about the trailer that everyone was looking forward to the most (Arguably as it’s not actually a full trailer): Solo: A Star Wars Story

Whilst this is one of the shortest trailer in our Roundup, it’s probably the one which has people talking the most. An excellent PR move on Disney’s side, as by publishing a short teaser at the “Big Game” (NBC property) they have effectively used another network’s most watched product to say “come and watch Good Morning America (ABC property) for the full thing”.

The teaser itself didn’t offer a great deal, as was to be expected from a trailer of this size. But what it did offer looked promising. The visuals were superb, in particular the shot of the Star Destroyer deploying tie fighters in what looks like the Kessel run.

Hopefully we get significantly more Alden Ehrenreich (Han Solo) in the full trailer, as if the marketing tries to hide him as much as possible then there will be massive worries among the fan-base that LucasFilm don’t have faith in him as Han. Which given the rumours around a dialect coach on set, is the last thing he needs going into the movie’s release.

Next up, was another shorter trailer: Avengers: Infinity War

The trailer offered little in the way of new content, but given the hype around this movie anything new is worthy of note. Giving us a high quality shot of Captain America’s brand new Wakanda-style shield, as well as our first footage of Nebula in action, the trailer served its purpose to keep Infinity War fresh in everyone’s minds and to keep the hype machine ticking along nicely.

Our first full trailer for the Roundup comes from the sixth installment in the Mission Impossible franchise: Mission Impossible: Fallout

A surprisingly dark tone for the first trailer of the movie sets us up with the concept that Tom Cruise (Ethan Hunt) is on the run (Again) and 1. Having to atone for all his actions in previous films (Hence the “clever” name Fallout) and 2. Is having to go up against friends of old and enemies of new in Rebecca Ferguson and Henry Cavill respectively.

Cavill’s character appears to work well as a counter-weight to Cruise’s character, but we’ll need to see more interaction between the two to confirm that. Whilst it’s evident that the chemistry between Ferguson and Cruise is carrying over well into this next film in the franchise.

The trope of Ethan Hunt being disavowed and turned on by his own Government is becoming stale now, so hopefully the movie approaches it in an entirely different way, otherwise this movie runs the risk of being all too familiar before people have even stepped foot into the cinema.

Our penultimate note for the roundup comes in the form of what was more than likely the most surprising trailer from the Big Game: The Cloverfield Paradox

Perhaps not noteworthy for the content of the trailer itself, or indeed for the hype preceding it, but instead for the context it lends to the modern era of film-making. As we reported at the end of January, the fourth Cloverfield film was being rumoured to land on Netflix outside of the US. Little did we know that the 3rd installment, creeping ever closer to what we believed to be the rough release date in cinemas, was in fact only a few hours away from being made available on Netflix.

With the trailer noting that not only was The Cloverfield Paradox going to be releasing on Netflix rather than in cinemas, but in fact it was releasing right after the Superbowl. A surprising move for the confusing sci-fi series, but a welcome one.

Regardless of what reviews the film gets (Early reviews aren’t looking great) it’s certainly a statement of intent by Netflix and you can almost guarantee than more and more movies will follow a similar format of release.

Lastly let’s take a look at my favourite trailer from the Superbowl: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

I am a massive fan of the Jurassic Park/World franchise, always have been and likely always will be. But even I had to admit that the first trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom did absolutely nothing for me, in fact I actively disliked it.

Fortunately, this trailer has completely turned my hype train around and I am fully on board going forward. The darker tone, the emphasis on practical effects and sheer sense of fear and dread that is laced throughout the trailer was incredibly appealing to me.

It’s promising to see that the Island rescue portion of the movie may end up only being perhaps the first third or half of the movie, as to me that was what put me off trailer 1. A volcano makes for a very bad antagonist, but another hybrid that leans more towards the Raptor gene than the T-rex? Sign me up.

J.A Bayona’s directing appears to be leaps and bounds ahead of Colin Trevorrow’s from the first Jurassic World film (Sorry Colin), so it’s safe to say that my expectations for the movie have been suitably raised. Let’s just hope that the actual film can live up to this trailer and that the story is strong enough to warrant this new trilogy.

 

WWE: Royal Rumble 2018 Predictions

It’s nearly here! Arguably the most anticipated PPV of WWE’s calendar year, filled with surprises, debuts, returns and drama, the Royal Rumble nearly always delivers in one capacity or another.

Promising to be “more Rumble than ever” this weekend’s PPV has quite the card, from top to bottom there is the potential for this to kick start WWE off in a big way going into 2018, and it’s out job to go through the card to give you our predictions as we head into Rumble weekend.

WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championships: The USO’s (C) vs. Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin
2 Out of 3 Falls

Starting things off we have the SD Tag Team title match. These two teams are extremely talented and if they’re allowed to put the stipulation to work then there’s a good chance that they could have one of the best, if not THE best, match of the night. The arrest of Jey Uso may have made this slightly easier to predict, but as of yet there’s been no visible punishment for the Samoan, so all bets are off when it comes to this match.

Mitch prediction = Gable & Benjamin

Rachel prediction = The Uso’s

WWE Raw Tag Team Championships: Jason Jordan & Seth Rollins (C) vs. The Bar

A truly unpredictable match with both teams working at the top of their games over the past couple of months. Jordan’s character has been built up perfectly and he finally feels as though he belongs in the ring alongside the likes of Seth, Roman and Sheamus.

The story could go in multiple ways from here on out as WWE gear up for Wrestlemania season, could we see a Jason Jordan vs. Seth Rollins match at Elimination Chamber? Or does the WWE have bigger plans for the team, with or without the championships?

Mitch prediction = Jason Jordan & Seth Rollins

Rachel prediction = The Bar

WWE Universal Championship: Brock Leonard (C) vs. Kane vs. Braun Strowman

From the outside looking in this looks like a pretty safe bet for Lesnar to be walking out with the Championship in tact, but with the momentum that is once again behind Braun would the WWE risk having him lose again against the Champ? Even if Kane takes the pinfall there’s no doubt that Braun will be hurt by the result. That is, unless there’s outside interference from a certain COO…

Mitch prediction = Brock Lesnar

Rachel prediction = Braun Strowman

WWE Championship: AJ Styles (C) vs. Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens
2 on 1 Handicap match

For me this is the safest bet on the card (Rachel doesn’t agree with me), there’s no chance of Sami and Kevin walking out with the title, especially after Sami scored the pinfall over AJ on Smackdown. This could still be a great match and the story has been relatively well built, so there’s still a lot to look forward to.

Mitch prediction = AJ Styles

Rachel prediction = Sami and Kevin

Women’s Royal Rumble Match

Well you can’t say that this isn’t deserved! This will no doubt be one of the highlights of the night and perhaps the WWE’s calendar year. It’s a thoroughly deserved match for the women on the roster and we’re both looking forward to seeing what they can pull out to make it feel as though two royal rumble matches in one night isn’t too much. It’s also noteworthy for how unpredictable this match is, with there being no less than 5 perfectly viable winners and with plenty of room for nostalgia returns, debuts and call ups.

Mitch prediction = Ronda Rousey

Rachel prediction = Nia Jax

Men’s Royal Rumble Match

And finally, what is likely to be the main event of the evening, the men’s royal rumble match. For the first time in a number of years this match is actually wide open for a number of people to win. Anyone from John Cena to Nakamura could walk out as the No. 1 Contender heading into Wrestlemania. But there can only be one, and it’s going to be a tough one to call.

Mitch prediction = Finn Balor

Rachel prediction = Finn Balor

And that’s it! We disagreed on all but one match, so it’s sure to be an interesting watch for us. Be sure to follow @WeAreNiche for our thoughts and review of the show once we’ve watched it on January 29th.