Movie News: John Williams Wants to Compose ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’

John Williams

Star Wars: Episode IX: John Williams (above), who has composed the musical scores for all eight episodes in the primary Star Wars cinematic universe, says he has informed director J.J. Abrams that he would like to compose the music for the untitled ninth episode: “I would very much like to complete that.” Williams will definitely be composing theme music for Han Solo in Ron Howard’s upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story, which is set for release on May 25. [Variety]

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

The Goldfinch: Jeffrey Wright (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, above) is in negotiations to join the cast of The Goldfinch. If things work out, he will portray Hobie, who plays an important role in the life of lead character Theo (Ansel Elgort), the survivor of a terrorist bombing who goes on to lead an amazing, tumultuous life. It’s based on a novel by Donna Tartt; John Crowley (Brooklyn) will direct. [Variety]


Patty Hearst: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (The Greatest Showman; Baywatch, above) will star opposite Elle Fanning in an untitled drama about heiress Patty Hearst, who was kidnapped in the 1970s by a terrorist group and then brainwashed into becoming a member. The actor will play the founder and leader of the terrorist group. James Mangold (Logan) will direct. [Deadline]

Teen Titans Go! To the Movies

Teen Titans Go! To the Movies Trailer: The funny first trailer for Teen Titans Go! To the Movies pokes fun at itself and other DC movies. Scott Menville, Hynden Walch, Greg Cipes, Khary Payton and Tara Strong reprise their voice roles from the small-screen series, with the addition of Will Arnett and Kristen Bell. The animated adventure will open on the big screen on July 27. [Movieclips]