News Briefs: Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Star Wars’ Stand-alone Ideas

Guillermo del Toro

Star Wars: Guillermo del Toro said in July 2015 that he would be happy to make a Jabba the Hutt solo movie, though he acknowledged he was “just geeking out and talking about it.” Now, however, he says he has met with Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy and Industrial Light and Magic’s John Knoll to share his ideas for future Star Wars movies: “I will say there’s some characters that are great.” [Collider via Slashfilm]

Justin Hartley

A Bad Moms Christmas: Justin Hartley (TV’s This Is Us) has joined A Bad Moms Christmas. Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn, stars of the original, are all reprising their roles for the sequel, which is set for release on December 3. The story will see three mothers dealing with the stresses of the holidays, compounded by the visit of their own mothers. Hartley will play a firefighter who moonlights as an erotic dancer. [Deadline]

The Space Between Us / X-Men: Apocalypse

Time Freak: Asa Butterfield (The Space Between Us, above left) and Sophie Turner (X-Men: Apocalypse, above right) will star in Time Freak. The romantic comedy follows a physics teacher (Butterfield) whose girlfriend (Turner) breaks up with him, prompting him to build a time machine to fix every mistake in their relationship. Andrew Bowler will direct the feature, which is based on his Academy Award-nominated short. [Deadline]

Baby Driver

Baby Driver Trailer: In a breezy new trailer for Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver, Ansel Elgort is introduced as the music-loving titular character, a getaway driver for a criminal gang that includes Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm and Jamie Foxx. The movie races into theaters on June 28. [Movieclips]