The Week in Movie News: Here’s What You Need to Know

Need a quick recap on the past week in movie news? Here are the highlights:

BIG NEWS

Godzilla vs. Kong Welcomes a Guest Director: Both 2014’s Godzilla and this year’s Kong: Skull Island were helmed by directors who’d previously been known for small indie films. Now their crossover, Godzilla vs. Kong, due in 2020, is going a similar route with Adam Wingard, who made last year’s Blair Witch but is best known for lower-scale films like The Guest. Read more here.

GREAT NEWS

Hailee Steinfeld Joins the Transformers Franchise: Oscar-nominated actress Hailee Steinfeld is in talks to star in the upcoming Transformers spin-off Bumblebee, making her the first woman protagonist of the franchise previously led by Shia LaBeouf and Mark Wahlberg. Read more here.

SUPERHERO MOVIE CASTING

Charlie Heaton and Henry Zaga Join the X-Universe: Two more young rising stars, both of them Netflix series veterans, have joined the ensemble cast of New Mutants, the X-Men spin-off about a group of teenage heroes. Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things) was cast as Cannonball and Henry Zaga (13 Reasons Why) will be Sunspot. Read more here.

COOL CULTURE

Wonder Woman History: In anticipation of the release of Wonder Woman, the first theatrical movie starring DC’s iconic superheroine, many videomakers have been recapping the character’s history and other trivia. Watch her evolution in TV and movies below and see more here, here and here.

EXCLUSIVE SCOOP

Patty Jenkins on the Most Important Scene in Wonder Woman: We talked to Patty Jenkins, director of Wonder Woman, about what’s sure to be the movie’s most iconic scene and how it took some convincing for why it was so essential. Read more here.

MUST-WATCH TRAILERS

Murder on the Orient Express Promises an Amazing Ride: The first spot for the latest adaptation of Agatha Christie’s locomotive mystery showcases its star-studded cast and their roles. We’re all aboard for this one, are you? Watch it here:

Logan Lucky Looks Like a Comedy Jackpot: We are very fortunate that Steven Soderbergh is not retired, because his new movie looks like a hoot and a half. The heist comedy stars Channing Tatum, Daniel Craig, Adam Driver, Hilary Swank and more favorites, and it’s sure to be a runaway hit. Watch the first trailer below.

The Mountain Between Us is Intense: Idris Elba and Kate Winslet are a pair we’ll be rooting for in the latest thrilling survival movie, about strangers stranded in the mountains after a plane crash. Check out the intense first trailer:

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