Born in 1976, Benedict Cumberbatch wasn’t even a year old when the first Star Wars movie came out, so we’re pretty sure he didn’t see it during its original theatrical run. But that didn’t stop him from growing up with Han Solo as his early idol. Cumberbatch, who currently plays a couple of iconic characters — Sherlock Holmes on television and Doctor Strange in the movies — told us he wanted to be Harrison Ford when he was young. (Click on the media bar below to hear Benedict Cumberbatch)
You can see Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange in Avengers: Infinity War, which is in theaters now.
If Solo: A Star Wars Story is going to work, the bond between Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) and Chewbacca has to pop off the screen. A brief teaser trailer released by Lucasfilm shows us glimpses of the pair’s initial meeting, and it’s also funny to see Chewie skeptical over Han’s card game playing skills.
Speaking of skepticism, there was initial doubts by critics and Star Warsenthusiasts if Ehrenreich could pull off the iconic role, but the trailers that have been released show off an actor who feels completely comfortable in the role. It’s impossible to follow in Harrison Ford’s footsteps, but considering Ehrenreich was excellent in Warren Beatty’s 2016 feature Rules Don’t Apply, it’s apparent he has the chops to carry his own film. Though Phil Lord and Chris Miller left the project over “creative differences,” having Ron Howard as the director is another plus for Solo: A Star Wars Story’s prospects.
Are you excited about the film? Check out the teaser and tell us what you think!
Solo: A Star Wars Story, co-starring Woody Harrelson, opens May 25.
The big talk regarding Solo: A Star Wars Story was whether Alden Ehrenreich could effectively play Han Solo and be a worthy successor to Harrison Ford. Those worries may have been dispelled by the film’s eye catching Super Bowl TV spot and teaser trailer, as Ehrenreich shows glimpses of the Solo charisma we all know and love.
While it’s great to see Game of Thrones vet Emilia Clarke and Donald Glover join the Star Wars universe, seeing Solo pilot the Millennium Falcon towards the end of the clip is a total thrill. Credit goes to Disney for not being afraid to release two Star Wars movies within months of each other, as The Last Jedi’s worldwide gross of $1.3 billion proves that the box office force is still strong with this franchise. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!
Solo: A Star Wars Story, directed by Ron Howard, opens nationwide May 25.
Blade Runner 2049, one of this year’s most acclaimed films and a more than worthy follow up to Blade Runner, hits Blu-ray and DVD January 16 via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
The sequel centers on LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), a replicant who is on a mission to find former officer Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), the notorious blade runner who has been missing for over 30 years. Robin Wright co-stars as K’s supervisor whose orders run counter to K’s ulterior motives.
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Special features on the Blu-ray version include two featurettes (“Designing the World of Blade Runner 2049,” “To Be Human: Casting Blade Runner 2049“), three prologues (“2036: Nexus Dawn,” “2048: Nowhere to Run,” “2022: Black Out”) and a Blade Runner 101 series (Blade Runners, “The Replicant Evolution,” The Rise of Wallace Corp.,” “Welcome to 2049,” “Joi,” and “Within The Skies”). The DVD comes with the Blade Runner 101 segments.
October is upon us and the most highly anticipated film of the month is Blade Runner 2049. Already receiving stellar reviews, Blade Runner 2049 may be one of the rare movies that improves upon the iconic original. Directed by Arrival and Sicario filmmaker Denis Villeneuve, the feature marks the return of former LAPD blade runner Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford). Ryan Gosling is simply known as K, the officer who’s searching for Deckard. Blade Runner 2049 opens nationwide October 6.
Critics darling Todd Haynes (Carol, Far from Heaven) is back with Wonderstruck, a storyline that follows the journey of two children living in different time periods. Julianne Moore, who previously worked with Haynes in Far From Heaven and Safe, reunites with Haynes in the feature that’s adapted by Brian Selznick’s book. Wonderstruck opens in limited release October 20.
Better Watch Out, the Harry Dean Stanton headlined Lucky, and Una (which features Carol actress Rooney Mara) are also covered on the latest episode of CinemAddicts. Take a listen below and feel free to comment!