Martin Scorsese's 'The Irishman' Starring Robert De Niro And Al Pacino Eyes 2018 Release

Anyone who has ever seen a mafia movie in their life time is probably familiar with one of the two guys in the picture above. Even at their current age, Robert De Niro (Taxi Driver) and Al Pacino (Scarface) are regarded as two of the most famous actors of all time, and you partner up those two with a director like Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wallstreet) and you have an Italian American match made in heaven. Yet ironically enough the trio's upcoming film is actually called The Irishman, and will focus on the inner working of the Irish mafia and specifically the life of Frank Sheeran. 

The film has been in the works for quite a while, but it seems Scorsese has finally gotten the ball rolling by eyeing a late 2018 release date according to Deadline. It will likely begin filming some time in early 2017, and will be hitting theaters just in time for award season of the following year. Scorsese's films have a knack for gaining a lot of interest from the academy, and with huge stars like Pacino and De Niro attached it will certainly gain even more attention.
The Irishman will also be a big film for both actors, and it will mark the first movie Scorsese makes starring Pacino, and a return to collaborating with De Niro since their 1995 film Casino. Both actors have struggled to have the same success with their recent roles that they had in their younger year, so it'll hopefully a return to form and quality for the pair. The budget of the film will also be around $100 million because Scorsese is actually planning on de-aging Pacino and De Niro so they can play younger versions of the characters, rather than having younger actors play those parts. Someones gonna have to call Dave Franco and break the news to him, I'm sure he was hoping to land that part.
Frequent mafia movie regular Joe Pesci (Goodfellas) was also originally set to star in The Irishman, but he ultimately chose to drop out and go back into retirement. There's always the possibility of Scorsese convincing him to come back, but it doesn't seem likely at this point. Scorsese currently has his film Silence starring Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, and Adam Driver eyeing an unspecified release date this year for award season attention, but it seems the movie still stands at over three hours. If it indeed is delayed till next year, that my effect the release of The Irishman
So are you interested in seeing The Irishman? Do you think De Niro and Pacino still have what it takes to make an Oscar contender? Let us know below!

Rumors Suggest Zendaya Is In Fact Playing Mary Jane Watson In 'Spider-Man: Homecoming'

Spider-Man: Homecoming has already been filming for quite some time now, and with all the cast additions it has had its hard to remember a time when Tom Holland was the only person confirmed to star in this movie. That was of course until it was announced in March that Disney Channel star Zendaya would be joining the movie as a character named "Michelle". Despite director Jon Watts seemingly confirmed that this would be the name of Zendaya's character at Comic-Con, many still remain suspicious of the character's true identity. Well it seems the skeptics may have been on to something, because apparently the actress is playing someone much more iconic.

According to The Wrap's Umberto Gonzalez, Zendaya will actually be playing Peter Parker's famous love interest Mary Jane Watson in the upcoming film. According to the site, several sources close to the film have stated that Zendaya is Mary Jane but the studio was hoping to keep that secret as a surprise for audiences. I guess its too late for that. This wouldn't be the first time a director uses a different name to keep an iconic character's identity hidden until the movie hits theaters, as its been a tactic used several time by Christopher Nolan such as with Talia al Ghul.
The decision to cast Zendaya as Mary Jane has of course already caused uproar amongst the internet, with many siting the actresses race and appearance as a reason for their frustration. Zendaya would be the first black actress to ever play the role, and while she doesn't have the traditional red hair the character sports in the comics she may die it at some point in time. Regardless her appearance shouldn't be an issue especially considering the fact that Zendaya is actually a model just like MJ in the comics. We've also known for some time that director Jon Watts wanted to go with a diverse cast of characters to give an accurate representation of a school in Queens, so not having Mary Jane be white makes sense in that regard.
Fan-art of Zendaya as Mary Jane by BossLogic
As I stated above, although Zendaya may be the first black actress to play the role of MJ she isn't the first. Many fans will remember Kirsten Dunst portrayal of the iconic character opposite Tobey Maguire in the original films, which had a mixed response from fans since she was more of a damsel in distress type then her traditional comic book counterpart. The character was also to be played by Shailene Woodley (Divergent) in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but her scenes were ultimately cut from the film. Zendaya will definitely be bringing us a unique and creative take on the character that hopefully is closer to the more independent MJ of recent comics. 
So how do you feel about Mary Jane being played by Zendaya? Does it matter to you that she doesn't look the same as the character in the comics? Let us know below!

Ray Fisher's Cyborg Will Apparently Be Making An Appearance In 'The Flash' Solo Movie

Hey DC fans, are you hoping to see the bromance between Hal Jordan and Barry Allen finally on the big screen? Well too bad. As we all know by now, Hal Jordan aka Green Lantern won't be featured in Zack Snyder's upcoming Justice League movie (At least as far as we know). The character has instead been replaced by Teen Titans favorite and recent JL member in the New 52 Cyborg played by Ray Fisher. We've already heard that there will be a strong friendship between Fisher's Cyborg and Ezra Miller's Flash in the Justice League movie, but apparently the two are even closer than we thought.

According the Variety, Fisher's Cyborg will be making some kind of appearance in 2018's Flash solo movie. We next to nothing about the movie, including who the villain will be and what exactly the plot is, but we can expect a pretty big threat if he really needs Cyborg's help to get the job done (Gorilla Grood anyone?). We do know that the film is now being helmed by Dope director Rick Famuyiwa, who has cast his collaborator from that film Kiersey Clemons as Barry Allen's love interest Iris West in the film.
Audiences have actually already been introduced to Cyborg via a clip in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, where we saw his father Silos Stone attempt to save his life by morphing the injured body of his son Victor with a mother box. Considering what the character has been through and the fact that he can no longer lead a human life since he's mostly machine, he will certainly make for an interesting and complex character if handled right. Barry Allen's relationship with Cyborg will be interesting to see explored, yet we still don't know just how important he'll be in the movie.
While one would assume Cyborg is gonna get in on the action with the Flash in the movie, it may just be a quick appearance or dialogue scene between the two characters that we end up getting. DC and Warner Bros. are really baking on first time on screen actor Ray Fisher winning over audiences on Cyborg in both Justice League and The Flash, as the character will be getting his own solo movie in 2019. The decision to give him a solo movie was question by many fans considering the fact that the character he usually a part of a team and doesn't of much mythology on his own in the comics, but if the character is a real standout then its easy to see the Cyborg movie working out.
So what do you think of Cyborg appearing in The Flash movie? Do you want to see the two fight alongside each other in the film? Let us know below!

Remake Of Stephen King's 'It' Reveals First Look At The New Pennywise The Clown

Netflix's new series Stranger Things really paid tribute to the classic Steven Spielberg films and Stephen King novels of the 80s, and their results were very positive. The series has not only blown up in popularity in the last month, but it has also gotten excellent review for recapturing the nostalgia and feel of the era it takes place in. With so many people left wanting more of the series, the upcoming It remake is hoping to capitalize on that nostalgia and popularity of a story pitting an unlikely group of kids against an otherworldly threat.

The original It was of course a miniseries based on the Stephen King novels of the same name. King should be a familiar name to several movie buffs for his work on the source material of classics such as The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, Stand By Me, and The Shining. The It miniseries was a standout in the 90s, and featured Tim Curry in the lead villain role of Pennywise the Clown. Over the years Curry's performance has been considered both horrifying and iconic, so it's clear that the remake wants to differentiate this version of the character from the old one.
Pennywise will now be played by a new and much younger actor named Bill Skarsgård (Hemlock Grove) who certainly has some big shoes to fill (No pun intended). The remake has been through several changes since its announcement including director Cary Fukunga (Beast of No Nation) being replaced by horror movie director Andrés Muschietti (Mama). Will Poulter was also initially cast as Pennywise, but he had to give up the part due to his role in The Revenant. We now have our first official looks at Skarsgård's version of Pennywise thanks to EW:
For those who don't know much about Pennywise, he's basically a demonic clown who feeds off children. If that sounds disturbing to you, its because it is. But much in the same vain as Stranger Things, the film focuses on a young group of unlikely heroes in 1989 known as the "Losers Club" who search for the killer of the one of the group member's younger brothers. Even the producers of the film have acknowledged the similarities to Stranger Things, and stated they'll be taking some pointers from the series. They even share cast member Finn Wolfhard, which you'll remember as Mike from Stranger Things will be playing Richie Tozier in this movie.
So are you excited to see the It remake? Do you think it'll touch the same notes Stranger Things did with audiences? What do you think of the new look for Pennywise? Let us know below!

'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' Trailer And International Trailer Debut Featuring The Return Of Darth Vader

Alright so who would've thought a Star Wars movie that isn't an official episode of the original series would be getting so much buzz on the internet. Yet that has been the exact case for this year's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which will once again be taking us to a time before we were introduced to Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Han Solo. Gareth Edward's film has been in the press lately but for the wrong reasons with talks of reshoots and concern from Disney in altering the movie, but fans seemingly have nothing to worry about if this new trailer is anything to go by.

Below is the official trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story released during the Olympics:

And below is the Japanese trailer for Rogue One which reveals some new plot details:

As I stated above, the trailers certainly will win over fans and even regular movie goers despite some of the early concerns about the film. Some of the shots in this movie look like they're right out of the original trilogy (With improved CGI of course) and thats something that will really help this movie feel like its part of the same world as the others. But as we've heard in the past, director Gareth Edwards is really going for a war movie type of vibe here and you can already get that feeling from this trailer.
We also get to see a lot more of the characters that will be a part of the group of rebels who will be searching for the plans to the death star, and we learn a little more about their back stories. Felicity Jones' Jyn Erso of course takes the spotlight as the film's lead, but we also learn that her father played by Mad Mikkelson will have some sort of key importance the plot and the creation of the Death Star (Is he the one who created the plans?). We even get a look at the film's new droid K-2SO played by Alan Tudyk, he seems to share C-3PO's sense of humor.
But of course the highlight of this trailer is the appearance of famed villain Darth Vader at the very end. Its unknown how important he will be in this film but one can only hope that we'll get to see him in action against the group of heroes. We've known for some time that Vader was going to be in the movie and that he'd once again be voiced by James Earl Jones (Thankfully not Hayden Christensen), yet we still don't know how much screen time he'll be getting or even we'll even see him wield his famous red lightsaber. One can only hope Edwards and co. are saving that for audiences to see when Rogue One hits theaters this December. 
So what did you think of both of these Rogue One trailers? Are you excited for the movie or do you think it won't be as good as it looks? Let us know below!

Jason Momoa's 'Aquaman' Will Be Facing Off Against Famed Villain Black Manta In James Wan's Film

With three of DC's Extended Universe films already having hit theaters, its about time we start hearing more about their upcoming projects. One such project is James Wan's (The Conjuring) Aquaman film starring Jason Momoa in the lead role. We haven't heard much about the film aside from the fact that Amber Heard will be playing his love interest Mera, but it looks like we now finally know who the villain will be. Comic book fans will be pleased to here that Aquaman will apparently be facing his arch-nemesis Black Manta on the big screen.

The news of the character's inclusion comes courtesy of The Wrap, but both director James Wan and Warner Bros. refuse to confirm or deny if this is true. It would seem like a safe bet to assume the character will be making an appearance, especially considering Aquaman's less than impressive rogues gallery to chose from, and Black Manta's significance in the comics. While many might have thought the first film would start with a smaller threat and we'd see Manta in a sequel, it seems Wan really wants to impress audiences with the action and high stakes of the first Aquaman movie.
DC's movies as of yet have really struggled with their villains, and its been an area of their films that has been heavily scrutinized by critics. Both the villains of Batman v. Superman and Suicide Squad were considered to be either under used or poorly written, and this will hopefully be mistakes the studio learns from for future movies. Black Manta has some pretty clear motives in the comics, with even aspects of his race and discrimination coming into to play at a point. Its unknown whether Wan will be keeping that part of the character intact, but it would certainly make for some interesting on screen drama.
No actors have been rumored for the part just yet, but we can expect to hear some names thrown around soon. Several actors have already come out on social media to express their interest in playing the role, one of which is The Wire's Michael K. Williams. Williams may be a bit older than the studio is looking for, but he can certainly play the dramatic side of Manta. Michael Jai White who is best known for playing Spawn and Black Dynamite has also expressed interest in the part, and he'd definitely make for a compelling physical match for Momoa's Aquaman.
So what do you think of Black Manta being the villain in Aquaman? What actor would you like to see play the role? Let us know below!