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Assassin’s Creed is a film adaptation based on the popular Ubisoft video game. The action adventure film will be set in the same universe as the game franchise, which includes nearly 20 installments, but will feature an original story that will expand the series’ mythology.

Set in present day, Michael Fassbender portrays a drifter named Callum Lynch who discovers he’s a descendant of a 15th century Spanish assassin. The film reunites Fassbender with his Macbeth co-star Marion Cotillard. Coincidentally enough, their Macbeth director Justin Kurzel also directs this film.

Assassin’s Creed Movie Synopsis

Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day.

Rounding out the cast are Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson and Michael Kenneth Williams. Assassin’s Creed invades theaters on December 21. Check out the first trailer below.

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Are you a watcher or a player? Depends on the game 😉 In this case, I’ll opt for the former. You will as well after watching the clip.

Nerve is an upcoming thriller based on Jeanne Ryan’s 2012 YA novel of the same name. It follows a high school student who engages in a Truth or Dare-type interactive online game. Things start innocently enough with a simple kiss-a-stranger dare before things get high stakes and deadly.

Nerve Movie Synopsis

Industrious high school senior, Vee Delmonico [Emma Roberts], has had it with living life on the sidelines. When pressured by friends to join the popular online game Nerve, Vee decides to sign up for just one dare in what seems like harmless fun. But as she finds herself caught up in the thrill of the adrenaline-fueled competition partnered with a mysterious stranger [Dave Franco], the game begins to take a sinister turn with increasingly dangerous acts, leading her into a high stakes finale that will determine her entire future.

Nerve comes from the team behind the documentary film Catfish– Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman. Joining Dave Franco and Emma Roberts are Kimiko Glenn and Juliette Lewis. Nerve hits theaters on July 27. Check out the exciting trailer below.

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Gael García Bernal Tapped To Play Zorro In Reboot

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Everyone’s favorite Latin masked swashbuckler is headed to the silver screen again. It should come as no surprise since Hollywood loves a reboot. Y Tu Mama Tambien actor Gael García Bernal has been tapped to play Zorro.

“I have always loved Gael for this role,” Mark Amin of Sobini Films said in the announcement. “Zorro is a hero who is charming, witty, and clever. Gael possesses all those characteristics and he’s able to deliver them with a modern spin to introduce the Zorro character to a new audience.”

Bernal’s version won’t resemble anything like the hero played by Antonio Banderas in two films. Instead, the titular hero will be reimagined as a futuristic hero. It may sound a little cheesy, but with Jonás Cuarón on board, I have faith Z won’t be a trainwreck. After all, he’s the son of Alfonso Cuarón, co-wrote Gravity and also wowed with Desierto at TIFF.

Z marks a reunion of sorts for Bernal and Cuarón. They previously collaborated on Desierto. Would you watch a Zorro reboot? Sound off below.

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Tom Hanks steps in to play symbologist Robert Langdon for a third time, following The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons. This time around, he’s joined by Felicity Jones. Together they’re out to stop a madman from releasing a global plague connected to Dante’s Inferno.

“There’s a switch,” says the film’s villain in the teaser. “If you throw it, half the people on Earth with die. But if you don’t, in 100 years the human race will be extinct.” What would you do if you were in his shoes?

Ron Howard returns to direct the third installment. Check out the first trailer below. Inferno hits theaters on October 28.

Inferno Movie Synopsis

Academy Award® winner Ron Howard returns to direct the latest bestseller in Dan Brown’s (Da Vinci Code) billion-dollar Robert Langdon series, Inferno, which finds the famous symbologist (again played by Tom Hanks) on a trail of clues tied to the great Dante himself. When Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones), a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories. Together, they race across Europe and against the clock to foil a deadly global plot.

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Why didn’t this happen in the first film? I could’ve watched a scene or two of Dave Franco pining over Zac Efron while they engaged in some homoerotic frat activities in Neighbors. It would’ve made the movie much better, right? Better late than never I guess.

For the sequel, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, Franco’s character Pete not only comes out as gay but is also planning a wedding. Director Nicholas Stoller explains to Yahoo the reason behind the decision.

“Clearly, we’re playing with the homoerotic tension [in the first film], and I was like, ‘He should just be gay.’ Then in this one, it came up again. [Co-writer] Evan Goldberg brought it up, and he said, ‘I think he should be gay, and part of [his arc] should be the proposal.’ It was kind of all of us coming to the same conclusion.”

Naturally, being a Franco, Dave loves playing a gay character like his older brother James. Read below to learn Dave’s thoughts on his character.

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Cats Feature Film Adaptation In The Works

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Andrew Lloyd Webber’s feline musical really does have nine lives.

Cats is heading to the big screen with Tom Hooper sitting in the director’s chair. He previously delivered the Oscar-nominated stage-to-screen adaptation of Les Miserables.

Based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, Webber’s score for Cats features the iconic number, “Memory.” The musical centers on a tribe of cats who come together for an annual event where one furry friend ascends to heaven.

Cats is the fourth longest-running musical in Broadway history, with over 7,400 shows. The original production ran from 1981 until September 2000. A new production of Cats is set to open this August at the Neil Simon Theatre.

I love musicals, but was underwhelmed when I saw Cats. And that’s putting it nicely. With that being said, I have the utmost respect for Hooper and will most likely check out his adaptation. I wonder who’ll score the coveted role of Grizabella. Any suggestions? Weigh in below.

Star Wars Finds Its Young Han Solo For Origin Film

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The exhaustive search is finally over! Star Wars has finally found its young Han Solo to star in an origin story about the popular Star Wars character and his BFF Chewbacca, tentatively titled Han Solo: A Star Wars Story.

It’s the role every young actor in Hollywood wanted. And practically everyone tried out for it. Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Dave Franco, Scott Eastwood, Logan Lerman, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ed Westwick, Joshua Sasse, Colton Haynes and Max Thieriot were some notable names who tried out. A few weeks ago, Disney reportedly narrowed the field to three contenders- Jack Reynor, Taron Egerton and Alden Ehrenreich.

In the end, the 26-year-old Ehrenreich beat out over 2,500 hopefuls to snag the coveted role. He’s appeared in Beautiful Creatures, Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine and the Coen brothers’ Hail, Caesar! Personally, I was hoping that Egerton or Franco would get it, but Alden looks like a solid choice.

Han Solo: A Star Wars Story will take place years before the characters joined Luke Skywalker on his mission to fight against the Empire in A New Hope. Filming is set to start next January for a May 25, 2018 release in the U.S. It’s the second standalone anthology film. The first, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will hit theaters Dec. 18.

Check out pics of Ehrenreich below and weigh in on his casting.

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Justin Simien’s crowd-funded satirical film, Dear White People, made a splash at film festivals a couple years back. It especially did well at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival where it earned the US Dramatic Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent. Netflix is adapting the critically-acclaimed film for a new series. Simien will write and direct the pilot episode.

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“Set among a diverse group of students of color as they navigate a predominantly white Ivy League college where racial tensions are often swept under the rug, Dear White People is a send up of ‘post-racial’ America that also weaves a universal story about forging one’s own unique path.”

Ten 30-minute episodes have been ordered by the streaming service. It’s not clear if any of the original cast members (Tyler James Williams, Tessa Thompson and Dennis Haysbert) will return for the TV series.

I actually watched the film and quite enjoyed it. If you haven’t, check out the theatrical trailer below and be sure to add it to your list.

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