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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.

see more pics of Alden after the jump

Sharknado 4 Unveils List Of Celebrity Cameos

In: Donovan, TV Shows
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It’s only fitting that SyFy shares news for the fourth installment of Sharknado on the unofficial Star Wars holiday, May the 4th. After all, the shark-slaying disaster film pays homage to the epic space opera with it’s title, Sharknado: The Fourth Awakens. There’s also a newly-released poster that features the cast channeling their inner Jedis.

Sharknado The Fourth Awakens Synopsis

“Fin (Ian Ziering), his family and the cosmos have been blissfully sharknado-free in the intervening years, but now sharks — and ‘nados! — are being whipped up in places (and ways) least expected.”

Speaking of the cast, the network just unveiled a full list of all celebrities making cameos in the film, joining returning players Tara Reid, Ryan Newman and newbies Gary Busey, Tommy Davidson, Imani Hakim, Cody Linley, Masiela Lusha and Cheryl Tiegs. Let’s just say, it’s a hodge podge of D-list awesomeness. For instance, controversial Stacey Dash appears as the Mayor of Chicago. I can’t wait to see a shark inhale her 😉 Check out the full list below.

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It’s official. Lebron James will step into Michael Jordan’s shoes to play alongside the Looney Tunes crew for Space Jam 2 whether you like it or not.

Based on initial reaction, it seems the overwhelming sentiment is the latter. Twitter users are upset that the sequel will ruin the memory of their beloved childhood flick. Personally, I don’t understand all the uproar. James didn’t embarrass himself in his supporting role in Trainwreck. I think he’ll be just fine.

Reportedly, the 31-year-old Cleveland Cavaliers forward beat out the recently retired Kobe Bryant, Stephen Curry, and Blake Griffin for the role. Justin Lin of Fast & Furious 6 and Star Trek Beyond will direct.

Did you watch the 1996 live-action/animated hybrid film? Is Lebron a worthy successor to Michael? Sound off below.

Amazon Finds Its Jack Ryan For New Series

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Four actors have previously played the fictional character created by Tom Clancy on the big screen. Alec Baldwin (The Hunt for Red October), Harrison Ford (Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger), Ben Affleck (The Sum of All Fears) and Chris Pine (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit) have all stepped up to the plate. For me though, Ford, embodied the CIA analyst the best.

For its new series, Jack Ryan, Amazon decided to select another actor to play the titular role. Find out who below.

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Alicia Vikander To Star In Tomb Raider Reboot

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A Tomb Raider reboot has been in the works for several years now, but kept getting pushed back. It finally looks like it’s picking up steam. The movie studio just announced its new leading lady to play Lara Croft.

Oscar-winning actress Alicia Vikander will take the torch from Angelina Jolie who played the video game heroine in 2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and it’s sequel Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life in 2003. The Roar Uthaug-directed reboot is expected to be an origin story, focusing on Croft’s first adventure as an archaeology student.

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It’s all about classic game shows for ABC this summer. The alphabet network just added another revival for it’s Sunday Fun & Games block which already includes Celebrity Family Feud with Steve Harvey and The 100,000 Pyramid with Michael Strahan.

Alec Baldwin joins the lineup with a brand new Match Game. Not only will he host it, but he’ll serve as executive producer as well. Reportedly, the 58-year-old is receiving one of the highest game show hosting salaries ever. Here’s the surprising thing… he’s donating his talent fee to charity.

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NBC Finds Its Corny Collins For Hairspray Live!

In: Donovan, Music, TV Shows
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Just the other day NBC announced Jennifer Hudson and Harvey Fierstein as the first cast members of Hairspray Live!. The peacock network has revealed two more names taking part for their annual live musical production.

First up is Martin Short. The 66-year-old comedian has been tapped to play Wilbur Turnblad, Tracy’s father. The role was played by Christopher Walken in the 2007 feature film. “We are very happy to have the inimitable Martin Short to play Edna’s loving husband, Wilbur,” said Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment.

Find out below who’ll step into James Marsden’s shoes to play Corny Collins for the live event.

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When Sense8 returns for its second season on Netflix, the cast will look a little different. Some behind-the-scenes drama has led to one of the original sensates being recast. It appears the drama isn’t just confined to the screen this time around.

According to Deadline, the sudden change is due to a conflict between co-creator Lana Wachowski and this certain actor. It began with creative differences during a table read in Berlin and worsened during filming in India. Find out below who’s being replaced.

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