No Lando, for now
The big three stars of the original “Star Wars” — Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill — are all reprising their roles in December’s sequel, “The Force Awakens.” But this week co-writer Lawrence Kasdan shot down rumors that co-star Billy Dee Williams would join them. “Right now, there’s no Lando Calrissian in this movie,” Kasdan told Vanity Fair. “But Lando I don’t think is finished in any way, shape, or form.” Phew! Kasdan says it’s all to avoid making “one of these very long, bloated blockbusters. … We were really aiming to have it be, when it’s over you’ll say, ‘I wish there’s more.’ Or, ‘Wait, is it over?’”
John Lasseter of Pixar/Disney earned “roars of approval” at the Cannes Film Festival this week, saysScreen Daily
, first with a premiere of the growing-up tale“Inside Out”
(out June 19) and then a preview of upcoming films. The animation of “The Good Dinosaur” (Nov. 25) was so detailed it looked live-action. For next summer: “Finding Dory,” set six months after “Finding Nemo.” More oceans to come in “Moana” (Christmas 2016), about a princess in the South Pacific. And for summer 2017, Lasseter is directing “Toy Story 4 — “not as much a continuation,” he said, “but a brand new chapter in the Toy Story world.”
It’s a date
Not sure about the plot, but the casting is pitch perfect. Zac Efron and Adam DeVine will star in the comedy “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates.” They’re party-animal brothers who, as the title suggests, go online for dates, only to find a couple of women crazier than they are:
(DeVine’s “Pitch Perfect 2” co-star) and Aubrey Plaza of TV’s “Parks and Recreation.”The Wrap
announced this week that the guys’ dad will be played by Stephen Root (the weirdo with the stapler in “Office Space.”) Expect it in theaters next summer.
“Mad Max: Fury Road” is probably the first of a trilogy, saysDark Horizons
. Filmmaker George Miller says the title for the next one is “Mad Max: The Wasteland.”Tom Hardy
will star again. No word on the other “Max” survivors.
▪ Tom Cruise will reunite with his “Last Samurai” director Ed Zwick and writer Marshall Herskovitz for the sequel to the 2012 “Jack Reacher,” says Deadline.com. Plenty of source material: Author Lee Child has written about 20 books in the series.
▪ 12-time Oscar nominee Roger Deakins will be the cinematographer for the “Blade Runner” sequel, says Variety. Ryan Gosling is still in negotiations to co-star with Harrison Ford.