ScreenCrush’s WookieeLeaks is a weekly roundup of everything Star Wars! From The Force Awakens, to the upcoming spinoffs and the TV shows, if it pertains to that long ago, far away galaxy, we’re covering it here, bringing you our expert analysis. This week, a rumored ending for The Force Awakens gets explored and images of a new alien character are revealed!
Benicio Del Toro
And so it begins. Star Wars: The Force Awakens doesn’t hit theaters until this December, and we still have Rogue One to look forward to before we even get to Star Wars: Episode 8. But the first bit of real casting news around the film has arrived, as Benicio Del Toro has reportedly been offered the role of the villain in Episode 8, set to be directed by Rian Johnson.
One of the quirkier aspects of Guardians of the Galaxy was Benicio Del Toro’s role as Taneleer Tivan, aka The Collector, a delightful eccentric who spends his time collecting various artifacts and life forms. With James Gunn hard at work completing the Guardians of the Galaxy 2 script, we’ve been wondering who will — and won’t — return for the sequel. According to Del Toro, it might not happen, but he may return to the MCU again pretty soon.
A nice Canadian boy goes down to Colombia with his brother to surf some waves, but then he meets and falls in love with the beautiful niece of a major Colombian drug lord, and decides to join the family business expecting to live happily ever after—because nothing ever goes wrong when you get into the cocaine business, right? The first trailer for ‘Escobar: Paradise Lost’ is yet another cautionary tale about the dangers of getting mixed up in the cocaine trade, but this time with Josh Hutcherson, surfing, and Benicio Del Toro portraying one of the most infamous drug lords in history.
"I don’t want to say ‘literary,’ because that’s a bad word," said Paul Thomas Anderson, attempting to describe the essence of Thomas Pynchon's 'Inherent Vice.' It's "beautifully written and, sort of, profound and deeply felt stuff mixed in with just the best fart jokes and poop jokes and silly songs and stuff that you could imagine." As he says, he was "trying to be as faithful to the feeling of the book as possible" in adapting it for the big screen.
The first trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson's highly anticipated 'Inherent Vice' has finally arrived online, and this is definitely not your average detective story. Based on Thomas Pynchon's 2009 novel of the same name, the film stars Joaquin Phoenix as the unorthodox detective Doc Sportello (yes, really), who gets mixed up in a convoluted and totally out-there crime tale.
The name on everybody's lips in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is Thanos. Ever since the epically powerful comic book bad guy made an appearance in the post-credits scene for 'The Avengers,' thereby confirming his presence in future movies, inquiring minds have been dying to know which actor will portray him on the big screen. According to Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige, an actor has already been cast, but he doesn't plan on spoiling the big reveal just yet.
Released in 1995, 'The Usual Suspects' follows a police investigation of a massacre on a boat and the quest to find a mysterious and near-mythical mob figure known as Keyser Soze. Directed by Bryan Singer (known now for his work on the 'X-Men' films) and scripted by Christopher McQuarrie (Singer's frequent collaborator, who would also work on the Tom Cruise projects 'Valkyrie' and 'Jack Reacher'), 'The Usual Suspects' has been heralded as one of the greatest contemporary crime films. 19 years later, we take a look back at the cast of the film and see what they're up to now.
Released in 1998 and based on Hunter S. Thompson's classic novel of the same name, 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' starred Johnny Depp as Raoul Duke, a journalist traveling to Las Vegas on a drug-fueled trip with his friend Dr. Gonzo (Benicio Del Toro) to cover a motorcycle race. Inspired by Thompson's real-life exploits and directed by Terry Gilliam, the film, which attracted divisive reactions at the time of its release, has become a cult classic and earned a coveted place in the Criterion collection. 16 years later, we revisit the cast of the film and see what they're up to now.
NBC's 'Dracula' may not have scared up the supernatural ratings one would think becoming of a Jonathan Rhys-Meyers take on the iconic vampire, but will 'The Wolfman' really get the blood flowing? Sources report that work has begun on a new adaptation of the classic movie monster for NBC's horror lineup, but with a surprising source of inspiration.