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    Week-in-Review: Weekend Box Office, Star Wars, Marvel and More Marvel!

    Justice League Goes All In

    In its opening weekend, Justice League easily took the first place at the box office, says Box Office Mojo. Nevertheless, by failing to pass the $100 million mark, this superhero blockbuster performed worse than any of the previously released DCEU movies. It is as yet unclear were the Justice League‘s earnings undermined by the news about its unusually troubled production or was the audience somewhat turned off by the movie itself.

    Another newcomer sits in the second place of the weekend box office. Based on a best-selling novel by R.J. Palacio, drama Wonder earned $27.5 million in its first weekend in cinemas – not bad for a $20 million movie! After two weeks at the top of the box office, Thor: Ragnarok fell to the third place, having earned $21.6 million. In the fourth place is the holiday comedy Daddy’s Home 2 with $14.4 million while in the fifth place is Murder on the Orient Express with $13.8 million.

    The Last Jedi Will Be Longest Ever And Feature Royalty

    In a recent news conference, director Rian Johnson confirmed that Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be the longest Star Wars movie ever made, AVClub reports. With a running time of two and a half hours, The Last Jedi will be eight minutes longer than the previous record holder in the Star Wars movie series – Attack of the Clones.

    These extra minutes might come in handy, considering all the cameos in the film. Famously, Daniel Craig – James Bond himself! – played an imperial stormtrooper in a scene opposite Daisy Ridley’s Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Prince William and Prince Harry will play stormtroopers in The Last Jedi – ironic yet fitting roles for the heirs to a has-been empire that used to control a quarter of the globe. William and Harry will appear in a scene in which four stormtroopers guard Finn (John Boyega) in an elevator. At this point, you might be asking yourself who will play the other two stormtroopers? Why, the Academy Award-nominated actor Tom Hardy and the former lead singer of the band Take That Gary Barlow, of course!

    Lizzy Caplan Joins Channing Tatum In Gambit?

    Lizzy Caplan as Virginia Johnson in Masters of Sex (season 1) – Photo: Erwin Olaf/SHOWTIME – Photo ID: PORTRAITLC_0069

    Variety reports that Lizzy Caplan is in talks to play a female lead opposite Channing Tatum in the superhero movie Gambit. The film about the world’s most famous Cajun superhero was in development hell for several years now, with directors like Doug Liman and Rupert Wyat passing it to take on other projects. However, the production of Gambit now seems to be on the roll, with Gore Verbinski onboard to direct and the Fox executives talking about Feb. 14, 2019 as the movie’s possible release date.

    Throughout the last decade, Lizzy Caplan has proven herself a charismatic and capable actress in a number of roles, appearing in shows such as Freaks and Geeks, Party Down, True Blood and the critically acclaimed period drama Masters of Sex. Caplan also appeared in a number of movies such as Cloverfield and 127 Hours. It is as yet unknown what role Caplan will play in Gambit.

    James Franco To Play Multiple Man

    Deadline reports that Fox wants to hire James Franco as a lead in a movie about the Marvel superhero Jamie Madrox, aka the Multiple Man. A character in the X-Men franchise that Fox is currently holding the rights to, the Multiple Man possesses a power to duplicate himself, with this ability being kept in check by a special suit created by Professor Charles Xavier.

    While Multiple Man does sound like a silly concept for a superhero, James Franco may just be the perfect actor to pull it off. Ever since he appeared in Paul Feig’s short-lived cult series Freaks and Geeks, Franco keeps riding the line between serious and comedic roles, appearing in goofy stoner comedies like Pineapple Express and Your Highness along more serious roles in films such as Howl and 127 Hours. Franco is no stranger to superhero movies either, having played Harry Osborn in all three of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movies. James Franco will also help produce the movie along Simon Kinberg, while the Wonder Woman screenwriter Allan Heinberg will pen the screenplay.

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