David Leitch Confirmed to Direct ‘Deadpool 2’

Last month director Tim Miller’s exited Deadpool 2 due to creative differences with actor Ryan Reynolds. Just days after reports emerged that John Wick co-director David Leitch was at the top of a shortlist for potential replacements to helm the sequel to the highest grossing Rated-R film of all time. While no offers had been officially made, Deadline’s sources claimed Leitch was likely to succeed Miller.

It turns out those claims were accurate. The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed Leitch has officially signed on to direct Deadpool 2. Leich is no stranger to the world of comic book movies and already has a history with Fox and Wade Wilson. Leich was the action coordinator on X-Men Origins: Wolverine, as well as the second unit director for The Wolverine. Along with his John Wick co-director Chad Stahelski, the two directed the second unit for this year’s Captain America: Civil War which featured some of the film’s most breathtaking actions sequences.

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With Leitch in the director’s chair, Deadpool 2 could be a more stylish and thrilling follow-up to the action-comedy. The sequel now has a chance of staying on track with the original timeline for production which has principal photography beginning this spring to in order to make it’s January 12, 2018 release date.



Jacob Batalon Confirmed as Ned Leeds in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’

Spider-Man: Homecoming is going to stay focused on Peter Parker in the earliest of his formative years as he struggles to find his purpose, balancing his life as a young superhero and at the same time dealing with the average, everyday pressures all teenagers endure. Along the way, the film will feature several of Peter’s friends and foes accompanying him on his journey including singer-actress Zendaya as Michelle, although she is heavily rumored to be the new Mary-Jane Watson, as well as Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel) as Parkers notorious bully Flash Thompson.

In an interview with KHON 2 News, actor Jacob Batalon has confirmed his role as Ned Leeds, Peters best friend in the upcoming film. In the comics, Ned Leeds was first introduced as a co-worker of Peter’s at the Daily Bugle, only for him to later become a criminal mastermind and take on the persona of Hobgoblin. Since the film will take place with Peter in high school, Ned’s character has been retooled to fit into the new film version of Spider-Man from Marvel and Sony.


Well, Ned Leeds; I play Peter Parker’s best friend in the film. We are both in high school. We are about fifteen. And it’s just about Peter dealing with being a superhero and going through puberty. He still has to worry about homework. He still has to worry about his crush liking him, while trying to save someone who’s probably in a burning building. He can’t tell anyone because he’s not the cool kid, so he’s just stuck with this really cool life that he can’t tell anyone about.


An official synopsis for the film has still yet to be released so it’s hard to speculate as to which comic storyline the film will take influence from. The only thing we know for sure is that tonally, the film will take influence from the teen comedies by John Hughes in the 80’s.

The film stars Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Donald GloverZendaya, Martin Starr, Marisa Tomei, and Robert Downey Jr. with a script penned by Jonathan Goldstein and John Frances Daley, directed by Jon Watts.

Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters July 7, 2017.



Michael Giacchino Confirmed for ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’

After a Reddit moderater started the rumor that Michael Giacchino would be scoring the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming, the composer himself took to twitter to confirm that he will indeed be scoring the web-slingers first feature in the MCU.


After a Reddit moderater started the rumor that Michael Giacchino would be scoring the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming, the composer himself took to twitter to confirm that he will indeed be scoring the web-slingers first feature in the MCU.

Marvel films have for the most part suffered when it comes to the music featuring some pretty forgettable scores except for Alan Silvestri’s fantastic theme composed for The Avengers. With Giacchino now in the Marvel sandbox, I was hoping he would help to elevate things to the next level, however. That was not the case for me with Doctor Strange. I recognize the talent is an oscar winning composer for 2009’s Up, but I don’t understand all the love for the guy. Other than his theme for JJ Abrams‘ rebooted Star Trek, as well as his main theme for Super 8, I have never once enjoyed his music. I find his music to be generic, uninspiring, and completely forgettable. Which is exactly the case that was Doctor Strange for me  in one ear and out the other. His music doesn’t ever manage to amount to anything. Maybe I’m just salty for the fact that talented composers such as Bear McCreary are still stuck in the trenches cranking out scores for television.

Giacchino is on a roll, though, as Doctor Strange was just released this weekend and he is currently composing for the score for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story set to release next month on December 16th.

Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters July 7, 2017.

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‘Stranger Things 2’: Millie Bobby Brown Officially Confirmed (UPDATED)

Millie Bobby Brown’s return as the iconic Eleven in Stranger Things 2 has been officially confirmed via the show’s official Facebook page this afternoon.

Millie Bobby Brown’s return as the iconic Eleven in Stranger Things 2 has been officially confirmed via the show’s official Facebook page this afternoon.

Earlier this week, TV Line reported having sources close to the production confirming Brown’s return to the series, however. Netflix declined to give a comment.

Today the cat is officially out of the bag. Shared on the Facebook page for the show is an upside down photo of the cast at the first table read for the first episode of season two which include Brown at the table. The photo also includes series newcomers Dacre Montgomery (Power Rangers) and broadway star Sadie Sink.

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Earlier this week the cast made their way back to Atlanta for costume fittings. Actor Gaten Matarazzo shared a photo on Instagram of the kids going out trick or treating for Halloween but was removed within a few hours.


Executive producer Shawn Levy spoke with io9 this week regarding heightened expectations for season two and mentioned filming for the second season was about to begin.

We start shooting imminently. We’re going to table read a bunch of episodes, that’s the first step this week.

Stranger Things 2 hits Netflix sometime in 2017.


Brown also took to Instagram to announce the return of Eleven herself.