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Your weekend movie news roundup!

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Happy new year! Banish those Tuesday blues with our roundup of the must-read stories that are making the headlines.

John Williams to compose theme for Solo: A Star Wars Story

If, like us, you've had John Williams' phenomenal The Last Jedi score on heavy rotation (seriously, how awesome is 'The Battle of Crait'?), then this will be music to your ears.

It turns out the Star Wars stalwart will be bringing his magic touch to Ron Howard's forthcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story, and will compose a new theme for legendary space scoundrel, Han Solo. The movie acts as an origin story for the character, played as a younger man by Hail, Caesar!'s Alden Ehrenreich, and Williams' presence is sure to anchor the movie to its illustrious heritage.

Don't go thinking however that Williams will be responsible for the entire score. That responsibility falls to John Powell, himself an accomplished veteran of the action and sci-fi realms having scored the likes of the Matt Damon Bourne movies and X-Men: The Last Stand. Powell will be composing the remainder of the score's material and interweaving Williams' new theme around his own.

"The present plan is that I’m writing a theme for Han Solo, and John Powell is going to write the score, which he’ll do brilliantly," Variety quotes Williams as saying. "What I will do is offer this to John, and to [director] Ron Howard, and if all parties are happy with it, then I will be happy... John [Powell] will complete the score. He will write all the rest of the themes and all of the other material, which I’m going to be very anxious to hear."

Co-starring Donald Glover as young Lando Calrissian, plus Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Thandie Newton and Paul Bettany, Solo: A Star Wars Story is released on 25th May 2018. Can't wait that long? Check out our favourite John Williams Star Wars moments.


Denis Villeneuve explains why he passed on Bond 25

Last year it was confirmed that Daniel Craig would be donning James Bond's tux for one final adventure. However one question still remains: who will direct the 25th 007 movie?

Three filmmakers recently emerged as potential frontrunners: Hell or High Water's David Mackenzie, 71's Yann Demange and Blade Runner 2049's Denis Villeneuve. Fresh from the critical success of his visually arresting Blade Runner sequel, Villeneuve has been chatting to Screen Crush about why he ultimately turned down the offer to direct the new Bond film.

"I said to Barbara [Broccoli], I would love to work with you and with Daniel, but I’m engaged", he says. "I will love to do it, honestly. I’m a spoiled filmmaker right now. I think Daniel Craig is a fantastic actor and I would like to, but several months ago I came into do Dune and I engaged myself. I committed myself and I’m someone that doesn’t step back."

Although we'd love to see a Villeneuve Bond thriller, the prospect of him adapting Dune (previously adapted to disastrous effect by David Lynch back in 1984) is very exciting indeed. Author Frank Herbert's sci-fi epic is perfect fodder for Villeneuve, who has brought intellectual weight and eye-grabbing visuals to both Arrival and Blade Runner 2049, as well as his non sci-fi projects like Sicario, and he describes it as "my dream project".

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Avengers: Infinity War "is Thanos' movie"

Iron Man? Captain America? Black Panther? Sure, they may be the heroes we know and love, but it seems an altogether more unsavoury character will steal the show in Marvel's upcoming Avengers: Infinity War.

The character-stuffed epic (more than 30 principal players) is the 20th movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and sees everything coming to a head, as the Avengers battle deadly cosmic foe, Thanos (Josh Brolin). Such is the scale of the threat that battle-scarred old-timers like Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) are forced to call in help from the likes of Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and the Guardians of the Galaxy to help save planet Earth.

Amidst the ensemble, director Joe Russo (who co-directs with his brother Anthony, as per Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Civil War), says the Mad Titan will be making his mark.

"Okay, I'm going to start with Thanos," Russo tells China's Seina Weibo (as quoted by Comicbook.com). "I'm most excited for the audience to learn about him. I think he's a very interesting and complex villain. That's why I like him. That's why I'm excited for the audience to learn about him. I think his motivations, albeit psychotic, are compelling. And I think that in a lot of ways this is his movie, so it's going to be very interesting to see how people respond to Thanos in the film."

The Avengers have seen off many deadly nemeses over the years but Thanos is set to top them all. In pursuit of all the mystical Infinity Stones, which will guarantee him absolute power over anything and everything, he won't be easily dismissed in the usual climactic punch-up. Rumour has it he'll be upsetting many of us fans by seeing off one or more key members of the MCU... 

"I’m in a position just personally where not everybody loves me and that’s okay," Brolin tells Collider. "Look, not everybody can be on your side all the time and that’s okay. When playing a character like this, dude, it’s like there’s something – I don’t know any other way to put it, it really turned out to be one of the greatest experiences I’ve had."

Avengers: Infinity War is released on 27th April. Count down to the movie's release with our Marvel retrospective series, beginning with Iron Man.