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MovieMash: the week in film at a glance


The Force is with the Obi Wan Kenobi movie

Exqueeze me? Baking powder? Yes that's right, the long-mooted Obi Wan film is poised to get off the ground, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Billy Elliott and The Hours director Stephen Daldry is in talks to helm although there's no script as yet. If only they could use the Force...

Luke Skywalker's mentor was played by Alec Guinness in the original trilogy and Ewan McGregor in the shudder-inducing prequels (although he was perfectly fine in them). It remains to be seen whether Crieff's finest will be back as the wise Ben.

"There’s no official offer, and I haven’t met them about it or anything,” he told Entertainment Weekly earlier this year. "But I’ve always said that I’d be happy to do it if they wanted to do it. It would be a good segue between the last episode of the prequels and the new episodes. I think they’ve got films to make until the 2020s, so I don’t think it’s going to happen soon if it happens at all."

Ron Howard teases Han Solo set pic

Only with a Star Wars movie can a tweeted picture of a helmet melt the internet.

Yes, continuing his policy of teasing images from the set of the movie he took over in June after the shock sacking of original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, Ron Howard tweeted this pic of an Imperial helmet with the caption “The Empire Looms Large” (come to think of it, that would be a bloody good title).

We’ve seen this helmet before, however, on the heads of various Imperial officers on board the Death Star. Does this mean that the Empire’s sphere of hate will be turning up? WE DON’T KNOW BUT WE CAN’T WAIT TO FIND OUT!!!!!

Daniel Craig will play James Bond "one last time"

I’d rather slash my wrists,” so said Daniel Craig in 2015 when asked if he’d be up for another James Bond film, adding, “I’m over it at the moment. We’re done. All I want to do is move on.”

Two years is a long time though and this week Daniel Craig confirmed that, yes, he would be back as 007 for one final go on the Walther. This means that Craig will have five Bond films under his belt by the time he calls it quits. So how does this compare to the other 007s...?

  • Sean Connery (6 films between the ages of 32 and 41)
  • George Lazenby (1 film at the age of 29)
  • Roger Moore (7 films between the ages of 46 and 58)
  • Timothy Dalton (2 films between the ages of 41 and 43)
  • Pierce Brosnan (4 films between the ages of 42 and 49)

Craig will be 51 by the time of Bond 25’s release, which will make him the second old on-screen Bond after Roger Moore. But hey, what’s 51 these days? Hell, 51 is the new 41 and Craig hardly looks like he’s headed for the hip replacement ward. How happy are we that Craig’s coming back? See below.

Stone v Lawrence

No longer is the Hunger Games and Passengers star the highest paid actress in the world. Instead that honour now falls to the Oscar-winning La La Land sensation, who made $26m this year ahead of Lawrence's $24m. 

Check out the full list here. We imagine Emma to be feeling like...

McLovin celebrates his McAnniversary

Yes that's right, Superbad turned eight years old this week. To make you guys feel even older here's a tweeted image of Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jonah Hill and Michael Cera looking all baby-faced and innocent. (Well, relatively.)

Gremlins 3 has been written

Stow away those water bottles and turn off the lights. Harry Potter director Chris Columbus has returned to the anarchic Gremlins universe he helped initiate, and has promised that his script for the third movie is very dark.

"I’m really proud of the script,” Columbus tells Slashfilm. “It is as twisted and dark as anything, so we’ll see. It’s always a budgetary conversation when we’re going to shoot it. I wanted to go back to the really twisted sensibility of the first movie. I found that was a very easy place for me to fall back into and start writing again so hopefully we’ll see that movie soon."

Injury impossible!

Much as we like to think of Tom Cruise being built out of titanium and bravado, it turns out he's very human. We (or rather he) found out the hard way this week after injuring his ankle whilst shooting a stunt for Mission: Impossible 6 in London, misjudging a leap between two buildings.

Still, we'd rather this stunt had gone wrong than his Burj Khalifa climbing escapade in 2011's Ghost Protocol...