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Your weekend movie news roundup!

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Monday blues? Then stave them off with our instalment of the hottest movie news.

Watch the new trailer for Ready Player One

Author Ernest Cline's bestselling Ready Player One is a nostalgia-streaked mash-up of fan-pleasing 80s references, dystopian future atmosphere and virtual reality adventure. So who better to bring the story to the screen than the high priest of family-friendly popcorn cinema, Steven Spielberg?

The new trailer has landed for Spielberg's upcoming big-screen adaptation, taking audiences inside Oasis: a breathtaking world where the players can become anyone and anything. To give you a flavour, it's the kind of place where Freddy Krueger and The Iron Giant can do battle whilst Back to the Future's DeLorean zooms along the freeways.

X-Men: Apocalypse star Tye Sheridan is the youngster who uses the Oasis to escape the oppressive futuristic realities of his home in 21st century Ohio. He soon becomes embroiled in the search for treasure hidden within the game by its deceased creator, James Halliday (Mark Rylance), but danger looms in the form of tyrannical corporate baddie Nolan Sorrento (Ben Mendelsohn), who wants to take control of the Oasis program.

Before bringing you the trailer, here's the poster that's currently inviting giggles over the length of Sheridan's right leg.


Come to terms with that? Here's the trailer for Ready Player One, powering up on 30th March 2018.


The Obi-Wan Kenobi movie could start shooting in 2019...

With this week's The Last Jedi further developing the new Star Wars trilogy, and next year's Solo: A Star Wars Story continuing the anthology spin-off movies, we're all wondering what franchise properties are next going to get the silver screen treatment.

The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson has already been discussing his brand new trilogy of films, and now it seems a key Star Wars figurehead, Obi-Wan Kenobi, is about to get his moment in the sun.

Originally embodied by a sage Alec Guinness in the original trilogy, where he acted as Luke Skywalker's (Mark Hamill) mentor, Obi-Wan then featured as a younger, sprightlier Jedi warrior in George Lucas' much-maligned prequel trilogy, played by Ewan McGregor.

Back in August The Hollywood Reporter indicated that Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry would be at the helm of a Kenobi spin-off movie. Now, unconfirmed reports from Omega Underground indicate that the film could start shooting in just over a year's time.

The website claims to have discovered an update from Pinewood Studios, revealing that Daldry, along with LucasFilm head Kathleen Kennedy and producer Tracey Seaward, has booked the London film studio (considered one of the homes of Star Wars) for January 2019.

There's no word whether McGregor will return to the role – with a decent script and proper dialogue to deliver, we imagine he would absolutely nail the part. Tweet us your thoughts @Cineworld.


Alicia Vikander is Lara Croft on new Tomb Raider poster

The search for a truly great video game adaptation continues – but it looks like we can pin a lot of hope on the new Tomb Raider film starring Alicia Vikander as videogaming's greatest adventurer, Lara Croft. The first trailer arrived back in September, and here's the latest poster, one brimming with attitude and courage. Good news – the widely mocked neck issue of the earlier poster has been fixed.

Having stormed the Oscars with her powerful role in The Danish Girl, Vikander now looks to be packing plenty of sass and physical chops as Lara. We pick up with the character having abandoned her aristocratic roots to become a London bike courier, only to be lured back into a world of adventure when discovering a message from her long-dead father Lord Richard (Dominic West).

Suffice it to say, there are leaps into the unknown, leaps into the sea and much more leaping as Lara battles a mysterious organisation named Trinity, whose potential discovery of an ancient tomb threatens the entire world. The Hateful Eight's Walton Goggins meanwhile chews the jungly scenery as the baddie.

Directed by Roar Uthaug, who delivered one of the best disaster movies of recent years with 2016's The Wave, this looks like it has the visual gloss of the rebooted Tomb Raider games. And Vikander promises to put the memory of Angelina Jolie's preceding movies, which met with their share of critical disdain, firmly in the ground.

Tomb Raider is released on 16th March 2018.


First teaser for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

If you thought you were done with Spidey this year following the triumphant Homecoming, think again. Directed by Shameik Moore and screening in Cineworld this December, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask. Check out the first teaser below.


Maze Runner: The Death Cure trailer launches

Although production was halted by star Dylan O'Brien's devastating car accident midway through production, the final Maze Runner thriller is now firmly back on track, ready for its January 2018 release date. In the epic finale to the Maze Runner saga, Thomas leads his group of escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary Last City, a WCKD-controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will get answers to the questions the Gladers have been asking since they first arrived in the maze. Watch the trailer below.


Watch the first trailer for Alita: Battle Angel

James Cameron doesn't do things by halves – after all this is the filmmaker who brought us the liquid metal Terminator in T2: Judgment Day and who also revolutionised motion capture visual effects in Avatar. Now he steps into a producer capacity, working with Sin City's Robert Rodriguez to bring us another awe-inspiring futuristic adventure, arriving in the UK on 20th July 2018. Here's the blurb:

Visionary filmmakers James Cameron (AVATAR) and Robert Rodriguez (SIN CITY) create a groundbreaking new heroine in ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, an action-packed story of hope, love and empowerment. Set several centuries in the future, the abandoned Alita (Rosa Salazar) is found in the scrapyard of Iron City by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate cyber-doctor who takes the unconscious cyborg Alita to his clinic. When Alita awakens she has no memory of who she is, nor does she have any recognition of the world she finds herself in. Everything is new to Alita, every experience a first. As she learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield Alita from her mysterious past while her street-smart new friend, Hugo (Keean Johnson), offers instead to help trigger her memories. A growing affection develops between the two until deadly forces come after Alita and threaten her newfound relationships. It is then that Alita discovers she has extraordinary fighting abilities that could be used to save the friends and family she’s grown to love. Determined to uncover the truth behind her origin, Alita sets out on a journey that will lead her to take on the injustices of this dark, corrupt world, and discover that one young woman can change the world in which she lives.