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Your weekend movie news round-up!


Happy Monday movie lovers! Here's our round-up of the latest news to come out of Hollywood…

Watch Taron Egerton as Elton John in Rocketman trailer

It's been a long, long time, but we've got the first glimpse of actor Taron Egerton as one of the world's most iconic pop stars. The Kingsman star reunites with Eddie the Eagle director Dexter Fletcher for Rocketman, the warts and all story of Elton John.

Billed as 'an epic musical fantasy about the uncensored human story of Sir Elton John’s breakthrough years', the movie sees a transformative performance from Egerton, as he takes us on a star-spangled journey through an extraordinary career that gave birth to hits like 'Tiny Dancer' and 'Crocodile Rock'.

Produced by Kingman's Matthew Vaughn and John's partner David Furnish, with a supporting cast including Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, Gemma Jones and Bryce Dallas Howard, this is one of the most eagerly anticipated pop star biopics of recent years. Last week, we got a peek at Egerton wearing those familiar Elton glasses...

And here's the first trailer. Check it out and get ready for the arrival of the Rocketman in May 2019. In the meantime, check out Egerton in the new trailer for Robin Hood, opening this November.

Gal Gadot to star in Death on the Nile

Last year's hit mystery thriller Murder on the Orient Express, directed by Kenneth Branagh, led to a resurgent interest in the novels of writer Agatha Christie. The all-star movie, led by Branagh as moustachioed detective Hercule Poirot, went on to gross more than $350m worldwide against a $55m budget, and talk of a follow-up from distributor Fox was immediately ignited.

Of course, said interest was spurred by the closing scene of the movie, in which Poirot disembarks the Orient Express to be faced with a new riddle... on the distant, sun-baked shores of the River Nile. Christie fans immediately took this as a reference to her 1937 novel Death on the Nile, in which Poirot investigates the death of an heiress aboard a luxury riverboat.

The movie adaptation is now steaming ahead, once again with Branagh at the helm and Michael Green scripting. It's been announced via Deadline that Wonder Woman herself, Gal Gadot, has joined the cast as Linnet Ridgeway Doyle, a rich heiress who marries a man who had previously been engaged to her best friend.

Given her signature character Diana Prince is an upstanding figure of justice, it will be more than a little intriguing to see Gadot shed that image for a more ambivalent, shifty individual. Will thoughts of murder be concealed behind that glamorous visage? We'll find out when Death on the Nile arrives in Cineworld on 3rd January 2020. In the meantime, Gadot will be reprising her superhero role in next year's Wonder Woman 1984.

Watch Tom Hardy in two new clips from Venom

We've only got two days left until anti-superhero Venom slithers his way on to the big screen. Spider-Man's dreaded comic book nemesis first received the cinema treatment in 2007's Spider-Man 3, to less-than-inspiring effect, but this year's solo movie promises to right those wrongs.

Master of the moody Tom Hardy plays Manhattan journalist Eddie Brock, whose fusion with an extraterrestrial symbiote leads to the formation of rampaging alter-ego Venom. However, for all his rasping, razor-toothed menace, Venom isn't the most dangerous character on the block, as he finds out when pitted against mad industrialist Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed), who's transformed himself into the insane Carnage.

Get ready for the movie with the two following clips, which go to show that not all comic book characters are meant to play safe...

Click here to book your tickets for Venom, opening in Cineworld on 3rd October.