Week 21. – Movie News – Deadpool & Wolverine’s MCU Adventure, Ridley on Star Wars

Deadpool & Wolverine’s MCU Adventure

Recent speculation indicates that “Deadpool & Wolverine” will have the titular characters revisiting significant moments in the MCU’s history, potentially including the climactic scenes from “Avengers: Endgame.” Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman, reprising their roles from the X-Men franchise, will mark their debut in the MCU with this film. A recent synopsis suggests that the duo will traverse various universes and alternate timelines, with popular theories proposing their involvement in key MCU events, such as the final battle against Thanos.

The first trailer for “Deadpool & Wolverine,” released in April 2024, ends with the heroes jumping through a portal possibly created by Doctor Strange. This connection to the MCU proper suggests that Deadpool, and possibly Wolverine, will become permanent fixtures in the MCU. The trailer has fueled speculation about their journey, hinting that they might join the iconic battle scenes from “Avengers: Endgame” and other memorable MCU events. The synopsis indicates that the film will revisit fan-favorite moments from the MCU’s Phases 1-4, making “Avengers: Endgame” a likely highlight.

This crossover promises not only thrilling action sequences but also rich opportunities for character interactions. Deadpool’s irreverent humor combined with Wolverine’s gruff demeanor will provide a fresh dynamic when paired with the more traditional heroes of the MCU. Fans are eager to see how these mutants will interact with characters like Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor. Additionally, the film’s potential to explore alternate timelines opens the door for surprising cameos and unexpected plot twists, further integrating the X-Men universe into the broader MCU narrative. With such high expectations, “Deadpool & Wolverine” is set to be a landmark film that bridges past and future storylines in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Ridley on Star Wars

Daisy Ridley has opened up about the stress she experienced while starring in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, revealing it caused her to develop a “leaky gut.” Despite being a relative newcomer to Hollywood when cast as Rey in “The Force Awakens,” she quickly became a central figure in the franchise. In a recent interview, Ridley shared how the pressure of the role led to physical illness, driven by her concerns about whether she was deserving of the role. By the time she filmed “The Rise of Skywalker,” she felt more confident, recognizing she was “chosen for a reason.”

Five years after the end of the sequel trilogy, Ridley has continued to build her career with various projects. She is now set to return to the Star Wars universe, reprising her role as Rey in the upcoming film “New Jedi Order.” This film, directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, will explore the galaxy 15 years after “The Rise of Skywalker,” focusing on Rey’s efforts to rebuild the Jedi Order. Announced during Star Wars Celebration 2023, Ridley remains the only confirmed cast member, highlighting her importance to the franchise’s future.

Despite the challenges of being the face of Star Wars’ future, Ridley appears ready to embrace the role once more. She has reflected on how she has grown as an actor and anticipates that reprising the role of Rey will be a different experience this time, thanks to a new story and director. As Ridley continues to evolve in her career, fans are eager to see how she will shape the next chapter of the Star Wars saga.

Moana Live-Action Reboot

After facing a release date delay, Dwayne Johnson has announced the filming start window for the live-action Moana remake. Initially set for a June 2025 release, the film was pushed to July 2026 to accommodate the animated sequel’s release. Johnson, reprising his role as Maui and serving as executive producer, confirmed that filming will begin this fall. He shared his excitement in a video, recording vocals for Maui’s song, “You’re Welcome,” and praised the production team.

Despite Disney’s mixed success with recent live-action remakes, the Moana reboot stands out as one of its most promising projects. Directed by Thomas Kail, known for his work on the filmed production of Hamilton and Hulu’s We Were The Lucky Ones, the film is expected to bring a fresh perspective to the beloved story. Kail’s theatrical background makes him well-suited to capture the grandeur of the original animated hit.

Another major factor contributing to the film’s potential success is its commitment to cultural representation. While the first movie highlighted elements of Polynesian culture, the live-action adaptation aims to further this effort with an authentic cast, inspiring a new generation. If the animated sequel also proves to be a hit, it could renew audience interest and drive them to theaters for the live-action remake.

Sacrifice: Sink vs. Cult

The trailer for A Sacrifice introduces viewers to a gripping narrative that pits Sadie Sink, known for her role in Stranger Things, against a menacing cult. Scheduled to premiere in theaters on June 28, the film marks the work of writer-director Jordan Scott, whose directorial debut dates back to 2009 with the independent film Cracks, starring Eva Green and Juno Temple. Joining Sink in this venture are notable actors such as Eric Bana from Force of Nature: The Dry 2, Sylvia Hoeks from Blade Runner 2049, Jonas Dassler from The Golden Glove, Sophie Rois from Enemy at the Gates, and Stephan Kampwirth, recognized for his role as the German voice of Milo in Disney’s Atlantis: The Lost Empire.

The trailer sets the stage by introducing Eric Bana’s character, Ben Monroe, a professor entangled in a perilous pursuit of a dangerous cult. However, the stakes escalate when Sink’s character, Mazzy, his daughter, becomes entwined in the unfolding events. Mazzy’s strained relationship with her father draws her inexorably closer to the ominous cult, placing her in grave jeopardy.

While A Sacrifice diverges from the supernatural fantasy-horror elements of Sink’s previous work in Stranger Things, it continues her exploration of the horror genre. Sink has steadily built her repertoire in horror since the late 2010s, with notable roles such as starring alongside Lili Taylor in the 2019 film Eli and portraying a central character in the Fear Street trilogy, particularly in the 1978 installment. This film marks another milestone in Sink’s journey, showcasing her versatility and expanding her presence within the realm of horror cinema.

A Sacrifice promises to captivate audiences with its blend of psychological thriller elements and intense character dynamics. As Sink’s character, Mazzy, grapples with familial discord and the allure of the cult, the tension mounts, promising a gripping and suspenseful viewing experience. With a talented ensemble cast, led by Sink’s compelling performance, the film is poised to delve into the depths of fear and uncertainty, offering a thought-provoking exploration of human nature and the darkness that lurks within. As anticipation builds for its theatrical premiere, A Sacrifice stands as a testament to Sink’s burgeoning career and her continued commitment to pushing boundaries within the horror genre.