Weekly Round Up: Bill & Ted, Nolan, Elizabeth Debicki

Elizabeth Debicki

Okay, let’s start off with the great news and then we can only go downhill, right? That’s the way people like to do these things, isn’t it? Isn’t it?

Whatever, as far as I’m concerned, the best news we got this week was an official announcement, from the men themselves, that Bill & Ted 3 is officially a go. Stars of the franchise, Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter, took to social media to share an announcement video that proclaimed The Wyld Stallions will be back, and shooting begins this summer.

The film is aiming for a release date next year, in August and will see the two return to their iconic roles, last seen in Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, which was released way back in 1991.

I’m a big fan of the two original films, and grew up watching them, some I’m incredibly excited to see how this turns out. The film is titled Bill & Ted Face the Music, which seems deliciously daft to me, and will be directed by Dean Parisot who, despite having a fair few clunkers under his belt, is the man who brought us another cult classic, the excellent Star Trek parody Galaxy Quest, so I remain optimistic about this one.

I’m hoping they approach it with a Back to the Future Part 2 sort of vibe (something I heard rumoured a little while ago) and set up a plot that sees the now old, though not wiser, Bill and Ted head back through the previous two movies to discover why their band is yet to bring about the world peace they were told they would.

Either way, though, I’m pumped for this, and whatever it turns out being I will be there to see it on the big screen.

In other big movie news, Christopher Nolan’s next project seems to be ramping up and getting ready to go. Not much is known about the project outside of the fact that it is scheduled for a July, 2020 release date, and considering Nolan’s filmography covers everything from dreamscapes to alternate universes, the real life past and Gotham City, it could literally be anything.

Variety have reported that the film will be “a massive, innovative, action blockbuster, which will again be shown in IMAX” which, admittedly, doesn’t really narrow things down as that could be describing any one of Nolan’s films since The Dark Knight. It does, however, suggest that we won’t be seeing Nolan return to the more grounded neo-noir of Memento and Insomnia which, for me at least, is a little bit of a disappointment as I would have loved to have seen what else he could offer in that particular mould.

We do have some casting announcements for the film, though. The first actor cast was John David Washington, who is hot off of his lead role in Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman, while the second was none other than ex-Sparkly Vampire turned genuinely interesting character actor Robert Pattinson. And finally, we have Elizabeth Debicki, who was most recently seen in Steve McQueen’s Widows.

The Black Widow movie appears to be moving forward nicely, with this week seeing the announcement that 23-year-old English actress Florence Pugh has begun talks to appear in the movie. Not much is known about the character she’ll be potentially playing, although it has been reported that she is up for a role described as “a spy on Black Widow’s level”, which does seem to suggest some sort of adversarial role.

Could she be the villain of the piece? I dunno. But I’m quite excited to see where this one goes next as I’m curious about the idea of the Marvel Cinematic Universe tackling a more grounded espionage thriller (and I really want to know what happened in Budapest).

And last, but not least, director Jordan Vogt-Roberts, the man behind the surprisingly fun Kong: Skull Island (and an exceptional Honest Trailer takedown of Cinema Sins… seriously, check it out) is still busy trying to get his Metal Gear Solid adaptation off the ground. It seems that could still be some way off, though, as news broke this week that Vogt-Roberts is teaming with Creed and Black Panther star Michael B Jordan to produce an original monster movie set in Detroit.

Jordan’s production company, Outlier Society, are taking on the project, which not much is known about at this point. Still, though, an original monster movie from the guy who brought up Kong: Skull Island? I mean, yeah, sure! I’m definitely down for that one.

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Alex Secker is a writer/director/editor. His debut feature film, the micro-budget thriller Follow the Crows, won Best Independent Film at the Global Film Festival Awards, while his stage-play, The Door, won the People’s Choice Award at the 2017 Swinge Festival.


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