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This week in movies…

News! Leaks! Trailers! It’s been a busy week in the world of film – and there’s a lot for you to catch up on. Stay locked for every important story from the last seven days…

First up, Harley Quinn-herself, Margot Robbie, revealed the full title to Birds of Prey on Instagram. The upcoming Suicide Squad spin-off will see Quinn going solo, hence the name: Birds of Prey: And The Fantab­u­lous Eman­ci­pa­tion Of One Harley Quinn. Bit of a mouthful, to be honest. Let’s hope the movie is a bit less rambling…

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Elsewhere, Disney gave us our first look at The Lion King. Less a live action reboot and more a CGI remake, the Jon Favreau-helmed project is completely computer-animated – so far, anyway. There are sweeping vistas overlooking the Serengeti, an ark-full of impressively-rendered beasts and James Earl-Jones’ iconic growl. As for the music? Well, it’s The Lion King – what did you expect?

Musical titans Beyoncé and Donald Glover don’t make an appearance, but John Kani’s Rafiki does (albeit in less talkative mood – he’s silent throughout). In the accompanying poster, Simba steps out of the shadows and into the light. Online, fans pointed out that the trailer was a near replica of the 1994 children’s classic – it is an almost identical. shot-for-shot remake. So much for creativity…

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In another first look, video game-adaptation Monster Hunter revealed its lead actors, dressed in full freak-slaying garb. Fans of the action-roleplaying series will recognise Giant Jawblade, the great, big fuck-off knife carried by the titular protagonist. Thai superstar Tony Jaa (Ong-Bak) is the lead, while Resident Evil‘s Milla Jovovich stars as Artemis. Together, they team-up to fight “against enormous enemies with incredible powers and unstoppable, revolting attacks.”

Also this week, Dan Aykroyd continued to tease us about the long-awaited Ghostbusters 3 sequel. According to reports, the original ghostbuster revealed a script is “being written now”.

Aykroyd told Ghostbusters superfan Dan Rather “There is a possibility of a reunion with the three remaining Ghostbusters,” — meaning himself, Bill Murray, and Ernie Hudson. He also said that the script for this potential movie is “being written right now.”

Finally, the Lego Movie 2 team dropped their second trailer to mostly tepid reviews. Officially titled The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, Warner Bros’ latest instalment in its giddiest franchise stars a new character, Rex Dangervest, who is actually voiced by Chris Pratt – his second leading character in the movie. Good news for Pratt fans, bad news for those who consider his name more of a description… 

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