The Countdown

The week in movies

The week started well for Pixar. While Coco is ruling the US box office, The Incredibles 2 teaser trailer became the biggest trailer debut for an animated film ever, clocking up an astonishing 113 million views. The trailer teased the emerging super-powers of baby Jack-Jack, suggesting one of the plot threads concerns Mr. Incredible being a stay-at-home dad while Elastigirl goes out and fights crime.

The film doesn’t land until summer 2018. After that, Toy Story 4 is next, followed by an untitled fantasy about an everyday suburban neighbourhood populated by elves, trolls and goblins. Otherwise known as Bracknell.

There is only three weeks to go until The Last Jedi arrives and the info keeps on coming. Firstly, the running time was confirmed as 2 hours and 33 minutes, making it the longest Star Wars film to date (not if you’ve ever sat through Caravan Of Courage). US mag Entertainment Weekly continued its exhaustive coverage, with Andy Serkis revealing more about Snoke.

“His training of Kylo Ren is not yielding what he wants,” Serkis told the magazine. “Therefore his anger towards Kylo Ren is intensified because he can’t bear weakness in others. Part of the manipulation is goading him with Hux and playing them off against each other.”

A TV spot added further tense sequences of Poe Dameron watching a ship explode, a worried General Leia, a snippet more of the Finn-Phasma fight and Rey undergoing a traumatic communion with the Force under Luke’s guidance. “Light, darkness — and something else,” Rey tells him. “It’s calling me.” The prospect of who or what is calling Rey — Snoke? Ren? PPI? — is mouthwatering.

In superhero news, Jude Law joined the cast of Captain Marvel playing an unnamed mentor to Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers. The film will also feature Ben Mendelsohn as the villain (no, really?) and Samuel L. Jackson as a two-eyed Nick Fury. Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, who guided Mendelsohn in the underrated Mississippi Grind, are directing. Consider us excited.

On the DC side, the rumour mill posited Joss Whedon was exiting the Batgirl project. Whedon took over writing and directing duties on Justice League after Zack Snyder took a leave of absence but the middling box office of the film suggested his position was vulnerable. Yet ‘sources close to the production’ (as opposed to sauces close to production) confirm that Whedon is still very much riding the Batcycle.

In other Fake Whedon news, parody account @VarietyFilm announced the director was adapting Harry Potter And The Cursed Child for the big screen until it was revealed to be an epic Rickrolling, the link leading to Rick Astley’s classic ear-worm. Never gonna give you up? Whedon never even started.

As a Thanksgiving present, Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom gifted us the first footage from the film: it’s a cute segment involving dinosaur whisperer Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) playing with a baby Raptor that looks like a junior version of Blue, the star Velociraptor from the 2015 film. It’s all sweet and playful here but expect it to turn dark pretty quickly. Life — and inevitable bloodletting, decapitation and carnage — finds a way.