20th Century Fox has a very special Christmas gift for everyone who’s eagerly anticipating “Alien: Covenant” – the first theatrical trailer. Bad things first, there’s no sight of Noomi, and judging from how the story evolves it’s difficult to picture Elizabeth Shaw being any part of this new story. But let’s see. Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created, with ALIEN: COVENANT, a new chapter in his groundbreaking ALIEN franchise. The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape. “Alien: Covenant” hits theaters on May 19, 2017.
Whenever production wraps on a highly-anticipated movie, the countdown then begins for the first trailer to be unveiled. 20th Century Fox’s Alien: Covenant wrapped back in July. Today, fans are giving thanks for the unveiling of the first poster. This one-sheet not only gives us a look at the brand new Xenomorph alien, but it also reveals the surprising news that the movie will hit theaters three months earlier than originally planned, in the summer of 2017. The poster surfaced on 20th Century Fox’s official Twitter for the franchise, which could also indicate that the first trailer may be just around the corner, especially now that the release date was moved up three months. The poster reveals that the movie will now hit theaters May 19, 2017, going up against Paramount’s Baywatch remake, New Line’s horror sequel Annabelle 2, 20th Century Fox’s family sequel Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul and Open Road Films’ animated sequel The Nut Job 2. If it would have stayed in its August 4, 2017 date, it would be going up against Open Road Films’ All I See Is You and Blazing Samurai, along with Sony’s EmojiMovie: Express Yourself.
If the new trailer does arrive soon, then perhaps it will confirm the latest rumor about this sci-fi sequel. Actor Michael Fassbender revealed last month that he is actually portraying multiple android characters in Alien: Covenant. The actor will be reprising his role as the robot David from 2012’s Prometheus, but also another alien character named Walter. The actor also revealed that director Ridley Scott already had a cut of the movie assembled, calling the director “a machine,” which could be a factor into why the studio pushed the release date up three whole months. It’s worth noting that, if 20th Century Fox is planning on unveiling the first trailer soon, the studio could possibly attach the first footage to their action-packed video game adaptation Assassin’s Creed, which is set to hit theaters on December 21. It isn’t known what will be shown in the trailer, but hopefully it will give us a glimpse at the new Xenomorph shown on the poster in action. Even if the studio is planning a theatrical trailer release with Assassin’s Creed, the first footage may very well debut online before that date. Article courtesy Movieweb.
Norway-born helmer Tommy Wirkola moves into new territory with the upcoming sci-fi film What Happened to Monday?, starring Noomi Rapace as seven identical twins in a futuristic world where families are limited to one child because of overpopulation. The director, 36, is known for his action-heavy work, including the zombie comedy-horror cult hit Dead Snow and its sequel and Paramountâ€™s 2013 Jeremy Renner-starrer Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. But Monday, which SND Groupe M6 has at AFM, allows Wirkola to dive into a gritty futuristic world, not to mention deal with the challenge of having his lead actress play seven characters. The L.A.-based filmmaker spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about how he juggled septuplets and what he thinks about Netflix:
What were the challenges of directing a film where one actress is playing seven characters?
There were many challenges technically and also with story: How can you do this without it being a gimmick? Shooting it would take very long. We ended up shooting in Romania, where we could get the most for our money, and we had a budget of about $20 million. We shot in 94 days, which is an extremely long shoot. The first two months, almost, it was just Noomi alone playing against herself. We had to hire seven doubles, seven good actors from Europe, so we could rehearse with them and could basically block out all the scenes with them. When we shot it, I had a rule that Iâ€™d shoot it like any other scene. I didnâ€™t focus on the fact that it was the same actress playing different roles. I didnâ€™t want the audience pulled out of the film. Of course, the technical side is one side of it, but the other is Noomiâ€™s performance â€” the nuances and differences that she added to the different characters.
The full interview can be read over at The Hollywood Reporter.
Filming is now underway on â€śSuicide Squadâ€ť director David Ayerâ€™s next project â€śBrightâ€ť. The big-budget feature is being made exclusively for Netflix and has been described as essentially Ayerâ€™s â€śEnd of Watchâ€ť cop drama, but with a fantasy twist as in this version of contemporary Los Angeles thereâ€™s also Orcs. In the film an Orc cop (Joel Edgerton) is partnered with a human cop (Will Smith) on an ordinary beat when they wind up helping an elf (Lucy Fry ) who has come into the possession of a massively powerful (and highly illegal) weapon: a magic wand. With several nefarious villains after the powerful artifact, the cops end up having to protect it and her. Noomi Rapace also stars in the film which Max Landis penned and which will debut on the streaming service in either late 2017 or 2018. Also, it was just released that Edgar Ramirez has joined the project as well. So far, Noomi hasn’t been spotted on the set.
Good news for German Noomi fans. “Rupture” will be released on DVD & Blu-Ray in Germany on January 27, 2017. The film is stated with a running time of 101 minutes and the disc will feature interviews and a featurette. The Blu-Ray cover has been added to the photo gallery, alongside a very cool UK poster, where the film will be released in theaters on November 04 and on demand on January 02. Three new production stills have been added as well, and most of the previously added pictures have been replaced with high quality versions.
A second clip from the beginning of “Rupture” has been launched, showing us more of Noomi Rapace’s Renee, before all the horror starts. Additionally, four new production stills have been added to the photo gallery. Many thanks to Marinka for finding both.
On Monday, Noomi was among the celebrity guests of the “Hacksaw Ridge” screening in Los Angeles. You can find pictures in the photo gallery, alongside a good hundred additional pictures from last week’s American Cinematheque Gala honoring Ridley Scott.