The Week in Movie News: Dwayne Johnson Lines Up a Dream Role, Our Guides to the Fall Movies and More

The Week in Movie News: Dwayne Johnson Lines Up a Dream Role, Our Guides to the Fall Movies and More

Aug 31, 2018

Need a quick recap of the past week in movie news? Here are the highlights:

 

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BIG NEWS

Dwayne Johnson will finally play King Kamehameha: Dwayne Johnson is taking on his dream roles, at last. The former pro wrestler has been talking about playing legendary Hawaiian ruler Kamehameha I ever since he first became an actor 20 years ago. Now it's finally happening, with the Robert Zemeckis-helmed biopic King. Read everything we know about the movie here.

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GREAT NEWS

Star Wars casts a Hobbit: Another veteran J.J. Abrams collaborator has joined the cast of Star Wars: Episode IX. Dominic Monaghan, who starred as a Hobbit in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and as one of the castaways in Abrams' TV show Lost, will play an undetermined role. Matt Smith, of Doctor Who and The Crown fame, has also been added to the ensemble. Read everything we know about the highly anticipated sequel here.

 

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SURPRISING NEWS

Emma replaces Emma: While the biggest surprise of the week was Alec Baldwin joining the cast of Joker, and then dropping out, the more positive surprise news is that Emma Watson has been cast in Greta Gerwig's Little Women. She replaces Emma Stone, who had to drop out due to a scheduling conflict. Read everything we know about the adaptation here.

 

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EXCLUSIVE MOVIE PREVIEWS

Fall movie guides: We unveiled a handful of movie previews for the fall season this week, with a broad look at the most anticipated releases as well as specific guides to horror, indie and family films opening in the next few months. Read all about the big fall movies and see exclusive new images here and here and here and here.

 

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COOL CULTURE

Venom mashed with FlubberNerdist crafted a perfect mash-up trailer that combines the upcoming comic book movie Venom with the Robin Williams-led remake Flubber, in which Tom Hardy's immersive symbiote suit is bright green. Watch the video below.  

 

MUST-WATCH TRAILERS

First Man looks like an exciting awards contender: Just as the movie was premiering at the Venice Film Festival to rave reviews, the Neil Armstrong biopic First Man dropped another trailer starring Ryan Gosling as the first man on the Moon. Watch it below.

The House With a Clock in its Walls teases more fantastic family fun: The second trailer for Eli Roth's kid-friendly horror movie The House With a Clock in its Walls, starring Jack Black and Cate Blanchett, shares further promise this will be a fun adventure for the whole family. Watch it below.

 

The Predator lets the dogs out: The final spot for The Predator is definitely its best, and not just because it's a red-band trailer. This time, we get a taste of the hip, humorous tone of Shane Black's sequel -- plus the Predator dogs. Watch it below.

 

Hell Fest looks devilishly fun: The latest trailer for Hell Fest, a thrill-ride of a horror movie set at an amusement park, is also a red-band spot, full of NSFW elements like profanity, violence and blood and gore. Watch it below.

 

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