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In today’s edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Deadpool 2 gets a possible leading lady.
  • Transformers 5 is heading to Michigan.
  • Yes, Mary Elizabeth Winstead would like her own Die Hard movie.
  • 10 Cloverfield Lane continues a long-running J.J. Abrams reference.
  • Kung Fu Panda 3 is a gigantic hit in China.
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny faces opposition from theater chains.

Deadpool

The post-credits scene attached to Deadpool already teased Cable, but a new report claims that another noteworthy X-Force member will join the Merc with a Mouth in the sequel. Heroic Hollywood says that Domino, the mutant anti-heroine who can manipulate probability (i.e., she can make herself luckier) will be included in the line-up. This is a rumor until we hear something official, but if Deadpool 2 is essentially going to be an X-Force movie, her presence does make a lot of sense.

transformers 5

We’ve previously heard that Transformers 5 will film partially in England, but now word has arrived the the production will also set up shop in Michigan, where parts of the previous film in the franchise were filmed. Michael Bay‘s film will take advantage of some state tax incentives. To be more specific, it will take advantage of some state tax incentives that were approved before Michigan eliminated this program in 2015. Hopefully, a production this big will showcase how important these kinds of programs can be for local economies. Here’s how the Detroit Free Press breaks it down:

Transformers 5 expects to spend $80 million in the state during production. It anticipates hiring 450 Michigan residents as part of an estimated 850 cast and crew hires. There also will be a need for 700 extras.

10 cloverfield lane

The good folks over at Movies.com were able to watch some sneak preview footage from 10 Cloverfield Lane and they have confirmed what you’ve surely been wondering. Yes, Slusho will make its grand return in the sequel. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this fictional drink, Slusho has been making cameo appearances in J.J. Abrams productions for some time, first showing up in an episode of Alias. It has also cropped up in Fringe, was mentioned in Star Trek, and played a key role in the viral marketing for the first Cloverfield. Here’s 10 Cloverfield Lane director Dan Trachtenberg on keeping Abrams’ big inside joke running:

Slusho operates in this movie the way it operates in all of [Abrams’] stuff. It’s his thing. The ARG [or Alternate Reality Game] of the first Cloverfield kind of expanded on the mythology of Slusho, and I think our ARG might as well. But the movie itself just continues his same thing – J.J.’s thing of incorporating that brand.

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