Deadpool Honest Trailer

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Deadpool 2 director Tim Miller and his studio both have different ideas for who should play Cable.
  • Resident Evil: The Final Chapter becomes a real family affair.
  • Transformers: The Last Knight reveals a returned Barricade.
  • Vin Diesel thinks xXx: Return of Xander Cage is too short.
  • Shane Black likes your Monster Squad sequel idea.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales finds a composer.
  • The Croods 2 moves to 2018.
  • Every easter egg you missed in Star Trek Beyond.

Remember that news about Deadpool director Tim Miller wanting Friday Night Lights and Bloodline star Kyle Chandler to play Cable in Deadpool 2? Well, according to The Wrap’s Umberto Gonzalez, 20th Century Fox isn’t too keen on that left field casting and went someone with a bit more star power:

This is where I find myself conflicted. I enjoyed Deadpool a great deal, but kinda hate Cable as a character. I think Kyle Chandler is one of the finest and most underrated actors working today, but I’m not sure I want to see him playing a glowering (and dull) superhero. Liam Neeson definitely feels like the safer bet and he certainly resembles the comic book Cable, but it’s also not the most exciting or unique casting in the world. In other words, I’m just going to throw my hands up in the air and see what happens.

resident evil the final chapter trailer

The Resident Evil movies have always been all about silly action and carnage, but they’ve also been family affairs, with franchise star Milla Jovovich working under the direction of her husband, Paul W.S. Anderson, on many of the films. In a Facebook Q&A, it was revealed that the couple’s daughter, Ever, plays a role in the upcoming Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, taking on the role of the Red Queen, a holographic artificial intelligence first introduced back in the 2002 original. Anyway, this news came about because Ever herself submitted a question to the Q&A (“Mama, how was it to work with me?”). Cue your awwws:

It was so amazing to work with you. You are [an] unbelievably talented actress, more talented than I’ve ever been. It was an honor and a privilege to work with you. You’re such a great listener and you understand what it is to be real and natural and organic, and I give you so much kudos for that… you keep impressing me every single day.

Awww.

transformers barricade

After playing a role in 2007’s Transformers and 2011’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon, the Decepticon known as Barricade sat out 2014’s Transformers: Age of Extinction. However, this particular evil robot is set to return to the series with Transformers: The Last Knight and a new image of him (along with a few pertinent details like his desire to “punish and enslave”) have been unveiled. As with other images released from this film, I honestly cannot tell if his design has been modified – the Transformers in these movies all look too similar for me to note any significant changes.

Vin Diesel has seen the first cut of xXx: Return of Xander Cage and as you’d expect, he’s full of effusive praise in the video above. He even throws around words like “amazing” and “speechless” and discusses the “spirit of individuality” and such. However, he did offer one piece of criticism:

I don’t want to say anything negative, but I have to be honest. If there was one complaint I had about xXx the first cut, it’s too short. I wanted more. When people have been waiting fifteen years for this franchise to return, you can’t just give them an hour and a half. It’s not fair because you just want more.

Let’s unpack this. First of all, has anyone really been waiting fifteen years for the return of Xander Cage? Anyone besides Vin Diesel himself, I mean. The first xXx was a hit in its day, but have you watched it recently? It’s…not good. Second, the suggestion that Return of Xander Cage is a brisk 90-minute experience actually feels like good news! We live in the age of the bloated action movie where everything runs about a half hour longer than it should. I can’t say I’m pumped for a new xXx movie, but I can definitely say that I would buy director D.J. Caruso a beer if he turned in a film that didn’t feel the need to hit the 120-minute mark.

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