Simon Pegg and Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol

Today’s action-packed Sequel Bits contains news about spies, martial artists, giant alien robots, tortured mutants, and so much more. After the jump:

  • Transformers 5 and 6 depend on Transformers 4
  • James Mangold offers a minor Wolverine 2 update
  • Winona Ryder is “sworn to secrecy” about Beetlejuice 2
  • Simon Pegg says he’ll return for Mission: Impossible 5
  • Ong-back star Tony Jaa joins Wu Jing in SPL 2
  • Dwayne Johnson shares a fiery Fast & Furious 7 pic
  • Somehow The Hobbit is not done putting out new posters

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There’s a lot of controversy on the set of Transformers: Age of Extinction as principal photography concludes. But that’s not all in today’s Sequel Bets. After the jump, read about the following:

  • Michael Bay sets the record on the “extortion” rumors regarding Transformers: Age of Extinction.
  • Check out a brief glimpse of what the new Bumblebee might look like.
  • Harrison Ford said he’d love to be in Star Trek 3.
  • Miles Teller believes Insurgent, the sequel to Divergent, is aiming at an April start date.
  • Vin Diesel tweeted two Behind the Scenes images from Fast and Furious 7.
  • Ridley Scott confirms Prometheus 2 is indeed still in the works.
  • Paramount has asked for a fourth Jackass sequel.
  • Soul Surfer herself, Bethany Hamilton, will be in Dolphin Tale 2.

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Dwayne Johnson

A few months back when Fast and Furious 6 was kicking ass at the box office and a seventh film was fast-tracked, producers talked about the schedule of Dwayne Johnson being a bit of an issue. The action star had committed to filming Hercules: The Thracian Wars with Brett Ratner, which has a July 25, 2014 release date, and was expected to return for James Wan’s Fast and Furious 7, which is scheduled for July 11, 2014.

So what’s the answer? A lack of sleep for Johnson. The actor just tweeted an image of himself in both Hercules and Fast and Furious 7, marking the end of one shoot and beginning of the second.  Read More »

Fast and Furious 7 - Kurt Russell

The more that’s slowly revealed about James Wan‘s Fast and Furious 7, the more excited I’m getting for the film. Last year we heard Jason Statham was going to be the main bad guy in the film, then Kurt Russell was cast, Djimon Hounsou joined up, and a few weeks ago fans went nuts when Tokyo Drift star Lucas Black joined tying the whole franchise together.

Wan has also been building anticipation through his Twitter feed, @CreepyPuppet, and the latest photo is the best yet. It’s an Aston Martin driven by the film’s villain. Read More »

The Heat

It’s way, way too early to guess what the Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them might look like, but it’s never too soon to fantasize with producer David Heyman. Also after the jump:

  • Sandra Bullock isn’t interested in The Heat 2
  • New Fast & Furious 7 pic shows lots of cars, extras
  • Night at the Museum 3 will shoot in London and Vancouver
  • Futurama returns again, this time in The Simpsons
  • Is Mad Max: Fury Road actually awesome?
  • See more pics of Michael Bay hard at work on T4

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First Look: Kurt Russell in ‘Fast & Furious 7′

Kurt Russell

It was only a few weeks ago that we first heard Kurt Russell could join Vin Diesel and company for Fast & Furious 7. Now, not only has that casting been 100% confirmed, we actually have our first look at the action star on set. Check it out after the jump.

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Firefly

Joss Whedon‘s Serenity finally gets a sequel, but it’s not a movie. Also after the jump:

  • Atlas Shrugged: Part III turns to Kickstarter
  • Independence Day might not become a trilogy
  • Top Gun 2 is still happening, says Jerry Bruckheimer
  • Goon 2 could shoot next year, with some luck
  • Weep over this sad moment from Fast & Furious 7
  • Meanwhile, Vin Diesel has a video message for fans

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Lucas Black Fast Furious

This news literally made me jump out of my seat with pure, franchise-linking excitement. Lucas Black, the actor who played the lead character Sean in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, will reprise his role in James Wan‘s Fast and Furious 7. But that’s not all. His contract installs him as a new series regular and he’ll be back for not only the 2014 installment, but at least two more after that. Yes, we’re likely getting at least three more Fast and Furious movies. Read More »

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