New Transformers Character Squeeks

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Michael Bay welcomes Laura Haddock to the Transformers: The Last Knight set as a new billboard appears in Times Square.
  • A new Jason Bourne featurette explores a gigantic car chase sequence.
  • Dave Franco would like to make Now You See Me 3, of course.
  • Check out the stuff that was cut from Independence Day: Resurgence.
  • The shot-on-Snapchat Sickhouse is getting a sequel.
  • Star Trek Beyond gets a new featurette and an IMAX poster.
  • Rian Johnson shares another new images from the Star Wars: Episode 8 set.

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We knew that Da Vinci’s Demons and Guardians of the Galaxy actress Laura Haddock had joined the cast of Transformers: The Last Knight, but director Michael Bay celebrated her first day on set with the above image, which he initially shared on his personal blog. For a slightly more dynamic picture, you’ll need to head over to Seibertron, who have snagged a bunch of images of the film’s new billboard in Times Square. Yes, that certainly appears to be Optimus Prime wielding a sword and preparing to battle a three-headed dragon of some kind.

The Bourne series has had its fair share of incredibly impressive car chases, so it’s only natural that Jason Bourne, the fifth film in the series, will try to top them all. This new featurette gives a rough overview of a major sequence from late in the film, where Matt Damon finds himself involved in a high speed and highly destructive chase through Las Vegas. It looks intense! It looks expensive! It looks really dangerous! It looks like a classic Bourne movie! And that’s a good thing, because The Bourne Legacy is a sour note that still needs to be washed away.

Now You See Me 2 Trailer

Now You See Me 2 hasn’t been performing too hot at the domestic box office box office, having pulled in about half of its predecessor’s gross. However, the film is a fairly sizable success on the international stage, so does that mean a Now You See Me 3 could actually happen? If Chinese grosses alone can get chatter about a Warcraft 2 going, who knows? Anyway, CinemaBlend asked star Dave Franco if he knew anything about a third movie. The short answer is no. Here is the long answer:

I haven’t heard anything. Obviously it depends on how well number 2 does, and it’s still opening in certain global markets. I can’t speak to that, I don’t know, I hope we do a third one, because it would be really sad if I never met up with all of those guys again.

C’mon, everyone: let’s get Now You See Me 3 into development so Dave Franco can see his friends again. Let’s do it. Think of the Franco!

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This is normally the kind of thing that we’d save for a Star Wars Bits, but we’re sliding this one here just because we like you. Although the film has all-but-wrapped, Star Wars: Episode 8 director Rian Johnson shared another image from the set, this time looking up a very familiar ladder located in a very familiar spaceship. If you ever wanted to see a kid frolicking through a candy store, you can’t do much better than to peruse Johnson’s social media while he’s making this movie.

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