Spider-Man Pic and Synopsis, a New X-Movie Starts Soon, and Doug Liman Sneaks Out a Wartime…

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Spider-Man Pic and Synopsis, a New X-Movie Starts Soon, and Doug Liman Sneaks Out a Wartime Thriller

The day’s top headlines in bite-size portions.

The day started with a beachy bang courtesy of the first full trailer for the Baywatch movie starring Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron. Rob Hunter was up at the crack of dawn to bring it to you first. Check out what he had to say, along with the trailer itself, right here. One change since this morning, though, the release date has been pushed back a week to May 26th, Memorial Day Weekend, meaning Baywatch is now going head-to-head against the next Pirates of the Caribbean flick, Dead Men Tell No Tales.

The other big trailer of the day, for Spider-Man: Homecoming, doesn’t debut until later tonight on Jimmy Kimmel Live, but there was some new info available by press time, including the official pic of star Tom Holland in costume above, and the film’s synopsis below.

A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.

Sounds like a classic Spider-Man story to me. And as excited as I am to see Holland in action, I think I’m more excited to see Keaton as The Vulture. Keep your eyes on the internet starting around 11:30 eastern time tonight, that’s when Kimmel starts.

There’s a bit of a mystery in Montreal this week, as reported by Le Journal De Montreal: seems 20th Century Fox has opened production offices and booked studio time in the city for their next X-Project. The mystery is, what’s the movie?

The report calls it X-Men 7, which would seem to indicate it’s a sequel to Apocalypse, but last we heard about that project, it was in the script stage of development. According to MELS Studio President Michel Trudel, set construction on X7 begins in January and shooting begins in May. That would seem way too soon for a film only in the script stage, which leaves one other, stronger possibility.

Josh Boone’s New Mutants.

If you don’t know, the New Mutants are another class of Xavier’s, all teenagers and still in the midst of their studies. The comic series ran for 100 issues before morphing into X-Force with the addition of the character Cable. As far as the film version of things is concerned, a spring ’17 start has been a rumor for a few months now, and though there’s been no word of casting, Hitflix found out which characters are going to be portrayed onscreen: Wolfsbane, Majik, Cannonball, Mirage, and Sunspot. If you know your characters, that makes this NM squad female-dominant. Rumor also has it that Storm and Professor X are set to appear; presumably they would be played by Alexandra Shipp and McAvoy, respectively, who played them in Apocalypse. By that token, New Mutants would be X-Men 7 in a sense.

Whatever this project is, if the timeline cited above is accurate, we won’t have to wait too long for definitive answers.

After making Edge of Tomorrow, director Doug Liman and star Tom Cruise reteamed to for American Made, which is scheduled for release next fall. But while everyone was paying attention to that project, Liman slipped away and made another film, The Wall, with Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass) and John Cena (Trainwreck). The film is produced by Amazon Studios and is war pic, but one that focuses on the intimacy of battle, not its epic-ness. Taylor-Johnson and Cena are a pair of American soldiers serving in Iraq who get pinned down by an enemy sniper. The first trailer was released today, get eyes on it:

Small-scale, psychologically-driven war films can be the best kind – The Hurt Locker anyone? – and this one certainly looks to be brimming with potential. Find out if it fulfills its promise on March 10, 2017.

That’s all the news that’s fit to print, see you tomorrow, film fans.

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