The past week has once again been filled with amazing film-related news! A new Transformers movie is on the horizon, Alexander Skarsgård has a new role and, Scarlett Johansson has been hired to produce an upcoming feature. There’s lots to be excited about – read about it all below!

Picture Credit (l-r): Annapurna Pictures, Paramount Pictures Studios, HBO

Picture Credit (l-r): Annapurna Pictures, Paramount Pictures Studios, HBO

Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara to star together in new film Polaris

Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara have worked on a few projects together in the past, including the unique movie Her (2014). Now, the engaged couple will be working together on Lynne Ramsay’s new feature.

While very little is to be said about the film, titled Polaris, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t anything to get excited about. We all know Phoenix can dominate a screen; his most recent role in Joker (2019) really solidified his stance as a sensational actor.

It will be great to see him on the big screen again, and with his soon-to-be-bride; whatever the movie is about, we’re sure it will raise a few eyebrows at least.

Halloween Kills trailer released

To the shock of, well, no one, Michael Myers (or The Shape as he is sometimes called) is not dead – despite being locked in Laurie’s (Jamie Lee Curtis) basement and set on fire in the previous movie.

2018 film Halloween was the start of a trilogy, and in autumn this year we will be getting the second instalment. It is a very exciting premise and a blend of both old and new faces will be gracing the big screen, and of course Curtis will be back to play her iconic character Laurie once more.

With Myers running rampant and going on one of his classic killing sprees, Laurie decides that she must put an end to the killer, once and for all.

Halloween Kills will be in cinemas on October 15th this year (2021), and the end to the trilogy, Halloween Ends will release on October 14th next year (2022).

A seventh Transformers movie is on the way

It may be a surprise to some to realise that 14 years has passed since Michael Bay’s first Transformers film, with Shia LaBeouf at the helm. In 2022 however, we will be seeing the new feature hit big screens.

The seventh movie in the franchise, which we know to be titled Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, will be taking a page from the Beast Wars TV series’ book. This means we will see characters we’ve not seen in live action before, such as Maximals, Predacons and Terrorcorns.

Rise of the Beasts doesn’t interact with the timeline like you may think it would, as it is mostly set in 1994, so is a prequel rather than a continuation of the main narrative. Anthony Ramos seems to have landed the main role as Noah, a tech genius and a father-figure to his little brother.

It seems 2022 will be the year this movie hits cinemas; but this is not set in stone just yet.

Alexander Skarsgård cast in new sci-fi thriller

Brandon Cronenberg, director of Possessor, has cast Alexander Skarsgård in a new role in his upcoming thriller titled Infinity Pool.

Skarsgård is mainly a TV actor, appearing in series such as Big Little Lies and True Blood. While there isn’t a lot of information about the film so far, some minor details have spread.

It seems that Skarsgård’s character and his partner (wife or girlfriend potentially) are on holiday together. However, outside the safety of their hotel, darkness and mystery lurks; their time in paradise may be ruined as danger lurks around them like flies.

There is no release date or even a guess at what year this movie may come out, but the Swedish actor has definitely made his mark in recent years, so with him in the lead role the film already stands out!

Scarlett Johansson to produce and potentially star in Tower of Terror

While Scarlett Johansson is set to appear in the long-awaited Marvel movie Black Widow next month (July 2021), she has her eyes set on a project outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

Tower of Terror will be an adaptation of a theme park ride of the same name; it originated at a Disneyworld in Florida in 1994. The ride drops you into a creepy deco hotel in a lift being struck by lightning and is shrouded by terror – as the name suggests.

While we had a TV movie for this feature in 1997, it appears that we will be getting bigger and better big screen film that will hopefully have us on the edge of our seats. There is no director for this movie as of yet, but Johansson’s production company These Pictures has been hired to produce.

The big question is: will Johansson herself be starring in this spooky movie? We certainly hope so.

Written by Melissa, who you can follow on Twitter @melissajournal

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