‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Actress Pom Klementieff Joins Adam Sandler In A24’s ‘Uncut Gems’

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EXCLUSIVE: Pom Klementieff, who first appeared as Mantis in Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 and reprised the role in Avengers: Infinity War, has signed on for the Benny and Josh Safdie-directed film, Uncut Gems, starring Adam Sandler. Also set to appear…

The ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Deleted Scene That Should Have Been in the Movie

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The Guardians of the Galaxy bring some much-needed levity to “Avengers: Infinity War,” which is famously packed with total gut-punch moments. But one of the movie’s funniest “Guardians” scenes isn’t actually in the movie — it’s a deleted scene included in the “Infinity War” home video release.

The deleted scene features Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Drax (Dave Bautista) and Mantis (Pom Klementieff), and takes place shortly after the scene on Knowhere, when Thanos (Josh Brolin) captured Gamora (Zoe Saldana). That was the moment Peter was prevented from killing Gamora like she asked him to, because Thanos used the Reality Infinity Stone to turn his laser into bubbles.

If you’ve seen the film, then you know that Thanos takes Gamora to his fleet where it’s revealed that he has captured and is torturing her sister, Nebula (Karen Gillan), in order to force Gamora to reveal the location of the Soul Infinity Stone. And after Thanos and Gamora leave, Nebula escapes from captivity and sends a message to the Guardians that they need to head to Thanos’ homeworld, Titan.

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Now, in the final cut, the scene jumps directly from Nebula sending the message, to Tony Stark, Doctor Strange and Spider-Man as they crash-land on Titan, where they soon encounter the Guardians. But in the deleted scene, we actually see what the Guardians were up to when Nebula sent that message to them.

First, we find Quill, Drax and Mantis aboard their ship, the Benatar, where Quill is listening to Kiss’s “New York Groove” and feeling sorry for himself. Drax storms in and turns off the song, trying to shake Quill out of his funk, prompting Peter to insist he’s trying to get his groove back, “specifically a New York groove.” Drax tells Quill the song’s singer, Ace Frehley, is a degenerate — and then points out that the ship still hasn’t even left Knowhere yet. Cut to a very funny exterior shot of the Benatar sitting on a landing pad, surrounded by the still-smoldering devastation caused when Thanos destroyed Knowhere.

As Quill and Drax fight over who should have killed whom to stop Thanos, Mantis pipes in, saying that she’d kill both of them if it would make the strange yellow light that’s mesmerizing her go away. Quill stalks over and finds that the yellow light is the indicator for when the ship has received a super secret important coded message. Quill blames Drax, whose job it is to keep an eye on the coded message light.

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“You said if it’s yellow, let it mellow — if it’s brown, flush it down,” Drax insists. “Those were your orders!”

Quill quickly starts looking through the 23 messages, realizing they’re from Nebula and that she’s told them to head for Titan — something he wishes he’d known five hours ago, while he was sitting listening to Kiss.

As Quill starts to track down the coordinates, he asks Mantis to confirm that Nebula was the person who sent the messages.

“Tell Quill not lose my sister a second time or I’ll sew his face to his genitals,” Mantis replies, reading one message.

“That’s her,” Quill confirms. “She’s always wanted to sew my face to my genitals.”

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The scene isn’t strictly necessary of course. The final cut of “Infinity War” is an extremely well-oiled and well-plotted machine. And we’ll concede that just seeing Nebula send her message is enough to show the audience that the Guardians have a reason to head to Titan. Plus, Drax’s excellent “Why is Gamora” line is laughs aplenty.

But Drax and Quill’s argument is not only a great moment in its own right, it also further establishes the Guardians’ investment in what happens later. Yes, nerds, Peter did in fact act extremely in-character and in a way justified by the events of the film when his later freak out inadvertently helps Thanos win. But the scene further establishes just why he was so off his game.

Beyond that though, it’s just hilarious, and it’d be worth releasing an extended version of “Infinity War” just to put the scene back in — if only to give us an additional big laugh before Thanos snaps his fingers.

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Everyone Turned to Ashes When Thanos Snapped His Fingers, Through ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe was gutted by the events of “Avengers: Infinity War” and the arrival of Thanos, a villain so strong even the combined might of nearly every MCU superhero couldn’t stop him.

You know what happened by now: Despite a valiant effort to stop Thanos (Josh Brolin), the Avengers and their allies failed. The Mad Titan collected all six Infinity Stones on his Infinity Gauntlet, and with a snap his fingers used their united power to erase half of all life in the universe. All because Thanos believes mass murder on a cosmic scale will rid the universe of its problems and free the survivors to create sustainable utopias.

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That’s not how the heroes (or audiences) saw it though. Cue Peter Parker’s “Mr. Stark, I don’t feel so good,” and fans worldwide agreeing wholeheartedly as a huge number of their favorite heroes dissolved into ash.

How huge? As if millions-of-sequels-suddenly-cried-out-in-terror-and-were-suddenly-silenced huge.

Here’s everyone lost to Thanos’ finger snap, from “Infinity War” through “Ant-Man and the Wasp.”

Bucky Barnes, the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan)

Captain America’s best friend Bucky was among the first to disappear in Wakanda, which is especially a bummer given how hard he fought to reclaim his life and identity after being brainwashed by HYDRA to become the Winter Soldier.

T’Challa, the Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman)

Wakanda’s king vanished as he helped Okoye up, apparently leaving the nation without a king, again.

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Wanda Maximoff, Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen)

Adding insult to injury, seconds after losing Vision when Thanos pulled the Mind Stone from his head, killing him, Wanda fades to dust mid-mourning.

Sam Wilson, Falcon (Anthony Mackie)

Captain America’s buddy Sam has been coming into his own as an Avenger across the last few movies he’s appeared in, but despite being a major force in the Battle of Wakanda, in the end, the coin-flip of Thanos’ snap got him.

Groot (Vin Diesel)

Groot’s end is the second-most heartbreaking in “Infinity War,” thanks to his hugely emotional moment as he vanished in front of Rocket Raccoon, but we didn’t know the full extent of the gut-punch until “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn shared what the final “I am Groot” meant on Twitter.

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Peter Quill, Star-Lord (Chris Pratt)

His anger at what Thanos did to Gamora wasn’t enough to keep Star-Lord from fading away after the battle on Titan — but if there’s a Soul Realm hidden inside the Soul Stone, Peter and Gamora might be reunited.

Drax (Dave Bautista)

Most of the Guardians of the Galaxy vanished after the finger snap, including Drax, whose death is even more tragic because Thanos killed Drax’s family years before, and his Infinity Gauntlet finished the job.

Mantis (Pom Klementieff)

Right alongside Drax, Mantis faded away as well, after spending most of her life as a slave to Ego (Kurt Russell) as seen in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”.

Peter Parker, Spider-Man (Tom Holland)

The most heart-wrenching moment in “Infinity War” finds Peter succumbing to disintegration as he begs his mentor, Tony Stark, to help him. Mr. Stark, we don’t feel so good either.

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Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch)

Of all the people to disappear, Doctor Strange was seemingly the most calm and at peace. He spent part of “Infinity War” viewing potential futures with the Time Stone, and so it’s safe to say that losing to Thanos, and then apparently dying, were actually part of his long-view plan to win the day. We just have no idea how.

Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson)

Nick Fury’s disappearance happened in the “Infinity War” post-credits scene. He had just long enough as he vanished to realize what was happening and to summon help from a source we haven’t seen before: Captain Marvel (Brie Larson).

Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders)

Former SHIELD agent and Fury’s long-time bodyguard and right-hand woman, Maria and Fury’s disappearance likely severs the Avengers from any lingering SHIELD infrastructure that might have helped them in “Avengers 4.”

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Hank Pym (Michael Douglas)

“Ant-Man and the Wasp” didn’t catch up to the events of “Infinity War” until its post-credits scene, after Hank and his daughter Hope were finally reunited with his wife, Janet, the original Wasp. Unfortunately, they didn’t have long together.

Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly)

Hope went right along with her father, and seemingly no one in the Ant-Man crew had any idea that the events of “Infinity War” were taking place in Wakanda during the end of “Ant-Man and the Wasp.”

Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer)

After 30 years stuck in the Quantum Realm, Janet was rescued with just a few days before Thanos’ attack zapped her out of existence. That’s a pretty big bummer.

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Characters who are definitely still kicking

While Thanos managed to kill a whole bunch of people, he didn’t kill everyone — just half of everyone. That means quite a few heroes are still alive. We don’t know about the fates of a lot of folks — like Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) or Peter Parker’s pal Ned (Jacob Batalon). Here’s the list of people we know for sure didn’t disintegrate.

Steve Rogers, Captain America (Chris Evans)

The First Avenger lost his best friend to Thanos, but more than that, he failed in a way Cap has never suffered before. His final line of the movie — a simple, “Oh god” — was just as horrifying as watching so many heroes fade away.

Tony Stark, Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.)

Tony has been traumatized by his fear of something like Thanos’ invasion, and Tony’s inability to stop it, since “The Avengers” and the alien attack Loki (Tom Hiddleston) led on New York. That attack was backed by Thanos, and it seems with the Mad Titan’s arrival, Tony’s worst fears have been realized.

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Thor (Chris Hemsworth)

Thor’s track through “Infinity War” is incredibly tragic, and it’s clear in a few scenes that he’s just barely holding himself together after the losses of Loki and Heimdall (Idris Elba). After finally becoming the leader his people needed, Thor was unable to save them, and he seems to feel responsible for letting his barely contained pain control him such that he struck Thanos with Stormbreaker in the chest, so he would suffer, rather than the head to kill him instantly.

Natasha Romanoff, Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson)

Natasha has been making major strides to become a better person in the post-SHIELD era, but it was clear that losing to Thanos hit her very hard.

Bruce Banner, the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo)

His constant struggles with the Hulk side of his personality left Banner struggling in “Infinity War” between not wanting to be the Hulk, and needing the Hulk. Losing to Thanos is definitely going to exacerbate their internal conflict.

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James Rhodes, War Machine (Don Cheadle)

Rhody fought alongside Cap and crew in Wakanda, and became closer friends with Sam Wilson during the battle. Losing Sam hit Rhody hard, as did the fact that Thanos was able to do something so devastating, and the Avengers weren’t able to stop him.

General Okoye (Danai Gurira)

Okoye’s loyalty to T’Challa, and more importantly, the throne of Wakanda, is a defining part of her identity — so when her king vanished before her eyes, she was obviously and incredibly crushed.

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M’Baku (Winston Duke)

M’Baku also stands as a fierce leader and protector of his people, and while we didn’t spend much time with him in “Infinity War,” it was clear losing so many with no way of stopping it was a huge blow.

Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper)

Rocket lost just about everyone to Thanos, though at the end of “Infinity War” he doesn’t even know the extent of it, since he was on Earth with Thor. It’s losing Groot, his best friend and, in a real sense, his son, that ravages Rocket — and one wonders how he’ll be able to recover.

Nebula (Karen Gillan)

No stranger to pain and loss, Nebula was the most stoic of the heroes. After arriving on Titan to try to kill Thanos, she watched the disintegration knowing full well what had happened. Nebula seems likely to be the one character whose life isn’t upended by the snap. She has one goal: kill Thanos. Nothing has changed that.

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Scott Lang, Ant-Man (Paul Rudd)

While Scott wasn’t present for “Infinity War,” like everyone in the universe, he was affected by it. Unfortunately, Thanos snapped his fingers exactly when Scott was briefly diving into the Quantum Realm during the post-credits scene of “Ant-Man and the Wasp.” Since Hank, Hope and Janet disappeared back at normal size, there seems to be no one to pull Scott out of the Quantum Realm, apparently marooning him there. Or is there….

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James Gunn Says He’s Finished Writing ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’

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The state of the Marvel Cinematic Universe might be totally up in the air after Thanos snapped his fingers in “Avengers: Infinity War,” but the Guardians of the Galaxy will return — in some form. And now their return has a script.

“Guardians of the Galaxy” writer James Gunn took to social media to announce the fact that he’d finished the screenplay, posting a photo of the title page. As a caption, he wrote “Every bit of my heart.”

Every bit of my heart. pic.twitter.com/hSxnbLpdn6

— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) June 25, 2018

The sentimental message is very likely a hint that the next “Guardians” will have its share of emotional, heart-wrenching moments, like the last two movies. The most recent of those emotional impacts happened in “Avengers: Infinity War,” which Gunn made all the more gut-punching by explaining on Twitter what Groot said to Rocket at the end of the movie.

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Gunn also posted the same shot on Instagram, where he gave a little more context. When one fan wrote, “Finished already?” Gunn replied, “Already? I’VE BEEN WRITING FOR OVER A YEAR.”

Of course, we’ve known for a long time that there would be another “Guardians of the Galaxy,” but we don’t know too much else about it. Back around the release of “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2,” there was some discussion that the next movie could include the character Adam Warlock, a powerful superhero who, in the comics, is part of the “Infinity Gauntlet” storyline that was adapted into “Infinity War.” The post-credits scene in “Guardians 2” teased Warlock’s arrival, but he hasn’t shown up yet. Gunn has said publicly the earliest the character might appear in the MCU is “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3,” so we’re not expecting Warlock’s presence in “Avengers 4,” either.

(Warning: We’re about to discuss “Avengers: Infinity War” spoilers!)

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And speaking of “Infinity War,” the state of the universe is pretty dire following the end of that movie. When Thanos (Josh Brolin) snapped his fingers and wiped out half of all life in the universe we also lost most of the current Guardians membership. That included Groot (Vin Diesel), Drax (Dave Bautista), Mantis (Pom Klementieff) and Star-Lord (Chris Pratt). And Gamora (Zoe Saldana) had already been killed by Thanos earlier in the movie. Really, the only Guardian left is Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), along with the Guardians’ frenemy Nebula (Karen Gillan)

Everyone has speculated that Thanos’ work will be undone somehow in “Avengers 4,” since other characters who have future movies — Spider-Man (Tom Holland), Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), to name a few — were also among the disappeared. We have a pretty good idea that the Guardians will survive “Avengers 4” to return in “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3.” We also know for sure, per a Collider interview with Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige, that “Guardians 3” is set after “Avengers 4.”

But Gunn has also said that Guardians 3 marks an end of sorts for the Guardians as we know it, tweeting last week that the film “will end this iteration of the Guardians and complete the story of the three films.” In the comics, lots of heroes have been part of the Guardians of the Galaxy at one point or another, so we’ll likely see a new lineup going forward, but who might be in the next squad is anybody’s guess.

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One potential clue, though, is a just-announced new Marvel comic series, “Asgardians of the Galaxy,” which debuts in September. That team will include characters like Skurge (played by Karl Urban in “Thor: Ragnarok”) and Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson in “Thor: Ragnarok”). Skurge seemingly died in “Ragnarok” and Valkyrie was absent from “Infinity War,” but we saw her neither evaporate nor die at the hands of Thanos — so it seems very likely she’s still alive and out there somewhere. “Infinity War” also goes a long way to establish a relationship between Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and the Guardians, especially Rocket, the only surviving member.

So an “Asgardians of the Galaxy” series combining some of the current Guardians and characters such as Valkyrie and even Thor seems like it could be a possibility. We’ll be waiting a long while to find out, in any case: “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3” doesn’t have a release date yet, but it’s currently expected to drop in 2020.

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All 12 ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Main Characters, Ranked (Photos)

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Just about everybody who’s anybody from “Guardians of the Galaxy” returns for the sequel, and almost all of them get meaty emotional arcs this time out. Here’s every main character in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” from the least to most Baby Groot.

Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki)
The high priestess of the Sovereign plays the role of a minor villain for a bit, but she doesn’t really get to dive into the role for most of the movie. Hopefully Ayesha will have a chance for more fully fleshed out villainy when her post-credits scene bears fruit next time.

Kraglin (Sean Gunn)
It’s hard not to love poor Kraglin, even if he does accidentally do some betrayal. Loyal to Yondu to a fault, he’s the heart for the Ravagers, and his post-credits scene adds hope that he’ll continue to hang around with the Guardians in the future, hilariously messing stuff up.

Drax (Dave Bautista)
Now that he’s been able to deal with some of the pain of his family’s murder, Drax gets to have a little fun as he leaps, laughing hysterically, into battle. His pairing with Mantis yields some great jokes, but ultimately it feels like he doesn’t have enough to do in this story.

Taserface (Chris Sullivan)
None of the Ravagers are particularly smart or capable, but Taserface is at least committed. He named himself, apparently, after the idea of getting shot, and then electrically shocked, by a brand-name stun gun. That’s some commitment, and Taserface’s bumbling villainy makes everything to do with the Ravagers that much more fun.

Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper)
Rocket has to work through some stuff this time around. While pairing him up with Yondu for the pair of them to deal with their baggage works well, we could do with more Rocket wise-cracking and tomfoolery.

Yondu (Michael Rooker)
With both a major emotional arc and a few great moments of extreme violence, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” really becomes Yondu’s movie toward the end. Between that and his Mary Poppins line, Yondu comes into his own in “Guardians 2.”

Gamora (Zoe Saldana)
It feels like, for at least half the movie, Gamora’s the only person with her head on straight. Pitting her against Nebula with more backstory applied to their relationship is pretty interesting, even though it’s handled at high speed. Plus, she picks up and fires a huge gun that falls off a spaceship, so major points for being a badass.

Mantis (Pom Klementieff)
It’s crazy how many funny lines Mantis gets, especially as she’s interacting with Drax. It feels like “Guardians” is still figuring out how best to use Mantis as part of the team, but at least so far she’s a fun, funny addition.

Peter ‘Star Lord’ Quill (Chris Pratt)
It’s nice that Quill finally starts to figure out his family history in “Vol. 2.” The personal level of his story draws a lot out of his character we didn’t see the first time around. And he’s pretty on-point with his ’80s pop culture references. All in all, Quill is a lot of fun and provides a lot of emotional grounding for the movie.

Nebula (Karen Gillan)
In the first “Guardians,” Nebula was a cool character who was underplayed. That problem is largely fixed in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” and her smoldering rage makes her seem extremely dangerous at all times. She’s great as something more than a henchman, even if her character arc feels like it’s on fast-forward.

Ego the Living Planet (Kurt Russell)
Kurt Russell pours on the ’80s charm as Ego and never lets up. You can’t blame Quill for considering spending the rest of his life doing whatever Ego says. Who wouldn’t want to hang out and play catch with Snake Plissken on a magic planet?

Baby Groot (Vin Diesel)
Too adorable to kill, Baby Groot is a scene-stealer who walks off with the movie in two key moments. Director James Gunn knows that watching Groot wander around a battlefield is cooler than the actual battle. That’s how great he is.

13 Summer Movie Breakout Stars, From Zendaya to Brenton Thwaites (Photos)

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Summer blockbuster season is mostly known for top stars like Chris Pratt and Robert Downey, Jr., but it also gives plenty of young indie actors and Hollywood newcomers a chance to make a big introduction on a worldwide stage. 2017 will be no different, as this year’s top blockbusters are filled with roles that will be played by some intriguing actors. Here are the ones you should look out for.

Zendaya (Spider-Man: Homecoming)

 

Zendaya Coleman went from Disney Channel star to singer to starring in one of the biggest franchises in Hollywood. Playing a character named Michelle, she is supposed to be one of Tom Holland’s classmates. She will also star in the upcoming “The Greatest Showman” costarring Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron, of which early footage looks mesmerizing.

 

Brenton Thwaites (Pirates of the Caribbean)

 

Thwaites stars as Henry, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley’s son in “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.” The handsome heartthrob delivers a solid performance as he tries to free his father Will Turner from the Flying Dutchman. He also currently has five projects in development, including “Office Uprising” and “Ghosts of War.” Think you’ve seen him before? He starred as Prince Phillip in 2014’s “Maleficent.”

 

Tom Taylor (“The Dark Tower”)

Newcomer Tom Taylor was cast in the key role of Jake Chambers in “The Dark Tower,” a young boy who Roland encounters on the hunt of the man in black, and he is one of the key players in Roland’s pursuit of the Dark Tower. Roland is played by Idris Elba while Matthew McConaughey is the man in black. Before this, he’s mainly done TV series.

 

Annabelle Wallis (“The Mummy”)

Wallis is starring in two huge movies coming out in the next couple months: “The Mummy” alongside Tom Cruise and “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” with Charlie Hunnam. Previously, she’s had little roles in “X-Men: First Class,” “Annabelle” and “The Brothers Grimsby,” but she apparently has a major role in “The Mummy.”

 

Jon Bass (“Baywatch”)

Jon Bass gets to hang out with the hottest lifeguards on the planet, including Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Zac Efron, Alexandra Daddario and Kelly Rohrbach, on whom he has an obvious crush in the movie. Also this year, he starred as Phil Hirschkopf in Oscar-nominated film “Loving,” so this might be his breakout year.

 

Fionn Whitehead (“Dunkirk”)

Whitehead makes his film debut in Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk,” starring Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh, Mark Rylance, Cillian Murphy and Harry Styles – not bad company for your first feature. Nolan told Entertainment Weekly that he needed to find someone very new to showcase how young and inexperienced the soldiers on the beaches of Dunkirk, France were. He later found Whitehead, who only had a three-part ITV miniseries to his name.

Patrick Schwarzenegger (“Midnight Sun”)

That’s right. Arnold’s son is entering showbiz, though his first leading role is definitely no Terminator. Schwarzenegger will star opposite Bella Thorne in “Midnight Sun,” a romantic film about a teen girl with a life-threatening sensitivity to sunlight who forms a romance with a long-time crush while keeping her condition a secret from him. Schwarzenegger had bit roles in “Stuck In Love” and “Grown Ups 2” before going to USC to get a business degree.

Jaeden Lieberher (“The Book of Henry”)

Speaking of characters with photosensitivity, Jaeden Lieberher played one last summer in the critically acclaimed indie sci-fi flick “Midnight Special.” This year, he will play a prodigy who comes up with an elaborate plan to rescue his best friend from her abusive stepfather, who is also the head of their town’s police department. If you’re interested in seeing the remake of “It,” you should give this film a look, as Lieberher will also appear as one of the kids trying to defeat Pennywise the Clown.

Demetrius Shipp, Jr. (“All Eyes On Me”)

Shipp will play the late rap legend Tupac Shakur in the biopic “All Eyes On Me” opposite Jamal Woolard, who will play The Notorious B.I.G. after previously playing him eight years ago in the film, “Notorious.

Isabela Moner (“Transformers: The Last Knight”)

Moner is making the leap from tween star on Nickelodeon’s “100 Things To Do Before High School” to leading lady opposite Mark Wahlberg in Michael Bay’s mega-franchise. She will play Izabella, a tomboy who befriends a small, damaged Autobot named Sqweeks after losing her parents during the battle in Chicago in “Dark of the Moon.”

Pom Klementieff (“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”)

Having cut her teeth working on French indie films, Klementieff added martial arts to her skill set by taking boxing lessons to grab the role of a bodyguard in Spike Lee’s remake of the Korean thriller “Oldboy.” She may use those skills again in “Guardians 2” as Mantis, a new member of the Guardians with empathic powers. Klementieff looks to be in with Marvel for the long haul, as Mantis is also slated to appear in “Avengers: Infinity War.”

Amiah Miller (“War for the Planet of the Apes”)

As the war between apes and humans reaches a brutal climax, Miller will play Nova, a young girl who lost her parents in the war and gets adopted by an orangutan who serves as one of Caesar’s closest advisers. What makes Miller’s role especially interesting is that Nova also appeared in the original “Planet of the Apes” as a mute, wild human encounter by Charlton Heston’s character after he crash lands amongst the apes.

 

Check Out These New ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Images (Photos)

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Marvel Studios released a new round of high-resolution still images from the upcoming “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.” They don’t give any new insight into the upcoming movie’s story, but they do show off most of the movie’s new and returning characters. Here are seven high-quality new images, plus a couple of looks behind the scenes from director James Gunn.

We’re not sure exactly where the loyalties of Yondu (Michael Rooker) lie in the next movie, but we know he’s joining the Guardians. It seems like a safe bet that he doesn’t get along with Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) or most of the others, though. Click for the larger version.

Everyone’s excited for the new tiny version of Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel). So far, trailers for “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” suggest he’s likely to get up to quite a bit more trouble than the full-sized version did. Click for the larger version.

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Also among the Guardians is Nebula (Karen Gillan), the adopted daughter of the villain Thanos and adopted sister of Gamora (Zoe Saldana). This shot suggests more potential bad-guy brooding from Nebula, who was always jealous of Gamora. Click for the larger version.

New addition to the team Mantis (Pom Klementieff) hasn’t appeared too much in the trailers. We know she has the power to affect other people’s emotions and even change them at will, which will likely give her a fairly hilarious edge in battles. Click for the larger version.

Early clues suggest the big bad of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” will be Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki). According to a Facebook post by Gunn, “Ayesha is the golden High Priestess of a genetically-perfect people called the Sovereign. She’s not a woman to be screwed with – she, and her entire world, are extraordinarily deadly.” Click for the larger version.

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Nobody can get enough of Baby Groot.

We’ve seen Gamora wielding this massive gun in the “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” although we’re still not sure just who (or what) she’s blowing away with it. Click for the larger version.

James Gunn also released two new photos on his Instagram feed from behind the scenes of the film. Here he is on set with Rooker.

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And here we get a shot of Chris Pratt in his Star-Lord costume, Saldana in Gamora makeup and the kneecap of Dave Bautista in his Drax gear.

Aubrey Plaza Stalks Elizabeth Olsen in Trailer for Sundance Hit ‘Ingrid Goes West’ (Video)

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Aubrey Plaza is a crazy stalker in the first official teaser for the dark comedy “Ingrid Goes West,” which received a strong response at the Sundance Film Festival in January.

In the red-band trailer, we see Ingrid Thorburn (Plaza) crash a wedding and pepper spray the bride after it becomes clear she wasn’t invited. The film centers on Ingrid, a mentally disturbed woman so obsessed with a social media star (Elizabeth Olsen) that she relocates west to stalk her.

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Matt Spicer’s film also stars Angelica Amor, Megan Griffey, Andrew Horschak, Wyatt Russell, O’Shea Jackson Jr. and Pom Klementieff.

TheWrap’s Steve Pond called the film “part black comedy, part psychological melodrama and part examination of the perils of social media,” in his review out of Sundance.

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“Ingrid Goes West” opens in select theaters August 4.

Watch the trailer above.

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‘Ingrid Goes West’ Acquired by Neon at Sundance

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After a number of competitive bids Tom Quinn and Tim League’s new distribution banner, Neon, have acquired the U.S. distribution rights to Sundance breakout, “Ingrid Goes West,” following the world premiere on Friday night.

Directed by Matt Spicer and starring Aubrey Plaza (“Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates,” “Parks and Recreation”) and Elizabeth Olsen (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Martha Marcy May Marlene”).

Based on a script by Spicer and David Branson Smith, the dark comedy also stars O’Shea Jackson Jr., Wyatt Russell, Billy Magnussen, and Pom Klementieff.

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“Ingrid Goes West” follows Ingrid Thorburn (Plaza) a mentally unstable young woman who becomes obsessed with Taylor Sloane (Olsen), a social media “influencer” with a seemingly-perfect life. When Ingrid decides to drop everything, and move to the west coast to befriend Taylor in real life, her behavior turns unsettling and increasingly dangerous.

“Ingrid Goes West” marks Spicer’s feature directorial debut. He recently co-wrote Flower, along with Max Winkler who will also direct. The film is a twisted coming-of-age comedy starring Zoey Deutch, Adam Scott, Kathryn Hahn and Tim Heidecker, which Spicer will also produce alongside Rough House Pictures and Diablo Entertainment. Along with Winkler, Spicer will write the recently announced Rocketeer sequel for Disney.

Star Thrower Entertainment and 141 Entertainment financed and produced.

Producers include Jared Ian Goldman, Star Thrower Entertainment’s Tim and Trevor White, 141 Entertainment’s Adam and Robert Mirels, and Aubrey Plaza.

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Mary Solomon, Rick Rickertsen and Allan Mandelbaum executive produced.

CAA represented the US rights and negotiated the deal.

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Director James Gunn: Sequel Will Have Strong Women

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“Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn is promising stronger story lines for women in the upcoming sequel because he is tired of female characters just being “the girl.”

“I am sick of stories where there are a bunch of fully realized male characters and one female character, whose primary characteristic is simply being ‘the girl’ or the personality-less object of some man’s affections,” Gunn wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday.

“I’m not sick of this because I’m politically correct — those of you who know me know I am far from that — but because it’s boring, and it’s b.s. Likewise, I don’t think only making female characters ‘strong’ is a fix either – you see her all the time these days, the perfect female warrior, who is a reaction to the stories of the past, but who is equally as boring and one-dimensional.”

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Gunn added that strong male characters like Han Solo or Marty McFly are never “one-dimensional” but always “reflect the fullness of the world around us” — which is not the case with female characters, he said.

The post was shared in honor of International Day of the Girl, with Gunn adding, “Women all over the world have been pushed to the sidelines in the interests of men, and their personhood is often forgotten or delegitimized.”

“I can’t wait for you all to see ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,’ with Gamora, Nebula, and Mantis in action, where we not only pass the Bechdel test, but run over it and back up over it again and again in an eighteen-wheeler truck, and where their stories and the men’s stories don’t come at the expense of each other, but are interwoven in a way to strengthen and optimize all of them,” he wrote, speaking about characters played by Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan and Pom Klementieff, respectively.

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The original movie passed the Bechdel Test, which analyzes whether a movie had at least two women in it who talk to themselves about something other than a man.

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” will star Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel as well. The film is set to hit theaters on May 5.

See Gunn’s entire post below.

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