Doug Liman to direct Tom Cruise’s space movie

Doug Liman is to direct Tom Cruise in a movie filmed in space. Earlier this month, it was reported that the Mission: Impossible actor was teaming up with Elon Musk’s aerospace company SpaceX and officials at America’s National Aeronautics and Space Ad…

Doug Liman is to direct Tom Cruise in a movie filmed in space.

Earlier this month, it was reported that the Mission: Impossible actor was teaming up with Elon Musk’s aerospace company SpaceX and officials at America’s National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to make the first-ever feature film to be shot in outer space, and the news was swiftly confirmed by NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine, who revealed it would be filmed on the International Space Station (ISS).

Now, editors at Deadline have revealed that Cruise came up with the idea with his frequent collaborator Liman, who has directed the actor in Edge of Tomorrow and American Made. In addition to directing, Liman is also writing the first draft of the screenplay and will produce alongside Cruise.

However, back in 2018, The Terminator director James Cameron revealed to Empire magazine that he discussed making a movie on the ISS with Cruise many years ago.

“I actually talked to (Cruise) about doing a space film in space, about 15 years ago,” he said. “I said, ‘Tom, you and I, we’ll get two seats on the Soyuz (spacecraft), but somebody’s gotta train us as engineers.’ Tom said, ‘No problem, I’ll train as an engineer.’ We had some ideas for the story, but it was still conceptual.”

Liman and Cruise, who are both pilots, have work on other projects to complete before focusing on the space movie. Liman, who has also directed Mr. & Mrs. Smith and The Bourne Identity, is currently in post-production on Chaos Walking, starring Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland, while Cruise is to reprise his role as Ethan Hunt for two more Mission: Impossible movies, which were due to begin filming before the coronavirus caused the production to shut down. He will also be heading out on a promotional tour for Top Gun: Maverick, which was pushed from summer to December due to the health crisis.

© Cover Media

Daisy Ridley in talks to star in thriller The Ice Beneath Her

Daisy Ridley is in talks to star in a movie adaptation of psychological crime thriller The Ice Beneath Her. The British actress, who is best known for playing Rey in the recent Star Wars trilogy, is in negotiations to play the lead character in the ad…

Daisy Ridley is in talks to star in a movie adaptation of psychological crime thriller The Ice Beneath Her.

The British actress, who is best known for playing Rey in the recent Star Wars trilogy, is in negotiations to play the lead character in the adaptation of Swedish author Camilla Grebe’s bestselling 2015 novel of the same name, according to Deadline.

The novel, which features an unreliable narrator, is similar in tone to previous book-to-movie adaptations Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train. The story focuses on a detective and psychological profiler who work to solve the case after a young woman is found beheaded in the home of a prominent businessman. The investigation quickly evolves into a race against time.

The project was the subject of a bidding war among Hollywood financiers and bosses at STX won the film rights and will finance the movie, which will be directed and produced by filmmaking collective Radio Silence, which is made up of Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett, and Chad Villella, who are best known for last year’s breakout horror-comedy Ready or Not.

Caitlin Parrish, a writer on TV shows such as Supergirl and The Red Line, has adapted the novel, while American Sniper’s Andrew Lazar is also producing.

Ridley is currently in post-production on sci-fi adventure Chaos Walking, which is due to be released early next year. She was most recently seen in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the concluding chapter of the trilogy.

However, the 28-year-old admitted she was taken aback by the polarising reaction to the movie following its release in December.

“January was not that nice. It was weird, I felt like all of this love that we’d sort of been shown the first time around, I was like, ‘Where’s the love gone?'” she said on the DragCast podcast.

The Rise of Skywalker is being made available to stream two months early, with Disney bosses announcing on Monday that it would be released on Disney+ on 4 May, also known as Star Wars Day.

© Cover Media

Daisy Ridley breaks silence on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker criticism

Daisy Ridley found it “so upsetting” to read criticism about Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The British actress made her third appearance as Rey in J.J. Abrams’ film, which divided both fans and critics when it was released in December, and has sinc…

Daisy Ridley found it “so upsetting” to read criticism about Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

The British actress made her third appearance as Rey in J.J. Abrams’ film, which divided both fans and critics when it was released in December, and has since become the lowest-rated feature in the main nine-movie Star Wars franchise.

Breaking her silence on the criticism in an interview on the DragCast podcast, Ridley admitted she had a tough January because she struggled with the fact fans didn’t love episode nine like they did the other instalments.

“This last film was really tricky,” she said, according to Entertainment Weekly. “January was not that nice. It was weird, I felt like all of this love that we’d sort of been shown the first time around, I was like, ‘Where’s the love gone?'”

She added that watching The Skywalker Legacy, a making-of documentary on the Rise of Skywalker’s DVD release, and remembering the love the cast shared on set, made it more difficult to accept the lukewarm response.

“I watched the documentary, the making-of, this week,” the 28-year-old continued. “It’s so filled with love, and I think it’s that tricky thing of when you’re part of something that is so filled with love and then people (don’t like it). You know, everyone’s entitled to not like something, but it feels like it’s changed slightly. But I think in general that’s because social media and what have you.”

Ridley also insisted that if she didn’t like a film she wouldn’t tweet about it, but many others do and she had a hard time avoiding negative articles and reactions because they flooded her social media feeds.

“Conversations are just more public, so there’s stuff I wouldn’t have seen, but honestly trying to scroll through my newsfeed in January and trying to not see Star Wars stuff, I’d see headlines and be like ‘Oh my God, this is so upsetting,'” she shared.

© Cover Media

Billie Lourd was emotional filming Star Wars scenes for late Carrie Fisher

Billie Lourd endured a full roller coaster of emotions on the set of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker after agreeing to stand in for her late mother Carrie Fisher.The actress, famed for her role as Princess Leia, died unexpectedly at the age of 60 in D…

Billie Lourd endured a full roller coaster of emotions on the set of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker after agreeing to stand in for her late mother Carrie Fisher.

The actress, famed for her role as Princess Leia, died unexpectedly at the age of 60 in December 2016, but director J.J. Abrams was able to cut together unused footage of Fisher from 2015’s The Force Awakens to resurrect her character for key scenes in the recently released The Rise of Skywalker.

Lourd, who portrays Resistance member Lieutenant Connix in the sci-fi blockbusters, helped Abrams and his team complete the sequences by taking part in the Leia shoots, and she has now admitted it was truly bittersweet to fill in for her mum.

“It’s literally like a gift from her, or her forcing us to make her the star of the movie – probably both!” she laughed in the new behind-the-scenes documentary, The Skywalker Legacy. “Being back has been incredible, painful, surreal – all of the adjectives that you can come up with, probably, I felt.”

Abrams later used Fisher’s earlier film clips to digitally replace the 27-year-old’s face with that of her mother.

Production on The Rise of Skywalker’s Princess Leia scenes was also an emotional experience for leading lady Daisy Ridley, who needed to collect herself after filming.

“The reality of having to do a scene with someone who isn’t actually there was very difficult,” the British actress shared. “I sort of had to walk off and have a moment.”

And Abrams insisted he will forever be grateful to Lourd for giving him her blessing to bring Fisher back from the dead onscreen.

“To know that we were doing this with her at our side, that’s something that I will always be grateful to her for,” the director said.

The Skywalker Legacy, which details how filmmakers incorporated unused Fisher footage into the latest movie, will be released to coincide with the digital launch of The Rise of Skywalker on 17 March.

© Cover Media

Peter Rabbit 2 release delayed due to coronavirus concerns – report

The release of family film Peter Rabbit 2 has reportedly been delayed until August due to the coronavirus outbreak.With cinemas in Italy and China, among others, closing in the hope of curbing the spread of the escalating virus, Sony bosses have report…

The release of family film Peter Rabbit 2 has reportedly been delayed until August due to the coronavirus outbreak.

With cinemas in Italy and China, among others, closing in the hope of curbing the spread of the escalating virus, Sony bosses have reportedly decided to put the release of the CGI/live-action film, the follow-up to 2018’s hugely successful Peter Rabbit, on ice for more than four months.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie, also known as Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway, will no longer debut from 27 March as planned, and will instead receive an international and U.S. release on 7 August.

The move follows the delay to the release of the latest James Bond film, No Time to Die, from the start of April until November.

Peter Rabbit 2 features James Corden as the voice of author Beatrix Potter’s mischievous bunny, with Margot Robbie, Daisy Ridley, and Elizabeth Debicki also voicing fellow rabbits, and Rose Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson, and David Oyelowo in live-action roles.

Some of the stars were scheduled to attend a premiere for the movie in London ahead of its release.

The decision comes after Italian officials announced that all its cinemas were to be closed, and other European governments advising people to take precautions to avoid the spread of the virus. Around 16 million people in Lombardy and 14 other provinces in Italy have been effectively placed in quarantine.

Insiders have told editors at The Hollywood Reporter that Sony officials wanted to delay the debut because Peter Rabbit made $236 million (£180 million) of its $351 million (£269 million) box office outside of North America, while the U.S. release has reportedly been shifted to avoid piracy.

Following the postponement of No Time to Die, the release of animated sequel Trolls World Tour was brought forward to 10 April.

© Cover Media

J.J. Abrams ‘respects’ critics of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

J.J. Abrams “totally gets” why some fans didn’t like Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.The latest movie in the science-fiction franchise, which starred Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Oscar Isaac, received a mixed reaction from fans and critics alike fol…

J.J. Abrams “totally gets” why some fans didn’t like Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

The latest movie in the science-fiction franchise, which starred Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Oscar Isaac, received a mixed reaction from fans and critics alike following its release in December and is now the lowest-rated film in the nine-episode saga, with 52 per cent on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes.

Addressing the reception to the film in a chat with the Press Association, Abrams, who directed the movie, insisted that he respects all opinions, whether positive or negative.

“(Reaction was) good, bad, some people hated it, some people loved it. It was all over the place. To those who didn’t like it, I totally get it, respect it. To those who loved it, I’m grateful,” he said. “Obviously, a lot of people worked a lot of hours to do something that would make people feel good and that they’d love.”

Abrams added that the feedback does sometimes make him consider if he should have done certain aspects differently.

“Anytime someone doesn’t like it you think, ‘Oh, yeah I could’ve done that better, I should’ve done that,'” the filmmaker admitted. “You try to take it in, but for the most part, I’m incredibly grateful to everyone who worked so hard to do it and for the people who saw it and loved it I’m grateful to them too.”

Elsewhere, Abrams was asked on the red carpet at the Oscar Wilde Awards about what projects he had in the pipeline, but he remained tight-lipped.

“There’s a bunch of stuff we’re working on and some things I’m really excited about but it’s obviously too early to talk about. But there are going to be some fun things coming up I look forward to getting out in the world,” he teased.

© Cover Media

Daisy Ridley doesn’t think she’s funny enough to do comedy

Daisy Ridley can’t imagine herself in a comedy film because she doesn’t think she’s funny enough.The 27-year-old recently bid farewell to her character Rey as the Star Wars trilogy came to an end with The Rise of Skywalker, and now she’s keen to expa…

Daisy Ridley can’t imagine herself in a comedy film because she doesn’t think she’s funny enough.

The 27-year-old recently bid farewell to her character Rey as the Star Wars trilogy came to an end with The Rise of Skywalker, and now she’s keen to expand her acting chops, but there’s one genre she’s steering well clear of.

“The one thing I can’t see myself doing is comedy because I don’t think I’m a funny person – but I could be the straight person,” she told Variety. “Also, you know, it’s time to be brave. So, I’ll go for it!”

Daisy really wants to land a role in a horror movie, even though she’s scared of watching them on the big screen.

“I’m terrified of horror films, but I like them. So I’d like to be in one. But I think it would also, like, screw me up a bit,” she laughed. “I feel like you’d have to be living with your family to exorcise the bad juju when you left set.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Daisy also admitted that since working on Star Wars alongside a huge star-studded cast – including Adam Driver, John Boyega, Mark Hamill and the late Carrie Fisher – she’s drawn to starring in movies in which she feels part of a big group.

“Well, my main thing – which is why I did Orient Express immediately afterwards – is I really like to be part of the group,” the British actress said, noting her 2017 film, Murder on the Orient Express. “And I’ve only really done one like leading thing, which was Ophelia, which was overwhelming. I like to be part of a group of people.”

© Cover Media

J.J. Abrams responds to criticism of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

J.J. Abrams has insisted the opinions of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’s critics are as valid as those who loved it. The third instalment in the sci-fi franchise, which Abrams directed, has proved divisive among fans and is currently the second low…

J.J. Abrams has insisted the opinions of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’s critics are as valid as those who loved it.

The third instalment in the sci-fi franchise, which Abrams directed, has proved divisive among fans and is currently the second lowest-rated live-action Star Wars movie on review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes.

Following a screening of the film at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Hollywood on Friday, the director was asked what he would say to those who have been left disappointed by the trilogy’s conclusion, and he noted it was impossible to please everyone.

“I would say that they’re right. The people who love it more than anything are also right,” he replied. “I was asked just seven hours ago in another country, ‘So how do you go about pleasing everyone?’ I was like’ What…?’ Not to say that should be what anyone tries to do anyway, but how would one go about it? Especially with Star Wars.

“I don’t need to tell anyone here, we live in a moment where everything immediately seems to default to outrage. There is an MO of either: ‘It’s exactly as I see it, or you’re my enemy’ … It’s a crazy thing that there is such a norm that seems to be devoid of nuance and compassion – and this is not about Star Wars, this is about everything – it’s a crazy moment, so we knew starting this any decision we made – a design decision, a musical decision, a narrative decision – would please someone and infuriate someone else. And they’re all right.”

Despite the criticism, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Oscar Isaac, has topped the U.S. box office chart after its three-day opening weekend, with takings of $175.5 million (£135 million).

© Cover Media

Daisy Ridley glad she wasn’t told storylines before filming Star Wars

Daisy Ridley was glad she wasn’t told any of the important plot details ahead of filming Star Wars: The Force Awakens.The British actress, who was relatively unknown when she was cast as Rey in the movie back in 2014, has revealed that she was happy to…

Daisy Ridley was glad she wasn’t told any of the important plot details ahead of filming Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The British actress, who was relatively unknown when she was cast as Rey in the movie back in 2014, has revealed that she was happy to have been kept in the dark about the storyline of the 2015 blockbuster, directed by J.J. Abrams.

“I’m glad I didn’t have more information,” she told GQ magazine, before she explained how she was so oblivious to the inner workings of the movie business that she even managed to walk past Walt Disney Studios co-chairman Alan Horn without recognising him.

“It’s sort of hilarious, because I’d meet all these big important people and have no f**king idea who they were,” Daisy recalled. “I remember meeting him and he’s like, ‘I’m Alan,’ and I’m like, ‘Oh, hey, nice to meet you’ and then I walk on. And now I’m like, ‘Oh, my God!’”

However, she’s glad that her naivety paid off, and she believes that it led to her ultimately getting the part.

“If any single thing had been different, maybe I wouldn’t have got it, so I’m so f**king glad for how it worked out,” she laughed.

Elsewhere in the interview, the 27-year-old shared her disappointment at people who think it was easy for her to land a role in Star Wars, noting that she had six months of auditions and test screening sessions before being cast.

“People are like, ‘This happened overnight,’” Daisy said. “But I started auditioning in August, got the job in February and started filming in May. It was all such a long process.”

© Cover Media

John Boyega steps out in traditional Nigerian dress for Star Wars premiere

John Boyega wowed the crowds at the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker premiere in London on Wednesday night by wearing traditional Nigerian dress.The actor, who plays Finn in the last instalment of the sci-fi trilogy, wore a royal blue four-piece ensemb…

John Boyega wowed the crowds at the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker premiere in London on Wednesday night by wearing traditional Nigerian dress.

The actor, who plays Finn in the last instalment of the sci-fi trilogy, wore a royal blue four-piece ensemble, called an Agbada, which featured intricate gold detailing.

John, who was born in London to British-Nigerian parents, completed his look by wearing a Fila, a traditional Yoruba cap.

“Had an amazing time at the London premiere for Star Wars! Last leg of the tour! Couldn’t be more grateful for such an amazing opportunity,” he proudly wrote on Instagram, alongside a photo of him on the blue carpet.

The 27-year-old was joined at the premiere by members of his family, who were also dressed in matching west African garments.

Fans on social media were quick to heap praise on the star and thanked him for showcasing his heritage on such a grand scale.

“For a Nigerian kid raised on Star Wars, this means everything to me. Representation matters. Thank you,” one wrote, while another added: “The Force is strong with that stunning family!”

Daisy Ridley, who reprises her role as Rey in the upcoming movie, also stunned in a show-stopping navy Vivienne Westwood gown.

The actress hit the blue carpet in the structured strapless velvet corset dress, which also featured a dramatic skirt.

She complemented her look with sapphire and diamond rings by Beladora Jewelry, silver ear crawlers by Tatiana Verstraeten, and wore custom vegan Jimmy Choo satin crystal-embellished pumps.

Daisy’s co-stars, including the likes of Oscar Isaac, Kelly Marie Tran, and Keri Russell, also braved the freezing British weather.

© Cover Media