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Vin Diesel plays by his own rules – he changed his name is Vin Diesel, after all – which means he’s perfectly happy to give away secrets that producers and filmmakers would rather keep under wraps. Diesel also has a habit of sometimes talking about projects that don’t seem to be happening at all – it’s just how he rolls, folks. And now he’s done it again.
In a new interview, Diesel let the cat out of the bag and revealed that the Guardians of the Galaxy would be popping up in Thor: Love and Thunder.
Taika Waititi is going to use the Guardians of the Galaxy in Thor 4.
And Groot is evolving.#FirstPrintingpic.twitter.com/iFVZWKBr0J
— BD @BrandonDavisBD March 9, 2020
In the interview above, you can see Vin Diesel just casually mention that the Guardians of the Galaxy are going to have something to do with Thor 4. “The director talked to me about,” Diesel said, referring to Love and Thunder filmmaker Taika Waititi. “Thor will incorporate some of the Guardians of the Galaxy…which will be very interesting…maybe I shouldn’t have said anything.”
These statements are rather vague, and there’s always a chance Diesel is misinformed. But bringing the Guardians into Thor isn’t exactly an out-of-left-field move. Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame shows that Chris Hemsworth’s Thor had great chemistry with the Guardians crew, and the end of Endgame had Thor blasting off into space with the Guardians.
At first, it seemed like this might be a set-up for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, but that film suffered a set-back when James Gunn was fired, and then re-hired, to make the movie. As a result, Love and Thunder will arrive before Guardians Vol. 3, which means we’re more likely to see the Guardians in Thor 4 first. It’s unclear how big a part the Guardians will have in Thor 4, and if I had to guess I’d say it’s likely to be a minor element of the film – extended cameos, essentially. But I could be wrong.
The only other hint of what’s to come that Diesel dropped involves his character Groot. Groot started off fully-grown when we first met him, but over the course of several films he’s become a baby again, and then teen Groot. So what’s next? According to Diesel, “Alpha Groot.” As for just what the hell that means, well…I have no idea. Maybe no one does…except Vin Diesel.
Thor: Love and Thunder is currently set for a November 5, 2021 release....
Need a quick recap of the past week in movie news? Here are the highlights:
Dracula retold: Following the success of Leigh Whannell's fresh take on The Invisible Man, another classic Universal monster is being trusted to Blumhouse Productions. According to The Hollywood Reporter, director Karyn Kusama Destroyer has been tapped for a new version of the iconic vampire story Dracula, which will be set in modern times.
Disney finds its Peter Pan: Another fresh take on a familiar story, Disney's live-action reimagining of Peter Pan has found its young leads. Variety reports Alexander Molony will play Peter in the upcoming movie, titled Peter Pan & Wendy, while Ever Anderson, the daughter of Milla Jovovich and Paul W.S. Anderson who can be seen soon in Black Widow, has been cast as Wendy.
Woody Harrelson joins The Man from Toronto: Following the departure of Jason Statham from the Patrick Hughes-helmed action-comedy, Woody Harrelson is filling the void for The Man from Toronto. Variety reports the Oscar-nominated actor will co-star opposite Kevin Hart in a story of mistaken identity involving the world's greatest assassin.
Florian Munteanu to fight Shang-Chi: Marvel's Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings may have a secondary villain in the form of professional boxer Florian Munteanu, who played Viktor Drago in Creed II. Australian movie site Dark Horizons reports the heavyweight will face off against the titular superhero and kung-fu master, played by Simu Liu.
We'll soon enough see Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne in The Batman, but what if the Twilight Saga star had been the one to play the caped crusader in Batman Begins? That question has been answered in a new 'DeepFake' video with Pattinson replacing Christian Bale in the first installment of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy. Although we've gotten our first look at Pattinson in The Batman, the DeepFake video helps paint a picture of what we can expect to see from him as the next big screen Bruce Wayne. See what I mean by watching the video below.
As seen in the video, Pattinson stars as Nolan's version of Bruce Wayne in a scene where the billionaire playboy is speaking with his trusty confidante, Lucius Fox, played by Morgan Freeman. In the clip, Lucius reveals several new Bat-gadgets for Batman to play with as Bruce looks on, intrigued. While Bruce retains the voice of Bale, it's pretty interesting to see Pattinson taking a look at the Batsuit ahead of him doing it for real in his own movie. Of course, the DeepFake video stops short of showing us Pattinson suited up as the Dark Knight, but The Batman director Matt Reeves has already shown us what that will look like.
Because there are many who have a difficult time disassociating Robert Pattinson from his role as sparkling vampire Edward Cullen in The Twilight Saga, there has been some fan backlash to the announcement of his casting. This is not unlike what Tim Burton's Batman star Michael Keaton went through in the '80s when he was cast as Bruce Wayne, as many people were quick to write him off as a comedy actor unsuited for such a role. As we know now, Keaton proved the naysayers wrong and to this day remains one of the most popular Batman actors. Considering Pattinson's performance in The Lighthouse and other dramatic movies, he had a very good chance of doing the same thing.DeepFake videos like the one shown above have gotten to be pretty popular with many going viral with millions of views. Recently, a Back to the Future DeepFake video replaced Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd as Marty and Doc with Tom Holland and Robert Downey Jr. with very interesting results. Another DeepFake parodies Home Alone by replacing Macaulay Culkin with Sylvester Stallone, which is definitely one of the strangest videos of this type you'll ever see. Of course, the one with Parks and Recreation star Nick Offerman as every character in Full House probably takes the cake.
These kinds of videos are fun to watch, but for those wanting to see the real movie with Pattinson playing Batman, you'll have to wait until next summer when The Batman premieres in theaters on June 25, 2021. Hopefully, the result will see success similar to Batman Begins and the other Nolan movies and less like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The DeepFake video shown above comes to us from DeepCaked on YouTube.
If you need a break from sitting around watching endless hours of TV during quarantine and want to do some reading, Rian Johnson is here to help. The filmmaker has made the shooting draft of Knives Out available for all to read. Since it’s a shooting draft it’s pretty similar to the final film, although there are a few interesting differences here and there. Mostly, though, it’s another reminder of how damn fine a script this is.
Just posted the shooting draft of Knives Out to my site. All previous scripts that don't involve outer space are up there too. https://t.co/aseGDIdwZJ
— Rian Johnson @rianjohnson March 23, 2020
Hey, remember Knives Out? One of the best movies of last year? Well, it’s back – in script form. Rian Johnson was nice enough to put the script on his site, along with all his other scripts except for The Last Jedi. It’s a fun read, mostly for the tiny little differences here and there. For instance: in the final film, when Benoit Blanc is first introduced as sitting in on the questioning of the Thrombey family, he casually taps a piano key every time he wants the line of questioning to change. In the script, he simply taps the back of a chair with his foot – which isn’t nearly as over-dramatic and memorable as the piano key thing.
Beyond that, you might notice that Johnson has a weird aversion to punctuation in some places, and more often than not, certain character’s dialogue just stops – no period, no em-dash, nothing. It’s a little jarring, but who am I to argue with the guy who wrote and directed the best Star Wars movie?