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This Week In Film News

Catch up on this week's biggest stories in the world of film in our first news round-up!

From the biggest trailers to the most exciting casting and film announcements, catch up on the week’s film news…

Trailers of the week – Judy and Mulan

Judy is released at Picturehouse on October 4.

Mulan is released at Picturehouse on March 27, 2020.

First The Lion King reviews are here!

THE LION KING - Featuring the voices of James Earl Jones as Mufasa, and JD McCrary as Young Simba, Disney's "The Lion King" is directed by Jon Favreau. In theaters July 19, 2019...© 2019 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Ahead of next week’s release of The Lion King, the first reviews for Jon Favreau’s reimagining of the animated Disney classic have arrived. Check out a selection of them below:

“And the big surprise? It’s better than the original. No, really.”Kevin Maher, The Times

“A technological marvel of unprecedented hyperrealism. […] As much as this new version can never hold a candle to its predecessor, there’s never a sense that it’s trying to. If anything, The Lion King uses nostalgia as a springboard for experimentation, finding new ways to tell old stories, while reminding us what makes those stories feel truly timeless in the first place.”Clarisse Loughrey, The Independent

“Basically, this new Lion King sticks very closely to the original version, and in that sense it’s of course watchable and enjoyable. But I missed the simplicity and vividness of the original hand-drawn images. The circle of commercial life has given birth to this all-but-indistinguishable digiclone-descendant; I don’t quite feel like bowing, but respect has to be paid to a handsomely made piece of entertainment.”Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

“In an odd way, the power of this new Lion King comes from the outside: you soak up its astonishing photoreal visuals and marvel at the extraordinary progress that can occur within a single generation, yet still ache for the beauty and purity of the hand-crafted animation that was lost to make way for it.” – Robbie Collin, The Telegraph

The Lion King is released on July 19.

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Female-led ensemble spy thriller 355 has started filming

Star and producer Jessica Chastain has released a first look behind the scenes of the spy thriller 355, as production began in Paris earlier this week. The film stars Chastain alongside Penélope Cruz, Fan Bingbing, Lupita Nyong’o and Diane Kruger as a group of secret agents from various organisations across the globe, who team up to stop a global threat.

David Fincher returns to the director’s chair with Gary Oldman

David Fincher is finally returning to the world of feature filmmaking for the first time since 2014’s Gone Girl. The director will be tackling the story of Citizen Kane screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz, with Gary Oldman set to play the title role in Mank. Fincher is re-teaming with Netflix on the film, following the success of his shows House of Cards and Mindhunter.

Read more at IndieWire.

Rocketman‘s Dexter Fletcher to direct Sherlock Holmes 3

Following acclaim for Elton John musical biopic Rocketman, director Dexter Fletcher has been signed on to direct the third installment in Warner Bros.’ Sherlock Holmes series, taking over from Guy Ritchie who directed the previous films. Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law are set to reprise their roles as Holmes and Watson respectively.

Read more at Variety.

Sherlock Holmes 3 is released at Picturehouse on December 22, 2021 – and Rocketman returns to our screens with one-night-only singalong screenings later this month!

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Ari Aster is working on an extended cut of Midsommar

The haunting Hereditary follow-up was already bubbling tension for nearly two and a half hours in its cinema release. But soon, you’ll be able to immerse yourself even more in the world of the Hårga – in a Reddit AMA, Ari Aster has revealed that he has an even longer version of Midsommar in the works, that will be “at least 30 minutes longer” according to the director. Will you dare to return to the festivities when the longer version arrives?

Read more at Bloody Disgusting.

Midsommar is playing at Picturehouse now.

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