Snake Eyes’ Henry Golding Tells Us About Kicking Off a New G.I. Joe Franchise

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Henry Golding is Snake Eyes.
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Snake Eyes has always been one of the most recognizable, popular characters in the G.I. Joe franchise, and now we’ll find out how he got there. The brand new film Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins hits theaters July 23 and io9 was lucky enough to talk to the man behind the mask, Henry Golding, about the character’s mystique, costume, go-to research materials, and so much more.

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Though 2009’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and 2013’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation feel relatively recent, Snake Eyes is a fresh take and reboot of the popular Hasbro franchise. Here, director by Robert Schwentke takes the “Real American Heroes” and brings the franchise to Japan. That’s where a warrior named Tommy (Andrew Koji, Warrior) takes another mysterious young warrior (Golding, Crazy Rich Asians) under his wing to become a member of his Arashikage clan of ninjas—the two will become Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes, respectiveley. In the first trailer, which debuted during the MTV Movie Awards, you saw all that along with other G.I. Joe favorites: the Baroness (Úrsula Corberó), Scarlett (Samara Weaving), and a very, very recognizable mask at the end. But, you probably still have some questions about what the movie is. io9 sat down for a video chat earlier this week with the man who can provide some answers—Snake Eyes himself, Henry Golding.


Germain Lussier, io9: Snake Eyes has always been iconic because of his mystique. He was just this quiet badass and the backstory didn’t come until later. Now, from the trailer, it’s obvious this movie is going to demystify that in a very definitive way. Were there any worries about losing some of that mystique and how does the movie use the mystique?

Henry Golding: Absolutely not. I think he, as a character, is so complex, that peeling back the layers, you can only go so far until you hit the Snake Eyes kind of wall. He’s so mysterious in his ways. We catch up with him at the beginning of this movie where he is motivated by things that are so self-destructive that we need to understand them to see why he is so mysterious, and to see why he’s so closed off in ways that we can’t explain. So to be able to kind of balance that was the real goal. And so to give enough to the audience members, to give enough to the fans to sympathize with the decisions that he has to make within this movie, to realize that the mistakes he makes, the choices he brings to the table, the lessons he learns, really affects the man that is behind the mask. So for us, it was so important to be able to kind of peel back at least a few layers because we can’t just have an unexplainable character. You know, mystique is fantastic, but it only brings you so far because the questions will always be there. But does it reveal more questions? Answers lead to more questions. That’s what I’ve learned for this entire thing, is that there will never be enough answers to demystify this guy. He is so complex.

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io9: So how closely does the movie draw from source material like the ‘80s comics and how much is it kind of its own thing?

Golding: Well, we had Larry [Hama] on board as [executive producer]. The legendary Larry Hama was a big guidance in being able to tell his story. And so creating a backstory for not only preexisting G.I. Joe fans and lifelong G.I. Joe fans to appreciate, but also a brand new generation of fans around the world. You got to understand, G.I. Joe really was popular in America but now we’re looking on a global scale. How do we make it so that it is approachable by little kids on the playground in Indonesia or in Vietnam or somewhere? We needed to make it approachable and understandable and not have them have to go back to read Silent Interlude to understand like, “Snake Eyes was like this because of this”’ No. We needed, of course, to have a starting point. Is that the definitive, all questions answered, starting point? Definitely not. We can’t do that. But of course, we’re introduced to the lore of G.I. Joe and its throughlines, which is “What is G.I. Joe without COBRA?” I mean, of course, COBRA plays a huge part in this—and the players we’re introduced to: Scarlett, Baroness, Tommy, Hard Master, Blind Master, Akiko is one of our new characters. It’s not too much to get everything convoluted, but it’s enough to get you hungry for more. That was the goal.

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io9: Did you have any kind of go-tos for yourself and your character research? Was it just talking to Larry or was it anything else?

Golding: It was it was a bit of both, really. It was talking to Larry, understanding what he wanted to create, not what he created for someone else. It’s what he, as an artist, wanted to create and the reasons why he made the decisions he did. I think it was important that I myself, as an actor, concentrate on what I know as the character at this point, because if I’m thinking about things that never happened in my reality, they don’t help me at all. But I know we’re trying to get to here by the end of the movie. So what is happening between these two points? Where it goes? Anybody’s guess. But what I need to understand is what are his motivations in this moment? Where have his decisions from his past led him and why?

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Andrew Koji is Tommy, aka Storm Shadow.
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io9: One thing the trailer shows that it does lead is to the costume. I mean, obviously, we want to see your face as the star, but it’s Snake Eyes. His mask is a star too, so what can you tell me about the costume?

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Golding: [It was made by] Iron Head Studios. They do pretty much every single huge costume design out there. And they, together with our amazing wardrobe team, created the all-new Snake Eyes costume [Holds the toy up to the camera]. It’s fantastic. The first time I put on the mask was just like, “Holy cow, this fits like a glove.” And so it’s a modern take on the costume. But I think the joy in the movie is seeing the inspiration from the Arashikage—you see Snake’s costume through the movie change very sort of slowly and slightly—but you see those inspirations mirrored in the final suit.

io9: This is kind of Paramount’s reboot of the G.I. Joe franchise and obviously, we don’t know what will happen until after this movie comes out. But how much do you tentatively know already about what could happen?

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Golding: I’m in the dark as much as you are. I know for a fact that they’re already in the works. Speaking to Lorenzo [DiBonaventura], our producer, they’re already thinking, because we can take this anywhere—but depending on how Snake Eyes does in telling specific stories will tell us where we want to take and how to expand the universe. Because if we jump into just a huge G.I. Joe universe and introduce 12 characters, people are going to be like, “Oh well yeah. Okay, that guy’s cool. That guy does this thing.” But they don’t know anything about them. So to be able to build the characters from day one, I think, is the real gift.

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Samara Weaving is Scarlett.
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io9: What was your G.I. Joe IQ coming into this movie? What did you do to dive in?

Golding: It was hitting all the blogs, hitting all the fan sites, all the Wikipedia pages, the G.I. Joe Wiki pages. [The website] Hiss Tank, I’d listen to those guys. I luckily got my hands on two copies of Silent Interlude and that became sort of bedtime reading for a long time just to really sort of understand who he becomes. But my real concentration was, again, I can’t think beyond. At the time we were filming, I was like, “He has such specific motivations at the beginning of this movie before he becomes the man that we know, that we need to concentrate on these.” A lot of people are like you can water down your character’s thought process or you concentrate on exactly what we’re trying to achieve here. So that’s kind of what I did, but I can’t help but sneak in [some history]. It’s so rich.

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io9: Last thing, will we get Timber in this movie or not?

Golding: That’s everybody’s last question! I’ll put it this way. This is G.I. Joe. [holds arms out wide] This is Snake Eyes’ movie [holds up single finger]. This is the journey we’re going to take [gestures to all the remaining space]. Is Timber in that? Let’s hope so. There’s no ruling it out. And I think, you know, Snake Eyes [with] his trusty companion, I think that would be a special, special moment. So we’ll see.

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Here’s another special moment, an awesome new featurette from Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins.


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Snake Eyes’ First Trailer Gives a G.I. Joe Legend a New Beginning

Henry Golding as Snake Eyes in Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins.

Henry Golding as Snake Eyes in Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins.
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When you think of Snake Eyes you think of the mask, the swords, the unstoppable ferocity. But how did the popular G.I. Joe character become that guy we’ve seen in comics, cartoons, and toy aisles for decades? We’re about to find out, in a whole new way. The first trailer for Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins is finally here.

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The film stars Henry Golding as the titular character, seen here years before he meets up with the Joe crew. Directed by Robert Schwentke, Snake Eyes follows the character as he becomes indoctrinated into the Arashikage clan, learning the ways of the ninja alongside Storm Shadow (Andrew Koji), the group’s heir apparent, and eventually popular Joe characters like The Baroness (Úrsula Corberó), and Scarlett (Samara Weaving) show up too. But this is the Snake Eyes show and, in the first trailer, you get just a taste of what the film has in store.

The film is meant to kick off a whole new G.I. Joe franchise and if you’re curious to know more, check back soon—io9 spoke to Henry Golding all about it. Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins hits theaters on July 23.


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Updates From Sonic 2, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and More

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Morning SpoilersIf there’s news about upcoming movies and television you’re not supposed to know, you’ll find it in here.

Marvel’s Shang Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings has some new viewership details. Parasite director Bong Joon Ho has something very curious planned for an upcoming project. Plus new looks at Batman: The Long Halloween, Space Jam: A New Legacy, and more. Spoilers are dancing because it’s Friday…

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Shang Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings/Free Guy

Variety has word both Shang Chi and Free Guy will “play in theaters for 45 days before transitioning to home viewing on VOD and streaming.”


Enola Holmes 2

Both Millie Bobby Brown and Henry Cavill are set to return for a sequel to Enola Holmes at Netflix.


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Variety reports Parasite’s Bong Joon Ho is now “working on a Korean animated film about humans and deep-water sea creatures.”

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Bring It On: Halloween

Syfy is producing an unprecedented horror/slasher entry in the Bring It On franchise of cheerleader movies set to premiere sometime in 2022. The story will follow “an embattled cheerleading squad” locked inside a “closed school gym to practice for regionals” when “members of the squad start to disappear.” In consequence, “the cheerleaders must unmask their assailant to save themselves.”

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The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 soundtrack is “finished” according to James Gunn on Twitter.

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Sonic the Hedgehog 2

Production has wrapped on Sonic the Hedgehog 2 in Vancouver.

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Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins.

Entertainment Weekly has our first look at Samara Weaving as Scarlett and Úrsula Corberó as the Baroness in Snake Eyes.

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There’s also new character posters for each member of the villainous “Goon Squad” in Space Jam: A New Legacy.

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The Lord of the Rings

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Sounds Like the Snake Eyes Movie (Wisely) Puts G.I. Joe on the Back-Burner

G.I.Joe Origins Star Henry Golding in Character as Snake Eyes walks up a flight of stone stairs in a still from the movie.

Henry Golding as Snake Eyes, or at least as the Snake-Eyes-to-be.
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There were a lot of things wrong with the 2009 movie G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobraa lot of things. But it seems like the upcoming film G.I. Joe Origins: Snake Eyes has figured out to avoid them, and thus create the G.I. Joe movie franchise the previous films failed to do. First and foremost on that list? Not worrying about G.I. Joe.

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If you weren’t a pretty knowledgeable fan of the franchise when Rise of Cobra came out, watching the film must have been overwhelming and frustrating. It throws so much at the audience—the existence of G.I. Joe, Destro and his metal destroying nanobots, nukes, Duke’s ex-fiancee inexplicably being part of a terrorist organization, evil robot soldiers, a dude who can shape-shift for some reason, a bunch of ninja kids, I could go on and on. There’s never any ground to get grounded upon. People just show up and things just happen.

That appears not to be the case with Snake Eyes, which is, as its title suggests, about the fan-favorite character (played by Henry Golding)’s origin, most especially his time training with the Arashikage ninja clan and his friendship-turned-bitter rival with Storm Shadow, and how the two warriors are eventually drawn into the larger G.I. Joe and Cobra conflict, respectively. As producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura told Entertainment Weekly:

“Both Cobra and G.I. Joe take a back seat to the internal drama of the Arashikage and the [Snake Eyes] character. They are absolutely an element, but it’s looking at it this way: You meet somebody, watch their struggle, the struggle leads to the world of G.I. Joe and Cobra. It does not start as a G.I. Joe-Cobra movie. It starts as an Arashikage movie, a Snake Eyes character arc. You come to realize the Arashikage as they’ve traditionally been are affiliated with the Joes, therefore that brings in Cobra. There is a gradual reveal that there’s a larger world here.”

This was explored in Rise of Cobra, admittedly, but it was given just enough time to distract from the main movie yet not enough time to be compelling on its own. If Snake Eyes succeeds at it however, this is going to give audiences a door to enter the weird, science fiction-y world of G.I. Joe. And assuming that the movie doesn’t portray Snake Eyes as a badass blank slate—which Golding says he isn’t in the same EW interview, and there are enough stills of the movie of Golding without the Snake Eyes mask on that I feel pretty confident he’s right—this will give audiences a reason to actually care about this mute character (who stops speaking for a variety of tragic reasons throughout various Joe media) if they didn’t watch the syndicated ‘80s cartoon religiously. It’s potentially the perfect set-up for the franchise.

“Potentially” being the keyword; we’ll find out when G.I. Joe Origins: Snake Eyes premieres on Jul 23.


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Paramount+ Will Have a New Movie Every Week, Including Mark Wahlberg’s Infinite

Mark Wahlberg’s new sci-fi movie Infinite is going to streaming.

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New sci-fi movie Infinite—starring Mark Wahlberg and directed by Antoine Fuqua—is coming out a few months ahead of schedule, but you won’t see it in theaters. Paramount just announced that the film, most recently scheduled for release in September, will now debut on Paramount+ sometime in June.

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Infinite’s release is part of the company’s new focus on the streaming service, with the aim to have a new movie on the service every single week. Deadline broke the news.

Infinite is based on the book The Reincarnationist Papers by D. Eric Maikranz and sounds a little like Netflix’s The Old Guard, which starred Charlize Theron. Both are about a group of superhuman beings fighting evil across the generations—but in Infinite, the beings aren’t exactly immortal. Instead they die and are reborn with all their memories and skills intact. So when one man (Wahlberg) starts to realize he has all these memories and skills he doesn’t remember having, he’s visited by others like him to recruit him back into their group.

It’s a cool concept with a great director and cast (it co-stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jason Mantzoukas, Rupert Friend, Toby Jones, and Dylan O’Brien), so it’s obviously a little disappointing the film won’t make it to theaters. But if Paramount does want to draw people to its service, it knows original content is the way to go.

As for the movie-a-week goal, it’ll include some of Paramount’s theatrical releases (such as A Quiet Place Part II, Top Gun: Maverick, G.I. Joe Origins: Snake Eyes) in the previously announced shorter window, as well as original films from its other companies like Nickelodeon.


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2021 Summer Movie Preview: Sci-Fi, Horror, and Fantasy You Can (Maybe) Watch in Theaters

From the post-apocalypse to the moon, there’s a lot of places to be whisked away to this summer.

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We feel like Janine in Ghostbusters, except instead of screaming “We got one!” it’s “Summer movies!”

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Yes, after basically a full year without movies in theaters, covid-19 vaccinations and health regulations have made it possible for some theaters to reopen—that means it’s time for an actual summer movie season. Hollywood is dusting off the blockbuster films that were supposed to come out in 2020 and releasing them this year and the boom in home viewing means an equal amount of intriguing films are coming to various on-demand and streaming services over the next few months. It’s not the traditional summer movie season by a long shot, but it’s close and we’ll certainly take it.

Note: It should go without saying but considering the pandemic is still ongoing, movie release dates can shift at any moment. All below dates are tentative and subject to change.


MAY

Cerebrum: In director Arvi’s Cerebrum, a man named Tom Davis (Christian James) signs up to participate in an experimental test of neurological technology capable of backing up a person’s consciousness digitally. Soon, he becomes involves in a strange series of events involving him committing a crime he can’t exactly recall committing and might not be responsible for. With Tom’s mind not being quite in a fixed state of existence within his own body, there’s likely some credence to his belief that he’s innocent—but while he might not be able to recall moments from his recent past, others do, and what they’ve seen disturbs them deeply. (May 4 on demand)

Benny Loves You: After spending a major chunk of his early adult life waiting for it to feel meaningful, Jack (Karl Holt) resolves to become a different person by tossing out a number of things from his past—like his once-beloved stuffed animal, Benny. But while Jack may have found a reason to move on, Benny loves what they once had, so much so that when the doll comes to life, he decides that the best way of righting Jack’s wrong is to murder people in a variety of ridiculous ways, all the while chirping pre-programmed phrases meant to make children feel safe. (May 7)

The Devil’s Child: Colombian filmmaker David Bohórquez makes his feature debut with this chiller about a young home-care nurse with a traumatic past. Things take a turn for the terrifying when her latest patient, an elderly man dwelling in a remote mansion, soon starts displaying malevolent powers. (May 7)

The Unthinkable: Explosions throughout Stockholm plunge the city into chaos, and citizens are left with no way of leaving the area where the strange attacks all seem to be occurring. Things become that much more complicated when reports spread that the military’s spotted an unidentified aircraft floating nearby. It’s unclear what exactly is plaguing the city as Alex (Christoffer Nordenrot) risks the danger to go searching for Anna (Lisa Henni), but what he finds is that the entire world may be on the brink of something devastating. (May 7)

The Water Man: When the mother (Rosario Dawson) of a young boy named Gunner (Lonnie Chavis) falls mysteriously ill in ways his father (David Oyelowo) tries to shield him from, Gunner puts his faith in the legendary Water Man, an otherworldly being who’s said to have immense restorative abilities. No one around Gunner pays much attention to his growing fascination with the Water Man, or his growing belief that he might live somewhere in the dense forest near his home—but as Gunner embarks on a journey with his friend Jo (Amiah Miller), the two quickly find that the Water Man may be much more real and dangerous than anyone truly knew. (May 7)

Oxygen: Suddenly awaking from an unknown sleep to find herself in a cryo-freezing unit, a young woman (Mélanie Laurent) is on a race against time to find both her memories and how to get out before her oxygen runs out. (May 12 on Netflix)

Spiral: From the Book of Saw: The Saw series seemed pretty dead after the putrid last film, Jigsaw, but then superfan Chris Rock came on board. He pitched a new take on the series, put himself in the lead, and brought along Samuel L. Jackson. The result, we hope, will breathe new life into one of modern horror’s most enduring franchises. (May 14)

The Djinn: There are a couple of other horror movies floating around out there with very similar titles, but this one—written and directed by Justin Powell and David Charbonier (The Boy Behind the Door)—is about a mute boy who must fend for himself after he accidentally awakens a very sinister spirit while innocently trying to make a wish. (May 14)

Army of the Dead: Zack Snyder’s first film was about zombies. His most recent film was about a team of heroes in a huge cinematic universe. And his next film, Army of the Dead, brings those two ideas together. It’s Snyder’s attempt at a fun, violent, horror-action film that’s poised to launch other spinoffs along the way. If this first film is as good as we hope, at least. (May 14 in theaters, May 21 on Netflix)

Seance: At a posh boarding school, new girl Camille (Suki Waterhouse) finds her not-so-warm welcome from the resident cool clique compounded by an ill-advised group decision to try and contact the ghost that’s said to haunt the property. Veteran horror screenwriter Simon Barrett (You’re Next, The Guest, 2016’s Blair Witch) makes his directorial debut with this spooky-looking tale. (May 21)

Dementia Part II: Apparently made on a dare, this movie hit festivals to much acclaim a few years ago, but now it’s getting a wider release. When an ex-con gets a job doing handyman work for an elderly woman named Suzanne, he discovers she has… well, you know. Then he discovers there’s a lot of people being affected by Suzanne’s dementia, specifically in the way of knife wounds and possibly cannibalism. This indie horror movie looks like it was made for $10,000, but it’s such a clear homage to Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead 2 that it undeniably has charm. (May 21 in theaters, and June 1 on VOD and home video)

Ghost Lab: A supernatural thriller from Thailand that is, as you may have guessed from the name, about a lab that does research on ghouls and ghosts. Directed by “Goff” Paween Purijitpanya, it stars “Tor” Thanapob Leeratanakachorn, “Ice” Paris Intarakomalyasut, and “Nychaa” Nuttanicha Dungwattanawanich. (May 26 on Netflix)

Cruella: Beneath the many layers of affected glamor and costume jewelry, there are two truths about Cruella DeVil (Emma Stone): she was always evil to her core, and destined to be done in by a pack of literal dogs. But before the fashionable supervillain would get what’s coming to her, she got in a few good years of wreaking absolute criminal havoc throughout London as revenge for being mistreated as a lowly employee at a respected fashion house. If we’re all being honest, that’s also something she seems to have deserved from the looks of Cruella’s trailers, which might end up making the character’s larger existential story one about balance. (May 28 in theaters and Disney+)

A Quiet Place Part II: Here’s how you’ll know if the 2021 summer movie season is actually a thing: if you’re sitting in a theater to watch this horror sequel, which was supposed to be released last March and had more delays than any other film out there. So if you’re watching Emily Blunt and her family surviving in a world where monsters kill you if you make a sound, summer movies are officially back. (May 28)

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JUNE

Spare Parts: When a grungy rock band gets run off the road, the grrls wake up to discover their arms have been amputated and replaced with weapons. Oh, and now they’re all gladiators for the amusement of an ersatz emperor and his bloodthirsty subjects. This Canadian B-movie somewhat upends the “attractive women forced to fight” trope by having its unwilling participants become not only willing but happy and fulfilled in their new roles as warriors, but this isn’t going to be for everyone. (June 1 on VOD and home video)

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Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal the Movie 1 & 2: Holy crap, new Sailor Moon movies??? (June 3 on Netflix)

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It: Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) are back for more adventures in supernatural terror inspired by their famous case files. Instead of another haunted-house tale, the third installment in the massively popular Conjuring series will be a courtroom drama—no doubt enhanced by scary-as-hell scenes outside the courtroom, too—based on a real case in which an accused murderer tried to use demonic possession as his defense. (June 4 in theaters and HBO Max)

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Samaritan: We know almost nothing about this movie starring Sylvester Stallone other than he says it’s supposed to be “a different kind of superhero movie” and this incredibly brief, vague synopsis: “A young boy learns that a superhero who was thought to have gone missing after an epic battle 20 years ago may in fact still be around.” This is a bit concerning, given that the movie is supposed to come out in a mere month, but maybe we’ll get a trailer soon? (June 4)

Flashback: When Frederick Fitzell (The Maze Runner’s Dylan O’Brien) starts having visions of a girl that vanished back in his high school, he gathers his old friends to figure out what happened—by taking a mysterious drug called Mercury that either gives him flashbacks and/or possibly sends his consciousness back to the past… and maybe even more. Flashback doesn’t have a star-studded cast, but take a moment to watch the trailer, because this movie looks fascinating. (June 4)

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Awake: We don’t have any footage of this one yet but it’s a sci-fi thriller directed by Mark Raso and written by him and Joseph Raso. It stars Gina Rodriguez, Lucius Hoyos, and Love and Monsters Ariana Greenblatt along with Jennifer Jason Leigh, Finn Jones, Shamier Anderson, and Frances Fisher. (June 9 on Netflix)

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Wish Dragon: If you didn’t get enough magical dragons from Raya this year, how about some more? The summary is as follows: “In Sony Pictures Animation’s Wish Dragon, Din, a working-class college student with big dreams but small means, and Long, a cynical but all-powerful dragon capable of granting wishes, set off on a hilarious adventure through modern day Shanghai in pursuit of Din’s long-lost childhood friend, Lina. Their journey forces them to answer some of life’s biggest questions—because when you can wish for anything, you have to decide what really matters.” It stars the voices of John Cho, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Jimmy Wong, Constance Wu, Will Yun Lee, and more. (June 11 on Netflix)

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Untitled Horror Movie: No, it’s not a placeholder! Nick Simon’s horror-comedy follows a group of actors (Claire Holt, Luke Baines, Darren Barnet, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Katherine McNamara, and Timothy Granaderos) about to be out of jobs when their long-running TV show is canceled. What better way to pass the time by filming your own horror movie, and accidentally summoning a bloodthirsty demon to pick each of you off while doing so? (June 15)

Luca: If Luca’s (Jacob Tremblay) parents didn’t make such a fuss about keeping him from wandering out of the ocean to the surface world where humans dwelled, it’s likely that he would have been content to spend his days living hidden in the sea with the rest of his amphibious people. But once Luca begins sneaking up to the surface to hang out with his new buddy Alberto (Jack Dylan Grazer), who makes a point of bucking their people’s norms, it takes almost no time before the fish boys are sneaking around among humans, all the while hoping that their secret’s never found out. (June 18 on Disney+)

Peter Rabbit 2: James Corden is back and bunnied up for the next animation/live-action hybrid take on Beatrix Potter’s beloved children’s book icon. Unappreciated for his antics at home, this time Peter goes on the run in search of adventure… only to find it might not be all it’s cracked up to be. (June 18)

F9: With this film poised to be the blockbuster of the summer, the return of the Fast and Furious franchise arrives with high expectations. Like, beyond sky-high. Like, we’re going to space because that’s what the franchise is now. F9 is the first part in a trilogy of Fast films that’ll bring the saga to a close, and that means it’s going to be epic as all hell. (June 25)

Werewolves Within: If the trailer is anything to go by, this based-on-a-VR-game tale of a small town with a sudden werewolf problem looks like a blast. As an added bonus, the cast includes What We Do in the Shadows’ Harvey “Guillermo” Guillén, who we would follow into any genre but are delighted to see him keeping it in the horror family here. (June 25)

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America: The Motion Picture: We just found out about this wild one where the makers of Archer retell the founding of the United States. It stars a curiously buff George Washington (voiced by Channing Tatum), along with Sam Adams (Jason Mantzoukas), Blacksmith (Killer Mike), Geronimo (Raoul Max Trujillo), and Thomas Edison (Olivia Munn). (June 30 on Netflix)

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JULY

The Forever Purge: The fifth and purportedly last installment in the indefatigable Purge series picks up after the election in part four, which saw the annual ritual of murderous mayhem abolished. Naturally, that doesn’t sit well with the Purge faithful, as an unfortunate couple discovers when they seek refuge in the wrong Texas border town. (July 2)

The Tomorrow War: Chris Pratt plays a soldier recruited across time to form an elite squadron of temporally displaced commandos tasked with fighting for a future Earth ravaged by alien invaders. (July 2 on Amazon)

Black Widow: We got emotional every time we heard that Marvel Studios music on Disney+ for WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, so to hear it in a theater, watching a new Marvel Studios movie… well, we’re not entirely sure how we’ll react. Plus, we finally get to learn more about Natasha’s past and family and see how that may impact the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. (July 9 in theaters and Disney+)

Space Jam: A New Legacy: Michael Jordan may be the only original Space Jam star who doesn’t appear in this sequel. As the trailer showed, an alarmingly robust lineup of Warner Bros. characters will watch as LeBron James and the Looney Tunes attempt to escape a virtual world. (July 16 in theaters and HBO Max)

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Cinderella: Although this is a musical, Disney has nothing to do with this modern retelling of the Cinderella story. Pop star Camila Cabello stars as the titular serving girl, with Billy Porter as her fairy godparent, and Frozen’s Idina Menzel as her evil stepmother. Other than the time frame, it seems like this adaptation will otherwise be faithful to the original fairy tale, as comedians John Mulaney and James Corden will play the two mice who become footmen, so you can probably expect pumpkin carriages and glass slippers as well. (July 16)

Night House: David Bruckner (The Signal) directs Rebecca Hall (Godzilla vs. Kong) in this eerie tale of a recently widowed woman who starts to believe she’s being haunted by her husband’s ghost, with a troubling mystery about his death lurking around the edges of her grief. (July 16)

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Great White: Here’s a new spin on the killer shark movie as Katrina Bowden (30 Rock) and four other strangers crash land and must fight to survive in the water against… well, you guessed it. (July 16)

Old: If growing old wasn’t scary enough, just wait until the concept finds its way into the capable hands of director M. Night Shyamalan. He’s weaponized aging with his new film about random people on a beach that ages its occupants at an alarmingly fast rate. A simple idea. A scary idea. And we are terrified to see what happens next. (July 23)

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Hotel Transylvania: Transformania: Genndy Tartakovsky is out of the director’s seat for the fourth Hotel Transylvania, which sees Dracula (Brian Hull, replacing Adam Sandler) and his dysfunctional vampire-human family return for one seemingly final time. (July 23)

Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins: Hasbro reboots the G.I. Joe franchise by focusing on the origin story of the franchise’s most popular character, Snake Eyes (as did 2013’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation, but no matter). Crazy Rich Asians breakout Henry Golding plays the ninja, with Andrew Koji as his archrival Storm Shadow and Samara Weaving and Úrsula Corberó as the fan-favorites G.I. Joe agent Scarlett and Cobra officer the Baroness, respectively. It’s extremely weird that a major summer blockbuster like this hasn’t released a trailer yet—especially since the movie was originally scheduled for March 27, 2020—but hopefully, there’s nothing to worry about. (July 23)

Jungle Cruise: After Disney made billions on the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, you’d assume the studio would rush right back and make movies about all of its theme-park rides. Alas, that didn’t happen. In fact, it won’t be until this movie that one single ride gets its own full-fledged, big-budget Disney action movie. So you have to think it’ll be worth the wait. (July 30)

The Green Knight: King Arthur’s (Sean Harris) nephew, Sir Gawain (Dev Patel) is all-too-accustomed to being in the presence of living legends whose existences are entangled in the deeper magics of the world that many people don’t necessarily believe in. This, among other things, is what pushes Gawain to set out in search of the legendary Green Knight (Ralph Ineson), a being said to be more than human, and neither friend nor foe. (July 30)

Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans: Guillermo del Toro is back for more as “the heroes from Trollhunters, 3 Below, and Wizards must team up to face a mysterious enemy who threatens to take over their worlds.” Sounds like its own MCU! (July 21 on Netflix)

Nine Days: When violin prodigy Amanda dies in a car crash, Will (Black Panther’s Winston Duke) has a tough job: interviewing and selecting which one of five candidates gets to be reborn in her place. If the candidates (including characters played by Zazie Beetz, Bill Skarsgård, and Tony Hale) can’t make their case over the course of nine days, they’re erased from existence. This surreal, somber existential drama has been widely acclaimed, as has Duke’s performance. (July 30)

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Blood Red Sky: Listed as supernatural horror on Netflix’s website, the official description for this one is: “Flying with her young son, a mysteriously ill woman is forced to unleash a dark secret when terrorists attempt to hijack their transatlantic flight.” So… werewolves… or vampires… or zombies on a plane? We shall see. (TBD July on Netflix)

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AUGUST

The Suicide Squad: From the trailers, it’s pretty evident James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad is gonna be a blast. What we’re wondering though is—if it has characters from the other Suicide Squad movie, but also new characters, and also a talking shark, what the heck world is this movie set in? Maybe the bigger question is, does it even matter? We aren’t sure but our excitement to find out will continue to increase through August. (August 6 in theaters and HBO Max)

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The Last Matinee: Think of the opening of Scream 2, but made into a whole movie. That’s The Last Matinee, about a killer who begins to pick off audience members who’re watching a new horror film. Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the theater! (August 8)

Free Guy: What would happen if one of the NPCs in your favorite video game became self-aware? That’s kind of the setup for Free Guy, which has Ryan Reynolds blasting his way through a video game world. It looks absolutely ridiculous and that’s exactly what we want it to be. (August 13)

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Don’t Breathe 2: In this sequel to 2016 horror hit, the Blind Man (Stephen Lang) is back to make a fresh group of home invaders fervently wish they’d picked another address. This time, he’s trying to make a fresh start with his adopted daughter, until she’s kidnapped and he has to dig deep with his own particular brand of revenge. (August 13)

Demonic: “A young woman unleashes terrifying demons when supernatural forces at the root of a decades-old rift between mother and daughter are ruthlessly revealed in this horror-thriller from director Neill Blomkamp,” according to the official synopsis. Reportedly, the film will also include sci-fi elements, which isn’t surprising given the director’s pedigree, which includes District 9 and Elysium. Perhaps the most notable aspect of the film is that Blomkamp managed to shoot it entirely during the pandemic, so it’ll be interesting to see how this turns out. (August 20 in theaters and on VOD)

Candyman: As the summer comes to a close and the fall creeps in, what better movie to bridge the gap than Nia DaCosta’s Candyman? Another of the 2020 holdovers, this horror remake/sequel explores the hook-handed killer from the past in a new, modern context. We’re very ready to be scared by him once again. (August 27)

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Reminiscence: Set in a near-future ravaged by rising sea levels, Nicholas (Hugh Jackman), a man who uses technology to investigate and re-live peoples’ memories, finds himself falling for a client, Mae (Rebecca Ferguson). But when another client’s experiences implicate Mae in a series of violent crimes, Nicholas finds himself thrust into a dark and personal new investigation. (August 27)


TBD Summer

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Fear Street Saga: R.L. Stines’ other horror novel franchise is finally getting its due with not one, not two, but three films, all directed and co-written by Leigh Janiak. Fear Street: 1994, Fear Street: 1978, and Fear Street: 1666 are all coming to haunt us, trilogy-style. (TBD on Netflix)

Vivo: When a sudden tragedy tears Vivo, a musical kinkajou (Lin-Manuel Miranda) from owner and friend Andrés (Juan de Marcos González), the lively mammal is heartbroken. But Vivo’s outlook shifts after he comes into contact with Andrés’ old partner, superstar Marta Sandoval (Gloria Estefan), to who Andrés never got to profess his love. Though Vivo can’t actually speak, he knows that he has what it takes to convey Andrés’ message to Marta, but he’s going to have to actually get to her first if he wants to accomplish his goal. (Summer TBD on Netflix)

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Kevin Feige Teases The Falcon and The Winter Soldier’s Mysterious New Marvel Comics Location

Sam and Bucky are going travelling.

Sam and Bucky are going travelling.
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Morning SpoilersIf there’s news about upcoming movies and television you’re not supposed to know, you’ll find it in here.

Fede Alvarez teases his Texas Chainsaw Massacre follow-up. Work has begun on Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers and The Midnight Club. Henry Golding teases reshoots on Snake Eyes. Plus, what’s to come on Supergirl and The Flash. To me, my spoilers!

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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

In a recent interview with Bloody-Disgusting, director Fede Alvarez described the next Texas Chainsaw Massacre film as “Old Man Leatherface, suggesting it will follow the recent trend of sequel-ignoring follow-ups in the vain of 2018’s Halloween. 

It is a direct sequel, and it is the same character. It is old man Leatherface.


Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers

Production has officially begun on the live-action Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers movie.


Peter Pan & Wendy

Coming Soon reports production has additionally begun on Disney’s live-action Peter Pan.

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A House on the Bayou

/Film reports Blumhouse is producing eight new horror films exclusively for Pennyworth’s EPIX. The first in the series, A House on the Bayou, comes from writer-director Alex McAulay and is said to follow “a troubled couple and their preteen daughter who go on vacation to an isolated house in the Louisiana bayou to reconnect as a family. But when unexpected visitors arrive, their facade of family unity starts to unravel, as terrifying secrets come to light.”

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Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins

Reshoots on Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins are currently underway according to actor Henry Golding on Youtube.


Troll

NFI has our first look at Tomb Raider director Roar Uthaug’s latest film about a giant troll attacking Norway.

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The Falcon and the Winter Solider

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Kevin Feige hints that the show will utilize a location that was not “previously available” to Marvel Studios prior to the Disney-Fox merger:

There’s a setting in particular that people have already glimpsed in some of the trailers that is a setting from the Marvel Comics that was not previously available to us, but it’s more of an Easter egg in and of itself.

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Previous set pictures included elements of the Madripoor flag as set dressing, suggesting that Feige is teasing the infamous Southeast Asian island nation home to many of the Marvel Comics universe’s most notorious gangs and lucrative business dealings—and has many ties to the X-Men.

Meanwhile, in conversation with Comic Book Movie, series writer Malcolm Spellman appears to confirm Danny Ramirez plays Falcon’s successor, Joaquin Torres.


Supergirl

TV Line has photos from the March 30 season premiere of Supergirl. Click through for more.

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The Midnight Club

Production has officially begun on Mike Flanagan’s adaptation of Christopher Pike’s The Midnight Club.

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Sasquatch

Hulu has released a new trailer for the Duplass Bros.’s upcoming documentary series investigating a triple homicide allegedly committed by a Sasquatch.


Black Lightning

Painkiller enjoys his own backdoor pilot in the promo for next week’s episode of Black Lightning.

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The Flash

Abra Kadabra returns in the trailer for next week’s episode of The Flash, “Central City Strong.


Superman & Lois

Captain Luthor hunts Lois Lane in the trailer for next week’s episode of Superman & Lois.


Snowpiercer

Finally, the second season of Snowpiercer draws to a close in the trailer for March 29’s two-hour finale.


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