Movie news roundup: What you need to know from the week

Taryn Davies
Published: March 28, 2015

Like always it’s been a busy week in the movie world, so if you’ve been busy with life we’ve rounded up the must-know news from Hollywood this week, with stories about the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise, Star Trek 3 and Marvel.

First up, an honour is to be awarded to Ralph Fiennes this weekend. At the 20th Jameson Empire Awards, the actor will be awarded the Empire Legend award, following in the footsteps of Helen Mirren, Tim Burton and Tom Cruise in collecting the accolade.

Fiennes is twice Oscar nominated for his role in Schindler’s List and The English Patient and he’s played some much-loved characters over the years, and villains too – of course we’re talking about Voldemort in Harry Potter.

Congratulations Ralph.

Fifty Shades of Grey

Sam Taylor-Johnson also announced this week that she would not be returning as director for the sequels to Fifty Shades of Grey, despite the fact that there was an impressive worldwide box office of $528m.

Sam Taylor Johnson will not be returning to the director's chair

Sam Taylor Johnson will not be returning to the director's chair
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It’s rumoured that a difficult relationship with original Fifty Shades author EL James but pressure on everyone whilst making the film.

Existing contracts mean that Johnson and Dornan will be back in their roles, and while there is no start or release date yet, Fifty Shades of Darker is currently expected in 2017.

50 Shades of Grey

Both Dornan and Johnson will reprise their roles in the sequels

Idris Elba

Idris Elba is in early talks to appear in Star Trek 3, according to Variety. It’s not a done deal yet, but if he does sign a contract, he’ll be in place to play the villain in the latest cinematic outing of J.J. Abrams’ rebooted Star Trek.

It was also announced this week that Elba would replace Jamie Foxx in revenge thriller, The Trap. Set in the Miami music scene, Benicio Del Toro plays Rico a man who has been in prison for 14 years, simmering with resentment against the rapper and former friend Slim (Elba) who let him take the fall. Upon his release, he recruits a surfer (Robert Pattinson) to help him get revenge.

Idris Elba

Idris Elba
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Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals

Tom Ford’s latest venture into the movie world will be a thriller called Nocturnal Animals and he’s tapping up Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams for parts in the film.

Ford’s second film, the first was A Single Man in 2009, is another interpretation of a novel, this time an Austin Wright tale called Tony And Susan.


Bradley Cooper

It seems that Bradley Cooper is eager to make his transition to behind the camera too, as he’s advanced negotiations to direct Wanre Bros’ long-gestating remake of A Star is Born. He’s already attached t make Honeymoon With Harry, but the new A Star is Born seems like a much bigger and high profile job.

Bradley Cooper

Bradley Cooper is set to be making the move behind the camera

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence looks set to be distancing herself from the X-Men franchise, she hinted on the red carpet to MTV that she at least considers Apocalypse to be her last X-Men movie.

Her contract will be up after the release of the film in 2016, so it’s no wonder she’ll be looking for something different when you consider just how in-demand she is.

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence
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Daniel Bruhl is the latest addition to the Marvel family, but the actor admits it’s going to be a challenge. Bruhl is one of the new faces to the Captain American: Civil War cast list, however it remains to be seen who he is actually going to be playing in the film, with suggestions it may be villain Baron Zemo.

Filming for the movie is set to start in two weeks, with Chris Evans reprising his role as Steve Rodgers/Captain America in the third solo film. Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Anthony Mackie are some of the other names on board.

Daniel Bruhl

Daniel Bruhl
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Ansel Elgort has put distance between himself and the Spider-Man rumours, saying that a role like that would be a ‘big commitment’.

The search is on for Sony to find the replacement for Andrew Garfield and Elgort is just one of the names that have recently suggested for the role.

While the Fault in Your Stars and Divergent actor didn’t say that he wasn’t interested in the role, he did say that it would be a big thing to sign up to.


Ansel Elgort Insurgent US premiere Debby Wong

Ansel says a superhero movie would be a big commitment
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