KinoCheck News: All top news of the week at a glance

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by Tom Hartig on May 27, 2023

The top news of the week! This time: Improv ban on "Deadpool 3", a prominent newcomer to "Venom 3" and a female spin-off to "Fast and Furious". Plus, a megastar joins the "Bullet Train" sequel, Johnny Cage has been cast in "Mortal Kombat 2" and an "Alien vs. Predator" anime series exists that no one may ever see.

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Deadpool 3: Improvisation forbidden!?

The news about "Deadpool 3" doesn't stop: more characters are returning in the sequel. Also, the start of filming is not under a good star because of the writers' strike in the US. Good news: Brianna Hildebrand is back as mutant Negasonic Teenage Warhead, along with Shioli Kutsuna as her friend Yukio. The contrasting pair of a badass fighter and her cute companion already provided laughs in the last film. In the MCU, the cast of the 3rd film under Disney will hardly bring any changes, besides Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, there are numerous characters from the predecessors.

Filming for Deadpool 3 has begun, but due to the writers' strike, they will have to stick closely to the script, which could affect the improvisational nature of the Deadpool films. We hope that the strike will end soon and the typical Deadpool magic will remain. Theatrical release date: Nov. 6, 2024.

Alien vs Predator anime series is finished

There's a lot going on in the "Alien" franchise: a new film is being shot in Budapest and there may be two series in the works. "Alien: Covenant" received a mixed reception at the time, so many are eager to see if the series can return to its former quality. Now it has been revealed that another series has been completed, but Disney is keeping it under wraps.

It is an anime series called "Alien vs Predator". Producer Joshua Izzo confirmed its completion, but Disney shows no interest in releasing it. Nothing is known about the exact content, except that the plot is set after the movie. The original plan was to release the ten episodes on DVD to bypass streaming and TV broadcasting. Questions are being raised about the quality and whether it meets Disney's standards.

It remains uncertain whether Disney will release the series. Some "Alien" fans may be interested, as the anime style would be a change of pace. We'll keep you posted on further developments.

Bullet Train 2: Sequel with Margot Robbie is in the works

Director David Leitch delivered fast-paced action and a top-notch cast last year with "Bullet Train." According to insider information from Giant Freaking Robot, there will be a sequel. Brad Pitt's character Ladybug will once again meet a variety of co-stars. However, due to the many deaths in the first film, not many cast members will be returning. Sandra Bullock, however, will be back.

There are also talks with a big Hollywood star for a new role: Margot Robbie. She could be a perfect fit for the over-the-top and comedic action adaptation.

Director David Leitch is also returning. The exact plot is still unclear. The sequel is based on the manga series "Waltz" by Kōtarō Isaka. It remains to be seen if it will stay true to the original. The release date of "Bullet Train 2" is not yet known.

Mortal Kombat 2: The actor for Johnny Cage has been signed up

Released in 2021, "Mortal Kombat" disappointed fans and critics. It received harsh criticism and was even called a "B-movie" by The Hollywood Reporter. Although Warner has been planning four sequels since April 2021, it remains to be seen whether they will actually be realized. Nevertheless, there is a new attempt to convince the audience with "Mortal Kombat 2".

The video game adaptation is now gaining momentum, and two announcements have been made about new actors. "You" star Tati Gabrielle will play ninja fighter Jade. She also appeared in "Uncharted" and "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina."

Another star, Karl Urban from "The Boys," has been signed on for "Mortal Kombat 2." It was already clear at the end of the first part that Johnny Cage would return. Although originally The Miz was traded for the role, Urban was ultimately chosen.

We are excited to see what director Simon McQuoid comes up with this time and look forward to more information on "Mortal Kombat 2". A theatrical release in mid-2024 is currently realistic.

Venom 3: Marvel star Chiwetel Ejiofor is on board

The popular anti-hero Venom from the Spider-Man universe received an impressive cinematic performance from lead actor Tom Hardy in 2021 with "Venom 2: Let There Be Carnage." Now, new information about the cast of "Venom 3" has surfaced.

A familiar name joins the cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, already known as Mordo in "Doctor Strange," takes a leading role alongside Hardy. The exact character he will play remains unknown so far, as do details about the story. Juno Temple, known from "Ted Lasso," will also be in the third installment.

Filming is scheduled to begin in London in the middle of this year, after the start of pre-production was previously announced.

Female power in new Fast and Furious spin-off?

Cinema is currently witnessing the grand finale of the "Fast and Furious" series. Vin Diesel has hinted that there might be two more movies after "Fast and Furious 10." In an interview with Variety, he also revealed his plans for a female spin-off and stressed the importance of strong female characters in the main series. Michelle Rodriguez expressed uncertainty about her participation in the spin-offs and said it was time to make way for the next generation.

Meanwhile, after the success of "Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw" with Jason Statham and Dwayne Johnson, fans are excited about Johnson's return in"Fast and Furious 11." There are no concrete release plans yet for parts 11, 12 or the spin-offs, but indications are that fans can expect many more years of brilliant car action.