Every week, we take an in-depth look at the latest Hollywood rumors, from casting chatter to potential directorial choices to the latest TV revivals. This week brought us plenty more speculation, including a rumored runtime for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the latest on Star Trek: Discovery, and the possible return of favorite NBC sitcom, Will & Grace. Below, check out the five biggest rumors coming out of Hollywood this week.
1. Star Trek: Discovery may feature these characters
This week, it was announced that Bryan Fuller will no longer act as showrunner for Star Trek: Discovery, although he’ll still serve as executive producer. Though his departure from the role was a big shakeup for the upcoming series, it’s not the only major news about Star Trek: Discovery to hit the web this week. A The Hollywood Reporter article reporting the change in the show’s leadership also revealed new information regarding the rumored characters of the show. As the article stated:
Sources tell THR that the rest of the cast also will feature an openly gay actor as one of the male leads (which Fuller confirmed), a female admiral, a male Klingon captain, a male admiral, a male adviser and a British male doctor.
As the blurb points out, Fuller had previously confirmed that the lead would be a female lieutenant commander and that there would be a gay man in the cast. But the others, like the inclusion of a Klingon captain and two admirals, are certainly worth noting.
Viewers can expect additional details to emerge within the next few weeks. Star Trek: Discovery debuts on CBS in May 2017.
2. Will & Grace could return to the small-screen
Will & Grace could be the latest show to become a part of TV’s revival trend. According to The Hollywood Reporter, NBC is in talks to reboot the Emmy-winning comedy starring Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally, and Sean Hayes. Though it’s still very early on in talks, the network reportedly hopes to bring the stars back for a 10-episode limited series revival.
However, it’s far from a done deal. No contracts have been signed for any of the four stars or creators, David Kohan and Max Mutchnick. Universal Television, which produced the original series, would have to secure the stars as well as the creators. Plus, there’s a chance that NBC could get outbid for the pricey series by a streaming giant like Netflix.
NBC and Universal TV have both declined to comment, so stay tuned for more details.
3. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story gets a rumored runtime
Despite Disney’s best efforts to keep specifics about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story under wraps, the studio hasn’t been able to prevent internet sleuths from unveiling new details. The latest news to surface? The movie’s rumored runtime, which comes courtesy of Making Star Wars. The site recently pointed out that Australian exhibitor, Event Cinemas has listed the full Rogue One runtime as 133 minutes, or two hours and 13 minutes. That makes it just about five minutes shorter than Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
This has yet to be officially confirmed, but audiences will find out soon enough. Rogue One will hit theaters on December 16, 2016.
4. Deadpool 2 and Avengers: Infinity War might use these working titles
When filming on a big-name blockbuster begins, it can be hard to keep onlookers from snapping photos of the set. In order to operate under the radar and attract less attention, projects like these often operate under “working titles” — codenames meant to conceal the true nature of the film. Case in point? ComicBook.com and Production Weekly have just revealed the rumored working titles for two highly anticipated upcoming flicks, Deadpool 2 and Avengers: Infinity War.
Per ComicBook.com, the upcoming sequel to Deadpool will adopt the alias “Love Machine” when it kicks off production early next year. Meanwhile, Production Weekly revealed the working title for Avengers: Infinity War will be “Mary Lou” when principal photography begins next month. So much for staying incognito.
Deadpool 2 is expected to hit theaters sometime in 2016. Infinity War will premiere on May 4, 2018.
5. Star Wars: Episode VIII may feature a new stormtrooper
The stormtrooper design has seen some subtle changes from film to film and it looks like Episode VIII will be no exception. A new rumor claims that the upcoming movie will feature a different stormtrooper design: the Executioner. Per Making Star Wars, a stormtrooper is being referred to by that name on set. According to their source, he looks similar to regular stormtroopers, but with a matte black section covering one half of his helmet. He also carries a new weapon with spinning blades at the end. And that’s not all. The site also suggests that Finn will battle this new stormtrooper.
It remains to be seen if these rumors are true, but if you want more details (and a sketch of what this new stormtrooper supposedly looks like), head on over to Making Star Wars. Star Wars: Episode VIII hits theaters December 15, 2017.
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