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The Week in Movie News: Here’s What You Need to Know

Need a quick recap on the past week in movie news? Here are the highlights:

BIG NEWS

Leonardo DiCaprio for The Joker?: With Martin Scorsese possibly producing the Joker origin movie, Warner Bros. is hoping to cast Leonardo DiCaprio as the comic book villain. He wouldn’t be the first Oscar winner to take on the role, that’s for sure. Read more about the project here and here.

GREAT NEWS

Writers Return for Spider-Man: Homecoming Sequel: Rejoining star Tom Holland and probably director Jon Watts, Spider-Man: Homecoming screenwriters Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers are now working with others on the next Spidey installment. You can read all we know about the sequel so far here.

AWESOME TIE-IN

The Hottest New Star Wars Toys: This week, Force Friday II brought tons of cool new Star Wars merchandise to stores, and we’re especially excited about some of the toys based on Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Read more here. And check out a new The Last Jedi photo here.

FESTIVAL BUZZ

Downsizing and The Shape of Water Reviews: Critics are piling on the praise for the latest from Alexander Payne and the new movie from Guillermo del Toro at the start of the fall film festival season. Read what they’re saying here and here.

COOL CULTURE

Blade Runner 2049 Prequel Short:Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve presented a new short film this week starring Jared Leto that bridges the original with the sequel. You can watch it here:

MUST-WATCH TRAILERS

Brawl in Cell Block 99 showcases a bald Vince Vaughn: The first trailer for the prison movie Brawl in Cell Block 99 has arrived, featuring Vince Vaughn beating up a car. A bald Vince Vaughn beating up a car. Watch it below.

American Assassin looks action packed: The latest trailer for the Dylan O’Brien-led American Assassin gives us some background information and then a load of action. Check it out here:

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