Geek News on the Radio for November 21, 2016

EMILIA CLARKE JOINS THE HAN SOLO STAND-ALONE FILM is excited to announce that Clarke, known for her stirring portrayal of Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones, will join the upcoming untitled Han Solo Star Wars movie. Clarke’s role will round out a dynamic cast of characters that Han and Chewie will encounter on their adventures.

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‘Mortal Kombat’ Reboot Finds Director in Simon McQuoid

James Wan is producing the movie, along with Michael Clear for Atomic Monster, and Todd Garner and Jeremy Stein through their Broken Road banner. Lawrence Kasanoff is executive producing. Greg Russo penned the most recent draft.

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Possible Deadpool 3 Directors Revealed

When Tim Miller’s test footage was leaked online back in August 2014 and received an overwhelmingly positive responsive, 20th Century Fox felt compelled to take Deadpool out of development hell — where it languished for years — and finally gave it a green-light. Once the film was finished, it tested so well that the studio began developing a sequel before its February release. As they had hoped, Deadpool was a hit right out of the gate, shattering box office records left and right and guaranteeing a follow-up.

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Marc Forster to Direct ‘Winnie the Pooh’ Live-Action Movie on ‘Christopher Robin’ for Disney

Marc Forster will direct “Christopher Robin,” the live-action adaptation of Disney’s classic cartoon “Winnie the Pooh.” Alex Ross Perry is set to write the script.

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Alibaba Pictures Takes Film Rights to Warring Cats Book Series ‘Warriors’

Alibaba Pictures Group, the movies division of Chinese e-commerce giant, has acquired film rights to “Warriors,” a series of books about four clans of warring feral cats. The deal was sealed at the Frankfurt Book Fair with U.K.-based fiction packager Working Partners and its parent company Coolabi.

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Clue: Star Wars Edition Has You Figuring Out How to Safely Escape a 3D Death Star

There are now almost as many versions of the board game Clue available as there are different variations of Monopoly. But Hasbro’s new Clue: Star Wars Edition includes a couple of unique twists on the classic game, including a 3D version of the Death Star where the mystery plays out.

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WTF: Star Wars-Branded Photocopy Paper Exists For No Good Reason

It’s no secret that merchandise is the bread and butter of the profits that come from owning the rights to the Star Wars saga. Anything and everything has been branded with the Star Wars logo, aliens, vehicles and all sorts of things from a galaxy far, far away. And just when we thought we’d seen it all, one company delivers something that has no good reason for existing.

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