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Geek News on the Radio for March 21 2016

Star Wars: Miles Teller’s young Han Solo audition made him watch the original Star Wars trilogy

Everybody’s pretty excited to find out who will finally be cast as the young Han Solo in Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s spin-off movie. Disney has been very secretive about the casting process, yet last week we heard that the young Han Solo shortlist is getting shorter. A list that previously had Miles Teller on it was whittled down to Jack Reynor (Transformer: Age of Extinction), Taron Egerton (Kingman), and Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Caesar!). Unfortunately Miles Teller was nowhere to be seen on this most recent shortlist, however he spoke about auditioning for the role on Josh Horowitz’s Happy Sad Confused podcast. Teller spent a while talking about his experience working on Josh Trank’s widely criticized Fantastic Four film, however he also spoke a bit about young Han Solo.

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‘Blade Runner’ Sequel With Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford Gets Release Date

The Ridley Scott-produced sequel to “Blade Runner,” directed by Denis Villeneuve (“Sicario”) and starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, will hit theaters on January 12, 2018, Alcon Entertainment announced Thursday. Ford is set to reprise his role as Rick Deckard alongside “Drive” star Gosling. Scott, who directed the original 1982 sci-fi classic, will serve as Executive Producer. Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, heads of Thunderbird Films, will also serve as executive producers along with Bill Carraro (“Terminator Genisys,” “The Golden Compass”). Alcon co-founders Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson acquired the franchise rights in 2011.

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Steven Spielberg Taps Uber-Screenwriter David Koepp forIndiana Jones 5 Script

As the writer of such films as Jurassic Park, Mission Impossible, and Spider-Man, David Koepp has grown into the fifth-most successful screenwriter of all time, his films generating a cumulative $2.3 billion in box-office returns. And as noted in a new item from The Hollywood Reporter, that number is going to jump again soon: Steven Spielberg and Disney have tapped Koepp to draw up a script for the recently announced fifth installment of theIndiana Jones franchise, reuniting the writer and director for the fifth time after Jurassic Park and its sequel The Lost World, War of the Worlds, and the most recent installment of Indy’s adventures of derring-do, The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Naturally, the details of his script have been kept under greater secrecy than the Ark of the Covenant, metaphorically sealed in the reinforced crate of an NDA and stored in the Area 51 that is Hollywood. There’s no telling if Koepp will work from a treatment outlined by franchise co-creator George Lucas as he did during Crystal Skull, and it’ll be a while until anyone knows for sure, with the production targeting a release date of July 19, 2019. (Who knows if we’ll even still be watching movies in our moon-houses by then?)

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Russo Brothers Talk ‘Captain America: Civil War’, Their Plans for Spider-Man And Post-Credits Scenes

Known collectively as The Russo Brothers, Anthony and Joe Russo are the directors of what is set to be one of 2016’s biggest box office success stories, Captain America: Civil War. The first two Captain America movies made over $1.08 billion at the worldwide box office – the last one, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, accounts for $713 million of that figure alone. Currently working on the two Avengers: Infinity War films, which they will also direct, they have the future success of one of the biggest film franchises in movie history in their hands. I caught up with them to talk about Captain America: Civil War and how it was originally a very different movie, the financial and creative demands of working in the Marvel Universe, their plans for Spider-Man, the possible demise and rebirth of Iron Man and much more.

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Lucky 13: With Peter Capaldi ‘leaving’, could next Doctor Who be a woman?

There is speculation that the Scottish actor will depart in 2017 at the same time as current showrunner Steven Moffat, to allow incoming chief Chris Chibnall to choose his own Doctor. Bookies are predicting that his replacement – the 13th Doctor – could be the first female to command the Tardis, with Spooks and Sherlock actress Lara Pulver and former Coronation Street star Suranne Jones tipped. Game of Thrones star Richard Madden and – from left of field – comedian Richard Ayoade are currently favourites, says Betfair. The Mirror quoted an unnamed BBC source, who said: “Bosses are already discussing a fresh start when Steven leaves. “They’ve been happy with what Peter has brought to the role but some think it might make sense to give Chris his own choice of actor to play the Doctor.

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Simon Pegg in talks to join Spielberg’s Ready Player One

Arnold Schwarzenegger will be back for Terminator 6

In an announcement that will surprise anyone who saw the disaster that was Terminator Genisys, Arnold Schwarzenegger has announced he will be back as the titular character in the sixth instalment in the series.  Speaking to Australia’s Channel 9, the Governor of California said when asked about the possibility of him starring in another Terminator film: ”I am looking forward to it, absolutely”. While he did not go on to speak about any plot details, the news that any sequel is still happening comes as quite a surprise as Paramount previously removed both intended sequels from its release schedule. Originally, Genisys 2 was set for release in 2017, yet the slot has instead been filled by the Baywatch reboot. Meanwhile, the third film’s release slot – set for 2019 – remains empty.

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Kristen Bell Says ‘Frozen 2’ Begins Production Next Month

The animated musical Frozen was a massive runaway hit for Walt Disney Animation back in 2013, making a sequel to the movie a forgone conclusion. However, Disney dragged their feet a bit when it came to confirming plans for Frozen 2, and it wasn’t until just over a year ago that the project was officially announced. We still don’t have a release date for Frozen 2, but the good news is star Kristen Bell has revealed that production is slated to begin next month.

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