ASICS, a Japanese footwear company, has announced that action star Tiger Shroff will be their new brand ambassador in India. The new association is to promote the brand’s expansion into SportStyle and athleisure.
Tiger Shroff took to Instagram to announce his association and wrote, “Proud to be associated with @asicsindia as the official brand ambassador, a brand that inspires and motivates people to ‘move’! The #IMOVEME ideology unifies the brand’s founding philosophy of ‘a sound mind in a sound body’- something I personally believe in too! Thank you for welcoming me to the already illustrious ASICS family.”
ASICS India wrote, “He pushes the limits in confidence and style. A go-getter who connects the I & Me together. We could not be excited more! Welcoming our new brand ambassador, @tigerjackieshroff, who embodies the spirit of ASICS, and displays strength and agility with ease and comfort.”
On the work front, Tiger Shroff will be next seen in War with Hrithik Roshan, Baaghi 3 and the official remake of Rambo.
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Rather than immediately jump back into the Star Wars universe after delivering The Last Jedi to the masses at the end of 2017, Rian Johnson chose to tackle a whodunnit murder mystery next, which we now know as Knives Out. However, Johnson has admitted that in a way, Knives Out qualifies as a Star Wars crossover because Frank Oz, the voice and puppeteer of Yoda, appears in the black comedy. In Johnson’s words:
Frank Oz was announced to be joining Knives Out back in March, but it was only when Go London’s Charlotte O’Sullivan reminded Rian Johnson of Oz’s presence in the movie more recently that he acknowledged that the mystery movie has some Star Wars crossover… sort of. Johnson and Oz worked previously together on Star Wars: The Last Jedi, as Yoda appeared before Luke Skywalker as a Force ghost as Luke was about to burn down the tree containing the sacred Jedi texts.
If we’re classifying crossovers as when an actor from a beloved property pops up in another project, then technically Daniel Craig should be another reason Knives Out functions as a Star Wars crossover since he cameoed in The Force Awakens as a stormtrooper. Granted, that wasn’t the Star Wars movie Rian Johnson wrote and directed, but it should still count!
That said, while Frank Oz is present in Knives Out, don’t expect to see him as a major player in the movie, as he only has a small part. Still, given their time together on this and The Last Jedi, maybe Rian Johnson will find another way to collaborate on another project in the future. As Johnson recently noted, it’s possible he could squeeze in another movie before he diverts his full attention to his Star Wars trilogy.
Who knows, maybe Frank Oz could somehow participate in the next Star Wars movies Rian Johnson is working on. Until now, his participation in the franchise has been limited to voicing and/or puppeteering Yoda, but like the trilogy that Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are involved with, Johnson’s Star Wars movies aren’t connected to the Skywalker Saga. So unless they’re set in the past and there’s a chance we could see a young Yoda, this could be an opportunity for Oz to portray another Star Wars character, be it a human or an alien.
As for Knives Out, it held its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month and was met with critical acclaim. Featuring an all-star ensemble cast that includes Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Chris Evans, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Lakeith Stansfield, Katherine Langford and Christopher Plummer, Knives Out follows the investigation into the death of a wealthy crime novelist on his 85th birthday, and all his family members are considered suspects.
The public will need to wait until November 27 to see Knives Out in theaters, but keep checking back with CinemaBlend for more coverage on the movie. Don’t forget to browse through our 2019 release schedule to learn what other movies will arrive before the year is finished.
Some of The Suicide Squad cast united with James Gunn over the weekend. The director posted a picture of himself with a partial list of the actors involved in the project. When asked by a fan over the weekend when production was going to start, Gunn replied by saying that he had already started, though it’s unclear which part of the process the project is in now. Harley Quinn actress Margot Robbie is currently taking care of reshoots for the Birds of Prey movie, so she was not with the cast in the new image shared by Gunn.
Firefly‘s Nathan Fillion is shown alongside Ant-Man‘s David Dastmalchian, Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Sean Gunn, Pitch Perfect‘s Flula Borg, Daniela Melchior, Mayling Ng, and Jennifer Holland. James Gunn said, “Hanging out with part of The Suicide Squad team this weekend. What a great group of people!” The director is clearly excited to finally get to work on the movie, though it won’t hit theaters until summer 2021. DC fans are also excited to see what Gunn is going to deliver with an expanded cast.
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David Ayer’s Suicide Squad was a critical flop, but it was a monster at the box office. Additionally, it launched Harley Quinn’s profile, thanks to Margot Robbie’s performance in the movie. A sequel was talked about right after the first installment hit theaters in 2016, though it took a little while to materialize. When James Gunn was fired from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 in 2018, DC and Warner Bros. approached him about The Suicide Squad. After he agreed to come on board, he was rehired by Disney to come back and take on the final Guardians installment.
The full cast of The Suicide Squad includes Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, Viola Davis and Joel Kinnaman from the original movie with a ton of newcomers. Michael Rooker, David Dastmalchian, Daniela Melchior, Steve Agee, Idris Elba, Storm Reid, John Cena Flula Borg, Nathan Fillion, Pete Davidson, Taika Waititi, and Peter Capaldi are also set to star in the upcoming movie. As for who everybody is playing, that is very much a mystery at this time, which has been amplified since James Gunn said most of the reporting on the subject has been inaccurate, even calling out major news outlets.
The Suicide Squad is gearing up to hit theaters on August 6th, 2021. James Gunn took nearly a year off of social media after Disney let him go, so fans are happy to see him back sharing updates after the lengthy break. Gunn does a good job of interacting with fans on social media from dealing with rumors to fan theories and the long-running Guardians of the Galaxy Easter Egg hunt. Most importantly, he is there to set the record straight, which everybody appreciates. You can check out James Gunn’s Instagram image of The Suicide Squad cast.
Marvel Comics has countless beloved characters on their pages, although some have been able to stand out as fan favorites. Chief among them are the X-Men, with the mutants framed as outsiders who are protecting the society that fears and hates them. Since the inception of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the fandom has been patiently waiting for the X-Men to appear. This was made all the more possible with Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox. And one former Disney artists has imagined what it might look like.
Disney and Fox’s merger had big implication for the film world in general. But for comic book fans, the biggest question was how/when Fox characters like the Fantastic Four and X-Men might finally join the MCU. It appears that Marvel is going to take its time before bringing the scrappy group of mutants back to theaters, but one artist’s rendering of how it might happen is enough to cause goosebumps for comic book enthusiasts. Check it out below.
I mean, come on. This image shows comic book accurate costumes for the X-Men, as well as the return of Wolverine. Now we’ll just have to wait and see how the studio actually goes about bringing mutants to the massive shared universe.
This image comes to us from artist Jason Pastrana (via Reddit), who made some concept art showing how the X-Men might look from within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Pastrana formerly worked as Disney’s senior concept artist, so he knows the House of Mouse well. But he seems especially passionate about comic book adaptations, often crafting brilliant illustrations of long awaited comic book moments and crossovers. The above image is certainly no exception.
Disney acquiring 20th Century Fox was an exciting bit of intel for comic book fans, and the timing seemed to fit perfectly with where the MCU currently is. Phase Three ended with Spider-Man: Far From Home, and Avengers: Endgame provided an ending for some of the shared universe’s biggest characters. Iron Man, Captain America, and Black Widow all received fitting conclusions to their stories, in addition to the previous death of Vision. And with Spider-Man departing the MCU thanks to Sony and Marvel’s negotiations, new characters will be needed to fill out the shared universe.
The X-Men seem like a great choice for this purpose, as the mutant team typically featured plenty of fascinating characters. Each individual member of the team has their own traumas and struggles, so if the characters are properly serviced they should make for great storytelling. It might be a challenge to find the right director to balance an ensemble cast, but the mutants would seemingly fit in perfectly to the MCU.
This image also featured the return of Wolverine, who is finally rocking his iconic yellow and blue costume. Comic book fans waited for years to see that costume translated into live-action, but Hugh Jackman never suited up during his tenure in the franchise. The costumes in Fox’s X-Men franchise were typically toned down, black, and made of leather. This was an attempt to give the team a more realistic look, despite fans hoping for the colorful costumes from the comics.
It’s ultimately unclear if/when the X-Men will finally join the MCU. Fox’s long running franchise only recently ended with Dark Phoenix, which is considered to be one of the weakest X-Men movies. There’s nothing mutant-centric on the current slate of Phase Four, and Kevin Feige has expressed his interest in giving the characters some time off screen before rebooting them.