Nerd Round-Up: Wonder Woman 2, Jurassic World 3, X-Men: Dark Phoenix

Welcome to this week's Nerd Round-Up. Essentially what we do here is we take a look at all things circulating in the world of nerdom. We break down these down, anything ranging from superheroes to Star Wars, and every other geek-centric thing in between. We analyze the smaller bits of news that weren't big enough stories to necessarily warrant an entire article, but are still significant and important and worthy of discussing. Perhaps it's casting news, a contract detail, a set image, or something else that's more on the minor side, but is still definitely worth talking about. This is a time and place for all of us unabashed nerds to come together and talk about the things that we love so much in the movie-sphere. So, without further ado, let's get started with this week installment of Nerd Round-Up.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle and Narcos actor Pedro Pascal has been officially cast in Wonder Woman 2, joining Kristen Wiig who was recently brought on to play the villain Cheetah. To be completely honest, I have not seen Pascal in anything. I wanted to see The Golden Circle, but as soon as the reviews came out and said it was a piece of shit, I steered clear of it. So I do not have a personal sense of how good of an actor Pascal is. However, I have heard nothing but great things about him from other people. Going on that alone, this casting excites me. I'm more interested to see who he will be playing in the film. Look, I don't want a Wonder Woman 2. I loved the first one, but I think DC needs to reboot this cinematic universe, because it hasn't been working. While I loved what Patty Jenkins did with the first film, and I do want to see her continue Diana's story, I want DC to reboot more than I want to see Wonder Woman 2. But, with that said, they are assembling a great cast. This is stacking up to be one hell of a talented ensemble, and that excites me. Again, I would rather they reboot and subsequently not make this movie. However, they are doing it, and they are getting a lot of talented people in order to help bring it to life. 

It has been confirmed that Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow will be returning the direct the third installment in the franchise, which is slated for a June 11, 2021 release (you can read about that here). The second film, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which hits theaters this summer, is being directed by J.A. Bayona, with Trevorrow producing and co-writing the script. I really like that they are bringing him back for the third one, probably more so than most. While the general consensus on Jurassic World was mixed, I really liked it. I thought it was a fantastic return to the franchise, and I thought Trevorrow did an excellent job directing that movie. So the fact that he will be back to direct the (presumably) last entry in this new trilogy is an exciting prospect. It feels kind of like what is happening with Star Wars: J.J. Abrams did The Force Awakens, then Rian Johnson did The Last Jedi, and now Abrams will be back for Episode IX. Ironically enough, Trevorrow was supposed to do Episode IX, but was then replaced by Abrams. So while some may feel lukewarm about Trevorrow returning for Jurassic World 3, I myself am actually quite excited by the notion. 

This week, we learned that X-Men: Dark Phoenix was moving from its November 2, 2018 release date to February 14, 2019. You can read more about that here. But now we're finding out that the reason why it is being pushed back is to accommodate reshoots. Fox will be spending roughly $10 million dollars to reshoot some scenes and to add some new scenes to the film. The full cast could not get together for these reshoots until September or October, forcing Fox to move the movie back to February. This makes more sense. Originally, I was nervous by the move. I thought it showed that there were issues going on with the production, stemming from the fact that it is being directed by first time director Simon Kinberg. However, this reshoots explanation makes more sense. You have a lot of heavy-hitter A-list actors in the film, and it's challenging to coordinate everyone's schedules, thus making it understandable that they might not be able to get everyone back until late in the game. Now, there is a chance this is a bullshit PR statement from Fox in order to hide behind-the-scenes problems, but I'm choosing to believe this story. It gives me hope that X-Men: Dark Phoenix will actually be pretty good, and I want to be optimistic about it. 

So that's our Nerd Round-Up for this week. What do you think? What are your thoughts on these news stories? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

Written by: Nathanael Moln├ír
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