Tights & Masks: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Underway

Director James Gunn announces via Twitter that production is underway on 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.'

Director James Gunn announces via Twitter that production is underway on ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.’

After the blockbuster debut of Deadpool, Hollywood is fixated on all things superhero. Me too. That’s why I created “Tights & Masks,” a weekly dashboard that gathers, curates and shares news from the latest genre productions.

According to VarietyParamount and J.J. AbramsBad Robot Productions set Feb. 24, 2016 as the release date for God Particle, a sci-fi thriller about space station astronauts fighting for their survival. Julius Onah (Broken Check) is directing.

Fresh off the smash debut of his comic book actioner Deadpool, Ryan Reynolds is in talks to star opposite Rebecca Ferguson in the sci-fi drama Life.

Variety reports that Daniel Espinosa is directing the thriller about International Space Station crew members discovering signs of hyper intelligent life in a sample from Mars. The Life script comes from Deadpool writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese.

Martial Arts star Donnie Yen joins the cast of xXx: The Return of Xander Cage; playing an adversary to Vin Diesel’s secret agent anti-hero Xander Cage. Empire confirms D.J. Caruso directing with a cast that includes Nina Dobrev, Toni Collette, Conor McGregor, Ruby Rose and Tony Jaa and Samuel L. Jackson back as Agent Augustus Gibbons.

Director James Gunn confirms via Twitter the production of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 with new cast members including Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan and Kurt Russell joining returnees Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista and the voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel.

Look for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in cinemas May 5, 2017.

Principal photography on Star Wars: Episode VIII begins Monday at London’s Pinewood Studios with new cast members Laura Dern, Benicio Del Toro and Kelly Marie Tran joining the ranks. News about their characters are under wraps, although most fans suspect that Del Toro will play a villainous character.

Rian Johnson is the writer/director with Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie and Andy Serkis returning for sequel duty.

Look for Star Wars: Episode VIII in cinemas Dec. 15, 2017.

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