Another name is being floated for the Akira remake. David Leitch talks about what might have been with one potential Cable for Deadpool 2. Annabelle 2 gets a name change. Plus, new pictures from Wonder Woman, good news for The Santa Clarita Diet, and a new look at The Flash’s return next month. Spoilers now!

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Perennial rumor hounds Making Star Wars have an intriguing new report about the strange “Force Tree” spotted in set pictures last year for filming scenes set on Ach-To, the planet Luke and Rey are on at the end of The Force Awakens. Apparently, the tree, of significant Force sensitivity (and perhaps linked to similar trees seen in Clone Wars and Star Wars: Shattered Empire as important, Force-powered plants), will be laid low at some point in the film, engulfed in flames thanks to the work of a mysterious agent.

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The site speculates that the attack on the tree may be done by Kylo Ren in an attempt to bait out Luke Skywalker—we know Kylo and his knights will appear on the island for a major action sequence, and we also know that Kylo is a fascinatingly petty little brat, so burning something down for shits and giggles to annoy someone else seems like a totally on-point thing for him to do.

Meanwhile, according to another Making Star Wars report, Justin Theroux will play an expert slicer—the Star Wars equivalent of a computer hacker—and will enjoy a “pivotal” moment in the film. The site also states Theroux’s character wears a white tuxedo-style jacket over a black suit—“Imagine Indiana Jones’ white tuxedo from Temple of Doom but weirder and with a Star Wars twist.”


Akira

Jordan Peele is now the latest name to be added to the potential roster, according to The Tracking Board.


Deadpool 2

Director David Leitch told Comicbook.com that Brad Pitt is no longer in the running to play Cable.

We had a great meeting with Brad, he was incredibly interested in the property. Things didn’t work out schedule-wise. He’s a fan, and we love him, and I think he would’ve made an amazing Cable.

In related news, Morena Baccarin isn’t certain her character will become Copycat just yet, at least in Deadpool 2. She tells Cinema Blend:

Obviously everyone wants to see Copycat. I have no idea if that’s something they have in the works or not.


Mission: Impossible 6/Ant-Man and the Wasp

Showbiz411 reports Jeremy Renner is “too busy” filming the next two Avengers movies to appear in M:I6. However, the site also reports Renner is rumored to appear in the Ant-Man sequel, too.


Avengers: Infinity War

Speaking of Hawkguy, Renner just Tweeted a photo of himself en route to the Avengers set.


Justice League

IMDB has just listed the film’s running time as an astronomical 170 minutes. Good lord, that’s a lot of justice—but considering it’s IMDB, it’s probably not entirely accurate, and you’re better off waiting for another source.


Wonder Woman

Two new photos have arrived of Wonder Woman palling around with Steve Trevor and company.


Annabelle: Creation

Director David F. Sandberg has revealed the title—and logo—of Annabelle 2 in a video posted on Twitter.


Wynonna Earp

Season two premieres Friday, June 9th on Syfy. [EW]


The Handmaid’s Tale

Hulu will release the first three episodes together on April 26th, like some kind of Margaret Atwood starter pack. [Spoiler TV]


The Last Man On Earth

Here’s a synopsis for April 23’s episode, “Name 20 Picnics...Now!”

The gang throws a huge celebration canvassing every major holiday, but Tandy and Todd’s bro-mance hits a rough patch that threatens to end the fun.

[Spoiler TV]


War for the Planet of the Apes

A teaser for the second trailer, arriving later today, has been released.


The Santa Clarita Diet

Good news — Netflix has renewed the series for a second season in 2018.



The Flash

Here’s a trailer for the show’s return episode, “The Once and Future Flash”, premiering April 25th.

In related news—as many outlets are speculating—we’d also like to note that DeVoe, the unfamiliar “great villain” of the Flash that Abra Kadabra taunted Barry with this week, is a reference to Clifford DeVoe, a.k.a. The Thinker—a Golden Age surpervillain of Jay Garrick’s.


iZombie

Liv eats the brains of a lifestyle coach in the synopsis for the amazingly titled third episode of the seaso, “Eat, Pray, Liv.”

To help Clive (Malcolm Goodwin) solve the murder of a lifestyle guru, Liv (Rose McIver) consumes his brain and takes on his zen approach to life. Ravi’s (Rahul Kohli) old boss, Katty Kupps (guest star Christina Cox), is getting closer to discovering the truth while also getting closer to Ravi. Meanwhile, Blaine (David Anders) and Peyton (Aly Michalka) continue their budding friendship, much to Ravi’s (Rahul Kohli) dismay. Lastly, Major (Robert Buckley) is struggling a bit at his new job.

More pictures from the episode are available at KSiteTV.


Agents of SHIELD

Finally, here’s a poster for the show’s return on April 4th, a “What If...” teasing Professor Coulson and something called “The Cambridge Incident”.


Additional reporting by Gordon Jackson. Banner art by Jim Cooke.