Hello and happy late Mother’s Day to all our readers! In this Disney heavy Weekend News Recap, we discuss Captain America: Civil War, young Han Solo, a Space Jam sequel in development and a popular Disney attraction rumored to be replaced. Here are the biggest news stories from May 2 – May 8.
Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War Dominates the Box Office
Marvel’s latest blockbuster, Captain America: Civil War had no competition this week other than another Disney film when it was released and made just over $181 million domestically. It beat out another Disney film, The Jungle Book, which earned second place in it’s fourth week of release. According to comScore estimates Sunday, Civil War is the fifth-highest domestic opening ever, topping out Iron Man 3. Wonder what’s sitting above Civil War? Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron which hold the third and fourth spots. Though Civil War didn’t beat out DC’s Batman v. Superman, winning the critics over with its reviews, Civil War may just beat out Batman v. Superman overall at the box office.
Young Han Solo Cast for ‘Solo’ Han Solo Film
After years of rumors and months of auditions, Disney has found its young Han Solo. Beautiful Creatures‘ Alden Ehrenreich has signed on to play the young “half-witted, scruffy-looking Nerfherder” Han Solo in the planned Han Solo stand-alone film. The film will be directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller and is set to be released May 2018.
Disney’s Tower of Terror Rumored to be Replaced by a Marvel Themed Ride
A blog site called Micechat has come out with a rumor about a rumor, which has a lot of die-hard Disneyland fans upset. The blog states that the rumor of Disney California Adventure’s popular ride, Tower of Terror being replaced, is in fact true and that it will be replaced with a Guardians of the Galaxy ride. Apparently, the plan is for “the original Twilight Zone backstory to be removed entirely, and replaced with an all new show based around the Collector character from the Guardians movie franchise.” The blog site goes into a lot more details on the plans but nothing has been confirmed from Disney.
Space Jam Sequel in the Works
Finally a story not related to Disney. A sequel to 1996’s Space Jam, which starred Michael Jordan alongside popular Looney Tunes characters, is in early development with Lebron James in the lead. Justin Lin is co-writing the film with Andrew Dodge and Alfredo Botello. Lin (Fast & Furious 6) is also being eyed to direct the film. If all goes as planned, this will be James’ second film as an actor. James co-starred in Amy Schumer‘s Trainwreck and was actually quite funny.
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