Hanks for 007 Elba, ‘Spider-Verse’ Trailer and More John Wick

Actor Idris Elba arrives during an event at the Premier League Hall of Fame on May 3, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)

Hanks says Elba is 007

The search for the next James Bond never seems to end. Speculation has swirled for years about who will take on the next role of Agent 007, but actor Tom Hanks says he knows the perfect man for the gig.

“Get this, James Bond has a license to kill. I would give that license to Idris Elba just based on the work I’ve seen him do,” Hanks said in an interview with BBC News.

Calls for Elba to take over began even before Daniel Craig left the franchise No time to die, 25th installment. Hanks is just one of the latest. But earlier this year, Elba finally tackled the issue and seemed to shatter the dreams of many who see him as the classic British spy.

“You know, a lot of people are talking about another character that starts with ‘J’ and ends with ‘B,’ but I’m not going to be that guy. I will be John Luther. This is who I am,” Elba said at the World Government Summit in February.

Things could change though, and maybe he’ll change his mind if the makers of the Bond movies go along with the idea.

Movie trailers, resumed and canceled shows

The WGA writers’ strike is currently at a standstill in Tinseltown and could last for months if the previous work stoppage in 2007 is any indication. But there are still a few big announcements about things on the horizon from studios and networks that fans might appreciate.

New TV spot for Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, slated for a June 2nd release, just excited fans with a one-minute trailer that shows Miles Morales navigating his way through Brooklyn and encountering a multiverse of other Spider-Men. There’s even a callback to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madnesswhich Marvel fans will love.
Meanwhile, CBS is shaking up its prime-time TV slots with several cancellations and a major revival. First, there’s some sad news for fans of two of the network’s police procedurals, East New York and True Lies , after both were canceled after just one season. Apparently, the cancellations were initiated due to budget issues and a reluctance to increase the salaries of the actors on set. However, the comedy Bob Hearts Abishola was extended after the cast agreed to take a pay cut.

On the other hand, the network’s decision to cancel the hit show SWAT just days ago has been reversed.

“We listened to our viewers and their outpouring of passion for SWAT and have reached an agreement to renew it for a final season of 13 episodes to air in the 2023-2024 broadcast year,” Amy Reisenbach, president of CBS Entertainment, and Catherine Pope , president of Sony Pictures, said in a statement, according to Deadline.

John Wick 5?

John Wick 4 and the rest of the franchise was wildly successful, so why stop there? This is what director Chad Stahelski told The Direct about the Wick-verse expansion.

“When you have something successful, yes, of course you want to keep doing it. But it’s very easy to repeat yourself. The trick is how to repeat yourself with individuality,” he said.

Meanwhile, a John Wick-related streaming series have already been ordered at Peacock, and a spinoff film starring Ana de Armas is slated for release in 2024. Still, while fans want more and are willing to do more, Stahelski said the franchise seems ready .

“We feel like we put everything we had into it John Wick 4 and we feel that we have completed the cycle. We feel like we’re done. So we feel it was a great way to wrap up the previous three films and the fourth and deliver something satisfying and fun,” he explained.

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