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Nerd News: Top Gun 2, Han Solo, And More

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Summer is here to stay! Let’s take a few moments to review some of the biggest nerd news from the past week. Read on for all of latest geeky headlines.

Top Gun 2 Confirmed

Maverick! According to Deadline, a sequel to the 1986 classic, Top Gun, is looming on the horizon. Yesterday, Paramount Pictures has confirmed Top Gun 2 is officially in the works. Director Joseph Kosinski will be at the helm, and Tom Cruise will return for his role as Maverick. Kosinski also directed Tron: Legacy and worked together with Tom Cruise on the 2013 sci-fi film, Oblivion. Jerry Bruckheimer will return as producer, and the film is set for a release date of July 12, 2019.

Michael Nyqvist Dies At 56

On Thursday, actor Michael Nyqvist passed away at the age of 56 years old. Originally from Sweden, he has played roles in films such as Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and the more recent television series, Madiba. Nyqvist is best known for his work as Mikael Blomkvist in the Swedish film adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Nyqvist reprised his role for the two follow-up films. Nyqvist also played an unforgettable role as Viggo Tarasov in Keanu Reeves' gun fu flick, John Wick. Nyqvist is survived by his wife, Catharina Ehrnrooth, and their children, Ellen and Arthur. In his personal memoir, Nyqvist wrote, “I think the whole mission of being here on Earth is to accept what you have, and my journey was to accept my own life and not pretend anything else. I think that’s what we all struggle with.”

Patty Jenkins Unconfirmed For Wonder Woman 2

Execs have already confirmed that a Wonder Woman sequel is definitely in the works, however, it was pretty much assumed that director Patty Jenkins would take the helm. In a recent tweet, Jenkins clarified that nothing is completely set in stone. Instead, Jenkins wrote, “Hey All. Thanks for the excitement but that wasn’t a confirmation. Just talking about ideas and hopes. But still excited and hopeful ;)”. Since its release, Wonder Woman has broken box office records, including becoming the highest grossing film from a female director.

Rick and Morty Season 3 Trailer

Season 3 of Rick and Morty is nearly upon us! The show's forerunners, Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon hosted a hilarious live-stream event recently, and they also released a fresh new trailer for the new season. Rick and Morty Season 3 will officially debut on July 30th.

Ron Howard To Direct Upcoming Star Wars Han Solo Spinoff

In an unusual twist of fate, directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were booted from the upcoming Star Wars Han Solo film. Filming and production have already been in full swing, but it looks like execs have decided to take drastic measures. According to Variety, Lord and Miller had creative differences with the team over at Lucasfilm. The pair has recently directed "The Lego Movie" and "21 Jump Street", and sources state that they had a more comedy-driven storyline in mind than Lucasfilm had envisioned. Director Ron Howard will officially take the helm, tweeting, "I'm beyond grateful to add my voice to the Star Wars Universe after being a fan since 5/25/77. I hope to honor the great work already done & help deliver on the promise of a Han Solo film."

Written by Jade Nicolette

Twitter: @nicolette_style


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