New Playmobil Trailer Introduces Daniel Radcliffe as Super Spy Rex Dasher

The first full-length trailer for Playmobil: The Movie is here. Thanks to The LEGO Movie, largely, Hollywood has been doing its best to snap up legacy toy brands and turn them into successful movie franchises. That has worked out well in certain cases, from a financial standpoint, for movies like Trolls, which is getting a sequel. But this is a project that comes with a certain degree of uncertainty and this first trailer only adds to that uncertainty.They say imitation is the most sincere form of flattery and, if that's the case, the team behind The LEGO Movie should be very flattered. Beat for beat, this trailer looks incredibly similar to what we got from Warner Bros. on that one. There are some differences, but the similarities are uncanny. Part live-action, but mostly animated in the likeness of a popular toy brand that involves mini toy figurines, with a sprawling adventure in a strange land made of these toys, all set to modern pop music. Yes, this is insanely similar. Will it be as good though? That truly remains to be seen.Playmobil: The Movie centers on an epic comedy adventure through a sprawling imaginative universe in the first movie inspired by the beloved, award-winning Playmobil toys. When her younger brother Charlie (Gabriel Bateman) unexpectedly disappears into the animated, yet very real, universe of Playmobil, an unprepared Marla (Anya Taylor-Joy) must go on a quest to bring him back to their reality. This sends her on a journey across amazing new worlds. Marla teams up with some unlikely and heroic new friends such a smooth-talking food truck driver named Del (Jim Gaffigan), a charming and charismatic secret agent named Rex Dasher (Daniel Radcliffe), fairy-godmother (Meghan Trainor) and more, including a robot with a big heart.Related: Playmobil Movie Gets a New Title as Production BeingsThe cast includes Anya Taylor-Joy (Glass, Split), Jim Gaffigan (Chappaquiddick, The Jim Gaffigan Show), Gabriel Bateman (Lights Out, Child's Play}), Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter, Swiss Army Man) and. Kenan Thompson (Saturday Night Live, Kenan and Kel) Pop stars Adam Lambert and Meghan Trainor also lent their voices to the movie. Longtime animator Lino DiSalvo, who has worked on hits such as Frozen and Tangled for Disney in the past, makes his feature directorial debut. The screenplay is credited to Blaise Hemingway, Greg Erb and Jason Oremland.Playmobil has a long-standing legacy in the toy world, as they date back to 1974 and hail from German creator Hans Beck. While they may not quite have the brand recognition that LEGO has, a certain number of people have a lot of nostalgic feelings about these little figurines, which could help drive some people to theaters beyond those parents who need something of the family-friendly variety to take their kids to. Playmobil: The Movie is set to hit theaters on August 9. Be sure to check out the first trailer from the StudiocanalUK YouTube channel below.[embedded content]I’m really digging our new movie poster. #EveryoneHasARoleToPlay#PlaymobilTheMovie#Animationpic.twitter.com/L6GfY1Fmns— Lino DiSalvo (@LinoD) April 16, 2019 Topics: PlaymobilWriter of various things on the internet (mostly about movies) since 2013. Major lover of popcorn flicks. Avid appreciator of James Bond, Marvel and Star Wars. Has a tremendously fat cat named Buster and still buys CDs. I’ve got my reasons.

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Knights of the Old Republic Project Is in Development Confirms Star Wars Boss

Fans have been demanding a Knights of the Old Republic movie ever since the first role-playing video game was launched in 2003. Many believe that Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are building a new trilogy around this bygone era in the Star Wars universe. Disney and Lucasfilm didn't confirm that at Star Wars Celebration this past weekend. But big boss Kathleen Kennedy was on hand, and did confirm that a Knights of the Old Republic project is definitely in the works."You know, we talk about that all the time. Yes, we are developing something to look at. Right now I have no idea where things might fall, but we have to be careful that there is a cadence to Star Wars that doesn't start to feel like too much. We don't have a crystal ball, you know. We tried a little bit with Solo [A Star Wars Story] to see if we could do two movies a year and whether or not there was really an opportunity for that and we felt that's not going to work so we backed off that a little bit. But it doesn't mean we don't think about lots of different stories because that's the exciting thing about this universe."The question now becomes, is this a TV show or a Movie trilogy? At the beginning of the interview, Kathleen Kennedy points out that a lot of the characters we've come to know and love throughout the course of this 9 movie saga will be heading to Disney+ streaming. She has also said that her team is currently planning out the next decade of movies, with Rian Johnson collaborating alongside the Game of Thrones guys. So we're not sure what direction this will all take at the end of the day.Knights of the Old Republic could be the next trilogy hitting theater screens after The Rise of Skywalker, which closes out the main series featuring Luke and Leia at the forefront. Disney and Lucasfilm were planning a series of standalone movies, which was kicked off by Rogue One and followed by Solo. The first did well, though Han and Chewie's spin-off faltered and cost the company some big bucks at the box office.Now, Lucasfilm seems laser focused on the Benioff and Weiss trilogy, which will still presumably be separate from the new Rian Johnson trilogy, though they are all three working in tandem. So far, no new movies have been confirmed after The Rise of Skywalker debuts in theaters this Christmas. The first season of The Mandalorian will premiere the month before, when Disney+ launches on November 12.Related: J.J. Abrams Met with George Lucas Before Making The Rise of SkywalkerThe Knights of the Old Republic video game is not yet considered canon within the Disney relaunch of the Star Wars brand. The story takes place in the same galaxy, only thousands of years before Luke Skywalker set out to become a Jedi knight. There is a rumor that the Benioff and Weiss movie will shrink the time frame down to just a couple hundred years. Kathleen Kennedy didn't want to comment on any of those specifics, though, leaving this Knights of the Old Republic project a mystery. It is expected that fans of this Star Wars era will only see a loose interpretation of events as they have already played out, with the project serving as a reboot for the intended title. You can check out the interview from MTV in the tweet below.#Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy talked to us about the future of #StarWars – including a Knights of the Old Republic movie and female filmmakers taking the helm, as well as Palpatine’s surprise return in the trailer for @StarWars#EpisodeIXpic.twitter.com/HCjEhdlRv7— MTV NEWS (@MTVNEWS) April 16, 2019 Topics: Star Wars, Star Wars 10Contributing writer for Movieweb since 2001. Owns a dog who loves watching Milo and Otis on repeat.

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