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The star ensemble of “Fast & Furious 10” is getting crazier: “Reacher” star as the perfect Dwayne Johnson replacement



That fits like a glove: The cast of the tenth “Fast & Furious” film has just been prominently expanded. Action star Alan Ritchson will be part of the blockbuster franchise after series such as “Blood Drive”, “Titans” and “Reacher”.

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With Dwayne Johnson, one of the biggest stars of the franchise will once again be missing in the internationally known as Fast X Fast & Furious 10 after part 9 – but apparently tries to replace the main actor and producer Vin Diesel with all means. With DC star Jason Momoa (“Aquaman”), who joins the series in the tenth film alongside Marvel heroine Brie Larson (“Captain Marvel”), a replacement muscle mountain is provided directly. But if the testosterone-gasoline franchise has taught us anything, it’s more is more. And so Alan Ritchson is the next action star to join the cast of Fast & Furious 10how deadline reported.

The 37-year-old giant from North Dakota recently made a name for himself with his performance of Jack Reacher in Amazon’s “Reacher” and is likely to appear in the film by Louis Letterier (“The Transporter”, “Now You See Me”), which Justin Lin replaced the director’s chair, now stand in front of the camera for his biggest feature film to date.

This is Alan Ritchson

Ritchson recently followed in the footsteps of Tom Cruise (“Jack Reacher”, “Jack Reacher – No Way Back”) and gave Amazon Prime Video a real surprise hit as a powerful, muscle-bound popular figure – precisely those qualities would make him “Fast X” the perfect Dwayne – Make Johnson replacement. But what many people don’t know is that he has been in front of the camera as an action hero for over 15 years – and even celebrated his Hollywood debut with a role that particularly connects him with “Fast X” colleague Jason Momoa.

» “Reacher” on Amazon Prime Video*

His first TV role was that of Arthur Curry aka Aquaman in the Superman series Smallville. In addition to guest appearances in hit formats such as “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”, “Black Mirror” or “New Girl”, he also slaughtered his way through the bloody apocalypse alongside leading actress Christina Ochoa in one season of “Blood Drive” before appearing as Hank Hall and Hawk played his biggest role to date in the DC series “Titans”.

His cinematic roles include Raphael in the two Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films and District 1 fighter Gloss in The Hunger Games – Catching Fire.

“Fast X”: One of the biggest blockbusters of 2023

Ritchson thus becomes part of a mega-star cast that, in addition to the regular ensemble around Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris and Nathalie Emmanuel, once again includes Sung Kang as Han and Charlize Theron as Cipher. In addition to Momoa, Brie Larson and Ritchson, the Portuguese Daniela Melchior is also new on board. She last played Ratcatcher 2 in James Gunn’s crazy DC spectacle “The Suicide Squad”.

Yes, that superstar casserole probably also contributes to the fact that the production costs of the action film literally explode. Even before the departure of director Justin Lin, who is said to cost Studio Universal between 600,000 and one million dollars a day (!), the budget was in astronomical spheres. The “Fast X” shoot is said to have cost over $300 million – and without any marketing at all.

20 blockbusters to look forward to in 2023 (FILMSTARTS original)

20 blockbusters to look forward to in 2023 (FILMSTARTS original)

If you want to end up in the black at the box office with what is planned to be the penultimate film in the Fast & Furious main series (various other spin-offs alongside Hobbs & Shaw have been under discussion for years), you will probably want the predecessor have to surpass by quite a bit. “Fast & Furious 9” grossed “only” 726 million dollars, after the two films before that each raked in well over a billion in the box office.

The official cinema release of “Fast X” and “Fast & Furious 10” is May 18, 2023.

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After Netflix hit: Stylish Mads Mikkelsen actioner à la “John Wick” continues – but it’s not a sequel or prequel!



Netflix had a real hit in 2019 with the stylish action film Polar. As has now been announced, a next part awaits us, for which Mads Mikkelsen will also return. The project still causes confusion…


If you will, Jonas Akerlund’s Polar is the over-the-top version of John Wick. Just as brutal and stylish as Keanu Reeves’ professional killer, Mads Mikkelsen takes action as “Black Kaiser” and turns hordes of opponents into pieces. The whole thing is staged in garish, overexposed images and, in addition to all the bloody violence, is also enriched with humor that is often quite vulgar to cynical, which can certainly (and perhaps should) alienate viewers.

The fact that “Polar” is getting a sequel is not so surprising at this point, because the crazy action thriller has been a real success on Netflix. As has been confirmed by various industry magazines, the next part awaits us with The Black Kaiser. However, the project causes confusion even before its release, because the film is said to be neither a sequel nor a prequel…

Here’s what we know so far about “The Black Kaiser”

Like Polar, The Black Kaiser will be based on Victor Santos’ graphic novel Polar. Jonas Akerlund will direct the film again, while Mads Mikkelsen returns to the lead role. As with Polar, Constantin Film and JB Pictures are responsible for the production. It remains to be seen whether The Black Kaiser will then be returned to the Netflix streaming service in the same way or whether it will actually be shown in the cinema this time.

Mads Mikkelsen, who plays the world’s deadliest hitman with Duncan Vizla aka “The Black Kaiser”, uncovers a conspiracy with serious consequences that is protected by a powerful syndicate – which Duncan wants to get rid of as quickly as possible. One can assume that this is a kind of reboot that doesn’t refer to “Polar”, but tells its own story – with the exception that we have just met the black emperor.

Mikkelsen himself co-wrote the screenplay for The Black Kaiser with Polar writer Jayson Rothwell. Commenting on the project, Jeremy Bolt, one of the film’s co-producers, said: “We are thrilled to be working with the brilliant Mads Mikkelsen and visionary Jonas Akerlund on this explosive, action-packed, funny, surprising and slightly wacky emotional journey.”

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Netflix is ​​throwing the best witch horror of recent years out of the program – and replacing it with cheap trash!



You should use the weekend to quickly watch the strong witch horror “The Witch” by “The Northman” director Robert Eggers on Netflix. Starting today, there’s a weak replacement with “Curse Of The Witching Tree – Evil Never Dies”.

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Attention witch horror fans! Netflix has a new and an expiring film on this topic this weekend – and you should definitely watch the expiring one, because Robert Eggers’ The Witch, available on Netflix through May 15, is an abysmal disturbing horror film with an extra dose of pretense and probably the best witch horror in recent years.

Judging by the trailer, the horror film Curse Of The Witching Tree – The Evil Never Dies, which was released on DVD in 2016 and will now find its way to Netflix on May 14, 2022, seems rather undemanding. Especially compared to the critically acclaimed and beautifully photographed The Witch, Curse Of The Witching Tree feels like cheap trash about the centuries-old curse of an executed witch. Also the 4.10 out of 10 points in the IMDB-User ratings do not suggest anything good – if you like, you can at least take a look at the trailer.

Curse Of The Witching Tree - Evil Never Dies Trailer OV

Curse Of The Witching Tree – Evil Never Dies Trailer OV

But since “Curse Of The Witching Tree” definitely seems like the worse alternative when it comes to witch horror, we want to put our focus on “The Witch” again and strongly recommend you to use the narrow window of time and the horror drama to watch until Sunday evening. In order to be able to appreciate the film sufficiently, however, expectations are also important – otherwise disappointment sets in quickly. Anyone who expects classic horror with jump scares, lots of special effects and liters of blood will be left in the dark. Because “The Witch” is kept in grey-brown, gloomy images and unfolds its terror mainly through the increasingly unpleasant atmosphere.

Why grey-brown? Because the world of the Christian settlers in New England around 1630, in which “The Witch” takes place, was not exactly colorful – in the literal as well as in the figurative sense. The deeply religious couple William (Ralph Ineson) and Katherine (Kate Dickie) live with their five children on the edge of a forest, everyday life is characterized by fear of God and austerity. But then strange events unfold, leading to daughter Thomasin (Anya Taylor-Joy) being accused of witchcraft, and the family spiraling into a whirlwind of accusations and superstition.

The Witch Trailer DF

The Witch Trailer DF

Visually, the no-frills, atmospheric film is a real feast, says our FILMSTARTS review, and offers horror with an extra pinch of sophistication. And even without blatant shock effects, “The Witch” is not harmless at all, but abysmal disturbing – for that it gets a strong four out of five stars.

By the way, if you like director Robert Eggers’ very own visual language, you can currently also watch his Viking epic “The Northman” with Alexander Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman and “The Witch” star Anya Taylor-Joy in the cinema. At the latest after “The Witch” you should be warned: Things are sometimes a bit different with Eggers, and so “The Northman” isn’t just the cinema version of pleasing Viking hits like “Vikings”, but a raw, blood-soaked, visually stunning epic that will offend some people.

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The Northman Trailer (2) DF

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Stream as a subscription now: One of the cinema highlights of 2021 – which revives what is perhaps the best series of all time



For many fans of the HBO cult series “The Sopranos”, it was the most awaited film of the previous year – and if we have our way, it has completely fulfilled expectations: The prequel “The Many Saints Of Newark” is now available as a streaming subscription .

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“The Sopranos” was awarded 21 (!) Emmys and countless other awards, in 2013 the Writers Guild Of America voted the undisputed masterpiece the best-written series of all time and TV Guide named it the best series ever anyway. And we too have fallen for the TV mafia epic, as the saga about gangster boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) takes second place in the official FILMSTARTS ranking of the best series of all time. Of course, the expectations of The Many Saints Of Newark were correspondingly astronomical, which the prequel could never really live up to. In fact.

The “Sopranos” prequel is not only a really well-rounded thing, but for us it is even one of the best films of 2021. So if you may have missed the film in the cinema and have not made up for it since then, there is nothing wrong with catching up on it now: “The Many Saints Of Newark” is now available as a subscription to Sky and Sky Ticket. And that fits perfectly, because that’s where you get the HBO mafia complete package. Because all “Sopranos” seasons are currently available as a stream.

» “The Many Saints Of Newark” on Sky Ticket*
» “The Sopranos” on Sky Ticket*

That’s what “The Many Saints Of Newark” is about

Newark in the 1960s: The New Jersey city is rocked by race riots. It comes to an argument between Italian-American and Afro-American criminals who leave a bloody trail through the country not far from New York. Right in the middle: gangster boss Dickie Moltisanti (Alessandro Nivola), who runs the affairs of the mafia and with Tony Soprano (Michael Gandolfini), takes an aspiring criminal genius under his wing.

The Many Saints Of Newark Trailer DF

The Many Saints Of Newark Trailer DF

Fascinated by his Uncle Dickie and the power he enjoys, Tony quickly adapts to the ways of life in the underworld. And Moltisanti knows exactly how to use that respect for its dirty business. But what he doesn’t know: Tony is at least as unscrupulous as he is…

That’s why “The Many Saints Of Newark” is so good

“A feast for ‘Soprano’ fans”, writes author Nikolas Masin, among other things, in the official FILMSTARTS review of “The Many Saints Of Newark”, in which the prequel to the cult series with 4.5 out of 5 possible stars is only a hair’s breadth missed the top rating.

The film, for which “Sopranos” director Alan Taylor (“Thor”, “Game Of Thrones”) and author Lawrence Konner are returning, expands the series universe “in a masterfully organic way”. The film is full of cross-references without becoming a meaningless Easter egg scavenger hunt, skilfully brings well-known scenes and characters (in the form of new actors) to life and also scores with a framework story that brings a breath of fresh air into the “Sopranos” concept. In the conclusion to the prehistory, in which you also mafia film legend Ray Liotta (“GoodFellas”), Vera Farmiga (Conjuring”), Leslie Odom Jr. (“Hamilton”) and the Marvel stars Jon Bernthal (“The Punisher”) ) and Corey Stoll (“Ant-Man”) expect, it also says:

The expectations for a “Sopranos” movie on the big screen were obviously huge, although the chances of failure were great. But now the prequel really clears up every line. The Many Saints Of Newark’ is a nostalgia-soaked love letter to the fans – and at the same time quite on par with the best gangster films of recent years such as Martin Scorsese The Irishman.

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