Did You Hear? is a weekly examination of headlines in the entertainment industry and a take on what they could mean for the future of the industry and (often), the little geeky bubble that we occupy.
Frozen 2 Trailer is Here!
Frozen 2 is a trailer I didn’t know I needed until I saw it!
Watch the new teaser trailer from Disney’s “Frozen 2.” From the Academy Award®-winning team-directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, and producer Peter Del Vecho-and featuring the voices of Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad, and the music of Oscar®-winning songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Frozen 2” opens in U.S.
Tonally, this second installment in an unplanned franchise feels more like a sequel to Brave or animated take on Game of Thrones than the continuing adventures of Anna, Elsa, and Olaf. Whereas I often remark that trailers and teaser show us nothing, Frozen 2 feel dynamic, different, and exciting!
These two minutes don’t give away much, but the feelings it evoked for me were everything I want from a trailer!
Jason Mamoa Joins the the Cast of Dune
With the power of Aquaman’s unimaginable success at his back, Variety is reporting that Jason Mamoa is in talks with Legendary Pictures to join their cast of Dune.
Momoa will portray Duncan Idaho, a swordmaster in the house of Atreides who is the right-hand man to Chalamet’s father, played by Isaac.
This leads me to assume we might actually see some flashes of his Khal Drogo appearances, hopefully with none of the problematic comments Mamoa made during Game of Thrones panels at San Diego Comic-Con in tow.
In a past installation of Did You Hear? we reported that Guardians of the Galaxy cast member Dave Bautista had joined the cast. With Mamoa joining the fray it would appear Legendary has their eyes on genre stars to tackle this notoriously difficult adaptation.
Assuming a contract actually gets signed, Mamoa will join not only Bautista, but his fellow MCU alumni Josh Brolin (who was also announced earlier this week), Stellan Skarsgard, and Zendaya, Star Wars lead Oscar Isaac, as well as Timothee Chalamet, Javier Bardem, and Rebecca Ferguson.
Star Trek Steps into Children’s Animation
Variety reported earlier this week that CBS is looking to straddle yet another frontier with the Star Trek franchise and boldly go where the property has never gone before – into animated shows for kids!
… you may want to argue the original Star Trek: the Animated Series was kid-friendly, but in my opinion, it remains debatable whether or not the intended audience of that show were youth or not.
Plot details on the new series are being kept under wraps, but it hails from writers Kevin and Dan Hageman. The Hagemans are known for their work on animated shows such as “Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu” and “Trollhunters.” They also worked on the story for the films “Hotel Transylvania,” “The Lego Movie,” and “The Lego Ninjago Movie.” They are repped by WME and Underground Management.
Rather than this show finding its home on CBS All Access alongside Star Trek: Discovery, Short Treks, and the upcoming Captain Picard show the network has entered into a partnership with Nickelodeon. This is a move I can’t honestly say I understand. Nickelodeon is a powerful force in children’s animation, but CBS is going to have to pay a significant amount of money to them or give up a certain amount of control of the show. This coupled with the floundering Star Trek cinematic universe leads me to conclude the owners don’t truly understand the power of the IP they have.
Particularly when you consider that this isn’t the only Star Trek animated show CBS has in development. The adult-focused animated series, Star Trek: Lower Decks, was announced last year and will be housed on the All Access app. This show was created by Mike McMahan (Rick & Morty), and stars “the support crew serving on one of Starfleet’s least important ships.”