20th Century Fox took control of Hall H for two hours on Friday to unveil some of their upcoming films. The big surprise? No talk of (or footage shown from) next summer’s Fantastic Four or of X-Men: Apocalypse. But there were plenty of other highlights:
– During the panel for September’s The Maze Runner, star Dylan O’Brien (Teen Wolf) accidentally revealed that a certain character dies in the film after he was asked what was the most difficult scene to shoot. “This is going horribly,” he (sorta) joked later. Fans also got a look at a new trailer for the film and a thrilling sequence introducing viewers to Runner‘s main villains called Grievers, who sort of resemble a giant spider with robotic arms.
– October’s The Book of Life is a vibrant animated film produced by Guillermo del Toro and featuring the voices of Channing Tatum, Ron Perlman, Christina Applegate and Zoe Saldana. But it was a different voice that stole the show in Hall H: rapper Biz Markie showed up to perform his classic “Just a Friend,” which is used in Life.
– In a message taped on the South African set of Homeland, Rupert Friend introduced the first trailer for Hitman: Agent 47.
– Meanwhile, Jake Johnson missed the panel for Let’s Be Cops but taped a comedic message from New Orleans where he’s shooting Jurassic World.
*The biggest highlight of the 20th panel was probably Kingsman: The Secret Service starring Colin Firth and Samuel L. Jackson. The pair were both in attendance and were featured in two lengthy clips that tease what looks to be a really fun spy movie (Jackson’s evil villain speaks with a lisp and Firth’s character has a weaponized umbrella). Director Matthew Vaughn taped a message from the UK along with Star Wars‘ Mark Hamill who appears in the film as well.
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