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Media Watch: ‘The Watcher: Season 2’ Details Emerge, ‘Star Wars Celebration’ Cancelled & More!

Tika Sumpter to Star in HBO Max’s The Ancestor

Tika Sumpter has found her next starring role in the psychological thriller The Ancestor from This is Us writer/producer Kay Oyegun, which has just been acquired by HBO Max.

The film, based on a spec script from Oyegun on a story she developed with Sumpter, follows an African-American female med student as she finds herself in a “timely psychological thriller premise in the tradition of Get Out.”

 

Search Party is Headed to HBO Max, Trailer Released

After two seasons on TBS, the Alia Shawkat-led mystery comedy Search Party is heading to HBO Max for its upcoming third season and the platform has unveiled the official trailer.

Search Party is a comedy thriller about a group of privileged, self-absorbed twenty-somethings whose search for a missing friend leads them down a dark and shocking path of no return. Season three finds the gang swept up in the trial of the century after Dory (Alia Shawkat) and Drew (John Reynolds) are charged for the semi-accidental murder of a private investigator. As Elliott (John Early) and Portia (Meredith Hagner) grapple with whether or not to testify as witnesses, the friends are pitted against each other and thrust into the national spotlight. Dory’s sanity begins to fracture, and it becomes increasingly clear that the group may not have brunch together again for quite some time.

Search Party seasons one and two are available now on HBO Max. The all-new third season will release in its entirety on Thursday, June 25th, with a fourth season already in development.

 

2020’s Star Wars Celebration is Cancelled

This year’s Star Wars Celebration is officially cancelled due to the impact of COVID-19.

“We’ve made the decision to cancel Star Wars Celebration 2020. While this news is disappointing, we’re happy to announce Star Wars Celebration will return to Anaheim in 2022.”

Fans who bought tickets this year, are being offered multiple options for what to do with their tickets, including getting a refund, transferring over to the next celebration or receiving a credit for Star Wars Celebration merchandise. Any pre-ordered merchandise will still be sent to fans, but those who no longer want to wait are able to receive a refund.

The ticket refund period is set to open on June 22 and end on August 26.

 

Netflix Season 2 The Witcher Details Revealed

In a recent interview with The Wrap, showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich has revealed details about the upcoming second season of Netflix’s The Witcher, confirming the new season won’t be told through multiple timelines anymore.

“Obviously, it was one of the most controversial parts of Season 1 and I didn’t expect it to be as controversial as it was. But it’s something I still stand behind, in terms of storytelling.

…What’s great though is they have intersected now. So what we’ll see in Season 2 is that all of our characters are existing on the same timeline. What that allows us to do story wise though is to play with time in slightly different ways. We get to do flashbacks, we get to do flash-forwards, we get to actually integrate time in a completely different way that we weren’t able to do in Season 1.“

In addition, Hissrich has also teased the arrival of new characters, most especially the addition of other Witchers led by Kim Bodnia’s Vesemir, who is known as Geralt’s father figure. She also explained the importance of introducing them to the second season which will allow viewers to understand more about Geralt’s whole character and background.

“Probably my favorite additions for Season 2 are the new witchers,” Hissrich said. “Really, in Season 1, we got to know Geralt and he’s our prime example of a witcher. And then there is one other witcher, Remus, who we meet in Episode 103, who quickly dies (laughs). So it was, for us really, about getting Geralt back to his roots and sort of learning where he came from and what his story is and what his sense of family is.”

“When I talk about ‘The Witcher,’ I always talk about how these three characters come together — Geralt, Ciri and Yennefer — they come together as a family. It’s the most important part of the series for me. And when you start to imagine someone’s family, you also need to understand their family of origin. Sometimes that’s a mother and father, sometimes that’s blood relatives. For Geralt, it’s his brothers, it’s the brotherhood of the witchers. So I’m really excited to get back in and meet Vesemir, his father figure, for the first time and all of these men that he was raised with since he was seven years old.”

The next season of The Witcher will feature Kristofer Hivju (Game of Thrones) as Nivellen and Kim Bodnia (Killing Eve) as Vesemir. Six other actors have also been cast for Season 2 including Paul Bullion (Peaky Blinders) as the witcher Lambert; Yasen Atour (Young Wallender) as Coën, a witcher from Poviss; Agnes Bjorn as Vereena, a powerful bruxa; Thue Ersted Rasmussen (Fast and Furious 9) as Eskel, Geralt’s friend from his youth; Aisha Fabienne Ross (The Danish Girl) as Lydia, a sorceress; and Mecia Simson (Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model) as the elf Francesca.

 

 

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