Empire Issue Preview: Blade Runner 2049, Black Panther, Con Air At 20, Coco

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by Emma Thrower |
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Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling are front and centre on our brand new cover this month, and, if you’re one of our lucky subscribers, you’ll be receiving a specially-commissioned cover by twin brother supremo design team, Van Orton. Rick Deckard and Officer K lead another jam-packed edition of the world’s biggest movie magazine – and here’s a taste of what’s inside. Want to get Empire delivered to your door every month? Subscribe to Empire here{ =nofollow}.

Blade Runner 2049

35 years after Ridley Scott’s cult classic redefined sci-fi, Denis Villeneuve is taking on directorial duties to bring Philip K. Dick’s electric world back to the big screen. We have eight pages of set reportage, including new, exclusive images and chats with Villeneuve and his stars, Gosling and Ford.

Con Air At 20

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We go behind-the-scenes with the people responsible for 1997’s Con Air. And yes, you better buckle up, because it’s one crazy story.

Stephen King

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The one and only Stephen King tells us about the page-to-screen journey of his seemingly unfilmable The Dark Tower, with J.J. Abrams and Ron Howard both attempting to tackle it at certain points along the way. We also speak to Matthew McConaughey about his part in King’s well-beloved world.

Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson

Buddy movie The Hitman’s Bodyguard arrives in cinemas next month. So it was only right that we got said buddies together to talk about the film, each other, and swearing. Lots and lot of swearing.

The Defenders

Don’t know your Luke Cage from your Matt Murdock? Fear not, as we bring you up-to-date with all of the action pre-Netflix’s The Defenders. We speak to each of the gang and the ask the most pressing of questions: ‘do you get free Netflix?’

Give Up Your Day Job


Matt Damon, Samuel L. Jackson, Riz Ahmed, Colin Firth, Jessica Chastain, Tim Burton, Matthew McConughey, Denzel Washington. All these and more tell us about their pre-fame jobs. Place bets now on who was a false-teeth salesman.

Logan Lucky

Oh, Steven Soderbergh – can you please just accept the fact that you’re never going to retire? We’re rather chuffed he hasn’t set fire to his director’s chair just yet, however, as the cast of his latest, Logan Lucky, is rather special. We go on set to talk with Soderbergh and said cast (Tatum! Driver! Craig!) and find out more on the comic heist.

The Empire Interview: Rooney Mara

Two-time Oscar nominee Rooney Mara talks about the upcoming Mary Magdalene, Una and Ghost Story, as well as past films from The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo to Lion.


Pixar head to the afterlife for Coco; we update you on Black Panther and Han Solo; Kathryn Bigelow talks Detroit; David Ayer gives us the skinny on his Netflix thriller Bright; and much, much more.


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War For The Planet Of The Apes heads up our reviews section this month, with The Beguiled, Cars 3, The Big Sick and Spider-Man: Homecoming amongst the other films under our critical gaze.



It’s spoilers ahoy in our Logan viewing guide, with Jordan Peele also talking to us in great detail about his smash hit, Get Out. Isabelle Huppert gives us the lowdown on rude directors and Hollywood politics, Jason Isaacs is the subject of our ‘Best Of Times, Worst Of Times’, and we say goodbye to Lena Dunham’s Girls. Legendary composer Alan Menken also talks us through some of his classic ditties.

All that, and really quite a lot more, can be found in issue #339 of Empire, on sale from Thursday 13 July. Fancy getting limited edition covers, delivered days before anyone else, saving money on the cover price? Subscribe to Empire here{ =nofollow}.

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