News Bits: High, Trek, Goyer, Gray, X-Men

High Rise
The Toronto Film Festival has announced that Ben Wheatley’s eagerly-anticipated adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s darkly comic satirical novel “High-Rise” will participate in its inaugural Platform competition. Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Luke Evans and Sienna Miller star in the film set in a dystopian tower block that comes to resemble the breakdown in society. [Source: Deadline]

Star Trek Beyond
Chris Pine and Idris Elba engage in some fun sparring on the set of “Star Trek Beyond” which is currently shooting. The clip is the latest Omaze video promoting the charity contest that gives one fan the chance to get a walk-on role in the movie which opens next July.

Untitled Goyer Horror Project
A24 is teaming with David Goyer’s Phantom Four shingle for an ‘elevated horror’ film which Marc Munden (“Utopia”) will direct.

The story is being kept under wraps but is described as a high-concept original idea with a unique setting. Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski will write the script while Goyer, Eva Maria Daniels and Kevin Turen will produce. [Source: Heat Vision]

F. Gary Gray
“Straight Outta Compton” director F. Gary Gray is taking on a whole different genre for one of his next projects – a sci-fi film. Gray confirms that he’s “really, really heavily researching a sci-fi movie” and has been doing so for the past few months. Seems he’s a big fan of actual hard science and astronomy: “I have a huge telescope and I stargaze. I marvel when I study the moon and think of stories about colonizing Mars.” When such a project might come to fruition though is unclear. [Source: THR]

X-Men: Apocalypse
Olivia Munn’s upcoming performance as Psylocke in “X-Men: Apocalypse” appears to be bringing pretty much everything about the character into play in the film including her ‘psychic blade’. A new set video of her training for the role appears to show off the on-set version of that blade in action, check that out below along with video of her doing wire training, and a shot of her using her purple katana with a young friend:

Wire training for #psylocke @oliviamunn #stickit

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#psylocke in training with @oliviamunn

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