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WIRE Buzz: Star Wars: The Bad Batch intel; Netflix's Biohackers trailer; first look at Pegg and Frost's Truth Seekers

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Jul 22, 2020, 5:10 PM EDT (Updated)

Last week, Disney+ announced that it had ordered a brand-new animated Star Wars series entitled The Bad Batch. Produced by Dave Filoni, the show will follow the elite and diverse group of Clone Troopers (first introduced in Star Wars: The Clone Wars) in the aftermath of the Clone War.

Details were pretty thin beyond the initial synopsis, but veteran Lucasfilm voice actor, Sam Witwer, reportedly dropped a few teasers about the new project during a recent Twitch livestream.

“I will tell you it looks really, really good. It looks absolutely beautiful. The story…at least I know where the story begins in the first several episodes and I am very pleased because it’s a little area of Star Wars that has not been often visited," he said (via Heroic Hollywood).

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Witwer, who is known for voicing characters like Maul and Palpatine, went on to praise the look of The Bad Batch, which is being animated by the same team that made Clone Wars.

"What I saw was brilliant, extraordinary, beautiful, beautiful, animation," he finished. "I won’t say what it looks like, but I will say this… of the quality of Clone Wars where that bar is set… yes, absolutely, totally."

If the actor has this much inside knowledge, he must be playing some sort of role on the show. Disney+ has yet to announce an official cast lineup.


Augmentation of the human genome takes a giant leap forward in the trailer for Netflix's Biohackers

Written and directed by Christian Ditter (How to Be Single), the German-language series follows Mia (Luna Wedler), a medical student who discovers a sinister conspiracy related to the use of "highly-advanced biohacking technology" at her university. "When a groundbreaking discovery falls into the hands of the wrong people, Mia has to decide which side she is on and how far she is willing to go to find out the truth," reads the official plot description.

Jessica Schwarz plays the visionary Professor Lorenz, who seems to be hiding a dark secret. "Synthetic biology has turned us from creatures into creators," she says, displaying a kind of Promethean Complex that never bodes well in sci-fi — just ask John Hammond.

Watch the trailer now:

"I’ve always loved the magic of stories that pit ordinary people against truly extraordinary circumstance. I’m excited to partner with Netflix to combine exciting visual storytelling with truthful, multi-layered characters rising to the challenges of the spectacle unfolding around them," Ditter said when the project was first announced last winter.

Biohackers will begin to play around with DNA when the film hits Netflix Thursday, Aug. 20.


Edgar Wright alums, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, want to believe in the first look images for Amazon's upcoming Truth Seekers TV show. Posted by Prime Video's UK branch, the photos show off the characters played by Pegg ("Dave"), Frost ("Gus"), Samson Kayo ("Elton"), and Emma D'Arcy. We don't know who D'Arcy is playing, but based on the visual below, it looks like her character winds up in a hospital bed with a burn victim (perhaps a zombie or ghoul of some sort?) standing over her.

See for yourself:

Inspired by Ghostbusters and the popularity of supernatural reality shows, the comedy series is about a pair of paranormal investigators. They travel across the United Kingdom, searching out (and filming) the existence of the otherworldly in the usual locales: haunted churches, underground bunkers, and abandoned hospitals. When their encounters with the paranormal start to become more frequent, the duo stumbles upon a conspiracy that may spell the end of mankind as they know it.

Julian Barratt (Mindhorn), Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange), and Kevin Eldon (Hot Fuzz) co-star.

Amazon has yet to announce a premiere date, although one might be confirmed (along with a possible trailer drop) during the show's panel during Comic-Con@Home.


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