Joel Kinnaman reveals the intense training that goes into being the new Robocop. Check out the new, young Q in Skyfall. Will Smith has decided it's time to get biblical. Plus Teen Wolf is never going away!
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Casino Royale villain Mads Mikkelsen, who previously proved his Viking warrior bona fides in Valhalla Rising, has had to bow out as the villain in the Thor sequel due to his commitments to Bryan Fuller's Hannibal Lecter prequel show for NBC. Mikkelsen explains the decision in the clip below. I'd say this is a bummer, since Mikkelsen is pretty damn awesome at playing Vikings and villains, so a Viking villain would seem right in his wheelhouse, but then we still don't even officially know what his role in the movie was actually supposed to be. There's also no word yet on who might replace him in the role. [The Playlist]
This has been confirmed and then unconfirmed before, but maybe this time it will stick. Once again, Chronicle director Josh Trank is reportedly directing 20th Century Fox's attempt to reboot the Fantastic Four franchise. He's reportedly still also attached to Sony's planned Venom spin-off movie, despite the fact that whenever Trank himself is asked about this he seems to pour cold water on the rumors. So, your guess is as good as mine regarding whether this is actually true or not. [Deadline]
Meanwhile, 30 Days of Night and Twilight: Eclipse director David Slade has reportedly had to drop out of 20th Century Fox's other franchise reboot. He reportedly had to leave Daredevil because of his commitments to directing the pilot episode of Hannibal, which between this and the Mads Mikkelsen news apparently just exists to wreck the best-laid plans of superhero movies. Fox reportedly is not able to delay until Slade is available, for fear of letting the rights to the character revert back to Marvel Studios and its parent company Disney. [Daredevil]
Star Joel Kinnaman details his training regimen to play both Alex Murphy and Robocop:
"I would like to be able to do as many of my own stunts where I can. Alex Murphy has one level of skill, but RoboCop handles situations differently, so I need to do both. I can't gain that much weight, because they already took measurements for the suit," he revealed. "It would be very snug if I gained too much. I mean, I gained a bit because I'm getting strong and working on balance, and doing boxing and martial arts, but it's more about finding a center where I can be in control of my body and open up my movement. So I need to be in very good shape for that."
He also offers some more praise for director Jose Padilha's approach to the material, and offers additional confirmation that they aren't trying to recapture Paul Verhoeven's original take:
"[Director] José [Padilha] is an actor's director. When I met with him, I was already a big fan of his because of 'Elite Squad,' but I wasn't one hundred percent sure what the remake would be like. It could go any number of ways. But when I heard his version, his take, I knew it would be realistic. It would be grounded. If you look at his movies, they're serious and gritty, so it will have that quality, but it won't be deadly serious. It will have a satirical quality, and it will have throwbacks to the original. It's going to have that wink in the eye, but we're not looking to replicate the Verhoeven tone."
Here are a couple photos spotlighting Daniel Craig's Layer Cake costar Ben Whishaw as the new Q. [First Showing]
The Redemption of Cain
Because a return to big biblical epics is apparently the logical conclusion to Hollywood's obsession with building franchises around public domain characters, we can now throw a Cain and Abel movie into the hopper alongside Darren Aronofsky's Noah and Ridley Scott's proposed Moses movie. Just to put a little extra juice on the millennia-old story, this particular Cain and Abel movie will reportedly be directed by Will Smith, making his directorial debut — itself the logical conclusion of his increasingly autocratic approach to the filmmaking process. Smith would likely also star in the movie — because if you've got the kind of access to megastar Will Smith that first-time director Will Smith has, why wouldn't you cast him? — and I'm just hoping he ends up playing both Cain and Abel, because that's the only way this story could get more silly. Wait, what's that? This Will Smith-directed Cain and Abel movie also reportedly features vampires? OK, this is officially about five steps beyond self-parody. [Deadline]
While it's hard to know precisely how excited to get about the story of this supernatural thriller — which reportedly follows "a woman whose life was destroyed as a child after her parents were murdered and brother was pegged with the crime, even though she believes the crime was committed by a supernatural force... ten years later, the brother is ready to move on but the sister is determined to prove that something else murdered their parents" — the identity of the woman is worth at least some cursory interest. Specifically, soon-to-be-former Doctor Who companion Karen Gillan is reportedly in line to play the role. [Variety]
If you want to hear what Farscape star Ben Browder has to say about his upcoming guest appearance in "The Gunslinger", the Western third episode of the upcoming series, check out the six-minute mark of this interview video from London Comic Con. [Life, Doctor Who, and Combom]
Person of Interest
CBS has announced its fall schedule, and Person of Interest will kick off its second season on Thursday, September 27, immediately followed by Elementary, the network's attempt at an Americanized version of Sherlock. [TV Guide]
The second season will feature two more new regulars alongside the addition of A History of Violence's Maria Bello, who was introduced towards the end of the first season. The two characters are Calvin, described as "a young genius entrepreneur scientist who's really into math and algorithms", and the much more villainous-sounding Manolo Ortiz, who is "a former priest-turned-killing machine, a religious zealot who fancies himself on a mission from God." I apparently gave up on this show before it became truly batshit insane, as opposed to just kind of boringly ludicrous. [TV Line]
Showrunner Remi Aubuchon teases the return of Jessie Schram's Karen in this Sunday's episode:
"I won't spoil it for you, but I will say that when she reappears, you just won't believe what's happening with her. I'm hesitant to say any more. But the way she comes is really quite interesting."
Here are some promo photos from the second season premiere, "Wake Up Call." [SpoilerTV]
The Vampire Diaries
In Plain Sight costar Todd Williams has reportedly been cast as Connor, a mysterious and very fearsome vampire hunter who will show up in the second episode of the fourth season and make serious trouble for the vampires of Mystic Falls thereafter. [TV Guide]
Proving that the world is always ready for some more werewolf lacrosse — and yes, I realize that isn't really what the show is about, but it's how I prefer to think of it — MTV has officially renewed the show for a third season. Indeed, it's effectively a renewal for two more seasons, as they have doubled the third season order up to a whopping twenty-four episodes, which is pretty massive for a cable show.
Additional reporting by Rob H. Dawson and Charlie Jane Anders.