Sleepy Hollow gets new characters. Mark Ruffalo talks about the Hulk's new groove. Extant's creator explains what the show owes to Doctor Who. Plus Batman v. Superman and Avengers set photos, hints about Once Upon a Time's version of Elsa and details about Outlander. Spoilers now!
Top image: Avengers: Age of Ultron
We keep hearing that Harrison Ford's injury has left the production scrambling. First, the shooting schedule had to be changed. Then, we heard that the film was looking at changing the script and enlarging Oscar Isaacs role to compensate. Disney denied that. And now the latest rumor is that J.J. Abrams asked to push the release date back to May 4, 2016. Latino Review doesn't directly pin Abrams' request to the break (they instead say that Abrams "thinks that his Star Wars should be released in May like all the other Star Wars movies have been."), but it would still make sense, if the break is anywhere near as bad as the rumors have been saying.
The Latino Review article further states that Kathleen Kennedy of Lucasfilm agrees with Abrams, but it's Bob Iger and Disney who are determined to get this film out in December 2015. As always, beware of stories quoting unnamed sources. [Latino Review via Slashfilm]
And Carrie Fisher's daughter, Billie Lourd, will also reportedly appear in the film. What part, and its size, are unknown. [Latino Review]
Andy Serkis' motion capture studio Imaginarium will be doing the motion capture work on Star Wars, and Serkis also talked a bit about who he would be playing:
The Imaginarium is now involved in all of the performance capture on the Star Wars projects, and I'm playing a character in that.
That almost sounds like confirmation that Serkis' character will be motion capture (which is what we all assumed), but also hints that there will be other mocap characters in the film. [Sci Fi Now]
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Speaking to Collider, Mark Ruffalo hinted at some big things for his alter-ego in the sequel:
There might be some cool new Hulk, Hulk-o, Hulk-o-phobia, Hulk-o-phernalia. Hulk-a-phernalia!
He also said that he "might not" need a standalone film for the Hulk, explaining:
He's a tough nut to crack of all of them, I think. He's the one person who doesn't want to do the very thing that all of us are dying to see him do and he's the one person who doesn't want to be there, [laughs] and so it can get very maudlin, it could get very boring to watch the guy who's moping around who doesn't want to do the very thing that we're all dying to see him do. And so I think that's the tough part of cracking that nut. I think that's what's made it problematical in the past.
But I do feel like we've gained some ground on this new version of him, which has – he's sort of turning to face himself, and I think the relationship between Banner and The Hulk as a conscious conflict, it could be really interesting. The one thing that I think The Hulk is terrified of is Banner, and that's never really been mined. And now with this new motion capture technology, we can do something really exciting with Hulk that we've never been able to do performance-wise that I am hoping when we're talking about doing a new version of this, that we're really talking about having a relationship between these two entities that is conscious of each other and in conflict with each other in a really cool, interesting way.
There are new set photos, featuring Thor, Mjolnir, and the woods. The rest are at the link. [Super Hero Hype]
Captain America 3
At Wizard World Philadelphia, Sebastian Stan spoke about the two things he'd like to do in his upcoming films, first answering if he'd replace Chris Evans as Captain America:
Yes. Yeah, I'll do it right now. Look, it's not up to me. I'm just showing up when they're calling me. I mean, that's it. But I wouldn't mind a little Black Widow/Winter Soldier story happening.
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice
Fox's Emma Watts says that they're fully expecting Josh Trank to bring some Chronicle flavor to Fantastic Four:
It's Josh, so it can't not have that feel. That's his talent, that's what he does, and that's what excites him about it. It is a really interesting young cast [Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell], and he is the magnet that's brought them all together.
... [He] is using the vision he gave us in Chronicle to reinvent a franchise he's loved his whole life. It's not that you can't make original ideas — you can, and we did it with Chronicle. The director is the key to not letting superhero movies go stale. That's the truth.
This really sounds like a plea to forget the other Fantastic Four films, and remember Chronicle, so that the reboot gets a better association. [Hollywood Reporter]
Guardians of the Galaxy
Here's a featurette:
And the IMAX poster. [SpoilerTV]
Or whatever it ends up being called. Either way, concept artist Victor Martinez, who provided some beautiful art for Terminator: Salvation, will return to the franchise as an artist for this new film. [The Terminator Fans]
And now, in today's new reboots: The Omen. Fox is reportedly working on the reboot, which is different from Lifetime's project that follows an adult Damien. [Bloody Disgusting]
The Origin Trilogy
CBS films has acquired the film rights for the e-book series, which starts with The Atlantis Gene. The books follow "a brilliant geneticist and an international counterterrorism agent who must team up to thwart a global pandemic and discover the truth behind the origins of humanity." [Hollywood Reporter]
Game of Thrones/ A Song of Ice and Fire
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, George R.R. Martin previewed a little bit of what's coming whenever The Winds of Winter actually goes on sale:
I think we're gonna start out with a big smash with the two enormous battles [at the Wall and in Meereen]... We have more deaths, and we have more betrayals. We have more marriages.
He also re-confirms that the Dothraki are coming back "in a big way" and he says "a lot of stuff is happening at The Wall." And as for Daenerys and Tyrion:
Well, Tyrion and Dany will intersect, in a way, but for much of the book they're still apart. They both have quite large roles to play here. Tyrion has decided that he actually would like to live, for one thing, which he wasn't entirely sure of during the last book, and he's now working toward that end — if he can survive the battle that's breaking out all around him. And Dany has embraced her heritage as a Targaryen and embraced the Targaryen words. So they're both coming home.
Does "coming home" actually mean "returning to Westeros?" Sure hope so. [Entertainment Weekly]
Creator Mickey Fisher talked about the inspiration behind the new CBS show:
I was a kid who grew up on [Spielberg's] Amblin movies and I think, in so many ways, I was programmed by those movies. My creativity, in a way, almost, was programmed by those movies and guys like George Lucas. While I was writing the pilot — because I am a big Doctor Who fan — I had a post-it note on the corner of my monitor that said, 'WWSMD?' 'What would Steven Moffat do?' Because I think [the Doctor Who scribe] is a great writer and I would look at that every now and again when I would get stuck and I would ask myself that question — 'What would Steven Moffat do?' And the answer was always like, 'Just write it better.' And, so, I just kept trying to do that.
It has such a great heart at the center of it and I think that was really important to me and important to [Extant show-runner] Greg [Walker.] It was one of the things I think I connected to Greg right away with because he's got such a great spirit and he is a family guy and when we first met, we talked about his sons and baseball. I feel like there is just this warmth and heart. It's not a dystopian world. We wanted it to be something people can relate to and a story about this family people would appreciate.
Once Upon a Time
Here's the deal for the Frozen characters appearing on the show: Elsa will appear in about nine episodes, Anna in six to eight, and Kristoff in "as many as six." As to where in the movie's plotline Elsa is, EP Adam Horowitze wouldn't confirm whether it was during or after the sisters were reunited:
Maybe yes, maybe no. It could be after. One can be in a snit for many reasons.
The character description of Seth has been altered from what we saw before. Added to the description is that he's a" shade of a man," a "criminal mastermind who whistles classical music," and that he has "reptilian eyes." [TV Line]
Appearing in episode 2.06 is Sheriff Corbin's son Joe, "a well-built, all-American Marine carrying a big chip on his shoulder." [TV Line]
Also showing up in season two will be Heather Lind as Mary Wells, an old flame of Ichabod's. From England, Mary will start out "pleasant and sweet" and then show herself to be "flighty, moody and prone to fits of extreme jealousy." [TV Line]
And here are a bunch of cast and crew interviews about season 2:
Graeme Manson confirmed a little bit about Helena's nitrogen tank:
They could be [her eggs]. She's taken something from the Prolethean farm and left them for her sisters.
According to author Diana Gabaldon "If it's in the book, we'll film it the way it is in the book," which includes the hero whipping the heroine and a torture scene featuring what Gabaldon calls "non-consensual buggery." Hear the whole interview at the link. [Wired]
Reeve Carney spoke about what's coming for Dorian Gray as the first season of Penny Dreadful ends:
You get to see a different side of Dorian from what you've been seeing for the rest of this season. I haven't seen the final edit and how it plays out, but I was very excited to have the opportunity to try something that affected him.
Dorian's going to be meeting Vanessa again. How does he feel about her running off like that after they slept together?
It's complete shock and confusion, not quite being fully aware of what it is that's causing her to react in that particular way. That's how it begins and I think that's all it is. There's not a sense of true understanding of what has just transpired at that point. … It's the first time in a very long time that Dorian's experienced any form of rejection.
Here's the synopsis for episode 1.03, "Broken Places":
Alex faces a deadly angel as he explores his past outside of Vega, David and Arika hatch new schemes and Claire is forced to choose between love and duty.
Here are two videos for episode 2.03, "The Cord and the Ax":
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Ryan Plummer