Is Simon Pegg joining the new Star Wars movie after all? And could Amazing Spider-Man 3 be delayed? Michelle Forbes joins the cast of another genre show. Plus, new looks at the Game of Thrones finale, Earth to Echo, and Transformers 4. Spoilers now!
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The current schedule for Star Wars movies, pieced together from confirmed announcements and rumors, has Episode VII coming out in 2015, the Gareth Edwards-directed stand-alone spin-off (written by Gary Whitta) following in 2016. Then Episode VIII, IX, and then Josh Trank will do another spin-off.
Rumors continue to say that a Boba Fett spinoff will be written by Lawrence Kasdan, not Whitta — which could mean that the first spin-off won't be a Boba Fett film after all. Instead, Edwards could be directing something else — either one of the rumored standalone films (Han Solo, Yoda, Red Five) or even something we haven't heard about yet. [Schmoes Know, Indiewire]
Even though Simon Pegg has stated that he thought it wouldn't be "appropriate" for him to be in Star Wars, rumor has it that Pegg was in Abu Dhabi shooting scenes as a secret character. Take this anonymous source for whatever it's worth. [IGN]
Amazing Spider-Man 3
An anonymous source tells AICN that the third Marc Webb-directed Spider-Man film could be put off, from its current 2016 release date to sometime in 2017. Since Sony aims to put out a Spider-Man film, or a spin-off like Sinister Six or Venom, every single year, this could have a knock-on effect. Amazing Spider-Man 2 is just about to pass $700 million in worldwide box office, but it's still likely to wind up as the least successful Spider-Man movie of all time — so it's conceivable that Sony might want to take a step back and rethink. Still, treat this as you would any other unsourced rumor for now. [AICN via Collider]
Stefanie Scott, currently working on the Jem and the Holograms movie, will star in the sequel. [Deadline]
Earth to Echo
Transformers 4: Age of Extinction
Here's a Chinese version of the trailer. [Transformers Live Action Movie Blog]
Here's the trailer for Dreamworks' upcoming film, starring Rihanna as Tip and Jim Parsons as the outcast alien Oh. [via First Showing]
Brett McKenzie talked a bit about what we can expect to see from Jim Gordon in this show:
He's a truly honest man. The last honest man in a city full of crooked people. It's very tricky nowadays to play a true, honest-to-goodness hero. Everybody is so cynical of people's intentions. What's interesting about him is he comes into this city that he hasn't lived in for two decades, since he was a kid, and has fresh eyes to a world he doesn't actually know. He thinks he knows it, and his journey will be to figure out how to make it better both for Gotham and himself without completely [losing] the moral standing that he has. He's not an anti-hero, he's a true hero — but he will have to compromise.
He won't [be able to maintain his. And that's one of the things we talked about very early on. This is not a Batman-from-the-'50s kind of show, with moral duality in black and white. In this world, everybody lives in the grey. Everybody is on the take. Everybody is compromised. There is no way he'll emerge unscathed from that. How does he hold onto the thread of his mortality while getting things done?
After this week's season finale, executive producer Jason Rothenberg spoke about what we can expect to see in season 2:
Season 2 is going to be very, very different, obviously, for many reasons. The Ark is on the ground for the most part. The grown-ups are on the ground and we're really beginning to widen the scope of the show and explain this world that these people from the Ark have been dropped into. So in Season 1, we lived in perspective almost exclusively, at least on the ground, of those 100 kids, and so we didn't know anything. They've only been on the ground for something like 29 days by the finale, so we know as much as they do as an audience. Now they're scattered and they're in various parts of this world, and we begin to learn more about that world as they do. So that's one of the things I think we're going to lean into more — the sweeping adventure of it.
And then I think we told the story at a really, really rapid clip last season, which I think is an advantage for sure — it's entertaining and the story doesn't lag and it's a sort of rip-roaring adventure. But some of that came, at times, I think, at the expense of real character exploration.
And so I think we'll probably want to slow down just a little bit, just enough to really mine who these people are and what they're going through and how it's changing them and things like that. Which isn't to say we're going to spend that much more time on the soap opera of it at all.
He also said that the Mountain Men, the Grounders, and the Reapers are not the only groups that will have to be dealt with, there will others introduced "really quickly" in season 2. More at the link. [Huffington Post]
Michelle Forbes has joined the cast as Helen Goddard, one of the Returned. [Variety]
Beauty and the Beast
Nicole Gale Anderson has been bumped up to regular as Cat's sister, after her other job on Ravenswood ended. [Deadline]
Game of Thrones
The Last Ship
Here's a 3-minute featurette:
Episode 1.11, "Cat and Mouse," is described this way:
Alden finds himself the target of fresh accusations; Anne finally discovers the truth.
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Madeleine Monson-Rosen