Jordan Vogt Roberts offers an update on his Metal Gear Solid movie. Tom Hiddleston talks about Loki’s reaction to two new players in Thor: Ragnarok. Brie Larson talks about the inevitable controversy behind one aspect of Captain Marvel. Plus, what evil is still in store for David on Legion, and new Ghost in the Shell posters. Spoilers get!
There’s more behind-the-scenes confusion in store for Wade Wilson’s sophomore outing. After initially reporting that writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick and been pulled off the script for the sequel and replaced by Drew Goddard, Collider now reports that the duo—who wrote the first film—are still heavily involved with creating the script for Deadpool 2, as is star Ryan Reynolds. Goddard has allegedly been brought on to work with Reese and Wernick on the script as a consultant, as the team race to finalize a script they’re happy with.
Alita: Battle Angel
Michelle Rodriguez is the latest actor to join the cast, playing the cyborg-warrior Gelda from the original manga. [EW]
Yvonne Strahovski is in final talks to join the cast. If confirmed, she’ll play the ex-wife of Boyd Holbrook’s character, and mother to Jacob Tremblay’s. [THR]
Metal Gear Solid
Jordon Vogt Roberts offers a minor update on his adaptation of Hideo Kojima’s tactical espionage action series, mainly to confirm that it is indeed still happening, while discussing how the film has to nail the tone of the series just right:
Everyone understands that it would be such an easy thing to do wrong. It would be so easy to sort of say, Metal Gear Solid is Mission: Impossible. It’s not. Metal Gear Solid is G.I. Joe. It’s not. Metal Gear Solid is X. It’s not. Metal Gear Solid is Metal Gear Solid. There’s nothing like Metal Gear Solid on the planet tonally, visually, in terms of characters. Like the characters are walking philosophies. There is nothing like the voice of that game and it’s so idiosyncratic to Kojima. And to his team. And unlike comic books that have had writers, hundreds of writers over the course of decades, you’ve essentially had one person guiding one massive, massive story. And so it’s so specific to his point of view. And my job right now when working on the script with the studio is to capture that. Because there would be no greater offense to me on the planet than making a bad Metal Gear movie. That would be a like a Scarlet Letter of epic proportions that I would not be able to live with myself with.
Please insert your “Kept you waiting, huh?” jokes in the comments below. [/Film]
Brie Larson spoke to IGN about playing Carol Danvers during her Kong: Skull Island press tour:
I find it’s really hard for me to condense what she means to me. I was once a young girl and I was confused by what a hero was and what I wanted to be when I grow up and what was important to me. And so, I think it’s so complicated growing up and to attempt to become a symbol of truth and navigating through all the weird questions of growing up feels so, I’m getting emotional just talking about this, it feels so important to me. When it comes to her, I mean just the fact that she can be a bridge between two worlds, that she can go between Earth and space and that her own personal place is in this little area between where Earth ends and space begins and that’s only hers is so moving to me. I’m just inspired. I’ve been so inspired going through the comics and reading them right now. That’s what I’ve been doing on the side.
She also mentioned which look she’ll be sporting as Captain Marvel is a big point of contention among fans.
I can’t say anything… I feel like this is a big conversation and every day I have people yelling at me on Twitter like you better have long hair, or you better have a mohawk, or you better wear the helmet, or you better not wear the helmet, so someone’s going to be mad.
In another interview, Tom Hiddleston told IGN that Loki does not rate Doctor Strange very highly:
I think he probably dismisses Strange. Yes, his sorcery is very impressive, but Loki has been doing that for centuries, so who cares?
On the other hand, Loki will be much more intimidated by Hela, who is terrifying:
Hela is a different beast, and full of surprises, and actually might have been someone with whom at one time he could have gotten along, but the circumstances have changed.
Kong: Skull Island
A huge gallery of promotional stills from the film—framed in the style of a historical photo essay from Brie Larson’s character, Mason Weaver—have gone on display in downtown Los Angeles. Head on over the link to see more samples from the gallery. [Coming Soon]
Ghost in the Shell
Scarlett Johansson leaps into action in a new poster. [IGN].
...and here’s another with the Geisha.
Transformers: The Last Knight
The Associated Press very briefly interviewed Mark Walberg about his on-set injuries at the film’s Toy Fair display.
Dig Two Graves
A supernatural horror film that’s been in an unfortunate distribution limbo for three years is finally hitting theaters this March. The movie stars Samantha Isler as a young woman obsessed with resurrecting her dead brother.
A new trailer for Syfy’s latest theatrical effort, set in a near-future power planet, has been released.
Zane Holtz is set to star in a brand-new fantasy pilot for the CW. He will be playing a character named Cooper, a “tech-innovator” who teams with his sister, Fable, to investigate their late mother’s mysterious research on a quest to discover the “legends, myths and unexplainable mysteries of the world.” [Deadline]
Team Witness finds itself dealing with Alex’s feelings and a mysterious woman in the synopsis for “The Way of the Gun.”
When a mysterious woman finds her way into the vault, the team struggles to understand who she is and with whom her allegiances lie. Meanwhile, Alex must come to terms with her complicated feelings when she finds herself in a tight spot. Can Team Witness handle what might be revealed?
Finally, Katie Aselton promises there are far worse foes for David to encounter to come in the series:
As far as my character’s concerned, what we’ve seen thus far is, I have now become a pawn for Division 3. That’s like the government, the bad guys.But then there’s like an ultimate evil — worse than bad guys. So you’ll meet that ultimate evil and see what that guy’s up to.
Additional reporting by Gordon Jackson. Banner art by Jim Cooke.