Another familiar face returns for Avatar 2. Sean Gunn teases the obvious for Avengers: Infinity War. Ben Mendelsohn talks about his approach to playing a villain for Ready Player One. Plus, Tom Holland on joining Uncharted, what’s to come on Fear the Walking Dead, and a kickass clip from Atomic Blonde. To me, my spoilers!

Dark Universe

THR reports as part of an extensive piece on Universal’s monster movie gambit that Angelina Jolie and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson are still in talks to play the Bride of Frankenstein and the Wolfman, respectively. The site also says each film in the Universal Monsters stable will have “dramatically” different budgets—including some Roger Corman-level chintziness where applicable.


Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Silicon Valley’s Thomas Middleditch has joined the cast in an undisclosed role. [Variety]


Avatar 2

Deadline reports Joel David Moore has officially signed on to reprise his role as anthropologist-turned-Na’vi ally Norm Spellman from the first film.


Akira

Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo told Forbes he will have to approve the concept of a US remake before one is officially put into production.

While I haven’t seen the new live-action Ghost in the Shell, when it comes to Akira I have already finished the original manga and my own anime version, too. So in that sense, I am basically done with Akira. If someone wants to do something new with Akira then I am mostly okay with that. As I accepted the offer for a live-action Akira to be made, so I am generally okay with whatever they want to do with it. However, I did give one major condition to a live-action version and that is that I had to check and approve the scenario.



Avengers: Infinity War

Sean Gunn revealed some shocking news to Movie Pilot: that there are “even more” CG characters in Infinity War than Guardians of the Galaxy.

I can tell you that the process for Rocket has been very similar to the Guardian movies. If anything, it’s even more painstaking, because there are even more CGI characters around. In Guardians 2, Baby Groot was there the whole time, but the rest of the time was mostly with other live actors. In Avengers, there are several other characters who are CGI enhanced that I’ve interacted with, which makes the process a little more deliberate.


Ready Player One

Ben Mendelsohn told The Wrap he has no intention to play his villainous character, Nolan Sorrento, faithfully to Ernest Cline’s portrayal of him in the novel:

I’m not trying to be faithful to the book Sorrento at all. So, anyone that’s coming at it wanting a faithful re-creation or transposing of the written Sorrento is not gonna get it. I would rarely do that because my feeling about written literature characters is you don’t get to better them. My basic preference is to just try and wipe that slate, and to try and do it in context of what is going on around the film. I treat them as very different entities in that way.


Aquaman

Nicole Kidman told Deadline she’s excited to play a “female warrior from the sea” for James Wan.

Well, James Wan is Australian, and he’s a friend of mine. I think he’s going to make an amazing movie. We’ve always circled each other, so when he came to me, I was like, ‘James, I’ll do anything for you.’ When he said ‘female warrior from the sea’ who wears mother of pearl, I went, ‘Yes. Female warrior from the sea. Me like.’


Wonder Woman

Patty Jenkins shared one last Wonder Woman poster on Twitter.


Uncharted

Tom Holland spoke to Yahoo Movies about playing the young Nathan Drake:

It’s an exciting one. I didn’t know much about it. It sort of just came, it was a conversation I had with (studio head) Tom Rothman about the potential of different movies that I’d like to work with with Sony and I just had the idea that maybe a young Nathan Drake would be something that audiences would be very interested in. I met Shawn (Levy, director) at the MTV awards and we had a brief chat about the potential of doing an origin story rather than copying what the games have done and it seems like people have been really excited about it, I know I am. I’m excited to have some further conversations about it.


Atomic Blonde

In the latest clip, Charlize Theron kicks a ton of ass to the strains of George Michael’s “Father Figure.”


Transformers: The Last Knight

Here’s another Bumblebee-centric TV spot.


War for the Planet of the Apes

A new TV spot recaps Caesar’s journey from baby chimp to harbinger of war.



Agents of SHIELD

Work is currently under way on season five, and Chloe Bennet already has some fantastic ideas:



Lore

Holland Roden has been cast in Amazon’s adaptation of the horror anthology podcast. She’ll play Bridget Cleary, a 19th-century dressmaker and egg merchant whose sudden financial success leads her husband to believe she’s a fairy’s changeling. [Deadline]



Runaways

Brian K. Vaughan hyped the Hulu series to CBR:

I just did a little consulting early in the process, but I think the Runaways found the ideal ‘foster parents’ in Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. They took a weird comic set in the Marvel Universe of 2002 and lovingly adapted it into a stylish drama that feels like contemporary Los Angeles. Love the cast, crew and especially the writers they assembled. And the pilot looks like an Adrian Alphona comic! I can’t wait to watch this first season unfold.


Alex Rider

A TV series based on the popular spy-fi series of YA novels is in development at British network ITV. [Variety]


Deathstroke

Manu Bennett is gauging interest for a Deathstroke spinoff series on Twitter, because that’s what you do these days.



Orphan Black

The BBC has released synopses for episodes two and three of season five.

CLUTCH OF GREED - Captured by Neolution Sarah receives a damning ultimatum from Rachel: come into the fold, or lose your family. Her decision causes a clash with Kira who begins exploring her own maturity. Meanwhile, Ferdinand struggles to get a handle on Rachel’s new velvet glove mandate in pursuit of the clones. With Neolutionists and Ferdinand watching their every move, Felix brings an old ally into the mix to help his family get Kira to safety. On the Island, Cosima struggles to comprehend the reality of the Neolution myth made real.

BENEATH HER HEART - Stuck on the sidelines with Neolutionists crawling all over her home, Alison seeks to return to her community center, but Bailey Downs has moved on from her. As she flounders to take back some semblance of control, the ghost of friendships’ past rears its handsome head. Art and his new partner show up at the Hendrix residence to continue their search for Helena, forcing Art to make a difficult moral judgement.

And here’s a clip of Helena from the season premiere, to tide you over.


The Gifted

If you wanted to watch what is basically a shorter cut of the recent first trailer, then this TV spot is just for you.


The Originals

A handful of pictures from tonight’s episode, “Phantomesque,” have been released. Head to the link to see more. [KSite TV]


Fear the Walking Dead

Finally, a new featurette tells us what to expect in the coming season. Hint: It rhymes with “bombies.”


Additional reporting by Gordon Jackson. Banner art by Jim Cooke.