Harrison Ford discusses why he would want to return to any of his iconic roles. The new Godzilla brings back one of the franchise's most famous non-monster cast members. Lena Headey reveals why everything has gone to crap for Cersei on Game of Thrones. Plus Michael Emerson previews Person of Interest's most crucial stories. Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from Game of Thrones.
Star Wars: Episode VII
Asked about reprising the role of Han Solo — or Indiana Jones or Blade Runner's Rick Deckard, for that matter — Harrison Ford says he would be interested in any of them, as long as there's interesting material to work with:
"It might be nice, depending on the circumstances, to revisit any one of those characters. What interests me now is the opportunity to work at all and to work in ambitious projects. I can't think that way. What I'm looking for is the next opportunity, the next ambitious opportunity. It doesn't matter if it's one of those. If it's one of those, great. If it's not, that's fine too."
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Take all this with a grain of salt, but there's a new list of plot details that supposedly come from an inside source. These may all be totally bogus, but here are the editted highlights:
— Electro will not be wearing anything close to his classic green and yellow outfit: "think Ultimate version."
— The character's civilian alter ego Max Dillon will be an Oscorp employee; the photograph that director Marc Webb tweeted with the morgue number is actually where Dillon is taken after his "accident."
— There will be no Green Goblin in this movie but lots of teasers and foreshadowing for the next movie; apparently Norman Osborn (Chris Cooper) hasn't been cured yet and is still dying.
It's also suggested that Emma Stone's Gwen Stacy will die before the end of the film, and her role might not be as large as one might assume. Again, best to take all this with a grain of salt for the time being. [Comic Book Movie]
House of Cards actress Kate Mara has reportedly joined the cast of the directorial debut of Wally Pfister, who has previously worked as cinematographer on many of Christopher Nolan's films. Mara joins a cast that already includes Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany, and Rebecca Hall; Mara is rumored to play "a recruiter who brings in Paul Bettany into the A.I. fold." [Variety and @Borys_Kit]
In what has to be considered encouraging news, Japanese actor Akira Takarada has been added to the cast; Takarada was a star of the original 1954 Godzilla and has appeared in multiple subsequent Japanese entries. There's no further information on who he will play in the film, but you can check out a rather nice photo of Takarada and director Gareth Edwards at the link. [Godzilla Movie]
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
As for his planned next project, director Jon M. Chu explains where he's up to in development:
"We're still early but we're deep in experimenting. This is the most fun phase for me because we get to try everything we've ever wanted to try in [Masters of the Universe] and then we get to throw out all the things that don't work, which is most of it. [This allows us to know] what our tone is, where we're going to head with it and it's a very important phase because it shows [us] the direction we're going to go in the future. So we're very early, we don't know a lot yet other than that we're playing around and having a lot of fun."
Steven Moffat discusses the decision to bring back the Ice Warriors:
The impetus really came from Mark Gatiss. I wasn't that keen, initially, on the idea of bringing the Ice Warriors back. They'd never been any special favorite of mine, in the old series. I thought they were good, but I never quite got into them. But, Mark Gatiss get nagging me and Caroline [Skinner] about bringing them back, and then he came up with an idea, which I won't tell you – I'm going to leave that as a surprise in "Cold War" – but he really made them come to life for me. It was brilliant. At that point, I really got into it, but that was due to Mark's creativity and not mine. There were a number of challenges that I can't talk about, but one I will talk about is that they are far less familiar to the general audience than the Daleks or the Cybermen, or any of those things, where you feel that you have to bring the changes a bit with the look of them because they're very familiar. With the Ice Warriors, we wanted to create a really good, super-duper version of the one that's already there, rather than changing or revising it. So, the challenge was making the one that they designed for the fuzzy old televisions work for these other, less forgiving HD cameras of today.
He also discusses the overall thrust of the series, with the final line offering an implicit hint about the 50th anniversary special:
You always want to make it special and huge and big. One of the things that I'm concerned about this year is that the show must be seen to be going forward. It's all about the next 50 years, not about the last 50 years. If you start thinking it's all about nostalgia then you're finished. It's about moving forward. The Doctor is moving forward, as he always does. He wants to solve the mystery of Clara. He's not thinking about all his previous incarnations and all his previous adventures. He's thinking about the future. That, for me, is important. The show must never feel old. It must always feel brand new, and a 50th anniversary can play against that.
There's some more at the link. [Collider]
Game of Thrones
Costar Lena Headey discusses what's ahead for Cersei Lannister:
"She's missing Jaime because he's been gone for awhile. Interestingly her only ally is Tyrion (Peter Dinklage). It's sort of an interesting dynamic between those two. They share a common ground because they're both terrified of their father. It's that interesting thing where children, if they're frightened by their parents, there's a competition between them for their father's trust and belief. There's an interesting teenage behavior between them, and she's terrified of her father finding out who she really is... Joffrey is literally out of her control. It's so painful for her that it's such a big fuck up, that the kid she loves so much is so out of hand and she has little-to-no control over him. The threat of Margaery, who's younger and beautiful, is just killing her."
Brothers & Sisters actor Luke Grimes has reportedly been cast in the recurring role of James, described as "a circa '70s-made vamp who is smart, spiritual and emotionally deeper than any other bloodsucker we've seen before." [TV Line]
House actress Karolina Wydra has also reportedly joined the cast in the recurring role of Violet, "a strong, sexy, possibly dangerous [vampire] on par with the Eric Northmans and Bill Comptons of the world." [TV Line]
Person of Interest
Star Michael Emerson confirms the return of Fairly Legal star Sarah Shahi as Samantha Shaw, and he also hints at other upcoming stories:
"[Finch's] relationship with Grace is central to the end of the season. The audience will see her in the course of more flashbacks to a happier time, [and] we'll see the beginnings of their relationship and it's evolution... [We're explore the machine's] past, its present and its future - if there is one. Although ours is a series that is comprised of standalone episodes, we do have a kind of overarching mythology and that has to do with the life of the machine - its origins, its development and its current utility. Or its current danger. And so we will go back to that, which I think is an interesting theme to most of the viewers of the show. That will be a big story that takes us out of season 2. "
DC Comics chief creative officer and series writer Geoff Johns hints at Oliver's continuing evolution as a hero:
"There is so much room in this show to explore the future of the superhero. He may represent the cynical view now, but by season's end you are going to see a big move toward a more heroic Oliver Queen."
Colton Haynes discusses Roy Harper's journey towards potentially becoming Oliver's sidekick. He also ponders whether it will be Roy or his girlfriend — and Oliver's sister — Thea who actually takes on the mantle of Speedy:
They said it's open for interpretation. They keep on teasing it. Actually, in one of my first episodes, they took out a line where Thea calls Roy "Speedy." I think that would've teased the fans a little bit too much and it would've caused them to want to know more. It's so up in the air right now. They take you on this journey with Roy and Thea in the next episodes and make you believe like they could team up. But you never know.
What will his journey look like for the rest of the season?
Roy is becoming a lot more prominent in the coming episodes, which is fun for me. It's going to be an action-packed few episodes. I don't think Roy is going to stop until he finds the Hood. He sees a way out of this life, and I think he's going to do anything he possibly can, whether that means putting himself or Thea in danger. He is dead-set on finding the Hood and [trying to] be part of this.
Is Roy feeling like he has a life debt to the Hood now?
Here's a trailer for the rest of season four.
Here's a promo for episode eleven, "Adventures in Fae-bysitting."
Even though he's been promoted to series regular status on Arrow, Colton Haynes suggests Teen Wolf viewers haven't seen the last of his character Jackson, although whether that means he will make the occasional guest appearance or the role will be recast is hard to tell from this quote:
"I don't know, actually. I'm still really good friends with everybody, and I'm sure that [showrunner] Jeff [Davis] and all the writers, whichever way they go [with Jackson], it will be epic and true to the show. I think that Jackson will always be alive, somehow. Whether they kill him or not, Jeff will find a way where everybody is happy."
Additional reporting by Katharine Trendacosta and Charlie Jane Anders.