A familiar face will appear in The Avengers after all, and could an unexpected comic book character be along for the ride as well? Joe Johnston has big plans for new Captain America, Jurassic Park, and even Star Wars movies!
Plus awesome casting news for the new James Bond film, Powers, and Once Upon a Time. Robert Kirkman looks way ahead into The Walking Dead's future, and things aren't looking good for Zombieland 2 and The Dark Tower.
Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from Torchwood: Miracle Day.
The Mentalist actress Amanda Righetti has been revealed as a "SHIELD Agent" in both this and Captain America. Since most of Captain America is set in the 1940s, one would assume her larger role as a SHIELD operative would be in The Avengers. Anyway, her specific character hasn't been revealed, but the current speculation is that it could be Sharon Carter, the niece of Hayley Atwell's Peggy Carter, or Carol Danvers, who becomes the superhero Miss Marvel in the comics. [Daily Blam!]
Gwyneth Paltrow has reportedly been spotted doing two days of clandestine filming in New Mexico, and the rumor is that she has more than just a cameo in the movie. It might be a good idea to take this with a grain of salt until we get more official confirmation though. [DisFanReview]
Captain America director Joe Johnston discusses how Cap will be slightly different in his next appearance:
Chris Evans plays a slightly different character in The Avengers. Which I think is good. I think he should be a different character, because he is in a different world. He is still Steve Rogers, and he retains those traits that make him the guy we all call Captain America, but at the same time, he should be different. Now? He is a man out of time. It should affect him.
Chris Evans expands on that point:
"It's really multifaceted. The guy has to accept the fact that everyone he knew and loved is gone. Not only is he alone, [but] the world has changed so much, and I think a big part of what makes Cap Cap was his connection to the way things used to be, this kind of pro-American morality and good-ol'-boy sense of life and the way of doing things. In the modern era, there's a bit of a disconnect. There's not as much human interaction. I think there's more cynicism than there was back then, so it's him trying to come to terms with the way things are."
Staff Sergeant Demoine Kinney of Ohio's Wright-Patterson Air Force Base says he has a bit part in the film:
"As I understand it, I will have lines to say and I will be in the deck scene (on an aircraft carrier) along with Samuel Jackson and Robert Downey Jr. Yes, me. That's all I know about the movie at this point."
Another fifty airmen from the base will reportedly appear as extras on the aircraft carrier, although it's unclear whether this is a regular, oceangoing carrier or one of the airborne variety. [Dayton Daily News]
The movie will indeed feature a post-credits scene, and it's reportedly a big one: a trailer for The Avengers, featuring new footage of the main cast members and a look at the movie's logo. For a longer description, check out the link. [Heat Vision]
Here's a whole heap of TV spots.
Here's ten minutes of behind-the-scenes footage.
Joe Johnston revealed just which character he'd like to explore in a sequel - and it's a pretty big one:
I told the Marvel guys that there is a character that I'm really interested in called ‘The Winter Soldier' and that if, ‘you guys decide to make that picture I would definitely be interested.' It's the ‘Bucky' Barnes story...We talked about ‘The Winter Soldier' which is the continuation of what his story is. It's basically that he is captured by the Russians and he's brainwashed and turned into an assassin. But you know there are a thousand ways to go with that. I just think that it would be interesting to take a character that was in ‘Captain America' and build a story around him. Plus, I like Sebastian Stan a lot (who played Bucky) I think he would be an interesting actor to build another feature around."
Man of Steel
Zack Snyder has reportedly brought in his 300 cowriter Kurt Johnstad to do some rewrites on David Goyer's script, which has been rumored for awhile now to have third act problems. Either way, rewrites are fairly common, and indeed Jonathan Nolan has also reportedly done some work on the screenplay. [Moviehole]
Here's a tour of the Smallville set in Plano, Illinois. The consensus seems to be that you're better off watching this with the sound off, because the narration can be a bit much.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Here's a featurette looking at the movie's story.
And here are some TV spots.
Jurassic Park 4
Perhaps sensing his pull in Hollywood will never be stronger than it is right now, Joe Johnston is also talking up all the non Captain America projects he wants to do, starting with the long-mooted Jurassic Park continuation:
"We are in discussions about ‘Jurassic Park 4.' The most important thing I can tell you is that it starts a new trilogy that will go off in a different direction - a completely different direction that is very exciting, and different from anything we've seen." Johnston continued by saying that, "It starts with the history of the first trilogy, but it spins it off in a completely different direction. That's all I can tell you."
Boba Fett Movie
While there's at least a chance that another Jurassic Park movie might happen, I'm guessing this is just a pipe dream on Johnston's part. But it's a pretty awesome pipe dream, it must be said:
"You know if [George Lucas] wants to see [Captain America], I would show it to him. I'm trying to get George to make a feature based on Boba Fett. I would like to [direct it], it would be a lot of fun."
I can't believe this would ever happen, but I'm 100% in favor of this anyway. Particularly if it means Jeremy Bulloch can come back to the role, in which case I'm 1,000,000% in favor of this. [ScreenRant]
Rhys Ifans, fresh off playing the villain in The Amazing Spider-Man, has reportedly joined the cast. It's unknown who he would play, but since Naomie Harris has reportedly already been cast as Miss Moneypenny, it's possible Ifans could end up playing Q — which, considering the fellow Welsh roots of original Q Desmond Llewelyn, seems only appropriate. [The Telegraph]
Sony Pictures has released a synopsis and cast list for the fourth entry in the Underworld series:
Underworld Awakening brings a stunning new dimension to the epic battle between Vampires and Lycans, as the first film in the franchise to shoot in 3D.
Kate Beckinsale, star of the first two films, returns in her lead role as the vampire warrioress Selene, who escapes imprisonment to find herself in a world where humans have discovered the existence of both Vampire and Lycan clans, and are conducting an all-out war to eradicate both immortal species.
Kate Beckinsale, Stephen Rea, Michael Ealy, Theo James, India Eisley and Charles Dance star.
Here's a red-band trailer. You may need to sign into YouTube and verify your age in order to see it, though.
300: Battle of Artemisia
Noam Murro, the director of the indie film Smart People and the live-action Halo commercials, has reportedly been hired to direct the sequel to Zack Snyder's 2007 film. [Heat Vision]
Director Ruben Fleischer says it's probably not happening at this point:
"I can promise you it's something we all want to do. I think the reality of it happening is getting less and less real. It's just harder and harder every day, because everybody's gotten really busy and the reality is that we've never had a script that we've all just fallen in love with. Until there's a script that we all can say, 'This is it,' it's more of an idea than an actual thing that we can work towards prioritizing and realizing."
Which more or less fits with Jesse Eisenberg's latest status update:
"They're writing the script right now but I haven't seen it and I suspect that the longer we wait, the less relevant it will be. I mean, all the actors would love to do it and the director would love to do it but I'm not sure what's happening."
The Dark Tower
Speaking of probably defunct projects, Universal has reportedly dropped Ron Howard's proposed adaptation of the Stephen King series. It's possible another company might step in to finance it, with Warner Bros. being the most likely possibility, but at this point the writing is probably on the wall for this one. [Deadline]
Torchwood: Miracle Day
Here's an interview with Anna Torv.
Here's a promo for episode five, "Me and the Devil."
The Walking Dead
Robert Kirkman teases the possibility of a major character death this year:
How does it affect you as a writer knowing you have 13 episodes this season versus six last year?
It is no problem at all to me, just because coming from comics I'm used to producing — for The Walking Dead, I produce 12 comics a year and then I do three or four other comics on top of that. I guess it's somewhat daunting but I'm not even writing this stuff by myself. So it seems like it's a little bit easier.
He also says that the third season might end up being set mostly at the Prison, but he doesn't want to commit to that so far in advance. However, he did say his first choice for the Governor is Ed O'Neill, and that his second (perhaps not completely serious) pick is John Stamos. Finally, he acknowledged that he'd like to continue the comic book for another 15 or so years, and it's unlikely the show would last even half that long, so they have thought about a potential endgame for the show independent of the comics. [E! Online]
Here's a promo poster for season two. [EW]
Writer Benjamin Raab drops some hints about where the show is headed this season:
We've got so many great episodes this season, so many different kinds of mysteries. But the biggest mystery of all comes in the form of this season's Big Bad. This time around, the Warehouse team is going to find themselves up against a threat unlike any they've ever faced before...
This time around, we not only dig deeper into Warehouse"mythology" and the roles of the Regents, but we also reveal some big secrets about our character's pasts that I think will both surprise and entertain fans both new and old.
Titus Welliver, who you might remember from some awesome combination of Lost, Sons of Anarchy, The Good Wife, and Deadwood, has reportedly been cast as the recurring character Triphammer, who is a narcissistic genius who has created tech that can bestow or remove superpowers. [AOL TV]
Here's a promo for the next episode, "Sanctuary (Part 2)."
Once Upon a Time
Breaking Bad's Giancarlo Esposito has reportedly been cast on ABC's upcoming fairy tale series as Sidney/The Magic Mirror. Here's the character description:
In Storybrooke, he is Sidney: a reporter for the local newspaper The Daily Mirror. In Fairy Tale Land, he is the vaporous visage trapped within the Evil Queen's Magic Mirror who is always truthful.
Additional reporting by Mandy Curtis and Charlie Jane Anders.