The head of Marvel Studios debunks two of the biggest Avengers casting rumors, while an unexpected source promises the craziest cameo yet. Plus Man of Steel adds a vital character from Superman mythos, and there are more details on the new show from Doctor Who's Russell T. Davies.
Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from The Avengers.
Empire Magazine's latest preview of the film features some key quotes from Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, in which he says Loki's mysterious army is not the alien Skrulls, as everyone had just sort of assumed:
"Who said they were aliens?...It's not Skrulls, I've been clear about that. Beyond that, we want to hide it. The identity of the alien race is not impactful. It exists in the comic books, but we're not setting up the Kree-Skrull war or anything like that."
When asked if the aliens were from the Nine Realms, Feige said this was "closer." He also took the time to debunk the toy-based rumors that the Red Skull was the secret second villain:
"Was Skull vaporised at the end of the movie, or thrust into another realm? That remains to be seen. It would be fun to see Skull in future, but he's not in this one."
Here are a few scans from the Empire article, including three images from the movie itself. [Coming Soon]
American Werewolf in London and Logan's Run actress Jenny Agutter confirmed in an interview with The Radio Times that she has a role in the film. She wouldn't reveal anything more, except for the seemingly earth-shattering detail that two of the on-set Winnebagos belonged to Iron Man... and Spider-Man. Of course, if true, that second bit would be an absolutely massive shock, what with Marvel Studios not even owning the moving rights to Spider-Man. Which is really another way of saying that, no, there's pretty much no way that this is true, and that this is almost certainly just a result of some sort of miscommunication between Agutter and The Radio Times. [Bleeding Cool]
Man of Steel
13-year-old actress Jadin Gould, whose previous credits include Battle: Los Angeles and Chuck, has reportedly been cast a young version of Lana Lang, presumably alongside the previously reported Dylan Sprayberry as a 13-year-old Clark Kent. It's not currently known whether there will be a grown-up version of Lana Lang, although I suppose I should point out that role has been the center of a lot of those ludicrous Lindsay Lohan casting rumors. [Superman Supersite]
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
Co-directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor make it clear that this movie isn't really a sequel to the original Ghost Rider, other than the continued presence of one Nicolas Cage, master thespian:
Neveldine: I didn't see the first one.
Taylor: That's pretty much the answer to your question — it doesn't really relate at all.! It's not really a sequel. It's more like a reboot. It stands on its own, except that it still has Nic, so it's kind of like a prequel.
They also claimed that the already infamous moment where Ghost Rider pees fire is really Nicholas Cage peeing fire:
Neveldine: [Laughs] Well, the great thing was that Nic can really pee fire, you just need a lighter.
Taylor: So it was low budget filmmaking. We take advantage of things that actors can really do.
There's more at the link, including their belief that this is a "hot, sweaty kind of movie" and lots of praise for costars Idris Elba and Johnny Whitworth. [Comic Book Resources]
Here's an international poster that shows just a little bit more of the giant head seen in previous posters. [Coming Soon]
Director Len Wiseman says his reboot will be more "cerebral" than the Arnold Schwarzenegger original:
"I love the original. It exists in a tone that works in that era. It's a bit more of a serious tone, still a hell of a lot of fun though. But it's a bit more into the cerebral dilemma that Quaid finds himself faced with. I always loved the idea of Recall itself does. Whether it takes you to Mars or a tropical island or a different section of a futuristic earth. It's more about the dilemma that sets up. In the Philip K. Dick story he never physically goes to Mars. It's a choose your own adventure book in your mind. So this chooses a different adventure because we've all seen that one and we already love it. That concept of Recall allows you to do any experience. I thought it would be great to do another experience of that."
He also says at least a few iconic moments from the original - the examples thrown out by the interview included Johnny Cab and the various characters found on Mars - will also show up in this one:
"Some of them [the moments] are. I couldn't do this film without having some of those. As a fan of the original I would be disappointed if there weren't a few things in there. But I never like to copy moments, so there are shifts in perspectives on some of those. I don't step on the ones from the original, but I have fun acknowledging that we all love some of those moments. As I do."
There's more at the link. [Bloody Disgusting]
Here's a TV spot for the upcoming found footage movie about three teenage boys who develop superpowers.
Legendary and omnipresent actor John Hurt has revealed that among his 500 upcoming projects (I'm estimating) is a role in The Host director Bong Joon-ho's adaptation of the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige, which finds Earth in the middle of a new Ice Age and the remnants of humanity huddled on a snowbound train. Hurt joins the previously cast Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, and Jamie Bell. [The Telegraph]
Two more actors have reportedly joined Gattaca and In Time director Andrew Niccol's adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's non-Twilight book in which the last of humanity fights back against parasitic aliens. 13-year-old actor Chandler Canterbury, who has previously appeared in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and the Nicolas Cage vs. Armageddon film Knowing, will reportedly play the younger brother of star Saoirse Ronan's young alien-fighting revolutionary. Boyd Holbrook, whose credits include Milk and Higher Ground, will reportedly play Ronan's macho older brother. [Variety]
We heard a while back that Jonathan Demme, the acclaimed director of such films as Silence of the Lambs and Rachel Getting Married, had optioned the film rights for Stephen King's novel about time travel and the John F. Kennedy assassination. Now Demme has given an update on where the project stands, for which he's currently writing the screenplay:
"I'm adapting Stephen King's book. I'm on the screenplay for it right now. It's a time travel story. Somebody from the 20th century gets a window back to the past and they go back with the goal of trying to prevent the assassination of JFK. It's an extraordinary thriller. It's a great love story, also. It's a fabulous book. [On the production timeline] First I have to get the script finished, and it's going really well."
Here's a photo of stars Jonah Hill, Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller, and The IT Crowd's Richard Ayoade on the set of this comedy in which four bored suburban guys form a neighborhood watch program, only to stumble on an alien invasion. According to Jonah Hill, who release the photo, filming has just wrapped on the movie. [Coming Soon]
Game of Thrones
Here's a lengthy interview with actor Nonso Anozie, in which he among other things discusses playing Xaro Xhoan Daxos in the second season of Game of Thrones.
Newcomer Giles Matthey has reportedly been cast as Claude, "a hot and mysterious British fairy" who was initially played by Lost's Neil Hopkins in a cameo role. The character is rumored to be involved, possibly romantically, with Jessica in the coming fifth season.
The Walking Dead
Here are some more promo photos for the midseason premiere, "Nebraska", which airs February 12. [multipleverses.com]
Costar Melissa McBride discusses what's ahead on the show, particularly the fallout from the death of her on-screen daughter Sophia:
"For my character Carol, she's got to deal with the grief and how she's going to move forward. I think keeping hope alive for her represented, even though all the odds were against finding her alive, you just sort of cling to that hope. She represented that unseen thing that's going to carry you through and to have her come through the barn the way she did, I think it's really throwing a lot of doubt on faith. What unseen thing is going to help us through this? Is it really out there?"
And Daryl actor Normal Reedus weighs in as well on what the death of Sophia means:
"I think for all of us she was a symbol of hope. If we could hold onto her then we'd maybe save a little piece of ourselves as well. Once that went down, all bets are off and everybody's miserable and homicidal at this point, especially her(Carol)."
You can watch a full interview with them and costar Steven Yeun at the link. [Comic Book Movie]
Here's a trailer for this Friday's two-part finale, "Chuck vs. Sarah" and "Chuck vs. the Goodbye."
And here's three sneak peeks and a behind-the-scenes video. [ChuckTV]
Finally, here's a lengthy interview with star Zachary Levi.
Executive producer Chris Fedak gave this preview of the finale:
"[The finale is] an episode haunted by previous seasons, so you're going to find a lot of echos... The first half of the night is very much a contained thriller. then [in the final episode] every act will have echos of past seasons and you'll see how we fold that into the whole story and the narrative will all make sense... As we were working on the episode in the writers room we wanted something that played to the entire show not just this season."
Once Upon a Time
Here's the official description for episode twelve, "Skin Deep", which is written by genre mainstay Jane Espenson and airs February 12:
EMMA KEEPS AN EYE ON MR. GOLD WHEN IT LOOKS LIKE HE'S OUT FOR VIGILANTE JUSTICE AFTER BEING ROBBED, AND BELLE AGREES TO A FATEFUL DEAL TO SAVE HER TOWN FROM THE HORRORS OF THE OGRE WAR — After Mr. Gold's house is robbed, Emma keeps a close eye on him when it looks like he wants to track down the criminal and dole out some vigilante justice as payback, and Valentine's Day finds Mary Margaret, Ruby and Ashley (Jessy Schram, "Falling Skies") having a girls' night out. Meanwhile, in the fairytale land that was, Belle (Emilie de Ravin, "Lost") agrees to a fateful deal to give up her freedom in order to save her town from the horrors of the Ogre war.
Here's a promo photo of Emilie de Raven as Belle. [SpoilerTV]
Here are some promo photos for "Marbeley", the second episode of Paranormal Activity director Oren Peli's found footage supernatural horror show. The episode will likely air around February 14. [SpoilerTV]
Star Kiefer Sutherland reveals the crazy mystical underpinnings of the new show from Heroes creator Tim Kring:
"[The show] is based on a Chinese fable called The Red Thread, and in essence it means that all the people that were supposed to come in contact with each other over the course of a lifetime are connected loosely by a red thread around the ankle, and that thread can stretch and it can bend but it can't break. And somehow in the last hundred years between the Industrial Revolution and the Technological Revolution, we've broken it. And my son is much more highly evolved than I am and can see where it is broken through math and through patterns, and he uses me as his father to try and put all of the pieces back together."
Yeah...it doesn't sound like there's any chance this show will get engulfed by its own bonkers mythology. [E! Online]
Aliens vs. Wizards
As we reported the other day, former Doctor Who showrunner Russell T. Davies is launching a new children's show for CBBC along with longtime Sarah Jane Adventures writer Phil Ford. Here's the description of the show:
From the dark side of the moon, aliens are scanning the Earth searching for magic and are prepared to destroy everything in their path to get it. All that stands in the way of Earth's imminent destruction are two 16-year old schoolboys, Tom and Benny. It's Ray Guns vs Wands; Science vs Magic and Aliens vs Wizards. Tom Clarke lives a seemingly ordinary life with his dad and grandmother. However he hides a deep secret - Tom's family are wizards and when the Nekross arrive, hungry for magic, they find themselves on the menu. The Nekross may be equipped with ray guns, teleports and high-tech robots but they haven't reckoned on Tom and his friend, science super-brain Benny. They form an extraordinary duo, using Tom's magic and Benny's science to battle the Nekross and save the Earth.
The first season will be twelve episodes of thirty minutes each, and it's set to air this fall. [Doctor Who Online]
Being Human (US)
Here's a few promo photos for episode three of the second season, "All Out of Blood." [SpoilerTV]
Additional reporting by Gordon Jackson and Charlie Jane Anders.