Have Marvel and Sony found their new Spider-Man? Could an Avenger fall in Age of Ultron? Neill Blomkamp talks about his Alien movie. The next Star Wars may begin with a crash landing. Plus, what's next on Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, and more. Rejoice, for there are spoilers!
Top image: The Walking Dead.
Vivica A. Fox will reprise her role as Jasmine in the sequel, director Roland Emmerich announced. The previously announced Jessie Usher (Survivor's Remorse) will play her son. Also in talks to join the second movie: Charlotte Gainsbourg (Nymphomaniac). Original stars Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman will also be back, joined by new star Liam Hemsworth. See the tweet below. [Digital Spy]
Marvel and Sony are apparently very keen on hiring a young actor to take on Spider-Man — they've allegedly held auditions with 16-year-old Weeds actor Mateus Ward for the role. [Badass Digest]
And the role is very specifically now Peter Parker, rather than the opportunity for another character to take on the Spider-mantle. Speaking to a fan on his personal tumblr, Joe Quesada specifically name-dropped making sure these movies get Peter Parker right, instead of just saying Spider-Man:
The trick to making any incarnation of Spider-Man great, whether comics, animation or film is Peter Parker. Get Peter's character right and the rest falls into place.
Take what you will from that, but it certainly seems like Miles Morales may no longer be an option. [CBR]
Making Star Wars is back with another description of the movie's opening sequence. Allegedly, following their escape from Imperial custody, Poe Dameron and Finn's hijacked TIE Fighter is hit by a blaster bolt from a chasing Star Destroyer, leading to them crash land on the desert planet below. Dameron is knocked unconscious and Finn ejects from the fighter, but passes out on landing. After searching for the fighter, Finn finds Dameron's clothes and changes out of his Stormtrooper armour into them, which leads to Rey not recognising him as an Imperial deserter when they meet later in the film.
As usual, take all this with a pinch of salt.
Speaking of Star Wars, here's some weird yet intriguing inside baseball stuff — the similarly titled Rogue Nation and Rogue One almost got into a kerfuffle over titling, with Disney's movie apparently not being cleared before it was announced. Instead of chasing after Star Wars to force a name change, Paramount agreed a deal with Disney that means that they cannot discuss Rogue One in a promotional manner over the summer... except for during "a Star Wars fan event in April", which is obviously the upcoming Star Wars: Celebration convention. [THR]
Speaking on the Empire Podcast, Blomkamp revealed that he had to change one element of the story to avoid crossing paths with Prometheus 2:
I changed the one thing [Scott] felt was bumping 'Prometheus' a little bit. One thing that makes me feel good about it is that Ridley is producing it. He likes the idea of what I want to make.
I am familiar with a couple of drafts of the script (one pre-ScarJo pregnancy, one post) and I can tell you that in both drafts the movie ends with the original Avengers splitting up and going their separate ways. Captain America and Nick Fury put together a new team, missing most of the big solo guns. Iron Man is done, Hulk is missing and Thor has returned to Asgard to deal with the events leading up to Thor: Ragnarok. Those last two are vital - my sources tell me they're sitting out Infinity War Part I as well, which means Marvel wants to take them off the shared universe board until they (along with Captain America) return in Part II. Bringing Thor right back for Civil War makes no sense. Bringing Hulk back makes even less sense, as his disappearance is a pretty big deal at the end of Ultron, and undoing that immediately seems silly.
They also have this to add on the repeated rumours that an Avenger will perish during the movie. Recent rumors have turned their sights from Hawkeye to Quicksilver, but BD affirm that this is not the case:
Here's where it gets weird: in one draft of the script Quicksilver did die. But in the latest draft of which I know he does not. I'm not sure what caused this change of heart - the plans for Infinity War? Whedon taking a shine to the character? - but as far as I know he does not kick the bucket in the movie.
And once more, Latino Review's Umberto Gonzalez has details on the film:
#SUICIDESQUAD Pls RT! All about Margot Robbie's #HARLEYQUINN! Got a lot of requests about her so here is what I'm told. Harley Quinn has a few looks throughout the film. Going from traditional with the animated series as a reference to prison attire & in one sequence where they infiltrate a club she swears a dress. Get this, her & Joker's pet Hyena's are in the film briefly. Apparently, Harley with the hyena's are a big motif. Figured fans of #BATMAN:TAS would get a kick out of this one. #skwad #DC #dccu #dccomics #THEJOKER #jaredleto #margotrobbie
Here's Viola Davis on playing the no-nonsense Amanda Waller:
What was the primary factor that got acclaimed actress Viola Davis excited about playing DC Comics' Amanda Waller for the big-screen "Suicide Squad" film? Easy: "That she's Amanda Waller!" says the actress. "That she's badass."
"She's unapologetic," said Davis with more than a hint of admiration. "Everything that I'm reading and studying about her: unapologetic, no humor, just brutal. That's me!"
Jai Courtney talks about the film as a standalone entry in the franchise:
It's not a reboot or a sequel or a prequel," Jai told Variety. "It stands alone. We're introduced to a world that we've seen before. However, when Reese is sent back to save Sarah Connor, something has happened in the process and everything has changed. All the information he has for the mission and the task at hand is different. Therefore, things have been reset and that's where we move forward from. That's about all I can say.
Here's a new synopsis for the movie:
When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline. Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including the Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: To reset the future…
And likewise, here's a new synopsis for the animated film:
The story of Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment's Minions begins at the dawn of time. Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, Minions evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters. Continuously unsuccessful at keeping these masters—from T. rex to Napoleon—the Minions find themselves without someone to serve and fall into a deep depression.
But one Minion named Kevin has a plan, and he—alongside teenage rebel Stuart and lovable little Bob—ventures out into the world to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow.
The trio embarks upon a thrilling journey that ultimately leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill (Academy Award® winner Sandra Bullock), the world's first-ever female super-villain. They travel from frigid Antarctica to 1960s New York City, ending in mod London, where they must face their biggest challenge to date: saving all of Minionkind...from annihilation.
This film about a married couple on a centuries-long deep space journey has been picked up by Rumble Films. [Deadline]
Jeremy Irons has described the movie's script as "amazing" and "a blockbuster written from the heart". [Comic Book]
Here's a press release for "Best Laid Plans":
SNOW AND CHARMING MAKE A TRAGIC DECISION THAT WILL HAUNT THEM THROUGHOUT THEIR LIVES, ON ABC'S "ONCE UPON A TIME"
Kristin Bauer van Straten ("True Blood"), Merrin Dungey ("Revenge"),Victoria Smurfit ("Dracula") Guest Star
"Best Laid Plans" – Hook tells Emma that her fate is at stake in Gold's plan while Regina leads the villains on a wild goose chase. Henry makes a breakthrough in his search to find the Author, but Mary Margaret and David need a moment to reconsider the best course of action. In a Fairy Tale Land flashback, Snow and Charming search for a way to ensure their child will grow-up to be a hero. When a travelling peddler directs them to visit a kindly old hermit, Snow and Charming are presented with a choice that could secure their child's goodness, but at a price that will haunt them for years to come on "Once Upon a Time."
Several new synopses have been released. First, one for the whole season:
"Jon Snow is struggling to balance the demands of the Night's Watch with those of the newly arrived Stannis Baratheon, who styles himself the rightful king of Westeros. Meanwhile, Cersei scrambles to hold on to power in King's Landing amidst the Tyrells and the rise of a religious group led by the enigmatic High Sparrow, while Jaime embarks on a secret mission. Across the Narrow Sea, Arya seeks an old friend and a fugitive Tyrion finds a new cause. And as danger mounts in Meereen, Daenerys finds that her tenuous hold on the city requires hard sacrifices."
And here's some for the first three episodes:
"Cersei (Lena Headey) and Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) adjust to a world without Tywin. Varys (Conleth Hill) reveals a conspiracy to Tyrion (Peter Dinklage). Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) faces a new threat to her rule. Jon (Kit Harington) is caught between two kings.
Written by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss; directed by Michael Slovis."
"Arya (Maisie Williams) arrives in Braavos. Pod (Daniel Portman) and Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) run into trouble on the road. Cersei fears for her daughter's safety in Dorne as Ellaria Sand (Indira Varma) seeks revenge for Oberyn's death. Stannis (Stephen Dillane) tempts Jon. An advisor tempts Daenerys.
Written by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss; directed by Michael Slovis."
"In King's Landing, Queen Margaery (Natalie Dormer) enjoys her new husband. Tyrion and Varys walk the Long Bridge of Volantis.
Written by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss; directed by Mark Mylod."
Satoru Iwata, the CEO of Nintendo, flatly denied the rumor about the esteemed gaming series heading to Netflix:
As of now, I have nothing new to share with you in regard to the use of our IPs for any TV shows or films, but I can at least confirm that the article in question is not based on correct information.
Here's a synopsis for "Best Foot Forward":
The uber-competitive and passionate backstage world of ballet is the backdrop for Henry and Jo's next murder investigation. When a severed human foot encased in a blood-soaked ballet shoe turns up in a bin at the theater, Henry and the detectives race the clock to find the body in this high profile case. Flashbacks to 1929 Paris reveal Henry's emotional experience with a female sculptor friend when drugs collided with the pressure of artistic inspiration. Meanwhile, things have heated up a little too quickly between Jo and Isaac for Jo's taste, but Henry encourages her to overcome her fear of being hurt and take a chance on finding love. Abe engages Lucas' help in tracking down Abigail's whereabouts after leaving Henry. Finally, Henry contemplates whether he should try out Adam's theory about the gun that originally shot and killed him.
You are cordially invited to Diggle and Lyla's wedding, via this promo picture from the CW. I hope you have something nice to wear.
In two clips from "Brother, can you spare a Brain?", Liv recalls a sensual memory in front of Clive in the first, while Major comes by to offer some of Liv's engagement gifts back in the second.
Agent 33 (still wearing Melinda May's face) and Ward reminisce and hold up a diner in this clip from "Love in the time of Hydra". [Coming Soon]
The Winchesters discuss the strange case of Terry Sloane in this clip from "Paint it Black". [Spoiler TV]
Two clips from the season finale, "Conquer" — in the first, Carol threatens Pete, and in the second, Deanna confronts Maggie over what she plans to do following Rick's violent outburst. [Both via Spoiler TV]
Finally, here's Mel Rodriguez on his new character, Todd. [TV Guide]
Additional reporting by Diana Biller and Charlie Jane Anders.