A major heavy-hitter might be the villain of Zack Snyder's reboot after all — and a couple of big-time actors are reportedly in line to play him. The new Hulk won't just share Marc Ruffalo's movements... it'll share his looks.
Also, more actors join Ridley Scott's Prometheus, Simon Pegg is pumped up for the Star Trek sequels, new posters for Green Lantern, the Total Recall reboot is going ahead, and much more!
Spoilers from this point forward!
Top image from Sucker Punch.
Two acting heavyweights are reportedly in contention for the villain role... which, contrary to earlier denials by Zack Snyder, might be General Zod after all. Viggo Mortensen and Daniel Day-Lewis have both been rumored for roles in the movie, although only Mortensen has specifically been linked to Zod. That said, it's hard to imagine what role Daniel Day-Lewis would be in contention for other than Zod. (Although a Daniel Plainview style take on Jimmy Olsen would be pretty spectacular.) Anyway, both of these are just rumors, and both have outstanding commitments to other projects, so take this all with a grain of salt for now. [The Hollywood Reporter and Moviehole]
[gallery 5771827] Here's some new posters. [The Daily Blam]
Marc Ruffalo explained one of the cooler features of providing motion capture for the Hulk - it'll actually look like a giant, muscled out version of him:
"It's cool, it's gonna be great. The script is a nice combination of funny and was very in Joss Whedon's wheelhouse. And I got to see the maquette of the Hulk yesterday in full scope and it's awesome. Just like me. We're going out of our way to... first of all, I'm the first actor to actually do it in motion capture as the Hulk. And so, all the features are mine, they're just really big."
Simon Pegg offered this update:
Word on the bridge is the new script is AMAZEBALLS and I cannot wait!!!!!
Paramount has also reportedly started setting up pre-production offices for the sequel, despite not having seen the script yet. [ScreenRant]
Ridley Scott's not-technically-an-Alien-prequel movie reportedly starts filming in three weeks, and joining confirmed stars Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender are reportedly Charlize Theron, The Wire's Idris Elba, 24 Hour Party People's Sean Harris, and Red Road's Kate Dickie. Ridley Scott said this about the film:
"It's the story of creation, the gods and the man who stood against them. It's not a small film. ‘I'm using the giant James Bond 007 stage at Pinewood and six other sound stages to film it."
Actor Michael Arden offers this take on the movie's ideas:
I think the basic question of the movie (because I think everyone wisely has steered clear of trying to send a message) is what respect should a human life be given? The mind is capable of many things, among them; love, hate, greed, hubris and forgiveness. When man is given the power to play god over another person, this question of "Should I, or shouldn't I?" becomes paramount. And in the decision, a man's morals are brought to light. I think the film makers and writers have presented this idea beautifully and I hope it stays with the audience after the credits roll.
Here are some retro posters for Zack Snyder's upcoming film. [/Film]
Sony/Columbia has now confirmed they're going ahead with this film, which is thought to star Colin Farrell in the Arnold Schwarzenegger role. The tentative release date is in August 2012. Here's the synopsis they released:
Total Recall is a new, contemporized reimagining of the science fiction saga. The film will be directed by Len Wiseman and produced by Neal H. Moritz and Toby Jaffe, with Ric Kidney on-board as executive producer. The short story "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale" by Philip K. Dick served as the source for the 1990 Motion Picture screen story by Ronald Shusett & Dan O'Bannon and Jon Povill and screenplay by Ronald Shusett & Dan O'Bannon and Gary Goldman, with the updated screenplay being written by Kurt Wimmer and Mark Bomback and James Vanderbilt.
Here's a couple photos of star Bradley Cooper and Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark star T.V. Carpio, who plays the wife of Cooper's landlord in the movie. The two start off as enemies, but Cooper's newly superpowered mind leads the two into a sexual encounter. [MTV]
Here's a new poster for James Gunn's vigilante comedy, starring Rainn Wilson and Ellen Page. [Fangoria]
Ewan McGregor has reportedly joined Bryan Singer's gritty take on the fair tale, which already includes Nicholas Hoult in the title role alongside Stanley Tucci, Bill Nighy and John Kassir. Actresses Adelaide Kane and Elenor Tomlinson are reportedly in contention for the role of a princess. [The Hollywood Reporter]
James Franco is now all but confirmed to be taking on the part of the young conman turned "wizard" in Sam Raimi's Wizard of Oz prequel. [Deadline]
Jimmi Simpson, who plays Liam McPoyle on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (among a host of other wonderfully creepy roles), has reportedly joined the cast as one of Lincoln's sidekicks. [Variety]
Jon Chu, director of the Justin Bieber movie Never Say Never, is reportedly signed on to direct the sequel. [Deadline]
James Corden is now confirmed to be making a return appearance as Craig Owens, his character from last year's "The Lodger." The smart money is that he'll be appearing in "The Lodger" writer Gareth Roberts' episode, which is currently rumored to be either episode ten or - intriguingly - the penultimate episode twelve. [BBC]
Here's a promo for the next episode, "Os." [SpoilerTV]
Leonard Nimoy has now confirmed he's coming back as William Bell:
Coming to Fringe. William's bell rings soon.
Executive producer Jeff Pinkner has suggested Anna Torv will soon play a third persona of Olivia, although it's apparently not a version from yet another universe. [Fringe Spoilers]
Here's a new promo:
Here's a synopsis for episode 18, "Chuck vs. the A-Team":
CHUCK FEARS THAT CASEY HAS A SECRET THAT MAY SPLIT UP THE TEAM - ROBIN GIVENS, STACY KEIBLER AND ISAIAH MUSTAFA GUEST STAR –Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) investigate when they suspect that Casey (Adam Baldwin) is carrying out private missions. Meanwhile, Chuck fears that the CIA's seemingly-perfect new operatives (guest stars Isaiah Mustafa and Stacy Keibler) will render him obsolete. Elsewhere, Morgan settles in with a new roommate, and Awesome (Ryan McPartlin) panics when Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) embarks on a potentially dangerous line of research.
Here are the details of a casting call for episode 21, "Chuck vs. the Wedding Planner":
The wedding planner in question is one Daphne Peralta, a fashionable, fit, smart, sexy woman in her 30s or 40s who sports a New Jersey accent. She's planning a wedding for the daughter of a Hungarian nuclear scientist, Dr. Klug, who happens to work for Iran. His sons, Bruno, Franz & Paulie are also nuclear scientists working for Iran.
The show's season order has been cut to twenty episodes, which generally isn't great for the show's chances for a second second season pickup. Costar Stephen Collins says it would be a shame if the show doesn't get picked up:
"We, all of us, on this show, feel like it's hit its stride, which, of course, makes all the ongoing questions of whether we're going to get picked up or not that much more hair-raising. If the show was going nowhere, it'd be like, 'Ah, fine, let it go, who cares if it gets picked up?' But I feel like we're firing on all cylinders. I don't know how they did this, but the finale is such a deft piece of writing. It answers so many questions and creates so many situations ... I'm not kidding when I say this, if this show goes on, people are going to be going, 'Oh, my God, I can't wait until next year.'"
He also explained that Dr. King has benevolent motivations, at least in his own twisted way:
"He's definitely got the big picture in mind, Dr. King. He's going to feed the world and heal the world, and if a couple of dozen people have to die horrible deaths in the service of that, that's a very small price to pay when you look at things like Iraq and Afghanistan. I mean, come on, it's just simple math. Listen, if he gets rich in the process ... I think Dr. King fully expects that he'll win a Nobel Prize someday. He's got his eye on the ball. There are big problems in the world, and if he solves them — if people want to get in his way, OK, but it's really shortsighted of them. He's got personal reasons why he's doing what he's doing.
However, sure, he wants money, and he loves power, but it's also revealed over the last couple of episodes, there is someone higher up at GlobalTech. That person has been hinted at, and we get more than a glimpse of that person. So, yes, he wants money and power, but his basic motivation, when all is said and done, has been much simpler than that. There's an element about King's motivation which is revealed in the finale which, to me, is just fascinating. It's a game-changer, and yet it fits in with everything I've been doing."
Here's a behind-the-scenes video for the two-hour midseason premiere. [SpoilerTV]
And here's a bunch of cast interviews.
Here's some set photos for episode 19, "Mommy Dearest." [multipleverses.com]
Here's a promo for episode 7, "Though The Heavens Fall." [SpoilerTV]
Here's a promo for episode 7:
Battlestar Galactica's Katee Sackhoff has revealed she is doing a voice on the show. [@KateeSackhoff]
Here's a promo for episode 8, "Uneasy Lies The Head." [The V-Files]
Here's a promo for next week's episode, "Scion." [SpoilerTV]
Additional reporting by Michael Ann Dobbs and Charlie Jane Anders.