Carrie Fisher's Daughter Shoots Down A Longstanding Force Awakens Rumor

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Take a closer look at Batman v. Superman’s Batwing. Charlize Theron could star in a comic-book movie, Eddie Redmayne is up for J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts, and Luc Besson’s Valerian gets two leads. Agent Carter season two will have new romances and new locales. Spoilers, Assemble!

Top image: The Force Awakens.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Carrie Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, has denied the widespread rumors that she’s playing a younger version of Princess Leia in flashback sequences in the film:

“That’s a lie. That’s a rumor. I wish I played a young princess... I can’t talk to you about the character, or the lack of character. I didn’t even say that. That was too much.


[ET Online]

28 Months Later

Alex Garland says that he’s not involved with the movie, but work is going ahead on an idea he pitched with Danny Boyle:

“About two years ago, Danny started collaborating on the potential to make Trainspotting 2, another sequel,” Garland tells The Playlist. “In that conversation, an idea for 28 Months arrived. I had a funny idea. I had a sort of weird idea that popped into my head. Partly because of a trip I’d taken. I had this thought, and I suggested it to Andrew [McDonald] and Danny, but I also said I don’t want to work on it. I don’t really want to play a role, and Andrew said, ‘Leave it to me.’ So he’s gone off and is working on it.”



Luc Besson has reconfirmed his next project will be adapting the Belgian comics series in the vein of The Fifth Element, and now there’s actual casting news. Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevigne will play the leads. [Deadline]



Anne Hathaway has been cast as the lead in Nacho Vigalondo’s next movie — a woman named Gloria who realises that “when news reports surface that a giant lizard is destroying the city of Tokyo, [she] gradually comes to realize that she is strangely connected to these far-off events via the power of her mind.” [THR]


The Coldest City

Charlize Theron will start in David Leitch and Chad Stahelski’s adaptation of the Oni comic. [Deadline]


Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

Eddie Redmayne is purportedly now in talks to star as Newt Scamander. [Deadline]

Batman v. Superman

Umberto Gonzalez has shared a new piece of concept art for the Batwing on instagram. [Cinemablend]


Agent Carter

ABC have released an official description for the show’s second season:

“Marvel’s Agent Carter” returns for a second season of adventure and intrigue, starring Hayley Atwell in the titular role of the unstoppable secret agent for the SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve). Dedicated to the fight against new atomic age threats in the wake of World War II, Peggy must now journey from New York City to Los Angeles for her most dangerous assignment yet. But even as she discovers new friends, a new home — and perhaps even a new love — she’s about to find out that the bright lights of the post-war Hollywood mask a more sinister threat to everyone she is sworn to protect.



Agents Of SHIELD/SHIELD Spinoff

ABC’s Paul Lee says that the show’s spinoff, not picked up in recent upfronts, could still happen. He sort of confirmed it would have been about Lance Hunter and Bobbi Morse, saying, “We absolutely love those characters on ‘SHIELD,’ so much so that they didn’t want to mess with success by attempting a spinoff at this point.” [Variety]


The Messengers

Here’s a short synopsis for “Deus Ex Machina”:

THE PAST COMES BACK TO HAUNT JOSHUA — As the Messengers race to stop the next Horseman, they uncover a cyber plot to kill thousands. Meanwhile, Joshua (Jon Fletcher) finds he can no longer escape his past.


[Spoiler TV]


Marc Guggenheim teases the finale:

It gives you a very definitive end. It does feel like a series finale. At the same time, now that we’re working on season four, there are plot threads and notions from the season finale that get pulled into season four. It really does function on both levels, much more so than previous season finales. We’ve never ended a season the way we’re ending this season, where literally you are going, “How can the show go on?” At the end of season one in the wake of Tommy’s [Colin Donnell] death, there was a question of how can Oliver go on? But there was no question of how the show was going to be the show. Here, literally there is no more Arrow identity. There is no more lair. Relationships are fractured. All the things that sort of make the show the show are kind of gone. It’s an interesting conundrum the finale poses, which is “OK. That was a really satisfying ending, but I know there is a season four, so how is there going to be a season four?” It’s a cliffhanger.



Guggenheim also teased, following Stephen Amell’s recent comments on an Arrow/Constantine crossover, that he’d love to bring John Constantine to the show:

It would be wonderful and we certainly have a million ideas — it’s hard for me to say mainly because A: it’s not my decision to make and B: with ‘Constantine’ being shopped around to other networks… it’s really hard to make plans when a show’s kind of in limbo.



The Originals

Riley Voelkel’s Freya has been promoted to series regular. [TV Line]


Morena Baccarin has also been promoted to a series regular for the show’s second season. [TV Line]



Here’s a new trailer for the UK Channel 4/AMC series about Servant Robots gaining independence. [Coming Soon]

The Flash

Here’s some new “Fight Club” posters for Captain Cold, Heatwave and Firestorm. [Coming Soon]


Doctor Who

Ingrid Oliver teases her return to the show. [Blogtor Who]

Orphan Black

Finally, here’s some promo pictures for “Scarred by many past Frustrations”. [Spoiler TV]


Additional reporting by Abhimanyu Das and Charlie Jane Anders


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