The Star Wars Expanded Universe may not be as dead as some people believed. The Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts gets a veteran Potter director. A major Marvel villain comes to Agents of SHIELD, and Syfy's The Expanse gets two more stars. Plus a startling Doctor Who hint. Spoilers right now!
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Star Wars: Episode VII
Devin Faraci (from Badass Digest) claims on Twitter that the Expanded Universe isn't really getting jettisoned completely — we'll still see a lot of those elements, just in a new continuity:
He also hints that maybe people are jumping to conclusions about Daisy Ridley's character being the daughter of Han Solo and Princess Leia.
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice
A new set photo gives a good look at Superman's new costume, which looks quite different from the one in Man of Steel — even though he found that suit on board an 18,000-year-old ship, so how could he have gotten a new one? We'll find out soon enough. More at the link. [MTV]
James Cameron insists he really has a lot more story to tell in this universe, and that's why he's putting out three more films:
There's nothing I need to say as an artist about the state of the world and human affairs that I can't do through the lens of the 'Avatar' universe. We've had a couple of years to think through the story arc of the next three films, and every day that goes by, I believe in the stories I'm telling more and more. We're not coming out of the block fast to capitalize on the last film.
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them
The Harry Potter spin-off trilogy snagged the perfect director — David Yates, who helmed the last four Potter films. Or at least, "both sides are in negotiations." Yates is currently filming Tarzan, but the studio was keen to hire someone who already knew the Potterverse well, for this tale of Newt Scamander, the author of the Fantastic Beasts book, set 70 years before the Potter books. [Variety]
Resident Evil 6
Don't hold your breath for the sixth and probably final Evil film — Milla Jovovich's pregnancy means it'll be delayed by 10 months from its original 2015 release date. [Deadline]
Here are some more set photos, which showcase Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) as a hard-bitten grifter who has to keep looking over his shoulder. They also show how San Francisco is being re-dressed as a more retro sleaze-pit full of topless dancers. More at the link. [ SuperheroHype]
Patrick Warburton has signed on to reprise his role as John's coworker Guy — but it's not clear if his partner Ryan Reynolds will be back. [Deadline]
Amityville: The Awakening
A trailer for this horror film is playing before Sin City 2, and ShockTillYouDrop has a few screenshots. See more at the link. [ ShockTillYouDrop]
The Ring 3
Prolific screenwriter Akiva Goldsman is in talks to write the long-awaited third movie in this horror series. He recently did a rewrite of the script of Insurgent, the sequel to Divergent. And he's supposed to direct a film called Survivor, about a girl with psychic powers. [Deadline]
The Devil's Hand
Here's a trailer for this film about a small town where the Devil can inhabit girls on the eve of their 18th birthday... until six birthday girls all start vanishing. The film comes out Oct. 10. [ ShockTillYouDrop]
Here's another one of those promos counting down to the launch of this show, this time with two days left. [ SpoilerTV]
The new issue of TV Guide includes a few hints for the new season, which will include a small nervous breakdown for the Doctor, a visit to Gallifrey, and a strained relationship between the Doctor and Clara's boyfriend — the Doctor doesn't trust Danny because of his past. [ BlogtorWho]
Here's an official description for the third episode, "Robots of Sherwood":
In a sun-dappled Sherwood forest, the Doctor discovers an evil plan from beyond the stars and strikes up an unlikely alliance with Robin Hood. With all of Nottingham at stake, the Doctor must decide who is real and who is fake. Can impossible heroes really exist?
This series, based on James S.A. Corey's novels, just cast two more actors to join star Thomas Jane: Steven Strait (Magic City) and Shohreh Agadashloo (House of Saddam). Here are the details, via Syfy's press release:
Strait plays Holden, an officer on the ice-carrying freighter the Canterbury. Holden is a natural leader who's not sure he wants responsibility, but who will soon have no choice when he is drawn into a dangerous plot. ...
Aghdashloo portrays Chrisjen Avasarala, a smart and passionate member of a political family legacy who has risen high in the ranks of Earth's governing body without once standing for election.
Agents of SHIELD
Marvel announced that Brian Patrick Wade is playing "Crusher" Creel, aka the Absorbing Man — one of the more powerhouse villains of Marvel Comics who's fought the Hulk to a standstill. Below is your first look at Creel in action. And Marvel reminds us who else has joined the cast lately:
Wade joins a number of new characters and guest stars on the series' second season, including the previously announced Adrianne Palicki (Bobbi Morse, a.k.a. Mockingbird), Lucy Lawless (Agent Isabelle Hartley), Reed Diamond (Daniel Whitehall), Nick Blood (Lance Hunter), Henry Simmons (Alphonso "Mack" Mackenzie), and Kyle MacLachlan (Skye's father).
Here's a picture of Creel in action. [ Marvel]
American Horror Story: Freak Show
This latest iteration of this increasingly insane horror event debuts on Oct. 8. And the press release includes a description of the new storyline:
American Horror Story: Freak Show begins its tale in the quiet, sleepy hamlet of Jupiter, Florida. The year is 1952. A troupe of curiosities has just arrived to town, coinciding with the strange emergence of a dark entity that savagely threatens the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike. This is the storyof the performers and their desperate journey of survival amidst the dying world of the American carny experience.
Here's a piece of animated "key art" promoting this Batman prequel. More at the link. [ SpoilerTV]
Once Upon a Time
Here's a brand new teaser, called "In a Flash". [ ComingSoon]
The Last Ship
Go to the link to see a sneak peek from the season finale, in which the Nathan James' mission to distribute the cure to the plague hits an unexpected snag. [ TV Line]
Was there any doubt that Bonnie would be back? In that case, check out a "behind the scenes" photo of her that the show tweeted, along with a photo of Enzo:
Additional reporting by Ryan Plummer.