The Divergent sequel has started filming. Marvel confirms Charlie Cox's casting as Daredevil, plus the Netflix show's modern New York setting. And check out brand new looks at the Transformers, Extant, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Spoilers now!
Top image: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Writer Gary Whitta posted a photo of himself and Gareth Edwards with their "new boss," Darth Vader. Now, if only the photo had confirmed who their standalone movie would be about. [via Slashfilm]
None of this is real news, but Kevin Smith recently talked about the arc that the Batman v. Superman movie represents:
[T]hey're obviously beginning something, and there's a stretch of these flick. And so this is the beginning of the Justice League, as we all suspected as they were announcing that cast. We were like, 'This is the beginning of a Justice League movie.' From what I understand now, it's no longer like, 'This is Superman 2.' They're not doing these things. They're doing like, 'Here's Man of Steel. Here's Batman/Superman: Dawn of Justice.' The next one is not like a sequel to one of the characters. They're just going to keep building their universe for about five or six movies.
But all of them…it's supposed to tell one massive story, which is all Justice League oriented.
The Divergent sequel officially started filming on Tuesday. From the press release:
Santa Monica, CA – May 27, 2014 – Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) announced today that principal photography has commenced in Atlanta on the feature film adaptation of INSURGENT, the second installment of the blockbuster DIVERGENT action adventure franchise, starring Golden Globe® nominated Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Academy Award® winner Kate Winslet. Academy Award® winner Octavia Spencer joins returning cast members Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zoë Kravitz, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q and Mekhi Phifer. Based on author Veronica Roth's New York Times best seller, the film is being directed by Robert Schwentke from a screenplay by Brian Duffield and Akiva Goldsman. Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher are producing the film through their Red Wagon Entertainment banner along with Pouya Shahbazian. Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman are executive producing through their Mandeville Films banner along with Neil Burger and Barry Waldman. Lionsgate will release INSURGENT theatrically in North America through its Summit Entertainment label on Friday, March 20, 2015.
INSURGENT raises the stakes for Tris as she searches for allies and answers in the dystopian ruins of a futuristic Chicago. Tris (Woodley) and Four (James) are now fugitives on the run, hunted by Jeanine (Winslet), the leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite. Racing against time, they must find out what Tris's family sacrificed their lives to protect, and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them. Haunted by her past choices but desperate to protect the ones she loves, Tris, with Four at her side, faces one impossible challenge after another as they unlock the truth about the past and ultimately the future of their world.
Here's a new TV spot. [via Coming Soon]
Here are blueprints of Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Lockdown, and Galvatron from Empire Magazine. [Transformer World]
Here's the poster for Eli Roth's The Green Inferno. [Shock Till You Drop]
The Dracula origin movie will get an IMAX release. [Coming Soon]
Along with the announcement that Charlie Cox would be playing Matt Murdoch, Marvel's press release revealed a few details about the series:
Marvel is proud to announce that acclaimed actor Charlie Cox has joined "Marvel's Daredevil," an all-new 13-episode series premiering on Netflix in 2015. Best known for his acclaimed work in "Boardwalk Empire" and "Stardust," Cox will play Matt Murdock, the lead role in this all-new Marvel Television series. Blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, Matt Murdock fights against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as the super hero Daredevil in modern day Hell's Kitchen, New York City.
Although this was hinted at in the preview. executive producer Greg Berlanti confirmed that John Wesley Shipp would be playing Henry Allen. father to Grant Gustin's Barry. Said Berlanti:
Given his history with The Flash, Andrew [Kreisberg], Geoff [Johns] and I could only think of one person we wanted to play Barry's father and that was John Wesley Shipp. He gives a fantastic and emotional performance in the pilot and we are looking forward to his presence in many more episodes. Also, personally, it was just wonderful to work with him again since my days at 'Dawson's Creek'. He's a great actor and a great guy.
Here's a new promo for the new CBS series. [via SpoilerTV]
Here's the description for episode 1.07, "Our Own Private America":
When a shakeup within the coven leaves Mary with more power than ever, she hatches her most nefarious plan yet to bring the witches closer to achieving the Grand Rite. Alden and Cotton, reeling from the aftermath of their interrogation, question the efficacy of the trials while Cotton is left to wonder if his life's work has amounted to anything. Alden finds himself weaker by the day – a victim of a dream spell that Mary uses to search Alden's subconscious to locate the Malum – and work out her sexual frustration in the process. Meanwhile, with Mary's attentions increasingly focused on her old flame Alden and her new pupil Mercy, tension escalates between Mary and Tituba. Elsewhere, Anne makes an eerie discovery about her father's activities. When Cotton's father Increase Mather makes an unanticipated entrance, Salem and its coven faces the arrival of the most feared witch hunter.
Here's a poster for season 2. [SpoilerTV]
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Ryan Plummer