We may know who's directing the Aquaman movie. Amy Adams describes Lois Lane's role in Batman v. Superman. Tom Hanks may star in the movie of Dave Eggers' The Circle. The King Kong movie Kong: Skull Island adds one of our favorite actors to its cast. Plus Pirates of the Caribbean 5, Once Upon a Time and Star Wars: Rebels spoilers!
Top image: Batman v. Superman
Reportedly, Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone, Melissa McCarthy, Amy Schumer, and Lizzy Caplan have all shown an interest in the project, and Ryan Gosling has asked after the film's main male role.
But there's also the possibility of another Ghostbusters project in the works, one that would be a side-project to the all-female reboot. This one would star Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt, with the Russos (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) producing. [The Daily Beast]
The leaked Sony emails mention that Jeff Nichols (Mud) may be the director of Aquaman. Bear in mind, as Slashfilm notes, "Warner Bros. has not announced a director for the movie, and a private email from an executive at another, competing studio is hardly ironclad confirmation of anything." [The Daily Beast via Slashfilm]
In an interview with Collider, Amy Adams explained how Lois fits into the the giant superhero fest that is Batman v. Superman:
Lois is still sort of like the key to the information, you know? She's the girl going out and getting it and figuring it out and putting it together and all of that, so she's very much involved, but I kind of leave the heavy lifting to the boys, you know? So to speak.
We also don't know how much Lois will interact with the non- Man of Steel characters, but this quote sort of hints that she will:
They're awesome together. It's kind of like this big fest of muscles … it was really kind of nice. And then you add Jason Momoa and Gal Gadot and I felt very short and, yeah.
Of course, that could also just mean that they were around the set at the same time, not that they shared actual scenes. [ Collider]
J.K. Simmons ( Whiplash) will join Tom Hiddleston in the cast of this King Kong prequel. [Deadline]
According to Variety, Disney is looking at Lucy Boynton (Miss Potter), Gabriella Wilde (Endless Love), Jenna Thiam (The Returned), Kaya Scodelario (The Maze Runner), and Alexandra Dowling (The Musketeers) for the love interest of Brenton Thwaites, who will play a British soldier drawn into whatever hijinks are following Jack Sparrow around that week. [Variety]
An adaptation of David Eggers' novel The Circle is being shopped around as a star vehicle for Tom Hanks. The book follows a young girl who starts work at the Circle, a company which, of course, links e-mails, social networks, banking, etc., and renders privacy obsolete. [Deadline]
Here's a featurette from IMAX called "Leaving Middle Earth":
Here's a featurette on the training of the main character, Eggsy, into a gentlemen spy:
Here's a new trailer:
Executive producers Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis won't say definitively that the Sorcerer is the author of the book, but they do say we will know who the author is pretty soon after the show returns in the new year. They added that they have not cast the Sorcerer and/or the Author, but that the he/she/they will show up in the latter half of the season. As for what the second half of the season would look like, they said:
EDWARD KITSIS: I think it's going to really bring into question what makes a hero and what makes a villain. Does the victor get to write history, or is there good and evil in all of us? One thing we're excited about is that although we're bringing in the Queens of Darkness, the second half is really about our core characters. We're going to get a lot more Snow, Charming, Rumple, a lot more Evil Queen and Emma. We're going to see how all of this affects the people that we've come to know and love over the last four years.
Will that race take them to other realms, or might we see some other lands in the second half of the season?
HOROWITZ: We may. We'll see some flashbacks. We'll be mostly focused in Storybrooke and what's going on there with our flashbacks to other realms along the way.
KITSIS: We're going to meet a couple of new lands and adventures here and there. The other thing we're excited about is a lot of the flashbacks are really going to take us back to that time in season 1 pre-curse. Snow and Charming post-wedding, when the Evil Queen was evil and Snow and Charming were heroic. We're going to see a chapter of time during that period that we've never seen before.
They also hinted at a dark magic for Cruella:
ADAM HOROWITZ | ... The traditional Cruella from the classic animated movie has been a jumping off point for our own rendition. If viewers watch what we have in store, you'll see that while honoring some of the history behind the character, we're putting a twist on Cruella's background that involves the Enchanted Forest and a dollop of magic.
TVLINE | Can you give a hint as to how her magic leans?
EDDY KITSIS | It leans towards what she wears on her back. It deals with animals.
HOROWITZ | And it's dark.
They added that Rumplestiltskin will be the main villain of the second half of the season and that Ariel will return early in the second half of the season. Also, the Charmings will have an "interesting" connection to the Queens of Darkness. [ TV Line]
Jason Issacs talked a bit about voicing the Inquisitor:
I got a phone call, I went in, and I wasn't really aware. I can't remember – four or five days in a recording studio in Burbank with a bunch of actors who all seemed to be – I arrived and we seemed to be doing it for weeks. And everyone on top of it, and I absolutely no idea of the reverberations around the world: how many people were desperate to see it and how top secret the scripts were. I can't remember. I'm pretty sure that I had to sign nondisclosure agreements that were about five times the size of War & Peace. And I was ill-prepared for the legions of fans. And, you know, because I've had such a lot of experience with fans and the kind of levels of devotion and obsessions that they get, and I have a lot of respect for it because I've had nothing but great experiences with people. Even when they cover themselves with tattoos or sleep on the streets for weeks and defecate in plastic bags, just so they can get your autograph – whatever the hell. There's something about the sheer love of story and love of characters and love of mythology that you have to respect.
Kid Row's Sebastian Bach's vocals will be heard in a song played during the second episode, when Galavant (Joshua Sasse) trains to joust Sir Jean Hamm (John Stamos). [TV Line]
USA's bought this show from writer Gary Dauberman ( Annabelle), which follows a schizophrenic man's search for his daughter, who thinks may have been taken by the same aliens who took him. [Deadline]
British channel ITV has ordered a 13-part Beowulf adaptation, with filming set to start in April 2015. [ Entertainment Weekly]
Here's the synopsis for the twelfth episode of the season:
American Horror Story - Episode 4.12 - Show Stoppers
Chapter 12 / Production #412 – "Show Stoppers"
(Airs January 14, 10:00pm e/p)
Dandy gives the Twins troubling information about Chester. Maggie vows to prove her loyalty to Jimmy. The Freaks enforce their harsh code of justice.
Written by Jessica Sharzer; directed by Loni Peristere.
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Diana Biller