The final Hunger Games movies add a bunch of new castmembers. Thor 2 director Alan Taylor explains why Tom Hiddleston and Christopher Eccleston make the perfect villains. Orphan Black begins filming its new season. Will Fox's Commissioner Gordon show Gotham actually have anything to do with the Gotham Central comic? Spoilers!
Top image from Thor: The Dark World.
A top-secret, incredibly vague casting call has reportedly been sent out to agencies, looking for an actress who appears to be physically strong and somewhere between 25 and 35. While Warner Bros. and the movie’s production team is keeping mum about… well, about everything, the reported chatter at some of the agencies is that this casting call is actually for the part of Wonder Woman.
Now, we only have industry scuttlebutt to go on here – and, technically speaking, not even insider industry scuttlebutt – but Bleeding Cool argues that the secrecy surrounding the casting call means that the character must be very important, and Wonder Woman would fit the bill, most likely in some sort of small role that would set up a spin-off movie.
Of course, the more likely interpretation, assuming the actual casting call is even legit, is that the part is actually a villain of some sort. Still, I guess it’s officially not impossible that this movie will introduce not just the latest incarnation of Batman but also the third member of DC Comics’ core trinity. But “not impossible” is as far as I’m prepared to go with this one, for now. [Bleeding Cool]
Director Alan Taylor explains why British actors like Tom Hiddleston and Christopher Eccleston – who play Loki and Malekith the Accursed, respectively – make such perfect villains:
"I think it’s been a respected profession for hundreds of years in British culture – if you’re good at it you get knighted! The British are just absolutely brilliant technicians who can turn it on and turn it off. Working with Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones, she’s a young woman and she can be laughing with the crew and having a joke but when you say action, she’s raging and sobbing and breeding dragons and you say cut and she finishes her joke. It’s that degree of control. And the Brits always have amazing control of the accent; they can do an American accent without batting an eye and Americans will slave away for months and not get it right so there’s just a technical control which seems to be embedded in the culture. But on the other side, I think Americans believe the British as villains because the accent’s just kind of villainous *laughs*. You sound so sophisticated, there must be something evil about you – we’re still fighting the Revolutionary War."
Blood Diamond and In America actor Djimon Hounsou, who is set to play Korath in the Marvel space opera, discusses what it’s like working on writer-director James Gunn’s set, and whether either he or Gunn have much freedom to change the script on-set:
I don’t really think, because it’s that expensive, it’s necessarily less free, as far as the creative freedom. The creative freedom is still very much alive and existing, especially with genre films, because you can do that interpretation however you see fit. It comes from a world that we are completely creating, from the ground up, and conceptualizing, from the group up. So, it can go any kind of way. Guardians of the Galaxy is a completely different world. It has no place in this world. Even for us, coming to set and looking at it, you go, “Wow!” Every other day, you feel like you’re in a different part of the galaxy. You don’t feel like you’re on planet earth.
Because you’re creating so much of it, are you mostly on a soundstage, or have you also been shooting out on location?
We’re mostly on a soundstage, but some sets were built on the outside. We’re in a space world. It’s pretty cool. It’s really fun.
He also discusses just why it was so important to him to take on the role and help bring diversity to the Marvel universe:
The lack of diversity, specifically in genre films and the superheroes our kids grow up watching and emulating, they can’t really identify with. When you see the same thing, over and over again, and it seems not to speak of you and your heritage and your culture, it leaves you out of this world, a little bit. It gives a certain social distance with your world. So, it was very shocking when my son said that. It shocked me, but at the same time, it was not a surprise. It’s one of those things that even I have been looking for. I’m looking for a hero of my kind, and I’m looking for a shero of my kind. Now, we have Zoe Saldana, who is a shero for minorities, and that’s kind of nice.
What’s it like to be a part of the Marvel universe?
We like to make the Marvel comics films because they’re fun. Families can go see them together. They’re entertaining. They aspire to inspire, and that is cool. At the same time, not all of us can identify and connect, necessarily. But, Marvel movies are so much fun. Those guys are creating fun stuff.
Lionsgate has tweeted out some more casting announcements for its two-part adaptation of the final book in the Hunger Games trilogy. The new additions include All My Children’s Patina Miller, House of Cards actor Mahershala Ali, The Butterfly Effect’s Elden Henson, The Help actor Wes Chatham, and Homeland’s Omid Abtahi. Here’s a breakdown of who is playing who, courtesy of /Film:
Miller will portray Commander Paylor, leader of rebel forces in District 8, while Ali will star as Boggs, Coin’s (Moore) right-hand man and, later, Katniss’ protector. Abtahi plays rebel soldier Homes, an expert sharpshooter. Chatham and Henson will play brothers Castor and Pollux, respectively. Both are cameramen who work with Cressida (Dormer) to create pro-rebellion propaganda.
Here’s the latest poster. [First Showing]
Here’s a teaser for the rest of the season. [Comic Book Resources]
And here’s a trailer and brief synopsis for next week’s second episode, “0-8-4.” [KSiteTV]
Coulson and his S.H.I.E.L.D. agents travel to Peru to investigate an object of unknown origin, codenamed 0-8-4. But when he runs into Comandante Camilla Reyes, more than just sparks fly at 30,000 feet.
The fourth episode will be called “Eye Spy.” [SpoilerTV]
Here’s a promo for the second episode of season three, “Nothing to Hide.” [SpoilerTV]
Costar J.D. Pardo acknowledges that he was just as irritated as the fans with his character Jason’s constantly changing allegiances, but that’s done with this season:
"To be honest, it was a bit frustrating for me, because I wanted to move on from that," he admits. "It's like, man, now Jason has to go here. Now he gets tossed over here. I wanted Jason to have some legs, and I wanted him to be his own man. There's only so many times you can be betrayed by somebody, and you're like 'Okay, I get you. I know exactly who you are, and it's not gonna happen again.' And it's worse when it's your own parent. But, looking back at it, what I love about that now, is that now that we get to see him stand up for himself and be his own man, people who have stuck through it and watch the second season will be like 'he's this way now because of the first season.'
And to have that back story is great. To show it, is great. Because you're going to know exactly why he's choosing to do what he's doing. As far as he's concerned, Charlie and Miles betrayed him at the end of it, you know? They closed those doors. He doesn't know what happened on that side of the table, but he just saw those doors close, and they abandoned him and took off. So, he has to be his own man. That's really all he has."
There’s more at the link. [KSiteTV]
Gotham Central co-writer Greg Rucka wrote on his Tumblr that, to the best of his knowledge, the planned Fox series about a young Commissioner Gordon has nothing to do with Rucka and Ed Brubaker’s acclaimed comic series, at least not directly:
“I offer the following answers: I was as surprised and delighted as everyone to hear they were making a “young Gordon” cop show. As far as I know, this has nothing to do with Gotham Central. If it did have anything to do with Gotham Central, that wouldn’t matter, because DC owns the rights and the characters, as they should. This was work-for-hire, something all of us knew at the start. I have not been contacted by anyone involved. I would be delighted to be contacted by anyone involved ;) I wish FOX and DC Entertainment success with the show.”
Here’s a promo for season nine focusing on Misha Collins as Castiel and Mark Sheppard as Crowley. [SpoilerTV]
Here’s a pair of new teasers. [SpoilerTV]
The BBC America show has begun filming the second season, and here are some highlights from the official announcement:
Toronto – September 25, 2013 - Start of production on the second season of BBC AMERICA’s critically-acclaimed original series Orphan Black was announced today. The conspiracy clone thriller (10 x 60) from Temple Street Productions in association with Bell Media’s Space stars Critics’ Choice Award winner, Tatiana Maslany (Picture Day, Parks and Recreation) in the lead role of Sarah – an outsider and orphan whose life changes dramatically after discovering she is a clone. Reprising their roles are Jordan Gavaris (Degrassi) as the loveable Felix, Sarah’s feisty foster brother, Dylan Bruce (Arrow) as Paul, an ex-army officer caught in the crosshairs of the secret clone world, and Maria Doyle Kennedy (Downton Abbey) as Mrs. S, Sarah and Felix’s hard-nosed working class foster mother. The series is shooting on location and in studio in Toronto through February 2014.
Season 2 hits the ground running with Sarah in a desperate race to find her missing daughter Kira (Skyler Wexler, Alphas). Her scorched earth tactics spark a war with pro-clone, Rachel (Maslany), dividing and imperiling all the clones. As Sarah discovers more about her past, mysterious newcomers appear, but can they be trusted?
Also returning this season is Kevin Hanchard (Republic of Doyle) as Art, a veteran detective and Michael Mando (The Killing) as Vic, Sarah’s sporadically violent ex. Additional casting for the series will be announced in the coming weeks.
You can read the rest at the link. [SpoilerTV]
Erstwhile Eureka star Colin Ferguson and series star Emily Rose reveal what to expect from Ferguson’s character William, a mysterious stranger whose agenda involves Rose’s character Audrey Parker:
Ferguson: We are going to find that history about who William is and what their relationship was. How much history we can't really say, although I think I can't say that it's not going to be left completely up in the air. As the season wears on — that's not complimentary — as the season progresses, that's the right word, you find out sort of the problems and strengths of their relationship and you find out if it's going to be an addition or subtraction to the town. So that stuff definitely plays out. But I mean there are bigger questions, you know, up in the air right now with, you know, is it Lexie or Audrey, and then what will happen with all that. So my part plays out for sure, but I guess that's about all I can say. What do you think, Em?
Rose: Yes, I think that's really good. I think that, you know, when you watch Haven, you're not necessarily completely in the point of view of Audrey, but that is a large part of the point of view I think, in my opinion, and obviously because I'm playing Audrey. But I feel like, you know, for the first bit of it, there is a bit of a fog surrounding William. Who is he? What is their connection? Why is he so familiar with her? All these things. And, you know, leaving the audience wondering in that way, it really puts them in on Audrey's or Lexie's, you know, mindset about who is this person just walking into my life and shouting off all this stuff about me. And yes, I mean what their history is, that is the cool part, if there is any. And Colin does such a great job of keeping that veiled for a time and then given at the end there. So I think that's all I can say. That's not as articulate as Colin's was, but, yes...
Ferguson: But we've had a really fun time playing into it. I mean it's been - they've done a really good job of writing both sides of that equation, so that we - I mean you genuinely don't know, hopefully, you know, that like, gosh, is he nice but just a little off, or is he off and pretending to be nice? And like I'm really pleased with casting, stunning casting.
Ferguson also teases a scene he and Rose filmed:
Well, for sure, without revealing, yes, we did a scene - I really enjoyed a scene that we did, it took place in a hospital, I can say that. And I think that was a fun one for me because I really thought that they were going to write him with a lot more humor, you know, and he - when he was being nice or not nice, it was funny both ways. And I really appreciate that they went that way with him because I so enjoyed doing that sort of stuff. So that was a great eye-opener for me, I enjoyed it.
Additional reporting by Amanda Yesilbas and Charlie Jane Anders.