Who does Max von Sydow play in Star Wars? Terminator Genisys is not what you were expecting. Also, Star Wars Rebels has already been renewed for a second season. Gotham adds another future Bat-villain. Spoilers now!
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Here we go, more rumors: If the whole "missing lightsaber" plot is true, it's apparently a random character who finds it and brings it to a salvage yard, where it's spotted by Daisy Ridley and Max von Sydow. It's von Sydow, playing a cyborg with dementia, who recognizes the lightsaber, name dropping stuff from the canon. He then makes a mysterious call, declaring "It's here."
Other tidbits include: Ridley's character lives in an abandoned AT-AT, the shots of the X-Wing and the Millennium Falcon we've seen are of them at Massassi Temple on Yavin IV, and some Chewbacca concept art has him with a cybernetic arm, to replace a severed one. Other art has him with both arms intact, so that's even more up in the air than all these other rumors. [Badass Digest]
On the heels of the reports that Marvel was finishing up a deal for Ethan Hawke to star as the Sorcerer Supreme, The Hollywood Reporter confirms that Joaquin Phoenix is no longer in the running. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Batman v. Superman
There are more hints that filming will take place at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University's campus. Way back when, Zack Snyder was spotted on campus. And now, the museum's announced that it will be closed for a private event October 13-20th. Questions to the university were directed to the Batman v. Superman publicist who answered that the film is a closed set and there would be no information. And there's been construction at the museum, with a photo showing a man wearing a International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States Local 44, based in North Hollywood, California.
More photos of construction at the link. [Lansing State Journal]
Despite commenting that he worried about giving too much away, J.K. Simmons revealed what he could about the next Terminator film. First he talked to Coming Soon about the film's scope:
It's a gigantic movie and that was such a surprise when they sent that to me and asked me to do it. I thought 'Well, obviously it's a gigantic movie and on that level, it's something most actors would want to be a part of, but is it just going to be the formulaic yadda-yadda-yadda then cut to the stuff blowing up?' But I found the script to be really much more intelligent and fun and funny and well-rounded and heart-felt. It's a love story. It's a really interesting script. They got great actors. I wrapped that in August, so that was another movie that ended up being really satisfying on all levels. I have a much smaller part in that but it was really a fun thing to be a part of.
He also gave a bit of information about who his character interacts the most with:
[M]ost of my stuff was with Jai Courtney and Emilia Clarke and Arnold was very involved or rather I was involved in a fair amount of stuff with Arnold. I spent very little time actually with Jason Clarke, but yeah I got to work with all four of the leads of the film and from the table read on, I was just favorably impressed by everybody's work.
... it was a lot of fun and I look forward to sequels to that one.
While that last comment certainly seems to hint that he'd survive to be in the sequels, Simmons was quick to point out that he could just mean that he was excited to see sequels, not necessarily act in them. [Coming Soon]
While a portion of the next movie will be filmed in Seoul, rumor has it that the primary filming location won't be Los Angeles, as it was for the last two films, but Vancouver. And Roberto Orci has been there this week scouting locations. It sounds like the plan is to build new Enterprise sets there, rather than transport the old ones. [Trek Movie]
Joining Ridley Scott's next film is Jeff Daniels, who is in talks to play the director of NASA. The story follows an astronaut (Matt Damon), who is stranded on a Martian colony and is struggling to survive. [The Hollywood Reporter]
The Walking Dead
Chad Coleman talked a bit about Tyreese dealing with the violence, particularly on the part of Carol:
Well, you know, we pick up right where we left off, so there's no jump in time. You catch him right in the middle of it, in the tug-of-war of emotions, just wrestling with it, the push and pull. On one level feeling a connection with Carol for sure with all that we witnessed together, and just the pull of the pain of losing someone who meant so much to me. So he's still struggling. He's still wrestling. And then, on top of that, they're trying to make their way to Terminus, so it's just a push-and-pull and still trying to hold that weird little community, trying to hold it together to get to a larger safer place. And hopefully reconnect with the rest of the group.
He also explained how Tyreese will react to the new characters like Abraham, Eugene, Rosita, Tara:
He tends to take his cue from Rick and Michonne and Glenn and Maggie. If they're going for it, then he's kind of going there with the crew but keeping a real serious eye out for how this person is trying to operate, you know? So I think he would proceed with caution with the hope that it's going to be good, and to trust that they have read this person the right way, but at the same time, staying really cautious and aware.
Erin Richards described how she arrived at her portrayal of Barbara Kean:
We discussed a lot about Barbara and who she is. I think she's got a lot of different sides to her. There is her proactive side; she's completely in love with Jim Gordon; she's completely intelligent and a strong, bold, committed individual. When things come up that she really wants to fight for, that she really believes in, she'll go hell-for-leather to get them and to steer Jim on the right path.
But, because Bruno is so fantastic and writes these incredible female parts, she obviously has this total other side to her — this dark past that she's hiding from Jim and from herself, essentially, with all these layers of intrigue and mystery. As the series continues, those secrets are revealed to the audience and to Jim, and that then leads to problems in their relationship and their trust in each other and where the relationship can go to after that. That's fun to play, and hopefully will be fun to watch.
Nicholas D'Agosto, from Masters of Sex, has been cast as young Harvey Dent. His Dent is described as "handsome, warm and engaging," and has the potential to be a series regular in season 2. Assuming Gotham gets a season 2. [TV Line]
Head to the link for a video on Major Crimes' Allen and Montoya. [TV Line]
In an interview from San Diego Comic Con, Emily Bett Rickards talked about the Felicity/Oliver relationship:
It's not up to me. It's up to Felicity, and I think she does love Oliver and I think they do have a connection and it's beautiful. But that beauty can be ruined so easily and so quickly, which is probably why they haven't gotten together in the first place. And relationships are so complicated — any relationship is so complicated — and then they have life and death at stake every single day. Love is love.
TV Equals interviewed Samaire Armstrong, who explained the unique position Elaine occupies in season 2:
I think one thing Elaine has storywise that kind of leads into this year really nicely is that she has had a Returned come and go, and also kind of been burned by a Returned. Where her loyalty lies in terms of Returned and not Returned, that is what she is trying to discover. Are these real people? Are they who they say they are? She didn't have a Jacob come back, so she is sort of on the fence about who her alliance is with.
You can read SpoilerTV's review of Saturday's "Kill the Moon" at the link, but here are some teaser lines:
"You really think it? I'm nothing, I'm not special?"
"There's no water on the moon"
"My granny used to put things on Tumblr"
"You'll have to spend a lot of time shooting me, cos I keep regenerating"
"I have a duty of care ok, you know what that is?"
"There are some moments in time that I simply can't see"
"Don't you ever tell me to mind my language!"
"Pretty much all the satellites had been wacked out of orbit, they managed to send back some..screams"
"When did you get to become so wise?"
"She took your psychic paper, she's been using it as fake ID!"
Here's the synopsis for episode 8.09, "Flatline":
Separated from the Doctor, Clara discovers a new menace from another dimension.
But how do you hide when even the walls are no protection? With people to save and the Doctor trapped, Clara comes up against an enemy that exists beyond human perception.
The Vampire Diaries
Nina Dobrev answered questions about what it meant that Elena and Stefan are holding hands in the poster for this season:
Wouldn't you like to know! All of our characters go on a journey this season; Damon and Bonnie have disappeared, which is why they're holding hands, so Stefan and Elena have to take the lead and save the day. They're left to pull through and grieve the people they've lost.
So it's more of a supportive hand-holding thing?
I mean … you never know where they're going, honestly. We're shooting Episode 8 right now, so we still have over half the season to film. Anything could happen. As of right now, it's more of a support thing.
She was also asked to give a one-word hint about where Bonnie and Damon are:
One word? Um… Oblivion. Sorry, I honestly can't think of anything else that wouldn't completely give it away!
Buzzfeed spent a day with Julie Plec, where she was spending time working on an upcoming webseries starring Kol (Nathaniel Buzolic). [Buzzfeed]
Sebastian Roche talked about what Mikael's status will be at the start of the new season:
At the beginning of the season, he's still stuck in the attic with Davina, but he's trying to find ways, of course, to basically force her to free him, but you know of course she won't do that. He really is trying to free himself from these chains because Mikael wants to roam the world and get to his revenge as soon as possible. It does start there and you'll see what happens. It's going to be quite wonderful what happens in the rest of the series. I have a feeling that the way the season 2 is going, it's going to be a mixture of the sort of Gothic tale and Shakespearean tragedy, which I love, personally.
He also talked about what it means for Mikael that another Original is in town:
I don't know how the rest of the season is going to unfold but I have a feeling that yes, the whole family dynamic is going to unravel through this season. There are some secret things that are going to be coming out within the family that are going to be quite interesting, and I really welcome confrontation or just a dialogue between some of the sons and daughter that have been strewn along the way, because there's so much dysfunction in the family and they thought he was responsible of the crime of killing their mother and now they know he didn't. Who knows, there might be rapprochement between the father and his brood, which would be interesting. I can't tell too much, but there are going to be some interesting developments, especially one surprising development that I can't talk about! [Laughs]
Here's a portrait of Elijah for season 2. [SpoilerTV]
Star Wars Rebels
Looks like Disney is happy with the latest animated Star Wars show: it's already renewed Rebels for a second season. [Entertainment Weekly]
Here's a preview for the season finale and an inside look at the Master's minions.
American Horror Story
Here's a featurette on Rose Siggins, the actress who plays"Legless Suzy."
And here are character posters for Gloria Mott. [SpoilerTV]
Joining the cast for the second season is Adina Porter as recurring character Indra, a "regal and experienced" Grounder warrior. [TV Line]
Here's the synopsis for the season 2 premiere, "The 48":
SEASON TWO BEGINS IN A DANGEROUS NEW WORLD — Picking up where the season one finale ended, Clarke (Eliza Taylor) is still alone in the white room, frantically trying to make sense of her bizarre surroundings, while the fate of Bellamy (Bob Morley), Finn (Thomas McDonell) and Raven (Lindsey Morgan) is still unknown. Lincoln (Ricky Whittle) and Octavia's (Marie Avgeropoulos) daring plan is thwarted and an enemy returns. Meanwhile, Abby (Paige Turco), Kane (Henry Ian Cusick) and the survivors of the Ark must face physical and moral dilemmas in their dangerous and beautiful new world. Finally, Jaha (Isaiah Washington) makes a heroic decision. Devon Bostick and Chris Larkin also star. Dean White directed the episode written by Jason Rothenberg (#201). Original airdate 10/22/2014.
Agents of SHIELD
Here's the first photo of Tim DeKay as Senator Christian Ward, who will first show up in episode 2.06. [Marvel]
Here's a new featurette about the premiere. [Shock Till You Drop]
Person of Interest
Here's the promo for episode 4.03, "Wingman." [SpoilerTV]
Here's a sneak peek at the season premiere "Black":
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Diana Biller