What does a recently introduced Star Wars: Rebels villain tell us about the villains of The Force Awakens? Duncan Jones discusses making his Warcraft movie appeal to non-fans. Peter Capaldi says Clara’s exit on Doctor Who will leave fans sad for weeks. Plus, a clip from The Originals, and another Twin Peaks return. Spoilers!
Following recent rumors attaching him to the film, Mads Mikkelsen has allegedly joined the film. Previous rumors pegged him as playing a major villain—but for now, it’s best to still treat this as a rumor rather than solid confirmation. [Comic Book]
Benedict Cumberbatch has been sighted filming in Nepal, giving us our first look at how he’ll (initially, at least) appear as Stephen Strange before he becomes the Sorcerer Supreme.
John Boyega discusses what made Finn appeal to him as an actor:
I think I’m always interested in characters that start off one way and end another. I find it very boring to have to read a script where the character always knows what to do, knows who they are, has a blueprint for their lives. I just feel that sort of character is painted for a perfect story. What has always interested me, and what has interested a lot of people, are the characters that are unlikely. The characters that don’t necessarily fit or match the status quo,” Boyega said. He continued, “Finn isn’t a guy you would expect to be involved in this story. The fact that he’s a Stormtrooper. We don’t [usually] go into [Stormtroopers’] pasts or lives much: how the dynamics work for them, how they were recruited — we don’t ever really see much about the past there. It was interesting to me to have that kind of character.
Much is being made of design process for The Fifth Brother, an Inquisitor recently introduced on Star Wars Rebels. The Inquisitor’s design was apparently inspired by concept art of a rejected design for a villain appearing in The Force Awakens. The art, which you can see below, doesn’t match any characters currently revealed—leading to speculation it might have been for one of the Knights of Ren, Kylo Ren’s retinue of Dark Side warriors, or even Supreme Leader Snoke, Andy Serkis’ character. [/Film]
Director Duncan Jones talks about the challenge of making a movie true to the game series, without alienating an unfamiliar audience:
I am someone who played Warcraft, but at the same time, I consider myself a filmmaker first. I think one of the reasons why it’s taken so long for this film to come together the way it has is that there were a lot of priorities and a lot of concerns about what this film needed to be and how it absolutely had to be something that you could approach and watch if you didn’t know anything about Warcraft. That was really that tricky line to walk, making sure that the fans would really feel that it’s their world and at the same time introduce it in a way to people who know nothing about it. That’s why it took such a long time.
Peter Jackson went through this with The Fellowship of the Ring. There was always going to be a hardcore fanbase for Tolkien that was going to take him to task if he didn’t address things in a way that stayed true to the spirit of Tolkien’s work. Obviously, we don’t have the amount of history that Tolkien does. It’s a different fanbase, somewhat overlapping. We have the same passion amongst our fans, so it was a similar job.
Director Corin Hardy has reportedly returned to the project, having left it when Relativity Studios declared bankruptcy—ahead of filming apparently beginning in March of next year. [/Film]
Here’s a few new teasing set pictures from filming.
Peeta and Katniss share their hardships in a new clip from the film.
Speaking on BBC Radio One, Peter Capaldi discusses saying goodbye to Jenna Coleman’s Clara:
I don’t want to go into what happens, because it’s very clever what happens in it, but it’s very sad. It’s really sad.
It’s not quite what you thinks going to happen. You think what’s going to happen is going to happen, and then something else happens. That’s what’s wonderful about Doctor Who. it’s always clever the way these things are done. It’s not quite as straightforward as it appears.
Get lots of hankies ready, that’s what I would say. It’s sad over a number of weeks.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer alumni Emma Caulfield has been cast as Cameron Chase in the show, a “stern, no holds barred FBI agent, [whose] weapons of choice are manipulation and manpower”. In the comics, Chase is an Agent for the DEO who investigates crimes and has a latent power to suppress the abilities of nearby metahumans. [CBR]
Speaking of Caulfield, she’ll reprise her role as the Blind Witch for the show’s 100th episode. [ET Online]
Deadline are reporting that Miguel Ferrer will reprise his role as FBI Agent Albert Rosenfield when the show returns in 2017.
Here’s a new poster featuring The Flash and the newly returned Harrison Wells.
A gallery of photos from “A Bitter Pill to Swallow” have been released—find more at the link. [Spoiler TV]
Klaus finds a sinister message waiting for him in a clip from “The Axeman’s Letter”.
Finally, here’s a few images from “Lost Boys”—there’s more at the link. [Spoiler TV]
Additional reporting by Gordon Jackson and Charlie Jane Anders. Image: Star Wars: The Force Awakens.