Don't Get Too Excited About Those James Bond Rumors

It’s time to start speculating again about who could replace Daniel Craig as 007.
It’s time to start speculating again about who could replace Daniel Craig as 007.
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Morning SpoilersIf there’s news about upcoming movies and television you’re not supposed to know, you’ll find it in here.

There are more rumors about the reshoots of X-Men: Dark Phoenix. New casting calls allege details about the future of Kingsmen. Plus, get a look at Disney Princess casual wear from Ralph Breaks the Internet, The Flash casts a very 2018 take on a classic comics villain, and more Predator footage. Spoilers, away!

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James Bond

If you thought the drama of wondering just who could replace Daniel Craig as Bond after one last huzzah was over, think again—the internet is all aflutter about talk that Idris Elba is very close to becoming the next James Bond.


As exciting the prospect is, however, this is based on a report from the British tabloid, the Daily Star—citing alleged comments Bond producer Barbara Broccoli made to Equalizer 2 director Antoine Fuqua, who recalled the conversation at the launch of a new movie app. Fuqua allegedly said that Broccoli had declared that it was time for a minority actor to take on the role and that it would “happen eventually,” before adding his own preference for the long-rumored Idris Elba. So it’s still nothing more than hearsay for now.

Sonic the Hedgehog

Collider reports both Adam Pally and Neal McDonough have joined the cast of Sonic the Hedgehog in currently undisclosed roles. (Fingers crossed for Scratch and Grounder.)

X-Men: Dark Phoenix

Collider also has word the cast of Dark Phoenix is heading back to Montreal for two and a half weeks of reshoots, contrary to recent rumors that the film would be going through an extensive three month long reshoot period.


Godzilla vs Kong

Geeks World Wide reports Zack Fox (Christopher Robin, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) has been hired as the film’s visual effects supervisor.


Kingsman 3

That Hashtag Show reports Kingsman 3 begins filming this January and will lay the groundwork for plans on the upcoming prequel, Kingsman: The Great Game. The outlet also has word the production is looking to cast a teenager to play the son of a British Duke and a Ralph Fiennes-type for another lead role.

The studio is on the lookout for two new leads. One of those new leads will be a teen by the name of Conrad. The young, cocky and charming son of a British Duke, Conrad is eager to find a way to serve his country during World War I…and perhaps the Kingsman offer him just that opportunity. The studio is also looking to cast an older lead male and while no details about his character have been revealed, we do know that the Ralph Fiennes is near or at the top of the studios list.

Jungle Cruise

Dwayne Johnson presents the film’s massive set in a new video from Disney.


Ralph Breaks the Internet

Vanellope encourages the Disney princesses to embrace casual wear in a new photo from Entertainment Weekly.

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Terminator 6

Arnold Schwarzenegger coaches incoming terminator, Gabriel Luna, in a behind-the-scenes photo.


The Predator

The “Ultimate Predator” is unleashed in the latest tv spot (he’s taller).

The Happytime Murders

The Happytime Murders crosses over with TruTV’s Hack My Life in a new promo.

The Nun

The Nun buries her victims alive in the latest TV spot.

The Flash

Kiana Madeira has been cast as a recurring character for the series, starting with episode four of the next season. She’ll play Spencer Young, a new take on the media obsessed supervillain, Spin. [Deadline]


The Gifted

Speaking at the Television Critics Association, showrunner Matt Nix revealed season two will introduce a brand new mutant named Twist.

I can’t say a whole lot about her, but there’s a fun character called Twist who comes out and plays a big role in the season.


Nix also confirmed “another sort of comic related organization” will assume the place of Trask Industries.

We did Trask last year. This year we’re doing another sort of comic related organization so basically what we try to do is we break our stories. Then we figure out okay, what does this resonate with in the comics? So there’s a really interesting back and forth for us and the comics of like oh okay, now we need this. Then we’ll go to the comics and go, ‘If we pull this from the comics, what is it?’ Then that influences the story. It’s always a back and forth. This year it’s not Bolivar Trask but it’s another company.



The Outpost

Finally, Talon comes face-to -face with the outpost’s colipsum pushers in the official synopsis for episode eight, “The Colipsum Conundrum.”

Gwynn’s (Imogen Waterhouse) suspicions of Wythers’ (Andrew Howard) guilt are intensified and her decisive action strains her relationship with Garret (Jake Stormoen). Talon (Jessica Green) and Janzo (Anand Desai Barochia) are faced with more questions than answers when they finally meet the elusive colipsum suppliers. Garret struggles with a new desperate secret that may kill him. Michael Flynn and Philip Brodie also star. Jason Faller & Kynan Griffin wrote the episode, directed by Kynan Griffin (#107). Original airdate 08/28/2018.


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Right now the news on Gunn and Disney seems to be all about the possibility of Marvel/Kevin Feige having stepped in to act as a mediator between the two in the hopes of salvaging the situation somewhat. This isn’t too surprising ad Kevin and Marvel were betting a lot of the MCU’s future on Gunn and his creative input. A lot of what was supposed to spin out of a post Avengers 4 world would have come from Gunn, and I’m sure the idea of losing Gunn entirely (and possibly to a rival studio) is a frightening idea to some folks.

Deadline seems to be the patient zero of this information right now, with a pretty good article covering most the details around what may be happening right now.

Dave Bautista has been surprisingly quiet the past few days I’ve noticed, so maybe with the talks happening he’s decided to hush up and see how Gunn and Disney work this out. At this point, I could see the end game being this. Marvel uses Gunn’s script, lets him pick a successor, keeps him on as a producer or creative consultant, and gives him another movie down the road to direct. Now, I’m not so confident about this that I’m willing to bet on it, but that’s my theory. I also don’t think anything will be announced until after the Fox buyout is complete. I really don’t have much to back up the Fox part beyond my belief that Iger and Horn don’t want to run the risk of pissing off Cernovich, Shapiro, and the other crazies, which could cause issues for the merger with the DOJ if Trump got wind of it all.

Indiewire and Playlist have nice little reads as well, but they mostly cover Deadline’s article.

Still, they’re short and may be worth checking out for some people.