The next season of Doctor Who's taking its cues from the greatest era of the classic series. A loose end from Amazing Spider-Man is tied up. And Chris Pratt went to a lot of trouble to be cast in Guardians of the Galaxy. Plus new hints about Warcraft, Agents of SHIELD and more. Spoilers now!
Batman vs. Superman
It's not morning without some anonymously sourced casting rumors! The latest is that Terry O'Quinn, best known for playing Locke on Lost, is on the shortlist to play Lex Luthor. [Superman Super Site]
Producer Charles Roven says that the idea for the sequel's been around for a while, and that they have a first draft to work off of:
We had a sketch of an idea, the beats of a story that David Goyer worked on with Zack. We have a first draft, and we're continuing to work with it. Those scripts are never fully finished until the movie is in the theaters. We love the characters — we think that Ben (Affleck) is going to be a really great and interesting Batman.
He also has an answer to the question of "Why Ben Affleck? WHY?":
We wanted a guy who had a certain age and a certain gravitas to what he had done in terms of his recent work. If you take a look at 'The Town' and 'Argo,' he plays a couple of serious guys in those movies. He's a big man. He's also a mature man. As you see him and Henry together, one definitely has much more experience just by looking at him. That's what we wanted, particularly juxtaposed against our Superman.
Roven's also working on the Warcraft movie, and which is apparently getting all set to go in Vancouver:
I have a great partner in Alex Gartner, who's in Vancouver with our director Duncan Jones. I was there last week. I'm in an editing room on 'American Hustle' and in the production office in Pasadena on 'Batman' and flying up to Vancouver for 'Warcraft,' which will start in early January.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
The viral tumblr The Daily Bugle has an article stating that the body of Dr. Rajit Ratha was found. The character, played by Irrfan Khan, had his death scene cut from the first Amazing Spider-Man, so this article may confirm that the deleted scene is still canon for the purposes of the sequel. [Slashfilm]
Guardians of the Galaxy
Chris Pratt really wanted to play Peter Quill, and he told The Huffington Post just how much he did to get the part:
For me it felt like a perfect fit right off the bat. I felt like at my very first audition that I nailed it, but, I was afraid that I wasn't physically right for it because I was still pretty big from this movie. And so I just thought, If they could just believe in me, then I can lose this weight, then I'll get this role. But I had a feeling it was a little too much weight to expect any person to lose — I was determined at that point. I was like, Well, you know what, if I'm not going to get this, that's fine. But no one is ever going to tell me that I'm too fat for a role again. I'm going to start getting in shape. So I started getting in shape right away. . . . Then, right at Jan 1st, I started working out. Then around the 15th, this audition came up. So I had lost probably 10 pounds ... but I was still around 280 and that's too big to be a Marvel character. But, it was in the audition. I mean, I knew he had my spirit — I knew that my spirit was right. And I knew it sounded right, I just didn't look right yet.
Pratt also said that the movie's got the balance of drama and humor that seems to be the goal of all the Marvel movies:
It should be really fun. I think it should be really fun. But, that being said, it takes the dramatic beats seriously. I men, it takes itself seriously when it needs to. Just as a whole it doesn't take itself too seriously. But, it definitely takes it's dramatic moments seriously. And the dramatic arcs and the bits of emotion that you're supposed to feel something that you're supposed to feel something that I think you really will. But, hopefully, it will be because it's anchored to this comedy. Like, to the comedy that lives in it. If you tie comedy and drama together, than you don't have to go as big to get laughs and you don't have to go as big to get a real emotional response.
Star Wars: Episode VII
Remember that production photo showing J.J. Abrams with R2-D2? The other guys in the photo are Lee Towersey and Oliver Steeples, members of the worldwide R2-D2 Builders Club, who have been hired to build astromech droids for Episode VII. This seems to confirm that Artoo, at least, will be in the sequel.
Steeples said that the whole thing started when Kathleen Kennedy saw them at Celebration Europe last summer. He semi-joked about being available, and she recommended them to the production. Towersey, on the other hand, explained a bit more about what they're doing:
We know the pressures of filming, prepping, and being able to assure reliability throughout the shoot. We have a good knowledge of Artoo, with a large stock of parts for reference and drawings, plus we know what is involved throughout the whole building process, as well as potential problems we need to avoid.
Bleeding Cool's taken what we already know and made some educated guesses about the next season. First, the math on the regenerations is all confused now. Steven Moffat's still calling Capaldi's soon-to-be Doctor the 12th Doctor, but John Hurt's character is a regeneration. Which would make Capaldi the 13th regeneration and, theoretically, the "last." But now rumors are saying that Capaldi's actually going to be playing the result of what happens when the Doctor goes on past twelve regenerations, aided by the Sisters of Karn.
For Capaldi's first season, there's rumors of Frank Cottrell Boyce writing a two-episode Dalek story that'll be directed by Ben Wheatley. The whole tone for the season is said to be based on the gothic style Philip Hinchcliffe brought to the classic series when he produced it. [Bleeding Cool]
"Day of the Doctor" is so close, so expect a lot of promo stuff this week. First, there's Steven Moffat explaining that the idea was to really explore the Doctor as a character, as well as once again hinting that there's something lasting that'll happen:
Most Doctor Who stories aren't about the Doctor. They're about people he meets, monsters he defeats and plans he spoils. But this is the Day of the Doctor. This one will stick with him and change certain ways he thinks.
Next, have David Tennant's introduction of the episode:
Finally, an interview with Jenna Coleman. [Blogtor Who]
An Adventure in Time and Space
Going along with the Doctor Who 5oth Anniversary madness is the docudrama focusing on the inception of the series. David Bradley, who stars as William Hartnell, says that part of the point of the project is to put the fifty years in perspective and that viewers will be reminded that the creators of the show didn't know how long it would last:
It's about the making of it, and the characters like Sidney Newman, Verity Lambert, and Waris Hussein, and the problems they had of getting it greenlit and persuading people like Hartnell to be in it, because it was a very unpromising project at the very beginning. The benefit of hindsight, with 50 years, [people are likely to be] imagining it arriving fully formed 50 years ago, where someone plunked a script on a producer's desk and said 'read that,' he read it, and said 'yep! That's great. It's going to be a hit, we'll throw money at that, and we'll do it.' But of course, it was a much rockier road than that to get it made, and it was fascinating, for me, to find out the human drama of what it took to get it going.
He also says that the focus is just on the very first few years, so we won't be seeing Bradley playing Hartnell returning in"The Three Doctors":
No, it doesn't include that. It starts off with the genesis of the idea, and it ends up when he leaves. Of course, his career after that went down, through illness, and it wasn't the kind of work he wanted to do. I think it was ill health that beat him in the end. Not only do we recreate the episodes, but his life at home with his wife and his granddaughter; his relationship with the other characters in Doctor Who off screen as well. When they're sitting around playing cards or having a cigarette in between scenes... and it goes behind it all, and shows his personal relationships. It's not just his professional one.
Agents of SHIELD
Joss Whedon said that, while Marvel fans have already guessed that Coulson's a Life Model Decoy, there's going to be more to the story:
We know that there's going to be a lot of theories and there's no chance that whatever we reveal won't, at some point, be written on the internet. We're just trying to come up with ways to make it surprising or make it not how they expected it to unravel. We know what it is, but we know that no one else does yet.
Whedon also said there's a "strong chance" of a Stan Lee cameo in the series, he also confirmed rumors that the show would be incorporating the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier into its arc:
Nick Fury is in that one, and S.H.I.E.L.D. makes an appearance, so we will definitely try to tee-up some stuff and probably play a little bit of the fallout from that film. We're hoping to do some cool stuff.
Jared Padalecki gave some hints about where the Sam and Ezekiel storyline is going:
We do start to see that Zeke is healing Sam. We do see Sam start to not require so much help from Zeke and his brother. So we will gradually see more bits of Sam more often than Zeke in the upcoming episodes, which doesn't mean we won't see Zeke as well.
Sam's no dumb cookie and even though Sam's not doing too hot, he can tell his brother's acting a little bit weird. And Ezekiel, every time this happens, is wiping Sam's brain and Sam's smart enough to go, 'Wait a second, how did I get here?' The tension definitely rises because Sam is starting to catch on.
The whole thing's going to cause Sam to ask some hard questions and come to new conclusions:
We definitely do see that Sam values his life, but he also values life. And kind of says, 'Why am I more important than this or than that?' And I think it's a good place for Sam to be and I think we'll certainly see more of Sam saying, 'Listen Dean, I think I've done my bit.'
More at the link. [TV Guide]
Star Wars: Rebels
Here's something that's either actually news or just an amazing coincidence: at the Rhode Island Comic Con, Billy Dee Williams said he's doing a pilot for Netflix called Rebels. The moderator quickly says that he's not referencing the Disney animated show. Plus, we know that show's going to be on Disney XD, not Netflix. Chances are that he's not going to be voicing a character for Star Wars: Rebels, but it's still a huge coincidence that Williams happens to be working on a new project with practically the same name, at the same time. [Slashfilm]
Robbie Amell says that John's going to find out that Stephen and Cara slept together, but they'll try to resolve their differences. However, Stephen's going to spend the next few episodes as a mess both in Ultra and the Tomorrow People:
Everything is getting shaken up and falling apart because of the situations he's been and the situations he's put himself in. Whether it's at Ultra, having lost partners and being surrounded by death… People are starting to see him like a parasite at Ultra. Nobody wants to be affiliated with him. At the Tomorrow People, only John and Cara know about it, but those are the two leaders of the Tomorrow People. It throws a wrench in everything there. Really, the only person Stephen can be himself with and confide in is Astrid. And he manages to screw that up in Episode 7. He screws things up with everybody who's close to him in Episode 7 and pushes everybody away.
There's also going to be quick progression in the search for Stephen's father. Amell says:
It moves very quickly. At the end of Episode 7, you meet my dad for the first time that's not in a flashblack. It really becomes the catalyst for Episode 8 and 9 and for the rest of the season.
More at the link. [TV Line]
In episode seven, "Home is Where the Heart Is," Mary Elise Hayden will play character called "Bea." That's it, all we know is her name. [SpoilerTV]
Here's the synopsis for episode five, "Blood Brothers":
KENNEX AND DORIAN MUST PROTECT A WITNESS TO A MURDER ON AN ALL-NEW "ALMOST HUMAN" MONDAY, DECEMBER 2, ON FOX
Detective John Kennex (Karl Urban) and Dorian (Michael Ealy) are tasked with protecting the only remaining witness in a major murder trial, while Captain Maldonado (Lili Taylor) faces off with the defendant in the all-new "Blood Brothers" episode of ALMOST HUMAN airing Monday, Dec. 2 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (HU-108) (TV-14 L, V)
Below's the promo for episode nine, "Sanctuary." [via SpoilerTV]
Here's a description of episode 3.06, "Stories We Tell Our Young":
12/06/2013 (09:00PM - 10:00PM) (Friday) : A YOUNG BOY'S AILMENTS LEAD EVERYONE TO THINK THEY ARE DEALING WITH A CASE OF DEMON POSSESSION – Nick (David Giuntoli) faces his toughest challenge yet when he and Hank (Russell Hornsby) investigate a case that combines religious phenomenon with the dark dealings of the Wesen Council. Meanwhile, Rosalee (Bree Turner) is torn when Nick's case challenges her Wesen loyalties. Elsewhere, Captain Renard (Sasha Roiz) leaves town to tend to some "family matters." Bitsie Tulloch, Silas Weir Mitchell, Reggie Lee and Claire Coffee also star.
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Emily Stamm