New info about who will play the young Jean Grey, Scott Summers, and Ororo Munroe in X-Men: Apocalypse. Details about the struggle that LEGO Batman will face in his solo movie. Dexter's Michael C. Hall is coming to Pete's Dragon!. And guess who will don the Arrow regalia next? Spoilers now!
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We're still waiting on casting for the young Jean Grey, Cyclops, and Storm. The latest contenders for Cyclops are supposedly Jamie Blackley (If I Stay), Tye Sheridan (Mud), and Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service). Egerton gave a not-so-clear response to the rumor at a screening of Kingsman:
I really can't comment on the Cyclops thing. I'm not really sure what's going on there or where that [rumor] came from, but my friend Nicholas Hoult plays Beast and he says that's very fun. Of course, everyone would like to play a superhero, but this is by no means me saying I would like to go play Cyclops. So, I don't know.
In addition to Cyclops, Jean Grey is still up for grabs. Chloe Moretz has passed on the role for scheduling reasons, leaving Saoirse Ronan (The Grand Budapest Hotel) and Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones) in contention. And for Storm, Fox's list reportedly includes Alexandra Shipp (Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B) and Zendaya Coleman (Shake It Up). [Movie Web]
Corey Stoll gave a ton of background info on the film's version of Darren Cross/Yellowjacket:
"I was this child prodigy that Michael Douglas' character Hank Pym discovered at an early age," Stoll says of his character. "He nurtured me and I was part of his technology company. I started to become aware of these rumors of this fabled technology that can shrink people to half an inch while keeping their full-size strength. And I became very obsessed with it and demanded that we move forward. But Pym had sort of buried it for ethical, moral reasons."
According to Stoll, his character and Pym's daughter Hope, who is played by Lilly, colluded to take over the company. "Now, I've discovered my own version of that technology and I'm using it for militaristic purposes," Stoll continues. "I've even started to use the technology myself, which as a sort of psychotic effect on people if they use it too much. I can't get into the details of all the goodies of the Yellowjacket suit but it's several generations advanced from what Ant-Man has. And then I put it on—and then I am Yellowjacket!"
I think we can read Hope Van Dyne's involvement as either her eventually learning the error of her ways or having always been on her father's side. I sincerely doubt she'll stay on the side of the villains. [Entertainment Weekly]
And here are photos from Entertainment Weekly. More at the link. [Entertainment Weekly]
The Lego Batman Movie
Here's a video interview with Will Arnett, Chris Miller, and Phil Lord talking about what the spinoff movie has in store. Lord teases that the film will center around whether Batman can be happy, and will have some huge action scenes. [MTV]
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Captain America: Civil War
While Anthony Mackie was at B96 Chicago with Kevin Costner to promote Black or White, he also dropped a little bit of information about the third Captain America film. Of the locations they will be filming in, Mackie mentioned, "Puerto Rico, Berlin, and Atlanta." He also talked about his actual schedule:
We start shooting in April. So, it's gonna be a lot of flying and fighting for about five months... and I'm not mad at all.
See the interview below. [via Comic Book Movie]
It won't come as a huge surprise, since it's been rumored for so long, but The Hollywood Reporter has sources saying that Melissa McCarthy is in early talks to star in Paul Feig's Ghostbusters. They add that the talks are early, with creative meetings with McCarthy still in the pipeline and that McCarthy's already-packed schedule could prevent the deal from going through. [The Hollywood Reporter]
We know from the trailer that the plot of the film involves a new hybrid dinosaur that gets loose. We also haven't seen the new creature in photos or film nor have we heard its name. The studio has reportedly trademarked both "Diabolus Rex" and "Indominus Rex," which sound like contenders for the name. "Indominus Rex" may be the frontrunner, as a Instagram fan account called jurassic_world2015 posted an image of a leaked list of toy names that include "Indominus Rex" at the top, followed by "Mega Strike T Rex." [Invite Hawk]
At SacAnime 2015, Peter Cullen talked about where he thinks the next films will go:
There is a sense that Transformers movies are going into a darker area. I think I brought the concern to the movie studio and certainly to the writers. Perhaps…Transformers 5 and 6 movies will go back more to its roots. There was an occasion where one line [in Transformers: Age Of Extinction] which Optimus Prime had, I did not want to say. It was my gut instinct and certainly my commitment to the character… not to say the line. But I was told to say. You can't fight the big boys. I think you all know what that line was.
Batman v. Superman
Avengers: Age of Ultron
At CES, Samsung unveiled some Avengers-inspired tech at their "Night With Marvel event." While some are just their already-available tech, others, captured by IGN below, are purely conceptual. [IGN]
At a Television Critic Association (TCA) panel, Katie Cassidy commented on Laurel's future role, saying, "I've been waiting for this to happen," about Laurel suiting up. "She goes from avenging her sister to honoring her sister to becoming her sister."
Also suiting up? Diggle, who will pick up Ollie's costume while he's indisposed. "Blarrow returns!" joked David Ramsey. "Don't call it a comeback."
As for Oliver himself, Stephen Amell told Entertainment Weekly:
[He has] fallen. I can give fans hope that they like the show because of the actors in it but also because of the people that are creating it. They would do well to be patient and have faith in that team.
And executive producer Marc Guggenheim warned that the Atom will make an appearance, but not necessarily on the same side as our usual team:
[Ray Palmer's] on a slightly different track than the other members of Team Arrow. One of the things that has always been part of the design of season 3 is that there would be more and more costumed characters populating Starling City. Oliver started off as just one man and he never envisioned all these other people being part of that plan. He thought he would be a solo act. Part of what he experienced this year was seeing the crusade grow beyond him
Britne Oldford (American Horror Story) has been cast as Shawna Baez, girlfriend to Micah Parker's character, Clay Parker. Based on this description:
Clay Parker, an inmate at Iron Heights Prison, is currently locked up for stealing money and working with a big-time crime lord in Central City. When Clay's girlfriend breaks him out of prison, Clay exploits her feelings for him and convinces her to utilize her meta-human powers for one last heist before they leave the city for good.
And the name, it's been speculated, and seems likely, that Shawna is the TV universe's version of Lashawn Baez, also known as Peek-A-Boo, who has teleportation-based powers. [Comic Book.com]
At the TCA panel, we now know that while Harrison Wells is the man in the yellow suit, Eddie Thawne's name is not just a red herring. Said executive producer Andrew Kreisberg, "His name is not an accident. Eddie's connection to the Reverse Flash lore is going to pay off big time in the back half of the year." [TV Guide]
The Vampire Diaries
Julie Plec says that the ending that she and creator Kevin Williamson came up with back in season 2 still remains what they're working towards:
Kevin and I came up with and then cried over our perfect ending. And really stuck to that for many, many years and now the show has actually gone on, and will most likely go on a bit longer than we ever dreamt of. So [the ending has] evolved, but it's still rooted in that same idea.
She's also announced that Steven R. McQueen will no longer be a regular on the series, although she does hint that the end of Jeremy's story won't take him out of the picture permanently:
He could show up at weddings, funerals and series finales for sure, but this journey is taking him to another place.
Here's the synopsis for episode 6.12, "Prayer for the Dying":
THE MERGE — When Liv (guest star Penelope Mitchell) and Luke's (guest star Chris Brochu) father arrives to town to celebrate their birthday, they try and convince him to let Jo (guest star Jodi Lyn O'Keefe) and Kai (guest star Chris Wood) take their place in the merge ceremony. After Tyler (Michael Trevino) finds out that the merge is happening sooner than he expected, he urges Liv to let him talk to her father. Meanwhile, after Caroline's (Candice Accola) plan to cure her mother takes an unexpected and devastating turn, Elena (Nina Dobrev), Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) gather at the hospital, while Jo attempts to save Sheriff Forbes' (guest star Marguerite MacIntyre) life. Lastly, with the merge set to take place, Damon's risky plan quickly sends things spiraling out of control, forcing one of the twins to take matters into their own hands. Jeffrey Hunt directed the episode written by Brett Matthews & Rebecca Sonnenshine (#612). Original airdate 1/29/2015.
Jekyll and Hyde
ITV's take on the classic has cast its star: Tom Bateman has been cast as Robert Jekyll, the grandson of the famous Dr. Jekyll. [Deadline]
Fox has given a pilot order to the TV show based on the 2002 film. The show will take place ten years after the events in the film. The show will follow one of three "precogs," who can't quite lead a normal life with his visions of the future. [Variety]
A&E's adaptation of the French show about people coming back from the dead (and, despite its premise, not related to the ABC show Resurrection) posed interesting questions for its actors. At TCA, Jeremy Sisto explained, "How do you react to something that is not possible? It's difficult to say what a natural reaction would be. It's hard to know if you did a good job after shooting a scene, because there's nothing to compare it to in your own life."
Carlton Cuse also stressed that the two shows, this one and the original French show, will be very different going forward:
"The starting point is similar, but our show becomes quite different around episode 6 where in the French version it becomes quite genre and incident heavy at episode 8," said Cuse. He further mentioned that the FremantleMedia French series is "working independently on season two currently. Our show going forward will be wholly original."
The show will premiere 10 PM on March 9th, following Bates Motel's season three premiere at 9. [Deadline]
In addition to confirming that we will see Frank in season 2, Ron Moore also said that, although the second book does partly take place in Paris, the second season will keep its stars in Scotland for filming. More immediately, Moore said that the show's midseason premiere will be told from Jamie's point of view, and not Claire's:
We're restarting the audience, so we wanted to have a lead-in for the viewers that would shift the point of view. This was a moment to pivot and include him in the perspective of the audience.
Head to the link to see some behind-the-scenes video. [TV Guide]
The new CW show has cast Jason Dohring (Veronica Mars) in season one. [SpoilerTV]
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
At their TCA panel, Producer Nick Hirschkorn said that, as in any adaptation, some things have been lost and some have been beefed up. The decision was based "what's the best way to keep our audience engaged." Writer Peter Harness added that one of the interesting things about it is that it's real magic taking place in a world with recognizable people. [TV Equals]
Here's the first photo from the Channel 4/AMC production Humans, which takes place in a world where "synthetics" — sythetic people — are a popular household accessory. The show follows the consequences of one family's purchase of a refurbished synth. The photo is Gemma Chan as the synth Anita. [Den of Geek]
Here's the synopsis for episode three:
"The Blitzkrieg Button" - Peggy may be in more trouble than usual when fugitive Howard Stark suddenly returns for mysterious reasons. And Chief Dooley chases a new clue all the way to Europe that threatens to destroy Peggy's future at the SSR, on "Marvel's Agent Carter," Tuesday, January 27 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
"Marvel's Agent Carter" stars Hayley Atwell as Agent Peggy Carter, James D'Arcy as Edwin Jarvis, Chad Michael Murray as Agent Jack Thompson, Enver Gjokaj as Agent Daniel Sousa and Shea Whigham as Chief Roger Dooley.
Guest starring are Lyndsy Fonseca as Angie Martinelli, Alexander Carroll as Agent Yauch, Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark, Bridget Regan as Dottie Underwood, Benita Robledo as Carol, Meagan Holder as Vera, Joanna Strepp as Gloria, John Bishop as Frank, Tim Dezarn as George, Billy Malone as "large" smuggler, Jeremy Timmins as "larger" smuggler, Chad Danshaw as thug, Jack Conley as Colonel Mueller, Kevin Cotteleer as Alex Doobin, Gregory Sporleder as Otto Mink, Jim Palmer as goon, Tim Garris as hoodlum, Stan Lee as man (next to Howard Stark) and Sarah Schreiber as Lorraine.
"The Blitzkrieg Button" was written by Brant Englestein and directed by Stephen Cragg.
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Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Abhimanyu Das