Jessica Chastain discusses some changes from the original book for The Martian. There’s already going to be sequel to The Last Witch Hunter. Dan Aykroyd talks about the need for female Ghostbusters. Plus, Rob Thomas talks up iZombie season 2 as the “Season of Dads”, and new Ant-Man footage. Spoilers Get!
Matt Damon discusses the film’s approach to science:
It’s not this sort of existential movie about desolation. This character is this incredibly resourceful, optimistic person who doesn’t bother whining about things, he just tries to figure out, ‘What’s the next problem?’ He’s on the very edge of death the whole time. If the oxygen tank breaks, he’s gonna die. If the water re-claimer breaks, he’s gonna die of thirst. If there’s a breach in the hatch, he’s gonna implode. If all that works, he’s gonna starve to death. There’s so many things to do that his days are full. The writer of the book, Andy Weir, is a scientist so he let the science dictate. ‘What would happen if this were me?’ It was like a thought exercise. It’s a very smart person procedurally doing what they need to do to stay alive on mars. Hopefully people want to see that!
While Jessica Chastain discusses how her character’s role was expanded from what was in the book:
Right now a little less than 10% of astronauts are women, and on our crew there are six of us and two are women, so already the odds are better for women in the future. My character Melissa Lewis is the commander of the mission, which is already pretty extraordinary. She has a military background. They’re the first mission to be on Mars and collect the samples. Having to leave early is a decision she doesn’t want to make, but she makes it because she is in charge of everyone’s life and they’re trying to get her to stay. They leave Mars thinking Watney’s dead, and there’s a huge sense of guilt there. Ridley has changed some aspects of the screenplay from the novel to give her more of an arc, which I’m very appreciative of.
Dan Aykroyd discusses excitement for the new film:
The thing is, you’ve got creators all around Hollywood who saw the thing at the original time and are going, ‘Wow, I think I’ve got a take on that. I think I could do something under that umbrella.” And so we’ve had brilliant creators walk in, from Paul Feig to many others. And we loved the concepts they’re coming up with. And this one with the four girls is going to be massive. Oh, man, it’s funny. It’s intelligent. It hits the right notes, and I’m really excited about it.
It refers to the first two in a really neat, classy way, but this is all going to introduce them to a whole new generation of girls that are going to want to be Ghostbusters. We always needed them.
Filming for the movie is due to begin in Boston this week, and the Boston Herald has some story details:
Wiig and McCarthy play a pair of unheralded authors who write a book positing that ghosts are real. Flash forward a few years and Wiig lands a prestigious teaching position at Columbia U. (Like the original, the story takes place in New York City, even though it’s being shot in Boston.) Which is pretty sweet, until her book resurfaces and she is laughed out of academia.
Wiig reunites with McCarthy and the other two proton pack-packing phantom wranglers, and she gets some sweet revenge when ghosts invade Manhattan and she and her team have to save the world.
Vin Diesel has taken to Facebook to announce that there’s already going to to be a sequel to The Last Witch Hunter, based on positive studio reactions to the as-yet-unreleased film.
Here’s two new TV spots for the movie. [CBR]
TV Line has learned that the show is looking to cast a Mid-20s to early 30s Scottish actress to play Evanna, Rumplestiltskin’s mother.
Finn Wittrock has joined the show’s cast.
John Barrowman discusses wanting to return as Jack Harkness:
If they asked me I would be more than happy to go back. The Arrow producers said they would allow me to go do it, but I’ve never been asked and I don’t know if I will be.
I have to be honest, one person who’s keeping Captain Jack alive is John Barrowman because I’m plugging him, promoting him and making sure he’s kept out there because one day he will return. I think they would be very silly not to bring him back.
Laurence Dobiesz has been cast as Alex Randall, Black Jack’s brother. [TV Line]
Here’s a press release for “The Friendliest Place On Earth”:
CHAOS ERRUPTS THROUGHOUT THE TOWN OF WAYWARD PINES ON AN ALL-NEW “WAYWARD PINES” THURSDAY, JULY 9, ON FOX
After an explosion on Main Street leaves two key residents of Wayward Pines in critical condition, Ethan is determined to find out who is responsible for the horrific act. Meanwhile, Harold opts out of the covert operation he and Kate were planning, and Nurse Pam interviews surveillance engineers to find out if there are any workers responsible for falsely reporting activities of any Wayward Pines residents in the all-new “The Friendliest Place on Earth” episode of WAYWARD PINES.
Rob Thomas describes season 2’s big theme as being about fatherhood:
We have been talking about season 2 as being the Season of Dads. We might meet several people’s dads in season 2, including [Liv and Evan’s]. We kept him intentionally unmentioned because we hadn’t worked out how we wanted to bring him in or what we wanted to do with him… We have a desire to do it, and I think we have a neat backstory on their dad.
Finally, here’s a press release for, err, “Finally”:
KIRSTEN STITCHES INTO THE MIND OF A BRAIN RESEARCHER IN AN ALL-NEW EPISODE OF “STITCHERS”.
The Stitchers team investigates a mysterious car accident that resulted in the death of a traumatic brain injury researcher. Meanwhile, Kirsten asks Linus for help deciphering a clue left by Ed Clark as she continues to question Maggie for more information on the origin of the Stitchers program.
Additional reporting by Abhimanyu Das and Charlie Jane Anders. Top image: The Martian.