There's a new rumor about who Andy Serkis is playing in Star Wars: The Force Awakens — and it's more than one character. Plus more filming for Avengers: Age of Ultron, and details for the Doctor Who Christmas special revealed! And David S. Goyer updates us on the Sandman movie. Spoilers now!
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Jedi News has sources saying that Andy Serkis will be playing more than one role in The Force Awakens. One part will be motion capture based and part of a "group of unbelievably athletic and acrobatic motion capture characters," playing some group of aliens. In that same group will be parkour episode Pip Anderson and "whom I [the source] believe to be Crystal Clarke."
His other role supposedly has to do with Daisy Ridley's character's background — and may have more to do with the story than it appears at first blush. People are speculating this second role could be as a human, without any motion-capture. [Jedi News]
The code name for the first standalone movie is supposedly Los Alamos. [Star Wars Underground]
Here are some more Force Awakens actors and parts, based on the resumes of the actors and found by the BBC's Lizo Mzimba. It's interesting that there are padawans this far from the end of the original trilogy. [via Star Wars Underground]
It's not actually too surprising, since all the Marvel films have a history of doing reshoots and filming new scenes late in the game — including the tag — but apparently Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Paul Bettany, Scarlett Johansson, and Tom Hiddleston have all been asked to make sure they're available for two weeks in January, because this film needs "a bit more kick-ass on an extravagant scale," to make it seem bigger and better than the first Avengers.
The Daily Mail also reports that two-part Infinity War will film back-to-back in England late in 2015. Which seems very soon, and therefore sort of unlikely. [The Daily Mail]
David S. Goyer says that they're moving forward with the film, which Joseph Gordon-Levitt is starring in and directing:
I hesitate to definitively say when it might go before the cameras, but the one thing different between other iterations and ours is that Neil Gaiman has been in the room with us and is a vital part of the team. We have a draft Warners is very happy with and we're moving forward, knock on wood.
Here's a poster of the stepmother and stepsisters. [Pop Sugar]
There are a bunch of post-mortems for the midseason finale, obviously. First up is Emily Kinney, who was asked if there was any story left for Beth:
There were so many sparks of other things that hadn't been explored. But what's cool about the show is that it is unexpected and doesn't make a lot of sense always. If you remember Bob (Lawrence Gilliard Jr.), he had the story where he was saying he didn't know why he was the one to survive. There's something about that that's true in real life. Sometimes there isn't rhyme or reason [to things]; why does that person die and not that person? I think there was a lot left artistically for me. But no actor wants to play the same character forever. There was great writing and a lot that was just getting started. I was excited to explore those sparks. It ended in a flash. That's the way life is.
She also explained a bit about what was going through Beth's mind in her last moments:
Why do you think Beth felt the sudden urge to kill Dawn?
I felt like it was a last-minute. The scissors were if she needed them. I felt like she was overconfident, she got what she wanted [to reunite with her group] and she wanted more. It's like she'd gotten stronger and tougher and was back with her group and, oh one more thing: I want to get Dawn. And it was a mistake. It was this little moment of overconfidence.
Do you think Beth died a heroic death?
I don't know. I haven't thought of her as a hero, really. I didn't think of it as a heroic death. You see Daryl and Rick (Andrew Lincoln) as the heroes because they were the ones coming to get Beth and Carol out. But I think she is a hero in her own way.
And Scott Gimple talked about the effect her death will have:
It's devastating for [Maggie], and I think the way that we've seen her processing Beth in general — which has been quiet, she hasn't been bringing it up every episode, although she brought it up in one of the first lines of the season — this is going [to] devastate her and we're going to peek into how she's been processing everything. But she's destroyed, and this group is devastated, and the emotional place we start them in the next half of the season, they're all in a very dark place and things only get darker for them until things for them change in a huge way.
And on Morgan:
I wouldn't want to say too much, but if you look at the first post-credits coda back in [the season premiere] it does appear that some time has passed since Rick and his group were at that sign. So if time has passed, how close is he? I can't really answer that question because that's for the story to answer. I will say, though, he just picked up a map that said Rick Grimes' name. That's pretty heavy. And that affects him deeply. And it definitely is a part of our story.
He finished by saying the group would be more together than apart in the second-half of the season. And that it will be a very different second half:
In every way. I will say it starts in a very familiar tone and situation and then just everything gets turned on its head. What Norman and Andy said is correct. It isn't just like the tone changes or the landscape changes — everything kind of changes. We will be fulfilling what I said, which is every eight episodes it's a brand new show, and this will be a brand new show. Not initially, but we get there.
In another interview, Gimple gave more details on the second half of the season:
[We say] every episode is a brand new show, and the next eight episodes will definitely the more intense version of that statement. It goes in one very dark direction at the beginning of the half season and then things get very different, very strange — not quite as dark, even. The darkness that our people have faced that's molded and hardened them will [make them into] very, very different people in a situation they don't quite know what to make of it.
Clearly they're leaving Grady behind and the church seems to be lost. So, are they on the road again?
Gimple: They very much are on the road again. They will not be chilling at Grady. They are devastated by the loss of Beth and shaken by the fact that they don't know where to go next. A number of them just learned about Eugene's duplicity. They're in a very difficult place and they have to find a way to dig their way out. Part of that, though, is that they are all together, and that's probably their best hope.
Norman Reedus explained what he thinks the loss of Beth is to the group:
She was such a beacon of hope, that girl. She sang and she had a positive outlook and she was hopeful. All these little slivers of hope are being taken from this group one by one. It just gets worse and worse and worse. Humanity and the goodness in people is slowly being evaporated from their world. I think she was a big beacon of hope for us, and to watch her go is just devastating.
And he agreed with the statement that the second half of season five is going to be different:
It's a very different show, the back eight. It's still the same show, but it's very different circumstances. Personalities really come to a boil and a lot of unexpected things are going to happen because it's in a very different vein. You see us in a very different circumstance and it becomes very desperate. And there's a false level of security that really messes with everyone.
Here's a sneak peek at episode 5.09. [via SpoilerTV]
Jennifer Morrison explained why there are so many curses in Storybrooke, saying that fairy tales aren't literal:
"In order to be real with Emma, I have to look at it representationally," she continues. "I see the curses and spells and all the crises that come our way—the snow monsters and witches and all those things—as representative of the things that come our way that are hard in life: illness, death, exams, fights with loved ones, breakups. All those things are, in real life, what would be a curse or spell in Storybrooke. Yes, we have to bond together to fight these major things, but it's just like a family has to bond together to fight cancer, or deal with a death in the family, or a parent losing a job, or not getting into the school you want to."
Here's the synopsis for Sunday's episode:
THE SNOW QUEEN'S SPELL OF SHATTERED SIGHT HAS DESCENDED UPON THE TOWN, CAN EMMA AND ELSA DESTROY THE CURSE BEFORE STORYBROOKE DESTROYS ITSELF?, ON ABC'S "ONCE UPON A TIME"
Elizabeth Mitchell ("Lost") Guest Stars as the Snow Queen
"Shattered Sight" – Storybrooke is in a state of chaos with all the residents under the Snow Queen's Spell of Shattered Sight at each other's throats. Emma and Elsa race against the clock to free themselves of the ribbons and take down the Snow Queen and her curse. David can only watch when Regina clashes with Mary Margaret in an epic battle. Meanwhile, Gold gathers Belle and Henry as he prepares to leave town forever, and Will Scarlet looks to square his tab with Hook. Kristoff's thick-headedness leads Anna to a heartwarming discovery, on "Once Upon a Time," SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
"Once Upon a Time" stars Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow White/Mary Margaret, Jennifer Morrison as Emma Swan, Lana Parrilla as the Evil Queen/Regina, Josh Dallas as Prince Charming/David Nolan, Emilie de Ravin as Belle, Colin O'Donoghue as Hook, Jared S. Gilmore as Henry, Michael Socha as Will Scarlet and Robert Carlyle as Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold.
Guest stars include Lee Arenberg as Leroy/Grumpy, Beverley Elliott as Granny, Georgina Haig as Elsa, Elizabeth Lail as Anna, Scott Michael Foster as Kristoff, David-Paul Grove as Doc, Gabe Khouth as Mr. Clark/Sneezy, Faustino Di Bauda as Walter/Sleepy, Jeffrey Kaiser as Dopey, Michael Coleman as Happy, Mig Macario as Bashful, Rebecca Wisocky as Madame Faustina, Ilias Webb as Kevin, Abby Ross as Young Emma and Elizabeth Mitchell as the Snow Queen.
"Shattered Sight" was written by Scott Nimerfro and Tze Chun, and directed by Gwyneth Horder-Payton.
We start the crossover tonight, so EP Andrew Kreisberg gave a bit of a synopsis:
A mysterious man who kills someone with a boomerang is what brings them to Central City, but they then get caught up with Barry's latest metahuman investigation of Roy G. Bivolo, who is robbing banks by inducing uncontrollable rage in the patrons of the bank. At first, Oliver is not too keen on helping Barry with his investigation, but pretty soon he and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) and Dig (David Ramsey) get swept up in it
He added that Eddie Thawne will move forward, getting a task force to go after the Flash:
This episode really [advances the plot and characters], especially where Eddie is concerned. It all comes out in this episode that Iris (Candice Patton) has started a correspondence with The Flash that has turned into them meeting together, which is not something that Eddie approves of. The events of this episode, both the Arrow showing up and The Flash getting whammied, only increase Eddie's desire to see The Flash unmasked and brought down.
And he and Marc Guggenheim then talked about the Arrow part of the crossover:
Guggenheim: With the Arrow part of the crossover, I was a bit more interested—since we got the Team Arrow reaction to metahumans in The Flash episode—to explore what is Team Flash's reaction to the darkness of Starling City and the darkness of the world that Oliver inhabits. It's very, very different from the world that Barry and his team deal with.
Kreisberg: Somebody in the Arrow universe gets fairly badly hurt in the Arrow episode and we see Caitlin dive in as a doctor. One of the things that we talked about a lot is the idea that on The Flash, she's a fun doctor, but our tone note for that was to treat it like ER and have blood everywhere and have Caitlin be shaken up. One of the things Caitlin and Cisco realize in the Arrow episode is they've been having a lot of fun, despite being scared in dangerous situations, but the world of the Arrow is a darker, bleaker world. It takes a different kind of fortitude to survive it.
More at the link. [Entertainment Weekly]
Nick Tarabay, who plays Captain Boomerang, says that he will have many different kinds of boomerang. He also described his character this way:
Captain Boomerang is not just physically strong, he's pretty smart, too. He's insightful. He knows their game. He knows how they do stuff. He knows how to trigger them. You'll see in the episode how he sets things up. "Oh crap. This was all planned." He's very smart that way. He knows how to move things around to his advantage.
On top of it, there's his weapons. When you see these boomerangs, you are going to be shocked. The way he uses them is amazing. He has a distance advantage, too, so he doesn't have to be in close contact with his enemies. He doesn't even have to be seen. Boomerangs do that little circle, and he's so good at it, almost like the Arrow is good with his arrows. There will be times when you see those boomerangs flying before you see him.
And when it comes to close contact, he's very good. I was very happy they wanted to show this more and more. Physically, just in hand-to-hand combat, you'll see him take down some people and hurt others. The way the story goes, he's been doing this for a long time, so he's a well-trained assassin.
Here's an extended trailer for the episode:
Claire Holt talked about what Rebekah's return shows about the character:
We learn how much raising Hope has led Rebekah to crave that child of her own, even more so now than she already did. She knows Hayley is Hope's mother, and she has to return her, but she's fiercely protective and loves that child. It's going to be difficult for her.
January Jones, Mel Rodriguez, Kristen Schaal, and Cleopatra Coleman have joined the cast of the single-cam comedy, which "chronicles the life and adventures of an average guy (Forte) – and humanity's last hope – who discovers what life is like when no one is telling you what you can and cannot do." [Deadline]
Nick Frost explained his take on Santa:
"I wanted to make him slightly edgy and cross at times and a bit like a gangster."
He added: "I want viewers to be kept in the dark as to his intentions, so you don't know if he's good or if he's evil."
TV and Satellite Magazine also had a description of the episode:
The Doctor and Clara are called into action when the crew of a polar base come under attack from a mysterious band of new villains known as the Sleepers and the Dream Crabs
Here's a clip from tonight's episode:
Here's a clip from "Hibbing 911":
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Diana Biller