Oscar Isaac talks about working with the cast of the original trilogy for The Force Awakens. Learn how Agents of SHIELD will connect with Age of Ultron. Steven Moffat teases the Doctor and Missy’s relationship in the next season of Doctor Who. Plus, what’s to come on Hannibal, Gotham and The Flash. Spoilers Get!
Top image: Agents of SHIELD.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Oscar Isaac talks about working with Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford:
You need to give over to the relationship. I mean there is that moment when I first would walk on the set and just see what was there and see them in costume. Or visit set and see them. And those would be sort of pinch yourself moments. Like, ‘Wow, how did I even end up here?’ So that would be pretty surreal, but then it’s like you almost need that extra bit of energy to compartmentalize and approach it like any other job. Even though in the back of your head you know this is not any other job. In order to function properly and do your job properly you kind of have to diminish the thing.
I honestly don’t know anything about Spider-Man... I mean, who wouldn’t want to play Spider-Man? My little cousin was actually the one who told me.
Arnold Schwarzenegger talks about how the movie adds to the overall franchise:
I felt they came up with some new ways of moving on with the project that I was genuinely excited about... here was the possibility of making this one really work, not just living off the name and hoping for the best. I felt honored that they came to me and said, ‘We don’t want to do this movie without you’.
Schwarzeneggers old and young do battle in this Japanese TV spot. Go to the link to see three more. [First Showing]
Michael Green will script the movie. [The Wrap]
Chris Columbus talks about why he’s come back to the movie all these years later:
Initially I remember back in ’84-’85 when they approached me and said, do you wanna write the sequel and I said, this is before the obsession with franchises. So my feeling was no. We’ve told the story, that was that 1980’s thinking. And then suddenly all these years later, we were approached with an idea that really sounded like an interesting version. It’s not a remake of the movie at all. It’s a– it’s just a reinvention of it.
Ryan Reynolds posted another picture of himself looking bloodied and bruised from set:
The origins of the Plus Ultra and Tomorrowland are covered in this animated short for the movie. [Brad Bird on Twitter]
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2
Avengers: Age Of Ultron
Thor and Captain America work together to save some civilians in this new clip. [CBR]
Bleeding Cool are reporting that Benedict Cumberbatch’s Stephen Strange will show up in Netflix’s Iron Fist TV show, before making a full début in Doctor Strange. As ever with these rumors, take it with a pinch of salt.
Steven Moffat discusses the Doctor and Missy’s relationship in Season 9’s opening story:
I was thinking of the story of the first two-parter and I was thinking that she fits, she should be there. That character, if you get it right, does put a different light on the Doctor.
I was looking back at the old Jon Pertwee/Roger Delgado ones and what’s fascinating about that is that they only ever play it as friends. They never, ever play it as enemies at all. They’re just two gentlemen having fun with each other. The Doctor’s best friend is a murdering psychopath, that’s actually quite fun.
Here’s the synopses for the last two episodes of season 3:
AL SAH-HIM TAKES HIS FINAL STEPS TO ASCENSION; ROY AND THEA REUNITE — Oliver/Al Sah-him (Stephen Amell) finishes his training and is left with two final tasks to become the next Ra’s al Ghul. Ra’s (guest star Matt Nable) threatens Nyssa (guest star Katrina Law) and delivers some shocking news. Meanwhile, Malcolm (John Barrowman) makes a surprising offer to Team Arrow and Thea (Willa Holland) goes to see Roy (Colton Haynes).
THE HEART-STOPPING SEASON FINALE — Everyone’s lives are in danger as Ra’s al Ghul (guest star Matt Nable) puts forth his final plan. Oliver/Al Sah-him (Stephen Amell) must decide if he’s strong enough to take on this new role and what it will mean for everyone on Team Arrow, and his soul.
Agents Of SHIELD
Here’s some brief press releases for the last four episodes of Season 2:
“The Dirty Half Dozen” - Gonzales and Coulson must find a way to put their differences aside and work together against Hydra, even if it means teaming up with someone they don’t trust, on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”.
“Scars” - Skye is torn between her loyalty to S.H.I.E.L.D. and her connection to the Inhumans as tensions rise between the groups — and Coulson reveals a secret he’s been hiding from even those closest to him, on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”.
“S.O.S.,” Part One and Part Two - S.H.I.E.L.D. puts everything on the line to survive a war that blurs the line between friend and foe. Coulson and his team will be forced to make shocking sacrifices that will leave their relationships and their world changed forever, on the two-hour season finale of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D”.
Coulson tries to team up with Gonzales to take out a Hydra base in Sokovia, tying into the opening of Age of Ultron, in this clip from “The Dirty Half Dozen”. [via CBR]
And here’s some promo pictures from “Scars” — more at the link. [Spoiler TV]
Bryan Fuller spills 11 details on the upcoming third season. Here he is teasing the first episode:
It really does feel like ‘What are we watching?’ Will Graham isn’t in it, none of the other familiar characters are in it, it’s just Hannibal and Bedelia and their history over three different periods of time.
And the “James Bond” vibe of the early parts of the season:
I love Ridley Scott’s Hannibal, I just think it’s such a fun, gruesome movie that kind of harkens back to Hammer films, and it’s Hannibal as James Bond. There’s qualities of that that we wanted to bring to the first chapter of the third season, which is the Italy-based material.
Much more at the link. [Digital Spy]
Here’s the press release for season finale “Ashes to Ashes”:
EVERYTHING WE LOVE, WE TURN TO ASH — With time running out, Klaus’ (Joseph Morgan) ultimate plan to protect baby Hope at all costs continues to take shape. As tensions between the siblings come to a head, Cami (Leah Pipes) reveals a vital piece of information that causes Elijah (Daniel Gillies) and Rebekah to reconsider their plan of attack against Dahlia (guest star Claudia Black). Davina (Danielle Campbell) finds herself one step closer to fulfilling the promise she made to Kol, while Freya (guest star Riley Voelkel) is forced to take drastic measures to protect herself against Dahlia. Elsewhere, Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) has to put aside his fury at Klaus in order to protect himself and everyone in their sire line. Meanwhile, Vincent (Yusuf Gatewood) finds himself torn between the prospects of a magic-free life away from New Orleans and a personal obligation to protect Davina. Finally, with their risky plan in place, the Mikaelson siblings prepare for the fight of their lives.
American Horror Story: Hotel
Evan Peters will return for a fifth time. [Coming Soon]
Executive Producer John Stephens sets up the end of season one:
The Penguin story that he’s been running up against, his kind of rise — this season we kind of thought was the “Rise of the Penguin.” Everything was sort of pumped to a really bloody and dark conclusion in the finale as we see all his plans and machinations kind of erupt and start to rip Gotham apart. And we see Gordon’s kind of butting heads against the establishment inside the GCPD as well kind of coming apart.
And you see other characters who are coming forward and really doing things — you see sides of them, how they take those evolutionary steps forward to becoming the people they’re going to become. Selina and Nygma, all those characters take those big jumps forward. You’re going, “Oh, I see...” You actually are on the path to becoming the person you’re going to be, that we all know they’re going to be.
Person Of Interest
Jonah Nolan says that there’s plans to bring back Sarah Shahi’s Shaw whenever Shahi is ready to return:
Our deal with Sarah is that when she’s excited to come back, we’re excited to have her. We have a killer storyline for how her character comes back into the universe of our show. We’re ready to roll with that just as soon as she is.
Charlie Cox lays out how the Netflix Marvel series will film over the next year:
We’ll begin shooting in the second half of the year. Season two will come out about this time next year. Again, I’m imagining all this, but they’ll probably do Iron Fist or Luke Cage at the same time, followed by the other one [of the two] in the first half of 2016 and then maybe Defenders in the second half of 2016 or the beginning of 2017.
Under The Dome
Eriq La Salle has joined the cast as Hektor Martin, the “ruthless” CEO of the energy company where Barbie’s father works. [Deadline]
Here’s a new trailer teasing the conflict between the Reverse Flash and Barry in the last few episodes of the season. [CBR]
And here’s a comic preview for “The Trap”, including a brief tease for the existence of the Justice League.
Finally, here’s some promo pictures from “Book of Shadows”. More at the link. [Spoiler TV]
Additional reporting by Abhimanyu Das and Charlie Jane Anders.