Who's the scariest villain in Thor: The Dark World? Bryan Singer is trying something really unusual with Quicksilver in Days of Future Past. Kit Harington previews the next season of Game of Thrones. Plus a Transformers 4 set report, and all the latest on Under the Dome, Supernatural, Once Upon a Time, and more!
Top image from Game of Thrones.
The latest Batman casting rumor is that director Zack Snyder is looking to bring in one of his Watchmen stars to play the role – though not Ozymandias actor Matthew Goode, the name mentioned in the last round of rumors. Instead, Snyder has reportedly discussed the part with Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who played the Comedian in the earlier film. [Ace Showbiz]
Tom Hiddleston discusses where Loki’s head is at in the sequel:
“You think, ‘Well, where next? What’s he going to do?’ What level of remorse does he have?” asks Tom Hiddleston of Loki, whom he says he enjoyed playing this around. “If he does have any remorse or regret: why? Who does he feel guilty in front of, and who does he laugh in the face of? What’s his motivation? If he stands to win, what does he stand to win? So as a character you’ve got all these new motivations, but as an actor I am absolved from playing hero or villain — I’m just a firework, the live wire. And that was more fun than I can possibly tell you.”
Director Alan Taylor reveals who might be the most terrifying villain of the film, even more so than Hiddleston’s Loki or Christopher Eccleston’s Malekith the Accursed:
“Algrim in a way is the most impressive villain presence in the movie. He’s quite something when he turns into Kurse. Adewale [Akinnuoye-Agbaje] spends a lot of time under layers of latex and stuff, and I was so impressed by his performance, he brought so much to it. Sometimes we would do his scenes with a stuntman and the movement just wasn’t the same, and we’d go back and shoot it with Adewale because of all the bodywork he put into it. I think he deserves some attention, although he’ll be buried under prosthetics!”
There’s quite a bit more at the link. [Empire]
According to a tweet from director Bryan Singer, he will be shooting scenes of American Horror Story’s Evan Peters as Quicksilver at 3,600 frames per second. That would allow Singer to slow the film down to 150 times the normal speed, and it also requires a ridiculous amount of lighting just to expose each frame, which is why Singer referred to the experience as the “brightest set I’ve ever filmed on.” [Coming Soon]
Judy Greer is reportedly in negotiations to reteam with her Three Kings and The Descendants costar George Clooney in Brad Bird’s top-secret sci-fi movie. Indeed, in keeping with the movie’s general secrecy, there are no details yet on what role Greer might play. [Deadline]
Here’s a new promo still, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly. [Coming Soon]
The movie is reportedly set to film some scenes at GM’s Lansing Delta Township assembly plant. [TFW2005]
And here’s a set report from the Detroit filming, courtesy of Jerry B on the Transformers Live-Action Movie Blog:
No shooting today on the Detroit set, but they were definitely prepping for one big ass blowout. The big thing with the 3 pagoda roofs on it, we watched them remove a large panel from that and fill an explosion container with bags and bags of potting soil and garden soil. This is what they packed the ground containers with for every explosion. Also, they've attached to each of the three or four HUGE brackets to the main supports of that structure just below each roof and had a cable attached to one that was either anchored to the ground or to the cherry picker in the photo. My theory is that either tonight or tomorrow they're going to either rip the roofs off of that structure or pull the thing completely down in an explosive BOOM. They were also working on a ton of wiring which would seem to support the big boom theory as well.
Here’s a new promo video, focusing on Christopher Mintz-Plasse’s character The Motherfucker, formerly Red Mist.
Here are two new promos.
Kit Harington previews what’s ahead for Jon Snow and the show in general in season four:
“There’s a hell of a lot of fight scenes. There’s a lot of blood, there’s a lot of gore. It’s more action packed then any season we’ve done so far, so it’s gonna be a test to see if we can get it done… I’m always – in a very pessimistic way – waiting for them to drop the ball and then we got [the scripts for] Season 4 through after what I thought was a very impressive Season 3… and it’s brilliant. It’s my favorite so far. I’ve got a lot to do this season… I’m not in Iceland this year. A lot of my friends went over to Iceland, a lot of people went over to Iceland that haven’t been before and I didn’t get to go this year, which is sad because I love the place. I’m purely in Northern Ireland this year.”
Executive producer Neal Baer discusses what’s ahead for Big Jim, and whether he’s truly a villain:
Boomer and Ollie were preventing the town from getting access to water, so was Big Jim being evil or was he doing this to save the town? That's always the wonderful part about Big Jim — that it's not like he gets off on killing people, but the only people he's killed have threatened Chester's Mill. Ollie was going to keep everyone from getting water and we'll get into that next week in a big way. In the preview for next week, you see Junior (Alexander Koch) putting his rifle at his dad. Big Jim loves his son more than anything and then the town. He's not just this soap opera Joan Collins character. He's not just J.R. from Dallas. I think it's an Emmy-worthy performance by Dean Norris next week. It's leading to a breakdown, so Big Jim needs to figure out what to do. Retaliation is definitely in Big Jim's vocabulary.
He also tackles some other burning questions:
What's that egg inside the mini-dome?
That's too easy. We will answer that question, but it's not what you expect. It's all coming together. This is a crucial element to the rest of the season: What is this egg, what does this mean and what does it keep out of the dome?
Why is the dome making people have visions of the town?
That question is completely addressed in the last episode of the season. It's so much a part of the next six episodes. We will be speaking to what the dome can and can't do, why it's doing it and for what reasons. The visions are really going to be profound.
There’s still a bunch more at the link. [TV Guide]
Showrunners Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz discuss how the five characters on the boat to Neverland will deal with the question of leadership:
Kitsis: You’ve got five people on a ship who all think they’re leaders, so we’ll have to see how they react when they face their first obstacle.
Horowitz: There’s certainly some friction, but there’s also a shared goal they have to achieve. The question is: Will they achieve it together, separately or at all?
An official tweet also reveals this line of dialogue for Hook:
I spent more time than I care to recall trying to leave this place to kill Rumplestiltskin. And here I am sailing back into its heart with him as my guest of honor.
Spinoff costar Peter Gadiot discusses his character and the possibility of crossovers with Once Upon a Time:
I play Cyrus, who [Alice] meets when she's in Wonderland. I think they are kindred spirits who've gone through different things but that mean the same in terms of people maybe not believing them about being trapped in some way. We find freedom with each other. We fall in love and go on this great journey which we will hopefully see in the next few episodes." He also said that, so far, Cyrus has not entered the "real" world… [Crossover has] been discussed, but I don't know to be honest. This is just my own conjecture. I think it’s more likely that some of their cast might pop up on our show. There is no back information to support that, I am just guessing. Either way, I wouldn't mind crossing over to their world!
From the same interview, fellow costar Peter Socha says his character, the Knave of Hearts, “was written with a breakdown of: cool; sardonic; lonely; maybe a bit arrogant; heart-breaker; could be a drinker.” [BuddyTV]
Because the island flashbacks were running a very real risk of not being completely ridiculous—in a good way—the second season will throw pirates into the mix. I assume these will be modern pirates, but I think we can all hope the show will just throw caution to the wind and include some old-school, Blackbeard-style pirates because… well, because why not? [TV Line]
Battlestar Galactica, Continuum and Dollhouse veteran Tahmoh Penikett has reportedly been cast in the recurring role of Ezekiel, described as “a dignified warrior angel injured in the Fall.” The character will debut in the ninth season premiere. [TV Line]
The show is reportedly looking to cast a new recurring character named Kieren, described as a priest with a dark past. The character is set to debut in the fourth episode. [SpoilerTV]
Mark Pellegrino, who plays the villain Jedikiah, talks about his character's point of view:
“I think he’s coming from experience. He’s coming from that academic world that knows that when a species arrives, the superior one wins and it’s merciless. Nature knows no compassion; the bottom line is the bottom line, and the stronger species will wipe out the weaker ones, unless we’re able to get the jump, and pre-empt destiny. So, I think he’s coming from his swath of evolutionary knowledge… It’s kind of a gift as an actor to be able to play people that are smarter than you, which is an evolutionary biologist, and more passionate than you about pursuing something; more ambitious and less thoughtful about the consequence… I mean, we can’t do that in everyday life, but when you’re the villain you get to drive everything, and you bring out the best in everybody, because they have to meet up to your challenge.”
There’s some more good stuff at the link. [KSiteTV]
The fourth episode of the season will reportedly be called “Fearful Pranks Ensue.” [SpoilerTV]
Additional reporting by Katharine Trendacosta and Charlie Jane Anders.