Jeremy Renner shoots down a major Avengers: Age of Ultron rumor. The Russos explain how Captain America 3 will be the second half of a two-part story. Guy Ritchie finds his King Arthur star. And what does a set video reveal about an Arrow character's past? Spoilers now!
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Given all the talk about Hawkeye potentially being in Captain America 3, it's not all that surprising that Jeremy Renner's now refuting the rumors of the character dying off in Avengers: Age of Ultron. "No, no," Renner answered Larry King. "No, I don't die. I think they want to keep me around for a while." That seems pretty definitive. [via Coming Soon]
Speaking of that Hawkeye rumor, Joe and Anthony Russo have explained it away by saying that they think Renner was talking about a draft of Captain America 2 that included Clint Barton. They also talked about the continuing story of Bucky Barnes:
JOE RUSSO: We've called it a two-parter. Certainly it's a cliffhanger. I know some people didn't like the fact that he didn't have a lot of lines and that we didn't explore more of his personality in that film. That wasn't the point of that movie. The point of that movie was that, you know, a ghost from Cap's past comes back and punches him in the face and how does he deal with that issue while he's also trying to figure out how to save the world. So that character in that movie had the really specific job of basically, you know, being a killing machine and could Cap crack the veneer of that well formed Hydra killing machine? So what's left to explore obviously is the personality of the character, much the way that Brubaker's run did after Winter Solider regained a semblance of his past. Philosophical questions that we would want to deal with in Cap 2 would be, you know, is he redeemable? Is he the worst assassin we've ever seen or is he the longest suffering POW? Where does he live now? Does he ever regain his memories?
ANTHONY RUSSO: He's a beautifully tragic character.
JOE RUSSO: If he doesn't regain his memories, can you call him Bucky Barnes or is he somebody new? So it's a really fascinating character to play with. Very rich. I remember when we met with Kevin and we found out they were doing a Winter Solider storyline, I said, 'You've got a Star Wars on your hands because that's such a rich, familial conflict with a hero and a villain who are basically brothers,' and such a complex villain. And when I say the hero's only as good as the villain, Bucky's so rich and so complex that he makes Cap more interesting.
Joe Russo also said of Crossbones that the character "isn't alive at the end of Winter Soldier for no reason." [Collider]
The Russos did another interview, where Anthony Russo spoke a bit about where they wanted to take Steve Rogers:
As far as where else we want to take the character, we just want to keep moving Cap forward. We wanted to push the character forward into the modern age with The Winter Soldier, and we want to keep pushing the character forward. We always want to be true to who Captain America is, but we want to surprise people about where he can go and what he's capable of. That's about as specific as I can get about where we might take him.
Welcome back to our old friend, Doctor Strange casting rumors. Back on the table is Joaquin Phoenix, whose deal is rumored to be all but completed. [Collider]
Rumor has it that Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Noah Segan, who've worked with director Rian Johnson before, will appear in Episodes VIII and IX. Added to that rumor is another, equally unsourced: That Gordon-Levitt will also be showing up in Episode VII. That comes from a tweet from Z Studio, claiming that it'll be a cameo. All of this seems even more farfetched than the usual glut of anonymous tips about Star Wars making the rounds these days, so take it for what it's worth. [Making Star Wars]
Guy Ritchie's King Arthur is zeroing in on Charlie Hunnam to star in the film. [Deadline]
Principal photography has begun on the zombie film, which is described as:
Set in the wake of an apocalyptic zombie outbreak, the film centres on Melanie (Jessica de Gouw) and her boyfriend Lewis (Martin McCann) who visit a safari retreat - The ReZort - where every paying guest has a licence to kill the undead.
There they meet Archer (Dougray Scott), a former zombie-hunter who has to step up when the security system at the ReZort crashes and unleashes thousands of bloodthirsty zombies back into the wild.
[ Screen Daily]
Here's a poster from the film. [ Coming Soon]
Here's the trailer for the sci-fi western starring Michael Shannon. [ Film School Rejects]
The Amazon adaptation of the Philip K. Dick story has cast Like Kleintak as Joe Blake, an "all-American guy living in New York who has joined the clandestine American Resistance." [ Deadline]
Here are two more promo videos. [ /Film]
BBC America have these two behind-the-scenes videos that give us a glimpse at upcoming episodes. [via Blogtor Who]
Here's the description of episode 1.05, "Rent":
Claire goes along on the MacKenzies' trip to collect rents, and witnesses Dougal using Jamie's scars to elicit sympathy for the cause of the Jacobites. Later, she realizes a momentous event in Scottish history is coming up fast.
Here's the description of the season premiere, "Panopticon":
Forced to take on new identities created by Root, the team tries to adapt to their new lives. However, some find it hard to ignore The Machine's numbers, which puts them all at risk of being detected by Samaritan.
And below is a photo from the premiere as well. [ K Site TV]
Here's a video filmed on the set which looks like it could be a flashback to Felicity's MIT days and with the ex who ended up arrested by the FBI. [via SpoilerTV]
Here's a promo for episode 2.08, "Sex, Lies, and Birthday Cake." [via SpoilerTV]
Here's a behind-the-scenes video of Devon Bostick. [via SpoilerTV]
Here's a similar behind-the-scenes shot of Klaus. [SpoilerTV]
Here are the titles of the first four episodes of season 10:
10×03: "Soul Survivor"
10×04: "Paper Moon"
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Madeleine Monson-Rosen