Sleepy Hollow casts its Ben Franklin as a recurring character. There will be a time jump between seasons 1 and 2 of The Tomorrow People. And Gotham gets a series order. Plus, new looks at Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Rosemary's Baby. Spoilers now!
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Actor John Morton told a Star Wars convention in England that Star Wars Rebels is very important to the whole universe:
Rebels is the key. Rebels will provide the link to bring in the continuity from Clone Wars, the Original Trilogy and the Prequels to enable LucasFilm and Disney to tee-up 'Episode VII'. If you want my informed opinion, it will enable 'Episode VII' to leapfrog over the whole trilogy.
. . . The key that is going to make this work is Rebels. Rebels will set up and point the direction for 'Episode VII'.
He then seemed to hint that the Rebels characters would be in Episode VII:
The characters they are creating in Rebels will be around in 'Episode VII'.
Morton played Dak Ralter in The Empire Strikes Back and filled in for Jeremy Bulloch as Boba Fett, none of which really tells us how he knows all of this. Until we know more and get actual confirmation, take this all with a grain of salt. [Movie Cricket via Slashfilm]
Disney's Bob Iger said, in a Q2 Fiscal 2014 Earnings Conference Call, that "at least three" standalone films are in development, along with Episodes VII, VIII, IX. These are the "origin stories," including the already-confirmed Boba Fett project. [Coming Soon]
The last Hunger Games film has added Michelle Forbes to its cast as Lt. Jackson. [Coming Soon]
Fox has acquired the rights to Invisibility, a supernatural romance YA novel by David Levithan and Andrea Cremer. The novel follows a 16 year-old who is invisible, but falls for his new neighbor. She can see him, and the two try to cure his invisibility, encountering magic as they do so. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Kate Cohen and Marisa Polvino, who were producers on Transcendence, have the rights to the Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning novel Thirteen by Richard K. Morgan. The script will be written by Kenny Golde, who recently adapted Isaac Asimov's sci-fi thriller End of Eternity. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Lena Headey's taken the lead role in the adaptation, which'll tell the story of a woman with the ability to change people's bodies using her mind. She can give men great pleasure, while also killing them. [Shock Till You Drop]
Here's a poster. [First Showing]
Here are three new promos showing San Francisco, New York and London as they fell apart following the outbreak of Simian Flu. [Coming Soon]
Here's a new photo of Megan Fox as April O'Neil. [Coming Soon]
Timothy Busfield will play recurring character Benjamin Franklin, starting in the second episode of the season. Turns out Ichabod was Franklin's apprentice. Executive producer Mark Goffman said this about season 2:
Last season, we created this history between Ichabod and George Washington that talked about this secret war that was part of the American Revolution. This season, we're continuing that and expanding on it with other characters. Benjamin Franklin is great because we are all familiar with so many of his contributions and now we get to pull back the veil a bit. This man founded the printing press and was responsible for so many [innovations] and now we find out he's involved in this secret war and that Crane had a relationship with him. I've read several biographies of Franklin and we're teeing off on some of his precociousness and eccentricities.
Joseph Morgan previewed the finale, saying that we should be worried about Hayley, her baby, and everyone else:
Yeah, both of them. You should be really worried about them, and other characters as well. I mean, not everyone is going to make it. It doesn't have a happy ending for everybody. There are a lot of people who want a lot of other people dead, so someone is going to get their way.
And he talked about the finale:
[Klaus and Marcel] are certainly going to share the same space and yeah, they are going to have a go at each other, I'll say that much.
The battle continues though in the finale, it's like one long episode, 21 and 22. It's a huge sequence of events that will start this week and end the week after. It is continuous and it is certainly far bigger than just Klaus and Marcel, all factions are involved and everyone has their goals and is willing to stop at nothing to get them. It's all going to come to a head.
Executive producer Phil Klemmer previewed that they're thinking about a time jump for season 2:
Season 2 is going to pick up a good deal into the future, and in a lot of ways, episode 201 will be like a second pilot where we catch up with our characters very much like adults. Stephen was a high school student in season 1. I think we sort of exhausted the plausibility or just the dramatic usefulness of that. It was about his family, it was about a young man trying to find out who he is and what he is and who his father is and what his father did and etc. etc. And season 2, he will know who he is, and the question will really be how he chooses to use his powers. And so it's really interesting. I think our characters are so strong that they can really withstand a seismic shift in the world that they're inhabiting, so if we flash forward into the future years, I think that's, to me, really interesting.
Might The Tomorrow People be above ground at that point?
They might! They certainly might. And then the question is: If they're not being hunted, how do they use their powers then? So much of season 1 was just about existential issues and how to hide and how to keep their powers hidden, and in season 2, I'd really like to open up the world so that the question is how should they choose to use their powers?
Here's a behind-the-scenes featurette. [Coming Soon]
At C2E2, the cast panel revealed a bit about what's up next for Defiance. Grant Bowler (Joshua Nolan) sees a pretty negative future:
Just generally, every position that every main character was in, at the end of Season 2, they lose. So whatever place social, financially or morally or ethically that they existed in Season 1 is destroyed, and they are left without that. So whatever they had is gone … which means that Season 2, now that you guys, our audience, understand the world and you know the rules, and you know the mythology and you know what happened in the Pale Wars, and blah, blah, blah, now we can get cracking, and get on with it, and start telling the story of all of the dynamics between the characters.
Tony Curran seemed to agree, saying:
At the beginning of Season 2, everything is broken and nothing is as it was. People have to adapt even more so than they did so in Season 1 to survive and get on. Even more skullduggery, darker. … People are helping people you ordinarily think wouldn't help each other.
Along with the announcement that has Fox has ordered a full season of the show, we also got a closer look at the cast:
Ben McKenzie will play Gordon. Other cast members include Donal Logue as Gordon's partner and mentor, police detective Harvey Bullock; Jada Pinkett Smith as crime boss Fish Mooney; David Mazouz as Wayne; Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot (who will eventually become the Penguin); Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle (who will eventually become Catwoman); Erin Richards as Gordon's doctor fiancée, Barbara Kean; Sean Pertwee as Wayne's butler Alfred Pennyworth; Zabryna Guevera as Gordon's boss Captain Essen; and guest star Cory Michael Smith as Edward Nygma (who will eventually become the Riddler).
Here's a clip from tonight's "Streets of Fire":
Here's a clip from "Day Trip":
Here's the synopsis for Sunday's two-hour finale:
EMMA AND HOOK ARE PULLED INTO ZELENA'S TIME PORTAL AND FIND THEMSELVES IN THE ENCHANTED FOREST OF THE PAST – BUT THEY MUST BE CAREFUL NOT TO CHANGE ANYTHING OR RISK ALTERING THE LIVES OF THEIR FRIENDS AND FAMILY, AS WELL AS THEIR VERY OWN EXISTENCE, ON THE TWO-HOUR SEASON FINALE OF ABC'S "ONCE UPON A TIME"
"Snow Drifts"/"There's No Place Like Home" – While Mary Margaret and David celebrate the naming of their son at a coronation in Granny's Diner, Emma and Hook are pulled into Zelena's time portal and find themselves in the Enchanted Forest of the past. But in their quest to discover a way back, they must be careful not to change ANYTHING or risk altering the lives of their friends and family — as well as their very own existence, on the two-hour season finale of "Once Upon a Time," SUNDAY, MAY 11 (8:00-10:01 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, Emilie de Ravin as Belle, Colin O'Donoghue as Hook, Michael Raymond-James as Baelfire/Neal Cassidy, Jared S. Gilmore as Henry Mills and Robert Carlyle as Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold.
Guest starring in "Snow Drifts" are Lee Arenberg as Leroy/Grumpy, Anastasia Griffith as Abigail/Kathryn, Tony Amendola as Geppetto, Meghan Ory as Ruby/Red, Alex Zahara as King Midas, Beverley Elliott as Granny, Rebecca Mader as Zelena, David-Paul Grove as Doc, Gabe Khouth as Sneezy, Faustino Di Bauda as Sleepy, Sean Maguire as Robin Hood, Christopher Gauthier as Smee and Charles Mesure as Black Beard.
Guest starring in "There's No Place Like Home" are Lee Arenberg as Leroy/Grumpy, Keegan Connor-Tracy as Blue Fairy/Mother Superior, Meghan Ory as Ruby/Red, Raphael Sbarge as Archie Hopper/Jiminy Cricket, Beverley Elliott as Granny, Sarah Bolger as Aurora, David-Paul Grove as Doc, Gabe Khouth as Sneezy, Faustino Di Bauda as Sleepy, Jeffrey Kaiser as Dopey, Mig Macario as Bashful, Sean Maguire as Robin Hood, Eric Keenleyside as Sir Maurice/Moe French and Raphael Alejandro as Roland.
"Snow Drifts" was written by David H. Goodman & Robert Hull and directed by Ron Underwood.
"There's No Place Like Home" was written by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz and directed by Ralph Hemecker.
Here's the promo for Warehouse 13's penultimate episode, "Cangku Shisi." [via SpoilerTV]
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Madeleine Monson-Rosen