And we might know the final choice this week. George R. R. Martin has even more shows planned for HBO. Get a fresh look at the Fantastic Four in action. Plus, Dean Cain talks Supergirl, Michael Dorn offers another update on his Star Trek spinoff, and more Terminator Genisys footage. Spoilers Now!
The casting shortlist has narrowed and narrowed, and while Jeff Schneider has reported on Meet the Movie Press that the shortlist is down to Tom Holland, Matthew Lintz and Charlie Plummer, Devin Faraci of Birth Movies Death has added that the shortlist is now actually down to two: The aforementioned Tom Holland, and Charlie Rowe. Faraci also added that casting has been delayed – not due to Marvel and Sony butting heads as some have believed, but because of trepidation over a major piece of casting for both companies.
Trepidation aside, however, the final decision will allegedly come sometime this week, according to Deadline, who also cite Holland, Lintz, Plummer and Rowe as being in contention for the role of Peter Parker.
Mark Wahlberg still thinks Michael Bay will be back to direct.
Collider: Do you have any update on the status of Transformers 5? Have you heard anything about what’s going on?
WAHLBERG: I don’t. Just that Akiva [Goldsman] and those guys are starting to write and break stories, and stuff like that. But [Michael] Bay is in Malta shooting Benghazi, and I’m in New Orleans shooting Deepwater. We’ll get together when he gets back.
Do you think he’ll still ultimately direct it?
Independence Day 2
Gbenga Akinnagbe has joined the cast as a Secret Service agent. [Deadline]
Here’s a selection of B-Roll footage from the film.
The titular four show off their powers in a new TV spot. [/Film]
Batman v Superman
Here’s a new art banner for the film, featuring Wonder Woman. [CBR]
There’s a snifter of new footage among this trio of new TV spots. [Coming Soon]
Chad Hodge discusses what’s to come.
TVLINE | Are there any additional bombshells that we won’t have been made privy to through Episode 6? Like, is there something Mrs. Fisher omitted?
I won’t answer that. But there are constant reveals through the rest of the show, always. There’s always something that you didn’t expect, a twist and a turn.
TVLINE | Will readers of the books be at all surprised by your season finale?
I think they’ll find it very similar to the books with a few tweaks here and there. Again, the First Generation is not a part of the books in the way that it is in the series, and they figure in in a major way in the ending. So there are some differences. But globally and schematically and mythology-wise, it’s all the same. I’m very close to Blake Crouch, the author, and everything was sort of put through his filter the entire time.
TVLINE | I heard there’s a hint of places to go in Season 2, should Fox want one…
There’s a hint of it, but Wayward Pines was always designed to be just these 10 episodes. So the promise that we’ve been making — which is that there’s a beginning, middle and end in these 10 episodes — is a real promise and we deliver on it. Could there be a possibility of a Season 2? Sure, of course, and you’ll see a window to that, but it also is a complete ending as it is.
Game Of Thrones
VFX supervisor Barrie Gower teases a “gag” visual, cut from seasons 4 and 5 of the show, that is currently due to appear in season 6:
Benioff and Weiss, when they write the outline each year, for last two years, we got to this one point and we read this one gag and thought ‘Oh my God, how the hell are we going to do that? But this is going to be incredible!’ And then it got pulled and we didn’t do it in Season 4. And then, lo and behold, in Season 5 there it was again. And it’s pulled again! But now, in Season 6, it looks like we’re going to do it. Fingers crossed they won’t chicken out.
Dean Cain talks playing Supergirl’s dad:
You guest-starred as a villain on “Smallville,” but “Supergirl’s” adoptive father sounds like a more vital component of the new show. Is that fair? Will Fred have a big presence on the series?
That’s going to be up to the producers. I’ll be in it as much as they will have me. I’ll be very happy to show up on that set every day. It’s just a matter of how much Greg Berlanti and the producers want to expand that role as time goes on. He has to be there, because he is her father on Earth. He and Helen Slater are the parents of her sister, as well. We’re scientists, so we’ll be able to interject things here and there. It’s going to be fun. I just don’t know how much they are going to do. There’s nothing set in stone.
Kaitlyn Leeb has been cast as Camille Belcourt, “the sexy leader of the New York vampire clan”. [Spoiler TV]
“Captain Worf” Star Trek Spinoff
Michael Dorn has been talking a little more about his long-proposed Star Trek series about Worf as a Federation Captain. And he adds that Paramount has yet to reject his idea, making him hopeful it could move forward. [CBR]
Gemma Chan discusses her synth character, Anita:
When you first meet her, on the surface she is like any other Synth, a personality that’s sort of like Siri come to life […] At the beginning of the show she’s bought by the Hawkins family and I would say pretty early on you will realise—both the family and probably the audience—that everything is not quite as it seems with her. She is different from any other Synth that any other family has. She asks questions that perhaps she shouldn’t do. Her behaviour is not quite right. I think probably you won’t quite know what to make of her. […] She’s a bit of an enigma, a bit of a mystery.
George R. R. Martin Shows
In an update on his livejournal Blog, Martin has revealed he is currently developing three new TV show concepts for HBO and Cinemax.
Here’s a brief synopsis for “The Stitcher in the Rye”:
When the algorithm for the Stitchers program turns up among thousands of classified documents hidden by a conspiracy theorist, Kirsten starts to suspect her colleagues. Meanwhile, Kirsten starts getting cryptic messages from an unexpected source.
Here’s a press release for “Contorno”:
THE SEARCH FOR HANNIBAL INTENSIFIES — JOE ANDERSON AND MIA MAESTRO GUEST STAR — Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne) and Inspector Pazzi (guest star Fortunato Cerlino) search for clues that will lead them closer to Hannibal Lecter’s (Mads Mikkelsen) location in Florence, but the promise of riches offered by Mason Verger (guest star Joe Anderson) threatens to corrupt Pazzi’s quest for redemption. Meanwhile, Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and Chiyoh (Tao Okamoto) travel to Florence, both on a mission to find Hannibal, but at odds over the desired outcome. Elsewhere, as Alana Bloom (Caroline Dhavernas) continues to work with Mason Verger she grows concerned for the safety of all involved. Gillian Anderson also stars.
Finally, here’s a teaser poster for the new series. [CBR]
Additional reporting by Abhimanyu Das and Charlie Jane Anders. Top image: The Amazing Spider-Man 2.