The original Boba Fett might be returning Star Wars. Patrick Stewart hints at another new X-Men project. And Dennis O'Hare gives some American Horror Story details. Check out the first set videos from The Flash. Plus Hayden Panettiere reacts to the return of Heroes. Spoilers now!
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At the the Salt Lake Comic Con's FanXperience, Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett in the original trilogy) hinted that he might have some involvement with the future of the franchise. Here's the exchange:
Bryan Young: So neither of you have gotten a call for Episode VII then?
Jeremy Bulloch: Not yet, but I oops (slaps hand to mouth)
Daniel Logan: he's like I only got a fax.
Jeremy Bulloch: … I'm not allowed to say. I'm sorry.
You can see the video at the link. [Star Wars Episode 7 News]
Patrick Stewart said that he didn't see any reason he couldn't return for the next X-Men movie, X-Men: Apocalypse. But even beyond that, Stewart hinted that there's something else related to the franchise that he might be involved in:
That is one of the blessings about fantasy and science fiction. You're never really dead. I would love to come back and do some more. There might be something else. A little bird has whispered that there might be something 'X-Men' related.
At the WonderCon panel, producer and writer Simon Kinberg talked a bit about the thinking behind the plot of this film and seemed to acknowledge the problems of X-Men: The Last Stand. He said:
This and the Dark Phoenix are two most famous stories. We could have done better with the Dark Phoenix. This is our attempt to right the wrongs [of] the past.
New footage was screened at WonderCon, showing Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) and Minho (Ki Hong Lee) exploring the maze. A scanner senses their presence, and they know that the Grievers who patrol the maze are close behind them — but the more immediate problem is that the maze is shifting around them. As walls begin to form, they have to run to avoid being crushed.
Director Wes Ball said that this scene, which is not from the book, was important because it gives viewers the idea that "not only is the maze a presence in the film, it's one of the monsters, as well."
Thomas and Theresa's telepathic connection from the book isn't explicitly in the film, with Ball saying that it is shown in actions rather than cheesy voiceovers. Finally, O'Brien described Thomas as "Thomas is more stoic, calmer, more introverted, quieter... Sort of more like me" in comparison to his Teen Wolf character. [MTV]
Footage shown at WonderCon displayed Godzilla more than we've seen so far. Here's a description of the footage:
The footage opened up with a subway car stopping and losing power. Aaron Taylor-Johnson's character comforted a scared child and reassured him that the train would resume soon. The scene cuts to a young girl on the beach, watching something moving in the water. That's when people start running. There was also a scene of a dog running away in terror, which drew many aw's of sympathy from the crowd.
Throughout the footage, Godzilla was revealed bit by bit: spikes along his back. A leg. Arms. His tail.
The first full look we get of a monster can only be described as something between a preying mantis and a pterodactyl. While many people were looking around in confusion — surely that hadn't been the tail we saw, and were those wings? — it was revealed to be nothing other than a misdirection by the editors.
When Godzilla did show his face, it was everything fans had hoped for: vaguely T-Rex-ish, definitely reptilian, and a whole lot of awesome.
The WonderCon crowd also saw a tropical town flooded by a tsunami, and Godzilla fighting a "moth monster" at the airport. A few sources seem to be running with the "moth" thing, likely because Mothra is so embedded in the popular consciousness, but it's more likely Muto, which we've already seen described.
Director Gareth Edwards talked about what went into the design process:
I thought it was going to be the easiest thing in the world — designing Godzilla, but everyone has an opinion. But designing Godzilla was the hardest thing in the world, because everyone has an opinion.
. . . I feel the best designs are strongest when they work in silhouette. We built him in 3-D and designed him in black and rotated him. If you saw a sign warning 'Godzilla crossing,' you'd know right away it was not a deer or a bear.
Here are a TV spot and director featurette. [Slashfilm]
The producers weighed in on what would have to happen for Spider-Man to show up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Avi Arad was not so on board:
I think I'm probably a little bit of the militant here. I think it will take a moment in which we've run out of ideas. There's so much to tell about Spider-Man. There's so much to tell about the Sinister Six. The relationship between Spider-Man and Venom will bring a whole other world in."
We did it in the books; we did team-ups all the time. Even with DC. You know, we'd flip a coin, 'Okay, who's going to win, Batman or The Hulk? We'll make a cover out of it.'
But we really feel very confident that we have so much to do […] Peter Parker is unique; he's really different. He's not an Avenger. He's not an X-Man. He's unique and we revere that. And we'd rather work really hard to have the right ideas than – you know in the toy business we used to make toys glow in the dark when they weren't selling well and it gave at least another Christmas. We don't need it yet.
His co-producer Matt Tolmach's answer was a but more rooted in practicalities:
You know Avi always refers to that question as a stunt. If you were to do that, you know, Spider-Man in the Avengers is a stunt. And I get why everybody – you know, fans and audience members and movie goers – I understand it.
. . . Stunts can be cool but it's also a business, and so the other side of the answer is they're owned by different companies. And there's a ton left in Sony's world; there's a lot of business left because there's a lot of story left. So for them to want to take this character and put it with Marvel and Disney is a huge undertaking and probably, as Avi's saying, isn't necessary until you feel like, 'Wow, we're sort of out of ideas. What should we do?' And we're far from out of ideas.
The UK Film Distributor's Association just unveiled a couple of release dates for 2016, giving Batman Vs. Superman an April 29th release date, which is one week before its American release on May 6, 2016. There's no confirmation for this, but it certainly seems likely, as this is rapidly becoming the standard operating procedure for big movies. [Cinema Blend]
Some footage was given to Samsung by Michael Bay to act as a demonstration of their new TV, and a couple of videos, of varying lengths and quality, have surfaced of that footage. They're below. [Transformer World]
Five scenes were screened for press. The first scene shows life in the world ten years after the last movie, when the apes have moved to the woods and started to build their own society. Two apes spear fish and talk with subtitles. They run into a human, who pulls a gun and shoots. When the rest of the apes come to investigate "the human companions – basically the whole cast of the movie – are there. There's tension as the apes stare down the humans who say they don't mean any harm. Caesar then screams "Gooooo!" and they do, but not before Caesar sends a scout to follow."
There's a scene at the ape council, where Caesar says that they've "they've built a 'Home, family, future' and doesn't want to go to war." However, Koba, one of the apes from the first movie, tells Caesar that "he knows war is a risk and they can lose everything, but they must show their strength." Caesar says he knows, and they will.
The third scene begins by showing how the humans have been brought low by the "simian flu." Then many thousands of apes appear in San Francisco. A bag from the previous confrontation us returned and Caesar delivers the message that "Apes don't want war but will fight if we must." He says there is an ape home and a human home, and the humans should stay out of the ape home.
The fourth scene appears to be from later in the film, with Keri Russell interacting positively with Caesar's baby. Other characters, including Caesar, question Russell's reactions.
The last scene showed Maurice from the first film, visiting humans camping in the woods. Kodi Smith-McPhee's character gives him a book, and the human reads to the ape. [Slashfilm]
Chase Vasser has apparently been cast in an as-yet-unannounced role in the next season, and took to Twitter to announce what may be the show's return date (or just his first appearance) and to confirm the cannibal speculation:
It's official! Tune in on Oct. 13 on AMC for 'The Walking Dead! #cannibaltwist
He then deleted the tweet, but it seems like little was revealed. The 13th is a Monday, so, unless the show is moving, maybe the premiere will be the 23th. Plus, "cannibal twist" is, again, barely revealing. [The Stir]
Showrunner Scott Dimple wants to make sure Morgan returns for season 5, telling Larry King:
I am so determined to make that happen by hook and by crook that I can say definitively 'yes.' But there's time and tide that can get in the way.
Here's a video from AMC with the cast speculating about season 5:
As season 2 continues, we'll see more of Felix's personal life, with Jordan Gavaris saying that he'll have "many love interests, which ones we'll be privy to, I can't necessarily say." As for Felix's relationship with Sarah:
The relationship in particular between he and Sarah is going to change and come to a crossroad. There are a few different ways that it could go, and I think that development in that relationship will force him to make new allegiances outside of the Clone Club and with other members of the Clone Club. And they may be good, they may be bad, they may be allies, they may be enemies.
Felix is going to have a hand in a lot of cookie jars, which is fun, that he gets to intersect every character arc on the show, essentially. It's a fun challenge for me, because the next best thing to getting to be the actor playing a bunch of different roles is getting to play with the actor playing all the different roles.
Co-creator Graeme Manson gave this cryptic bit of info:
Art and Angela Deangelis, are still sniffing around the edges of, of it, and they're going to find out some stuff — that's about as far as we can go with that.
Natalie Dormer previewed what will come for Margaery, including an even worse relationship with Cersei:
Well, politically, [the Purple Wedding is] a disaster, to lose one husband is bad but to lose two husbands is careless! It's really bad PR for Margaery. So regardless of what she thought of Joffrey as a human being, it's not a good place for her to be in. So she's like cursed or tainted goods … Margaery has to recuperate after Joffrey's death. She feels like she's failed. And that's where Olenna [Diana Rigg] is very important again at sort of galvanizing her. That's why I like Margaery because she's human. You see that she's been traumatized by watching Joffrey die. That goes back to my saying about her being a genuinely sincere, sensitive person. She's just strong at hiding it. She's lost her husband, and she's lost the queenship in one fell swoop. So she has to start from scratch again, which is a tall order.
. . . [Margaery and Cersei's relationship is] just going to deteriorate and get worse. . . .It's going to get really nasty. The rivalry between them gets incredibly personal and venomous.
Here's a video of George R.R. Martin discussing Cersei and Tyrion's relationship. [via Comic Book.com]
Dennis O'Hare said that his character in the next season, "Freak Show," will appear in all of the episodes and not be a "freak" but a "collector of freaks." As to this character's relationship with Jessica Lange's character, O'Hare said:
I'm going to be working at cross-purposes with her. We're going to be like this. [crosses fingers] We'll have lots of scenes with each other, but we'll be battling.
Hayden Panettiere appears not to be involved with the show's reboot, telling Cosmopolitan.com:
It was a shock to me, and, in fact, I believe I became privy to that through my cousin. She sent me a text message and told me about it, and, I mean, we (the original cast) had nothing, nothing to do with it; it will definitely be interesting to see how they reinvent that.
It's a little bit of an interesting feeling because you go, 'That was our show, our home, our family,' something that we had a major part in creating as well, and, I mean, I hope that they don't have somebody else playing our characters, that would be a little dagger in the heart. But, you never know. I wish them success in it, for sure.
That also sounds like she's not looking to be involved in the new version of the show, either. [Binghamton Homepage]
Tellyspotting has a summary of what we know of the next season so far. Past the sixth episode, there's not much of anything, but here's what they have for the first 6:
8.1: [Title Unknown] – written by Steven Moffat
Status: Already filmed. Set in the 1890′s with the Paternoster gang, and probably the return of the clockwork androids from Girl in the Fireplace. Oh, and the 12th Doctor gets to ride a horse down the street in his nightgown.
8.2: [Title Unknown] – written by Phil Ford
Status: Already filmed. Believed to be a Dalek episode. Appeared to have been almost entirely studio-bound.
8.3: Robots Of Sherwood – written by Mark Gatiss
Status: Currently being filmed. Involves robots, Robin Hood, Sherwood Forest, and possibly a UFO prepared to wipe out England.
8.4: Listen – written by Steven Moffat
Status: Already filmed. Involves creepy forests, "what happens when the voice inside your head, isn't you," the new Danny Pink character wearing an orange spacesuit and being prematurely aged, and possibly the strange new horned monster we saw.
8.5: Time Heist – written by Stephen Thompson
Status: Already filmed. Involves weird "future 80′s" fashions, guys in military uniforms with patches on their arms reading 'Bank of Karabraxer' and possibly the strange new horned monster we saw.
More at the link.
John Barrowman's been spotted in costume as the Dark Archer for the penultimate episode of this season, showing up while people are running around and panicking. Kevin Alejandro was also on set, but as Sebastian Blood, not Brother Blood. He said he was only filming a day, so it seems like his character won't have a lot to do in the episode. Go here for some photos from the set. [Canadagraphs]
On a conference call, Shawn Ashmore talked about the telenovela-inspired episode:
Well, yeah, I remember I was - it was a little bit daunting, because I was going to be playing two versions of Steve and two very different versions of Steve, so I - it was definitely challenging.
. . . [It] was a lot of fun. It was worth the exercise to me to explore the incredibly flamboyant gay side of Steve that we don't really get to see, but obviously, it's deep down there somewhere.
So it was a ton of fun and difficult at the same time to be switching back and forth between serious and flamboyant Steve with just a moment's notice, to kind of flip back and forth.
So it was a challenge but we had a lot of fun and I've actually - I have not actually seen that episode, but I'm looking forward to it, because I'd really like to see what - how everything turned out and the effects of me being on the screen at the same time.
But I'm also very curious to see how the Telenovela went, because if it's a read through, everybody was just absolutely rolling, it was so funny. So I can't imagine when everybody's in costume and that to see how that turned out as well.
At the WonderCon panel, producer Rockne O'Bannon said that the season finale will bring together the nano and the Patriot storylines. He said the nano plot and Rachel will take center stage. O'Bannon also said that Charlie will react to Jason's death in an unusual way. O'Bannon went on to say that the writers bring up Danny a lot, but he didn't want to say anything about how they're thinking of bringing him back. And the show is heading to the California Commonwealth, so they'll be laying the foundation by revealing more about California in the next few episodes. [Collider]
Shane West talked about the historical John Alden and how it relates to Salem's version, as well the relationship between Alden and Mary Sibley:
It's pretty close [to the real one]. He was the son of John Alden, who was one of the first settlers in the new world. He traveled a lot. He left town a lot and came and went and he did [fight in the] French and Indian Wars. There's some stuff that we're, hopefully, going to write into the end of Season 1 and, eventually, into Season 2 that also happened to John Alden in reality. But I don't want to discuss yet because of the plot issues. He's also one of like, apparently, nine kids. I thought it would be interesting to see where his other brothers and sisters are. We certainly are talking about that, but you can only tell so much in one show with many different characters.
John's relationship with Mary Sibley (played by Janet Montgomery) goes through transformations because of the time jump. Can you talk about where their dynamic starts and where it ends up?
They are each other's first love. They've known each other since they were kids and have truly fallen in love with each other, and therein lies the love story of Salem. But during unfortunate circumstances, John has to go to war. He thinks it's going to be a short war, as I'm sure all of them did back then, and he, in turn, ends up being missing for seven years, thought to have been dead. Because of the Puritan paranoia that takes over the town, [Mary] ends up having to get rid of her baby, marrying George Sibley, who is John Alden's least favorite person in town, and becomes a witch to empower herself and to take care of the people and the town that she cares for. When John comes back, he doesn't know. He's very upset with her, obviously, but he's also ashamed at himself. He's not happy with himself for just expecting her to wait.
He also spoke about his character's relationship with Seth Gabel's Cotton:
They are, but you'll find that they have to work together. You'll see that Cotton and John grew up together, but they were never friends. They're completely different and they were on different sides. One went to university, one explored the woods. One studies the Bible, while the other went to war. One's a chip off the old block, the other's mentally abused by his father. So they're not two peas in a pod, that's for sure, but you'll find that what's great about those type of storylines and characters is that [idea of]: How are they going to work together? Because they are after the same thing — trying to protect the town that they were born and raised in from witches and from the Devil itself.
Below's the synopsis for the third episode, "In Vain":
Mary discovers who witnessed the witches' ceremony and deliberates a course of action.
Here are some videos from WGN:
Here are some set videos showing Grant Gustin. [Canadagraphs]
Here are video interviews with Rebecca Mader (the Wicked Witch), Josh Dallas (Prince Charming), and the co-creators, Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. [TV Equals]
Here's a poster from the upcoming show based on the Librarian film series. [SpoilerTV]
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Ryan Plummer