Anthony Mackie teases the political bent of Civil War. Is Hugh Jackman part of reshoots for Deadpool? Melissa Benoist talks about Superman appearing on Supergirl. Plus, Arrow teases more mysteries, and what’s to come on The Flash, iZombie, Doctor Who and The Walking Dead. To me, my Spoilers!
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Over the past week or so, rumors cropping up from several sources—from British newspapers The Mirror and the Daily Mail, to Star Wars rumor house du jour Making Star Wars—claiming that BB-8 is being referred to internally by Lucasfilm as not just a huge primary character in the movie... but also a female character, gendered as such to appeal to female Star Wars fans.
Usually the appearance of such a rumor from multiple difference sources would lend credence to the material, but all marketing and merchandise for the film so far have labelled BB-8 as male or gender-neutral, like many Star Wars droids (Kathleen Kennedy referes to BB-8 as “he”in yesterday’s videos for the new Star Wars Coding project Hour of Code). It seems like there may have been some crossed wires at some point.
Speaking to US Magazine, Kathleen Kennedy slyly commented on rumors that two characters in the film—specifically Rey and Kylo Ren—might be twins in the film:
Us: As we know, twins tend to run in families. Fans are speculating that Rey and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) could be twins. Do twins tend to run in the Skywalker family?
KK: They could!
Us: Should we be concerned about Luke Skywalker?
KK: I think it’s always wise to be concerned about any of the characters in Star Wars, right?
Two new tie-in books for young children have given us some interesting looks at the movie—first is a “Look and Find” book, the cover of which features what appears to be Max Von Sydow’s character (allegedly called Lor San Tekka) talking to BB-8 and Poe Dameron as Stormtroopers attack the village seen in multiple trailers, and the second, a young reader’s story book, features Finn seated in one of the Gunner seats on the Millennium Falcon. [Making Star Wars]
Star Wars Episode VIII
A rumor from Jedi News posits that Gina Rodriguez has been cast as one of the rumored lead female characters in the movie. Rodriguez was allegedly on a shortlist that included Tatiana Maslany, Olivia Cooke, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, but Jedi News’ speculation simply comes from the fact that the actress was recently followed on Twitter by John Boyega and Rian Johnson, so treat this is as highly tenuous for now.
Captain America: Civil War
Anthony Mackie discusses the political resonance of the film:
Very much so. I feel like “Captain America” is all about the ups and downs of the society that we live in today. It’s really genius how Marvel can take fictional characters — superheroes at that — and then take the politics of today and wrap them all together and make you believe and buy into it.
Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2
A goofy video interview between MTV and Bradley Cooper has had several news sites claiming that the actor has revealed the “major spoiler” that Thanos will be Star-Lord’s father. You can see the video below, but director James Gunn hastily tweeted in response saying that Cooper has only just received a draft of the film’s script, so he knows very little about the actual story yet.
Hugh Jackman has shared a picture of Ryan Reynolds impersonating him, taken from the set of the film’s reshoots, taking place in Canada over the last week—leading to speculation that Jackman may have been there to film a cameo appearance as Wolverine.
Here’s the first teaser poster for the movie, ahead of a “First Look” at the film on Ellen later today.
Wendy Mericle says the show will tease the identity of the person who’s dead in that flash-forward at the opening of the season, as the season gets closer to its mid point:
We’re definitely toying with that, and when and if we do decide to do that, it will reveal even more pertinent information about not who’s going to be in the grave but certainly where our characters are when that [death] happens.
Melissa Benoist discusses how the show will deal with Superman’s appearances in future episodes:
He’s always there on the outskirts and pops in and out in fun, creative ways. But this is definitely Supergirl’s story.
Into The Badlands
Daniel Wu reveals he initially wasn’t planned to play the lead character in AMC’s new post-apocalyptic martial arts series:
I really didn’t think about playing the lead at the beginning. I started out as the executive producer developing a project for AMC. That was exciting on its own. And then when we went through the audition process it became clear that I was going to be playing the lead role because it didn’t start off that way. In my mind I thought we would get someone in their late 20s or early 30s because physically its a very demanding role.
The BBC have released a short synopsis for the eleventh episode of the series, “Heaven Sent”:
Trapped in a world unlike any other he has seen, the Doctor faces the greatest challenge of his many lives. One final test. And he must face it alone. Pursued by the fearsome creature known only as the Veil, he must attempt the impossible. If he makes it through, Gallifrey is waiting…
Linda and Barry stage their fight to trap Zoom in a clip from “Enter Zoom”.
The Walking Dead
Here’s a few pictures from “Always Accountable”—there’s a few more at the link. [Spoiler TV]
Liv uses her new brain to make a hefty bet in a new clip from “Max Wager”.
The Frankenstein Chronicles
Finally, here’s a new trailer for the British Broadcaster ITV’s Frankenstein series, starring Sean Bean:
Additional reporting by Gordon Jackson and Charlie Jane Anders. Image: Star Wars: The Force Awakens.