The Crow loses another lead. Gambit gets a director. The cast and crew of Game of Thrones discuss the finale, and what’s to come in season six. Plus, behind-the-scenes footage from SPECTRE, Doctor Who’s return, and teasers for Fear The Walking Dead, Salem and more. Behold, Spoilers!
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Hashtag Show has posted a video featuring what appear to be wardrobe pictures of Carrie Fisher in costume as Princess Leia:
Star Wars Rogue One
Forest Whitaker is allegedly in negotiations to join the film. [Variety]
Whitaker is also allegedly in talks to join this movie, as well, according to the same Variety report.
Variety also reports that star Jack Huston has left the film, due to scheduling issues. The studio is now looking at Nicholas Hoult and Jack O’Connell for the lead role.
Production will begin in July for a new entry in the franchise. Marcus Dunstan will direct, as well as co-write the script with Patrick Melton. [Variety]
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them
Katherine Waterston has been cast as the female lead, an American witch named Porpentina — or Tina for short. [THR]
Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) will direct. [EW]
Here’s a behind the scenes featurette on shooting the film’s opening sequence in Mexico. [/Film]
Game Of Thrones
Dan Weiss says that Jon Snow’s death is “unambiguous”:
We would hope that after seeing the scene and the way it’s shot that the answer to that will be unambiguous in the minds of the people watching it. It should be pretty clear what happens in by the time you’re done seeing that scene. It’s not an, ‘Oh what just happened?’ scene.
Kit Harington further clarifies:
This is my understanding of it. I had a sit-down with Dan and David, we did the Tony Soprano walk [letting an actor know they’re being whacked]. And they said, “Look, you’re gone, it’s done.” And as far as the [report on a salary increase for season six] goes, that angered me when that story came out. I don’t know where it came from, but it was inaccurate in many ways. It’s going to put questions into your head and into fans’ heads that things are not what they are. Quite honestly, I have never been told the future of things in this show, but this is the one time I have. They sat me down and said, “This is how it is.” If anything in the future is not like that, then I don’t know about it – it’s only in David and Dan and George’s heads. But I’ve been told I’m dead. I’m dead. I’m not coming back next season. So that’s all I can tell you, really.
Gwendoline Christie discusses’ Brienne’s decision to kill Stannis:
On the one hand it’s fantastic to see her reconcile something she has been carrying for all these seasons. That’s very satisfying. But once she finds out that she missed Sansa’s candle, as I’m sure she will, she will be even more crushed than when we saw her at the start of this season, having had Arya slip through her fingers. Brienne has been staring at that window waiting for the candle to appear for, well it feels like about three months but I think it’s probably only been about three weeks of standing there, staring.
John Bradley discusses Sam’s evolving relationship with Gilly:
I remember the first time I found out about that. I knew the scene was going to happen, but I’m slow to go through the scripts. I like to absorb everything. But Kit, he races through scripts. We were in the car, driving from San Diego to L.A. to fly home after Comic-Con, and he was chuckling to himself, so I said, “What are you laughing at?” And he showed me the “Oh, my!” line. He was delighted about it. It was just perfect, he said. That scene says a lot about the treatment of sex on Game of Thrones. I’m very reluctant to call it a sex scene. I think it’s a love scene. There’s a difference, and I think sex can be treated on the show in almost animalistic terms. It can be seen as a very base symptom of the human condition, to want that. And a lot of times on the show, it can very guttural and scatological and dealt with very practically, as just a physical act. But when you see a love scene on the show, there’s a difference in tone. It’s treated with more respect, and that’s where the layers come from in that scene. You’re seeing two people physically demonstrating their love for each other. Gilly’s changed him. She saved him. Sam saved Gilly’s life, in a very literal sense, but Gilly has saved Sam’s spirit. They saved each other.
Executive Producer Zack Estrin teases what’s next:
It’s quite a coincidence that all these people that Drill is targeting have a connection. Is that strictly a coincidence or will we eventually find out there’s a reason these people were selected?
That actually is a very good question because Drill is choosing— everybody who Drill is playing with is being done for a reason. They are all connected to part of what his larger plan is going to be. Everybody who he talks to will play a part at some point or in some way, shape or form in what Drill’s ultimate desires are. It is an intended coincidence if that’s a word.
Right now, Drill is known as a mysterious entity. As an entity, we’ve been able to see that he can give hearing back to Henry and promises to heal Harper’s mother. If Drill has that kind of power, why does he have to manipulate kids to do actions for him? Are there limits to Drill’s abilities?
I think one of the things of the way that Drill operates as you’ll sort of see as it goes forward — He is not all powerful and its abilities are restricted to what it can do. When you’re not corporeal there are things that you can and cannot do...
When Harper says, “He speaks through the lights.” There is some connection through electricity that we will come to understand. He’s not all powerful. He’s limited to what he can do, which is why he needs these children to do things. When you cannot grab something yourself, move something yourself, open something yourself, you do need other helpers as it were. The short answer is that he’s not as powerful as he seems.
Here’s an extended synopsis for the season finale, “The Witching Hour”:
With her mission seemingly accomplished, the Countess Marburg revels in the apparent completion of her plans, unaware that the object of her devotion has desires which may be in direct conflict to hers. And one of her most trusted allies grows increasingly weary of the Countess’s treatment, leading to an unexpected act of defiance. Emotionally drained by recent events, an all-but-defeated Mary stages a last-ditch effort against the Countess. Meanwhile, John is visited by a pair of unexpected allies who deliver a fateful message; Mercy comes to learn a stark reality, leaving her to face an uncertain future; an unrepentant and increasingly powerful Anne faces the personal consequences of her duplicitous actions, leading her down an even darker path; and when Cotton learns an unwelcome truth, his reaction is initially mixed, until a startling confession strengthens his resolve… but it may already be too late.
The show has been cancelled. [Spoiler TV]
A since-deleted tweet from Producer Nikki Wilson has stated that the show will return in September. [Doctor Who TV]
Fear The Walking Dead
Finally, here’s a gallery of pictures from the pilot. [Spoiler TV]
Additional reporting by Diana Biller and Charlie Jane Anders. Top image: Star Wars: The Force Awakens.