Ridley Scott says that Alien: Paradise Lost will have ties to Ellen Ripley. Chris Evans reveals what brings Captain America and Iron Man to blows in Civil War. Plus our first look at the last Resident Evil movie, new clips from Agents of SHIELD, and what’s ahead on The Walking Dead. Spoilers Now!
Alien: Paradise Lost
Ridley Scott briefly discusses Prometheus 2’s sudden name change, as well as how it will connect to the wider franchise:
In a way it is Prometheus 2. It’s exactly the same story. But it was always in the works to be called that [Alien: Paradise Lost]. Is Prometheus actually taking us off course from where I’m going, which is actually backing into the first Alien... I’ve even got connections with Ripley [in this], but I’m not telling you what.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Domnhall Gleeson discusses the evil nature of playing General Hux, whom J.J. Abrams had described to him as being “merciless”:
Yeah, I mean you look at him and you realise he’s not a good guy! He’s got an English accent so he can’t be good.
Yeah, it’s fun to do different things. I hadn’t played anybody like that before. Star Wars is amazing, J.J. Abrams is amazing, but the thing to do was play something different. That’s what got me really excited.
Although we already knew the character would return based on the prosthetic head shown in the Comic-Con footage earlier this year, actor Tim Rose has confirmed that he will reprise his role as Admiral Ackbar in the movie, 32 years after he appeared in Return of the Jedi... although he’s slightly annoyed at the secrecy around the film meaning he can’t say much about Ackbar’s appearance:
I’m very frustrated by that. Out of the need to be secret, we’re not actually able to get everything we need to do our jobs as well as we could, and as someone who has been doing it for 35 years, I find it very frustrating.
The actor also teases the familiarity of The Force Awakens to the Original Trilogy:
What I can say about the new movie is that if you were a fan of the original three, you’re going to absolutely love this one to bits. You can expect a smorgasbord of people you love.
Captain America: Civil War
Speaking at Salt Lake City Comic Con, Chris Evans talks about the events that set Tony Stark and Steve Rogers at odds:
Tony actually thinks we should be signing these accords and reporting to somebody and Cap, who’s always been a company man and has always been a soldier, actually doesn’t trust anymore. Given what happened in Cap 2, I think he kind of feels the safest hands are his own. And these are understandable concerns, but this is tough, because even reading the script, you think, ‘I think I agree with Tony in a way, and I do agree that to make this work, you do need to surrender to the group. It can’t just be one person saying this is right and this is what we’re going to do.’
But Cap has his reasons, he certainly has his reasons, and he is a good man and his moral compass is probably the cleanest, this is a tough thing. This is what made it so interesting while we were filming, and it’s hopefully what will make the movie great is nobody’s right, nobody’s wrong. There’s no clear bad guy here. We both have a point of view, which is akin to most disagreements in life and politics.
Star Trek Beyond
Idris Elba briefly touches upon his mysterious villain role:
Simon [Pegg] and the team have written a very interesting, complex journey for my character. You’ve never seen me play a character like this.
I think Star Trek has prided themselves as being quite classic when it comes to villains, like ‘he’s a guy who wants to end the world,’ there’s no doubt about that. But in this version of the film, there’s a slightly different twist to that. It’s quite an interesting journey, which I think is groundbreaking for the franchise. But, it still keeps with the ‘classic bad guy is a classic bad guy’ tone.
The Current War
Benedict Cumberbatch and Jake Gyllenhaal are allegedly in talks to play the lead roles in this movie exploring the rivalry between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse. [Coming Soon]
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
Milla Jovovich has posted a new picture from the set of herself and Ali Larter (returning as Resident Evil video game character Claire Redfield).
Here’s a new TV spot for the latest Bond film.
Game of Thrones
Over the weekend, images of recent filming in Saintfield, Northern Ireland, emerged online. But interestingly, they give us our first look at Kit Harington back in action as the very-much-not-dead Jon Snow:
Although this is most definitely not the first time we’ve heard about Snow’s return, it’s our first hard evidence of him on set. But the real news is the fact that Jon is no longer wandering around in his all-black furs of the Night’s Watch, but instead is wearing what is very clearly the House Stark leather armor seen throughout the show’s earlier seasons.
Many fans speculated that if Snow was ever revived by Melisandre on the show, he would be released from his oath to the Watch, allowing him to leave the Wall—and it looks like this might be happening. [BioBio]
An audition tape for a female character in the upcoming sixth season has leaked. The role (being read for by Palestinian actress Leem Lubany) is apparently for a former Khaleesi, who’s now a member of the Dothraki ruling group called the Dosh Khaleen following the death of her husband:
The character is talking to two undisclosed characters, but Watchers on the Wall speculates that they could be Jorah and Daario, on the hunt for Daenerys, as Lubany’s character mentions that the master of one of these undisclosed characters has Dragons.
Speaking of Daenerys, a short instagram video of filming features the character (and a ton of Dothraki extras) in Bardenas Real Natural Park in Navarre, Spain, has hit the web. [Watchers on the Wall]
The show has cast yet another Batman villain: this time Looking’s Raul Castillo as the hitman Eduardo Flamingo. According to Variety the character will appear in the second season’s ninth episode, and Flamingo, “Armed with a spiked chain and an appetite for flesh, this rock-a-billy assassin will prove to be one of Detective Jim Gordon’s trickiest foes”.
Here’s a synopsis for the second episode of season two, “Zombie Bro”:
Liv (Rose McIver) and Detective Babineax (Malcolm Goodwin) investigate the murder of a hard-partying frat boy whose death shocks everyone. After consuming his brains, Liv attends a fraternity party in an attempt to search for clues, but ends up ruling the beer pong table instead. Still desperate to find the cure, Ravi (Rahul Kohli) takes matters into his own hands and brings Major (Robert Buckley) along for the ride. Meanwhile, Blaine (David Anders) meets with Angus (guest star Robert Knepper), a mysterious person from his past.
And here’s one for The Flash’s own episode two of season two, “The Flash of Two Worlds”:
INTRODUCING JAY GARRICK - Jay Garrick (guest star Teddy Sears), a mysterious man fromEarth-2, appears at S.T.A.R. Labs with a dire warning about an evil speedster named Zoom, who is set on destroying The Flash. Barry (Grant Gustin) and the team must decide if they can trust this stranger even as they face yet another powerful meta-human. Meanwhile, Joe (Jesse L. Martin) must deal with a determined officer named Patty Spivot (guest star Shantal VanSanten) who wants to join his meta-human task force.
Another synopsis, this time for the second episode of the show’s seventh season, “Never Let Me Go”:
ONE STEP AHEAD – When an impulsive decision by Damon (Ian Somerhalder) threatens to unravel a carefully negotiated deal between Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Lily (guest star Annie Wersching), he has no choice but to make amends with his mother before things spiral further out of control. However, Lily remains one step ahead and carries out a harsh plan that hits Damon where it hurts most. Elsewhere, after returning to Whitmore Collage, Alaric (Matt Davis) turns to Bonnie (Kat Graham) for help with a mysterious and potentially dangerous artifact he has obtained, while Matt (Zach Roerig) is forced into making a risky life or death decision. Meanwhile, Caroline (Candice King), who finds herself a pawn in Lily and the heretics’ plan for retribution, uncovers a shocking detail about Stefan’s past.
Speaking at Salt Lake City Comic Con, Jenna Coleman teases how Clara is leaving her Earthbound life behind in season 9:
She’s much more space bound. The ties to Earth are being cut.
And briefly touches upon her impending departure from the show:
Me and Steven have been discussing for a while how to do it, and when to do it… and just tell a really good story. And I was really flexible about how to do that and when to do that, and… it’s really, really cool.
Here’s a new trailer for the third episode of season 9, “Under the Lake”
As well as a synopsis for the follow up episode, “Before the Flood”:
On a remote Army outpost, a fearsome alien warlord - the Fisher King - sets in motion a twisted plan to ensure his own survival. The ripples will be felt around the universe. Is this chain of events inevitable? And can the Doctor do the unthinkable?
Speaking of the Fisher King: Peter Serafinowicz has been cast as the voice of the creature. [Blogtor Who]
Agents Of SHIELD
Coulson and Daisy discuss the spread of new Inhumans in a new clip from “Laws of Nature”:
A gallery of photos for the second episode of the third season, “The Purpose of the Machine”, has been released—there’s more at the link. [Spoiler TV]
A short synopsis for the third episode, “A Wanted (Inhu)man”, has been released:
Mack, Daisy and Coulson race against time to keep Lincoln safe; Hunter will do whatever it takes to get revenge.
The Walking Dead
Finally, the cast and crew look ahead to the sixth season in a new behind-the-scenes featurette.
Additional reporting by Gordon Jackson and Charlie Jane Anders. Top image: Game of Thrones.