Guillermo del Toro might have to make big changes to his monster movie Pacific Rim. A Firefly actor joins Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Plus the first story and casting rumors for David Slade's Daredevil reboot!
Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.
Kevin Costner is now reportedly set to play Superman's adoptive father Jonathan Kent, opposite Diane Lane as his wife Martha. Costner's name has been rumored for a while in connection with the movie, although it's only relatively recently that it became clear he was in contention for Jonathan Kent - which, considering his persona as a sort of laconic but easygoing embodiment of Midwest Americana, really should have been the obvious role from the word go. [Deadline]
Jennifer Lawrence, the 20-year-old actress nominated for an Oscar for her amazing work in Winter's Bone (not to mention the new Mystique in X-Men: First Class), has officially been cast as main character Katniss Everdeen in Seabiscuit director Gary Ross's adaptation of Suzanne Collins's young adult novels. [The Wrap]
As we sorta expected might happen, Legendary Pictures has reportedly asked director Guillermo del Toro to rework the script so that none of the movie's monsters attack Japan, which marks a huge (but perfectly understandable) departure from the movie's original premise, which apparently involved much of the country being wiped out in the initial attacks. What we definitely didn't expect is that executives are also reportedly asking del Toro to change the movie into the next Godzilla film — which would seem to completely undermine (if not outright contradict) the decision to move the destructive action away from Japan. It's also unclear how this fits in with the Godzilla movie supposedly being worked on by Monsters director Gareth Edwards. Anyway, this all comes from an inside source, and there are conflicting reports about the veracity of these reports, but I think we can safely assume one thing: This will most likely not be the trouble-free production Guillermo del Toro has been searching for. [Bloody Disgusting]
An inside source who claims to have knowledge of newly announced director David Slade's pitch for the movie says that the idea is to make a movie in line with the current crop of Marvel superhero movies, which generally eschew too much darkness or dramatic weight in favor of a rousing action movie. However, the actual premise apparently borrows from one of the darkest superhero movies:
"It's a bit Batman Begins. The bad guy will learn who Daredevil really is and tries to destroy him – but not via the usual methods."
We'd advise taking all of this with a grain of salt until we hear something more substantial. Speaking of things you probably shouldn't take too seriously just yet, at least one casting possibility has gone from jokey speculation to full-blown rumor: David Slade's Twilight: Eclipse leading man Robert Pattinson is reportedly one of Slade's choices for Daredevil. I suppose he's not actually any more unlikely a choice than original Daredevil Ben Affleck, but that really shouldn't be considered an argument in favor of anything, now should it? [Moviehole]
Here's a new promo photo. [MTV Movies Blog]
And here's a new featurette. [Collider]
As silly this movie's premise might be - and it really, really is - the casting thus far has been surprisingly solid, especially now that Firefly's Alan Tudyk has reportedly signed on to play Stephen Douglas, Lincoln's legendary oratorical foe and opponent in the 1858 Illinois senate race and the 1860 presidential contest. In Seth Grahame-Smith's novel, Douglas is depicted as a friend of the Southern vampires that Benjamin Walker's Abraham Lincoln has spent his entire life fighting, because really any non-vampire use of Stephen Douglas would just be a waste. [Variety]
In the wake of original director David O. Russell and new original director Mike White's departures, Lionsgate is reportedly closing in on some candidates to take on the job of adapting Seth Grahame-Smith's other novel. Craig Gillepsie, the Australian director behind Lars and the Real Girl, is reportedly a contender, but another, less conventional option is reportedly on the table: Grahame-Smith himself might co-direct with David Katzenberg, who is the son of Dreamworks Animation head honcho Jeffrey Katzenberg and Grahame-Smith's producing partner. The pair have already created MTV's The Hard Times of RJ Berger, which is the high school comedy built around a teen with a huge penis. So yeah...lot of options for Lionsgate, clearly. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Executive producers Jeff Pinkner and Joel Wyman say they are very optimistic for a fourth season renewal and that Fox has been very supportive and pleased with their Friday night success. [Fringe Television]
Here are some official behind-the-scenes photos. [Daemon's TV]
Here are some more set photos. [SpoilerTV]
Here's another trailer, as well as three videos breaking down four of the key familes: Stark, Baratheon, Lannister, and Targaryen.
Here are some more set photos of Elizabeth Hurley as Wonder Woman nemesis Veronica Cale. [OSCK]
Syfy's remake of the British original has reportedly been renewed for a second season. [Deadline]
Additional reporting by Katharine Trendacosta and Charlie Jane Anders.