Are we three years from a new Indiana Jones? Kenneth Branagh may return for Thor: Ragnarok. A crazy new Star Wars rumor hints that everything we thought we knew about the second Anthologies film may actually be about a new TV series. Plus Ant-Man pictures, Wolverine in X-Men Apocalypse, and more. Spoilers!
A rumor is circling that Kenneth Branagh will return to direct the third Thor movie, after the success of Cinderella. [Joblo]
Emilia Clarke discusses playing a new take on Sarah Connor in this Radio Times exclusive video.
Batman v. Superman
Jesse Eisenberg discusses playing Lex Luthor.
The expectations that I have are never the same expectations that an audience has. I don’t have expectations for myself to adhere to a comic book character, but a lot of people are interested in how I would coincide with the comic book character. But it couldn’t be farther from my mind, because I’m just playing a role… It’s a really great character that’s written by this guy, Chris Terrio, he’s a phenomenal writer… He loves my character in the same way I love my character. He put a lot of work into it. It’s a great character, there’s an emotional core to the character. It’s not this silly, villainous character. This is a real depiction of a person who thinks these things. So the challenge is to make it seem real.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
A handful of pictures have turned up online — two direct screenshots from the film, and three photos that purport to be promo stills featuring Admiral Ackbar, Lando’s former Return of the Jedi co-pilot Nien Nunb, and Greg Grunberg’s new character, an X-Wing pilot allegedly named Gorwyn. [Making Star Wars]
Speaking on Popcorn Talk, comic book scooper Umberto Gonzalez has claimed that the movie will draw upon the Old Man Logan comic arc.
Aint It Cool are reporting that Lucasfilm has pencilled in a 2018 release for the fifth Indiana Jones film.
A Brooklyn leather boutique have claimed they’ve been hired to craft a leather backpack to be used by Wolverine in scenes being filmed in Montreal this week, seemingly confirming that Hugh Jackman will have a role in the film (presumably a cameo). The image has now been deleted after news sites began reporting on it. [CBR]
Here’s some new promo pictures highlighting the supporting cast playing Scott Lang’s gang of crooks. [Coming Soon]
Game Of Thrones
Watchers on the Wall have uncovered a host of casting calls for the sixth season, including descriptions of a litany of new characters — who will mostly be involved in stories taking place in the Riverlands and the North. Here’s a few descriptions, and you can find more at the link:
Lachlan: He’s the big leader of a group of renegades who have turned on the land that they swore to protect. They’re now extorting the poor and vulnerable. He appears in 2 episodes in season 6.
Flynn: He’s part of an outlaw band. The group is using religion to justify terrorizing and extorting what they need from the people of the countryside. He appears in 2 episodes in season 6. He appears to be part of Lachlan’s band.
Legendary Fighter: A man in his thirties or forties who is a great swordsman and a paragon of knighthood. He carries a hugely famous sword on his back. The show is seeking a very impressive swordsman for the role- the best in Europe, for a week of filming fight scenes for a season 6 role. His ethnicity/race isn’t specified, unlike many other roles.
Lord of Noble Northern House: (Casting age anywhere between 25-50) The lord is a savage warrior, and he rules a distinguished house in the very far North, and the role is said to be an impactful one. He’s described as a massive bear of a man with a beard and temper to match, and hatred that run deep, and he can be violent. The show’s looking for someone with a powerful physique who can tower over other cast members, a Northern English Accent and specifies he has to be at least 180 cm tall. The role will be on 2 episodes.
Watchers also found a casting tape featuring Tehmina Sunny reading for the role of a Red Priestess named Kinvara, who travels to Meereen to speak to Tyrion and Varys and offer her help in ruling the city in the wake of Daenerys’ departure. Here’s a snippet of the extensive dialogue:
Kinvara: “Her dragons are fire made flesh. A gift from the Lord of Light. But you’ve heard all of this before, haven’t you? On the Long Bridge of Volantis? The dragons purify nonbelievers by the thousands, burning their sins and flesh away.”
Tyrion/Varys: “Ideally, we’d avoid purifying many non-believers. The Mother of the Dragon has followers from many different faiths.”
Kinvara: “You want your queen to be worshiped and obeyed. And while she’s gone, you want her advisors to be worshiped and obeyed.”
Tyrion: “I’d settle for obeyed.”
Kinvara: “I will summon mummers and appoint priests. They will spread the word. Daenerys has been sent to lead the people against the darkness … for this war, and the Great War yet to come.”
Varys: “That sounds excellent. A man named Stannis Baratheon was appointed as the Chosen One by one of your priestesses. He too had a glorious destiny. He attacked King’s Landing, and was soundly defeated by the man standing beside me. Last I heard, he’d been defeated again. This time at Winterfell … and this time for good.”
Much more at the link. [Watchers on the Wall]
The fourth season’s premiere will feature a five to six month time jump. [Comic Book]
Here’s a press release for “Dolce”:
WILL AND JACK RENEW THEIR ALLIANCE AS HANNIBAL SETS THE TABLE FOR HIS LAST SUPPER IN FLORENCE —JOE ANDERSON AND KATHARINE ISABELLE GUEST STAR — Sensing their time in Florence is coming to an end, Bedelia Du Maurier (Gillian Anderson) and Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen) consider their parting as Hannibal plans for his final stand. Meanwhile, Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and Jack Crawford (Jack Crawford) reunite, but Jack remains uncertain about Will’s true loyalty. Back in the States, Mason Verger (guest star Joe Anderson) hungrily makes plans for Hannibal’s capture, while Alana Bloom (Caroline Dhavernas) and Margot Verger (guest star Katharine Isabelle) makes plans of their own for Mason.
American Horror Story
Ryan Murphy discusses the series, and how the departure of Jessica Lange has affected the tone:
We’re just finalizing Denis O’Hare’s deal, he’s going to come back. Everybody else is pretty much done. We start shooting in three weeks and we’re building this incredible set which is one of our best sets ever I think — which is saying a lot because our production designer Mark Worthington I thought really outdid himself in Freak Show — but we’re building this incredible six-story Art Deco hotel on the Fox lot. Everybody in the show is very excited about this season, Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters particularly because in every season thus far they’ve always been sort of the heroes, the good guy or the good lady so to speak, and this season they’re playing absolute evil villains so they’re very excited about that and I think people will really enjoy it, and the Gaga part is bananas good.
I also think that the thing that’s different about the season is that before we’ve always been very driven by the Jessica Lange character. She was always the lead character. This year, it’s a true ensemble and I think we have more male parts and more male stories. The Wes Bentley part is really big, the Matt Bomer part is really big; Evan Peters and Finn Wittrock are really big. That’s not to say that the women aren’t either; I mean Kathy Bates and Gaga and Paulson’s part and Angela Bassett’s part are great. But I guess it’s a different tone this year than we’ve had.
Rosario Dawson teases the second season and being a part of all of Marvel’s Netflix shows:
Even just having Night Nurse and Claire Temple come together was already changing the Marvel Universe. So it just feels like, A) I finally get to join Marvel. I get to do it in a way that’s completely altering the universe, which is awesome. And then, B) I have no idea where it’s going to go, because here I was having a fling with Matt Murdock, and now Luke Cage is coming up, and Jessica Jones.
Here’s an incredibly brief non-teaser for the new series that aired during Orphan Black’s season finale:
Star Wars Underworld
Screenwire are reporting on a strange rumor that Underworld, the live action Star Wars series that George Lucas planned to make before the franchise was sold to Disney (allegedly 50 scripts had been written) could be back on. Apparently former Wonder Woman director Michelle Maclaren has been approached to direct a return to the show, dealing with the criminal underworld of the Star Wars galaxy. And supposedly, all the rumors circulating about the second Star Wars Anthologies film about a young Boba Fett and Han Solo are in fact for the Underworld TV series, rather than a movie.
As ever with unsourced rumors, take this with a pinch of salt.
Star Wars Rebels
The latest “Rebels Recon” episode includes some teasers for Season 2, and a clip featuring Captain Rex and the crew of the Ghost from an episode due to air in Autumn:
Under The Dome
Finally, here are three teaser clips from the show’s third season premiere “Move On/But I’m Not”. [Spoiler TV]
Additional reporting by Abhimanyu Das and Charlie Jane Anders. Top image: Game of Thrones.