The Apocalypse’s cancellation will have to wait, as Pacific Rim Uprising gets delayed. The live action Lion King may be close to finding its Scar. Who is the Barb of Stranger Things season two? Plus, Samuel L. Jackson on Glass, another new look at Deadpool 2's Domino, and a bevy of new Game of Thrones pictures. Spoilers get!
A wild new report from MCU Exchange claims that, despite comments to the contrary from Marvel Studios, much of Carol Danvers’ original origin story will make it into the new movie.
The site alleges that not only will Carol start out as Ms. Marvel, complete with a version of her original comic book costume, she will also still get her powers from the explosion of a Kree device called the Psyche-Magnetron. Perhaps most perplexing of all, the site also states that Mar-Vell—the Kree warrior who was both the original Captain Marvel and Carol’s love interest—will indeed appear in the film. For now, take all this with a heavy pinch of salt.
The Lion King
Be prepared! Chiwetel Ejiofor is in talks to play Scar in a live-action remake of The Lion King. [The Wrap]
Variety reports that Hayley Atwell has joined the cast as Christopher Robin’s currently unnamed wife.
Ron Howard confirmed on Twitter he has a role in mind for his brother, Clint Howard—a cameo tradition the director has held for a number of his movies.
Howard (Ron, not Clint) also shared this set pic of a new R2 unit on Twitter.
Billion Brick Race
The Book of Life’s Jorge Gutierrez has been tapped to direct a new Lego movie. Details are currently scarce beyond the title, but judging by it, expect a race—and hijinks to ensue from it, naturally. [Variety]
Spider-Man: Homecoming’s Jacob Batalon will star in an upcoming meta-horror/comedy about a group of teenage genre fans thrown into various supernatural predicaments at a haunted film festival. [Film School Rejects]
Ant-Man & The Wasp
Omega Underground has uncovered a new casting call searching for “Asian-looking school kids”.
*ASIAN LOOKING SCHOOL KIDS*
-Boys and Girls, who can portray ages 9 – 10 years of age, students in classroom.
-Scenes will shoot on Saturday August 5, 2017 and Monday August 7, 2017
Zazie Beetz has shared another new image of her take on Domino:
In related news, director David Leitch discussed how he plans to depict Domino’s unique mutant ability to manipulate probability in a conversation with Cinema Blend.
We’re having fun with her power, because when you really distill it — the laws of probability... So I think there’s a lot of ways to go with it, and I think we have some really cool visual ideas of how we can demonstrate that. And then also there’s the Deadpool tone of how you can be self-referential to all powers. So it’s going to be fun.
Lastly, the infamous Just Jared has set pics of Deadpool tethered to a parachute.
Speaking with Collider, Samuel L. Jackson revealed filming on the Unbreakable/Split follow-up begins next month:
We start rehearsal on [September] 18th and I start shooting on the 25th.
Pacific Rim: Uprising
The sequel has been pushed back one month. It now reaches theaters March 23rd instead of February. [Coming Soon]
Another new TV spot still refuses to let Pennywise speak.
My Little Pony: The Movie
Here’s a sneak peek at one of the film’s musical numbers.
The final chapter in the Divergent saga is set to become a TV series at Starz, according to Deadline.
Shawn Levy revealed at San Diego Comic Con that Sean Astin’s character, Bob, is “the Barb” of season two.
Yes. It’s Sean Astin. Yeah. Sean Astin as Bob is going to be, I’m saying it, but he’s kind of going to be the Barb of Season 2. His part is substantially bigger. He’s in a lot of episodes. He is magnificent. And one thing the Duffers do really well is when they see what an actor is capable of, they write to that. They don’t make the actor play what’s on the page. They often change what’s on the page to exploit everything that’s unique about that actor. They did it with Steve Harrington last season and this season again and they did it big time with Sean Astin who as Bob I think is going to be a Barb level fan favorite.
Please look forward to all future seasons of Stranger Things having their own Barb. [Screen Rant]
Speaking at the TCA 2017 summer press tour, CW president Mark Pedowitz mercifully confirmed the series is done with Speedster villains, at least for the forseeable future:
I think we’re done with speedster villains.
Thank god. [Screen Rant]
Game of Thrones
Images from this week’s episode, “Spoils of War” seem to depict the long-awaited meeting between Jon Snow and Theon Greyjoy. Just as with the Daenerys/Jon pics from last week, the two are never in the frame together, but the locations appear the same. Head over to Screen Rant to see the rest.
Finally, Gotham moves its brand of gleeful insanity to Thursday nights in a new promo for season four.
Banner art by Jim Cooke.