There's yet another round of Star Wars spoilers. Sean Bean gets not one, but two new roles. Interstellar is already getting rave reviews. Could two more surprising characters meet on Game of Thrones? Plus major spoilers from the creators of Syfy's 12 Monkeys TV show. Spoilers now!
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Some more concept art-based speculation from Making Star Wars, this time of a "V-Wing" that looks nothing like the V-Wing in Episode III. As depicted in concept art by Fausto De Martini, this V-Wing is grey with yellow and red paint, with two engines and two short wings with tiny fins on either side of the canopy, making a "v" shape.
Like the X-Wing, the "V" in the name is formed by the wings, with the "top" of the V being the front of the ship. The astromech sits behind the pilot and further description says:
The engines are basically two X-wing engines on each side of the cockpit. The body of the ship is like a speeder you might see in Attack of the Clones but with X-wing engines on the side and then wings with fins. The engines intakes are connected to the body and then the thrusters are smaller and skinnier.
In case there was any doubt, a new article on Daisy Ridley changing agencies mentions that her character will carry on into Episodes VIII and IX. [Deadline]
Asked by Comic Book.com when fans could expect to see the first footage from the new film, Simon Kinberg said:
I don't, actually. We're putting it together now, and one of the important things, because this Fantastic Four is a reboot, and is such a different tonality and vibe from those other films, we want to make sure that the first thing we put out really expresses the voice of the movie, and isn't compromised by not having visual effects ready, or anything like that.
I don't actually know when it's coming out, but I've seen all the footage from the movie. I was there for pretty much the whole shoot. It is a very different film from the others, and one that I think is very different from other superhero movies. It's a very emotional, character-driven, more grounded film than I think people are anticipating.
No, the news isn't that a Skyline sequel is still happening. It's that Frank Grillo is rumored to be starring in the film which will take place at the same time as the original, making it a "sidequel." [Latino Review]
Natalie Dormer is set to play the lead in the David Goyer-produced supernatural thriller. The Forest is about an American who goes into Japan's legendary Aokigahara forest (also known as the Suicide Forest) in search of her missing twin sister. [Deadline]
Sean Bean is joining Matt Damon in The Martian. Damon will play an astronaut stranded in a Martian colony, struggling to stay alive long enough for NASA to save him. Bean will play a NASA flight director. [The Hollywood Reporter]
The Conjuring 2
The sequel's had its release date pushed back to 2016, but that comes with James Wan returning to direct. He also now has a "first look" producing deal with New Line Cinema. It'll be his next film there, with no information about whether he'll be involved in any more Fast & Furious installments. [Deadline]
A few early impressions have been tweeted by those who saw an early screening of the film. Here's a selection. [via Slashfilm]
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
Here's the Lorde-curated soundtrack, in its entirety (save one song being held for another special announcement):
1. Meltdown - Stromae ft. Lorde, Pusha T, Q-Tip & Haim
2. Dead Air - CHVRCHES
3. Scream My Name - Tove Lo
4. Kingdom - Charli XCX ft. Simon Le Bon
5. TO BE ANNOUNCED
6. Lost Souls - Raury
7. Yellow Flicker Beat - Lorde
8. The Leap - Tinashe
9. Plan The Escape (Son Lux Cover) - Bat For Lashes
10. Original Beast - Grace Jones
11. Flicker (Kanye West Rework) - Lorde
12. Animal - XOV
13. This Is Not A Game - The Chemical Brothers ft. Miguel
14. Ladder Song - Lorde
Robbie Amell, who debuted last night, hinted that he might be in a Flash/Arrow crossover as Firestorm:
[Tonight] you get to meet Ronnie Raymond, but in December, you get to meet Firestorm. I went into the writers' room after reading the script before I left for Vancouver, and I was like, "Are you sure you want to do this? You're making him powerful right now!" They're like, "Oh yeah, we know." "Alright, cool!" I do some stuff in my first episode as Firestorm that is — there's no holding back. Firestorm is powerful.
... My first episode as Firestorm, I might not be the only Amell in that episode. But I really would love to have some actual scenes opposite Stephen, opposite Arrow. Maybe he'll need some help, and he'll need to call on Firestorm. I mean, I could get there pretty quickly — I'm a superhero!
He added that he'll be rocking his best Victor Garber impression, since that actor is playing the other half of Firestorm:
I think this is going to be rad — I get to not only work alongside Victor Garber, but I get to do a Victor Garber impression, because sometimes Firestorm is Ronnie, sometimes it's Martin Stein, but physically, it's going to be me when the two of us are inside my head. So that's another thing I'm excited for — getting to play up the comedy of two people inside one guy's head.
And, no surprise, the CW's already ordered a full season of Arrow.
TV Guide has the scoop on what the season will hold, including how Alfred's parenting skills are critical to understanding the origin of Batman:
Before that, though, Gotham has bigger fish to fry. Heading toward their midseason finale, the major players will be facing major changes. With the GCPD under orders from Mayor Aubrey James (Richard Kind) to round up a rogue's gallery of villains to toss into the soon-to-be-reopened Arkham Asylum, more familiar baddies are set to step in. Viewers will also get to see what Logue considers "the seminal act" that turned Bullock into the dirty cop he is, and Mazouz's broody, self-destructive Bruce may even make a friend his own age in Bicondova's Selina Kyle. "They are thrown together for reasons I can't tell you now," teases Heller, revealing only that a mutual fascination between the rich orphan and the feral street kid will serve as "the starting point of their relationship. There's a lot of history between them that we will get to as we move forward."
Likewise, some light will be shed on the dynamic between Bruce and the far-from-fatherly Alfred. "He is very much in the story as a counterpoint to Gordon," says [EP Bruno] Heller, contrasting the cop's concern for the kid with the butler's explosive approach to disciplining his charge. "If you work backward to how the hell Batman was created, it's clear that whoever was guarding that boy, whoever was guiding him through his teenage years, was not someone who convincingly told him that violence is not the answer."
Tons more at the link. [TV Guide]
Creator Jason Rothenberg says that episode two of season two will be the show's goodbye to space:
The Jaha (Isaiah Washington) story in Episode 2 is our swan song for the Ark. Of course, flashbacks are something we can always do. Not to give it away, but there may be a return episode or two where we do go back and see things as they used to be. But the Ark is no longer. It's an element, frankly, that I'll miss because I love the Ark and I loved that story. The Mount Weather story this season actually functions in a weird way for us in a similar way that the Ark functioned for us last season. Just in the sense that, energetically, it's a world to cut to that's very different than the world of the ground.
Rothenberg added that this season will rest on people being conflicted. Among them will be Clarke, who will "make harder and harder choices" and "emerges a full-blown leader this year of all of the people." He also says the adults will take over, but have no idea what they're doing. So the remaining 100 will have to get their power back from the adults. [TV Guide]
The Frankenstein Chronicles
Sean Bean will star in ITV Encore's modern re-imagining of Frankenstein, which'll be six hour-long episodes. Bean will play John Marlott, a detective who must battle a creature born of dark science. [Digital Spy]
The Good Witch
Hallmark's new series, based on the Catherine Bell-starring series of TV movies, has added James Denton as "Cassie's [Bell] new next-door-neighbor, a divorced doctor and single dad who stirs things up in Middleton when he discovers Cassie's signature charm is more than just a magic touch." [Seat 42f]
At a New York Comic Con, creators Terry Matalas and Travis Flickett said that, while one of the signatures of the film was that time couldn't be changed, that wasn't going to be the case in the show. And yet, as showrunner Natalie Chaidez pointed out, "In the pilot, Cole has a theory: 'If I shoot Leland Goines, if I shoot the villain, I stop the plague.' Is that proven true? No, he goes back and shoots him, and he's still there."
Flickett explained that the plague isn't going to be central to the show's whole story. If it goes past one season, we'll see the result of the finale where "What you will find out at the end of the first season is that the plague and the virus is not the worst thing to happen to humanity — something else was."
Also on hand was Emily Hampsire, who plays the gender-swapped version of Jeffrey Goines, now named Jennifer:
She's the wild card of the show. She meets Cole in a mental institution and you don't know if she's necessarily part of the conspiracy that's going to end the world or if she's a victim of it — because she's crazy! I feel like Jennifer has all the secrets locked in her head. If there's anybody that knows what's going on, it's definitely Jennifer. But you're going to have to get in there to get it.
She also called Episode 2 Jennifer Goines' "breakout episode" "And then Episode 4 is the game-changer episode," she added "It's where all the characters converge in this place called the Night Room," a location central to the mythology and an off-site lab of her father, Leland Goines. [Spinoff Online]
Star Charlie Cox offered this perspective on the Netflix version of Matt Murdock:
I've read comics after comics after comics — I've never read so many comics in my life, and we're finding moments from the comics to reference in the show. We're trying to make a show that's new and much, much darker than anything I've ever seen Marvel do before. ... The concept that he can't stop. He's going out and he's taking the law into his own hands, and he doesn't know if he can stop.
Here's a video interview with EP Matt Miler, who talks about what we'll learn about Abe and Henry. [Buddy TV]
Game of Thrones
Here's a set video. [Spoiler TV]
Gwendoline Christie (Brienne) was filming a scene in Northern Ireland that involved a lot of use of her sword Oathkeeper — possibly another fight scene? Also, the article in Making Game of Thrones mentions that Sophie Turner (Sansa) was on set nearby at the time. Does this mean that Brienne and Sansa will meet, or just that their scenes are being filmed around the same time? [Making Game of Thrones via Winter Is Coming]
The Walking Dead
Episode 5.07 will be called "Crossed." [SpoilerTV]
Once Upon a Time
Here's the title for episode 4.10. [via SpoilerTV]
Michelle Trachtenberg will play Abigail Adams in an upcoming episode. Her alt-history origin will make her connected to Katrina Crane. [TV Line]
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Diana Biller