Find out where Prometheus 2 could be headed. Plus a fan theory makes a good guess at where American Horror Story's fifth season might be set. Guillermo del Toro updates us on Crimson Peak and the Pacific Rim sequels. And another classic Disney character is coming to Once Upon a Time. Spoilers now!
Top image: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Elijah Wood confirmed on British TV that he will not be in the last Hobbit film, playing Frodo in an epilogue sequence. Ian Holm is in the official cast list, so it looks like we'll be seeing an older Bilbo. [The One Ring via Slashfilm]
Noomi Rapace talked about what she hopes to see from Elizabeth Shaw in the second film:
I know that Elizabeth Shaw wants to go to paradise. I say that in the first one. I don't wanna go back. She can't go to Earth. There's nothing left for her there really. She wants to go where they come from, those giants, those creatures. In her head, that's the dark paradise. What's there? She wants answers. She wants to know. I feel like I'm sharing her curiosity but also her anger.
She also gave an opinion about what the villain would be, if the next film doesn't feature any of the classic Alien creatures:
God, maybe? God or [the] devil. I don't know. I don't know where [Ridley Scott's] gonna take us, but I can't wait to go there.
Crimson Peak/Pacific Rim 2 and 3
Guillermo Del Toro gave an update about the status of Crimson Peak:
We finished a first assembly. It was still very early on the effects, about 20%. Then we did another set of revisions based on what I learned in that screening. And in the next month or so we are going to start getting into the final form and will deliver the movie around the end of January or beginning of February. And then the movie opens seven months later in October.
Del Toro did the same for the next installments of Pacific Rim:
Yeah I'm working with Zak Penn on the screenplays and with Travis Beacham and we're slowly going bit by bit. I don't think we'll have a working screenplay until March or April and then by May or June we start pre-production to shoot at the end of the year.
In a profile in The New Yorker, Jez Butterworth (Edge of Tomorrow) was confirmed to be doing a rewrite on the next James Bond film. He gave a quote on his outlook on Bond:
This was Butterworth's second Bond; he worked on "Skyfall," too, making the kind of script changes that his twelve-year-old self, watching the movie at the St. Albans Odeon, would be pleased to see. "You know, like Bond doesn't have scenes with other men. Bond shoots other men—he doesn't sit around chatting to them. So you put a line through that."
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote
Terry Gilliam's trying once again to get this thing made. Jack O'Connell (Skins) has been cast in The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. According to the most recent draft, he may be playing "a guy who is connected to a Don Quixote movie which has had a fairly undesirable effect on some audiences." [Slashfilm]
Scott Waugh is finalizing a deal to direct the $120 million Inversion. The film follows a Chinese scientist and an American expat "in a race against the clock across the globe to save Earth from an apocalyptic threat — a reversal of gravity causing civilizations to uproot and plummet into the sky." [Variety]
For those who have been wondering if the next Transformers movie can be put on hold while Michael Bay directs his Benghazi movie 13 Hours, the answer is apparently not. Transformers 5 already has a fixed release date in 2016, and there's no way Bay can do that as well as 13 Hours. [Slashfilm]
Xavier Gens (The Divide) is set to direct Crucifixion, a film about a priest jailed for the murder of a nun who died while he was exorcising her. The film follows a journalist's attempts to figure out if it was really murder, or if the priest lost a battle with a demon. [Coming Soon]
Into the Woods
Here are the international release dates for Phase 3 (domestic dates are in parentheses):
Captain America: Civil War - April 29, 2016 in some territories (May 6, 2016 domestically)
Doctor Strange - October 26, 2016 (November 4, 2016)
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 - April 28, 2017 (May 5, 2017)
Thor: Ragnarok – July 28, 2017 international and domestic
Black Panther - October 27, 2017 (November 2, 2017)
Avengers: Infinity War Part I - April 27, 2018 (May 4, 2018)
Captain Marvel – July 6, 2018 both
Inhumans - October 26, 2018 (November 2, 2018)
Avengers: Infinity War Part II - April 26, 2019 (May 3, 2019)
Brandon Routh teased Ray Palmer getting into the Atom costume, tweeting out a photo of his face being molded, likely for super-suit filming. If that is what's happening, we won't see it for a while, since he's filming episode 11 right now. That puts Ray Palmer showing up as the Atom pretty far into the season, since costume fittings, tests, and finishing all take a while. [C0ming Soon]
And, prior to last night's Felicity-centric episode, Emily Bett Rickards did a bunch of interviews. To TV Guide, she talked forward movement on Olicity:
I think something pushes them forward in every episode, but I don't know if it's forward in the way you mean. [Laughs] I think their relationship will change and get deeper. Are they open to talking about dating again? No. But I find what isn't being said interesting.
She teased the development of Felicity's relationship with Ray Palmer with The Hollywood Reporter:
They end up working more together and they end up taking on other projects together. He's transparent as far as Felicity can tell. I think that that's something Oliver never had with her because of his scars and his masks and the burden he carries of being the hero. With Ray, Felicity is just looking for transparency, whether she consciously knows it or not. I think she has lost a little bit of transparency doing what she's doing and she appreciates the way he's able to keep things light. If we put it in TV terms, in season one Felicity was always able to keep things light, but you end up losing that sometimes. I think he's a reminder of "It's supposed to be fun." You're supposed to help people and save the city and yes there are darker times, but make sure that you can turn on a night light every once and a while.
She also gave a little bit of info on the big Arrow/Flash crossover that's coming up:
You get two superheroes [the Arrow and The Flash] in one episode who might not necessarily have the same preparation, background, morals, personality. There's going to be a lot of butting heads, but they're forced to work together, so we'll see that [take shape].
Rickards gave even more details on the crossover to TV Line:
The shows are sort of sharing a villain, so we are trying to track down someone that leads us to both cities, and both teams have to work together. There is danger, and there are new dynamics. I mean, Felicity gets to work with Caitlin, which is always very, very fun. Two women of that intelligence caliber working in what's still a "man's world" is very satisfying as an actor, and as a friend [of Danielle Panabaker].
Once Upon a Time
Yesterday we heard that Victoria Smurfit had been cast as an "iconic" character and that some dalmations were making an appearance this season. Now, Smurfit has accidentally confirmed that she will play Cruella in a since-deleted tweet that read:
Super excited about playing Cruella for such an iconic show as @OnceABC.
The show will return on March 1st from a hiatus starting December 9. [Deadline]
Here are some dialogue teasers for the season finale:
"Oh go on, crack a smile. I wanna see if your eyebrows fall off"
"The Nethersphere is just a cool name we came up with"
"I thought we were the same. When we grew up we weren't"
"Never trust a hug, it's just a way to hide your face"
"You left this behind on one of your previous attempts"
"Well look at me, I'm bananas"
"Ask anyone who knows me, I am an incredible liar"
More at the link. [SpoilerTV]
Phantom of the Opera
The modern-day Phantom of the Opera series has enlisted director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amelie) and Tony Krantz to work on developing the project. Said Jeunet:
I look forward to directing Tony Krantz's imaginative version of Phantom of the Opera with Endemol Studios. We have an opportunity to re-tell Gaston Leroux's classic novel of mystery and intriguing romance against a background of great social change.
American Horror Story
In an interview, Ryan Murphy said that the top hat on the coffee handed to Emma Roberts' Maggie was a "big season five clue." Redditors have spotted the top hat on coffee cups held by the toy store assistant in episode 2 and on the menus in the diner.
Based on that, ace_VXIII posted a fan theory that argues that season five may involve Operation Top Hat, a "local field exercise" that occured in Alabama in 1953, when the United States Army Chemical Corps testing biological and chemical weapons, mustard gas, and nerve gas for decontamination. It was never submitted to the Secretary of the Army for approval and "those involved in the tests were supposedly not informed of the circumstances." Therefore, the theory goes, next season could deal with secret government tests, human experimentations, and maybe even Area 51-style alien plots. The latter would tie season 2 into season 5, which would further Ryan Murphy's claim that all the seasons are connected.
However, remember that this is all speculation and that Murphy has said that season 5's plot is "Land-bound and takes place in the United States," which takes some of the alien guesses off the table [Huffington Post]
Here are character descriptions for the new show:
Rebecca Romijn as Eve Baird
Until the Library recruited her, Baird was the leader of a counter-terrorism squad for NATO. She's a tough-as-nails soldier and a brilliant tactical mind. Now, she must put her military background to use as the Library's Guardian – charged with protecting Flynn and his new recruits as they set out on their harrowing adventures. The world of magic is new to Baird and she often finds herself incredulous of the mysteries that her team uncovers. She also finds herself awestruck by Flynn's brilliance and struggles to keep her relationship with him strictly professional.
Noah Wyle as Flynn Carsen
Both quick-witted and fast on his feet, it's no surprise that perpetual scholar Flynn Carsen was destined to become The Librarian. With over twenty degrees under his belt, Flynn must use his extensive knowledge to investigate magical occurrences across the globe, acquire mysterious and mythological artifacts for the Library's collection, and thwart the advances of the evil Serpent Brotherhood. When it comes to interpersonal skills, Flynn is charming but slightly awkward. He's a bit of a loner, and has trouble accepting the help of the Library's new recruits – especially that of his beautiful Guardian and companion, Eve Baird.
Christian Kane as Jacob Stone
Born and raised in Oklahoma, Jacob Stone has spent his entire life trying to fit in with the cowboys he works alongside over at the oil pipeline. But the truth is, Stone is a genius when it comes to art, architecture and history. After being targeted for assassination by Dulaque and the Serpent Brotherhood, Stone is recruited by Flynn and Baird to help defeat them and save the Library. He is the perfect mix of brains and brawn and is equally skilled at analyzing a Bernini as he is at cracking heads in a bar-brawl.
Lindy Booth as Cassandra Cillian
As far back as Cassandra can remember, she's always been smart. But ever since a life-threatening tumor (affectionately referred to as her "brain grape") began metastasizing inside her head, Cassandra has been given the gift of synesthesia – the ability to link all five senses to her memory. For Cassandra, numbers appear as colors, science as musical notes, and when she does math she smells things… mostly breakfast. It goes without saying that her unique skills are an invaluable asset to the Librarians.
John Kim as Ezekiel Jones
Easily the most morally corrupted of the Library's new recruits, Ezekiel Jones is a world-class thief who looks out for one person and one person alone… Ezekiel Jones. He often comes in handy when the Librarians need to get into an impossibly secure area or out of a tight jam. Ezekiel loves the thrill of adventure and is always up for a good challenge but still has to prove to his team that he can be trusted.
John Larroquette as Jenkins
Jenkins is the reclusive caretaker of the Library's sleepy little Annex in Portland, Oregon. He's a bit of a hermit by nature and would be more than happy to spend his days holed up in his Magic Lab tinkering away on gadgets. Suffice it to say, Jenkins is not pleased when Flynn, Baird and the rest of the Librarians show up at his doorstep looking to set their new base of operations in his once quiet sanctuary.
There's also a new poster. [SpoilerTV]
Here are some set photos showing Hartley Rathaway/Pied Piper. [via SpoilerTV]
Peter Pan Live!
Minnie Driver has been cast as the grown-up Wendy Darling and the production's narrator. [Deadline]
Galavant/Agent Carter/Agents of SHIELD
ABC has set January 4 as the premire date for the musical Galavant and January 6 as Agent Carter's. Agents of SHIELD will start its winter hiatus on December 9 and will return March 3. [Deadline]
MTV has set January 12 as the release date for its 10-episode series based on the R.L. Stine tale. [SpoilerTV]
The Vampire Diaries
Here's a clip from "The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get."
Here's a sneak peek at "Miracles":
The Wlaking Dead
Here are the titles and descriptions of episodes 5.08 and 5.07:
Episode 5.08 - Coda
Rick wants to find a peaceful agreement, but the enemies seem to prefer a more violent resolution.
Episode 5.07 - Crossed
Some members hold down the church while the others are on a rescue mission.
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Abhimanyu Das