The new Star Wars may feature another woman in a slightly surprising role. Robert Kirkman explains why the Walking Dead spinoff will feel familiar, but also way different. Big changes are in store for Sleepy Hollow. Plus updates on Jurassic World, Blair Witch 3, iZombie, Orphan Black, 12 Monkeys and Westworld. Spoilers now!
Top image: Batman v. Superman
Mark Hamill says that the most interesting part about being involved in The Force Awakens is the new generation being in charge:
The most interesting aspect from my point of view is that [Star Wars] is now in the hands of the generation who were fans. …It's the next generation of filmmakers who were sort of weened on these pictures
Justice League/Batman v. Superman
A completely unsourced rumor says there's a reason why we haven't heard anything about who's playing Green Lantern in the new movies — because the character won't appear at all, even in the Justice League film.
Which seems highly unlikely, as everything else about the DC movies has seemed to be running with the classic founding members of the Justice League. Meanwhile, another totally unsourced rumor has it that Zack Snyder is looking for an older Hal Jordan, between 45-55 years old, who is "broken" and "darker." Also mentioned is the notion that the planet Oa is doomed in this vision. [Tech Times]
At a BAFTA party, Henry Cavill talked about how he wants to play Superman for many years. [via Henry Cavill News]
Kingsman: The Secret Service
Mark Hamill says that his role in the film is very small:
I play the professor in two scenes, This is really a glorified cameo, don't get me wrong.
He also explained how he got involved, which has him playing a very different role than he did in the comic:
At one point [Mark Millar] said, 'If we make this into a movie, will you play yourself?' I thought, 'Yeah, that sounds fine.' What happened was, when they wrote the screenplay, that element of kidnapped sci-fi actors went away, but Mark still wanted me to do it. He said, 'There's another part we want you to play.
According to Latino Review, Tom Hardy left Suicide Squad because he didn't like a "drastic" change to the character int the script h was eventually given. The latest version of the story, rumor has it, also ups the focus on Deadshot and the Joker at the expense of characters like Rickk Flagg. [Latino Review]
Matilda Lutz will be the female lead in F. Javier Gutierrez's next installment in the Ring franchise at Paramount, sources have told The Wrap. [The Wrap]
Blair Witch 3
Director Eduardo Sanchez says another film is coming soon: "We have been talking to Lionsgate and there has been a little bit of movement but nothing is concrete. The film seems inevitable to me, but really it's just a matter of it being the right time. I'm thinking it's going to happen sooner than later at this point, but I always say that. There's always rumblings and certain ideas being pushed around and such. While I don't have anything firm to talk about now, it wouldn't surprise me if something happened within the next year or two." [Dread Central]
Some images of the genetically modified T-Rex that will grace the movie's merchandise have popped up. [ Comic Book Movie]
The Walking Dead
Robert Kirkman confirmed that no one from the comic book will show up in the TV spinoff. That said, he does have a lot to say about the premise:
I will say that this is going to be a show about family. But it's going to be a show about a different type of family that we haven't explored in The Walking Dead thus far. So what we're trying to do with The Walking Dead spinoff is keep the story as familiar as possible for people that love The Walking Dead, so you'll get the kind of things that you expect from a Walking Dead story. But, at the same time, we'll want to tell these stories in a completely different way with completely different people in a completely different setting that's going to make for a fundamentally different show. I think the look and feel of The Walking Dead spinoff is going to be startlingly different.
At the TCA presentation, Fox's Dana Walden said that the show us under going some changes that they're "excited about," which will make the show more episodic and less serialized. Walden added that the show's formula was re-thought out after the midseason finale as "part of the diagnostic process" and that the network hopes that this'll "return the fun back to it." [TV Guide]
Here are sneak peeks from episode 2.13, "Pittura Infamante." [via SpoilerTV]
Agents of SHIELD
Clark Gregg says that, although the show hasn't shot enough for him to really know what bringing the Inhumans into the show will change, he is excited about how it's all shaking out:
What I like about it is, it's not your typical origin story. All along S.H.I.E.L.D. has kind of been about protecting people from what they don't know about, which often means people who are on the index — people who have powers because they've been kind of mutated or given powers by technology or Hydra or various alien artifacts. Inhumans represents a different chapter.
At least in the comics, the Inhumans, they're a race of people who've been transformed. They're mutants, more or less. I've always loved that part of the comics. They're people who have evolved differently, and that generates a lot of fear. Some people want to annihilate them. Some people want to lock them up. Some people want to register them. Some of them become superheroes. Some of them become monsters. I find that particularly germane. Are we going to accept the people who are different, or are we going to try to wipe them out.
He also previewed what's next for Coulson:
I think the first thing we're going to deal with when we come back is he led everyone to this place with the writings. He found this submerged, several-thousand-year-old alien city. It turned out to be like an incubating factory that turned his own most beloved protégée — his surrogate daughter — into something else and got one of his team members killed. That's not going to be easy on his new team, which has some people who he knows and trusts and some people who are much newer to him
Last Man on Earth
The show has cast Mary Steenburgen in a capacity that Will Forte says they're keeping "mysterious." [ Deadline]
Mark Mylod, who directed the pilots of Once Upon a Time and The Affair, has been hired to direct the pilot for Fox's Minority Report TV show. [Deadline]
At the TCA panel, it was revealed that the show, which is heavily influenced by Twin Peaks, has its big reveal scheduled for midseason, rather than as a twist at the season's end. As the show was announced after the first book was published, the second book and the show have influenced each other. Executive producer Chad Hodge is all for a second season, while M. Night Shyamalan wants to wait and see if there's any story worth telling after the first season concludes. [Deadline]
Thandie Newton's playing a character named Maeve Millay, who she says could be a parallel to a character from the film — and maybe a robot
Someone with a parallel to a movie. Perhaps a robot.
She also talked about the show in general:
I think Westworld is really dealing with our connection to the computer age as human beings, our disconnection and about morality. We start in the Spring. I love it. I feel very fortunate to have been involved in both The Slap and to be involved in Westworld. It's an exciting time for me I feel. We have these peaks and troughs in our careers as actors. The fact that we can do them for a very long time is a real privilege.
Amanda Schull previewed a little about what's up next for Cassie:
You'll see what happened and what made her kind of I don't know if downfall is the right word that you'll see. You'll see what really spiraled her further on to this mission.
... I think the dynamic [with Cassie and Aaron and Cole] is complicated. Her relationship with both men is very complicated and unique and you'll see the different facets of it play out over the course of the season in different ways in different time periods as well. Within the flashbacks, as well as going forward, you'll see what sort of makes them tick and what doesn't make them tick.
Aaron Stanford gave some details on the future, which the premiere didn't spend a lot of time in:
It's the apocalypse, so it's pretty grim. There's a plague – a pandemic – that has wiped out 7 billion people. The world is in chaos. All the trappings of present-day society are in ruins. There's no electricity, unless you can rig up a generator of some kind. You don't have running water. There's no form of government. There's no protection for anybody. People are living at the mercy of whatever stragglers are left alive. It's a pretty bad place.
He adds that the effect of time traveling on Cole will be revealed bit by bit and there is a "cost."
Stanford also said that there is nothing Cole won't do to complete his mission:
He's willing to do whatever it takes. He's not playing by normal rules. He's not hamstrung or held up by any sort of conventional morality. As far as he's concerned, the end justifies the means. The ends are so great with saving the human race that almost anything is fair play. Almost anything is in bounds of what he can do.
Here's showrunner Natalie Chaidez on Cole, Cassie, and Jennifer Goines' dynamic as a group:
They're trying to capture mercury. They can't get a straight answer out of [Jennifer]. Everything she says, she speaks sideways, if not flat out runs out of the room sideways. It's like working with the least reliable witness in the world, who may or may not have her own agenda. She's got a bit of a thing for Cole, so you've got a bit of a twisted love triangle there. They have a very special bond. Maybe not so much of a thing for Cassie, though. She can see that Cole may be sweet on Cassie, so it's that twisted, fun love triangle dynamic.
She also promises that they can sustain the show past one season:
With 12 Monkeys, we do have a road map. The ideas are bigger than just stopping the plague. Who the [Army of the] 12 Monkeys are, what they actually want, what time travel actually is, what the real enemy of mankind is are bigger questions that the series will address. It will take a major and exciting turn in season two that will thrust the show into a different direction and a different mystery and we will move past that. There is a certain Lucy and the football quality, when audiences are watching and going, "Oh yeah, now we're going to stop the plague again!" The cool thing about this show is that there's a bigger mythology behind it. Over the course of the second season, it opens up into a different mystery of who the 12 Monkeys are and what their actual end goal is.
There is still a question about whether or not Constantine will get a second season, but things don't look great. NBC President Jennifer Salke and entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt both expressed concerns:
Salke: [We're] still talking about [whether to renew the show]. We wish the show had done better live. It has a big viewership after [live airings] in all kinds of ways, and it has a younger audience. The live number is challenging. It hasn't kind of come out of Grimm the way we wanted it to. We love the show. I think it's fair to say we're really still talking about it.
Greenblatt: We got on the bandwagon of these shows based on comic books, and maybe there are too many of them. It's a popular series of comics, but it's not The Flash. It's not Batman, so maybe it suffers a little bit there. But as Jen said, it's a show we really liked. We love Matt Ryan, who is the star of it. I think we did right by the fans who didn't like the film that was made of it, and I think the future is still up in the air on that show.
Once Upon a Time
Patrick Fischler (Mad Men) will have a recurring role as a peddler, who is "well-intentioned but is actually a quick-witted, arrogant man with reckless impulses." He'll appear in both Storybrooke and back in the fairy tale world. [TV Line]
Sean Maguire has confirmed that Robin Hood will be back in the second half of season four. From Magic City Con, we also know that he doesn't have the details yet. [SpoilerTV]
Michael Narducci and Julie Plec were on hand to discuss what's coming next on the show:
Michael Narducci: First thing is they have to suss out that there is a problem. They did this very dangerous ritual and Rebekah should pop up in a new body, that was the plan, and as we get into Episode 10 they're waiting and she's not showing up and her original body is laying in a coffin, but the new Rebekah isn't here. So Klaus has to deduce who's responsible for this and who am I going to punish in order to find out where my sister is? So that'll be a big part of [the midseason premiere] — the reaction to Rebekah missing —- but then right away circumstances conspire where he can't do anything about it. [Meanwhile], Rebekah will awaken in this asylum for wayward witches and she's going to have to figure out where am I? What is this body I'm in? What am I capable of doing to get out of this situation? Her circumstances go from pretty bad to extremely dire very quickly.
Julie Plec: We come back right away and Finn is very intent on finding his mother and is full of piss and vinegar and Klaus is like, "Sure, check her out, she's chilling in the tomb." So Finn is the one who figures out what happened to his mother in our first episode back and his response to it is quite aggressive. He's not happy and he takes some drastic measures and it amps up his power and vengeance and makes him do wild stuff. The fun of this next chapter is Finn the villain and Yusuf [Gatewood] is so good and... he's got a point, he's the righteous one in all of this, so it's fun to hate him and love him all at the same time.
Narducci: As with any zealot, he hates vampires and what his family has become and he'll do anything to stop them, but zealotry often leads to extreme actions. There will be a point where he makes a choice to go one step too far and he will need to be stopped with extreme prejudice.
Plec: He crosses a line for sure and anybody who's been fighting with anybody will be like, "There's a code here and he breaks the code."
[ TV Guide]
Here's the synopsis for episode 2.11, "Sanctuary":
THE GIRL IN BLACK — After a series of strange encounters, Rebekah (guest star Maisie Richardson-Sellers) becomes intrigued by a mysterious girl who has recently arrived to the insane asylum. At the bayou, Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) struggles with coming clean to Jackson (guest star Nathan Parsons) about the secrets she's keeping and is surprised when he shares his own secret involving Hayley's parents. Meanwhile, after learning the details of a particular marriage ritual that Hayley and Jackson must complete, Klaus (Joseph Morgan) heads to the bayou to put an end to it, but not before running into Jackson's grandmother Mary (guest star Debra Mooney). Elsewhere, Vincent (guest star Yusuf Gatewood) remains determined to uncover the secret he knows Klaus is hiding and sets his eyes on Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) for answers. Lastly, when Davina (Danielle Campbell) discovers that Josh (guest star Steven Kruger) and Marcel are in danger, she enlists the help of Kaleb (guest star Daniel Sharman) and Aiden (guest star Colin Woodell) to rescue them. Matt Hastings directed the episode written by Declan de Barra & Michael Narducci (#211). Original airdate 2/2/15.
[ K Site TV]
Executive producer John Fawcett confirms that Rachel is alive and that she'll have a whole new set of issues in season 3:
How do you take someone like that and then f— them up? How do they respond to that? This is someone who has a ton of power, really, and thrives on [being above the other clones]. Now to be less than perfect and to have her authority and power stripped from her, that's an interesting journey that character could be on this year.
Here's an interview with producer Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars) and star David Anders. [ Comic Book Resources]
And here's one with EP Diane Ruggiero-Wright and stars Rose McIver and Robert Buckley. [ Comic Book Resources]
The Vampire Diaries
Julie Plec says that Enzo will have a lot going on this season. He "sort of insinuates himself into Sarah Salvatore's [Tristin Mays] life, but Sarah's pretty." Plec adds:
Let's just say that one of our inspirations for this story is Les Liaisons Dangereuses, like that John Malkovich, Dangerous Liasons kind of vibe where you get into something for one reason but then you maybe get surprised by the outcome.
On Bonnie's return, Plec said:
We can expect it by the end of the run of this next chapter, which is approximately Episodes 11 to 15. It changes her forever. She's been to hell and back, so to speak, and she's had to do a lot of it on her own. Anyone who goes through an experience that isolating and that lonely isn't going to come back ready to dive back into their old life. We'll see her try to find her way and heal herself. We'll see if her friendship with Damon is true, and if he's someone who can help her heal.
More at the link. [ TV Line]
American Horror Story
FX Networks CEO John Landgraf wouldn't reveal what setting the show will go to for its next season, but he did say " it's very different" and "I think there's going to be an unusually large reinvention in between Book 4 and Book 5 relative to, say, between Book 3 [Coven] and 4 [Freak Show]." He also said that it would be his hope that the next season would be in the present day. [TV Line]
Here's the description for episode 3.12, "Uprising":
MALCOLM MAKES AN OFFER TO HELP TEAM ARROW — Still operating without Oliver (Stephen Amell) and desperate to stop Brick (guest star Vinnie Jones), Team Arrow is forced to consider Malcolm's (John Barrowman) offer to help shut Brick down as Malcolm has a personal score to settle with the felon. Roy (Colton Haynes) and Laurel (Katie Cassidy) point out that the team could use some help to save the innocents of The Glades, but Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) is adamantly against it. They look to Diggle to make the final decision. Meanwhile, the flashbacks chronicle Malcolm's descent from kind-hearted father and husband to cold-blooded killer after the murder of his wife. Jesse Warn directed the episode written by Beth Schwartz & Brian Ford Sullivan (#312). Original airdate 2/4/2015
Here's a look at the cover for episode 3.16's script:
Here's the synopsis for episode 1.12, "Crazy for You":
LOVE IS IN THE AIR — Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) decides that she and Barry (Grant Gustin) need to move on from Ronnie (guest star Robbie Amell) and Iris (Candice Patton) and find new loves so she takes him for a night out at the local karaoke bar. Caitlin doesn't have any luck making a love connection but Barry meets Linda Park (guest star Malese Jow), a sports reporter for the Central City Picture News, and asks her out on a date. When Barry tells Iris he has a date, Iris is surprised by her reaction. Meanwhile, Cisco (Carlos Ramon) considers Hartley's (guest star Andy Mientus) dangerous offer and the team searches for Shawna (guest star Britne Oldford), a meta-human with teleportation powers, who just busted her boyfriend Clay (guest star Micah Parker) out of Iron Heights. When Henry (guest star John Wesley Shipps) snoops around in an attempt to help Joe (Jesse L. Martin) and Barry solve the crime, he ends up in the infirmary after getting roughed up by inmates. Rob Hardy directed the episode written by Aaron Helbing & Todd Helbing (#112). Original airdate 2/3/2015.
Below is a comic preview of episode ten. [via SpoilerTV]
Here's a promo for season two, episode two. [via SpoilerTV]
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Abhimanyu Das