Grant Gustin talks about upcoming Flash and Arrow crossovers. Damon Lindelof promises that The Leftovers is about mystery and not cliffhangers. And a Wire alum joins The Originals. Plus, Roland Emmerich wants to shoot two Independence Day sequels back-to-back. Spoilers now!
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Mark Rylance had previously been in talks to play the father of Johnny Depp's Mad hatter in the Alice in Wonderland sequel, but now it looks like the part will be played by Rhys Ifans instead. Ifans, actually four years younger than Depp, will play Zanik Hightopp, "who cannot hide his bright-colored hair beneath a top hat." [The Wrap]
The Friday the 13th reboot has been pushed back from the previously announced March 13, 2015 to November 13, 2015. Taking the March 13 slot is Scouts vs. Zombies. [Slash Film]
The film will reportedly be 2 1/2 hours long. [TFW2005]
And here are two promos for the film:
Here's the trailer for this Eli Roth horror film:
The latest season 5 rumor has it that Glenn will die — and that it will be very different from the character's death in the comics. For one, it sooner in the story than in the comics. The rumor comes courtesy of the Spoiling Dead Facebook page, which had a number of posts speculating about his death:
RUMOR: we have heard from multiple sources about a possible death. Word is the death of Glenn was filmed yesterday. It's possible it could be someone else, but multiple sources stated Glenn. Reports are the set was locked down and everyone was told the cast would not be coming out.
Alanna [Masterson] tweeted yesterday during filming 'when someone great is gone.'
As we stated this is currently a rumor and we are tracking this and trying to get more information.
Adding fuel to the fire: Steven reportedly left set at 2 or right around then. Alanna's tweet was at 1:28. It's said that Steven was hugging production members and shaking everyone's hand while leaving.
As is his weekly ritual, creator John Fawcett broke down the last episode and previewed what's next for Orphan Black for Entertainment Weekly. He talked about why Dr. Leekie died, saying:
Well, I think that obviously Dr. Leekie and Matt Frewer are a big part of our show and it is a very big decision to decide to eliminate a character. We don't want to just make those decisions lightly, and it really has to have a bearing on not just story structure of the season, but really the big picture also. It has to work towards our end goals. So we designed the first part of the season all the way to episode 7 knowing this was going to come to a head and that Leekie was going to die. We used that as building blocks for that character, and by the time the end came for him, he wanted to build a character that we actually had grown to like and maybe couldn't entirely trust, but were having some sympathies for. And he wasn't just a kind of a bad guy. He was kind of in a weird way helping. It's interesting then to kind of kill off someone that actually the audience and the fans are sort of starting to like and care about. I think it was an important element to building that character and using his death to actually mean something at the end of episode 7, and going forward in the next bunch of episodes. Because Dr. Leekie's death…the fact that he's gone or missing or presumed dead or whatever — that informs a bunch of story in the coming episodes.
Fawcett also said that the recent revelations about her parents are part of a journey of seeing Rachel "as a much more emotional character." He also said that Michelle Forbes' Marian is an important figure for "upcoming episodes and beyond." [Entertainment Weekly]
And here's a promo for episode 2.08, "Variable and Full of Perturbation":
At JibCon V in Rome this past weekend, Jensen Ackles previewed a little about playing Dean in season 10:
I will say that with every twist and turn of the storyline. I've always taken comfort knowing that I can find the Dean within that storyline.
I can play Dean in any situation. To add the demon aspect is going to be challenging because I might not be able to outwardly play Dean, so it'll be very internalized, which sometimes doesn't translate to screen.
Star Grant Gustin previewed the new series, differentiating it from Arrow by saying that they wouldn't be keeping his identity as much of a secret, and that "There will be some characters that Barry's specifically trying to keep it from, but his circle – for the most part – is going to know that he's The Flash." He also said that he knew that some characters would be crossing over from Arrow but he didn't know which ones it would be.
As to playing the enthusiastic Barry, Gustin said:
Barry's just excited by all of this. He's a fanboy! And I don't have to hide my excitement as I play the role, so it's really fun to play with.
At the same time though, it's in a reality-based world, so there is an aspect of him that's a little worried about what's happening to his body. But at the same time, once he starts to get a handle on it, it's the coolest thing that's happened to anybody, as far as Barry is concerned.
In addition to stressing that the ideas that Stephen King is bringing to the series "go beyond the book," which only covers the first week under the Dome, executive producer Neal Baer said he hopes the show lasts for 15 seasons. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Damon Lindelof is acutely aware of the controversy about the ending of Lost. As for how his new post-Rapture show will avoid those complaints, Lindelof says:
The Leftovers is not constructed as a cliffhangery show. It's not built to be like, oh, my God, we've got to watch the next episode immediately. But at the same time, it is built so that when one episode ends, you want to keep watching the show. So by virtue of that, [we are] finding the spirit of: Well, what will make someone excited to watch The Leftovers this Sunday night?
He also explained why the protagonist was changed from a town mayor in the book to the police chief, saying:
I just wanted him to be on the front lines of stress and aggravation. If the world is on the precipice of tipping toward the brink, if people are losing their minds, if people are destabilized, if people are acting violently or they're depressed, the cops are constantly going to be dealing with those issues. And I want him to be on the inside of that as opposed to the outside of that.
In preparation for the show, the writers eventually spent a full month just discussing the issues it brought up, studying the Old Testament, debating, and "working to create a sustainable mythology for the show."
That works for the show because, according to Lindelof, "There are people who are comfortable with mystery. And there are people who are uncomfortable with mystery. I'm very comfortable with mystery; I think most of the people in this [writers'] room are comfortable with mystery." [The New York Times]
Nathaniel Buzolic's Kol will return in a flashback, which will give viewers a closer look into the Mikaelson family. In addition to his return, new character Lenore, a powerful witch and foe for Klaus, will be played by Sonja Sohn (The Wire). [TV Rage]
Kristin Kreuk previewed the remaining season 2 episodes, saying:
Yeah, you'll see Catherine and Vincent working together, trying to figure stuff out. And we might even see more of Catherine's family history that's revealed. All of that, I think, will be more in line with what the fans gravitate toward. [As for Season 3] we don't know yet because it's still early, but what I think [exec producer] Brad [Kern] will want to do more of that in the 13 episodes that we do next season.
As for the season finale, Kreuk says that the finale works as a cliffhanger but also provides closure, since they filmed it before they knew whether the show would be renewed. [TV Line]
Syfy will air season 2 of this werewolf show in 2015.
Here's a season 4 cast photo. [SpoilerTV]
Here's a promo for the final season of True Blood:
The short description of episode 1.09, "Children Be Afraid," is:
Mary struggles to get George back under her control; Mercy and her acolytes flex their power.
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Ryan Plummer