Frank Cottrell Boyce, author of Millions, talks about his Doctor Who episode. Gotham's executive producers describe their version of Batman's origins. Maisie Williams explains how Arya Stark is like Darth Vader. Plus, what will Paramount have to do to get Michael Bay to make another Transfomers?
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Add two more names (without accompanying character names) to the cast list: Crystal Clarke and Pip Andersen. Clarke's first film The Moon and the Sun comes out next year, and Andersen is both an actor and parkour practitioner (see a 2012 Sony ad for that).
And while we don't know who these two will play, we do know that Disney had issued a casting call for issue a casting call for two characters named Rachel, a "beautiful, smart and athletic" 17- to 18-year-old woman, and Thomas, a "handsome, smart and athletic" 19-to 23-year-old man, which seem about right.
In addition to the casting news, there's also an update on Harrison Ford's injury, who is "doing well." However, Disney does say that production will pause for two weeks in August, to make "adjustments" to the existing schedule. [Variety]
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice
Stephen Amell has used his Facebook page to shoot down rumors that his Oliver Queen will be in this movie. Said Amell:
Hey Guys — I appreciate all the support and enthusiasm, but not everything I post is a cryptic indicator that I'm going to be in Batman V Superman. I'm not going to be in Batman V Superman.
... As an aside... The next time that I either do a video or an interview with a journalist that I like, I'll be happy to explain why this is the case. Short form - it's not a barometer on ability or the quality of genre - TV V Film, no pun intended. Everything here boils down to logistics. In any event... thank you for how much support you've showed me. But keep in mind, playing Arrow on television isn't a consolation prize. We play the definitive versions of our characters in the DC Universe.
Paramount's already announced that another Transformers is on the horizon, and now the question is whether Michael Bay will direct it. Christopher Campbell of Film School Rejects speculates that he will — but maybe only if Paramount lets him do a smaller passion project, like Pain and Gain was. Of course, letting him make another film first would make the two-years-from-now target for Transformers 5 a little difficult to hit. [Film School Rejects]
Here are a couple new photos from the upcoming film adaptation of the TV cartoon and toy line. See more at the link. [Movie Fone]
Added to the list of writers for the season is Frank Cottrell Boyce (Millions), whose episode will have a number of child actors: Harley Bird (the voice of Peppa Pig), Abigail Eames (Harry and Paul, The Crimson Field), Ashley Foster (The Woman in Black), and Jaydon Harris-Wallace (CITV Text Santa).
Showrunner Steven Moffat is full of praise for Cottrell Boyce's episode: "Doctor Who is born anew in the mind of a genius! Frank's script is pure magic - and everything I could have hoped for from the genius behind the Olympics Opening Ceremony!"
Adds Cottrell Boyce: "I was flabbergasted to be asked to write an episode — partly because I've been so absorbed in the last few series that I'd sort of forgotten that it wasn't real... Of all the thrills that pen and paper have brought into my life, there's nothing that quite compares to the buzz of unlimited possibility that rushes through your fingers and into your brain when you write the words: 'Interior... TARDIS.'" [Digital Spy]
DoctorWhoTV's guide to what we know about the new season has been updated to include a ton of new information, so go check it out. [DoctorWhoTV]
Game of Thrones
Maisie Williams has an interesting comparison for Arya:
AccessHollywood.com: Do you see Arya kind of like Darth Vader in the making? Like she's the Darth Vader of 'Game of Thrones'?
Maisie Williams: Yeah, just… misunderstood Darth Vader (laughs).
Access: I'm assuming you've seen the movies, and you know Darth started out good before he became bad.
Maisie: Yeah, exactly. Exactly. And you pick him up kind of already at that stage and then you find out so much more about him before. And, it's the same with Arya, although we're actually seeing that twisted path, which is almost more disturbing than you hating a character and then realizing they're actually quite good. To actually see one of your favorite characters — of such a lovely young, funny girl, slowly be chipped and chipped away into something completely else, I think, even for me, it was really hard to play, and I'm reading scenes, like, 'God, this is not the Arya that I thought I was going to be playing.' And yeah, it's different and I really, really hope people still continue to follow her story line…
Executive producers Danny Heller and Bruno Cannon spoke about how they envision Gotham in the new show, the large cast, and what to do about the eventual coming of Batman:
Danny Cannon: What we talked about when we first pitched this was, "20 years before Batman." A world that's starting to see a corrupt city rotting from the inside. It reminded us of New York in the late '70s and early '80s. That was our first meeting, and we kind of spring-boarded off of that. Luckily, that's uncharted territory. Hopefully in the atmospherics of Gotham we created a romantic, gothic, Dickensian kind of world.
Heller: Yeah, yeah. And there's still a lot of characters, as you know, to be introduced. I mean, a lot of the technical job is, again, it's getting back to why it's such a great world to live in. There are so many stories to tell, so many great characters. If you don't see the character that you love in that episode, you'll see it him in the next one — because it's a tapestry. We have to tell so many different stories. The fun of it is in finding the storyline you like, but then there's a lot of other stuff going on.
Heller: Well, it's really about telling the true story of how someone might become the Batman. The psychological truth of that is that he'd be a lot more damaged and a lot more traumatized and a lot more strange than some visions of how that character would be. It's a dark character, and it's a character under pressure. So to that degree, as much as I hate to say it, he's not a fun character, as you might imagine. It's not a tale of triumph. It's a tale of redemption.
More at the link. [IGN]
Goran Visnjic plays John, the husband to Halle Barry's astronaut protagonist. John is also a pioneer in the area of robots and fully believes that "if his robots are raised by loving families from a young age, they will develop human morals and emotions." However, the "son" he built "appears to lack empathy, and is advancing much too quickly for his age." Explains Visnjic:
His main idea is we're going to put this kid into a family, we're going to give him love, we're going to surround him with the things we would surround a normal boy with. In his mind, he really honestly sometimes forgets about the fact that Ethan is actually not a child.
So, while John feels that if the robot learns to feel and love like humans do, he is basically a human. Molly, on the other hand, always remembers that Ethan is a robot. [TB News Watch]
American Horror Story
Looks like Kathy Bates knows exactly as much about the next installment of American Horror Story as we do:
I mean, I'm surprised that Sarah Paulson came out with that she has two heads. I was like, 'What?!' But I think it's Ryan [Murphy] who disseminates that information when and where he wants to. I know he's talked about the fact that we're a freak show, and we're sort of in the last days of the freak show.
It's in the late 1950s in Jupiter, FL, and I know what my character looks like, but I don't know anything else about her. In fact, I've just gone to costume fittings, and we're still developing the character. I haven't seen the script yet, and we start shooting in the middle of July, so time's a-wastin'!
Beauty and the Beast
Executive producer Brad Kern had this to say about the season finale and the battle between Gabe and Vincent:
How does Cat factor into their fight?
Kern: Her concern in this last episode is more about Vincent surviving. The only way for Vincent to defeat this new, super-charged Gabe is to lose his humanity, and if he loses his humanity, he loses their love. Her concern is more about that than about Gabe, and she'll have to reach into her own place in the mythology to find the answer.
Will this have to do with the journals that Cat has been reading from her ancestors?
Kern: That's a mythology that will explode in our exploration of it in the season finale. Cat's place, Vincent's place, the journal, Rebecca, the beast creature, everything will come together and be explained and utilized in the season finale. We'll build upon that going forward, but the season finale really leans into Rebecca and the journal and Cat's place in the mythology heavily.
Witches of East End
Last night's season 2 premiere introduced Frederick, Freya and Ingrid's long-lost brother. Jenna Dewan-Tatum says that Ingrid will feel left out once Freya and Frederick start to bond. And Madchen Amick says that Wendy being on her last life has made her more cautious. Sadly, she says that there are no plans to bring back Freddie Prinze Jr. this season. [TV Line]
The Walking Dead
Here are a pair of featurettes:
Bitsie Tulloch tweeted the cover page of the season premiere. [via SpoilerTV]
The Last Ship
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Ryan Plummer