January 27, 2015

GHOSTBUSTERS Cast Revealed; Includes Kristen Wiig And Melissa McCarthy

Ghostbusters director Paul Feige has revealed his cast for the reboot via Twitter.

The all female cast includes Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy who were hopefuls since the announcement of the project. The pair previously worked on Feige's wildly successful Bridesmaids.

Leslie Jones
Oddly enough, the other two cast members are lesser known actresses best know from their work on Saturday Night Live. They include Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon, it's great to finally see some diversity in the end.

Kate McKinnon
Originally, we had heard like ten names in the mix for roles including Emma Stone and Jennifer Lawrence, none of the actresses in the mix were of color which was shocking to say the least.
Production on the film is expected to begin this summer in York


Liam Hemsworth Eyed For Lead Role In 'INDEPENDENCE DAY' Sequel

The Wrap reports that Hunger Games actor Liam Hemsworth has been offered the lead in Roland Emmerich's sequel to Independence Day.

Will Smith was in talks to return but ultimately decide to pass on sequel while Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman are expected to reprise their roles.

Fantastic Four's Michael B. Jordan is said to be rumored for another lead role in the film.


Disney Rebooting INDIANA JONES With Chris Pratt?; Actor Could Replace Harrison Ford

Our good friends over at Latino Review have been proven right yet again.

Deadline is confirming their previous report that Lucasfilm and Disney were planning on rebooting the Indiana Jones franchise with a new actor. They are reporting the studio is in early talks with rising star Chris Pratt to replace Harrison Ford as the titular hero.

While this might be great news for Pratt fans he's a busy bee these days, as he's about to shoot a remake of The Magnificent Seven alongside Denzel Washington. He also is expected to shoot a sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy in early 2016 and possibly a sequel to Jurassic World something soon if it does well this summer.

Bradley Cooper seemed like a mighty fine option at the time but looks to be too high-profile at this point. His huge box office for American Sniper and his three Oscar nominations might make him too expensive at this point.

We already know that his Guardians co-star can fit the role as Star-Lord's character was greatly influenced by Jones. It's possible that Chris might not be able to juggle three franchise roles like this, but let's try to be optimistic.

This could also explain why he turned down Sony's offer to play Nathan Drake in the Uncharted film.


Latino Review is adding that Disney is looking to release the film in 2018-2019 while Variety puts Chris Hemsworth into the mix as well.


Gareth Edwards' 'STAR WARS' Film Lands New Screenwriter; Boba Fett And Han Solo Featured?

A couple of weeks ago it was confirmed by Gary Whitta (Walking Dead, Book of Eli) that he would be moving on from penning the script for Gareth Edwards' Star Wars spin-off to focus on Fox's adaptation of Mark Millar's Starlight.

Some sites were reporting that franchise writer-producer Simon Kinberg could be coming in to replace Whitta, but that doesn't seem to the be case.

The Hollywood Reporter says that Lucasfilm has hired About A Boy, A Better Life and Cinderella writer Chris Weitz to handle rewrites. It's unknown if the script will be getting page-one rewrites or just touch-ups since production is expected to be soon as casting is already underway. Weitz is an Oscar nominated writer thanks to About A Boy which should help fans feel better about his connections to Twilight.

Latino Review is also giving a bit more insight into the film's plot which had said to revolve around a group of bounty hunters hired to secure the Death Star plans for the Rebel Alliance.

They are also stating that the spin-off will be shooting on location in Mexico with the country possibly doubling for Geonosis, last seen in Attack of The Clones and where Jango Fett was killed by Mace Windu.

This connection to the Fetts might explain why they are hearing that both Han Solo and Boba Fett are going to be in this film.

We've been hearing for ages that these spin-offs would be focusing on one or the other, but having both as major characters would give more freedom to the other spin-offs. Along with exploring their history with each other which was teased in the two original sequels.

How they fit into the film is currently a mystery but it's possible they could have lead roles in this film. At the very least could be setting up their own movies in the future like Josh Trank's untitled sequel. since we know Solo has a criminal past as a smuggler

Concerning the film's casting lineup it's looking like the lead might be a female character. The studio is already reportedly looking at actresses such as Kate Mara, Rooney Mara, Tatiana Maslany and Felicity Jones.

It's possible this character could be already established in the universe, in my opinion it might end-up being linked to Boba Fett or the Rebel Alliance. Latino Review seemed to be taking guesses at what the role could be including characters from Clone Wars, but a couple obvious choices are being left-out and I'm not entirely sure about Lucasfilm setting a film around characters that obscure.

I wouldn't be entirely surprised if we saw Star Wars Rebels' Sabine turnout to be this female character the actresses are testing for. We've been hearing that Rebels which is now confirmed to be set in official canon is likely set during the time period when this spin-off is taking place. Allowing for the characters to interact with people like a young Han Solo or Boba Fett.

Sabine fits the timeline of this spin-off and is the right age for casting.

There has even been hints that characters from the show could be showing-up in this spin-offs or will end-up getting their own movies. Another rumor is that new characters setup in the spin-offs would start appearing in the main films. In the case of Gareth's film would likely be played by older actors if they crossover into Rian Johnson's Episode VIII.

Sabine could be sent into a group of bounty hunters posing as one of them but officially working for the Rebels who are likely bankrolling this daring heist. She could be placed into the group to make sure they don't hand over the plans over to criminals like the Hutts for even more cash or sellout to the Empire by sabotaging the mission.

There's been some talk that Boba's wife or daughter (likely changed to Jango's daughter to fit timeline) could be the character as well. Sabine is Mandorlian and it wouldn't be hard to imagine her actually being related to Jango, maybe being his legitimate daughter and revealed to be the sister of Boba. We know that family plays a big role with the original trilogy and it could become a theme here as well.

Having a film that explores the Mandorlian culture would be something we've never had with the films. Considering they are just as important as the jedi, sith and criminal underworld in the expanded universe.

It's possible we could see the Mandorlian Wars folded into the new films at some point. Since filmmakers are now allowed to pick bits from the games and books for the new films.

However, there is other information that speculates that if a spin-offs did include Fett it would sort of reboot the character slightly. Making a new mystery person behind the mask after killing the Jango clone then becoming the Boba Fett persona.

Prequel fans I'm sure would go nuts but honestly severing ties to the prequels is a good thing. Lucasfilm has already established Stormtroopers aren't clones anymore, so it's possible they could boot the clone Boba as well. Re-establishing a bit of mystery with the character which did make his character cooler not really knowing his origin.


First Teaser Trailer For 'FANTASTIC FOUR'; Along With Poster And Screenshots

20th Century Fox has released a teaser trailer this morning for their reboot of Fantastic Four.

I have to say that for a teaser trailer it's solid and looks like it could easily be apart of the rebooted X-Men universe, if indeed Fox moves forward with a crossover film down the road.

I'm curious what most naysayers think now that this trailer seemingly refutes all the fruitless online gossip that the film was going to be a total mess. At least this teaser gives the impression it'll be a lot more cinematic than the original two garbage films.

Let's just remember Josh Trank is being asked to quickly put together a sequel before Lucasfilm scoops him up for a Star Wars movie.

People were losing their mind that no promotional materials were being released although nothing but images were released for Guy Ritchie's The Man From U.N.C.L.E. which comes out the same month. Even Ant-Man, that comes out a month earlier only recently dropped a teaser trailer.

Here are a couple of screenshots from the trailer along with the first poster.


Official Images From 'FANTASTIC FOUR' Set; Josh Trank Influenced By THE FLY And SCANNERS

Collider had an exclusive in-depth interview with both writer-producer Simon Kinberg and director Josh Trank about what to expect with Fantastic Four.

Adding our first look at Michael B. Jordan in costume as The Human Torch on the set alongside Kinberg.

In the interview the two confirmed that they did consciously prevent promotional materials from leaking early and wanted to control how audiences are first introduced to these new characters. I assume taking cues from how Lucasfilm treats the Star Wars franchise when they have a new film.

The rest of the cast includes Kate Mara, Miles Teller, Toby Kebbell and Jamie Bell.

We won't have to wait too much longer to get a glimpse of the rest of the cast and more importantly seeing them in motion. The talk being that the trailer will be officially released by 20th Century Fox later today.

Simon and Josh are re-teaming for both Fantastic Four 2 set for 2017 release and a Star Wars spin-off which is likely aiming for a December 2018 release date.

Josh Trank would site films such as David Cronenberg's The Fly and Scanners as big influences on the film along with a mixture of comics from the 60's and Ultimates.

You can read the entire interview at Collider.


January 26, 2015

Casting Call Confirms Daniel Bruhl Is Playing ZEMO In "CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR'

A casting call for Marvel's Captain America: Civil War has seemingly found it's way onto a casting website called MovieCastingCalls (via ComicBookMovie) and they are revealing a key role in the film.

This wouldn't be a spoiler in the slightest if it's indeed on this casting call, but it names Daniel Bruhl's (Inglorious Basterds) character as the Captain America villain Baron Zemo.

We had been under the impression it could have been either Zemo or Doctor Strange villain Karl Mordo. Bruhl previously worked with Doctor Strange's Benedict Cumberbatch in The Fifth Estate and Thor's Chris Hemsworth in Rush.

The reason we thought it might be Mordo is that the role was said to possibly crossover to Doctor Strange, Zemo could easily fit into a film like Strange if he's really into a occult stuff.

If you want to give audiences a villainous version of Captain America, Zemo is the way to go. He eventually setups the group The Thunderbolts who actually aligned themselves with Stark during Civil War.

This isn't 100% proof of his role but if it's circulating on an official casting call it's a good chance that he's playing Zemo in the film.


Joss Whedon Fuelling Talk Russo Bros. Will Direct 'AVENGERS INFINITY WAR'

We've been hearing for months that The Russo Brothers will be taking huge steps to be the masterminds behind Phase Three movies starting with Captain America: Civil War. There's been chatter that they'll even be taking over directing duties on the Avengers franchise from Joss Whedon on Avengers Infinity War.

In a new interview with Empire Magazine (via Comic Book Movie), Joss Whedon is seemingly hinting to his exit of the Avengers franchise. Leading us to assume that the Russos will indeed be replacing him. Here's what Joss had to say when asked if he'd be returning to make more films.

"I couldn't imagine doing this again," he reveals, referring to the time and effort which has gone into the sequel. "It's enormously hard, and it be, by then, a good five years since I created anything that was completely my own. So it's very doubtful that I would take on the two-part Infinity War movie that would eat up the next four years of my life. I obviously still want to be a part of the Marvel Universe - I love these guys - but it ain't easy. This year has been more like running three shows than any year of my life. It is bonkers."

We haven't seen Marvel allow a director to make more then two installments within these franchises and it's looking like they won't be making the exception for Whedon.

This doesn't mean he's completely done with the Marvel universe, we know he's been trying to develop a new Hulk film and he could even be involved with Captain Marvel.

It should also be noted that there is a lot of material in Age of Ultron which is setting-up Black Panther, so that's a third project he could end-up working on.

Also, check out the first non-cartoon group photo of the Avengers on the cover of Empire.


Emma Watson Confirmed For Belle In Disney's Live-Action BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

The Wrap has learned that Harry Potter actress Emma Watson has closed a deal to play the role of Belle in Disney's live-action adaptation of Beauty And The Beast.

She has confirmed the news on her Facebook page, hinting that there could be some musical numbers incorporated from the animated film.

The film will be directed by Bill Condon but don't let the Twilight links fool you, the script was recently rewriting by Perks of Being A Wallflower's Stephen Chbosky

Emma had been attached for the competing project over at Warner Bros. which had Guillermo del Toro set to direct, the project sort of fell apart and Watson decided on switching to the Disney project instead. Apparently, she got the blessing from del Toro to move to the other film instead.

Disney has already made a killing with live-action adaptations of Alice In Wonderland and Maleficent (Sleeping Beauty). It's expected that both Cinderella and Beauty could be huge successes as well.


New Names Linked For SUICIDE SQUAD; Karl Urban And Jason Clarke In The Mix For Flagg And Deathstroke

A new crop of names are being linked for roles in David Ayer's Suicide Squad via JoBlo.

It looks like there is a fifth actor being looked at for the role of Rick Flagg, and it's Dredd himself Karl Urban. You might remember it was only a couple of days ago that Karl was being linked for the villain role in Aquaman. I'm sure we could be hearing even more actors but Karl is an interesting addition to the mix of names.

I have my own thoughts why so many actors are passing on this part.

The role of Flagg was originally alluring to Tom Hardy before the part was scaled back in Ayer's rewrites and the role could be a lot more minor than people are expecting it to be. Basically, they're looking at big names but the part doesn't seem to have enough bite to attract the level of actors they want for it.

Flagg could also be off-putting to a lot of these candidates mostly because it could kill their shot at a leading superhero franchise. Marvel usually avoids casting actors who have been apart of DC films and taking the role could nix franchise potential in the DC side as well.

Again, from what I've been hearing Flagg might not even be in sequels, the role is pretty minor compared to the comics and this could be a tough sell to rising actors like Jake Gyllenhaal (already passed), Jon Bernthal and even Joel Edgerton.

Tom, Jake and Joel had been linked for Marvel Studios franchise leads, so it's unlikely we'd see them taking DC scraps which Flagg is starting to look like.

JoBlo is affirming talk that Deathstroke is indeed in the film but won't be on the actual team.

Joe Manganiello is said to the Ayer's first choice as he previously worked with Ayer on Sabotage.

Aussie Jason Clarke is also being considered for the role.

It's not hard to see why the studio would want to have Clarke play the role having a huge breakout hit with Dawn of the Planet of The Apes last summer. He's also playing the new John Connor this year in Terminator: Genisys opposite Captain Boomerang's Jai Courtney

The role itself could end-up becoming one of the more important characters moving forward into the DCCU, as there is crossover potential with the Batman films along with a solo film which had been developed and produced by David Goyer (Blade, Batman Begins).

Other actors such as Ed Harris (The Rock, A History of Violence, Enemy At The Gates), Gary Sinise (Forest Gump) and Max Martini (Sabotage, Pacific Rim, The Unit) are linked for roles but those are considered spoilers, feel free to check out the link to have some of the film's plot ruined.

Production is expected to begin in April at Pinewood Studios, Toronto with a release date of August 5th, 2016.


January 23, 2015

Quentin Tarantino's THE HATEFUL EIGHT Starts Shooting; Zoe Bell And Channing Tatum Confirmed

The Weinstein Company via The Wrap has announced production on Quentin Tarantino's 8th film The Hateful Eight started rolling and have revealed a majority of the cast.

Check out the official synopsis below.

Photographic proof the film has started shooting.
In THE HATEFUL EIGHT, set six or eight or twelve years after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. The passengers, bounty hunter John Ruth (Russell) and his fugitive Daisy Domergue (Leigh), race towards the town of Red Rock where Ruth, known in these parts as “The Hangman,” will bring Domergue to justice. Along the road, they encounter two strangers: Major Marquis Warren (Jackson), a black former union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix (Goggins), a southern renegade who claims to be the town’s new Sheriff. Losing their lead on the blizzard, Ruth, Domergue, Warren and Mannix seek refuge at Minnie’s Haberdashery, a stagecoach stopover on a mountain pass. When they arrive at Minnie’s, they are greeted not by the proprietor but by four unfamiliar faces. Bob (Bichir), who’s taking care of Minnie’s while she’s visiting her mother, is holed up with Oswaldo Mobray (Roth), the hangman of Red Rock, cow-puncher Joe Gage (Madsen), and Confederate General Sanford Smithers (Dern). As the storm overtakes the mountainside stopover, our eight travelers come to learn they may not make it to Red Rock after all…

Hateful Eight live read cast which has since been switched-up. 
The announced cast includes Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Demian Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, and Channing Tatum.

This is first studio confirmation that Tatum has indeed joined the lineup.

New additions are Zoe Bell, James Parks, Dana Gourrier, Keith Jefferson, Lee Horsley, Craig Stark, Gene Jones and Belinda Owino.
Sam getting sneaky on set. 

Samuel L. Jackson revealed this image on social media which reveals rehearsals with the main cast.


January 22, 2015

Bryan Singer Confirms Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan And Alexandra Shipp For X-MEN APOCALYPSE

It's looking like Bryan Singer will indeed be the source for casting confirmations for X-Men Apocalypse. The director has released casting news via Twitter in the past and is now doing the same for Apocalypse he recently announce Oscar Isaac as the titular villain.

Now he's confirmed Latino Review's casting scoops naming Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, Mud's Tye Sheridan as Scott Summers and newcomer Alexandra Shipp as Storm.

Let's just remember the film is set in 1983 and the recasting with younger actors was going to happen. There was confirmation from Patrick Steward that neither he or Sir Ian McKellen would be reprising their roles in the film which makes perfect sense for it's setting.

The returning cast includes Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Hugh Jackman, Nicholas Hoult and Even Peters.

Shooting begins sometime in April with production returning to Montreal.


Chiwetel Eijofor Conjuring Role In Marvel's DOCTOR STRANGE

The Hollywood Reporter is hearing that Marvel is currently courting Oscar nominee Chiwetel Eijofor (12 Years A Slave, Serenity, Children of Men) for an unnamed role in Scott Derrickson's Doctor Strange.

The Wrap is suggesting the role isn't villainous, which might be going to Civil War's Daniel Brunhl said to be playing baddies in both films.

Which means it could be one of three roles The Ancient One, Wong or Brother Voodoo.

Kevin Feige has confirmed that Strange would be opening a whole new world within the Marvel cinematic universe. Like Guardians opened the cosmic side, Strange would open the mystical side of the universe. This could mean the film might be acting as a launching film for other big characters.

Brother Voodoo seems like a character that would be on equal footing with Stephen Strange and could even eventually land his own film. Remember, Voodoo did fight evil alongside Strange and did take the mantle of Sorcerer Supreme from Stephen.

Chiwetel was a fan-favorite for both Black Panther and Doctor Strange roles, but obviously didn't land those parts. Perhaps, Marvel is making it up to fans by trying to land him for another part in the MCU.

You might remember that Benedict Cumberbatch and Chiwetel shared some scenes together in 12 Years A Slave. He also has connections with Joss Whedon playing the villain in his Firefly film Serenity.


Joel Edgerton And Jon Bernthal Up For Flagg Role In SUICIDE SQUAD; Joe Manganiello Playing DEATHSTROKE?

There's a whole heap of casting rumors concerning Suicide Squad coming out online today.

The first one comes from Cinema Blend, who are saying that actors Joel Edgerton (Exodus, Zero Dark Thirty, Warrior, The Great Gatsby) and Jon Bernthal (Fury, Wolf of Wall Street, Walking Dead) are in the mix to replace Tom Hardy as Rick Flagg.

Out of the two I'd say Bernthal is the better fit since he worked with director David Ayer in Fury and co-starred with Margot Robbie in Warner Bros' The Wolf of Wall Street. Plus, he's been a much more consistent actor than Joel and Flagg could be right for him.

Jake Gyllenhaal had been offered the role recently but passed on it, and I don't blame him. It's been said the role has been cutdown a lot from Ayer's rewrites and likely won't have as much screen time as other characters in the film.

Joe almost played Superman and Batman, might as well play Deathstroke.

Another mysterious rumor via The Playlist is suggesting that Joe Manganiello (Magic Mike, True Blood, Sabotage, Spider-Man) is up for the role of Deathstroke, there had been rumors the character was in the film but nothing has been confirmed or reported by major outlets.

Joe is a bit different than the other names mentioned here since the actor did on the recommendation of director Zack Snyder did test for both Superman and Batman roles. He also previously worked with David Ayer on the Arnold Schwarzenegger action flick Sabotage.

We know that David Goyer (Dark Knight, Batman Begins, Blade, Man of Steel, Metal Gear Solid) had penned a Deathstroke movie and had planned on producing the film too, so it would be a role that could turn into it's own franchise.

The last one comes from Latino Review, who wasn't confident enough with this rumor to post it on their site but tweeted-out that Gary Sinise (Forest Gump, Snake Eyes) is said to be in talks for the role of General Eiling.

Take all these as rumors at this point.


DREDD VS AQUAMAN?; Karl Urban Rumored For Role In AQUAMAN

Another interesting piece of information in that report by Latino Review reveals that Karl Urban is being sought-out for a role in Aquaman. They aren't naming the character but it's possibly a villain.

WB is waiting patiently for Star Trek 3 to go into production and finish because they'd like to have Karl Urban step into Aquaman in an unspecified supporting role, possibly the villain. Urban and WB have had a good relationship in the past with Urban almost becoming a Batman, and for TV, WB producing Urban-starring Almost Human with Bad Robot for Fox.

I have to assume the role could be Aquaman's brother Ocean Master who eventually becomes a villain and a general pain in the ass.

We've all been rooting for Karl for years to breakout on his own and for the most part he's been able to land some great supporting roles.

Having his film debut in Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers and Lord of The Rings: The Return of The King. He would later take on villain roles in movies like The Bourne Supremacy and The Chronicles of Riddick. Karl struck big when he landed a role in the rebooted Star Trek franchise which has seen him apart of three films.

Although he hasn't always seen his hard work pay-off, an example of this is his well-beloved portrayal of the iconic comic book anti-hero Dredd. There's been a huge campaign to get a sequel to the film with a great deal of fans getting involved.

Another example was his wonderful sci-fi cop buddy series Almost Human on Fox, which was one of my favorite Fox shows in a very long time. It would eventually get cancelled and I lost a network show that I was actively supporting, a rare bird these days.

I think Karl would be a wonderful addition to the DC Comics cinematic universe and might be intimidating enough to be cast opposite a heroic Jason Momoa.