November 21, 2014

SPECULATION: Idris Elba In The Running For Title Role In X-MEN APOCALYPSE?

Jeff from TheWrap recently broke casting news concerning Bryan Singer's X-Men Apocalypse. Revealing possible contenders for new Jean Grey and Scott Summers in the film. He went on the MeetTheMoviePress podcast to tease and upcoming story concerning Apocalypse casting. Mentioning three actors are in the running for the villainous role, pointing-out previously linked Tom Hardy is not one of the three. Hinting that one of them could be very familiar to us.

"We heard him say the word apocalypse a lot last year".

I have to assume Jeff is referring to Idris Elba's iconic line from the Pacific Rim trailer. We know that Elba has been reaching-out for future comic book roles. Being turned-down by Marvel for others roles in the MCU and possibly talking with Warner Bros. about a role in the DC cinematic universe. Idris had been teasing a desire to play Green Lantern which had fans foam from the mouth. We know he's disgruntled with Marvel and is begrudgingly returning (like a majority of that cast) for Thor: Ragnarok, which won't be shooting until 2016. Elba recently spoiled an appearance in an upcoming Marvel film, and seeming didn't give two-shits out the fallout with the studio. Let's just say he isn't happy with his Marvel contract restrictions and the soul-crushing work they're forcing him to do.

The Fox-Marvel relationship is probably the more heated of the bunch. We've actually seen Marvel starting to cancel the comic book properties that Fox has the rights to. They'll be cancelling Fantastic Four (oddly just before the release of the reboot) soon and have hinted to the end of the X-Men books as well (recently killing-off Wolverine). Whatever new characters they create for those comics become fair-game for Fox to use in the films. There is also been chatter that Marvel was furious with Fox for even considering making an R-rated version of Deadpool, which could have led to them trying to block it's development. Marvel has been avoiding R-rated material like the plague, likely due to keeping their brand family friendly.

I think the biggest fuck-you to Marvel from Elba before leaving the studio could be playing the title role in a competing comic book film. They themselves have little control over the X-Men films and this could be a way for Elba to branch-out even more than he already has. Since he's not really known for playing villains.


November 20, 2014

Chris Pratt Confirms Involvement With Universal's COWBOY NINJA VIKING

Collider revealed a story that Chris Pratt (Guardians of The Galaxy, Jurassic World, Zero Dark Thirty) would be taking the lead role in Universal's adaptation of the comic book Cowboy Ninja Viking. An assassin with multiple personality disorder gives him the abilities of a cowboy, ninja and viking. The concept seems equally as insane as Fox's X-Men spin-off Deadpool, which shouldn't surprise us that the same screenwriters are working on both films. Writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick penned the script, who are best known for writing/creating Zombieland. The project had Marc Forester (World War Z, Quantum of Solace) attached to direct, but Pratt confirms that it's without a director currently.

Pratt responded via Twitter to the rumor, by actually confirming it. Also, putting it out to Twitter who should direct it. Honestly, I wouldn't mind seeing Zombieland's Ruben Fleischer tackle another Reese/Wenick script. It was revealed recently that Pratt passed on Sony's Uncharted film, and this could be a big reason for that.


November 19, 2014

Tom Cruise Courted For Ramirez Role In HIGHLANDER Reboot

TheWrap reports that Summit is looking to cast Tom Cruise in the Ramirez role in their Highlander reboot. The Japanese sword wielding Spanish immortal mentor of protagonist MacLoead, who was bizarrely played by Scottish actor Sean Connery. They are quick to point-out this is Summit reaching out to Cruise, and talks haven't started.

Cedric Nicolas-Troyan will be make his feature debut with the film, with Neal H. Mortiz and former director Justin Lin acting as producers. Ryan Reynolds was attached for the longest time for the lead role, but Jeff suggests Dan Stevens (The Guest) for the part instead, I can't help but agree with him.


BIG RUMOR: GOLDENEYE & CASINO ROYALE Director Martin Campbell Wanted For G.I. JOE 3?

Take this following rumor with a hugh gain-of-salt, but the iffy scoop site SchmoesKnow say they have news concerning the director of G.I. Joe 3. The site is better known for their entertaining videos/podcasts, and guesting on other video-casts. While they skirt around where the actual "news" is coming from, I have to assume to it's coming from the usual gossip channels (aka The Phantom).

They say that Bond director Martin Campbell is in "talks" to replace Jon M. Chu. Campbell is known for standout Bond installments such as Goldeneye and Casino Royale. He's also responsible for one of the biggest box office blunders in recent history with Green Lantern. Again, don't take this rumor as 100% but it's interesting to consider the potential here. We've seen rumors like this turnout to be false or directors put on studio wish-lists.

Backing this is up slightly, Chu has been doing everything in his power to avoid directing the third installment taking on other projects. Paramount in the meantime isn't likely going to wait-around for him. However, it should be noted that TheWrap recently reported Campbell was in talks to direct spy thriller Hunter Killer for Relativity Media back in September. It's possible he's meeting on multiple projects and this just yet another potential studio gig.


Ridley Scott Reaffirms PROMETHEUS 2 Script Finished And New Alien Threat

It's starting to look like Prometheus 2 is moving further away from the Alien franchise, than previously thought. As Ridley Scott recently proclaimed the sequel wouldn't include xenomorphs, something we had expected since the new direction/focus was the engineers and not the xenos. He's now going even further by stating we could be getting an entirely new alien threat. Ridley spoke to TheAustralian (via SciFied) and reaffirmed his plans to stay away from the xenomorph. He also confirmed (again) that the script for the sequel is now completed, and "very good".

“it’s fresh” and “getting away from gods and dragons and shit. If I see one more dragon I’m going to shoot myself. Stop the dragons.” Rather than a dragon, Scott describes his original Alien as “the definitive dragon and he’s a motherf . . ker. The alien’s real which is why it’s probably one of the scariest monsters in film history,” Scott says. “So withPrometheus 2 what I’m trying to do is reintroduce a fresher form of alien in the third act.” The Prometheus “baby” alien was, he concedes, “awfully close to the alien” that tormented Sigourney Weaver. His next one promises to be very different.

Noomi Rapace was asked by MTV about who she thought who the film's new protagonist and antagonist should be. Pointing to God and the Devil, which I assume just means good and evil. Perhaps, the talk of two warring factions within the Engineer society might actually be explored in the film afterall. I'm more interested in seeing what made them so angry they wanted to destroy Earth.

There have already been a few plot points possibly revealed already, we're expected to see the return of Weyland Industries. Mainly, that we'll be seeing many more Davids in the film. I'm sort of hoping we do get more humans as well.

I'd love to see a version of the Andrea Bishop hologram/android from the viral site make an appearance as well. However, whenever the timeline is set in the new film (cryo-sleep being a factor). They might have already whizzed past the events of LV-426, unless this film will indeed be the bridge between the two films.

Scott has mentioned his next film once The Martian wraps will be the Blade Runner sequel. This very well might mean that Fox will indeed start looking for another director. Prometheus while under the title of Alien: Origins didn't originally have Ridley as it's director, so it's possible he could help search for his replacement.

I'm rooting for Under The Skin's Jonathan Glazer, but could see someone like Halo: Nightfall's Sergio Mimica-Gezzan takeover for Ridley. Halo is already a franchise inspired by the Alien saga, more accurately James Cameron's Aliens. I'm sure fans would like to see the action level amped-up a bit for the sequel. Ridley produced the Halo series, I assume he'll end-up staying-on as a producer and help hand pick a new director. That's if Scott does exit the director's chair, which sounds like a possibility as Fox isn't known for waiting for Alien saga directors.


Mike Colter And Lance Gross Testing For Marvel's LUKE CAGE

Deadline also adds that the role of Luke Cage will be apart of 6-7 episodes of Jessica Jones, and Marvel is already testing for the role. The site confirms Mike Colter and Lance Gross (Crisis) have tested for Cage. Jones is next in the Netflix-Marvel series, with Cage being the last one. It's expected Luke would also play a huge role in the Iron Fist series as well, as the two work together as Heroes For Hire.

Colter seems like the standout to me having roles on popular shows as The Good Wife and The Following. He's also the lead in the Ridley Scott produced live-action video games series Halo: Nightfall. I feel like he has the best shot, out of the two actors. It should be noted that creatives for both Iron Fist and Luke Cage haven't been announced.


TRUE DETECTIVE's Alexandra Daddario And Others Testing For Marvel's JESSICA JONES

Marvel's Daredevil is almost completed it's 13 episode shoot, which will see the entire run drop on Netflix in May 2015. The next series is Jessica Jones and Marvel is already testing actresses for the role. According to Deadline ladies such as Krysten Ritter (Breaking Bad), Alexandra Daddario (White Collar, True Detective, Texas Chainsaw 3D, Percy Jackson, San Andreas), Teresa Palmer and Jessica De Gouw.

Out of the bunch I'd love to see Alexandra Daddario in the role, since she has balanced both film and television work. Making her and Charlie Cox excellent candidates to crossover to the films in the future. The series is being written and spearheaded by Dexter's Melissa Rosenberg. The hope is that Jones will also be a bit more darker than the other Marvel content, similar to Daredevil's "PG-16" tone.

Jessica Jones, a superhero suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder, which leads to her hanging up her costume and opening her own detective agency, where she ends up helping people and assisting other superheroes.


Rosamund Pike Might Join Charlie Hunnam In THE MOUNTAINS BETWEEN US

There is already strong Oscar buzz for Rosamund Pike's amazing performance in David Fincher's Gone Girl. She's already getting high profile offers as Deadline reports Pike is circling the female lead in The Mountains Between Us. The romantic survival thriller already has Charlie Hunnam set for the male lead. I'm sort of digging the premise of the film and it could be on par with The Grey if handled properly.

A harrowing tale of survival and a love story. Ashley is a writer catching a flight from Salt Lake City and heading East for her wedding. Ben is a doctor returning from a medical conference. When their flight is cancelled due to a broken de-icer, the strangers agree to charter a ride, only to see the pilot suffer a heart attack and crash into a desolate snowy mountain region. He breaks ribs and she suffers a leg fracture. Fortunately, aside from a doctor he’s an avid climber, and as he struggles to get her down from the mountain in harsh weather, she begins to realize that maybe she was headed to marry the wrong guy.


November 18, 2014

INTERSTELLAR's Timothee Chalamet And Others In The Running For Cyclops In X-MEN APOCALYPSE

Along with news of who might be playing Jean Grey in X-Men Apocalypse, TheWrap includes who is in the running for Cyclops. The young actors includes Timothee Chalamet (Interstellar), Charlie Rowe (Never Let Me Go, Pirate Radio) and Ben Hardy (Eastenders). These actors are bit more unknown than we were expecting, but I assume more names will be thrown into the mix.

I would love to see someone like Taron Egerton (Kingsman The Secret Service, Legend) in the role. He actually has an action background thanks to Kingsman and is already on Fox's radar. I'm not sure it's a great idea hiring such unknowns for a beloved comic book role. People hated what Fox did with Cyclops in the first trilogy, and James Marsden was a passable actor for the role. These current names are underwhelming considering the direction Fox went with Fantastic Four.

There is some buzz coming from early screenings of Kingsman and Egerton could be the next Aaron Johnson. You might remember Aaron almost took a role in X-Men First Class, but joined Avengers: Age of Ultron after being passed-on. Playing the competing Quicksilver and is expected to be involved with Civil War and Infinity War. I'm not sure Fox wants to make the same mistake again by missing this opportunity. Taron hasn't committed to a franchise outside of Kingsman, but Disney is already eyeing him for Pirates of The Caribbean 5. The studio and producers should strongly consider casting him.


Chloe Moretz, Elle Fanning And Hailee Steinfeld Eyed For Jean Grey In X-MEN APOCALYPSE

TheWrap is reporting that three well-known actresses are being eyed for the role of Jean Grey in Bryan Singer's X-Men Apocalypse. They are Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass, Let Me In, Hugo, Equalizer, Dark Shadows, 500 Days of Summer), Elle Fanning (Maleficent, We Bought A Zoo, Super 8, Benjamin Button) and Oscar nominated actress Hailee Steinfeld (Ender's Game, Pitch Perfect 2, True Grit). Production will begin in Montreal in the Spring, with a release date of May 27th, 2016.

Fox will need high profiled actors moving forward with the X-Men franchise. Considering Hugh Jackman could be exiting the Wolverine role after two more films. Jeff is betting that Hailee Steinfeld is the frontrunner, but Moretz and Fanning do have more awareness. This makes a bit of sense, as Hailee is in a similar point in her career that Jennifer Lawrence was when she joined First Class. I personally think all these choices are excellent, and hopefully this means Fox will indeed give us the Dark Phoenix Saga in the future. Steinfeld is the one actress out of the three that could actually benefit from the role, it also doesn't hurt he doesn't often make big films.


AJ Edwards In-Talks To Direct MACE WINDU Movie For Lucasfilm?

Director AJ Edwards (The Better Angels) addressed rumors he was involved with new Star Wars films on Reddit. He confirmed he was in-talks for a film that would focus on jedi knight Mace Windu. Keeping mum on the rest of the details, or if it was a sure thing. Edwards is known for working closely with director Terrence Malick, helping him on four films. Those include The New World, Tree of Life, To The Wonder and his next film Knight of Cups. Hearing him speak during interviews gives the impression he's not the joking type and is dead-serious.

Lucasfilm is moving forward with at least two other spin-offs with directors Gareth Edwards (Godzilla, Monsters) and Josh Trank (Chronicle, Fantastic Four). The spin-offs would be released between the main episodic installments. A Boba Fett film is possibly being written by Larry Kasdan (Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of The Lost Ark, The Force Awakens). There has also been chatter that Han Solo and Obi Wan Kenobi could be getting their own films too.

We saw Mace's arm hacked-off with a lightsaber and thrown out a window. However, Samuel L. Jackson has pointed out you never actually saw him die. Leaving the window open for him to return, and we have a good idea that Jackson would love to reprise the role. Since he actively campaigned Lucas to land a role in Phantom Menace. Windu along with Kenobi were the few highlights of the prequels, and I'm sure you won't hear much groaning if he got a spin-off.

It's extremely doubtful we'll see that Nick Fury movie Marvel was developing years back, the great thing about Star Wars age isn't a big factor for jedi. The future of Sam's role within the MCU might be coming to end soon once they head-out to the cosmic side for Infinity War. He also has an excellent relationship with Disney and Lucasfilm.

I can't help but think Windu would be a perfect character to lead that Seven Samurai inspired jedi film Zack Snyder pitched to Lucasfilm. Having it set years after the events of Episode III, with the remaining jedi hiding from the clutches of the Empire. Depending on when they want the film to be set it could actually directly connected to the characters from Rebels.


November 17, 2014

Thomas Kretschmann And Frank Grillo Returning For CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR?

While we've been sort of focusing on Tony Stark becoming an unintentional villain of Captain America: Civil War and we try to figure out what secondary villain Daniel Bruhl (Zemo or Mordo?) will play. There are two bigger villains that we should expect to see return.

Thomas Kretschmann and Frank Grillo have confirmed signing contracts for multiple Marvel films. Considering the two are predominately known as being Cap villains, showing up in Civil War makes the most sense. I'm not really sure how they could factor into films like Infinity War. However, HYDRA is aware of Stephen Strange and that could be explored in Scott Derrickson's Doctor Strange.

During promo for the film the Russo Brothers pretty much confirmed the return of Rumlow as Crossbones. Grillo is a fan-favorite and a member of Thunderbolts, a group of villains James Gunn wanted to make a movie about. Thunderbolts could end-up Marvel's version of Suicide Squad. Thomas reiterated returning for future films, but kept his lips tight to what that would be.

"I have a multi-picture deal which means I will not only appear in the 2nd part, but they're planning with me for a longer period of time. But I don't know details yet, they're keeping their cards close to their chest - top secret!"

There is speculation that Andy Serkis is playing Klaw in Age of Ultron. T'Challa and Wakanda having such a large role in Civil War, including Klaw there as well also makes sense. I have a bit of a theory concerning Klaw working for either A.I.M. or HYDRA. Trying to exploit Wakanda's minerals and technology for their weapons. I could totally see Zemo and Klaw teaming-up to develop world conquering weapon systems. I'm under the impression that Black Panther would be the hero to continue Rogers' fight against HYDRA and other human threats.

Another idea I have is that HYDRA starts aligning themselves with A.I.M. and The Ten Rings (real Mandarin?) to develop one single villainous group. Maybe some kind of version of Masters of Evil, a supervillain group that had been rumored for Age of Ultron. While I don't think we'll see this happen in Ultron, I'm sure Marvel could plant seeds for villains in Civil War. Having them use all their resources to tear-apart the Avengers, so that they can move on with their plans without interference.

Marvel revealed a faux title of Captain America: The Serpent Society, which could be hinting to more than people originally thought. Serpent Society is another off-shoot of HYDRA which was led by Madame Hydra, another Captain America villain we've been championing for years. Madame Hydra is also Strucker's second-in-command, so there is already an opening to have her working alongside Strucker and HYDRA. The Serpent Squad did aid the Thunderbolts in Civil War, the group does have ties to the original comics.

I could see Stark forming Thunderbolts only to have sleeper agents (serpents) working for this supervillain group, hoping to destroy Avengers from within. Similar to how Hydra helped wipeout SHIELD. Kevin Feige and The Russos have teased Civil War would include something as Earth-shattering as destroying SHIELD in the film. These are sort of the last of the Earthbound threats, which need to be explored before we start seeing Avengers going cosmic for Infinity War.

Who will end-up becoming the real villains and threat of Civil War?

November 16, 2014

The Russo Brothers Indeed In The Running To Direct AVENGERS INFINITY WAR

BadassDigest posted a juicy rumor that the Russo Brothers (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War) were being looked-at to takeover the Avengers franchise from Joss Whedon. Deadline is hearing the same thing and both parts of Infinity War could shoot back to back.

Marvel is investing a huge amount on the directing siblings. The more we hear about the plans for Captain America: Civil War the bigger it sounds like the film will be. Something we didn't really get with Iron Man 3, but will likely be our last quasi Earthbound Avengers installment. I'm also curious what this means for the future relationship between Whedon and Marvel. Will he move on, or will he try to tackle other Marvel properties like Captain Marvel and Hulk?


Could Daniel Bruhl Be Playing A Baron In CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR?

Marvel has confirmed that Spanish-German actor Daniel Bruhl (Rush, Inglourious Basterds) has joined the cast of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. His co-stars being Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr, Chadwick Boseman (as Black Panther), Sebastian Stan, and possibly Jeremy Renner. Production is about to begin soon with the Russo Brothers back as the directors, I'm sure more casting news will spring-up soon. However, Marvel isn't revealing who Daniel will be playing in the film, making the role a bit mysterious.

Variety is reporting that Daniel will be playing one of the villains in the film, not the main one. We have kind of figured that Tony Stark would be a theological villain of the film. They add he might be the main baddie of Doctor Strange. Which sounds weird to me, since Strange and Cap don't really share villains.

It might be a safe to assume that Brhul has taken the role of Baron Zemo, or a modern take of the current head of the Zemo family. Who has been active for generations, including during World War I and World War II. During the second World War, becoming a rival of the Red Skull and a collaborator with the Nazis. The character was even teased in a piece of museum concept art from Winter Soldier, a snow-covered battle scene named OPERATION: ZEMO. He's one of the only WWII era villains still unused, and is actually even more well-known than HYDRA's Baron Strucker from Age of Ultron.

Zemo has connections with both The Masters of Evil and The Thunderbolts, the latter might end-up that team that Stark puts together for Civil War. There is a point in the comics where Stark get's desperate and starts recruiting villains to help him takedown Cap. The rumored Cap team for the film sounded like there weren't going to be many heroes siding with Tony Stark. We also know that James Gunn has been talking-up a Thunderbolts film being another Marvel property he wants to tackle. Crossbones is a member of both villainous groups, having him acting on the behalf of Zemo or The Thunderbolts could work very well.

The legacy villain has been a fan-favorite and finding a place for him in the film universe has been a bit tricky. I really do hope they use Zemo instead of resurrecting Red Skull, since this could be our last romp with Rogers as Captain America. Flashbacks would be nice, but since Zemo is replaced by the next generation he could be around in present time too.

The connection to Strange might suggest the role might be Baron Mordo. This doesn't make too much sense, since we likely won't be getting an appearance of Strange or his antagonists in Civil War. Then again, Black Panther villain Klaw might be in Age of Ultron and Panther being in Civil War. They could try to setup Stephen Strange in a similar way, since the two productions are filming in the same year. However, Mordor doesn't really have connections to the Civil War story as much as Zemo. There is some speculation that the two characters could be combined, but that sounds like a waste to me. It should be noted that Doctor Strange frontrunner Benedict Cumberbatch co-starred with Brhul in the Fifth Estate. Re-teaming the pair wouldn't be hard to imagine.

The only thing I don't like about Baron Mordo, is his name. We already have a Baron villain with Baron Strucker and his last name is eerily similar to Middle Earth's Mordor. I wouldn't put it past Marvel to try to combine Zemo and Mordo into one character.

I also wouldn't rule-out the more obscure John Flasworth aka Baron Blood. A Nazi vampire who just happens to be a that could fit into both Strange's occult universe and Cap world of Marvel being setup in Doctor Strange. Since he's a vampire he would be ageless, I'm not sure that's the type of villain that would be suited for Civil War.


November 13, 2014

Christoph Waltz Joins BOND 24 Will He Play A Villain?

TheWrap reports that two-time Oscar winning actor Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained, Inglourious Basterds) has landed a role in Sam Mendes' untitled Bond 24. His role is unknown but considering his iconic role as the Nazi Col. Hans Landa, it might be safe to assume he'll be playing the villain. This would sort of echo when Mendes cast Javier Bardem in role for Skyfall, after winning an Oscar himself for No Country For Old Men.

Production is expected to begin very soon with November 2015 release date set. The rest of the new additions includes Waltz's Basterds co-star Lea Seydoux and Guardians of The Galaxy breakout star Dave Bautista as the henchman.

A bit of speculation for the moment. We have been hearing rumors that producers are interested in bringing-back the iconic Blofeld back to the franchise. Now that they recently got the rights back to use the villain. There had even been chatter that he would make his return in next installment. When Ralph Fiennes was cast there was some notion he might have been playing him, before it was revealed he was apart of MI6. Could Waltz get away with playing Ernst Stavro Blofeld and bring back SPECTRE to the franchise?