December 22, 2014

BIG RUMOR: Sony's Leaked Casting Wish-List For SINISTER SIX

Another day and yes, another Spider-Man franchise rumor. The fate of Amazing Spider-Man 3 is pretty much known to us via leaked email exchanges, it's gone. However, Drew Goddard's Sinister Six hasn't been linked to getting cancelled. Actually it's been the opposite, with talk of it being the perfect launching-point for the reboot (via a pre-leak report by BadassDigest). Not to mention it being potentially the first collaboration between Marvel Studios and Sony for the rebooted franchise set within the MCU.

Before that is all worked out and made official an interesting piece of casting information has made it's way to ComicBookMovie. They are again claiming to have found more emails pertaining to Goddard's Sinister Six. This time involves Sony's ideas for the casting. The last name we had heard Sony wanted was Ryan Gosling when they put out feelers, when he voiced interest in the Ghostbusters reboot.

This potential casting wish-list seemingly reveals two villains previously never mentioned for the project. That would be Sandman and Scorpia who is the female version of hired goon The Scorpion. A female villain really hasn't been explored in a majority of comic book films, and I love the idea of using someone like Scorpia. Drew did an excellent job with the female lead in Cabin In The Woods, so I'm all for seeing more of his female characters. A lot of people (myself included) had assumed that Black Cat would be the female team member, that might not be the case. Although, Felicia Hardy is named-dropped but not her alter ego.

They mention that Sony wants Sandman to be the comedic relief and the casting seemingly reflects that since the names they were putting forward included a bunch of comedians. Including Danny McBride (Eastbound And Down, Pineapple Express, Tropic Thunder, This Is The End), Jonah Hill (Moneyball, Wolf of Wall Street, Superbad, 21 Jump Street, 22 Jump Street), Chris O'Dowd (IT Crowd, Bridesmaids, Thor The Dark World) and Shartlo Copley (District 9, Maleficent, Elysium, Chappie). Others included Joel Edgerton, Jason Clarke from Planet of The Apes/Terminator franchises and Ant-Man's Michael Pena. The latter might be excluded depending on his Marvel contract.

My preference out of the bunch would be Danny McBride, as he'd make an excellent funny villain.

The ladies mentioned for the role of Scorpia include Emily Blunt (Looper, Edge of Tomorrow, Into The Woods), Ruth Wilson (Luther, The Affair, Lone Ranger), Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones, Terminator: Genesis) and Rose Bryne (Neighbors, Bridesmaids, 28 Weeks Later, X-Men First Class, Sunshine).

Amy Pascal would go on to make terrible comments about Blunt's weight in photos, so I assume that won't win the studio any favors. It's also possible that Emily Blunt is still on Marvel Studios wish-list for a female lead, let's hope that's Captain Marvel or Medusa in Inhumans. I feel like Blunt joining this franchise would be a huge waste of potential.

I'd have to root for Ruth Wilson, she deserves a lead role like this. Even though, I'd rather see her take a part in Marvel's main cinematic universe as Madame Hydra or Amora The Enchantress. If Marvel does get involved it could make for some interesting crossovers. I just think pairing her with Goddard could make for a scene stealing villainess.

Woody Harrelson (Zombieland, Hunger Games) is mentioned alongside Sean Penn as candidates for the role of Doc Ock who is said to be the group's leader. I doubt Penn would ever consider something like this. Woody has played dark villains previously films such as  Out of The Furnace and No Country For Old Men. It doesn't hurt he's widely popular from his role in the Hunger Games franchise. An actor able to balance both dramatic and comedy, a winning combo for a comic book villain. Let's not forget his amazing performance in HBO's True Detective, which sometimes get's overshadowed by McConaughey.

Oscar winning actor Colin Firth is mentioned for the role of Vulture, which I have zero issues with. Firth is seemingly able to balance both comedic and dramatic roles, and will take the plunge into comic book films with Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman.

Other names mentioned include Denzel Washington, Daniel Craig and George Clooney, I believe slightly out of their reach if you ask me. The big reveal was that they wanted Channing Tatum as Venom, but has already setup a franchise role as Gambit at Fox. Which would likely keep him from getting involved with competing comic book franchises. A cool casting choice though, I honestly wouldn't have minded Channing as Venom.

Another aspect is they are considering female versions of Venom and Carnage, which was explored in the comics. The female Carnage just happened to be Gwen Stacy, which could a way to bring the character back. The character Ann Weying, was the female version of Venom and could be apart of the female led spin-off.

A lot of the actors seem like bizarre choices in this piece and not mention Amy Pascal possibly making digs at actors like Emily Blunt, Idris Elba and Jared Leto. It could be real or completely made-up, the female versions of Venom and Carnage also sound weird to me. Since this isn't coming from a more reputable outlet take as a huge rumor for now. I'm shocked a casting list like this hasn't made waves over at TheDailyBeast. Names like Tatum and Jonah Hill could speak to Phil Lord and Chris Miller being candidates to take over the solo films.

Another aspect is that all this could be scrapped if Marvel steps-in, as their likely going to make their own casting choices. I'm sure suggestions like these would be taken into account, but I doubt previous working relationships with Sony will be top priority to Marvel. We also haven't heard if Drew Goddard will be sticking around, since I'm sure he's going to have to making a huge amount of rewrites to his existing script which was tied to Amazing Spider-Man 2.


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