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Chris Hemsworth Considering LETHAL WEAPON Sequelboot

Posted on 08 May 2014 by William Gatevackes

hemsworth lethalweaponWell, he is an Australian with an iconic sci-fi/action franchise on his resume. That makes him a perfect fit.

The Tracking Board is saying that Chris Hemsworth has been offered a role in the new Lethal Weapon film, currently titled Lionhunters. The role he was offered was that of a son of a police officer who wishes to join the police force.

The script is being written by Will Beall, supposedly with input from original franchise writer Shane Black. Justin Lin is reportedly attached to direct.

The website theorizes that the film will be a sequel that reboot the franchise with a younger cast with ties to the cast of the original films. The obvious choice for Hemsworth’s character’s father would be Martin Riggs, portrayed by Mel Gibson in the original set of films. Of course, there is no word that an offer has been made to Gibson, or if one will, or if Danny Glover will be involved, or how big their roles would be if asked.

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Matt Smith Joins New TERMINATOR Trilogy

Posted on 02 May 2014 by Rich Drees

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Matt Smith, still relatively fresh off his successful run in the title role of the popular British science-fiction series Doctor Who, is making the move to another classic time-travel franchise, the Terminator film series. Deadline is reporting that the actor is the latest addition to the cast of Paramount’s upcoming Terminator film, the first of a planned new trilogy. It will be Smith’s first major Hollywood film role since leaving the iconic British series. Deadline is reporting that Smith’s unnamed character will have major role in the first film and that it will “grow in the second and third films.”

Smith will be joining Emilia Clarke, Jason Clarke, Jai Courtney, Day Okeniyi and, of course, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The film is set for release in the crowded summer of 2015 on July 1.

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Tim Blake Nelson In Talks To Play Mole Man In FANTASTIC FOUR Reboot

Posted on 01 May 2014 by William Gatevackes

nelson mole manMaybe the second time will be the charm?

The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision blog is reporting that actor Tim Blake Nelson is in “final negotiations” to play a socially awkward scientist named Harvey Elder in Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot. Longtime comic book fans might recognize the name, as it is the civilian identity of the comic book Fantastic Four’s villain, Mole Man, the bad guy the team faced on their very first adventure.

Mole Man is a scientist who was bullied for his looks, intellect and lack of social skills. He decided to leave the surface world and heads underground, where he discovers a subterranean race of yellow skinned creatures called Moloids. He crafts the creatures into an army which he uses to attack the surface world.

Sources say that while Harvey Elder will appear in the first film of the reboot, the Mole Man will not. The character is merely being set up as a bad guy for future FF films.

This scenario must sound familiar to Nelson as this is the second time he’s played a character meant to be a villain in future installments of a comic book film franchise. He also played Sam Stearns in The Incredible Hulk. Once again, comic fans know that name as the alter ego of the gamma ray powered Hulk villain, The Leader. In the film, the Stearns character was a scientist helping Bruce Banner to find a cure for his condition. However, a lab accident caused him to be infected with some of the Hulk’s blood and begin to change into a creature resembling his comic book doppelganger. Obviously, it was setting up Nelson as a potential villain for the franchise, but a sequel to The Incredible Hulk has not been forthcoming, and likely never will.

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STAR WARS VII Cast Announced!

Posted on 29 April 2014 by William Gatevackes

STAR WARS VIII Cast Table ReadI had a feeling when it got out that there was a table reading of the Star Wars VII script today, a casting announcement would be far behind. And I was right.

The official Star Wars Facebook page ran a picture from said table reading (which you can see above, click to make bigger) with a list of the players involved:

The Star Wars team is thrilled to announce the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII.

Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film.

Director J.J. Abrams says, “We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again. We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud.”

Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer.

I was going to give you a run down of the cast and where you might have seen them before, but Heidi MacDonald over at The Beat had already beat me to it. Suffice it to day, it’s the original cast minus Billy Dee Williams, one complete unknown, a bunch of actors who have been receiving buzz from much talked about projects over the past year or so, and Max Von Sydow.

Now the big discussion point will be who will is playing what. Adam Driver was long rumored to be playing a villain in the film, and it’s too bad that the Expanded Universe is no longer in play, because Domhnall Gleeson would be perfect to play Luke and Mara Jade Skywalker’s son Ben.

I’m sure more information will become known before December 2015.

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Last Gasp Of The STAR WARS Casting Rumor Mill?

Posted on 29 April 2014 by Rich Drees

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If the official announcement of the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII due any day now, the rumor mill seems to be taking one last dying gasp over who may be in the project.

Deadline is repeating the rumor that Adam Driver is in up for a major role and adding the names Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) and John Boyega (Attack the Block). Both names are interesting additions and I would think that they would bring something exciting if cast.

Also being reported is that of the returning castmembers from the original trilogy, Harrison Ford’s Han Solo will have the biggest of the roles in the film.

Common belief is that Disney and Lucasfilm will announced Episode VII‘s cast on Sunday, May 4th – aka Star Wars Day – in advance of filming starting later in the month. If so, does that lend credence to the names being reported here or is it just some agents trying to get their clients’ names out there on the back of this project? We’ll find out in the next few days.

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Matt Damon As AQUAMAN: The Rumor That Will Not Die

Posted on 28 April 2014 by William Gatevackes

matt-damon-ben-affleck-01So did you hear the one about Matt Damon being pursued for the role of Aquaman in Batman vs Superman? Well, Matt Goldberg over at Collider didn’t, so he makes a big deal about it now.

This latest round started when Jeff Sneider over at The Wrap made a casual reference to the rumor that Matt Damon was being sought to play the King of Atlantis in Warners’ upcoming slate of DC’s films during his story on Zack Snyder being named director of the Justice League film. Goldberg obviously thinks Sneider buried the lead with this information, so he takes that small factoid and makes a full post out of it. Goldberg even marvels at the fact that such a rumor was able to be “kept under wraps” for such a long time.

Thing is, it hasn’t been under wraps. It has been out in the open for almost nine months. Who do I know this? Because I mentioned the rumor in an article here back on August 26, 2013. It was tacked on the “Bryan Cranston as Lex Luthor” rumor Cosmic Book News put forth three days before that. And we all know how that worked out, now don’t we?

But regardless, this rumor is old news. But since Goldberg didn’t even do a cursory Google search, he thought he had the scoop of the century. The sad thing is, page is probably getting a lot hits, because people who actually did hear the rumor back in August thought there might have been some movement in that area since there was a news on it. Imagine their disappointment when they actually read Goldberg’s article.

In the interest of not getting fans’ hopes up, let me say this. I’m more likely to play Aquaman than Matt Damon, and I don’t even know how to swim. It might not seem like it, but Damon is a major movie star. His films have grossed in total over $3 billion worldwide. He has one Oscar to his name, and two more nominations on top of that. Now, look at the other confirmed castings we have: a relative unknown as Wonder Woman, and a complete unknown as Cyborg. What does this tell you? That for everyone outside of Batman, Warners is buying low when it comes to casting. Granted, they are developing an Aquaman film, and Damon would add respect to what is considered a “lame” character in many circles, but it seems unlikely that Warners would be willing to pay the 43-year-old actor his $10 to $20 million salary when they can get younger for much cheaper and get a longer return on their investment.

And from Damon’s perspective, what’s in it for him besides working with his buddy Ben Affleck? He’s not going to get a big payday for his work, or any award nominations either. He doesn’t really need a franchise under his belt, and if he did, he still has the Bourne movies for that purpose. All signing up for Aquaman gives Damon is a big time drain on his schedule that he could have spent doing films he had more of a personal interest in.

So, let’s put this rumor back to bed, where it was before Goldberg woke it up.

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STAR WARS VII: Fisher, Ford, and Hamill Spotted In London

Posted on 28 April 2014 by William Gatevackes

StarWarsOne of the most frustrating things about the build up to Star Wars, Episode VII has to be the dance Disney and Lucasfilms are doing around the involvement of franchise’s holy trinity of actors, Mark Hamill,Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford, being involved in the production. Their appearance in the film was long rumored, and everything from weight loss regimens to possible Faustian bargains were used as proof, but no official confirmation was given by the studio.

However, as production is about to begin in London, we get our best proof yet that all three are on board with the production, thanks to big hints garnered from social media.

It all started out on Saturday morning, when Carrie Fisher issued this tweet:

In and of itself, that would not really mean anything. It could be Fisher having a bit of fun with her fans. However, later that day, the following picture appeared on Flickr: fordlondonambulanceThat’s Harrison Ford, meeting with members London’ Air Ambulance in the city’s Grosvenor Square Garden. While Fisher was hinting that she might have been in London, Ford actually is in the city. Of course, Ford does have a movie coming out in August, The Expendables 3, so he could just be doing early publicity for that. However, he’s not the only Star Wars alum in London:


As you can see, that is a Twitpic posted yesterday by British actor Peter Serafinowicz of him with a remarkably svelte looking Mark Hamill, completely with a cheeky wink wondering why he might be there. Well, the evidence is piling up.

Let’s go back to Carrie Fisher, who made two cryptic tweets in the early hours of this morning. One at 2:12 AM:

And another at 4:47 am:

Now, you can read some Star Wars related context into those tweets (the “no absolute” thing being the idea that the original cast would absolutely not be returning for any more Star Wars films, and the “jig” in question referring to her involvement with the new trilogy), or they could just be the early morning philosophical wondering of a 57-year-old woman.

But if we put on our Encyclopedia Brown hats for a moment and take a look at those time stamps on those Tweets. I believe Twitter time stamps these tweets in the time zone of the viewer. Since I am on the east coast of the U.S., these tweets are viewed as being sent in the early morning hours. It’s not likely Fisher would be up and Tweeting at 2 am to 4am. But if she sent these from the California, it would place the tweets at 11:12 pm and 1:47 am, still a bit early. However, if London is five hours ahead of us, that would place the Tweets as being made at 7:12 am and 9:47 am there, just about the time frame one would be expected to start their day, be it on set or  on the town. So, using this ham-handed detective work, it appears Fisher also is in the UK.

Hopefully, we will have an official announcement of sorts on May 4th, which has been adopted around the world as a day of celebration for all things Star Wars. But if the Internet’s amateur detective work is correct, then it looks like we’ll be seeing  Luke, Leia, and Han in the next set of sequels.

Via Latino Review

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Ray Fisher Cast As Cyborg In BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN

Posted on 24 April 2014 by William Gatevackes

rayfisherIt looks like the Justice League might be making an appearance in one form or another in Batman vs. Superman, as a member of the current comic book version of the team has been cast in the film.

Variety is reporting that New York theater actor Ray Fisher has been cast as the character Cyborg in the Zack Snyder sequel. Fisher is perhaps best known for playing Cassius Clay/Muhammad Ali the the New York Theater Workshop production of Fetch Clay, Make Man last year. He was also rumored to be in the running for a role in Star Wars, Episode VII.

Cyborg is a character who was created by Marv Wolfman and George Perez for their revamp of the Teen Titans in 1980. He is Victor Stone, who had most of his body replaced by his scientist father after suffering severe damage at the hands of an lab experiment gone wrong.

The character has become one of DC Comics’ most prominent African-American character over the years. He has appeared on television as far back as 1985,  appearing on screen in The Super Friends: Galactic Guardians Saturday morning cartoon. The character also made a number appearances on Smallville and as a team member of various Teen Titans animated programs.

As of 2011′s DC Comics reboot of their comic book line, Cyborg has become a founding member of the Justice League. So his inclusion in this film, in addition to a number of other rumored appearances by known DC Characters, lends credence to the rumor that the team will make their first appearance on screen in Batman vs. Superman. I’m sure we’ll find out for sure as more casting notices come out.

Batman vs. Superman is tentatively set to be released on May 6, 2016.

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Cumberbatch States He Won’t Be In STAR WARS: EPISODE VII

Posted on 14 April 2014 by Rich Drees

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Since exploding onto the scene with the BBC’s Sherlock series, it seems that fans want to see Benedict Cumberbatch in any number of projects. One such hope was that the actor would appear in the upcoming new Star Wars trilogy and there was even rumor last September, though his reps quickly denied the story.

Speaking at Australia’s Oz Comic-Con this past weekend, the actor once again quashed rumors that he would be participating in the upcoming Star Wars films, with the Australian-based The Iris tweeting the actor’s response to the possibility -

Partly fueling the speculation that Cumberbatch may have had a role in the upcoming Star Wars films is that at least the first film in the new trilogy is being directed by Cumberbatch’s Star Trek Into Darkness director J J Abrams. Of course, Cumberbatch impishly fanned the flames of speculation last fall, but seems to be a bit more sober about the topic now.

So Star Wars fans can scratch another name off of the list of potential cast members of the new trilogy as we wait for the official announcement as to whom will be in the film. And with some production already under way, we’ve been assured that that announcement will be made shortly. Stay tuned.

Via Collider.

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Justin Long States That Johnny Depp Is In Kevin Smith’s TUSK

Posted on 14 April 2014 by Rich Drees

JohnnyDepp1We know that Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment and Michael Parks are starring in Kevin Smith’s rather intriguing thriller Tusk. But these might not be the biggest names in the cast.

Speaking with Long Island Newsday in a general interview about his career, Long mentioned that he is currently shooting Tusk and that “Johnny Depp is in that one.”

A quick check of his Facebook page and Twitter feeds shows that Smith hasn’t confirmed the news although last fall he hinted that he had landed a rather big name for the cast of the film, but wouldn’t divulge whom it was.

Reportedly, Depp’s and Simth’s daughters go to the same school and the two met while working on some charity events.

Smith is producing the film on a microbudget, in total far less than what Depp usually commands for his services in a big budget tentpole. But Depp has been known to cut his normal quote for projects that he finds interesting and given that when Depp goes off the beaten path he usually finds himself in projects that are well worth checking out. As if Smith dabbling outside of straight-up comedy isn’t worth investigating just on its own.

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