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And Chiwetel Ejiofor’s DOCTOR STRANGE Villain Role Is…

Posted on 11 June 2015 by Rich Drees


Even though he is reportedly still in talks, so there has been no definite announcement as to what his role will be, let alone even a confirmation that he will be in the film, Deadline is reporting that Chiwetel Ejiofor will be playing the role of Baron Mordo in Marvel Studios’ upcoming Dr. Strange film.

A character that dates back right to the second appearance of Doctor Strange in the comic series Strange Tales in 1963, Mordo was a student of magic under the tutelage of The Ancient One, when disgraced surgeon Stephen Strange shows up looking for a way to cure the nerve damage in his hands and quickly begins to outshine Mordo in his studies of the mystic arts.

Benedict Cumberbatch is set to play Strange, while in a stroke of inspired casting Marvel Studios has set Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One. Scott Derrickson will be directing from a script by Prometheus screenwriter Jon Spaihts.

Set for a November 4, 2016 release, the production is gearing up for a shoot later this year, so we should be expecting more casting news as the summer progresses.

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Might We Find Out Who Is The New SPIDER-MAN This Week?

Posted on 31 May 2015 by Rich Drees


Next May’s Captain America: Civil War is a film that fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are looking forward to more than this month’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron. Not only does the film bring to life a variation of a popular comic book storyline, but it will mark the introduction/integration of Spider-Man, a hero whose film rights were held by Sony and so was previously contractually prohibited from mingling with the inhabitants of Marvel Studio’s interconnecting franchises. The thing is that even though shooting on Civil War is ongoing in Atlanta, we still don’t know who will play the popular wall-crawling superhero.

But that answer could come to us very soon, as soon as within the next several days.

The Hollywood Reporter is stating that the studio flew the six final contenders for the role to Atlanta yesterday for screentests and that a decision based on these screentests is “expected to be made early in the week.” Of the six, the two leading contenders appear to Asa Butterfield and Tom Holland, who were reported last month to be on the studio’s shortlist for the role. The Reporter states that the other four young actors testing were Judah Lewis, Matthew Lintz, Charlie Plummer and Charlie Rowe. All six are under twenty as both Marvel and Sony want this new iteration of the comics hero to still be in his high school years.

The people making the decision as to who gets the role looks to be Marvel Studios honcho Kevin Feige, former Sony president and now producer of the Spider-Man solo film franchise for the studio Amy Pascal and Captain America: Civil War directors Joe and Anthony Russo.

Currently, the plan is to have Spider-Man debut in Civil War before headlining his own solo film scheduled for July 28, 2017. He will then show up for the two-part epic The Avengers: Infinity War in 2018 and 2019 before presumably continuing on with his own solo cinematic adventures.

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Tilda Swinton In Talks For Pivotal DOCTOR STRANGE Role

Posted on 27 May 2015 by William Gatevackes

tilda swintonIt’s not often that casting an Academy Awards winner might raise the ire of comic fans, but that might be what happens if Tilda Swinton signs on for Doctor Strange.

The Hollywood Reporter is stating that Swinton is in talks to join Benedict Cumberbatch in the film in the role of the Ancient One, the Tibetan mystic that teaches Stephen Strange in the ways of the mystic arts. The character is portrayed in the comics as a old, Asian man, exemplified in the artwork below:

Ancient One Swinton is neither ancient, Asian nor male, so this casting might cause comic fans, notorious for not receiving any change from the comics well (see the files Jordan, Michael B; Storm, Johnny; and Four, Fantastic), to begin protesting. However, Swinton seems to be very genre friendly. Arguably her biggest role was in The Chronicles of Narnia series, and if she signs on here, it would mark her third comic book film (after Constantine and Snowpiercer). And to add a deeper level of geekiness, one of her ex-husbands shared his name with a legendary comic book writer and artist–John Byrne.

In addition, she is a great actress who would bring a lot to the role. If she does sign on, the film would automatically become 2000% better, even if she isn’t gender or nationality appropriate.

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Tyler James Williams States He Read For Marvel, Was Studio Contemplating Miles Morales Spider-Man?

Posted on 26 May 2015 by Rich Drees


When Spider-Man appears in next year’s Captain America: Civil War, it will mark the first appearance of Peter Parker in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But might Marvel Studios have been contemplating a different Spider-Man at one point? That has been a point of speculation for some fans, though the recently revealed short-list of actors the studio was supposedly interested in and the unconfirmed reports that Asa Butterfield is in early talks for the role may have put that to rest. However, a comment from actor Tyler James Williams suggests that might not have always been the case.

Speaking with the site Flicks And The City (via Variety), the star of the series Everybody Hates Chris reveals that he is a fan of the Miles Morales iteration of the web spinning superhero and that he has read for the studio –

I kind of follow the Miles Morales character quite a bit. And I’m open to the idea, I am. I’m not starting campaigns or anything for it because I trust Marvel. I’ve read for them before. So I trust what their decisions will be. But yeah, I’d love to do it. I would absolutely love to do it.

For the uninitiated, Miles Morales is the black Hispanic teen hero who took over the Spider-Man mantle after Peter Parker died in the Ultimate Spider-Man title, an alternate universe version of the character from the main line of Marvel Comics. He first appeared in 2011.

There has been some discussion about the diversity of Marvel superheroes being depicted in their films. As of now, only their white male characters have headlined solo films, although their two Avengers films have featured a good mix of characters. The studio does have Black Panther, featuring the titular African prince T’Challa being played by Chadwick Boseman debuting in Civil War before getting his own solo film in 2018 and the as-yet-uncast Captain Marvel, a female superhero, also set for a solo film in 2018. Marvel is apparently going with the classic, more recognizeable Peter Parker, but if they had gone with the Miles Morales character, they would have had perhaps brought the discussion to a close a year earlier.

Captain America: Civil War is set for a May 6, 2016 release with a solo Spider-Man film coming in July 2017.


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Phil Lord Confirms What We Already Knew About THE FLASH

Posted on 19 May 2015 by William Gatevackes

The-FlashIn this days where comic book films are immensely popular and rumors about them fly fast and furious,when real facts come out about them, it’s easy to over look.

Phil Lord spoke with the Hippojuice Podcast and talked about a number of things–23 Jump Street, The Lego Movie, the animated Spider-Man film he’d be making. But he took a fair amount of time talking about his involvement in Warner Brothers’ The Flash film. What he said seemed like scoop, but in reality confirmed rumors that were already circling the project.

Obviously, the first is his and Chris Miller’s involvement in the project. Next he has confirmed that Ezra Miller is cast in the lead role, and the lead role will be that of Barry Allen. Miller’s casting was announced when the film was announced and it was generally assumed that Barry Allen would be the Flash they used.

For those of you holding out hope that the film will still be able to tie in to the very popular CW TV series of the same name, this bit of information might put a stake in that dream. Well, Lord was more than happy to put five more stakes in the body and then set it on fire:

We’re trying to break a story. It’s interesting, because there’s a really popular TV show out there, and we’re trying to carve out space for the movie that’s apart from that. I think we’re doing alright. … I believe [our Flash] is going to be Barry Allen. … It’s going to be it’s own [thing, apart from the TV show] — we’re more trying to stick with the cinematic universe… it really is its own thing, and kind of a stand-alone movie. We’re just trying to think of the best story. I think you guys will like it, it’s kind of a different take on superhero stuff.

All I can say to him is, good luck. CW’s The Flash is the second highest rated show in the history of the network and is one of the best shows on TV now. It seems to have captured the perfect interpretation of Barry Allen and the Flash, meaning Lord and Miller have their work cut out for them in creating something just as good yet substantially different with the character. Listen, I know that the film has been in the works much longer than the TV show and Warners had no idea the response for the show would be as good as it has been. But having both a TV series and a film with different versions of the character might blow up in their faces.

/Film seems to think that the “stand-alone film” comment means that it won’t tie in with any other DC movie, when Lord says it will in the very same sentence. I’d expect Miller’s Barry Allen will appear on the big screen far before it appears in his own movie in 2018.

Here is the podcast, in case you wish to peruse it yourself:

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Dwayne Johnson Says He’ll Be Back For FAST & FURIOUS 8

Posted on 18 May 2015 by Rich Drees


They have a release date – April 14, 2017 – and publicly not announced much else, but now we know that at least one cast member will be back for Fast & Furious 8.

Speaking with Collider while doing the press rounds for the earthquake disaster film San Andreas opening in a few weeks, the actor confirmed that he would be back for another installment in the franchise –

Of course. It can’t go on without Hobbs.

Well, hold on there a moment, Dwayne. You’ve only been in three of the franchise’s seven films. That’s less than half. They seemed to be doing just fine before you showed up.

OK, maybe I’m just being a bit facetious. It is hard not to argue that the franchise’s popularity started to rise with Fast Five, which did feature Johnson’s debut as U.S. Diplomatic Security Service agent Luke Hobbs. But that character was just one part of the franchise’s ongoing transformation from “Point Break with cars” to the international heist/caper adventures the films are now.

Perhaps we’ll get to gauge the character’s popularity in relation to the rest of the series if the rumored spinoff film for the character ever comes about. It is something that Johnson is interested in.

We all are interested in it. I just had a big conversation with the studio. So we’ll see. I still think for me personally we’ve created a little bit of space for him in 7 and the gauge is set for what the audience will want. That’s my take on it, you know, but a lot of other people have to have input.

If a Hobbs solo spinoff film goes forward, might this be Universal trying to build their own Fast & Furious Cinematic Universe? Would you be up to see other characters in their own solo films? Personally, I think the films and characters work best in an ensemble setting, their interplay being one of the charms of the series. Of them all, I do think that the Hobbs character has probably the best chance of flying solo, though.

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Matt Bomer Signs For MAGNIFICENT SEVEN Remake

Posted on 15 May 2015 by Rich Drees


Matt Bomer, star USA Network’s White Collar, has signed on to MGM’s remake of The Magnificent Seven.

This version, to be directed by Antione Fuqua, is a remake of the classic western directed by John Sturges, which itself was a restting of Akira Kurosawa’s classic samurai tale Seven Samurai. In each iteration of the story seven outsiders are hired by the residents of a poor community to protect them from terrorizing outlaws. For this new version, Haley Bennet plays the woman who recruits the Seven to protect their town. Bomer will play her husband.

Bomer will be joining a pretty heavyweight cast that already includes Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Wagner Moura and Jason Momoa.

Via Hollywood Reporter.

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Is Asa Butterfield Your Next SPIDER-MAN?

Posted on 14 May 2015 by William Gatevackes

asaWell, he was the person with the most experience on the shortlist.

Latino Review is reporting that British actor Asa Butterfield is in final negotiations with Marvel to take over the role of Peter Parker in Marvel’s and Sony’s reboot of the Spider-Man franchise. The site says that it is all down to formalities now and an official announcement should be coming soon.

Butterfield is 18 but looks 12, so he should have a long career as the web-slinger, just as long as everyone involved doesn’t decide to reboot the franchise again. At the very least, they should get two or three films with him in high school before he ages out of the role.

Latino Review also states that Butterfield will make his first appearance as the character, as rumored, in Captain America: Civil War. That film has started production, so if that is true, he’ll probably have to head to the set immediately after he signs his contract.


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Radcliffe, DeHaan And Krokidas Re-Team For YOUNG AMERICANS

Posted on 08 May 2015 by Rich Drees


Kill Your Darlings director John Krokidas will be reuniting with his two stars Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan for Young Americans. The film, whose script landed on the Black List back in 2010 under the title College Republicans, centers on future Republican strategists Lee Atwater and Karl Rove in 1973 when Rove was making a run for national president of the College Republicans organization. Radcliffe will be playing Atwater and DeHaan will be Rove.

Atwater and Rove have carved themselves a legacy for having engineered political campaigns that used tactics that could be considered legally and ethically questionable. Atwater ultimately rose to become chairman of the Republican National Committee and campaign manager for President George Herbert Walker Bush. Rove would manage George W. Bush’s presidential campaign. By becoming a key advisor to the president during his eight years in office, he earned the nickname “Bush’s Brain.”

In 1990, after being diagnosed with brain cancer, Atwater converted to Catholicism and sent apologizes to many of the politicians he felt he wronged with his tactics over the years.

Rove has previously been depicted on film by Toby Jones in Oliver Stone’s W.

Radcliffe is of course perhaps best known for the Harry Potter franchise, but post-Potter he has taken on a variety of roles that have shown a flexibility that he didn’t get a chance to display in that franchise. DeHaan has previously gained experience playing villains in both Chronicle and The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Previously the script had been set to go with director Richard Linklater attached and Shia LaBeouf and Paul Dano set to star as Lee Atwater and Karl Rove.

Via Deadline.

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Production Starts On CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, Synopsis And Cast List Released

Posted on 07 May 2015 by William Gatevackes


The promotional rounds for Avengers: Age of Ultron has just finished and the cast already has to go back to work. Marvel has announced that Captain America: Civil War has started production, and if you were like me and thought Avengers: Age of Ultron had too many characters, well, Marvel seems willing to show what too many characters really looks like.

The cast list takes up three full paragraphs in the press release (well, on small paragraph, one normal sized paragraph, and one enormous paragraph). I put them here in list form, so you can see the sheer volume of characters.

  1. Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America
  2. Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man
  3. Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow
  4. Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier
  5. Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon
  6. Paul Bettany as The Vision
  7. Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye
  8. Don Cheadle as Jim Rhodes/War Machine
  9. Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch
  10.  Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man
  11. Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther
  12. Emily VanCamp  as Sharon Carter/Agent 13
  13. Daniel Brühl
  14. Frank Grillo as Brock Rumlow/Crossbones
  15. William Hurt as General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross
  16. Martin Freeman

That’s sixteen characters of some importance in the film. That’s all the Avengers other than Hulk, Thor and Quicksilver. That’s Paul Rudd making his second appearance as Ant-Man. That’s William Hurt returning from the Marvel film time forgot, Incredible Hulk. And that’s without Spider-Man, who has yet to be cast but is supposed to be in the film. Granted, you are going to need a lot of heroes if the good guys are going to fight each other, but my main rule of comic book movies is the more characters you have, the less likely the film will be good. Avengers: Age of Ultron suffered because the time spent introducing Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch and Vision took away from making Ultron a more interesting character and his motivations more clear and believable.

We also get a synopsis for the film, the contents of which should come as a shock to no one.

“Captain America: Civil War” picks up where “Avengers: Age of Ultron” left off, as Steve Rogers leads the new team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. After another international incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability and a governing body to determine when to enlist the services of the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers while they try to protect the world from a new and nefarious villain.

This follows along with the synopsis of the comic book Civil War as much as it can, with the Avengers taking place of the New Warriors from the book. In the comic, the New Warriors mishandling of a nuclear powered villain resulted in the destruction of Stamford, Connecticut and the deaths of a lot of innocent men, women and children. Most of the New Warriors died in the blast, so it is unlikely that the same will happen here. However, it will have to be big, because the team [SPOILER ALERT] just let a major Eastern European city blow up without much repercussions.

Captain America: Civil War is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo from a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely. It is set to hit theaters on May 6, 2016.

Via Newsarama.

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