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If there is such a thing as an expert on race and casting in Hollywood, George Takei would definitely be in the running. He’s enjoyed a long and vaunted career, which of course includes all his years on the bridge of the Enterprise as Star Trek’s Sulu. Takei knows well the powerful message in casting minorities, after all, he played a character of Japanese descent on American TV less than two decades after World War Two, and more than that, Sulu sat in a position of authority, and in time when Asian actors are still struggling to get their fair share of the spotlight, that’s saying something. And then there’s Doctor Strange(more…)

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Along the Punisher and Ghost Rider, Wolverine is recognized as one of Marvel Comics most-popular antiheroes, one of the dark and brooding sort that walks a fine line between being a good guy and being a bad guy. The Wolverine movies haven’t quite gone that dark (yet), but they’re also not meant to be some lighthearted romp with lots of one-liners either, which is why this casting news is kind of vexing. As the cast for Wolverine 3, or the Untitled Wolverine Sequel if you like, starts getting firmed up to begin principal photography, the production has announced the hiring of Stephen Merchant. Yes, that Stephen Merchant. (more…)

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The strange weird wonderful journey of Blade Runner 2, or Untitled Blade Runner Sequel if you like, continues. First its announcement came out of nowhere more than 30 years after the original’s release, then Ridley Scott stepped down as director and handed the reins over to Denis Villeneuve, and then there was all that release date Musical Chairs… Today though, we’re here to talk about an interesting casting announcement. You may not have heard about Sylvia Hoeks, but the Blade Runner 2 production has and they have cast the Dutch actress in what they’re calling “a leading role” in the sequel. (more…)

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It’s a very busy time in the X-Men movie universe: Deadpool comes out on DVD and Blu-ray in a couple of weeks, X-Men: Apocalypse will be in theaters in less than a month now, and Wolverine 3, or Untitled Wolverine Sequel if you like, will begin principal photography soon. Really soon. Strange then that we still don’t know too much about it. Well here’s another piece of semi-ambiguous news, a well-known English actor has just been cast in the film, and all we know about his character is vague description. Richard E. Grant is joining the cast of Wolverine 3 as “mad-scientist type.” (more…)

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Captain America: Civil War will be in theaters everywhere in a couple of weeks, Doctor Strange is currently in post-production, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is presently before the cameras in Atlanta. Next up is the untitled Spider-Man film, and then we’ll be into Thor: Ragnarok, the third in Marvel’s series of somewhat disappointing solo adventures of the Norse God of Thunder. Adding fuel to the speculation that the studio is trying to shake things up for Thor in the upcoming film is an interesting casting announcement that a rising star from Creed is joining the movie for a very central role. (more…)

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This is one of those projects that you’ll be forgiven for not believing that it will happen, until it actually happens, but we have another casting announcement about the Blade Runner sequel. Not to get too far ahead of ourselves, but it looks like this thing may be actually happening. Last week Robin Wright was announced to be joining the cast last week, which already includes Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford in his epic return as Rick Deckard. The new member of the cast is himself no stranger to science fiction, franchises, or beating the odds. In other words, Dave Bautista is going to have a very busy year. (more…)

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It’s a well-known fact of movie lore that when Johnny Depp first portrayed Captain Jack Sparrow in 2003’s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, he modeled his performance on Rolling Stone guitarist Keith Richards. Richards himself would repay the compliment a few years later appearing as Sparrow’s father Captain Teague, the Keeper of the Code, in At World’s End and On Stranger Tides, the third and fourth Pirates movie. So with that tangential connection between a major Disney franchise and the British Invasion of the 1960s, we’ve learned today that one of the surviving Beatles will be making his way to the Caribbean to play pirate with the cast of Dead Men Tell No Tales. (more…)


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When we last left Lara Croft on the big screen, she was played by Angelina Jolie and under the direction of Jan de Bont. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your opinion of those films), Angelina Jolie refused to return for a third Tomb Raider film, and we haven’t seen Ms. Croft in theaters since. In recent years, the success of 2013’s Tomb Raider video game and the announcement of a new film adaptation of the series has inspired several fan casting articles online. Fans everywhere have been wondering the same thing: who will be the next woman to don the braided ponytail? Today, that question may finally be answered.

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Ash vs Evil Dead

The Starz series Ash Vs Evil Dead was a surprise delight in its first season, a wonderfully funny and gory continuation of The Evil Dead legend birthed by co-creator Sam Raimi in his classic independent horror 35 years ago. Still, in all our questions about Deadite slayer Ashley “Ash” Williams, played by Bruce Campbell, rarely has anyone pondered over who might have spawned such a hero. It looks like season two of Evil Dead will answer that by introducing Ash’s dad. That’s a fine casting needle the show will have to thread, but they’ve done it. After all, who else could be Ash’s father but the Six Million Dollar Man, Lee Majors?  (more…)

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The mysterious development of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has left fans deeply curious. The success of the first GOTG and the unique nature of Marvel’s space faring characters creates a lot of opportunity to make the uniquely weird and wonderful world of the first film to become even more uniquely weird, but director James Gunn is playing his cards pretty close to his chest. He’s not even responding to rumor control anymore, although he did recently post a behind-the-scenes shot of the original Guardians rehearsing. So add this new to the file: comedian Steve Agee will be joining the cast for the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel. (more…)