Now that The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is a certified hit, all eyes turn to the trilogy-turned-quadrilogy’s final two chapters, Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2. Julianne Moore, Natalie Dormer, and Lily Rabe have already signed up joined the fun, along with returning cast members like Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth, but now one more name has been added to the call sheet, and it’s everybody’s favorite prison psycho Theodore “T-Bag” Bagwell, or Robert Knepper as the actor likes to be called. And in an interesting detail, it seems he’s playing a character that doesn’t appear in the book. (more…)
When you cast Idris Elba in your blockbuster, the badass quotient goes by by at least 25 per cent (just look at this past summer’s Pacific Rim). So keeping that in mind, do you think it’s a good idea to have an Elba-inflated Jurassic World cast? Well, if you do, that’s the rumor of the day, but before you get too excited, some closer scrutiny might indicate that this news will remain firmly in the realm of the rumor.
As a reminder that Star Wars Episode VII isn’t the only sci-fi/fantasy project casting right now, it seems that a pair of leads are being courted for the highly-anticipated World of Warcraft movie. Deadline is reporting that if all goes according to plan, then Colin Farrell (Total Recall) and Paula Patton (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) will headline the movie based on the massive online role-playing game.
The rub, according to Deadline is that they’re not sure that “Farrell is going to make a deal–sources said it’s 50/50.” So Farrell may not end up being in the film after all, but perhaps he’s the frontrunner and preference of director Duncan Jones for the part. Patton, meanwhile, is said to be in negotiations for a lead role, as Jones tests other potential leads in case Farrell doesn’t work out.
In the meantime, Warcraft is still on schedule to start shooting this January in Vancouver for a 2015 release date. The project is set up at Legendary Pictures, and although no studio is attached yet, it’s widely expected that the film will be released through Legendary’s new partner, Universal.
More news as it develops.
One of the complaints about the Star Wars prequel trilogy (and there were many) was how all the computer generated imagery gave the movies a very artificial feel, which was bizarre seeing as how the original Star Wars film popularized the production design concept of the “lived-in” future look. Well J.J. Abrams, director of the upcoming Episode VII, is keenly aware of that fact, and he’s talking about the issue in a new interview.
“It’s been nice seeing how important ['Star Wars'] is and to be reminded how important it is to so many people,” Abrams said while talking to EW about his new series Almost Human (via Coming Soon). “We all know that [George Lucas'] dream has become almost a religion to some people. I remember reading a thing somewhere, someone wrote about just wanting [the new film] to feel real; to feel authentic. I remember I felt that way when I was 11 years old when I saw the first one. As much of a fairy tale as it was, it felt real. And to me, that is exactly right.”
Not an easy task, as Abrams himself noted. “It’s going to be an evolving thing,” he adds. “I would say we are working really hard to make a movie that feels as emotional and authentic and exciting as possible. Whatever your favorite Star Wars movie is and how to compare it is really sort of subjective.”
But as Abrams struggles with ensuring the right tone, the internet continues its casting speculation merry-go-round. Today, Michael B. Jordan and David Oyelowo are up for roles according to Latino Review (via /Film), who say that Jordan met with Abrams himself, while Oyelowo “went in” to read for a part. It’s not know what part that is, or even if Jordan and Oyelowo are up for different parts. Maybe they’re even up for the same part given their ethnicity.
What is interesting though is that both young men were in the George Lucas-produced World War II project Red Tails, and both are on the verge of being big stars in their own right. Jordan appeared in the critically-acclaimed summer film Fruitvale Station and is reportedly up for the role of the Human Torch in the Fantastic Four remake, while Oyelowo is currently appearing in Lee Daniel’s The Butler and is part of the sprawling cast of Christopher Nolan’s next film Interstellar.
Again take all casting rumors with a grain of salt because more than likely, they’ll turn out to be completely untrue. But don’t expect us to stop speculating!
More news as it develops.
It’s been seventeen years since aliens invaded America and were welcomed to “Earf” by the fist of Will Smith and the computer talents of Jeff Goldblum in Roland Emmerich‘s Independence Day. With a sequel, the brilliantly named sequel Independence Day 2, announced this past June you would expect the starring cast to return, but right from the start Emmerich confirmed Smith would not be coming back.
Well, it now appears that Emmerich might have convinced Smith to return. In an interview with Digital Spy, the ID director said he’s arranged a meeting with Smith about hopefully reprising his role in the sequel saying:
“I sometimes say no, Will Smith will not be in it because he didn’t want to do it at first. Now we have a meeting planned, we want to talk about it again. Anything can happen,”
He’s not lying there. Independence day ensured Will’s credit as an action star after his work in Bad Boys and it would be a bit of a shame not to see him return for the sequel. Even if he were to return in a smaller, possible cameo role towards the middle or end of Independence Day 2 it wouldn’t feel right to not have him included.
What do you think of the possible return?
Source: Coming Soon
These rumors are getting ridiculous, yet somehow strangely alluring if the following turns out to be true. Today’s latest tidbit of casting speculation in regards to the higher than highly anticipated Star Wars Episode VII is that director J.J. Abrams is looking to transfer Benedict Cumberbatch from Star Trek villainy to a new role in that galaxy far, far away.
The fine folk at The Film Chronicles were the first ones to report the rumor. although they didn’t specify a role. Of course, this could be a bunch of nerd-obsessive bull mash, but as /Film points out, Cumberbatch recently checked out of Guillermo del Toro’s next film Crimson Peak. Was that to make it possible for the actor to free up his schedule for some Star Wars-y action? It is possible. Back in May, while promoting Star Trek Into Darkness, Cumberbatch talked about his love for all things Star Wars with Total Film. To revisit his comments, Cumberbatch said:
I’ve already asked [J.J. Abrams] if I can be a lightsaber and we’re in talks – about whirring sounds and the rates for the lights and everything [laughs].
I thought, ‘Yeah, I grew up with them,’ and I just looked recently at when they were released and now I’m like, ‘No, I didn’t grow up with them, I was born with them.’ They were a huge part of my background, and my upbringing.
I was much more connected to [Star Wars] as a kid, in the way that a lot of kids are because it’s immediate storytelling, very simple – a beautifully, outrageously simple narrative in a way – and a wonderful three-act melodrama, opera. And I loved them. I really, really loved those films and I always wanted to be Han Solo. Everything Harrison Ford did I just thought was the coolest thing ever – Raiders Of The Lost Ark was very much my upbringing as well.
What I realized with the reboot of Star Trek in 2009 is that I had a residual love and empathy for these characters because I felt really, giddily sentimental about them getting back together, and this origin story. So Star Trek seeds a little deeper for most people, it’s a little bit more mature – it doesn’t take itself too seriously though, it’s very humorous and fast-paced and imaginative and fun.
But I think the serious things that really kind of get you… that comes from good characters, really well drawn characters that have fantastically rich relationships and really interesting meat in the stories.
They may be set in space but they dealt with every kind of discussion or morality play, or debate about race or purpose and place and identity, and what it is to belong, and the human condition, and that’s its enduring appeal. I’m backtracking a bit but what I’m saying is my fervor for Trek was there, I just didn’t realize it. I was an out-and-out kid running around with a lightsaber wanting to fly the Millennium Falcon but I think I’m growing into being a Trekkie, if that makes sense.
So how possible is it? Well, Abrams is one of those directors that likes to work with the same actors again and again, just ask Simon Pegg or Greg Grunberg. Adding Cumberbatch to the Star Wars universe is a good call, I could see him easily as a Sith, or a Jedi Master, or maybe even as some member of the new galactic order, an ex-Imperial or member of the new Republican government… Let further idle speculation commence below.
It’s getting close to that time. Star Wars Episode VII is expected to start shooting some time in the new year so we should start hearing genuine casting news anytime now. In the meantime though, we’ll settle for rumor, and Latino Review has got something compelling, obscure enough to seem plausible yet still kind of easy to write off.
The rumor is that Rachel Hurd-Wood and Alex Pettyfer are looking like strong possibilities for the lead roles in the new trilogy of films that will be shepherded by director J.J. Abrams. To reiterate, they are possibilities, not confirmed casting choices. They have auditioned for the parts, and they seem well liked, and that is all.
First up is Hurd-Wood, an English actress who played Wendy in the live-action Peter Pan from 2003 and went on to appear in the films Perfume: The Story of a Murderer and Soloman Kane. As per previous reports, the young female part is supposedly the main character, and according to Latino Review she’s the daughter of Han Solo and Princess Leia. As for Pettyfer, who’s a bit more well known for his appearances in I Am Number Four, Magic Mike, and the current number one movie in the country Lee Daniel’s The Butler, Latino Review says he looks likely for playing the new son of Skywalker, Luke that is.
Now here’s the part when I say all this is rumor, none of it’s confirmed, and we’ll only know for certain when formal casting announcements are made. Disclaimer over.
To whom it may concern that screwed the pooch on this in an epic way:
How dare you? Where do you get the nerve? WTF?
These were the first things that came into my head on the day that joy died! You raped the future with this abortion of a casting selection! Did you not see Paycheck or Reindeer Games or Daredevil or THE THIRD WHEEL!!!???
There is NO DOUBT that Ben ShaftLick will D-E-S-T-R-O-Y the great Batman film legacy and I am a HUGE BATFAN! I see all the movies and read the comics when I was a kid. I used to have one of those batmobiles that drove itself across your coffee table if you pulled it back and let it go and I have a lot of friends (Twitter, Facebook, G+, and IRL mothafucka!) who are SO pissed at you guys because of this. Because they know that this poser is not Batman!
Holy S-H-I-T, one of Aff-y boy’s liberal good time buddies is George Clooney! George Clooney! George Clooney! George Clooney! He was the worst Batman, (Remember BAT NIPPLES!?!?!?!?!) He’s right up there with Val Kilmer (Who rocked it in Willow) and the guy from Gung Ho (WHO SUCKED SO HARD IN WHITE NOISE THAT THEY HAD TO GET NATHAN FILLION TO REPLACE HIM. HE’D BE A BETTER BATS TOO!!!!)
You people don’t know what you’re doing! Everyone knows that the best Batman would have been someone totally unknown with a killer bod who looks just like Batman does in the comics! Someone who is a badass that the chicks dig. Someone who guys are totally into on a total friend level. That’s BATMAN! Do you not read the comics?!?! Batman isn’t some skinny and old asshole!
Also, Men HalfDick is an Episcopalian! Do you not check these things?! Batman is NOT an Episcopalian!
BitchFleck can’t act! He’s a terrible actor! and I don’t care if he has an Oscar. So does Marissa Tomei! Does that mean she could be Batman!?!?! NOOOOOOOOO, but she’d probably be better than AssFlick!
Also, hello! AffWRECK was in that shitty Patriot Games rip-off with Morgan Freeman, so I guess that means we won’t see Luscious Fox in this movie! He also used to date Pepper Potts and Elektra! And he played Christopher Reeve, so it’s like he was Superman! DON’T YOU CARE ABOUT CANON!?!?! This isn’t the AMALGAM universe jackasses!
Also, I’ve read on Twitter that Ben BallLick might be gay. I don’t know if people mean he’s really gay or if they’re saying gay like, “He’s really stupid”. I like gay people. I fucking LOVED Will and Grace, so I’m not a bigot, but Batman is super straight and into banging chicks like Kim Basinger and Catwoman (but not Halle Berry, and that’s not a race thing. Batman would just say NO TO DA HO cause she was so freakin terrible in that movie and in a lot of others. She’s pretty hot though.)
Listen, it’s okay. We will ALL understand if you change your minds. We’ve all been there. Sometimes mistakes happen and I’m sure you were all like, “Christopher Nolan is gone and he took that no chinned loser with him. I don’t want to shit my pants, but we need a new Batman like NOW!!!”
But the more important thing is you picking right. Fire CrapLeck and replace him with somebody awesome like the guy from Machete (who kicks unbelievable amounts of ass) or Jeffrey Renner. He was AWESOME in that movie with the vampires and that hot chick who was totally his sister that he totally wanted to bang!
That’s Batman! Not Bend CatFuck, the douchetard that found a way to make not 1, but 2 Michael Bay movies suck and one of those movies had animal crackers in Liv Tyler’s underwear!
AND JERSEY GIRL IS FUCKING CLOWNSHOES!!!
BATMAN FANS EVERYWHERE
This article is a work of parody inspired by the ridiculous “nerd-rage” that has accompanied this casting announcement for a film that is two years away. That people aren’t picking up on that on their own would seemingly indicate how common legitimate rants like this are. And ain’t that a shame?
With people losing their minds these last few weeks over the announced Batman vs. Superman movie, the real question isn’t how the movie will do, but rather who is going to be Batman. Man of Steel star Henry Cavill is set to return, but former Batman Christian Bale has decided on a more permanent “eight year break” leaving the cowl open to a new dark knight. Let fly the Hollywood rumor mill!
Last week the L.A. Times posted a popularity contest of stars, each of who have the potential to be the next Batman. The list included actors like Jensen Ackles and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. It appears, though, a young squirt isn’t quite what Warner Bros. and DC are looking for. Sources say the script, which is in way early development, will be inspired from Frank Miller’s 1980s ground-breaking mini-series The Dark Knight Returns. The Batman featured is older and more rugged. A battle hardened hero.
The Hollywood Reporter has revealed some top names that are being thrown around to play the tough old bats. Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Joe Manganiello, Richard Armitage, Max Martini and Matthew Goode are the front-runners.
Alright, Brolin… now that’s a good pick! Regardless of who’s names are surfacing, we’re still in the early stages of development. The script is still being written. There’s no way the casting process has even remotely started. So, take all of this as hearsay. Theoretical casting stories to get your nerd gears moving.
Would do you think would be a good fit to replace Bale as the new Batman? Let’s hear what you think in the comment section below.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter