While the release date for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is still over a year away, shooting has begun on the film, and most of the main characters (that we know of) have been cast. But there’s always room for more big names in big films, it seems, and today we learned that the Harry Potter pseudo-prequel has gained another big name, in the form of a big man: Ron Perlman – Hellboy himself – has joined the cast, according to a THR report.
There’s a lot of interest in Captain Marvel, and why not? It will be Marvel Studios‘ first movie featuring a female superhero lead. Captain Marvel won’t arrive in theaters for another three years, heck, it doesn’t even have a director yet although the script is currently being written, but that hasn’t stopped armchair casting sessions from taking place on the keyboards, smartphones and tablets of the international fraternity/sorority of nerds. Everyone has their pick, with Katee Sackhoff and Rhonda Rousey being primary candidates, and believe it or not, the people that decide these things for Marvel sometimes check out your suggestions, and even think about them… (more…)
It’s that time again, time to get excited about the beginning of another Marvel Netflix series. With Jessica Jones set to debut in November, and Daredevil now filming season two, it looks like Luke Cage is about to start his mission to make the streets safer on the series of the same name. How do we know? Well, the series has a soft release date of 2016 for one thing, but more tellingly, it looks like the cast is starting to shape up. Marvel Studios has announced four new actors cast for Cage, including one who looks like she may end up being the Nick Fury of Marvel’s street level heroes. (more…)
Michael Fassbender remains one of the most in demand actors in Hollywood, able to shift rather seamlessly between small independent films to big studio franchises. He will continue to show his range later this year when he takes up the title roles in Macbeth and Steve Jobs, and then next summer when he will kick-off Assassin’s Creed and return for his third take as Magneto in X-Men: Apocalypse. Well it turns out another filmmaker has Fassbender’s number, and it’s two, as in Prometheus 2. Ridley Scott has confirmed that when Prometheus takes off again in 2017, Fassbender will be onboard to continue the search for humanity’s origin. (more…)
With the pending release of Spectre, the 24th James Bond film, and the fourth to feature Daniel Craig as Her Majesty’s bestest spy, there has been none too idle speculation about who might take up the mantle (and the tux) next. Might the producers go for a Jane Bond? A James Bond of color? Or the inevitable stick with a white guy in his early 40s casting call that has worked so well thus far for the franchise? One name that constantly gets mentioned as a potential next Bond is Idris Elba, but according to one author who picked up Ian Fleming‘s pen to continue the written adventures of Bond disagrees, and his words may not be without some controversy. (more…)
It’s the most unexpected franchise of the 21st century, a prequel series to series of science fiction movies made in the 1960s and 70s. But hey, money is money, and Hollywood will take your money. And if you want to put more money down on more Planet of the Apes movies, they’re cool with that. So let’s talk about the next Apes film, The War of the Planet of the Apes, the third film in the series that charts the fall of man and the rise of apes will begin shooting sometime this fall. They better get some casting done then, right? Well good news War now has a lead [human] actor. (more…)
Even before they had the idea to create a great big interconnected universe of movies, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment have been trying to crack the “Wonder Woman code.” It’s been start and stop for a long time at the studio as they’ve tried to develop a big screen Wonder Woman movie with a long line of various writers and directors each trying to do what shouldn’t be that impossible: make a gosh darn Wonder Woman movie! Well, here’s a positive sign. It seems like Gal Gadot now has a male lead and co-star for her first solo Wonder Woman adventure. Get ready Chris Pine, you’re about to beam up to Paradise Island. (Or possibly crash-land.) (more…)
Fox is firing up the preproduction for Gambit, an X-Men-franchise film set to start Channing Tatum in the title role. Taking what had been established in X-Men Origins: Wolverine and likely throwing it all out the window (along with that film’s Deadpool persona, even though that character was played by Ryan Reynolds and will be played by Reynolds again in the Deadpool solo film), the new solo-star film should start shooting in the last few months of this year. Today we get word that a casting call has gone out for several of the film’s main characters.
Let’s be honest, season one of Gotham was, to be kind, underwhelming. The show looks good, it’s got a pretty impressive cast, and while some of those actors thrived (Robin Lord Taylor as the Penguin for example), others were stuck in a drudgery of one-dimensional characterization and nonsensical plot twists (Erin Richards as Barbara Kean). Hopefully, the writers and directors of Gotham will correct this in the new season, but in the meantime, let’s jam more cast members into the show! The latest addition is no stranger to law and order, and no stranger to dealing with hardened criminals with extreme severity. Beware Gotham City, Vic Mackey – or rather his portrayer Michael Chiklis – is coming to town. (more…)
Now that we’ve gotten Arrow out of the way, let’s talk about his fast moving colleague, The Flash. Yes, The Flash was also at San Diego Comic Con, and the cast and crew revealed some details about what fans can expect in season 2. First and foremost, obviously, is to resolve that big wormhole over Central City problem that the series left off with. Of course, the Flash will beat the wormhole, and then we’re off to a new season, with new stories, and new characters that will be very familiar to comic book readers and fans of the DC Comics speedster. So who’s coming to Central City next, and be they good or bad? (more…)