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In terms of new character debuts in pre-established movies, they didn’t come much smoother than when Chadwick Boseman took to the screen in Captain America: Civil War. Between Boseman as Black Panther and Tom Holland as Spider-Man they quite nearly upstaged with the two main characters, including the titular hero of the piece. So now that we know that Black Panther is ready for his own solo debut, the question must be asked, which characters will support this new hero in his self-titled adventure? And just like that, the internet answers with what looks like a leaked casting sheet for the main parts needing recruitment in the upcoming Black Panther(more…)

Would Ron Perlman Make a Good Cable? Judge for Yourself

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Who would have guessed that played Cyclops’ mutant cybernetic son from the distant future would end up being one of the most in-demand roles in Hollywood right now? That’s what it’s starting to look like. We know that the leader of X-Force will appear in one way, shape or form in the upcoming Deadpool sequel, and the most often associated name with the part is Avatar’s Stephen Lang. But lately Dolph Lundgren thew his hat into that ring too, and now Ron Perlman has said “Why not me?” Of course, Perlman is arguably best known for playing comic book hero Hellboy, but if the third movie in that series can’t come to pass… (more…)

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When Daniel Craig was announced as the new James Bond in 2005 he was mostly known for his ensemble work in films like Layer Cake, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, and Munich. He wasn’t the most obvious leading man material, and some people said he was too “rugged” to play the dashing 007, which was really a nice way of saying that he was “too ugly” to be Bond. A couple of shirtless scenes in Casino Royale changed that a bit, but Craig’s total refreshing portrayal of a more gritty Bond won him praise and made his era as the super-spy one of the most successful in franchise history. Still, it seems when Craig is done with Bond, he’s really done. (more…)

Although Spectre was greeted somewhat middling fanfare back in November, it seems more and more likely that it will be Daniel Craig‘s swan song as James Bond 007; so now speculation has turned from “Will Craig return?” to “Who will succeed Craig?” in the role. Homeland’s Damian Lewis and the consistently busy Idris Elba were the obvious candidates, but soon a dark horse emerged, and if U.K. bookies are to be believed, the dark horse is now the safe bet, and his casting could go from speculation to announcement in a “matter of days.” Are you ready to see the rightful King of Asgard serve on Her Majesty’s Secret Service? Because that’s where the money is. (more…)

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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…)