Did ‘ID4-2′ Just Get Dreamier? Liam Hemsworth Considered for Sequel

- 01-28-15Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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In a case of classic sibling rivalry, it seems that from Liam Hemsworth‘s point of view, if his big brother is going to save the world from aliens, then he’s going to get his chance too. Hemsworth, the younger brother of Thor star Chris Hemsworth, is the latest rumored cast addition to the sequel of the alien invasion, landmark exploding, 1996 hit from Roland Emmerich. Much of the casting speculation has had to do with returning cast members, who would be back for another go after surviving the first invasion in Independence Day, but with Will Smith reportedly sitting out the next chapter, the film will need a new fighter jock hunk to lead the charge when the aliens return, and it’s hard to get hunkier than a Hemsworth. (more…)

‘X-Men’ Casting: Meet Your New Cyclops, Storm and Jean Grey

- 01-23-15Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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One of the most fascinating and frustrating things about the X-Men film series has been the casting. On the one hand they nailed it by recruiting actors like Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen to play Wolverine, Professor X and Magneto respectively, but then fall flat bringing on Halle Berry to play Storm. I will submit that it may not be entirely Berry’s fault, and suggest that Storm never had much of a beefy role in the franchise (did she say more than three lines in Days of Future Past?), but through the glories of time travel, the X-Men franchise is looking to correct past mistakes (or missteps). Bryan Singer has announced the latest additions of the cast of X-Men: Apocalypse, the new and younger versions of Cyclops, Storm and Jean Grey. (more…)

‘Dexter’ Actor will Play Trickster II After Hamill in Upcoming ‘Flash’ Episode

- 01-15-15Comics, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Mark Hamill is a tough act to follow, especially when he’s in full-blown super-villain mode, but Devon Graye is going to give it a try. The actor, who’s probably best known for playing the teenage version of Michael C. Hall‘s titular serial killer on Showtime‘s Dexter, has been cast as one of two versions of The Trickster along with Hamill on an upcoming episode of The CW‘s The Flash. The Flash has been pretty sharp with some of its super-villain casting, primary among them is Wentworth Miller who plays Captain Cold, who will be plaguing the Fastest Man Alive (Grant Gustin) in the first episode of 2015 airing on Tuesday. But while the upcoming Trickster episode is more compelling for its Hamill appearance, casting Graye as Trickster: The Next Generation should definitely be of (secondary) interest. (more…)

British Actress Latest Super Girl Rumored for ‘Supergirl’

- 01-02-15Comics, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Since the announcement that CBS is producing a TV version of DC Comics’ Supergirl, probably every twentysomething actress in Hollywood has pictured herself in blue tights and a red cape, flying through the air to save the day. It’s a plum role to be sure, and probably the most watched bit of TV casting at the moment, which is why we’re bringing you yet another name that’s floated to the surface of all the name-game guess work. Interestingly, like the casting of Henry Cavill as Superman in Man of Steel, it seems now plausible that his cousin, the Girl of Steel, may also be played by a British actor, Gemma Atkinson. (more…)

Three Actors Up for The Ancient One in ‘Doctor Strange’

- 12-15-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Now that the important yet drawn out and tedious task of casting the titular character in Doctor Strange has been resolved – Another round of applause for Benedict Cumberbatch everyone!!! – we get to the real meat of the casting conundrum: who will play The Ancient One. Okay, so that may not be the most talked about bit of casting in the process seeing as how the man that teaches Strange all about his magical, mystical powers doesn’t exactly play a huge part in the story, but in the Marvel U there are no small parts, only small actors. To prove that old theater axiom, it’s been leaked that there are three very strong frontrunners to play The Ancient One. (more…)

Cast Unveiled In Costume For Live-Action Version Of Attack On Titan

- 11-21-14Comics, Film Posted by Derek Robertson

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The cast has been announced for the live-action film version of Attack On Titan and we have been provided with some spectacular looking shots of each of the characters. We have noticed that some of the Japanese names are not actually part of the Manga or Anime, so this has left us assuming that liberties have been made in the script. Furthermore, in the manga and anime, Asians are practically extinct with the character of Mikasa being considered exotic – due to her kind being rare. (more…)

‘Gotham’ Has Found a Future Two-Face, Chances for More Clumsy Allusions Increase

- 10-02-14Comics, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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So far, with only two episodes in the bank, Gotham is both confounding and pleasing Batman fans. The casting is pretty good, and the show looks great, but the writing is hitting us over the head with all the allusions and references to the Gotham of the “future,” the one where Batman is fighting his famous villains and they don’t work in the police department answering every question with a question (Riddler), or skulking around like a feline and calling herself “Cat” (Catwoman), or get slightly homicidal when they’re compared to Antarctic fowl (Penguin). But if you thought it odd that all of Batman’s favorite foes were in play years before there were active was odd, then get ready for a new addition to the world of Gotham. The man that will be Two-Face is coming. (more…)

Hawke May Be Stranger Than Phoenix for New Marvel Hero

- 10-01-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Who is stranger? Ethan Hawke or Joaquin Phoenix? This may be the choice now before Marvel Studios and comic book fans as a new name has appeared in the race to play the next, great Marvel superhero: Doctor Strange. It was barely a month ago that is seemed like Phoenix had the whole thing sewn up, but today we have rumors that the Boyhood star has cut in and become such a sensation with the studio that he’s all but assured to take on the part of the Sorcerer Supreme and Master of the Mystic Arts. So is Phoenix really now off the casting sheet? Is Hawke now the one to beat, and how much does past experience with facial hair play into the casting decision? (more…)

Netflix Boss Talks ‘Defenders’ and the Next Marvel Series Up, ‘Jessica Jones’

- 08-25-14Comics, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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With shooting on Daredevil well underway, all eyes turn to the rest of the proposed line-up of Netflix series based on Marvel characters. When will Luke Cage start shooting? Iron Fist? And who will be taking point behind the scenes on the epic team-up mini-series The Defenders? Good questions, and a high level executive at Netflix is offering some answers. Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos, in a recent interview, shared some info about going darker, who’s being cast right now, and in what way The Defenders will be following The Avengers model. (more…)

Hair?! On Lex Luthor?! In ‘Batman V Superman’?! Die Snyder!!!!!

- 06-18-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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There. I just went off the deep end for all of nerdery there in the headline. Not enough exclamation points? Fine. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hope that works. Anyway, all those already dubious about Jesse Eisenberg playing the smart ass Mark Zuckerberg version of Lex Luthor will surely be a little peeved with this idea that Lex Luthor will appear on screen without his signature chrome dome. But that’s the scuttlebutt coming out of the production on this latest rumor concerning Batman V. Superman: Friendship is Magic Dawn of Justice. (more…)