There’s a new trailer out in the UK for director Colm McCarthy‘s (Pinky Blinders season 2) adaptation of M.R. Carey‘s The Girl With All The Gifts that might help expand the zombie genre. The trailer does exactly what a trailer should do, tell us just enough to get us interested and leave the rest for the theater. If you’re tired of the same old zombie movies that we’ve all gotten a little frustrated with, The Girl With All The Gifts looks like the film that may bring back the zombie love. (more…)
Principle photography started on James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and along with the first official look at the movie, there was a huge press release with a ton of interesting notes. Notes that include the casting confirmation of Kurt Russell in an as yet to be revealed role, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, and the return of Glenn Close as Nova Prime. (more…)
The ABC special Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe doesn’t air until Tuesday, but we’ve got a trailer and some new stills from the special featuring the Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Commander Rael (Glenn Close), Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace), the Collector, (Benicio del Toro), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), and Drax (Dave Bautista). (more…)
Marvels upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy has officially announced the casting of it’s final, and most curious role. You know him, you love him, he’s the gun toting fury known as Rocket Raccoon. Confirming last week rumors, he’s to be played by none other than Bradley Cooper. A trigger happy raccoon with a Cockney accent is to be played by a mediocre westerner… yeah, that makes sense.
Cooper joins Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, Benicio del Toro, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Vin Diesel and Gregg Henry in the sci-fi adventure featuring a comical company of galactic protectors.
I may have my doubts about an actor known for having 1 too many Hangovers, but I’ll give him a shot (see what I did there). Roles of prominence never go to the actors we think we want (in my case, I wanted David Tennent for this), but rather the ones we never knew we wanted. So, there’s room for surprise. With that said, I bet a lot of women will be disappointed that he won’t be physically in the movie.
In other Guardians of the Galaxy news, actor Chris Pratt and marvel talking head Kevin Feige, said a whole lot about the upcoming spectacular.
In an interview with IGN Pratt discussed what his experience has been like shooting the film,
It’s been really great. It’s hard to even put into words, especially for someone like me who has the vocabulary of a sixth-grader. It’s been a real trip. There’s a lot of super talented people working on it – artists. That’s what I always loved about comic books as a kid, the drawings. I didn’t ever read them that much. I wasn’t too big into the stories, but I loved the artwork and the covers. I’d like to draw a lot as a kid myself. So to see that, as they did making these comic books, they’ve hired the best artists in the world to do the concept artwork and to design these worlds. It’s so imaginative and so unreal. We’re working really hard and I’m in a bit of a daze, but I just can’t wait for people to see what we’re doing out there. I think that footage they showed at Comic-Con is very accurate to the movie that we’re making. I thought that footage was pretty badass.
He goes on to talk about the tone of the film saying,
Yeah, I think tone is the major thing we have to accomplish, a consistent tone, going from silly and comedic to high-stakes drama and action, and everything in between. It’s really up to James, and I trust everything that he’s doing. I think we’re getting good stuff. I don’t know what to say about it other than it might be…Oh! It’s the greatest movie of the 21st century! That’s what I’ll say. It’ll be the Citizen Kane of movies other than Citizen Kane.
In a separate interview with Empire Kevin Feige fielded a whole lot of questions about the film as well. Here’s the best of them:
On the if the film will take place at the same time as the other Phase Two movies:
“The general answer is yes. It’s not exactly revealed what year or month it is in relation to the other Phase Two films. But yes, it’s the same time.”
On if it’s more of a stand-alone film:
“Certainly more than the others. We’ve already said that Thanos plays a part in it and is a character in it. That in and of itself should tell you it’s connected to the other worlds.”
On the main villain:
“Ronan The Accuser (Lee Pace) is very much the main bad guy. And Thanos is lurking above it all. You will learn more about Thanos in Guardians, for sure. Certainly you’ll get more than the one turn-around-and-smirk. You’ll get much more than that.”
He also gave brief breakdown of each of the characters in the Guardians team.
“They are an unlikely band. It’s pure circumstance that brings them all together throughout the course of the movie.
- “Rocket [Raccoon] has been genetically and mechanically altered, he’s an experiment from one part of the galaxy.
- “Groot is a species that happens to look like trees look, and is quite communicative if you can understand the different inflections in the way he says, ‘I am Groot.’
- “Peter Quill left Earth in the mid-’80s, but when we meet back up with him he’s very much a citizen of the Universe.
- “Drax (Dave Bautista) has one goal and one goal only, which is to kill Ronan because of a past tragedy.
- “When we meet Gamora (Zoe Saldana), she’s a bad guy working with Ronan and Nebula (Karen Gillan) and Korath (Djimon Hounsou), and by extension for Thanos. Gamora doesn’t necessarily like doing that anymore, and tries to find a new path for herself. But she has such a reputation as the deadliest woman in the galaxy that people aren’t greeting her with open arms.”
Sources: GeekTyrant (Pratt and Feige comments) and Marvel
While those who had a chance to see the first footage from Marvel‘s Guardians of the Galaxy are still reeling, the rest of us are still trying to comprehend the fact Amy Pond shaved her head! And that’s not all of the surprises director James Gunn has in store. Revealed today through the official press release announcing the beginning of production, Glenn Close has been cast as Nova-Prime.
A role typically portrayed by dudes, I’ve got to give props to Gunn, or whomever made the casting decision. They’ve chosen a woman who’s not only a fantastic actress but one who’s tough as nails and commands so much respect. Close is going to own as leader of the Nova Corps. I’m sure she’ll even make Nick Fury quake behind his eyepatch.
And though there is still no word on who will be voicing Groot or Rocket Raccoon, the only solely CGI characters in the film, there are a few other, mostly technical, announcements in the film’s official press release. You’ll find it below the cut.
So, what do you think of Guardians cast now that it’s becoming finalized?
Yet more news from the world of Marvel Studios, this time concerning another update on who will be appearing in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy. With the major players already cast, it’s down to the seconds and thirds. So when I heard that an actual actress – Glenn Close – was in talks to be cast, I was a bit dumbfounded.
So what’s she going to be doing in the Guardians world? Rumors say that Close will be playing the role of some sort of liaison for the Guardians team. Or, as Deadline so eloquently describes it:
…a leadership role in Nova Corp, the intergalactic space patrol…
…the closest thing to the one that Samuel L. Jackson plays in Marvel’s Avengers movie.
Rumors also say that John C. Reilly is up for a similar role, so whether there will be one or two acting as go-between for Earth remains to be seen. The film begins shooting in just a few weeks, so no doubt we’ll hear more about what’s going on once it starts up.
Thanks to /film for the heads-up.