After the first movie was nominated for both a Golden Globe and an Academy Award – and won an Annie Award for Best Animated Feature – fans have been waiting for a sequel to Wreck-ItRalph since they left cinemas bouncing along to Owl City way back in 2012. People of all ages fell in love with Ralph and the princess with dirty hair. The movie was received with great critical acclaim and the filmmakers were throwing around ideas about further movies before the first film was even officially released. (more…)
Soon after Guardians of the Galaxy 2 was confirmed, people turned their attention to what could be in store for the sequel and what new characters they might be seeing in the sequel. One character who has been getting a lot of mention is Nova – the Earth-born hero – who fights for Xander and the planets Nova Corps and is also a major warrior who fights against the Kree and the Skulls, albeit, in various incarnations. Furthermore there was also talk about Peter Quill‘s father showing up in the second installment.
In a recent interview with Movieweb, James Gunn talks about what impact these characters will have on the sequel – or rather lack there of. (more…)
I’m sure I’m not alone in my love for Wreck-It Ralph, which I firmly believe is one of the best animated films in recent memory, so it would make sense that, in a day and age in which everything gets a sequel, the arcade-inspired movie would follow suit. Well, apparently, they’ve already begun working on the sequel! (more…)
Marvels upcoming Guardians of the Galaxyhas 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.”
Lots of people were speculating that John C. Reilly would be playing Ronan in James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy. The word now is that Reilly will be playing a character named Rhomann Dey, leader of the Nova Corps.
Who the hell is that you ask? Well, basically, Dey is the Marvel equivalent of DC Comics’ Green Lantern’s Abin Sur who crash lands on Earth and gives super powers to Richard Rider who then becomes the hero Nova.
Rhomann Dey was the leader of the Nova Corps on the planet Xandar when the planet was destroyed by the space pirate Zorr. Seemingly everyone else was killed in the attack, including Dey’s family. Dey swore vengeance on Zorr and chased him across the galaxy, battling him along the way. He became mortally wounded and paralyzed after an encounter causing him to seek a replacement who could stop Zorr and make him pay for his crimes. His ship came into orbit of Earth, where Zorr was taking refuge, and he selected a human to inherit his power. That human was a young Richard Rider.
Rhomann Dey linked minds with Rider and explained to him the new powers he has received as well as the threat of Zorr on his planet. At first, Rider thought the encounter was a dream, but soon discovered his powers and accepted his role as Nova. While out testing them for the first time he ran into Zorr who was on a rampage in New York City. Nova decided to fulfill the one who gave him his powers dying wish and defeat Zorr. During the battle, Zorr was teleported away by Rhomann Dey himself. Dey killed Zorr before he himself died, ready to join his family and friends in the afterlife.
What do you think of this casting? I do think it is an interesting one. Reilly has done some incredible dramatic work (Magnolia, Gangs of New York) besides all the comedic stuff he is generally known for.
In the Marvel cinematic universe any actor can be a hero, just look at what it did to the career of Clark Gregg and Agent Coulson. The super spy seamlessly handled all the heroic details on Earth, but what about when the action takes place off world like in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy? You can’t call up Agent Couslon and send him to outer space and have him deal with it.
Of course you can’t. But according to rumors circulating over at HitFixWreck-It Ralph star John C. Reilly in talks for a limited, but substantial, role as former Nova Corps leader Rhomann Dey.
The casting is a bit surprising as John is more known for his comedic roles, but in a movie where you have a talking raccoon and battles in space, Reilly is a perfect fit for all the chaos. Don’t expect Reillyto be pulling on the tights anytime soon though, because this iteration of the Xandarian hero will be human. But that won’t really affect the role as Dey, whose powers were passed to current Nova Corps leader Richard Rider, will be more of a handler to the Guardians in a role similar to Agent Coulson’s in his appearances in the Iron Man and Thor solo features.
And while the role is limited, as he’ll remain on Earth, Guardians director James Gunn and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige have said the recurring role is contracted for multiple pictures.
It’s a long shot, but if you’re reading this John Reilly, take the part.
Waves upon waves of zombies assault us on a daily basis. The hordes are here, but they’re not in the streets of our cities. Instead, they’re invading our movie theaters and television sets with a stream of zombie-themed programming, some of it good, most of it not-so-good. One more attack is underway as John C. Reilly (AKA Dr. Steve Brule) and Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation) are set to come together in a zombie comedy.
Named Life After Beth, the only thing we known about the new project is that it is, in the words of Plaza, “a really fucked-up movie.” Hmm… doesn’t sound like much of a comedy, but who knows? Jeff Baena (I Heart Huckabees) is writing the script and will be taking his first shot in the director’s chair with this film.
Any opinions from the peanut gallery? Too many zombie films? Worth it to see Reilly in a movie of this genre? Could care the hell less?
Oh fellow nerds, this film is adorkable. While Wreck It Ralph, the latest Disney animated feature, is definitely a kids’ movie, it deals with topical moral issues like bullying, depression and learning that you are who you believe you are, not who people say you are. And it does all of that in a vivid, fun and nostalgic way. Everything about this movie will hook you on the story. From the script to the animation to the voice acting you will be wholeheartedly invested in Ralph’s journey and the journey of the side-characters, who all go through changes because of his willingness to challenge the status quo.
Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph is quickly becoming the animated movie to see this November. With stars like John C. Reilly, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, and Sarah Silverman voicing the characters, this movie is sure to please kids, their parents, and gaming fanatics like myself. The attention to detail shown so far in the trailer and clips has been incredible.
Producer Clark Spencer sat down with Sam Ashurst of Total Film to talk about the project how the project was able to get the rights to use all of our favorite video game characters that belonged to a myriad of competing video gaming companies.
“It was interesting part of the process, we talked early on about making the film authentic and the only way to do that was to have real game characters in the film as well as the characters we’d created, otherwise it would fell like an artificial environment.
But when you do that, you don’t know the reality of what characters you’re going to be able to license for the film.
Rich [Moore, director] and I went to E3, and pitched the movie to all the different game companies, talking about the concept.
What was great about that was we developed a one-on-one relationship [with the people at the game companies], and people warmed to the idea.
So they felt like it could be something interesting, but they were still a little skeptical, as they were giving their own creative characters over to Wreck-It Ralph.
And so we said we’d keep them involved in the process, and give them the script pages. We showed them the models, we showed them the early animation tests, and even the final animations.
We brought them along the entire way, and it made companies willing to participate, because they felt like we were going to be true to their characters.
As a result we got pretty much almost anything we wanted, because the companies started feeling the momentum and everybody pretty much said yes to us.”
Getting all those video game companies to agree is an amazing feat in itself, it must have looked like an almost impossible task in the beginning. I’m sure once one company agreed that the others most likely went with it so that their video game characters weren’t excluded from what could be a huge Disney movie blockbuster.
Spencer then went into detail about how specific those video game companies were about the use and appearance of their characters and how the production and animation team worked to include everyone in just about every step of the production.
“The games companies were very specific – there’s a scene in which Bowser drinks a cup of coffee, and they were very specific about how Bowser would drink coffee.
The other thing that was fascinating to me was that all of the companies know how tall their characters are.
There was lots of conversation about which character would be the biggest character in that Bad Anon scene. Even to the specifics of centimeters, but that was helpful, because we wanted it to be authentic.
We had a scene where we wanted the rings to come out of Sonic, and SEGA said the only way that happens is if he falls over, and we didn’t have him fall over in the scene, so we actually went back and re-animated it.”
There will be one HUGE video game character that won’t be making an appearance in Wreck-It Ralph, Mario will be curiously absent. Spencer addressed that issue by saying:
“The hard thing was, we were trying to work out the right way to use a character like Mario. It had to be organic to the film, we didn’t want to just paste him in there.
For Bowser, it made perfect sense for him to be a member of the Bad Anon group. For Mario himself we couldn’t think of the right way to incorporate him into the film, and so we didn’t do it.
Now we get to the human cameo in the film, Skrillex. It was announced at Comic Con that Skrillex would be contributing to the soundtrack for Wreck-T Ralph, but know we also know that Skrillex will be making his animated movie debut as well. When asked about this particular detail Spender said:
“We asked him if we could do it,” Spencer said. “We went to him first and said, ‘Hey, we have this party scene in the world of Fix It Felix Jr, and we have a DJ and we think it would make a nice cameo if we put you into it.’ And he was ecstatic.
We built his model, we put on his look, and we sent it to him to have him give us comments. And he said he would never wear non-black tennis shoes. He said “My tennis shoes will always be black.” So we changed the tennis shoes to black.
You don’t see them in the film, as he’s behind the DJ booth, but they were in the model. He has seen the animation, and he’s very, very excited about it.”
Who wouldn’t want to be in a Disney animated movie? This movie just keeps sounding better and better.The latest trailer is below, check it out.
Wreck-It Ralph hits theater screens on November 2nd, 2012.