Today, we here at the elite Nerdbastards news collective of the motherland bring you more information concerning the upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Since the movie is still in its early stages, Marvel Studios is putting together a cast. And though very few have as-of-yet been positively confirmed, there are a few front-runners that are looking very likely.
The two main roles they need to fill are that of the female lead and, of course, a nasty villain for the Captain to square off against. Several names are flying around, but some stand out above the rest.
As far as the female lead goes, it’s looking very much like Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) is the favorite. She’s thought to be in contention for the role of Sharon Carter, niece of Peggy Carter from the first film. Though that too is still a rumor, the fact that Sharon is one of Captain A’s main love interests in the comics makes it one of those rumors that might actually be true.
When it comes to the main villain, there are two familiar faces contending in the final rounds. Josh Holloway of Lost fame and the almighty Game of Thrones bastard, Nikolaj Coster Waldau. No word on what their role will be quite yet.
These folks will be joining Anthony Mackie as The Falcon and a returning Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow.
There is one individual who will not likely be making a return, however – Hugo Weaving as The Red Skull. Not that they planned on bringing him back immediately, but Weaving has expressed his opinion that he’d rather not play the classic Captain America villain ever again.
Or, in his own words:
I [signed a multi-picture deal] for Captain America. I think the tendency, with those films, would be to probably not bring a villain back. They might for The Avengers, but I didn’t think I’d be in CaptainAmerica 2 or 3. I don’t think Red Skull will be there. And it’s not something I would want to do again. I’m glad I did it. I did sign up for a number of pictures and I suppose, contractually, I would be obliged to, if they forced me to, but they wouldn’t want to force someone to do it, if they didn’t want to. I think I’ve done my dash with that sort of film. It was good to do it and try it out, but to be honest, it’s not the sort of film I seek out and really am excited by. As an actor, to do all sorts of different films is great. It stretches you in different ways. But, I increasingly like to go back to what I used to always do, which is to get involved with projects that I really have a personal affiliation with.
Oh well. Although Weaving did a decent job in the first flick, who really wants to see the same villain pop up over and over again, especially where there are so many more stories to tell in the Captain America universe?
Check out the Captain when he finally makes his way back to the big screen again on April 4th, 2014.
Reading some of the reviews of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, you get the sneaking suspicion that a lot of my fellow critics believed they were walking into some camp ground of historical meta-fiction where the 16th President of the United States would dispatch bloodsuckers with some Schwarzeneggerian one-liners. But that’s not the case, and this is where being of the nerdy persuasion has advantages over other critics.
I’m only about 100 pages into Seth Grahame-Smith’s original novel and can say easily that there isn’t an ounce of camp between the pages. It’s no sketch either, as it’s also been compared to a Saturday Night Live skit. The book is a surprisingly thoughtful, well-researched alterna-biography of Lincoln. As if there really was a vampire named Henry carrying around “Honest” Abe’s secret diaries all this time and showed them to Grahame-Smith.
As for the movie, it carries none of the book’s subtlety, but being from the director of Wanted, Timur Bekmambetov, I didn’t expect there to be much. Although clearly more horror flavoured than recent vampire films like Twilight or Priest, the potential for straight-up horror is replaced with absurdest, nearly over the top action sequences complete with CG blood spurts. I think we wanted something closer to Bram Stoker’s Dracula rather than something that feels cut from the cloth of Van Helsing.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter -the fantasy/horror novel turned live action feature film- could be one of the hottest movies of the summer. Seriously, how could you go wrong with an American icon swinging axes like a boss and slaying Vampires? It’s so good, that creatives are already taken sequel. In an interview with Screen Rant, Seth Grahame-Smith – author of the original novel as well as the script for the film adaptation – talked about a sequel potential.
“The short answer is yes, absolutely.”, says Grahame-Smith. Confirming that the Abe Lincoln’s origin story isn’t yet completed in Vampire Hunter, the possibility of a sequel could be in the works. Even with the average history nut knowing that Lincoln was assassinated in April of 1865 this may not be the last we see of the American president. Here’s what director Timur Bekambetov had to say:
“If you read the book there’s an epilogue that leaves things open to that. In the film, without giving anything away, we don’t definitively end the origin story. We leave, not only a mentor story, but also possibly a Lincoln story open.”
“The scary thing is that they can convert you.”, says Bekambetov. “This is the scariest thing. Because we know that Lincoln was killed in the theater, but the whole movie you are afraid that they will bite him and we don’t know who was killed in that theater, and how…”
Could it be that Abe would return as some kind of Wesley Snipes‘ Blade, slaying vampires while fighting his own thirst for human blood? Sounds like a worthwhile sequel for the man who freed the slaves- in between chopping off Vampire heads.
Starring Benjamin Walker, Rufus Sewell, Dominic Cooper, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Anthony Mackie and Alan Tudyk, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is set to arrive in theatres everywhere June 22nd, later this year.
The American people love the image of their President being a total badass. Think Washington crossing the Delaware, Harrison Ford telling those terrorists to, “Get off my plane!” We want our leaders to be ass kickers. And with that thought in mind, I think America is totally ready to embrace Abraham Lincoln as a vampire hunter.
Watch the new international trailer for Timur Bekmambetov‘s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, containing some new footage, below.
In addition to the new trailer there’s also a new featurette with short talking head clips from director Bekmambetov, producer Tim Burton, and others.
Based on the novel by Seth Grahame-Smith, who also penned the script, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter stars Benjamin Walker as Lincoln, as well as Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Alan Tudyk, Anthony Mackie, Rufus Sewell, and Erin Wasson.
The film explores the secret life of our greatest president, and the untold history that shaped our nation. As a young boy, Abraham Lincoln (Benjamin Walker) witnesses the shocking death of his mother, leading him on a path to an ongoing war – and ultimately to the presidency – he chronicles in a hidden diary. The journal reveals the incredible story of a clandestine warrior who never stopped fighting for the country he led and the people he loved.
Twentieth Century Fox has put a behind-the-scenes video, an international poster, and a couple of new stills for their upcoming movie, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. The two stills are not much to look at but it does drive home the point that Abe loves, and will be swinging his favorite axe. The movie poster is not what I was looking for either, we need to see Abe in the oval office polishing his axe.
Be sure to check out the behind the scenes video, it’s fun.
Directed by Timur Bekmambetov, the supernatural thriller is based on the book by Seth Grahame-Smith, who also penned the script. Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper, Anthony Mackie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jimmi Simpson, Robin McLeavy, Alan Tudyk and Rufus Sewell star in the June 22 release.
Honest Abe was no stranger to the axe, he probably used one everyday for a number of years in his early teens. This NerdBastard has been on the fence about these historical/fictional/monster/mashups and haven’t been able to make myself sit down with one and give it a try. (That’s from a guy that reads about 4 to 6 new books a month.)
So I am not gonna say anything except that I didn’t have high hopes for this movie, dreading some tongue in cheek, horrible dialogue and goofy fight scenes. Seeing this picture though has changed my mind. (I just called and had a copy held at the local bookstore.) Maybe this will be handled with some class, just think about what Lincoln went through with the loss of his child to disease, the crushing responsibility of the war.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted)
Benjamin Walker as Lincoln
Dominic Cooper (The Devil’s Double) as Lincoln’s mentor
Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker) as Will, Lincoln’s best friend
Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgim VS The World) is Mary Todd
Andy Tudyk (Firefly) as Stephen A. Douglas
The film is scheduled for 3D theatrical release on June 22nd, 2012.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is a re-imagining of the 16th President’s life that depicts him as an axe-throwing, highly accomplished killer of vampires — an obsession of his since those bloodsuckers supposedly took the life of his mother. Lincoln eventually learns that the vampires have fled to the southern states of the U.S. and are concocting a plan to conquer and enslave the entire country — this in turn leads to the Civil War between the Union and the Confederacy, the latter of which the vampires are aligned with.
We’ve got two official posters for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
Directed by Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov (who also did Wanted), we’ve got Benjamin Walker, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Alan Tudyk, Anthony Mackie and Dominic Cooper as part of the cast. The author of the original novel, Seth Grahame-Smith, wrote the screenplay himself. Hopefully this means good things.
Official plot synopsis:
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter explores the secret life of our greatest President, and the untold story that shaped our nation. Visionary filmmakers Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov (director of Wanted) bring a fresh and visceral voice to the blood-thirsty lore of the vampire, imagining Lincoln as history’s greatest hunter of the undead.
The film opens June 22, 2012.
Hit the jump for the posters. They’re pretty fuckin’ sick.
The release of director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.‘s (you have better luck pronouncing that with peanut butter in your mouth) The Thing, which is a prequel to the 1982 John Carpenter film of the same name, is only a few months away, and fans are antsy to the what the thing will look like. The alien, not the movie. See, here’s the thing, The Thing is about a “thing”. Get it? *shakes head* Damn thing is confusing as fuck. Who’s on first?
Anyway, the creature (aka “The Thing”) from the original was goddamn creepy. A parasitic extraterrestrial lifeform that assimilates other organisms and in turn imitates them, or tries to anyway. Often you’d see the creature in between transformations, looking like stretched silly putty with teeth. Will it look just as fucked up in the prequel?
It’s been a huge week in nerd-friendly news, but the in a surprise addition, we’ve got our first look at the new The Thing in the form of a trailer, which is just about the first time anyone’s heard anything about this movie in months.
The plot of the film follows a Norwegian research group that discovers something alien in the snow and ice of Antarctica. The film stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Eric Christian Olsen, Joel Edgerton, and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, from a script by Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica) and Eric Heisserer (Nightmare on Elm Street remake) and is directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.
What’s interesting about this trailer though is that the film it advertises has been marketed (or at least rumored) to be a prequel to John Carpenter’s version of The Thing from 1982. But did you seen anything in this trailer that suggested it takes place before 1982? And for that matter, why does a prequel carry the exact same title as the movie that preceded it? Oh forget it! Let’s just enjoy the image of Ramona Flowers with a big effin’ blowtorch.