Djimon Hounsou

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Djimon Hounsou is no stranger to the nerdy genres. He’s acted and voiced in TV, cartoons, and movies. Titles like The Wild Thornberrys, voiced Black Panther in the 2010 Marvel Knights mini-series, Drago in How To Train Your Dragon 2, playing Papa Midnite in the Constantine movie, starred in Seventh Son, The Legend of Tarzan, and King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. He played Korath in the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie that had everyone tilting their head and asking “Who?” for weeks after the first trailer dropped. But what’s next on his plate? Three incredible roles in three big movies.

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Hollywood is once again dipping their oars into the Lady of the Lake’s waters to bring us yet another look at the Arthurian legends. This time around Warner Bros. has put Guy Ritchie in the director’s seat to bring us what they hope to be a six movie franchise Knights of the Round Table. Now we’ve got our first look at the franchise lead Charlie Hunnam in costume. (more…)

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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

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In an interview with Collider, Djimon Hounsou, who will be playing Korath in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy, covered a few interesting topics; among them, a follow up on his “lack of diversity” comments that he made at Comic Con, and what a day on the set of Guardians is like.

Regarding the similarity in race and sex among the main superheroes in our films nowadays, Hounsou explained:

The lack of diversity, specifically in genre films and the superheroes our kids grow up watching and emulating, they can’t really identify with. When you see the same thing, over and over again, and it seems not to speak of you and your heritage and your culture, it leaves you out of this world, a little bit. It gives a certain social distance with your world. So, it was very shocking when my son said that. It shocked me, but at the same time, it was not a surprise. It’s one of those things that even I have been looking for. I’m looking for a hero of my kind, and I’m looking for a shero of my kind. Now, we have Zoe Saldana, who is a shero for minorities, and that’s nice.

This is something that I think a lot of people can agree with, but at the same time, I think that it’s something that is on its way to changing, and changing fast. With Joss Whedon claiming that there will be quite a bit more focus on Black Widow in The Avenger: Age of Ultron, and Zoe Saldana stepping up as Gamora, as well as being one of the first African Americans to be prominently featured in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we can already see this diversification being set into motion. Honestly, it’s refreshing. Also, am I the only person who’s never heard the term “shero”?

I’m not sure about everyone else, but I’m most interested in the Guardians of the Galaxy movie because I can’t wait to see what director James Gunn can do with a story that is so odd to begin with. According to Hounsou, I won’t be disappointed:

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The latest word out of the Dreamworks Animation panel at SDCC 2013 has three new stars joining the How to Train Your Dragon 2 cast and we’ve also got our first look an exclusive poster by Drew Struzan (Don’t know who he is?). If you’re lucky enough to be walking around at SDCC, you can track down Struzan at his signing later today and snag a signed poster for your wall.

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Who’s joined the cast you ask? Well let’s start off with Game of ThronesKit Harrington. Now Jon Snow might know nothing, but Harrington’s HTTYD2 character, Eret, the cocky dragon trapper with a London accent sure does.

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Then there’s Djimon Honsou :

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Honsou will be playing an as yet unnamed, or just unannounced, character who is training the captured dragons and turning those dragons into an army.

Cate Blanchett is up next, she will be voicing Valka, described as: “a stealthy vigilante type set on rescuing as many of the dragons as possible.”

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Early word out of the panel is that the footage shown was fantastic. The first movie was a real money-making success for Dreamworks and so far all the buzz about the follow-up is very positive. When we get our hands on the footage shown at the panel, we’ll bring it to you here.

Via: Bleeding Cool

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The first book in Joseph Delaney‘s fantasy series The Wardstone Chronicles, The Spook’s Apprentice, is being brought to the big screen as Seventh Son, starring Ben Barnes (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Trader), Jeff Bridges, and Julienne Moore as the evil Mother Malkin. There’s a lot going on in this trailer, plenty of interesting special effects and Bridges has some kind of gravelly accent thing going on, kinda like True Grit’s Rooster Cogburn… with magical spells. Overall, it looks to be a fun movie.
Seventh Son synopsis:

In a time long past, an evil is about to be unleashed that will reignite the war between the forces of the supernatural and humankind once more. John Gregory (Jeff Bridges) is a Spook, a person who fights against the Dark, who had imprisoned the malevolently powerful witch, Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore), centuries ago. But now she has escaped and is seeking vengeance. Summoning her followers of every incarnation, Mother Malkin is preparing to unleash her terrible wrath on an unsuspecting world. Only one thing stands in her way: John Gregory.

In a deadly reunion, Gregory comes face to face with the evil he always feared would someday return. Now he has only until the next full moon to do what usually takes years: train his new apprentice, Tom Ward (Ben Barnes) to fight a dark magic unlike any other. Man’s only hope lies in the seventh son of a seventh son.

Seventh Son hits theater screens next year on January 17th, and also stars Kit Harrington (Game of Thrones) as Billy Bradley, Djimon Hounsou as Radu and Jason Scott Lee as Urag.

Via: Blastr

And now, it’s time for another pile of super hero stuff to tease and appease. All the stuff that the Nerdbastards were too lazy to report on during the week is here in one easily digestible package for your enjoyment. So without further ado… The Super Hero Round Up!

First on the list is the latest development in the Warner Bros. versus the estates of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster over Superman copyrights. As most probably know by now, the estate lawyer Marc Toberoff sued the studio and they sued back and it’s been going on for fkn ever. Now the studio wants to have the case thrown out, accusing Toberoff of being unethical, hiding essential information and generally being a lawyer. Is it finally over? Well, we don’t know yet.

A Black Panther movie is on many geek-lists of most desirable new Marvel flicks. Rumors said they were going to do it by 2014, but then they said nope. Now Djimon Hounsou, the voice of Black Panther in the animated series, is putting in his two cents. He says that not only is there a market for a movie, but also that he’d love to be involved in the flick, especially if got to play a live-action version of his animated role. Well, we’ll just have to wait and see if Marvel Studios decides whether Mr. Hounsuo’s words will change their mind.

Since no super hero round up is complete without some toys, here is a look at the cool new Iron Man Mark XLVII armor action figure. It’s on sale from Hasbro and you should go buy it now.

And more toys! With the arrival of a new cartoon series, LEGO is jumping onboard the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles train. Currently, there is only one set available, called the Shellraiser Street Chase. It features some turtles, some bad guys and the Party Wagon and runs about $60. Here’s what it looks like!

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