The sad passing of Michael Clarke Duncan in September left a sizable whole in Hollywood, and an equally sizable hole in the cast of the upcoming sequel, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Duncan was scheduled to return to the role of mob enforcer Manute in the Robert Rodriguez-directed sequel, but with his untimely death someone was going to have to step into the part, and the filmmakers seemed to have found their someone.
The someone in question is Dennis Haysbert, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Haysbert is famous for his TV roles as 24‘s President Palmer,The Unit’sSgt. Maj. Blane and All State Insurance’s spokesperson. As you may or may not know, with his a deep, gravely voice and standing at an imposing height of six-feet, four inches, Haysbert makes for a sadly ideal Ducan substitute for the film and the part.
Duncan died in September from complications after suffering a heart attack this summer. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, the sequel to the 2005 hit Sin City, is currently in production for an October 2013 release.
Sad news from the world of nerdery as this long weekend comes to a close as it’s being reported tonight that actor Michael Clarke Duncan has died at the age of 54.
At 6’5″ and 300-pounds, Duncan was an unlikely movie star. He worked security for the likes of Will Smith and Jamie Foxx, and consequently had small roles on their shows (The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and The Jamie Foxx Show respectively). After several turns playing an inmate or bouncer, Duncan got his big break in 1998 as one of the gang in the killer asteroid film Armageddon. The next year Duncan’s star rose further when he was cast as John Coffey in Frank Darabont’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Green Mile, for which Duncan won an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
Over the next 14 years, Duncan stayed incredibly busy, appearing in many films that appealed to the nerdy at heart. Films including: Planet of the Apes, The Scorpion King, Sin City and The Island. He was also cast as The Kingpin in Daredevil, which, despite the outcome of that movie, was a brazen and unexpected choice given the character’s origin as a white man. Duncan was also an accomplished voice actor for movies, TV and video games, including the Kung Fu Panda movies and last year’s Green Lantern. Most recently, Duncan was one of the main characters on the FOX series The Finder, a spin-off of Bones.
Actor Duncan’s death this morning in a Los Angeles hospital, followed weeks of after a July 13 heart attack that put him in intensive care. Although Duncan had since left intensive care, he was never again well enough to be discharged from the hospital. Duncan is survived by his fiance, The Apprentice star Omarosa Manigault.
The thoughts and prayers of nerds everywhere, and the Nerd Bastards’ as well, go out to Duncan’s friends and families tonight.
Super Hero Round Up? All the little Superhero movie and news bits that you should know about, but just don’t make a full post on their own. So tighten up your belt, rub some dirt on your hands, and get ready for some fast and furious Superhero news!
Wonder Woman is making a comeback on Netflix:
The failed pilot from David E. Kelly, starring Adrianne Palicki, was never finished (thank gawd!) and axed before NBC could further embarrass themselves. However, word around the nerd water cooler is that it may become available on Netfllix.
I was looking for Captain America on Netflix to see what it said about a release date even though it’s not even out in the theaters yet. It has a picture of him with “NR” (Not Released) next to it…Then I searched for Lynda’s WW… It says NR too. BUT it has Adrianne Palicki’s Wonder Woman on there as well with NR next to it!!
He isn’t the only one though, as GloriaofGrayskull from the mattycollector forum also spotted this:
Today I searched for wonder woman on netflix site and it seems like they are going to release the new pilot in dvd I added it to my queve/list of dvds everyone add it so that there is high demand for it!
I think we all want to see the pilot episode, much like how we all just have to stop and look when we pass by a car crash. Morbid curiosity. Do these reports mean we’ll actually get to see it? Don’t get your hopes up. Netflix is notorious for listing shows and movies in advance in order to gauge interest. This is probably just one of those cases. This of course doesn’t mean that the show won’t ever be released as is, or get picked up by another network, or see an eventual release on Netflix. The point is, don’t expect the new “Wonder Woman” pilot/series to be actually available anytime soon.
The character most fans cannot wait to see come to life on screen in Green Lantern isn’t Hal Jordan or the Guardians or Abin Sur, it’s Kilowog. And, he’s being voiced by the incredible, Michael Clarke Duncan. Honestly, could they’re have been another choice for Kilowog? On a recent Attack of the Show, Duncan shared the first clip of himself training poozers, in this case Ryan Reynolds,
What a badass. If this movie fails in every other way, I have faith we’ll still come away loving, Kilowog. Also in this clip is another chance to see what the Lantern’s constructs look like. While I think it’s weird they all have a shiny, smoky effect I’m hoping in the universe of the film it looks right. Comparing them with my memory of comic book illustrations and cartoons, it still kind of looks funny, but I really want the movie to prove me wrong.
(Isn’t Michael Clarke Duncan awesome and adorable?!)
Green Lantern opens June 17th, and fellow DC fans, wouldn’t it be great if the only DC flick out this summer whooped the collective ass of Thor, Captain America and the X-Men?
Adding to the news that broke earlier this week that Michael Clarke Duncan would be voicing the alien Kilowogin the upcoming Green Lantern movie, Deadline says that Geoffrey Rush has already provided the voice for Tomar-Re, an alien scientist who works alongside Hal Jordan (played by Ryan Reynolds). Rush is such an amazing actor, and will be amazing in the role.
So, unlike Kilowog, it appears that Tomar-Re is already voiced, which is a huge relief. But, it is still officially unconfirmed.
It is a little disconcerting that so much work is being done so close to the release date this summer. Hopefully, when a new trailer comes out soon, it will be able to raise my excitement for the movie.
The biggest news is that everyone’s favorite Martian Drill Sergeant, Kilowog of the Green Lantern Corps, may have a voice. The Latino Review says that it may be Michael Clarke Duncan, who actually has the perfect voice for such a no-nonsense character, but emphasizes that the deal is not yet finalized.
This actually worries me.
The Green Lantern movie is coming out this summer, and it is almost April. Doesn’t that seem a little close to the wire for casting the voice of a major CGI character??
According to Blastr, Warner Brothers (the production company which has spent over $200 million on the film), is distinctly aware of the lack of media buzz.
Speaking to the press during this year’s CinemaCon—in which the various studios parade their wares for those who own and operate movie theaters themselves (and choose what film plays on which screens)—Warners’ worldwide marketing president, Sue Kroll, acknowledged the missteps that came with that first look at Lantern:
“Part of the reason the response to the first trailer was lukewarm was that the big-scale sequences weren’t ready to show, and we suffered for it. … We can’t afford to do that again.”
Think about it. All we have seen of Green Lantern is the one trailer, which was cool. But, the CGI effects, especially on the Green Lantern outfit on Ryan Reynolds, was shockingly very poorly done.
What do you think of the distinct lack of buzz around Green Lantern? Are you still excited to see it?