Things are starting to pop in Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four reboot camp. We’ve got news on the actors reading for the roles of Sue and Reed Richards and some tidbits about the status of Simon Kinberg‘s script. (more…)
It’s no news that Saoirse Ronan has been auditioned for the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII, though if what she says is to be believed, she’s just one of about ten-billion actresses that have gone in to try out for said role. And though we may not know whether she’ll actually get cast or not, in a recent interview, Ronan may have dropped a little spoiler about the role she was trying out for.
When talking with Empire Magazine’s podcast about her other projects, they naturally ended up on the topic of Episode VII. In addition to confirming her audition with Abrams and company, she had this to say:
The latest word making its way around the Internet is that Saoirse Ronan has been reading for a role in Star Wars: Episode VII. Now, there’s a whole lot of road to travel between reading for a role, and signing a contract.
There’s been speculation on the Interwebz that Saoirse Ronan, the young Irish actress from The Host, Hanna and Atonement, might be playing the role of Wanda Maximoff – Magneto’s daughter, otherwise known as Scarlet Witch – in The Avengers 2.
Turns out that’s not actually a thing.
She spoke with IFTN about the word on the street that she might be taking on that role:
Is there any truth to rumours that Joss Whedon has you in mind for a part in ‘The Avengers 2’ as the Scarlet Witch?
That’s not happening, no! I think that was just one of those little rumours floating about.
Joss Whedon has confirmed the presence of Scarlet Witch in the sequel to The Avengers, but we still don’t know who will be playing her. Unfortunately, it won’t be Ronan in the Scarlet Witch costume, even though she did express an interest in doing so not long ago. She would’ve been good for the role.
Who would you like to see in the Scarlet Witch gear?
When word hit Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver were appearing in Avengers 2 we were, one, shocked at the straight up confirmation of their inclusion, and two, surprised to hear an actress’ name already linked with Ms. Maximoff. Saoirse Ronan is apparently the “prototype” of actress Joss Whedon and Marvel have in mind for Scarlet Witch, and while is is news to Ronan, she’s down with it.
In an exclusive interview with The Mary Sue about her upcoming flick, Violet & Daisy, Ronan made it clear she’s more than willing to play superhero, or super villain, depending on how the role goes,
The Mary Sue: You worked with Eric Bana in Hanna and he played the Hulk for Marvel. There was a rumor going around you’re Joss Whedon’s “prototype” for the character Scarlet Witch in The Avengers sequel. Did you hear anything about that and second, would you be interested in doing a superhero film ever?
Ronan: I have heard about it and yes, I would. Yeah, of course I would. I love Joss and I love those films, and I love his handle on them and how he portrayed these kinds of superheroes. I think it’s very different from what anyone else has done. So yeah, I’d love to be in it.
The Mary Sue: Awesome, I hope it happens.
Ronan:So do I!
If you’ve never seen Hanna, do yourself a favor. It’s awesome, and Ronan kicks ass. Her enthusiasm only furthers my opinion she’d make an excellent Scarlet Witch. Sure, in a perfect world I’d rather they seek out Eastern European actors for the twins, but, alas. Whedon, get your people to call her people and set it all up.
Is Saoirse Ronan your Scarlet Witch? Or do you have another actress in mind?
With The Avengers 2 still two years out, rumors of just who’ll be joining the team in the sequel are already everywhere. It’s all but confirmed Scarlet Witch and her twin, Quicksilver are joining The Avengers, with Joss Whedon hinting he was writing a brother-sister team into the script. And while Kevin Feige didn’t confirm that duo would be Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, he didn’t deny anything either.
Now, Super Hero Hype is hearing murmurings Marvel already has an actress in mind for Wanda Maximoff, the Scarlet Witch. They report,
Although Joss is still writing and probably not ready to send anything out to actors, for the two roles, they’re generally looking for actors in their 20s and we’ve heard word that the “prototype” for their Scarlet Witch is none other than Irish actress Saoirse Ronan. Except something to note is that they’re going “British” for the role rather than trying to have actors playing Eastern Europeans.
Ah yes, the grand Hollywood tradition of casting British actors anytime you need someone foreign. Just look at Sir Ben Kingsley, the man’s made quite the impressive career playing non-whites. Anyway, the mention of Saoirse Ronan is hinting more towards what type of actress they have in mind, rather than seeking her directly.
Still, I like how they’re thinking and I believe an actress like Ronan would be a good choice. Sure, it’d be nice if they actually sought out an Eastern European actress for the role, but I know not to get my hopes up. What do you think of the direction they’re taking with the role?
People love them some vampires, as the success of that god-awful Twilight series has been demonstrating for several years now. This summer, another attempt at tapping the bloodsucker-lover market is upon us. It’s a charming little flick called Byzantium and we’ve got the latest international trailer right here for you.
In addition to being created by vamp veteran Neil Jordan (Interview with a Vampire), it features some talent from two of the most painful movies in recent memory (besides Twilight), Gemma Arterton (Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters) and Saoirse Ronan (The Host).
Byzantium is the tale of a mother and daughter who just happen to be vampires. They drink blood and fall in love with humans while people try to figure out their secret and then kill them. In other words, a completely new premise and a shockingly original spin on the vampire story.
Check out the trailer below:
If it looks like something you might be able to sit through, then check out Byzantium when it hits theaters on June 28th.
Thanks to blastr for the heads-up.
It’s true she must be the fairest in the land because you couldn’t swing a dead dwarf without hitting someone involved in a project about Snow White. Once Upon a Time, Snow White and the Huntsman, Mirror, Mirror, and here’s another to add to the list, Order of the Seven.
Originally titled Snow and the Seven this new adaption from Disney is quite a different spin on the tale. The dwarves are now martial arts masters and Snow is a displace Englishwoman. And no, they’re not actually little people who know kung fu. That would be ridiculous, though possibly more entertaining.
The Hollywood Reporter is describing the movies as,
In this iteration, the seven are a 19th century-set disparate band of international warriors belonging to a centuries-old order who have lost their way. They meet with an Englishwoman who is being chased by an ancient evil, and she proves to be the catalyst for their redemption. … While the project is set in China, the warriors will be from locales near (the U.S.) and far (Russia), and each warrior will have a unique fighting style.
Originally Natalie Portman and Jet Li were attached but now it seems Hanna‘s Saoirse Ronan could be cast as the Englishwoman. Michael Gracey will be directing.
Seeing as this movie is very far removed from the original story of Snow White, hopefully less people will make the connection and it could actually help the movie in this Snow-saturated market.
What do you think of yet another Snow White flick?