Super Awesome Superhero News
Both Sides Now Recruiting For The Upcoming Civil War
Some huge news coming out of Captain America: Civil War. The third film in the Captain America series is set to revolve around the famous civil war story line from the comics, which means Robert Downey Jnr. as Iron Man will be involved, while Daniel Bruhl has been cast as the lead villain, and supposedly this villain will be in the upcoming Doctor Strange film. Frank Grillo has teased online that he may return to the role of Crossbones, while Get On Up star Chadwick Boseman is set to debut as Black Panther.
New Fixes For All Hiddleston Addicts Coming Soon
All those Tom Hiddleston fans out there needn’t worry, you will be getting your fix of Loki in the future. In an interview Thor actor Idris Elba confirmed he had filmed a scene with Hiddleston for the upcoming Avengers sequel, Age Of Ultron. Furthermore, Marvel’s Kevin Fiege has announced Hiddleston will be appearing in the third Thor film, Ragnarok, and the two-part Avengers: Infinity War, playing big roles in all three films. The Movie Review Dudette is more than pleased with this news, as she would leave me for Tom in a heartbeat.
Everybody In Hollywood Wants To Kill Themselves
The makers of Suicide Squad have been searching high and low for anyone or anything that can act. Not long after Jesse Eisenberg and Margot Robbie were both confirmed to be playing Lex Luthor and Harley Quinn respectively did a torrent of potential castings came flooding in. Though nothing has been confirmed there are plans for Jai Courtney to portray Deadshot, Will Smith to play Captain Boomerang for some reason, while TV’s Kerry Washington could be first in line to play Amanda Waller, the woman in charge of the squad. Tom Hardy is also in talks to star, but other than speculation he may be playing Rick Flag the role has yet to be revealed, and by not talking about Fight Club has Jared Leto all but confirmed he will be playing The Joker. Because that’s how sensationalised speculation works, right?
The Apocalypse Is Coming For Oscar Isaac
Casting for X-Men: Apocalypse is well under way as a long list of potential actors and actresses have surfaced. Oscar Isaac has had a huge year, from his role in A Most Violent Year he’s since been cast in the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and now is set to play one of X-Men’s most infamous villains, Apocalypse. Meanwhile, a list of actresses, including Elle Fanning, Chloe Moretz and Hailee Steinfield are in talks to play a young version of Jean Grey, while Timothée Chalamet, Ben Hardy, Charlie Rowe are vying for the young Scott Summers / Cyclops role.
Wonderful Female-Related Announcement
Wonder Woman has finally found its director. Michelle MacLaren, known for her efforts in television directing, will be making her feature-length debut as director. Not only that she’ll be taking a role in the development of the film, which supposedly will be the first in a trilogy of films around the Amazonian woman.
One, Two, Three Is Never Enough
Bourne Again (I Choose To Believe Nobody Has Used That Pun Yet)
Last we heard was that Universal had plans for a fifth film in the Bourne franchise with director Paul Greengrass and actor Matt Damon. This month we received confirmation that both Greengrass and Damon would be returning to the series. Jeremy Renner fans needn’t worry though, as he’ll be returning to the franchise for its sixth instalment, potentially alongside Damon.
Justin Lin Feels The Need For… Fast
After having passed on Furious 7 there are reports that director Justin Lin is being courted by Universal Pictures to return for the eighth film in the Fast & Furious series. This would be the first of a three-film deal that would see the high-octane, long-running series come to an end with the tenth film, probably just so they could put X in the title.
Three Has Never Been Enough for Sly Stallone
In an online interview, action star Sylvester Stallone has pretty much promised a fourth outing in the misfiring Expendables franchise, hoping to revitalise the series with a return to its R-rated blood and guts roots, and perhaps even dropping the veteran squad into unknown science-fiction territory. Sounds like a really, really, good idea…
ID Forever Is No Longer Taking Forever
Plans for an Independence Day sequel have been brewing since 2009, in which time writer’s Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich have finished a treatment to be re-written by Carter Blanchard, announced the sequel is in two parts to be shot back-to-back and that Will Smith would not be returning because “he’s too expensive”. After so long Fox Studios have finally given the green light for Independence Day Forever Part 1 and Part 2 to begin production in 2015 for a June 2016 release. Though Will Smith is a no-go both original stars Jeff Goldblum and Bull Pullman will reprise their roles in the long-awaited sequel.
Don’t Pack Your Toys Away Just Yet
After the huge success and fitting ending that came with Toy Story 3, we all assumed that was it and we would have to put our toys away for good and grow up, right? Wrong! After teasing us with TV specials and some now old news that sequels four and five would go straight to television, Disney CEO Bob Iger has announced a full-fledged movie sequel is set for a 2017 release. Almost nothing is known about the film right now, other than Rashida Jones and Will McCormack are attached as screenwriter’s, but nevertheless get ready to open your toy box once more.
An Australian And An German-Austrian Walk Into An Audition
What Do You Do With A Faltering Film Series?
The fifth Pirates Of The Caribbean film, sub-titled Dead Men Tell No Tales, has been simmering the past year with the only news being a release date of 2017 and a shooting location of Australia. The latest from the Johnny Depp-vehicle is that young Australian actor Brendan Thwaites will be playing a sidekick to Depp’s Jack Sparrow, while rumours continue to surround both Geoffrey Rush and Ian McShane with rumours they’ll reprise previous roles, Javier Bardem will be playing the film’s ghost-like villain, and there may or may not be a pop-up cameo from Orlando Bloom.
No Mr. Bond, I Expect You To Die… Wait… Wrong One…
Big news coming out of the Bond 24 camp. Despite initial reports that French actress Léa Seydoux would be the next Bond Girl, there are reports a press conference will be held in the first week of December to announce the title of the film and the latest Bond Girl, to be played by Hilary Swank. The news gets better with word Christoph Waltz has signed on to play the main villain of the film, and from there it gets even better as his role may very well be one of the most famous Bond villain’s of all time in Ernst Stavro Bloefeld. This would be the first time Bloefeld has featured in a Bond film since 1981, when he was supposedly dropped from a helicopter to his demise.
In Space Everyone One Can See You IMAX Out
At least one scene from the forthcoming 7th Star Wars film, The Force Awakens, has been filmed using an IMAX camera. After a photo from the set appeared to show the camera in use director J.J Abrams confirmed the use of the technology during an interview, though how much of the film has been filmed this way remains unknown
When the new trilogy was announced what was also announced was that in-between each main film there would be a spin-off series. Since then a potential plot has surfaced surrounding the first spin-off, which may revolve around fan-favourite Bobba Fett and a team of bounty hunters as they attempt to steal the plans for the death star, bringing about the events of the famous space saga as a prequel to the original 1977 film.
Let The Production Begin… Eventually
No Jobs Too Tough For Fassbender
Not too long ago it was no sure thing that the new Steve Jobs biopic would even get off the ground after Sony passed on Aaron Sorkin’s script and both director David Fincher and actor Christian Bale dropped out, putting it in turnaround so that another production company could take it, which is a rare thing in cinema. Since then Universal Pictures have picked up the pieces, Danny Boyle is attached to direct, Michael Fassbender has all but signed on to direct and play the lead role, and now Natalie Portman is being courted for a supporting role. A release date for the 2015 awards season is slated.
Oh Lord, Won’t You Make Me, A Janis Joplin Film
Amy Adams’ Janis Joplin Biopic, titled Get It While You Can, has been in production for a couple of years with little to no news but is now that little bit closer to finally seeing the light of day. Original director Lee Daniels has dropped out, replaced by Jean-Marc Vallee who has been on a winning streak as of late with his previous efforts Dallas Buyer’s Club and Wild. Though the project has hit speed-bump after speed-bump Amy Adams remains committed, which may be the only thing keeping it alive.
Stand By Your Film
It’s been a long time coming for The Stand. The adaptation of the Stephen King epic was first announced way back in 2011, going through director David Yates, screenwriter’s Steven Cloves and Scott Copper, and later Ben Affleck. Earlier this year Josh Boone was announced as writer and director, and in this month the original single film has been expanded to four, to be filmed consecutively, while rumours are abound Matthew McConaughey is set to star as villain Randall Flagg.
H8ful Eight Begins. Gr8!
Quinten Tarantino had full intent on cancelling his latest piece The H8ful Eight not long after an early version of the script leaked. Thankfully though he changed his mind after a well-received live reading, and since then the principle cast: Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Samuel L. Jackson, Walton Goggins, Tim Roth, Bruce Dern, Michael Madsen and Demian Bichir have been pictured with Tarantino during an early rehearsal, with Samuel L. Jackson selfies to prove it. There’s also word this could very well be one of Tarantino’s last films; the director is hoping to call it a day after ten films.
Logic is trying to prevail as Fox Studios are leading the charge in attempts to have motion-capture magician Andy Serkis nominated for an Oscar for his role in Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes. The academy is yet to recognise motion-capture, but this horn has been blowing ever since Serkis’ performance in The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, in which he was also not only overlooked but barred from Oscar contention.
Serkis has also speculated on the length this current run of Apes films might go for. Though nothing is set in stone and it’s simply one man’s opinion the upcoming third film could be the last or there may be up to five in the series.
Meanwhile, concept artwork for 2011’s Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes originally featured an ending sequence in which Caesar climbs a staircase and stairs out atop the statute of liberty, an obvious nod to the original 1968 film. However, for reasons unknown, this sequence never made it into the final film.