Check out our first proper look at Rufus Sewell as a vampire in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and find out why Lincoln hates vamps. A producer sets the record straight about Ridley Scott's Blade Runner follow-up. The Wolverine sets a release date. Karen Gillan discusses her Doctor Who departure. Plus the single most ridiculous Once Upon a Time casting update ever!
Alcon Entertainment executive Andrew Kosove is denying the recent rumors that Harrison Ford is due to return in Ridley Scott's Blade Runner follow-up in just about the strongest possible terms:
"It is absolutely patently false that there has been any discussion about Harrison Ford being in Blade Runner. To be clear, what we are trying to do with Ridley now is go through the painstaking process of trying to break the back of the story, figure out the direction we're going to take the movie and find a writer to work on it. The casting of the movie could not be further from our minds at this moment."
As to whether Ford could even conceivably appear in the film, Kosove left the possibility open, but it doesn't sound like it's something they're seriously considering:
"It's like asking if we're going to make the sky red or blue, there has been no discussion about it. What Ridley does in Prometheus is a good template for what we're trying to do. He created something that has some association to the original Alien, but lives on its own as a standalone movie. In advance of knowing what we're going to do, I supposed you could say yes, he could. But I think it is quite unlikely."
Fox has announced a release date for the delayed, somewhat troubled but still generally promising new Wolverine movie: July 26, 2013. It's still believed that the movie, which is directed by 3:10 to Yuma's James Mangold, is a loose adaptation of Chris Claremont and Frank Miller's Japan-set 1982 comic miniseries. [Comic Book Resources]
Here's a new TV spot.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Star Benjamin Walker discusses the film's approach both to vampire lore and Abraham Lincoln's biography:
"It's not a sermon in any way, but it is interesting to look at vampires as the all-encompassing, unspeakable, unknowable evil. This evil moves among us, and maybe lives next door. It's an ideology that we don't fully understand, but they live by it... It's told through the structure of Lincoln's actual life. You not only see these huge fight scenes and great moments of drama, but you get sort of the greatest hits of Lincoln's life, from the mysterious death of his mother through the Gettysburg address. You get a portrait of this man, as well as a thriller."
The movie builds on Lincoln's real visits to Louisiana as a young man, where he saw the abuse and mistreatment of slaves and began to develop his own abolitionist sentiments. In this case, those Louisiana plantations also function as de facto livestock farms for vampires, who can feed on the slaves with impunity. There are more details at the link, and you can also check out the promo photos on the left, which includes a look at Rufus Sewell and Erin Wasson as Lincoln's vampire adversaries. [EW]
Although his involvement was first announced as part of that massive infodump the other day, we now know a bit more about WWE wrestler turned actor Dave Bautista's involvement in the film. He will reportedly play a character named Diaz, and he will appear in "9/10ths of the film." [The Hollywood Reporter]
Natural Selection writer-director Robbie Pickering is reportedly directing this film from Oren Uziel's script, which made the 2010 Black List of best unmade screenplays and, just as the title suggests, involves "the genre collision about the unlikely alliance between a high school-aged vampire, zombie and human as they try to save their town from invading aliens." Jonah Hill was originally in talks to direct the movie, but he has apparently moved on to other projects. [Deadline]
Wrath of the Titans
Here's a pair of posters and a banner for the Clash of the Titans sequel. [Coming Soon]
Here's the first TV spot for The Fall and Immortals director Tarsem Singh's Snow White movie.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation
Here's an international trailer that features a bit of extra footage.
Tale of the Body Thief
Ron Howard and Brian Grazer's Imagine Entertainment have reportedly obtained the rights to this Anne Rice novel featuring her vampire Lestat, who previously appeared played by Tom Cruise in Interview with the Vampire and by who gives a crap in Queen of the Damned. (Stuart Townsend to his friends.) Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman will reportedly make this the 10,000th genre project they're currently producing, and Lee Patterson — whose previous work includes the as yet unmade but apparently well-respected screenplay Snatched — is working on the screenplay. [Heat Vision]
Karen Gillan discusses her reasons for leaving the show while making it clear that her departure will allow Amy's (and presumably Rory's) story to reach an organic end:
"It was a mutual decision between me and Steven Moffat over a lovely dinner actually. We both opened up about where we were at with it and then came to the conclusion that this was the best time to go. I've had the most fun, so that makes me sad to leave, and I've made my best friends on the show as well. But it's time to go on to other things and all stories come to their natural end so I'm excited."
Here's a casting call for episode nineteen, "Farnsworth P.I.", which I think we can safely assume involves a jaunt to the alternate universe:
ALTERNATE UNIVERSE MALE FBI AGENT] Late 30s to early 40s. Open ethnicity. He is a strong, confidant and a leader. GUEST LEAD. One episode. Open to actors that are on a series currently on hiatus. Also open to comedic actors.
[ALTERNATE UNIVERSE FEMALE FBI AGENT] Early 20s. Caucasian. She's a part of our Alternate Fringe Division and is smart, articulate, strong, confidant and really good at her job. GUEST LEAD. Possibly Recurring.
The Walking Dead
Melissa McBride, who plays Carol on the show, promises that "some people are gonna die" in the second half of the season. She discusses where Carol is headed specifically in the wake of her daughter Sophia's death, zombification, and redeath:
"You may see Carol pick up a weapon in the second half of Season 2. Let's say that. She's been through so much alone just to survive before any of this [zombie stuff] happened and women who have to deal with [spousal abuse] and come out the other side. Even when they're enduring it there's a strength that none of us can touch."
She also talks about what's ahead for Norman Reedus's Daryl:
"A lot of it is going to continue to develop with Daryl and how he deals with the loss of Sophia and what it's meant to him. He's going to detach a little bit and she's going to want to bring him back in to the fold of the group. But, as the season progresses there are questions. Is that fold really so great? Do I want these people guiding me out of this? If they guide me out of this, what are they guiding me into? Some of the characters are asking if they're better off by themselves."
She also confirms that the Governor won't show up this season, but that other new characters will be introduced. [Zap2It]
Here are some spoiler-y tidbits for the midseason premiere "Nebraska" that if nothing else are way more reliable than yesterday's batch:
In the wake of the barn massacre, all of Rick's group — save for one person — gets the bum's rush from Hershel; Dale shares with someone his theory that Shane sacrificed Otis; there's a rather ridiculous major car crash, considering how deserted the roads are; and Michael Raymond James (Terriers) shows up as a shifty survivor from Philly who introduces us to a new nickname for the walkers.
Here's an interview with star John Anderson, who plays Lincoln Cole on the show.
Once Upon a Time
In news that really makes me want to invent a time machine, just so I can go back to 1970 and see the look on people's face when I tell them, Who frontman Roger Daltrey will reportedly voice a talking caterpillar in an Alice in Wonderland themed episode of Once Upon a Time. Actually, on second thought, I'm guessing that news wouldn't be that shocking to people in the 70s, but the fact that no mind-altering drugs were involved in this decision (that we know of, at any rate) probably would be. [EW]
Nikita actor Noah Bean will reportedly guest star as "a handsome stable boy in Fairytale Land who tends to horses at the royal manor." The character is described as "a young romantic who believes that love can make anything possible, even breaking through the barriers of his social station." I'm hoping this barrier-breaking is done with the help of Roger Daltrey's talking caterpillar, but I fear that I may be out of luck there. [TV Line]
Here's an extended preview for the reality-hopping new show from Lone Star creator Kyle Killen, starring Jason Isaacs as a grieving cop. The show is set to debut on NBC this March.
Executive producer Robert Singer offers a preview of this Friday's episode, "Plucky Pennywhistle's Magical Menagerie", a title that petrifies me every time I hear it.
It's still not clear whether Castiel will really be Castiel when Misha Collins makes his return appearance, but one thing is apparently for certain — he'll be making his comeback without the character's signature trenchcoat. [E! Online]
Being Human (UK)
Here are some promo photos for this Sunday's episode, "Being Human 1955." [SpoilerTV]
The Vampire Diaries
In what I can only describe as a non-spoiler spoiler, there are reportedly no plans to kill off Elijah. [E! Online]
Actress Shelley Hennig describes what will happen when her character takes something called "Devil's Spirit" in this week's episode:
"It's like giving a 21-year-old a drink for their first time. They're going to react differently than someone who's drank before. Diana's really sensitive to the drug, and it really gets to her. She becomes quite a fun character...I had no boundaries when I shot it. I'm not kidding. Between me and the director, there were no boundaries. They can't show everything, but you'll definitely see Diana pushing the limits, especially with Lee."
And here's a sneak peek for this week's episode "Valentine."
Additional reporting by Jennifer Griffith-Delgado and Charlie Jane Anders.