What do the latest cryptic casting updates for The Dark Knight Rises and Iron Man 3 really mean?

Does a sudden interest in Ant-Man comics mean the movie is at last about to happen? The awesome title of the Doctor Who season premiere is confirmed. Plus updates on Beetlejuice 2 and a pair of British vampire movies!

Spoilers from here on out!

Top image from The Dark Knight Rises.

The Dark Knight Rises

There's some confusion over just who British model-actress India Wadsworth plays in Christopher Nolan's final Batman movie. According to her publicists, it's "The Warlord's Daughter", while her CV lists her role as "Mother." The obvious guess is that she is in some way genealogically connected to Ra's Al Ghul, who is confirmed to be appearing in the film in both a younger Josh Pence version and an older, still alive through the magic of flashbacks Liam Neeson version. While "Warlord's Daughter" might sort of indicate Talia al Ghul, it seems extremely unlikely such a major role would go to somebody we're only just hearing about, particularly since I don't believe she's in any set photos - and besides, I think we've all sort of agreed that Marion Cotillard is really playing Talia. The most likely explanation is that she is Talia's mother and the lost lover of Ra's, although IGN also suggests she could be Bane's mother, which I suppose can't be ruled out. Or there's just some random warlord in this movie, and Wadsworth has a bit part as his daughter. That is certainly also a possibility. [IGN]

If you want to listen to some samples from Hans Zimmer's score, check out the link. [Coming Soon]


The Amazing Spider-Man

Here's a TV spot.

Here's Andrew Garfield's official vlog in which he reveals all about the making of the movie. [Comic Book Resources]

And here's an interview with editor Alan Edward Bell in which he discusses his work on the films and what Easter eggs to look out for. [I Am Rogue]

Here's another viral featurette about Oscorp.

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Here's the latest batch of promo photos. [Coming Soon]


Iron Man 3

Hong Kong actor Andy Lau, best known to Western audiences for his role in House of Flying Daggers, reportedly turned down a role in the movie, one that has been described in one report as a "starring role." In a presumably related note, the movie is currently looking to cast one of the Chinese character roles with "a male actor over the age of 40 with strong English skills." The current contenders for Lau's unknown part are Chen Daoming, who played the Emperor in Hero, and Wu Xiubo, who is best known for his work on the Chinese television drama Before the Dawn. [Want China Times]


Ant-Man

All this definitely needs to be taken with a grain of salt, but reportedly four different people have visited the London store Gosh! Comics - which is located near a bunch of studio offices and production companies - asking for any and every Ant-Man comic the store has. Why does this matter? Here's Bleeding Cool's take on their report:

Here's the thing. No one asks for Ant Man comics. Not even, I'm told, when Marvel was still publishing Ant Man comics. Each time the individuals have been asked if it's for the Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish film and they jump back, spooked, asking how they could possibly know...

One of the people who visited the store reportedly asked specifically for issues about the character's "echo time locator" from "the old series." Anyway, it's flimsy, and could turn out to be nothing for a whole bunch of reasons, but certainly one interpretation is that a London-based production company - possibly one responsible for special effects - is busy research Ant-Man in anticipation of starting work soon on the long-awaited movie, which is due to be directed by Hot Fuzz director and well-known Briton Edgar Wright, which may help explain the London connection. (Also, as we saw with Captain America, Marvel Studios has had success filming in the United Kingdom.) Still, I wouldn't read too much into this until we know a bit more. [Bleeding Cool]


Kick-Ass 2

There's a few more rumored plot details to add to what we learned yesterday. Specifically, after all the trials and torments Aaron Johnson's Kick-Ass and Chloe Moretz's Hit-Girl go through once their secret identities are revealed to certain people, they still end up coming together - after Kick-Ass/Dave has been "emotionally/physically-brutalized" - to put together some allies for a big "balls to the wall" showdown with Christopher Mintz-Plasse's Red Mist and his super-villain army. [Screen Rant]


Dredd

What do the latest cryptic casting updates for The Dark Knight Rises and Iron Man 3 really mean?S

Here's a promo photo from the new Judge Dredd movie starring Star Trek's Karl Urban, Juno's Olivia Thirlby, and Game of Thrones star Lena Headey. [/Film]


Byzantium

What do the latest cryptic casting updates for The Dark Knight Rises and Iron Man 3 really mean?S

Here's a promo photo of Quantum of Solace actress Gemma Arterton in Interview with the Vampire director Neil Jordan's return to the monster genre. Arterton and Hanna star Saoirse Ronan play a pair of immortal vampires who pretend to be mother and daughter. [Shock Till You Drop]


The Last Voyage of the Demeter

Lord of the Rings and Eastern Promises star Viggo Mortensen has reportedly been offered the lead role of Henry Clemens in this movie about the ship that met an nasty end as it transported Count Dracula to England. Neil Marshall, who directed The Descent, Doomsday, and the Game of Thrones episode "Blackwater", is lined up to direct, and Ben Kingsley is still very loosely attached to play the ship's captain. [Bloody Disgusting]


Beetlejuice 2

Perhaps cautioned by the critical and commercial drubbing of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, writer Seth Grahame-Smith offers a candid appraisal of the difficulties in making a Beetlejuice sequel:

That's the scariest part for me – essentially I'm trying to catch lightning in a bottle. The chance of creating something transcendent twice is very slim. But I think the magic ingredient is trying not to over do it. Not to make it some crazy, overblown big Beetlejuice Saves the World type of story. Frankly, Beetlejuice himself is only in the original movie for about a half hour. I think using him sparingly is key. And not trying to make it so modern, family friendly and broad but to cling to the things that made it a little dangerous. And obviously we're not remaking the movie or rebooting it. It would be a sequel, and however much time has passed between the two movies, that's the amount of time that will have passed in the story.

There's a bit more at the link, including further confirmation of lots of discussions Grahame-Smith has had with Tim Burton and Michael Keaton. [Bleeding Cool]


Robot & Frank

What do the latest cryptic casting updates for The Dark Knight Rises and Iron Man 3 really mean?S

Here's a poster for the movie about Frank Langella and his robot friend, which just released its trailer. [/Film]


Forever

Speaking of humans and robots being friends, albeit in a much more grimly sci-fi sort of way, Monsters director Gareth Edwards is going ahead with his film about a human boy who lives in a largely post-human world populated by robots. According to Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter director Timur Bekmembetov, who is producing the project, Edwards shot some test film for the project and is now waiting for writer Dante Harper, who is responsible for Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters and All You Need is Kill, to finish the screenplay. [Bleeding Cool]


Doctor Who

The British Film Institute will be hosting a special premiere of the first episode of series seven on August 18, and they have now confirmed the title of the episode: "Asylum of the Daleks." This is the episode that is supposed to feature "every Dalek ever", which better mean the glorious creation that is the Special Weapons Dalek is about to make its triumphant return. Anyway, no further details about the episode have been revealed, not even the status of the Special Weapons Dalek. Inquiring minds want to know! [Doctor Who News]


True Blood

Here's a promo for episode four, "We'll Meet Again."


Falling Skies

Here's a promo for the fourth episode, "Young Bloods."


Continuum

Here's a promo for episode six, "Time's Up", which airs July 8.


Teen Wolf

Series creator Jeff Davis previews the rest of the second season:

"Without giving anything away, episode 12 is titled ‘Master Plan,' so that should give fans a hint that all of the characters and their stories are definitely going to come crashing into each other. Not everyone survives this season, that much I can say. Whether it's one of our young six series regulars will have to remain a mystery. What I can say is that just as we started the season off bloody, we end it bloody. Very bloody."

He also discusses the upcoming sixth episode's opening at a gay bar:

"The opening of episode six does indeed take place in and around a gay club involving several of the main characters. It's almost nonstop action with a big Derek-Kanima fight sequence. It's something you don't see often in shows like ours. I think it turned out quite well. Let's just say this episode nearly broke our special effects budget, which isn't very big to begin with!"

He reveals that Stiles will either turn into a werewolf, play lacrosse, or kiss somebody in episode eleven. There's more at the link, for all your Teen Wolf spoiler needs. [E! Online]


Additional reporting by Ben Vrignon and Charlie Jane Anders.