More plot details emerge for Johnny Depp's Transcendence. Plus hear from the stars of the Doctor Who Christmas special!

Another onetime mutant wants in on the time travel fun of X-Men: Days of Future Past. Chuck's Zachary Levi talks his Thor: The Dark World role. Arrow casts one of Oliver Queen's most trusted friends. Plus a singing Hobbit promo!

Spoilers from here on out!

Top image from Doctor Who.

Thor: The Dark World

Erstwhile Chuck star Zachary Levi discusses stepping in for Once Upon a Time's Josh Dallas as Warriors Three member Fandral, which apparently includes dying his hair blonde:

"People always ask me now if blondes have more fun. No, it's really cool. Josh Dallas played the role I'm playing, Fandral the Dashing, in the first film. I was a little trepidatious about stepping into that because someone had already done it. But everyone's embraced me wholeheartedly and been very cool, We shoot in London. I've spent more time there in the last five months than anywhere else. It's been an incredible adventure."

[Enstars]


X-Men: Days of Future Past

Alan Cumming says he wants to reprise his role as Nightcrawler and be one of the returning mutants alongside the already confirmed Patrick Stewart's Professor X and Ian McKellan's Magneto:

"I haven't gotten the call. Someone told me that Nightcrawler doesn't appear in the story but I don't know, I think they would have called by now. It was funny that film because I really like it and everyone really responded to Nightcrawler and enough time has elapsed that I would like to go back to it. Although then when I did that film it was sort of the start of this spate of superhero and comic books made into films so it felt a little more special then it does now. X2 was a really great film, not just as a comic book film. I think it's one of the films I'd been in that I think of as really good."

When he says Nightcrawler doesn't appear in the story, he's likely referring to the fact that the character isn't in the original Days of Future Past comics storyline — but then, neither is Magneto, so the movie is already rather playing by its own set of rules. Since the rumors about James Marsden returning as Cyclops and Halle Berry coming back as Storm suggest they will have fairly minor parts — Stewart and McKellan will likely be the only heavily featured future mutants, plus maybe Hugh Jackman because he's Wolverine — then a bit part from Cumming as Nightcrawler certainly doesn't seem beyond the realm of possibility. [Superhero Hype]


The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Here's the latest TV spot, highlighting the real reason people are going to watch this thing — singing dwarves! [The One Ring]


Noah

Director Darren Aronofsky has confirmed that his frequent composer Clint Mansell is back to score his big-budget Bible reimagining, and he's hoping that he and Mansell continue their creatively combative relationship:

"That's another bad marriage. We're about to start [on ‘Noah'] and I'm actually getting texts right now and I know it's from [Mansell], complaining about something. But he's a genius too and he cares, he puts his heart and soul and his love into everything. And he's unique - different from everyone else out there working. He's able to boil down the thematic of a film into a melody, into two or three notes. He captures the whole essence of a film in two or three notes. It's amazing what music can do, I can't tell you how many times music has saved my ass. There's a famous story that Spielberg says the music in 'Jaws' created the entire suspense of the film — without it, it just didn't work. And I think that's true, music can do so much for a movie. But then there's ‘The Wrestler' which has maybe three minutes of score, outside of some heavy metal, in the whole film. As soon as we put music on it, it became very cheesy, so I think every film has its own balance."

[The Playlist]


Transcendence

Christopher Nolan's longtime cinematographer Wally Pfister is moving ahead with his directorial debut, in which Johnny Depp will reportedly play one of a trio of brilliant computer scientists in a futuristic setting. Here's a new synopsis for what we can reportedly expect from the film, according to The Wrap:

In it, three scientists — Max and the husband and wife team, Will and Evelyn — have been developing a programming code for the world's first fully self-aware computer. According to the summary, a group of anti-technology terrorists assassinate Will, Evelyn uploads his brain into a prototype supercomputer. Although she at first finds the experiment seems to have gone wrong, before too long Evelyn finds Will responding in computer form. She goes on to connect Will to the Internet so he can help make further scientific breakthroughs. Will asks Evelyn to connect a microphone and a camera up to the computer so he can see and speak to her as well. Will creates a backup of himself to every computer in the world, and furthers his work through accessing online indexes. ([Producer Andrew] Kosove told TheWrap this plot point is no longer in the script.) When the anti-technology organization finds out, they try to steal the supercomputer and destroy it, but Will no longer needs the computer to survive.

Depp is slated to play Will. Ewan McGregor and Tom Hardy have been connected to the part of Max, while Noomi Rapace and Kate Winslet have been rumored for Evelyn, although all are reportedly now out of the running for various reasons. [The Wrap]


Jack the Giant Slayer

Here's a new poster for Bryan Singer's gritty version of the classic fairy tale, starring Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Past costar Nicholas Hoult. [Coming Soon]


Doctor Who

Here's a new clip from this year's Christmas special, "The Snowmen."

And here's a bunch of cast interviews with new companion Jenna-Louise Coleman, villainous guest star Richard E. Grant, and Dan Starkey, who reprises his role as the Doctor's Sontaran ally Strax.




Once Upon a Time

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Here are some set photos from the recent filming, and according to the report "the scene involved the dwarfs, Ruby, Granny, Charming and Snow pulling someone out of the hole in the ground." Check out the link for more. [VanCity Filming]


Arrow

The show has reportedly cast one of the most crucial members of the Green Arrow universe, as Teen Wolf alum Colton Haynes has reportedly been cast as Roy Harper, Green Arrow's longtime sidekick Speedy who in recent years has emerged as his own superhero, variously known as Red Arrow or Arsenal depending on which continuity we're talking about. This particular version of Roy Harper is described as a love interest for Oliver's sister Thea — herself already nicknamed "Speedy" on the show — and Harper is "a handsome, street-savvy, teenager from 'the Glades,' the harsh, poverty-stricken portion of Starling City" who is "destined to become a significant part of [Thea's] life and an important player in the larger world of Arrow." He will make his debut sometime in 2013. [TV Guide]

The show is also reportedly casting the part of Dinah Lance, Laurel's mother and Detective's — I'm pretty sure the first name of Laurel's dad is just Detective, so I'm rolling with that — Detective's ex-wife. Dinah Lance will reportedly appear in episodes sixteen through eighteen. [SpoilerTV]


The Vampire Diaries

Here's a sneak peek for the midseason finale, "O Come, All Ye Faithful."

Here's a spoiler-y tidbit, courtesy of Zap2It:

Did you catch Creepy Hot Professor Shane's little comment to Hayley about possibly seeing her (very dead) parents again? That may have sounded like the sort of thing people say to assuage grief, but Shane meant it a little more literally. Turns out, someone important to him has passed away, too... and he's pretty dead-set on reversing that, uh, condition.

[Zap2It]


American Horror Story

EW's Inside TV has five teasers for the end of the season:

— Two characters previously missing from the series return in the final moments for a jaw-dropping twist.
— Previously a victim, Sarah Paulson's Lana turns into a badass heroine.
— Two characters also find themselves impregnated.
— Dylan McDermott returns to the series and, in the opening scene, pays homage to both his role last year, as therapist Ben Harmon, and the horror classic, The Silence of the Lambs.
— One major character is visited by the angel of death at the end of the episode

[EW]


Beauty and the Beast

In what really must be the most Beauty and the Beast casting update imaginable, the show is apparently introducing a new Assistant District Attorney named Gabriel Lowen in the thirteenth episode, and for reasons that I have no doubt will make no sense whatsoever Cat will first meet him when he's completely naked in the women's locker room. Also, he's handsome (I know, I know, I'm shocked too) and determined to find out what's going on with this alleged Beast, no matter how many women's locker rooms he's got to hang around in naked. [Zap2It]


Additional reporting by Rob H. Dawson and Charlie Jane Anders.