Michael Bay says Transformers 4 won't be a reboot... kind of. Lost's Mr. Eko talks more about his role in the Thor sequel. Mark Millar promises a Kick-Ass 3, while Chris Pine still thinks J.J. Abrams could direct Star Trek 3.
Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from Captain America.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Emily VanCamp, the star of ABC's Sunday night vengeance-based soap opera Revenge, has reportedly been cast as the female lead in the Captain America sequel. It's not yet confirmed just who VanCamp is playing — or indeed if she's absolutely, definitely going to be in the movie, though it's looking fairly likely — but the smart money would still be on Sharon Carter, the modern-day relative of Cap's World War II love interest Peggy Carter, who was played by Hayley Atwell in the first film. A very late entrant to the casting rumors, VanCamp beat out a number of other rising TV stars who were previously connected with the role, including Downton Abbey's Jessica Brown-Findlay, Game of Thrones's Emilia Clarke, and Community's Allison Brie. [Deadline]
Thor: The Dark World
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, best known as Lost's Mr. Eko, describes his villainous Dark Elf character Kurse:
It's an amalgamation of a bull and a lava-like creature. He has very animalistic tendencies but with this insatiable and unstoppable power. As an actor, that's one of the hardest things to embody. You have to realize you are probably the most powerful thing you could imagine. And you have to be that. You can't pretend, so that when you face Thor, it's real... The outfit weighed about 40 pounds. I'm sure there will be a certain amount of CGI but a good 80% was me in that suit. The outfit informed how I was going to move – the horns – his fighting style as well. It's almost like he's made out of stone.
Here's a high-resolution version of a recently spotted promo image. [Newsarama]
Iron Man 3
Star Robert Downey, Jr. has some more praise for writer-director Shane Black, who makes his big move to blockbuster superhero films after reigniting both his and Downey's careers with the 2005 noir Kiss Kiss Bang Bang:
The first six months of pre-pre-production when you get hired to a Marvel movie is like taking a four-year college course in humility. The strongest ones survive and they move into prep and then they shoot the movie and they still look like a human being. The great thing about Shane is the same thing that's great about Shane's movie is that all the moving parts within the frame of his story are so poetic and inherently entertaining and then thought out and rethought out. And then everyone all the way through really put their nose to the grindstone this time and I really felt like we were in a much safer playground [than we were with Iron Man 2] just because it was Shane's vision. And he had a lot, lot, lot of time to figure out just one thing, which was to figure what the story would be.
He also offers some idea of what being a Chinese co-production means for Iron Man 3:
Truth be told, we [did shoot in China for about a week in December] after finishing principal photography and there will be some action there in the film. My main interplay through the whole thing was that China figures in as a destination spot for Tony for a reason but I can't explain [more because it would reveal] one of the ongoing themes of the movie. It's tied-in to that theme in much the same way the 10 rings [mentioned in the first Iron Man film] are tied-in to Mandarin - and always have been tied-in to the Mandarin.
Here's a new promo image featuring The Town star Rebecca Hall, who plays scientist Maya Hansen in the film. [Coming Soon]
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Mark Millar, the creative consultant for all superhero movies over at 20th Century Fox, discusses the how the time traveling story of the latest X-Men movie will work:
It has actually been very well put together – Simon Kinberg and Matthew Vaughn worked on it together and they are both great at what they do. Then Bryan Singer came in, and, of course, he is Mr X-Men and he knows exactly how everything works. Just look at these first two X-Men movies: despite the huge cast of characters it all came together really well. These two movies never felt like overload and the balance was really, really good. On the other hand I though the third film felt crowded, but then Singer is excellent at working with ensemble casts. So with this one I feel it is all fine. I have read the screenplay and it doesn't feel rushed and it doesn't feel like it is too many characters.
Are some of the appearances cameos? Is there a main team we'll be following?
I think the best comparison I can give is to Star Trek – that is an ensemble but it never feels as if there is not enough time with any one character. Or maybe Lost – that is an ensemble but every character gets their own moment to shine. So as long as everyone is there for a reason there doesn't need to be a problem with so many characters. This is a beautifully structured film, and it is a time travel story so the structure has to be especially strong.
He also hints at the potential roles of characters essential to the original comics "Days of Future Past" storyline, the Sentinels and Ellen Page's Kitty Pryde:
I don't really want to give too much away but the Sentinels are a big feature of this story. They will be cool and this will deliver on all of the teasers. We've all been waiting for this ever since X-Men: The Last Stand showed us one of their heads. Now it is finally coming, and we only have to pay ten quid to see it in the cinema whereas they're having to pay $100 million to deliver it. So I'm delighted [laughs].
Kitty Pryde – is she finally going to have a decent big screen role?
Ach, I cannae get into that [laughs]. As soon as I say something it will turn into a big internet story. Let me put it this way though: Kitty Pryde fans will not be disappointed.
There's more at the link. [SFX]
Here's a high-resolution version of a recently released behind-the-scenes photo. [Coming Soon]
Star Trek 3
Star Chris Pine says J.J. Abrams can go off and work on as many other sci-fi franchises as he likes, just so long as he comes back for another Star Trek movie:
"The only way I'll be disappointed is if he doesn't direct our third movie. I think if that turns out to be the case we'll have to kidnap him and hold him hostage until he agrees to do a third. From my standpoint, J.J. is a science-fiction genius. To have him over in the Star Wars camp is going to be a great thing. I'm sure it's going to be a great film."
It's confirmed that Abrams will still produce the third Star Trek movie, though it's not been confirmed either way if he will direct it. Of course, Abrams rather famously took his sweet time before committing to direct Star Trek Into Darkness, so it's likely we would have been in for another wait even if Abrams hadn't gotten the Star Wars directing gig. [USA Today]
Director Michael Bay gives his latest update on the film — which still, in an increasingly impressive show of restraint on Bay's part, isn't called Trans4mers — in which he explains how this film will be a fresh start after the first three films. As far as I can work out, that means totally new human characters and the same set of robots... except they will have new looks, for reasons that will be explained over the course of the film but fundamentally have to do with selling more toys, as that was seen as the main commercial failing of Dark of the Moon. Anyway, here's what he has to say:
We're going to start off smaller. There's a brand new cast. To freshen the franchise we've redesigned everything from top to bottom. The history of the first three movies is still there, we start four years later and there's a reason why we're meeting a new cast.
Mark is really excited about it and it's a great redesign. I said that 3 [which grossed $1.1 billion] was going to be my last one. Paramount was letting me do Pain & Gain and the Transformers ride was opening at Universal and it was bittersweet to think of passing it off. I wanted to set it up on a really sure footing and to bring someone else in on that, it would have been overwhelming.
So is 4 a reboot?
No, that's wrong. We keep the Transformers the way they were, it's just four years later. There's a reason the Transformers are redesigned. We're trying to broaden the franchise and give it more places to go.
Assuming the as yet unreleased Kick-Ass 2 does well enough at the box office, Mark Millar plans to complete his trilogy with one final film:
Yeah absolutely. Kick-Ass 3 is going to be the last one though. I told Universal this and they asked me, ‘What does that mean?' I said, ‘It means that this is where it all ends.' They said, ‘Do they all die at the end?' I said, ‘Maybe' – because this is a realistic superhero story. And if someone doesn't have a bullet proof vest like Superman and doesn't have Batman's millions then eventually he is going turn around the wrong corner and get his head kicked in or get shot in the face [laughs]. So Kick-Ass needs to reflect that. There has to be something dramatic at the end, he cannot do this for the rest of his life.
Jack the Giant Slayer
Ewan McGregor describes the relationship between his character, the head knight Elmont, and Nicholas Hoult's Jack:
No, he's a bit dubious about Jack to begin with. My character's main job is to look after the princess during peacetime, that's my main lookout. It strikes me, and I've never discussed it with anyone, but the Guardians are kind of the royal soldiers, the top knights. During the peacetime, at the beginning of the film, they're in charge of the security and safety of the royal family, so myself and Eddie Marsan's character, he plays Craw, it seems that we are in charge of looking after Isabelle, the princess.
My first encounter with Jack is when she's given us the slip. At the beginning of the film, there's a pantomime going on about this fable of the giants who live in the sky. It was really nicely put together by Warwick [Davis] who has an agency of small and very big people, so he used all his actors and he directed this pantomime that we shot in this lovely, old circus tent. So we find Isabelle there, she's watching the show and at that point, when we come into the tent, everyone bows down because we represent the king except for Jack who doesn't bow down because he's taken by surprise. So my first introduction to him is that he's somebody who's not very respectful to us and I'm a bit dubious about what he's after with the princess as well. Once the beanstalk has appeared and the princess has disappeared, [Jack] comes along with us, with the Guardians, the search party for her, and slowly, he keeps proving himself over and over.
Here are some promo photos. [/Film]
The Walking Dead
Costar David Morrissey discusses what's ahead for his character the Governor in the second half of the season, which resumes this Sunday:
"What I've liked about the season so far is that it's full of surprises. Obviously the stars might be aligned for Rick and the Governor to have some sort of meeting, but maybe the show will shoot that in a very surprising way. I think it's not going to give you what you want in the way that you want it, and I think that's what I've enjoyed in the second half of the season. As an audience you can see that no one's safe and there are surprises within that. What's great about The Walking Dead is that it's not frightened of killing off its leading actors."
This is likely a long, long ways off, but Contagion screenwriter Scott Z. Burns says he would like to adapt the Steven Soderbergh pandemic movie into a weekly TV show:
"We've been talking about turning it into a TV series and I think it may have a life there. It has some of the properties inherently like 'Homeland' and '24' where you can really explore outbreaks and pandemics in interesting ways. Like this story, they take you to unexpected places, whether it's drug companies or governments or scientists or people with political agendas. All of these things, once they're out there, can be coopted from a lot of different angles. That movie had an almost fractal kind of quality for me as a writer because anytime I looked at a business or a character, when it's something like a virus, it changes everything. If you have a date with somebody and they're sick and now you don't go out with them to businessmen who don't get on planes and don't go to meetings, so certain things don't happen. It becomes a causal agent for a whole bunch of plot."
Once Upon a Time
Co-showrunner Adam Horowitz has tweeted out the titles for episodes eighteen and nineteen: the former is "Selfless, Brave, and True", while the latter is "Lacey." [SpoilerTV]
Episode eighteen will reportedly be called "Ring of Fire" and feature "Markus, a Taureus-Armenta, with the head of a bull and the body of a man... [and] a new recurring called Stefania, a powerful Romanian woman who is the leader of a band of Gypsie." [SpoilerTV]
Here's a sneak peek at this week's episode, "Everybody Hates Hitler."
Episode nineteen will reportedly be titled "Taxi Driver", while episode twenty will be "Pac-Man Fever." [SpoilerTV]
American Horror Story
Creator Ryan Murphy tweeted that Lily Rabe, who has appeared on both incarnations of the show so far, will be back for season three. [EW]
Being Human (US)
Here's a sneak peek at the first four minutes of tonight's episode, "I'm So Lonesome I Could Die."
Beauty and the Beast
Here's a promo and sneak peek for the next episode, "Cold Turkey." [KSiteTV]
Additional reporting by Amanda Yesilbas and Charlie Jane Anders.