Another classic Star Wars character may be coming back, and there's a huge Terminator Genesis casting announcement. Another supervillain is coming to Agents of SHIELD. And Michael Chiklis joins the cast of American Horror Story: Freak Show. Plus, a first look at Scarlett Johansson in Lucy and a very revealing Arrow set photo. Spoilers now!
Top image: Agents of SHIELD.
According to a tweet from Texas International Comic Con, Peter Mayhew had to cancel his appearance due to filming commitments. Since the event was scheduled for 23 May, 2014 and Star Wars Episode VII is set to begin filming in May, that's led to understandable speculation that he's cancelling the appearance to be in the movie. As is always the case with Star Wars casting, there has been no confirmation of this, but it could be that he's returning as either Chewbacca or some kind of other cameo.
Here's the tweet:
We regret to announce that Peter Mayhew is canceling his appearance at Comicpalooza this year due to filming.
— Comicpalooza Con (@Comicpalooza) March 28, 2014
In the same vein, the news that the role of Miles Dyson, a young Cyberdyne executive, in Terminator: Genesis has gone to Dayo Okeniyi (The Hunger Games) has led to speculation that John Boyega (Attack the Block) has taken a role in Star Wars. Boyega was reportedly up for the role of Dyson along with one in Star Wars, and would only be able to take one. This is, as with everything until Disney finally announces a cast for this thing, just speculation. [First Showing]
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Bad Taste has footage from the filming in Italy, showing Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson in action as Hawkeye, the Scarlet Witch, and Quicksilver. We've seen photos from this shoot before, but this video shows them in action against people in motion-capture suits and what looks like Ultron. [BadTaste.it via Comic Book Resources]
Now that David S. Goyer seems to be the go-to guy for DC Comics movie adaptations, he seems fairly eager to revisit one of DC's recent attempts at launching a franchise. At least, that's what people are gleaning from his comments to Collider, in the middle of an interview about Da Vinci's Demons. Goyer said the heavy science fiction elements of the Lantern story might not be impossible to capture:
I would love to do 'Green Lantern.' I really wanted to showcase Krypton as a truly alien world. That was one of the things I wanted to do from the beginning when I got involved in the project. At his heart, Superman's always been a science fiction story. I wanted to lean into that, and so did Chris, and so did Zack, so I was just glad we were able to.
Goyer added that Man of Steel was "pretty close to my original conception, and vision and hope for what it would be," although they had to cut about 20 pages of scenes, because it was running too long. [Collider via ScreenRant]
Below is a photo of Scarlett Johansson in character as Lucy, a drug mule in 2069 Taipei, who accidentally takes a drug that allows her to absorb knowledge instantaneously, move objects with her mind, and not feel pain. [Entertainment Weekly via Collider]
Big Hero 6
The first confirmed voice-actor for Marvel and Disney's animated feature is TJ Miller, who told BostInno:
[I usually voice] weird people. I play a dopey, teenage boyfriend in "Gravity Falls." I'm in Disney's "Big Hero 6," which will be their big release this Thanksgiving. It ranges, usually it's the stoner-slacker, or you know, a guy who is very immature. Immature but confident.
From there, speculation was that Miller would play Fred, described as "quirky and weird" who has the power of turning into large monster called "Fredzilla." Rotoscopers has a tweet from Miller that appeared to confirm that, but it now appears to be deleted. [BostInno, Rotoscopers, Cinema Blend]
Here's a featurette about the film and two viral videos "by" the film's anti-tech activist group, Revolutionary Independence From Technology ("RIFT"). [Slashfilm]
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Go here for more new photos of the film from Entertainment Weekly. The subject of the above video and this photo all seem to be gearing up for Gwen Stacy's most infamous moment. [Entertainment Weekly]
Here's a new video featuring the cast and crew talking about whether Peter Parker can balance his relationships with his duties as Spider-Man. [Entertainment Weekly]
Transformers 4: Age of Extinction
Here's a new poster. [Screencrush]
Agents of SHIELD
In April 15th's "Providence," will feature Patrick Brennan will play Marcus Daniel/Blackout. He'll have a larger role plans for him to have a larger role in the next episode, potentially setting him up as a recurring villain. Brennan told Marvel.com:
This is the way they explained it to me: This guy, Marcus Daniels, a.k.a. Blackout, was shrouded in darkness, his soul, everything about him was shrouded in darkness until he comes across this Cello player. And the music was the only light that came into his soul, and it gave him hope and it gave him some sense of what light was. I thought to myself, oh my god, you don't even need to explain anything else. Because music, to me, is what gets me through most of the time. My kids, my wife, and music. That aspect of it totally intrigued me. I thought that was quite beautiful and very interesting, that aspect of the character.
The "Cello player" is probably Amy Acker's Audrey, who will appear on April 22nd's episode. Acker also spoke with Marvel.com about her appearance, saying:
There's a lot of talk [in the episode] about how it was when [Audrey and Coulson] were together. I think that one of the biggest things that they keep bringing up when she talks about him is how he made her laugh, and just the trust that she had for him. I [don't'] think anyone would have a hard time falling in love with Coulson, there's probably a long line of people with that already. It just seems like they really had a real, honest connection. I know it sounds cheesy, but [they] really [had] a soulmate-type vibe.
Marvel.com: Given that, in this episode, we've got Audrey being placed in danger from a threat coming back from her past, how do you think she is able to hold up under that pressure?
Amy Acker: That's kind of the struggle of the episode, [her] finding the strength to hold up under that pressure. I think probably her relationship with Coulson and with S.H.I.E.L.D., and what they did for her in the past, has made her a stronger person and made her really trust that if she does what they say, that things are going to turn out the way they should and that she's going to be protected. So I think that when she gets afraid and starts to doubt whether or not the plan is going to actually work, it seems like her love of Coulson is what makes her strong enough to keep with it in the end.
Here's a clip from this Tuesday's episode.
Game of Thrones
Peter Dinklage's word for the new season is "Beware," which is what he told Access Hollywood at the show's New York City premiere. He elaborated:
Well, I don't like to shock, I just like to uplift and take people somewhere, but it's pretty shocking. Yeah.
Gwendoline Christie echoed that sentiment, saying:
Being someone that's been lucky enough to read the scripts, I can inform you that it does [shock]. Everyone's mind is going to explode.
She also talked about what Brienne's journey will look like:
I think what we're going to see is the continuation of a story of a woman that is placed in situations that she doesn't know, naturally, how to navigate.
And there are occasions where we can truly enjoy watching how she's tested. And she also undergoes the greatest hardship yet.
Here are a bunch of behind-the-scenes featurettes:
Stephen Amell says that he's working on re-incorporating the line "You have failed this city!":
I miss saying that line. I do. I'm bugging the producers. We're hopefully gonna find a way to work it into the show sometime in the next season.
He also commented on whether a possible Justice League movie would include Oliver Queen, saying that he'd like to play him there as well as on TV. In fact, he said he's so competitive that the idea of someone else playing Oliver "makes [him] want to smash that head through that table." [Comic Book Resources]
Episode 22 is shooting right now, and Candagraphs tweeted a photo of the streets filled with people wearing Deathstroke masks. The tweet is below. [Comic Book Movie]
— Canadagraphs (@canadagraphs) March 29, 2014
Person of Interest
This tweet from Amy Acker seems to indicate a major cliffhanger for the season finale:
— Amy Acker (@AmyAcker) March 27, 2014
American Horror Story
At PaleyFest, Ryan Murphy revealed that Michael Chiklis (The Shield) will join the cast next season as Evan Peters' father. [Coming Soon]
Lindsey Morgan was recently introduced as Raven, and Morgan told Crave Online that even she doesn't know a lot about Raven. She did however reveal what she does know:
It's kind of open ended still. I just get tidbits and tidbits from the writers, but from what we're piecing together, on the Ark there is a class system. That's why they always refer to Clarke as princess, and the chancellor's son, Wells, as the prince. It's very much the privileged and the non privileged. If the Ark had streets or the hood, Raven was born in the hood. Her dad is gone from the beginning. Her mom is just, I'm assuming, not in a good place. She had an issue with drugs.
Her mother was friends with Nigel. Nigel is the black market woman. She deals morphine and in my head my mom was addicted to morphine, so she would basically trade her rations, because everyone on the Ark has their rations, for drugs and trade my rations for drugs. Mom definitely did not take care of me, so Raven learned to take care of herself at a very, very young age. She had to in order to survive, so she doesn't trust a lot of people. That's why Finn is so important to her.
They definitely allude to the black market.
Yes, yes, so Nigel's definitely someone from my past who ran the streets or the hood, my neighborhood of the Ark.
Here are video interviews with Henry Ian Cusick talking about Kane and Bob Morley talking about Bellamy.
The Vampire Diaries
Here's a promo for April 17th's episode "Resident Evil":
The Tomorrow People
Here's a clip from tonight's episode, "Smoke and Mirrors":
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Jason Krell.