The rising star that Joss Whedon supposedly wants to play Scarlet Witch in Avengers 2 has now said that she would like to play Scarlet Witch in Avengers 2. Hugh Jackman explains why Wolverine kind of just wants to die in his latest solo film. Plus Grimm, Arrow, Vampire Diaries, The Originals, and more! Spoilers abound!
Top image from The Wolverine.
Man of Steel
Star Henry Cavill says he'd like to make a World's Finest movie, assuming Warner Bros. can actually figure out what they're going to do with the Caped Crusader now that Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale have departed:
“I think it would be really interesting with the age-old Batman/Superman conflict. Because they are two different sides of the same coin and their methods are entirely different. And I think it would actually make for an interesting story as to why, first of all, they were going head to head and how. I think that would make a great story... Who knows, I’m sure there’s all sorts of ideas being thrown around at Warner Bros right now.”
There's almost certainly nothing to this beyond Cavill doing a little good old-fashioned geeking out, but it's at least cool to hear the hopeful new face of Warner Bros.'s superhero franchises is interested in making a team-up movie with Batman. [SFX]
The Avengers 2
Hanna and The Host star Saoirse Ronan says she's aware of the rumors that she is the prototype for the sequel's interpretation of Scarlet Witch, which means the production team is using Ronan as their reference point in the casting process. She says she'd be up for saving them the trouble of finding somebody like Saoirse Ronan by just doing the job herself:
I have heard about it and yes, I would. Yeah, of course I would. I love Joss and I love those films, and I love his handle on them and how he portrayed these kinds of superheroes. I think it’s very different from what anyone else has done. So yeah, I’d love to be in it.
Star Hugh Jackman says this movie will explore the vulnerable side of Wolverine, and in particular how he is potentially ready to die after losing Jean Grey in X-Men: The Last Stand, the previous film chronologically:
[Wolverine's] sort of interested in [the offer of mortality], because if your life is not great and there is a lot of regret and pain, would it be great to live on and on?... Yes, ('The Wolverine') is a character piece, and I would say it may be a little darker in tone than the others, and it certainly feels a little different, (but) it's just as much fun. The action is probably in this is more inventive than we've ever had before.
He goes into more detail about his character's arc:
(He) loses the love of his life, (and) we've seen that impact. He's one of those people where whenever he gets close to someone, bad things tend to happen. So in a way, not only for himself but for the world, he decides to just completely go off the reservation and sort of deny who he is and be like a recluse.
But there is something that's bringing him back?
There is something bringing him back. ... He just can't help himself, you know? I think the thing I love about him is, you know, he's reluctant, he doesn't want to get involved, he's not an idealist, but at the end of the day when there is an injustice, he can't help but rise to the occasion.
There's more at the link. [CNN]
Thor: The Dark World
Costar Ray Stevenson talks some more about his character, Warriors Three member Volstagg, and the movie in general:
In the first “Thor,” Asgard had this tremendous peace among the 9 realms. They were riding at the heights. Everything is working and looking as it should be. In this one, the realms are being whipped up into various rebellions. There is a darker malignant force out there and we are in the process of engaging in long protracted skirmishes and battles. The luster and shine of the city has been taken off and it all leads to a huge assault, an attack at the heart of Asgard. It could be completely wiped out, the stakes are a lot higher.
And what do we see of Volstagg?
He’s great on a battlefield. He is one of the warriors three and doing what they do, their time is spent fighting on many different fronts. They’re not always fighting together. Volstagg is struggling, he has a brood, they are fighting for hearth and home as much as for the idea of Asgard itself. That’s where he has trouble.
What do you mean?
He’s all too aware of how potentially threatening this new enemy is on both the home front and the battlefield.
There's more at the link. [Speakeasy]
This is the End
Here's a TV spot for James Franco and Seth Rogen's apocalyptic film, in which they and all their celebrity friends play versions of themselves as the world crumbles around them. [First Showing]
Here's the latest trailer for Pixar's Monsters, Inc. prequel. [First Showing]
A new report from Moviehole indicates that the upcoming Poltergeist movie, though centered on new characters, will be set in the same universe as the original films:
In one scene in the new film, the kids’ find some things behind the sliding panel in the attic. Yep, you guessed it – they find some of the Freeling’s possessions, intentionally left behind. There’s the Star Wars bed sheets (from Robbie’s room), a black-and-white TV set (why, of course!), and some Christmas decorations.
The report also indicates that the new movie will revisit some of the original's more iconic moments:
There’s the scary tree that proves a looming threat to our youngster (and gets pulled underground), the freaky ‘clown’ that sits upon a rocking chair in the bedroom (in this case, the clown sits in younger brother Griffin’s room), and of course there’s ‘phone’ trouble (in this case, older sister Kendra’s iPhone gets damaged by unseen forces), and of course the little girl – Madison – who makes friends with ‘The Lost People’ that nobody can see (but who don’t mind ‘showing off’ – making Madison’s hair stand up like she’s just been struck by electricity, being just one of their ‘tricks’).
Star David Giuntoli says he doesn't actually know if the writers have actually figured out the resolution to the big, season-ending cliffhanger, which found Nick captured by Renard and placed in suspended animation:
Yeah, we don’t know what Eric Renard has planned for Nick. I don’t know if the writers know, either. But it does not look like it’s a friendly parlor game. It’s going to be bad. It’s a big power play that the Royals are making for Nick, and they have him. They are probably going to ship him off somewhere, and I have no idea how it’s all going to end.
Have you shot the first episode of next season yet?
No. I haven’t read it. I don’t know if it’s been written. I’m being honest when I’m saying I don’t even know if the writers quite know. I assume I’m going to be on the show next year.
Nick and Capt. Renard still have a very tentative alliance at the end of the season. How do you think Nick would react if Sean Renard eventually sided with his brother against Nick?
I wouldn’t be surprised if Renard sided with his brother. Renard and Nick… again, I’m not comfortable with this guy. Yes, the whole thing with Juliette was kind of not his doing, but he did try to kill my aunt… I can’t really forgive that. He’s so mysterious. He has so many motivations and he’s so cool, he doesn’t show them. Nick would not be surprised if [Capt. Renard] teamed up with Eric and went against me.
There's more at the link. [TV Line]
Under the Dome
The eighth episode will reportedly see "Barbie, Linda, and Big Jim try to take back control of the town's main water supply from Ollie." [SpoilerTV]
Executive producer Marc Guggenheim indicates Laurel's role will change in season two:
"Because her building has been destroyed, Laurel is looking for a new job and she will not be returning to CNRI next year. She'll have a new job and a new mission and I'll leave it to people to speculate for the next three months as to what that mission could be."
The Vampire Diaries
Showrunner Julie Plec discusses the major narrative arcs for season five:
"One thing we're looking forward to so much next season is Elena on her own as a vampire and living her new life in college. And to see a vulnerable Katherine, who is able to be hurt and able to be killed and in need of the protection much like the first Elena we met four years ago."
Stars Daniel Gillies and Joseph Morgan discuss the sibling relationship between Elijah and Klaus as they head off to their very own Vampire Diaries spin-off:
Gillies: “It’s just going to be that ultimate dynamic of Elijah in pursuit of making certain that the family is reinstated as they once were, which is sort of this pursuit of a fantasy, almost. And Klaus is a lot more malevolently in pursuit of power. It’s no less of a fantasy. And it’s sort of watching those two dynamics intersect.
Morgan: We ended the backdoor pilot in a good place, moving forward together, a tentative partnership between us. But as things complicate, as the series pans out, there’s room for throwing that up in the air. As far as the baby is concerned, I can’t imagine that we both have identical plans of how this child should be raised. So I imagine we’re going to have a conflict of interest.
And Morgan adds this hint about the show's overall direction:
I didn’t for the life of me see [the baby surprise] coming and I’m so happy with the potential it gives us for exploring these characters. The Originals have always revolved around this idea of family and I think the baby storyline really gives us a chance for that to escalate, way beyond what it would have done just keeping it the three of us.
There's more at the link. [Just Jared, Jr.]
Here's a promo and a sneak peek for the next episode, "Instinct," which airs June 3.
In the Flesh
Here's a trio of short promos for BBC America's upcoming three-night zombie event, which kicks off June 6.
The BBC has also confirmed plans for a second season, set to premiere in the United Kingdom sometime in 2014. [TV Equals]
Here's a promo for the fifth episode of season two, "Second Opinion."
Season four is reportedly set to film between June 3 and October 21. [SpoilerTV]
Additional reporting by Amanda Yesilbas and Charlie Jane Anders.