Harrison Ford really could play Deckard in Blade Runner 2. Jason Momoa pokes fun at those Aquaman casting rumors. Story of Your Life gets major distribution. Doctor Who snags the director of Tank Girl. Plus tons of new footage from Extant, the supernatural medical show Proof, The Flash and Maleficent. Spoilers right now!
Top image: Superman Vs. Batman.
Superman Vs. Batman
Jesse Eisenberg says he's approaching Lex Luthor like any other character:
The character's really good, so it's like doing anything else. They make a lot of those movies, so if you're an actor in things, you will probably cross paths with it at some point. But the character's written really well. It's a really great role. The fact that it's in a big movie, you know, it seems like a character that would be in any kind of movie. It just happens to be in a bigger, flashier kind of thing.
Jason Momoa once again pours cold water on the rumors he's going to play Aquaman, pointing out he looks nothing like Arthur Curry: "I know, Aquaman! I couldn't even be more random for Aquaman, you know, with the blonde hair...I don't even know where that comes from. It's like me being, uh, Robin or something. Who pulls that out? I see that on the Internet and I'm like, Aquaman? A guy like...Lobo, I could see." See for yourself below. [Mstarz]
Hunger Games: Mockingjay
New set photos reveal Katniss being protected from a mindwiped Peeta, Katniss and Peeta kissing, Peeta playing the circle game, Natalie Dormer (Cressida) with a partly shaved head... and the death of Boggs, which looks much the same as it does in the book. Tons more pics at the links. Photos via MockingjayUpdates and FrostingPeetasWounds. [Panem Propaganda, Page to Premiere and Mockingjay]
Get out all the grains of salt, but there's an unsourced rumor that says Zac Efron is in talks for a major role in an upcoming Marvel project. Possibilities include playing Daredevil in the upcoming Netflix series, or playing Dr. Strange, Nova or Black Bolt on the big screen. [Latino Review]
Blade Runner 2
It's official: Harrison Ford has been offered a role in this sequel. Which doesn't mean he'll take it, of course. Alcon, which is producing the film, actually put out a press release saying they've asked Ford to appear. Including this quote:
"We believe that [writers] Hampton Fancher and Michael Green have crafted with Ridley Scott an extraordinary sequel to one of the greatest films of all time," said Alcon toppers Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson. "We would be honored, and we are hopeful, that Harrison will be part of our project."
The film takes place several decades after the original, which is why Ford can be playing a much older Deckard. (Who apparently wasn't a Replicant, after all.) [Variety]
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Bryan Singer admits to a few continuity errors in past X-Men films: "In X-Men 3 Bolivar Trask was an African-American guy, in X-Men 1 I personally wrote the line that of course I now regret: 'When I was 17, I met a young man named Erik Lensherr' and then in X-Men: First Class I changed that!" [SciFiNow]
Here's a clip depicting the fateful finger prick. [Coming Soon]
Story Of Your Life
Paramount won a bidding war with four other studios for the U.S. distribution rights to this adaptation of the Ted Chiang story, starring Amy Adams. Paramount paid $20 million just to distribute the film, and may distribute in China as well. [Variety]
Writer James Dashner was blown away by how close this was to his novel:
Honest, total truth, is I cannot believe how much they matched my vision. I've just been pleasantly surprised, shocked, over and over how spot-on they've been with the script, the maze itself, the blade — I just could not be more thrilled, and I'm not just blowing smoke. It's awesome... I wanted them to capture the spirit of it, which was the relationships of the characters, the mystery of it — just the 'what the hell's going on' feel to it — and, man, I think they just nailed it.
Why isn't Godzilla featured that much in this movie? Screenwriter Max Borenstein was asked about the relative lack of the movie's eponymous star, and he explains that he wanted to save Godzilla for the end of the film:
It's a fine line. Everyone is going to have a different opinion about it. When you go into a movie and from the very beginning it's go, go, go with two monsters fighting and you see everything, the only thing the viewer has to look forward to is another fight. It's hard to build tension if you've given the ghost away early on. A lot of my favorite films and a lot of Gareth's favorite films do suspense. That's a feature in all those great Spielberg movies; they use suspense to gradually build to your climax. Nowadays movies give more immediately.
Untitled Legendary Pictures Tentpole
Legendary has reserved the date Nov. 4, 2016 for an untitled co-production with Universal that's not a sequel or remake. Speculation has it that this is Brilliance, the book adaptation starring Will Smith. [THR via First Showing]
Here's the first trailer for this medical drama on TNT starring Jennifer Beals as a surgeon who probes the mysteries of life and death. [TV Equals]
Here's a much, much longer trailer for this show about Halle Berry as a returning astronaut, which basically gives you a capsule version of the whole first episode.
Rachel Talalay (Tank Girl) will direct two episodes of the new season, making her the first woman director on the show since Catherine Morshead (Amy's Choice). [BlogtorWho]
Grab those grains of salt yet again — there's a rumor that Fox is trying to bring this "buddy cop" series about aliens and humans living together on Earth back from oblivion. [The Tracking Board]
According to pretty much all of the members of this show's cast, the Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) is the breakout character of this show. Ben McKenzie calls the Penguin "phenomenal" and Donal Logue says Taylor's performance is "remarkable." And it sounds as though one of the big arcs will be the Penguin going from a henchman to Fish Money (Jada Pinkett-Smith) to a big deal in his own right. [MTV]
And here's a featurette with a bit of new footage [DenOfGeek]
Person of Interest
Our heroes are going to have to get secret identities, according to creator Jonathan Nolan:
They haven't, until this point, been saddled with being real people. In superhero terms, they haven't had to have their secret identity. Finch has dabbled in it over the years, they've all had fun playing at being one person or another, but they've never been locked into those identities. As Root put it in her closing voiceover last night, in a world in which everyone is watched, stamped, indexed, numbered, the only outliers are the people who don't fit that mold. So our characters now, in addition to figuring out how to save the world and save someone's world in New York every week, will have to figure out how to masquerade as real people. That, I think, proved irresistible to us as a writing challenge — and hopefully as an acting challenge for our amazing cast in terms of adding that new dimension to their roles.
As you can probably already tell, Stephen Amell (Arrow) guest stars in the Flash pilot. He tells TV Guide:
In the Flash pilot, Barry comes to me. [It's a] little snippet in the Flash pilot where he and I share a scene together, it's in his pilot, but [filming] it felt like our show because he's coming to Starling City. That, to me, was one of the most rewarding things that I did as an actor because it was essentially the same crew that we used for our pilot, and it was two years later and it was the same director. It was like going back in time. [Flash and Arrow director] David Nutter asked me to be a part of the pilot and I will never say no to David Nutter.
Here are two promo photos released by the studio:
And here's an extended description:
After a particle accelerator causes a freak storm, CSI Investigator Barry Allen is struck by lightning and falls into a coma. Months later he awakens with the power of super speed, granting him the ability to move through Central City like an unseen guardian angel. Though initially excited by his newfound powers, Barry is shocked to discover he is not the only "meta-human" who was created in the wake of the accelerator explosion — and not everyone is using their new powers for good. Barry partners with S.T.A.R. Labs and dedicates his life to protect the innocent. For now, only a few close friends and associates know that Barry is literally the fastest man alive, but it won't be long before the world learns what Barry Allen has become...The Flash.
And here's the first actual clip from the pilot, in which the Flash talks about his new name:
Here's a clip from the season finale, in which Cas and Sam take drastic action:
The CW released its fall schedule. The Originals will be on Mondays at 8. Flash and Supernatural will be back-to-back on Tuesdays. Arrow and The 100 will remain on Wednesdays, and The Vampire Diaries will remain on Thursdays. iZombie will debut in 2015, which is also when Beauty and the Beast will return.
American Horror Story: Freak Show
Talking to podcast Entertainment Weekly Radio, Ryan Murphy says he's directing the first episode of the new season because he's so excited about this new series. He called Freak Show a "super scary thrill ride" that is also "about something. It's about a group of people . . . who are the last existing freak show in America." The freaks in the troupe are desperate to stay together. And he said Sarah Paulson's character is "the most challenging character I've ever created. I'm nervous for Sarah." [via Enstarz]
Here's the official description for the penultimate episode of the season:
"We Are Grounders - Part 1" - (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) (Content Rating TBD) (HDTV)
SHOULD WE STAY OR SHOULD WE GO - Clarke (Eliza Taylor) and Finn (Thomas McDonell) escape one dangerous situation only to find themselves faced with a new enemy. Bellamy (Bob Morley) makes a heroic move to save Jasper (Devon Bostick). Raven (Lindsey Morgan) faces a new danger, and Murphy (guest star Richard Harmon, "Bates Motel") finally gets his revenge. Meanwhile, those remaining on the Ark are coming to terms with the inevitable. Paige Turco, Isaiah Washington, Henry Ian Cusick, Marie Avgeropoulos and Chris Larkin also star. Dean White directed the episode written by Tracy Bellomo & Akela Cooper (#112).
Mike Colter (The Good Wife) is set to star in this new digital feature, produced by Ridley Scott. Written by Prison Break creator Paul Scheuring and directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan, the feature follows a surgically enhanced supersoldier in the 26th century who is not Master Chief. [The Wrap]
Here's a first description for this midseason show about the Rapture. [TV Equals]
In the white-hot sun of the New Mexico desert, scientist Vera Ivanov watches in fascination as a mysterious object plummets to Earth and explodes in a blinding flash, sending out a shock wave that briefly stops her heart. But Vera is not the only one affected by the blast: she is instantly and mysteriously connected to four other strangers, who also collapse only to miraculously come back to life hours later. Erin, a young mother desperate to protect her 7-year-old daughter from an abusive ex-husband; Peter, a troubled high school student who finally lashes out to end the constant bullying he can no longer endure; Raul, a federal agent looking to escape his undercover assignment in a violent Mexican drug cartel; and Joshua, Jr., a charismatic second-generation televangelist following in his father's footsteps – all awaken after the pulse with powers they can barely believe, from inexplicable strength to the ability to heal others. Most mysterious of all is the figure known only as The Man, who offers Vera the one thing she wants most in life – to be reunited with her kidnapped son – if she will help him with one morally complicated task. That task puts Vera on a collision course with nurse Rose Arvale who, after a seemingly random act of violence left her in a coma for seven years, suddenly begins to stir. As Joshua, Jr. prophesizes, the wheels of Revelation have begun to turn, and this group of strangers might be the only hope for preventing the impending Rapture…or causing it.
And here are a couple of photos. [KsiteTV]
Additional reporting by Madeleine Monson-Rosen.