Steven Moffat discusses Peter Capaldi's 12th Doctor, including his relationship with Clara. Vin Diesel is still pretty sure he's playing Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy. Chris Carter says X-Files 3 could feature one of the most recognizable faces in modern genre. Plus Edgar Wright talks Ant-Man. Spoilers abound!
Top image from Riddick.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron
The recently released animatics for the first Avengers featured an evil version of Tony Stark’s faithful AI butler Jarvis, which led to immediate online speculation that Joss Whedon might turn Jarvis into Ultron for the sequel – something that seemed like a distinct possibility the moment that Joss Whedon revealed he planned to incorporate Ultron without including Hank Pym. Since then, Unleash the Fanboy claims that an inside source at Disney has confirmed this creative decision.
While that definitely shouldn’t be taken as any kind of official confirmation, turning Jarvis into Ultron does seem like the most narratively streamlined way to include the character in the new film. Plus, the fact that Marvel Studios cast the well-established, physically imposing Paul Bettany to voice a computer now seems like a bit of a masterstroke, as it’s possible that Bettany could provide at least motion capture for the part of Ultron, although this would reportedly involve a new contract as he’s previously only been signed on to provide voiceover.
Again, this should really only be seen as rumor, and a fairly unsubstantiated one at that — but this seems like the kind of unreliable rumor that eventually turns about to be more or less correct. [Unleash the Fanboy]
Guardians of the Galaxy
Here’s another set photo of The Walking Dead’s Michael Rooker as the villainous Yondu. [Superhero Hype]
Vin Diesel is still talking about how he’s playing Groot, despite the fact that Marvel Studios hasn’t yet confirmed the casting. Indeed, in this latest interview, he more or less admits at the end that all this talk is still at least a little premature, though he does have plenty of ideas on how to play a giant tree with only one infinitely repeatable line of dialogue:
"I guess after they watched Iron Giant, or whatever, they came up with this idea of taking the strangest Marvel character — or the strangest Marvel character that's ever hit film — and thought what I could do with that with motion capture and with my voice. Now it's just up to my reps to allow that to happen."
Writer-director Edgar Wright discussed why his plans to adapt a long-running comic book don’t conflict with his aversion to wallowing in nostalgia – a major point of the recent The World’s End – and in doing so dropped a couple hints about Ant-Man’s character arc:
You know what, like because there’s never been a film adaptation of that character, I think it’s OK. If it was a remake of a film from 30 years ago, then I would be a hypocrite, but because it’s never been made into a movie ever. And also, to be honest, there are elements in that script that actually do continue themes from the other movies — [such as] an unlikely hero [and] a chance at redemption — and so, it’s not something, it’s going to be, it will be different, but I think it will still feel like one of my films.
Lionsgate has announced that 90210 and Family Tree actor Evan Ross has been cast as Messalla, the cameraman for Natalie Dormer’s Cressida. [Coming Soon]
Here are two new clips.
The Twilight Zone
The Leonardo DiCaprio-produced Twilight Zone movie is reportedly making some headway at Warner Bros., with veteran TV writer Aron Eli Coleite reportedly being brought into to write the screenplay. Coleite’s previous credits include work on The River, Heroes, and Crossing Jordan, and he wrote an apocalyptic script called The End that is still in development, despite the fact that at least three other major movies have now quite comprehensively explored all aspects of the apocalypse. Anyway, Tron Legacy and Oblivion director Joseph Kosinski reportedly remains the top choice to direct the film, though he presumably wouldn’t sign on until a screenplay is further along. [Variety]
The X-Files 3
Series creator Chris Carter discusses plans for the long-simmering third film, including an intriguing possible new costar:
“I think all of us are interested in putting the band back together. I have an idea for a third movie in my head. The colonization date has passed and that is something we wouldn't ignore. For the second movie, we only had the budget for a standalone story, but we want to go back to the mythology… Gillian [Anderson] worked with Simon Pegg on a movie and told me that he was a big fan. We actually thought about putting him in the second movie, but there was no part for him. I certainly would think about him if we were to go forward in any way.”
[Empire Magazine via Coming Soon]
Speaking to Doctor Who Magazine, showrunner Steven Moffat drops a few more hints about Peter Capaldi’s 12th Doctor. Let’s start with the question of whether Capaldi will play the part with his natural Scottish accent, an issue I consider all-important for reasons even I don’t fully understand:
“I’m pretty certain he’ll use his Scottish accent. I mean, he can do other accents – and nothing is utterly confirmed, you must understand – but I think it’s likely that he will. I think it’s important, if you’re the actor playing the Doctor, to keep quite close to yourself. I think you bring a lot of yourself to it.”
Asked if he had begun thinking about the new Doctor’s costume, Moffat suggests he plans to leave that to Capaldi himself:
“Not really. We’ve discussed costume in the lightest terms, but with Matt Smith I discovered myself to be inept at costume discussions, so I tend to step away from that. I think it’s really important that the actor chooses what makes him feel like the Doctor, which is what Matt did in the end.”
And he discusses why Jenna Coleman’s Clara will be so important to the show next season, seemingly indicating that Capaldi’s Doctor won’t make her life any easier:
“Initially I think what will be fun is seeing Clara cope with the Doctor being completely different. People really love Jenna, so we make the Doctor quite difficult. If you remember Tom Baker‘s first season, he’s really quite difficult to take at the beginning. And you’re very grateful that Sarah’s there, and the Brigadier’s there, to reassure you that this lunatic who has replaced the elder statesman is really the same man. I’d like that sort of feeling.”
There was apparently a rumor that went around recently that Peter Jackson wasn’t just interested in directing a Doctor Who episode one of these days, but there were actually concrete plans for him to direct an episode in the near future. There are nothing to those latter reports, although it’s still reportedly true that Jackson has an open invitation to direct an episode whenever his schedule allows – which it currently does not, what with turning The Hobbit into twenty films, or whatever it is he’s doing. [Deadline]
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Here’s the latest promo.
Person of Interest
Here’s a pair of interviews with showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman. [BuddyTV]
And here’s the description for the third season premiere, “Liberty”:
The Machine, now completely self-governed with its whereabouts unknown, resumes giving Finch its "irrelevant" numbers for people in danger, which include a U.S. naval officer in town for Fleet Week. However, with so many sailors flooding the streets of New York City, finding the officer in time presents an even bigger challenge for Reese (Jim Caviezel, pictured) and Shaw, on the third season premiere of PERSON OF INTEREST.
Under the Dome
Here’s a promo for the next episode, “Speak of the Devil.” [SpoilerTV]
Argo and Heroes actor Zeljko Ivanek will guest star in the upcoming second season as Dr. Calvin Horn, described by creator Eric Kripke as “meticulous” and “a deeply curious scientist.” [TV Guide]
Once Upon a Time
Co-creator Eddy Kitsis offers some thoughts on the characters’ dual personas heading into the third season:
“In a lot of ways, Mary Margaret may not be able to bond with Emma, but Bandit Snow and Emma have a lot in common… David and Mary Margaret last year were saying, ‘We are both.’ But this year it’s, ‘We need Snow and Charming.’ That’s what this mission [with the Lost Boys] requires.”
Here’s an interview with star Stephen Amell. [BuddyTV]
And here’s a poster featuring the second season’s regular cast – minus Paul Blackthorne as Detective Lance and Susanna Thompson as Moira Queen – including newly promoted regulars Manu Bennett as Slade Wilson, Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak, and Colton Haynes as Roy Harper. [TV Line]
Costar Daniel Gillies discusses what lies ahead for Elijah on the Vampire Diaries spinoff:
"I think it's going to be the balancing act between navigating his brother away from his own sort of malevolent tendencies, and trying to design a strategy for taking back for their kingdom. I actually don't know. These things are written as we go along; I don't know what his strategy's going to be. I just know that he's probably going to put his family first. That's all I know… If you have the seed of possibly the most indestructible person on the planet, and you now have this child and it happens to be his relative, naturally, he's going to use that as his bedrock for this new kingdom. It's also going to be [Elijah's] way to probably nurture and gently assuage out any of Klaus's malevolent tendencies - to seduce him back towards a path where they could have some degree of power within New Orleans.”
He also discusses the possible future of Elijah and Katherine’s relationship:
"I don't want it to be [over]. And now that she's human, she's all the more sexy. Elijah loves humanity. He's in love with humanity. I made that decision for him a long time ago, and I always try and squeeze it into the performances. I love him loving human beings. I think it's one of the most important comments in the show, and I think the more humble she becomes, the more madly in love with her he will fall.”
There’s more at the link. [KSiteTV]
And here’s a new poster.
The Tomorrow People
Here’s the latest preview.
And here’s a poster.
Additional reporting by Amanda Yesilbas and Charlie Jane Anders.