Chris Evans explains his Captain America contract, and how he figured out how to play Steve Rogers. Henry Cavill is Superman because he wears the red and blue tights like no one else. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang's Shane Black is this close to signing on for Iron Man 3. Plus a Battle: L.A. interview, casting news for Prometheus and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, a pregnancy on Fringe, a revealing True Blood casting call, a new Warehouse 13 star, and much more!
Chris Evans confirmed he is now signed on for six, not nine, movies, which means he could have up to four more appearances as Cap after The Avengers. He also explains the hard work that went into finding the character of Steve Rogers:
"It's important, you know at the end of the day we are doing this for the fans. And if they're not happy, we've missed the mark. You go in and do as much research as you can from the comic books, but you're also trying to make something your own. This is an origin story... I think a lot of the comic books deal with after he's become Captain America, so to some degree we had to take some liberties. But you want to make sure you've done your homework. You want the character to be the icon, but if you reduce him to a red, white and blue outfit it makes him shallow. It wasn't until we got our hands dirty with the script and had a good couple of scenes in the can, that I thought, 'Man, I think I'm actually getting this guy.' I feel like the character now, much more than a shield or a mask."
In his first interview since he was cast as Superman, Henry Cavill says a big part of the audition was putting on Christopher Reeve's old Superman suit - something he dreaded, because he had shed a lot of muscle for his last role. But according to director Zack Snyder, Cavill wore it perfectly, despite his musculature:
"He walked out, and no one laughed. Other actors put that suit on, and it's a joke, even if they're great actors. Henry put it on, and he exuded this kind of crazy-calm confidence that just made me go ‘Wow.' Okay: This was Superman.'"
And here's your first glimpse of Cavill in The Suit. [EW]
Shane Black, the writer-director of the almost unfathomably awesome Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and the writer of a few obscure early 90s indie dramas like Lethal Weapon, The Last Boy Scout, and Last Action Hero, is reportedly in final negotiations to direct the third Iron Man movie. It would only be his second directorial gig, although both are with Robert Downey Jr. as his wisecracking, fast-talking leading man. It's still unclear whether Black would write the movie as well, although it seems like a bit of a waste to bring in Black and not have him write anything, so I'd be shocked if he's not somehow involved in that process. [Deadline]
Cory Hardrict, who plays one of the movie's marines, explains how he prepared for the audition and what attracted him to the script:
"I went on a two month workout plan at home before the movie came about, just preparing myself for something good. I got a military cut, I wanted to look like a marine. I had to go to four auditions, callback after callback after callback. That process is kind of strenuous, having to wait, sit back, look at the phone, but I had a good feeling about it because of the material. I've always been a fan of war films, always wanted to do a film like a SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, BLACK HAWK DOWN, and you get that. When you read the script, you get that. I love Will Smith, I idolize that guy, and I said, ‘Wow, I'd love to save the world someday…' I AM LEGEND, INDEPENDENCE DAY-I was reading a script that had all those elements. It's the realism of war, and then you throw aliens in the mix, and I was like ‘Wow, I gotta jump on this.' I studied my butt off, got some coaching. Everything up until that first audition I wanted to get right."
There's a ton more at the link. [Fangoria]
Scoot McNairy, the star of Gareth Edwards' Monsters, is reportedly in contention for a lead role in Ridley Scott's Alien-esque new movie. [Deadline]
Apparently the rumors about Australian actress Robin McLeavy being cast as Mary Todd Lincoln weren't entirely accurate, as now Scott Pilgrim star Mary Elizabeth Winstead has reportedly been cast as Lincoln's wife. Neither casting is confirmed, of course, but Winstead does seem the slightly more likely choice, for whatever that's worth. [Hollywood Reporter]
Scoot McNairy is also reportedly closing in on playing supporting character Jeff Speed. [Deadline]
In this video, Anna Torv and Jasika Nicole discuss alternate Olivia's pregnancy: [Fringe Television]
Anna Torv has reportedly been spotted on set dressed in maternity clothes, presumably for alternate Olivia's childbirth. She may or may not be in the company of Andre Royo's cab driver. [SpoilerTV]
Here's a bunch of casting calls. Some, such as the werewolf leader Raoul, have already been cast, although they do reveal a few interesting hints for future plots. Also, this seems to confirm that Raoul will be around for (at least) seven episodes:
1.) MALE (40s-60s; Mexican) - DON BARTOLO. A badass Mexican man, seen in flashback in his 40s, as well as in present day (grayer and more weathered), he is Jesus' (Kevin Alejandro) terrifying, intimidating grandfather, a hardcore brujo (witch or shaman). GUEST STAR ACTOR MUST SPEAK SPANISH;
2.) MALE (30s-40s; Caucasian) - RAOUL. A tough, intense man, shorter than Alcide (Joe Manganiello), he's the werewolf packmaster of Shreveport. 7 EPISODE ARC GUEST STAR;
3.) FEMALE (30s; Mexican) - JESUS' MOTHER. She is Young Jesus' mother, seen in flashback to 1985. She is desperate to protect her son from her father's brujo influence. 2 lines, 1 scene ACTRESS MUST SPEAK SPANISH;
4.) MALE (30s; any ethnicity) - GUARD. One of Bill's (Stephen Moyer) guards, he is frustrated by a video game on his cellphone. 1 line, 1 scene;
5.) MALE (50s; Hispanic) - PADRE SANTIAGO. Seen in flashback to 1610 Spain, this sarcastic vampire priest feeds on a woman in a medieval dungeon. GUEST STAR (POSSIBLE 2 EPISODE ARC) MUST SPEAK SPANISH;
6.) 2 MALES (30s-40s; any ethnicity) - SHERIFF 1 & SHERIFF 2. These snickering vampire sheriffs, under Bill's purview, disagree with his decision regarding a witch's fate. 1 line, 1 scene;
7.) FEMALE (30s-40s; any ethnicity) - FEMALE SHERIFF. This female vampire sheriff cheers on Pam. 1 line, 1 scene
According to co-star Jim Beaver, Amber Benson is returning to the show for episode 19. She previously played the vampire Lenore, and given the monster-centric content of this season, that character's return would make sense. However, that detail is not confirmed. [SpoilerTV]
For a lengthy set report on the upcoming western episode, check out the link. The cast and director promise it's an incredibly realistic Western, all "gritty, yellow-toothed" and depicting "a time when men were men, and demons were nervous." [Zap2It]
Aaron Ashmore, who played Jimmy Olsen - although not that Jimmy Olsen - on Smallville, has reportedly joined the cast as Pete's new partner. He will play Steve Jinks, an ATF agent with an intuitive sense of when people are lying. So perhaps Myka's departure wasn't the complete and obvious misdirect I assumed it was... [EW]
Here's the synopsis for episode 9, "Birth Pangs":
Anna is about to pull the switch on the planet's first Blue Energy reactor, but Sid realizes that the size of the reactor is much too large for just the various Concordia sites - the Fifth Column needs to figure out what Anna is really up to. And Diana tells Lisa she must act against Anna now, fulfill her destiny and save humans from annihilation.
Anna is focused on having Lisa breed with Tyler to ensure the evolution of the Visitors, while Erica and Diana enlist Lisa to stage a coup against Anna and remove her from power before humanity is destroyed. Erica and the Fifth Column join Lisa in the attempted coup, which has devastating results, on the shocking Season Two finale of "V," TUESDAY, MARCH 15 (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on ABC. Also in the episode, Marc Singer, who played freedom fighter Mike Donovan on the original "V" series, will guest star as Lars Tremont, a member of a top secret organization of high-ranking military and government leaders from around the globe who have long suspected that the Visitors are very much not here in peace.
Additional reporting by Katharine Trendacosta and Charlie Jane Anders.