Aaron Paul responds to the Star Wars rumors. Game of Thrones casting appears to confirm a major scene in season five. The first look at Lyndsy Fonseca in Agent Carter. And, what's in store for the returning Flash, Arrow, and Agents of SHIELD? Spoilers now!
Top image: Amazing Spider-Man 2
We've heard a lot of contradictory things about whether or not Sony was going to continue with Andrew Garfield's Spider-Man, with rumors that Marvel wanted some of the rights back and was asking for a complete reboot of the character. But now a casting call for extras for a Sony-produced Spider-Man 3 seems to indicate that it is happening — and that it'll be filming relatively soon, if the casting call is for real.
Here's the casting call from Bill Beckman Casting:
Studio: Columbia Pictures (Sony)
Project Name:The Amazing Spider-man 3
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Dane DeHaan
Description:Peter Parker/Spider-Man faces a new challenge to protect New York City.
Casting for: Extras, male/female, 18-65, all races/ethnicities
Project type: Feature Film
Shooting Location: Atlanta, GA
Payrate: $148/day, up to $900/day for speaking/special talent parts
Union: SAG voucher eligible
Bear in mind that this casting call could be misleading — like, it could be for a completely different movie, but they're using the ASM3 name as smokescreen. [via Cinema Blend]
Benedict Cumberbatch spoke about the project a little bit to the Wall Street Journal, answering the question about whether or not he thought it was a "risky" choice:
I don't think it's a risk because of Marvel. Marvel is a stable of bringing out ordinary comic characters and turning them into screen-like gods. It's very different, it's an Astral Plane. There's a huge new element to this Marvel universe that's going to be employed in building this story and this character. But you know, I'm really excited about it, about working with Scott [Derrickson] whose imagination is endless, and all the boys and girls at Marvel who know what they're doing. I've got a few things to get under my belt first. I've got to do that little stage production of "Hamlet" in the summer and the Christmas special of "Sherlock," which we start shooting in about three days' time – Whoops! Yeah, that's there.
He also added the requisite answer about reading the comics:
Growing up, no. I didn't read many comics at all. Asterix a bit. I think that was it. There weren't many comics in my household — [in a self-mocking voice] "I'm so deprived." We didn't have Marvel so much. But you can bet your bottom dollar I'm reading them now, avidly.
Andy Serkis said what he could about The Force Awakens:
It's going to be brilliant. The director, JJ Abrams, is doing an amazing job. He is such a big fan of the original movies and it is a great script and a very, very good story. It's amazing to be a part of it.
We also have the list of Hasbro figures the company is looking to release:
Star Wars 7 3.75 In Figure Assortment
Star Wars 7 3.75 In Armor Figure Assortment
Star Wars 7 Figure Two Pack Assortment
Star Wars 7 Figures Snow Desert
Star Wars 7 Hero Series Deluxe Figure Assortment
Star Wars 7 Hero Series Figure Assortment
Star Wars 7 Class I Vehicle Assortment
Star Wars 7 Class I Deluxe Vehicle Assortment
Star Wars 7 Class II Vehicle Assortment
Star Wars 7 Class II Deluxe Vehicle Assortment
Star Wars 7 Starfighter Vehicle
Star Wars 7 3.75 In Hero Vehicle
Star Wars 7 Hero Series Figure Vehicle Assortment
Star Wars 7 The Black Series 6-Inch Starfighter
Star Wars 7 Micro Machine Three Pack Assortment
Star Wars 7 Micro Machine Deluxe Vehicle Assortment
Star Wars 7 Micro Machine Blind Bags Assortment
Star Wars 7 Micro Machine Battle Set
Star Wars 7 Micro Machine Figure Multi Pack
Star Wars 7 Micro Machine Vehicle Set
Star Wars 7 Micro Machine Remote Control Vehicle
Star Wars 7 Micro Machine Villain Flagship
Star Wars 7 The Black Series Diecast Vehicle Single
Star Wars 7 The Black Series Diecast Vehicle Multi Pack
Star Wars 7 Remote Control Droid
Star Wars 7 Hero Mashers Basic Figures Assortment
Star Wars 7 Hero Mashers Deluxe Figures Assortment
Star Wars 7 Hero Mashers Multi Pack
Star Wars 7 Hero Mashers Battle Pack
Star Wars 7 Hero Mashers Attack Vehicle
Star Wars 7 Signature Lightsaber
Star Wars 7 Deluxe Villain Lightsaber
Star Wars 7 Electronic Lightsaber Assortment
Star Wars 7 Extendable Lightsaber Assortment
Star Wars 7 Villain Extendable Lightsaber
Star Wars 7 Foam Lightsaber Assortment
Star Wars 7 Force FX Lightsaber
Star Wars 7 Force FX Lightsaber Assortment
Star Wars 7 The Black Series Villain Helmet
Star Wars 7 Mask Assortment
Star Wars 7 Chewbacca Electronic Mask
Star Wars 7 Lead Villain Electronic Mask
Star Wars 7 Darth Vader Voice Change Mask
Nerf Star Wars 7 Villain Trooper Blaster 1
Nerf Star Wars 7 Villain Trooper Blaster 2
Nerf Star Wars 7 Alien Blaster
Nerf Star Wars 7 Ammo Refill
Make your guesses, but I think we can all be pretty sure the remote control droid is BB-8. [ Rebelscum]
Producer Jason Blum talked to Entertainment Weekly about why he likes doing a smaller-budget film and the risks they took with this movie's cast:
"The reason I love to do low-budget movies is you can try different things… have creative freedom and experiment, like our characters," Blum says, referring to the cast of characters in Blumhouse Productions' upcoming sci-fi/horror flick The Lazarus Effect, which arrives in theaters Feb. 27. Those creative risks started with the director, David Gelb, known for his award-winning documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi—not the obvious choice. "But he had a great take on the material," which Blum describes as "a really unique take on bringing someone back from the dead."
Another risk was purposefully casting people who don't have experience in the genre—like star Olivia Wilde (pictured) and funny guys Donald Glover and Mark Duplass. The reasoning? "The most important thing to make a movie scary is that the you forget you're watching actors, and you think you're watching real people," Blum explains. "So I think if the audience sees someone they don't necessarily associate with that genre, it make it feel more real."
Here's the first photo, which shows Olivia Wilde. [ Entertainment Weekly]
Here's a set photo, which promises snow action in the next Bond film. [ Coming Soon]
Here's an interview with star Ethan Hawke. [Coming Soon]
In what seems to confirm the rumors that season 5 will contain the flashback to Cersei's childhood encounter with Maggy the Frog, Nell Williams has been cast as the young Cersei. The confirmation comes from the actress' resume on her agency's website. [Watchers On the Wall]
Kit Harington says that this season will be huge:
It was phenomenal this season. They've seriously overreached themselves. They've built it in the right way – it could have got a lot sillier a lot earlier and it hasn't. It's progressed in the right way story-wise. It's so brilliant this year.
Haley Atwell talked about the psychology of Peggy Carter in the new show:
She's absolutely one hundred percent grieving Steve Rogers' death. It's only been a year, and she's found herself back in the U.S. after having fought in the war. She is now answering telephones, making lunch, and filing reports — and she is really pissed about that. And there's nothing that she can do about it because if she fights that — if she kind of fights her corner too aggressively — she could lose a job. So she's having to navigate herself in a male-dominated world and find her place in it. She's trying to get back to where she was with the level of respect that Cap gave her. But, Peggy's one of these people who gets the job done. She is a fighter, and she is a survivor.
... I think there's an emotional and psychological cost to someone who is as amazingly strong as Peggy. One [cost] is deep isolation and sadness that she can't be close to people because she puts their lives in danger. We see that. We see her private moments and intimate moments where she just can't cope anymore. She's completely overwhelmed and she's exhausted, and that's very relatable.
We have this amazing facade in our culture and our society today which suggests that women can have it all. And, yes, we can more than we've ever been able to before. We still have a long way to go. But, there is another deeper, soulful kind of exhaustion that women who I've encountered who are in high positions of power where they just get overwhelmed sometimes — they don't know how to express that, and they have to do it in secret. And I think Peggy's one of those women, and that's what makes her a modern day character and a woman ahead of her time.
She also hinted that we'll see things that lead to Ant-Man in Agent Carter:
It stands alone. It's very different from "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and the Peggy that you see in our series is very different from the cameo performances that I've had in "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." It's really its own piece, but yet, obviously, because it's Marvel, it's interlinked with lots of the different worlds — "Captain America" and "Ant-Man."
Executive producers Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg preview the show's return, saying that the first three episodes back are "among the best," which also seems to hint that Oliver will be MIA for that time and it will be those events that make it necessary for Laurel to become the Canary:
"There's a lot of Thea and Felicity," [says Guggenheim] and "[Felicity will] have some pretty big moments with Laurel as well." Diggle gets "emotional" in the first hour back, shares David Ramsey, who also hints that the H.I.V.E. storyline will be revisited. Viewers also haven't seen the last of another elite group. "We're definitely going to bring back the Suicide Squad," EP Andrew Kreisberg confirms.
Danielle Panabaker hints that Caitlin will not deal well with seeing her fiancé again:
There are some moments – maybe she goes back to a bar? maybe she makes some bad decisions? – that are really fun.
Wentworth Miller says of Captain Cold's team-up with Heat Wave that they "aren't friends, but they do have a kind of intimacy." [TV Line]
Executive producer Danny Cannon says that there are a lot of plans for Arkham and Dr. Leslie Thompkins:
Not only are there dangerously insane people there, but some people are put there for the wrong reasons. [Arkham]'s a big rug that corrupt Gotham can sweep people under. [Gordon and Thompkins have] a lot in common. We have a lot of plans for that relationship.
Meanwhile, Barbara's headed for a "very dark" place. [TV Line]
The executive producers promise we'll learn what Raina's transformation was and the name/agenda of the man with no eyes seen at the end of the midseason finale. As for our team:
Maurissa Tancharoen acknowledges that the ABC series is "blending and merging" certain Marvel source materials. Also, that reveal will only spawn more questions, especially since Skye "doesn't necessarily know what's happening" as a result of her being "transformed" by the obelisk's Terrigen Mist, says EP Jed Whedon. (As Tancharoen notes, "All of it will be tied to a very sad event in losing a dear, dear friend" in Agent Tripp. "It'll be a complex journey.")
In addition to finding out how Maleficent came back to life, we will learn even more about Emma. Says co-creator Adam Horowitz:
Emma will continue to explore what her particular heritage really means as we learn that there are more secrets attached to who she was, is and will be.
Julie Plec revealed a bit about what we'll learn about baby Hope when the show returns:
Little things will start to materialize that will make us realize there's something extraordinary about [Hope]. [And Klaus will] juggle keeping his daughter and his city safe.
EP Michael Narducci says that Rebekah's new body isn't "necessarily" permanent. "There are plenty of flashback [opportunities] to explore what Rebekah has been doing for the past 1,000 years," he adds. [TV Line]
In addition to the Cranes working through their issues, Henry being MIA, and there being more to Irving's story, showrunner Mark Goffman previews:
There will be lots of creatures, and there are going to be plenty of trials and tribulations. But now they're trying to make sense of what it all means. Is there a plan? Did they thwart the plan? Is there somebody else behind it? We don't know.
Felicia Day will return from Oz, says co-executive producer Robbie Thompson, "under precarious circumstances.":
"She's brought something back that's very dangerous. She teams up with the boys to track that dangerous thing down and hunt with them, basically." Adds EP Robert Singer: "Let's just say that it's a Charlie we haven't seen before."
Caroline and Stefan will have their relationship shaped by Sheriff Forbes' cancer, Bonnie will learn to put herself first, and Enzo will fall in lust, a set of twins will merge, Annie Wersching will recur as a "caustic" mystery lady, and a major character will die. As for Jeremy, Julie Plec says:
Jeremy needs to figure out what he wants out of life, and that journey will be kickstarted by the realization that he's in his own prison.
While Adalind and Viktor will show up looking for Diana, the child is still being hidden in Europe. Since Kelly Burkhardt isn't set to return this season, it's likely they won't find Diana any time soon. Other upcoming plots, are the ramifications of Juliette's "Hexenbiesting," Secundum Naturem Orden Wesen will "escalate" its activity, Garcelle Beauvais will recur as a Hexenbiest who is a friend of Renard's, a snake monster will show up to menace the town, and Wu will slowly adjust to the news about the supernatural. [TV Line]
Here's a teaser trailer. [via SpoilerTV]
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Diana Biller