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Lawrence Kasdan talks about how the Han Solo spinoff movie will approach the character. Peter Capaldi ponders his future on Doctor Who. Stefan Kapicic talks playing Colossus in Deadpool. Mark Ruffalo teases a new characterization for the Hulk. Plus, what’s to come on Galavant and iZombie. Spoilers!

Han Solo Anthology

Lawrence Kasdan says the spinoff film will delve into who Han is as a person, rather than his specific history:

I think it won’t be the thing you’re worried about. It will not be like, ‘Here is where he was born and this is how he was raised.’ I think what it will be is, ‘What was he like ten years earlier?’ Ya know, maybe a little earlier, you’ll get a glimpse but… what formed the person we meet in the cantina? It is not so much about his specific history. It is about what makes a person like that? He’s not fully formed in the cantina! Kurosawa once said ‘the heroes are the ones that are still changing and the villains are locked and petrified into what they are’ and Harrison embodies in Force Awakens someone that’s still not settled on who he is.


[Empire Film Podcast via MakingStarWars and Slashfilm]

Star Wars Episode VIII

Greg Grunberg, longtime collaborator with JJ Abrams (and the actor behind X-Wing recon pilot Snap Wexley in The Force Awakens) says that the director now regrets his decision not to stay on and direct the next mainline movie:

He read [the script] and said something he never, ever says. He said: ‘It’s so good, I wish I were making it.’ He may have said something one time on Lost, with Damon [Lindelof, the co-creator], but I never hear him express regret like that.


[The Washington Post via Vulture]

Thor: Ragnarok

Mark Ruffalo discusses the evolution and merging of the Hulk and Bruce Banner’s personalities, and where that may go in his next appearance:

It’s very subtle, but the Banner/Hulk consciousness is beginning to meld a little bit. Who decided to leave [in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’]? Was it Banner or Hulk? It’s not really in the mythology of Hulk up until that moment to be that conscious and pro-active. It’s interesting, right?

I think it’s really exciting where we could go with it. Now I feel like we’re kind of in No Man’s Land. I mean, the comic books have kind of broached the subject, but we’re moving away from the traditional Hulk/Banner relationship. We’re starting to mess with it a little bit.



Entertainment Weekly has an new interview with Stefan Kapicic, who plays Colossus in the film, plus a new picture of the Mutant:

Tim Miller’s idea of Colossus was to be bigger and stronger than everyone else, so for the motion capture they needed an extremely tall man (I’m 6’4”, but he wanted Colossus to be over 7’, so they used a stunt-double to recreate his height, and he did very good job there). Tim also wanted Colossus to sound as close as possible to the comic book character’s background, so he had me to come in, since my voice was what he envisioned for Colossus who has an authentic Russian accent. My character’s voice gives him the past history as Piotr Nikolayevich Rasputin once you hear him speak. This made him the most authentic to the original idea of the comic book character.


The Flash

Matt Letscher has been confirmed to reprise his role as the non-Harrison Wells form of Eobard Thawne, AKA The Reverse Flash. Letscher will return in the second season’s eleventh episode, the aptly titled “The Reverse Flash Returns”—implying that this is indeed (somehow) the character who was erased from the timeline at the end of the first season, rather than a Thawne from an alternate Earth. [CBR]


The X-Files

David Duchovny discusses his favorite episode from the new series:

For me in terms of being an actor, Darin [Morgan]’s scripts — which were funny and whimsical yet very smart and rigorous — were always challenging and fun. And it’s the same this time with [the Morgan written/directed “Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster,” airing Feb. 1]. Chris [Carter] really took care of the scope and the action, [but] action’s less interesting for me to play as an actor. You’ve got to be there at night, basically. And you’ve got to run to something or from something. [Laughs] That’s not a knock on Chris’ writing. But Darin’s episodes were always very verbally, often comically driven and thematically twisted. And it’s the same this time.


[TV Line]


Here’s a brief new press release for “Childish Things”, highlighting the debut of the comics villain Toyman:

“Childish Things” – Kara does her best to support Winn when his father, the supervillain Toyman, breaks out of prison and seeks out his son for unknown reasons. Also, Cat offers Lucy a job at CatCo and Alex asks Hank to use his powers to help uncover Maxwell Lord’s plans, on SUPERGIRL.


[Spoiler TV]


Actor Katherine McNamara briefly discusses the setup for her character, Clary:

We spend the majority of the season on the quest to find Jocelyn and to try to get her back, and to save her from whence she has been kidnapped.


[Ksite TV]

Doctor Who

Peter Capaldi hints that he’s nearer the end of his time on the show than the beginning:

This could be my final year – it’s terrifying. I love Doctor Who but it can be quite an insular world and I do want to do other things. There will come a time when this is over. But I knew that when I started. I was thinking about my regeneration scene from the outset. That’s my terrible melancholic nature. When you accept the job you know there’ll come a day, inevitably, when you’ll be saying goodbye.


[The Telegraph]

Nardole meets a rather grumpy Doctor in a new clip from tomorrow’s special, “The Husbands of River Song”.


Here’s a gallery of new pictures from the tenth episode of season two, “Method Head”—more at the link. [Spoiler TV]



And finally, here’s a few pictures from “Aw, Hell, The King”—you can find more at the link. [Spoiler TV]


Additional reporting by Gordon Jackson and Charlie Jane Anders. Image: The Flash.