Joss Whedon discusses the casting of the two newest Avengers, plus we try to put a persistent Avengers rumor to rest. Edgar Wright talks Ant-Man's origins. Jon Favreau explains what Daniel Craig means for Cowboys & Aliens. Avast ye spoilers!
Joss Whedon explained in a recent interview why he wanted Jeremy Renner for Hawkeye and Marc Ruffalo to take over as Bruce Banner:
"The thing about Hawkeye, he's got his bows and arrows, you need somebody who's very very down to earth, who's very grounded, and who's going to be the kind of guy who, you see him, and you understand why he likes to be far away from things and then shoot at them. [With] Jeremy, he just has a lovely quality."
"I'm stunned that we landed [Marc Ruffalo], just stunned. He has what I remember loving about the show, that quality of, you just look at him and you go through it with him, he invites you in in a way that [no] other performer has since Bill Bixby. He is a guy who's been beaten up by life, but not defined by that. That's what I want from Bruce Banner, is a guy who's still getting it done, even though he has his problem."
Eva Longoria is still being rumored for Wasp. At this point, it's really probably best just to ignore these reports, particularly ones that also insist Nathan Fillion is playing Ant-Man. It just makes no sense that additional Avengers would be cast right after the main ones were all unveiled at Comic Con. Indeed, this slightly cryptic Tweet from ComicBookMovie's Marvel Freshman at least makes clear she's no longer being rumored to play the Wasp. [Fox 411 via Cinematical]
Brandon Routh, who was probably the best part of Superman Returns (although Kevin Spacey's gonzo Gene Hackman impression was pretty fun), says he'd love to return to the role in the Nolan brothers' movie. He says he's aware of the groundswell of support for him on the internet, and now he wants to generate a "tsunami of support" for his return. [CinemaBlend]
Director Edgar Wright explained that he's telling an origin story, and that's part of why Ant-Man isn't also in The Avengers:
I talked to Kevin Feige about that a while back where we just discussed about whether he would be in The Avengers. The thing is, the script that I've written, you know, whether it's next or not I don't know, the chronology of it or the way it works wouldn't really fit in with what they do. And my film is very much an introduction to that character, and so it wasn't something where it felt right to introduce him in that film. Maybe if I do the solo Ant-Man film and maybe there's a later Avengers then they could draft him in later. But it didn't work with the kind of the angle that we were going to do with the origin that I'd written.
X-Men - First Class:
Twilight vampire Edi Gathegi is reportedly playing Darwin, a mutant who constantly evolves and adapts to overcome any challenge. [Variety]
Here are a bunch more photos, including some great shots of the cast: [The Chive]
And here's a video of the real star of Transformers 3 - the explosions: [TFLAMB]
And does this video show a new Transformer being brought onto the set? Judge for yourself: [TFLAMB]
Here's a shot of Daft Punk as they will appear in the movie: [/Film]
Cowboys & Aliens:
Jon Favreau explains why Daniel Craig is a better choice for the movie they're making than original star Robert Downey Jr.:
It's interesting how it went down. With Daniel Craig, by the time I had come on board the film, Downey was already off it because of the success of Sherlock, and he was getting ready to do Sherlock 2, which he is very creatively involved with and his wife produced. So as I came on there was a little bit of a tongue-and-cheek quality to the property. I felt that it should be very "straight-ahead," not a "fast-talking gun fighter."
As a matter of fact, there was something about the idea of Daniel Craig that was very evocative to me as I looked at him, even though you'd never think of him as a cowboy, as a Steve McQueen in The Magnificent Seven. Although he intended to play British, but here we're going American. You know, it doesn't appeal to him, but yet he feels like he's lived a bit of life, and he's seen dark times. He's a very active performer even in his stillness. And the movie I keep watching is Layer Cake, and I watched it a few times before we hired him.
Battle - Los Angeles:
Here's three seconds of the movie for some reason: [/Film]
Zack Snyder explains how he feels the fantasy sequences fit into the larger movie:
We basically had a second story already done and really what happened is all of the action sequences just end up servicing the other story. You have this dramatic story with these girls that is pretty compelling and pretty intense and pretty present – it doesn't rely on anything – but in their personal struggles they do need something. So we use those fantasy sequences to get those needs met, and the thing that's interesting about it is that it's such an intimate thing and such a small thing that they actually need that when you blow it out to this amazingly, ridiculously gigantic sequence, it has some kind of [larger significance]. Again, it's interesting and ironic to me, personally, that something so simple and so small in their own lives when you think about it because when you do fantasize about something, it can be [the case] that the scale is not an issue. So that's kind of how we treated it; it always in the end came back to the girls and where they were and what they needed.
Justin Timberlake has been offered the lead male role in this movie about a world where people sell years of their life as currency. He plays a destitute who is accused of killing a wealthy man for the years of his life, and in his escape from the law he takes Amanda Seyfried's rich character hostage [Deadline]
Never Let Me Go:
Here's a poster for movie starring new Spider-Man Andrew Garfield and Carey Mulligan, Sally Sparrow herself, all about a dystopia where people are cloned and raised to be nothing but organ donors: [/Film]
Singer Rihanna, who has never really acted before, may be joining the cast of the adaptation of the Hasbro board game, which involves a naval fleet fighting aliens. Huh. I think I have a new winner for strangest sentence I've ever written. Should be hard to top. [Variety]
Executive producer J.H. Wyman says the beginning of this season will focus more on the alternate universe:
"We're hoping that the audience will get behind the coolness of the other side, a world where John Lennon still exists and Martin Luther King is still alive, and that it's actually a harder place to live."
Chris Fedak suggests that Chuck will reveal his secret to more people, but whoever he tells will likely be in mortal peril. So a good rule of thumb for anyone who learns the secret this season - they're gonna die! [TV Guide]
Here's an interview with cast member Emma Bell, in which she explains her character Amy:
She's a character from the comic books. She's not so big in the comic books. My sister [Andrea], who is being played by Laurie Holden, is a bigger character. But in this version, it's the same premise: we were on a sister road-trip. She was driving me back down to college when this whole apocalypse happened and we kind of got stranded and taken in by Dale, played by the lovely Jeffrey DeMunn.
So, yeah, all of that is still the same. We get to camp and we're part of the community there and we're all just trying to survive.
A description of a scene from the upcoming August 8 episode suggests Bill is going to make a big declaration that he's taking Russell down for what he's done to the people he cares about, including Jessica. It apparently takes place outdoors on a moonless night. [TV Guide]
There's going to be a new, slightly rogue angel. He might be a recurring character, and he's supposedly "an attractive charmer who appears slightly manic on the surface but carries a great sadness." [TV Guide]
Executive producer Kelly Souders explains how Clark will become the Superman we know and love:
"We've got 22 episodes to do it. "[Clark] has a few more obstacles and lessons to learn. When you look at the show right now, he's definitely not the Superman - the bright light, the inspirational guy - that he will be by the end of the season. He's still in sort of a dark hour. There are things that he's internally wrestling with, and he really has to get over that in order to become that inspirational hope."
No Ordinary Family:
Julie Benz explains why her and Michael Chiklis's characters told people about their secrets straight away, which is unusual for superheroes:
Michael told his best friend; I told my assistant, as someone who has a scientific brain, who could help me research because I can't do the research on my own. So, Katie's there to help me figure out what's going on, and Autumn Reeser is fantastic in the role.
Fellow Dexter alum Julia Campbell might be guesting, possibly as rival mom Nina Claremont. [KSiteTV]
Additional reporting by Mary Ratliff and Charlie Jane Anders.