J.J. Abrams reveals why Benedict Cumberbatch is perfect for the Star Trek sequel. One of Battlestar Galactica's biggest badasses joins Vin Diesel's new Riddick movie. A beloved old monster might return to Doctor Who. Plus the latest on Fringe's future!
Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from The Avengers.
When asked about her experience on the movie, twelve-year-old actress Joey King offered this response:
Working on The Dark Knight Rises was so cool. I got to travel to different places that I have never been to before. I got to go to India, I got to go to London. Christopher Nolan is awesome, so is Christian Bale."
The main point of interest there is that she apparently traveled to India for the movie — we knew scenes were shot there, but until now it wasn't known which cast members made the trip. That location is thought to be connected with the League of Shadows — which still aren't confirmed to be in the movie, but are heavily, heavily rumored to be. If that's the case, then that would make it decently likely that King is, in fact, playing the younger version of Talia al Ghul - of which Marion Cotillard is again heavily, heavily rumored to be playing the adult version. Of course, this is all just speculation based on one tiny sliver of a fact, so we probably shouldn't get too carried away here. [Teenspot]
Concept designer Peter Rubin talks some more about his work on the film:
I'm a huge Superman fan going back to childhood, and so was very, very glad to be a part of it. I got some amazing design opportunities. For one, I was asked to design the new "S" insignia, the one that Henry Cavill is wearing in all those leaked on-set photos. I've been drawing that in one version or another since I was four years old. I was hitting in the sweet spot, and it felt like one of the high points of my career as a designer. There were some interesting struggles associated with it.
Paul Lacovara, who worked as Loki actor Tom Hiddleston's stunt double on the movie, drops this hint about what to expect from Loki in terms of fighting:
When I got the call for this film, I found out what we had coming up and really started training with one weapon in particular. I'd say which one it is, but don't want to give any hints as to how badass Loki really is or say anything I'm not supposed to. Perhaps more will be revealed through upcoming trailers. We also had quite a bit of rehearsal time for our fights and Tom was there kicking ass, day in and day out.
Loki actor Tom Hiddleston says that the movie will film sometime this summer in London, and Alan Taylor is indeed directing it. [Coming Soon]
J.J. Abrams praises the newly added Benedict Cumberbatch for the awesomeness of his acting and the awesomeness of his name:
"We were just looking for someone with the most awesome name in history. That was the casting call: 'Most Awesome Name in History, Ever.' And Benedict Cumberbatch showed up. We were like, 'You're cast!' Honestly, he's just an incredible actor. If you've seen the work in Sherlock, he's just got incredible skills. He's an amazing stage actor. Did an amazing Frankenstein. He's brilliant. You try to cast people that are great. We got lucky. I just loved his work and thought that he was perfect for what we needed."
For all that, Abrams refused to confirm or deny that Cumberbatch is playing the villain, even if everyone is pretty much just assuming that at this point. [IGN]
British actor Joseph Gatt, who played a Frost Giant in Thor and Agent Hawk in a recent Chuck episode, has reportedly been cast in an undisclosed — but probably villainous, judging by past roles and his general look — role in the film. He joins Benedict Cumberbatch, Peter Weller, Alice Eve, Noel Clarke, and Nazeen Contractor as the new additions to the cast. [ScreenRant]
Battlestar Galactica star Katee Sackhoff has reportedly been cast as the female lead opposite star Vin Diesel. She will play a character named Dahl who is "a Nordic mercenary tracking Riddick." [Deadline]
Here's a clip from the found footage superhero movie.
Star Sam Worthington says this is a big improvement over its predecessor Clash of the Titans, and he is particularly proud of the relationship between Perseus and his son Helius:
"I saw [it] the other day and I love it. I think it did exactly what I wanted. There were things about the first one that I felt that I, personally, could improve myself on and work a bit harder on. Even though we've got big-ass monsters and it's set in a Greek mythological world and it's a fucking huge blockbuster, it's about a father and a son."
Here are four more clips from the upcoming movie about the survivors of a nuclear war who are trapped in a fallout shelter:
Producer Marcus Wilson revealed in the latest Doctor Who Magazine that two classic monsters will return in season seven. And while the Daleks have to be considered almost a dead certainty for one of those two slots, especially considering they had only a very brief cameo in the last series, it's anyone's guess what the other monster will be. One poster over at the Gallifrey Base forum says one of the two monsters will be the robotic Yeti and their disembodied controller, the Great Intelligence, which appeared in a pair of mostly wiped Patrick Troughton stories in the late 1960s and briefly returned in the 20th anniversary special "The Five Doctors." It's always best taking these sorts of reports with a grain of salt, but if there will be a new returning monster next season, the Yeti are one of the most likely candidates, along with the Ice Warriors. [Life, Doctor Who, and Combom]
Here's a sneak peek at the midseason premiere, "Back to Where You've Never Been", which airs this Friday. [Fringe Television]
Joshua Jackson explains Peter's journey in the midseason premiere:
"As we find [Peter] at the beginning of the next episode, he's kind of taking a Hail Mary pass and see him [approaching] the one man that he really, really doesn't want to deal with, which is Walternate, and we see him going through the [motions] to try to convince Walter and Walternate and basically anybody to try to help him get back to his world.
Jackson also discusses the revelation that Peter's mother never killed herself in this timeline:
"The guilt that this guy feels over his mother, who committed suicide in his timeline, pretty directly relates to the fact that he ran away from home. To have this woman present, in his life again, would be a watershed moment. We've explored the father-son bond, but that love across the timeline, or across the universe, maybe — for her to be the person to actually see him, I think is a really big deal for him."
There's more at the link. [The Examiner]
Producer and longtime George Lucas collaborator Rick McCallum dropped some key hints about the long-planned live-action Star Wars TV show - the one that supposedly has 50 scripts already written and is just waiting for the costs of visual effects to drop before moving forward. McCallum revealed the show's working title is Star Wars: Underworld, it is indeed set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, that "it's about that period when the Empire is trying to take things [over]", and that the show's primary focus will be on the criminal underbelly of the Star Wars universe. McCallum elaborates:
"It's underneath what's going on. It's the criminals and the gangs. The guys who are running Wall Street, basically. The guys who are running the United States."
In news that's sure to buoy the spirits of those worrying about Fringe's future, Terra Nova seems to be creaking slowly but surely towards a second seasons. Jason O'Mara and Stephen Lang's options for a second season have been picked up, and the show is reportedly looking for new writers, both of which suggest an official renewal is on the way. You can also check out the link for Kevin Reilly's thoughts on the show, which are actually pretty balanced and reasonable, particularly coming from the president of a major network. [Terra Nova TV]
Sarah actress Yvonne Stahovski explains how the upcoming two-hour series finale is almost tragic, and definitely not what she expected it to be:
"I had very specific things that I thought it was going to be, and it turned out to be not what I thought. [It] surprised me to the point where I kind of felt like an audience member myself, sitting on the edge of my seat wondering, ‘Oh my gosh, how is this going to get resolved?' There will be a satisfying ending, but it's almost slightly, slightly tragic, the lead-up to what happens... We're going to see a lot of the focus on the Chuck and Sarah love story, which is the heart of the show."
Here's a promo and four sneak peeks for the next episode, "True North."
Here's the official description for episode eleven, "Fruit of the Poisonous Tree":
SIDNEY ASKS EMMA TO HELP HIM EXPOSE THE CORRUPTION THAT MAYOR REGINA HAS UNLEASHED ON STORYBROOKE, AND KING LEOPOLD MUST BE CAREFUL WHAT HE WISHES FOR WHEN HE IS GRANTED THREE WISHES BY A GENIE - A dejected Sidney enlists the aid of Emma to help uncover evidence that could expose Mayor Regina as the corrupt person she really is to the townspeople of Storybrooke; and Mary Margaret and David continue their secret rendezvous while trying to figure out a way to unleash their unrequited love. Meanwhile, back in the fairytale land that was, King Leopold (Richard Schiff), who is the father of Snow White and married to the Evil Queen, stumbles upon a magic lamp and is granted three wishes by a Genie - who warns the king to be careful what he wishes for.
Here are some cast photos for the new series from Heroes creator Tim Kring and 24 star Kiefer Sutherland. [KSiteTV]
Here's a couple promo photos for this week's time travel episode, "Time After Time After Time." [SpoilerTV]
The BBC has released some key details for the imminent fourth series of the show, in which a new vampire and werewolf regulars will step in to replace Aidan Turner, who has already left the show, and Russell Tovey, who will leave mid-season. Here are the character descriptions for werewolf Tom and vampire Hal — as well as the sole returning original cast member, Lenora Crichlow as Annie — and what's ahead from them in the series:
Annie (Lenora Crichlow)
Annie has been a ghost since her fiancé killed her back in 2007, but since then she's seen more of life than ever before. She's defied death's door, been to Purgatory and back, discovered her lover (Mitchell) was responsible for the murder of twenty innocent people and watched as he was killed by best friend George. In this series, Annie is more than ever the matriarch of Honolulu Heights, left holding the baby with the fate of the world in her hands.
Tom (Michael Socha)
Werewolf Tom has spent his life on a mission: to kill vampires. In series 3, Tom discovered that not only was his father, McNair, not his real dad, but that he was the one who gave him the werewolf curse. Since McNair's death, Tom has stayed in Barry and is welcomed into Honolulu Heights. Putting his nomadic life and his mission to kill all vampires (mostly!) behind him, Tom has to learn to live like a human, love like a human and fight like a human. But will he succeed?
Hal (Damien Molony)
Hal has been a vampire for over 500 years and the temptation for blood and carnage still rules his every waking thought. Since meeting best friends Leo (a werewolf) and Pearl (a ghost) in 1955, Hal has managed to stay off the blood by sticking to a rigid structure and keeping away from all people. Coming to Honolulu Heights is a huge disruption for Hal. And he doesn't cope well with disruption. At first, Hal – the stand-offish, posh vampire – and Tom – the common, feral werewolf – find themselves at loggerheads, but once a mutual respect is gained, we see this odd couple become close.
There are eight episodes this season, and series creator Toby Whithouse has previously stated this will be the last one. According to the BBC, Whithouse is writing the first and final two episodes, with Lisa McGee writing the second, Jamie Mathieson the third, Tom Grieves the fourth and fifth, and John Jackson the sixth. [SpoilerTV]
And here are some promo photos. [Den of Geek]
And here's the official description for the second season of the American remake:
In Being Human, leading normal lives is a lot harder than it looks for three roommates – vampire Aidan (Sam Witwer), ghost Sally (Meaghan Rath) and werewolf Josh (Sam Huntington) –- who share their secrets and a Boston brownstone. The action picks up nearly a month after last season's explosive finale as the three continue to struggle with their supernatural double lives and discover that temptation truly is a beast!
Aidan struggles with avoiding the violent lifestyle of his past as "Mother", the ruthless Vampie Queen, tempts him with freedom in exchange for agreeing to train her disgraced Vampire Royal daughter, Suren. Sally grows more powerful and independent with the help of some new ghost friends who show her how to have fun as well as some dangerous spectral skills that, when practiced, threaten to send her down a dark and destructive path. Josh remains unaware of having scratched Nora (Kristen Hager/CSI: Miami) and both anxiously await the rapidly approaching full moon. The explosive revelation drives Josh to try and find a cure for his monstrous condition.
You can also check out a couple promos at the link. [multipleverses.com]
Here's a cast photo. [SpoilerTV]
Here's a sneak peek at the next episode, "Fire and Ice."
The supernatural ABC Family series from last summer might be getting a brief reprieve from cancellation — ABC Family president Michael Reilly announced at TCA that they were close to going ahead with a TV movie follow-up to the show. As long as this is the beginning of ABC Family slowly undoing the cancellations of all its other sci-fi shows, culminating in The Middleman getting an extra nine or ten seasons, I'm 100% behind this. [BuddyTV]
Additional reporting by Gordon Jackson and Charlie Jane Anders.