Plus, Agent Coulson himself explains why S.H.I.E.L.D. represents the Marvel universe's human side. Simon Pegg says Scotty isn't comic relief in Star Trek Into Darkness. Dredd 2 might still happen. Christopher Nolan's Interstellar will soon be ready to film. Plus looks at the futures of Arrow and The Vampire Diaries! Spoilers!
Top image from Star Trek Into Darkness.
The great Simon Pegg explains how the cast prepared for the sequel and why Scotty is more than just comic relief:
We had all played the characters once so there was a familiarity there that made it more fun this time round. The pressure was more about successfully building on the foundations laid in the first film. I love playing Scotty and strongly object to the reduction that he is solely about comic relief. In a universe full of extraordinary people, it’s important to have characters whose reactions to fantastic events are more in line with our own. Scotty is less of a “open a channel to the Klingon vessel” kind of guy, he’s more of a “I’m not talking to those bumpy headed, we bastards, they put the shits up me” type of person, much like we would be. He’s also, smart, loyal and extremely capable. I love that he gets to be all those things in Into Darkness.
Talk about the way you prepared for the sequel. Did you spend as much time getting ready as the first film?
The first film was a case of turning up. I never forget the welcome I got from the rest of the crew. I felt like they were waiting for me to arrive so we could be a complete family. That sense of familial unity has only grown since my first day. With Into Darkness I decided to get into shape, having experienced running around the engine room in the first film in a less than fit state. I trained hard and met all the challenges of shooting head on. I figured Scotty would have hit the gym anyway, after spending 8 months on Delta Vega eating tribble burgers, he would have wanted to re-tune his body for the day to day job of manning a warp core.
There's a ton more at the link, including Pegg's impassioned defense of J.J. Abrams's lens flares. [Collider]
Rome actor Ray Stevenson explains his approach to the Warriors Three member Volstagg, and how original Thor director Kenneth Branagh helped him find the character:
I felt so hammy in the rehearsals, but Ken said, “You can’t go too large with this. He’s got a heart the size of a planet and he wears it on his sleeve.” It was hilarious. I said, “Ken, if I dip my toes in the river of ham, then I’m relying on you.” And he said, “Darling, you’re speaking to one who’s swam in that river, many times.” I’ve got two little boys – one is five and one is two – and when they get really excited, happy and over-joyed, every cell in their being shakes and quivers. As Volstagg, I got to wield my axe with gay abandon. I had this huge fat suit on, from the ankles to the wrist to the neck, and I had to have this special vest with small pipes that wrapped around my torso, and I could plug it in to a machine that pumped ice water onto my torso to bring my body temperature down. Even sitting still, your body temperature just went up and up. And I had this big red wig. But still, I got to be Volstagg! He’s a Viking in space! All these problems are such high class problems. It was such a delight to work on it, and I’ve done it twice now. Bring it on!
Christopher Nolan's sci-fi epic — which is set to include Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, and Jessica Chastain — will reportedly shoot in Montreal this summer. [@prodweek]
Jocko Sims, who is probably best known for a supporting role on the Starz series Crash, has reportedly joined the cast as "military operative Werner." [Variety]
Ray Stevenson explains why he took on the role of Abnegation leader Marcus Eaton in the adaptation of Veronica Roth's YA dystopian novel:
As an actor, I relish and delight in doing things that I’m not necessarily the demographic for. This is a demographic that is touching the psyche of a certain age group, facing the real internal questions of people who are going through rites of passage into adulthood. It’s earth-shaking stuff. So, I like bringing little subtle complexities to a character. It’s all about the subtext. No one can really describe or fully know another human being, even if they get a hook on them. It’s more about instinctively knowing whether you like somebody or not. You don’t have to then go and analyze and break it all down. We’re the sum of many, many, many disparate parts that all weave and change course. Also, I got to be involved with Lionsgate and Summit, and Neil Burger is directing. I read the script and I said, “Yeah, let’s dive into this!”
And here's a couple of images from the film.
Star Karl Urban says a sequel isn't impossible, despite the first movie's underwhelming box office performance:
"Interestingly enough, I did have breakfast with [screenwriter] Alex Garland this morning. It's not off the agenda. Clearly everyone has woken up to the fact that an audience has found this movie and loves it. It's entirely possible, and if people want to see another installment then they should be vocal about that, because, it can happen. The power of fandom can resurrect projects. In fact, that's what happened with Star Trek. They weren't going to do a third season until fans did a letter writing campaign and they continued that series."
Stars Clark Gregg and Chloe Bennet explain how the show explores the human side of the Marvel universe:
Gregg: Agent Coulson represents the people who don’t have superpowers, the guys who actually can be killed — or at least seem to be and yet come back sometimes … Marvel has such a lock on how to do really incredibly visual affects and stunts that we’ve got stuff on our show that I just don’t think we’ve seen on TV before.
Bennet: If you love The Avengers, if you love any of Joss Whedon’s work, you’re going to absolutely love the show. It’s about these people living in a super world dealing with being human. You see these superhero movies and you see the superheroes struggle but you don’t see how humans do in a world like that. That’s what will draw people in. It’s so human. And it’s so super and awesome still.
Executive producer and co-showrunner Jeffrey Bell confirms that Angel alum J. August Richards is not playing Luke Cage on the show:
I'm going to say that's an interesting Marvel character, but no. But he came in and killed it. Honestly, we were looking for this part, and we just said, look, all our parts are open to all diversity. So the fact that we have a black dude who is awesome and it's J, was just because he was the best actor. It wasn't like, "You know who…!"
Should we assume it's someone familiar if you read Marvel comics?
You know, not necessarily. I mean, we're going to draw from it, but Marvel has its thing, and we're also going to be expanding forward, and this world is different since The Avengers. So I think there will be people showing up, some from the Marvel Universe and some not. But to commit to anything more would be telling.
Bell also offers this intriguing answer when asked whether superheroes will show up a lot on the series:
J's a guest star in it, and we talk about it like this: If you take all the Marvel movies, really only Captain America and the Hulk are the only real "superheroes" in all those movies. You've got an alien god, but in all those movies, there's been, like, three [superheroes]. So if we trot out a superhero every week, it would be weird. But we're saying the world is different and things are changing, so we will be finding other people — so whether it's science or whether it's a result of [what happened in] New York or whether they're from somewhere else, we're open to everything. Whatever makes cool stories.
Sarah Shahi, who plays Samantha Shaw on the show, has been promoted to a series regular for season three. [SpoilerTV]
Here's a short description for episode twenty, "The Dark Tower":
The rebels infiltrate the tower; Miles faces a situation that tests his character and leadership ability; Aaron's knowledge comes in handy.
Showrunner Andrew Kreisberg reveals what's ahead for season two, starting with whether the Hood will become Green Arrow:
Well actually Season Two finds Oliver not wanting to be called a vigilante anymore. He feels like it has a negative connotation. So the search for a new nickname will make up part of Season Two. I'm not sure we'll be calling him Green Arrow in Season Two but we'll definitely be leaning in that direction as the series moves forward.
Are there going to be changes to the costume moving forward?
We're obviously heavily influenced by the Chris Nolan Batman films and we feel like in those films, as Bruce Wayne had more and more experiences, he wanted his Batsuit to reflect those experiences and we'll be doing the same thing with Oliver. You obviously saw his bow get smashed in episode 22 so he's going to have a new bow for Season Two which we're excited about.
He also discusses that most all-important of issues, the boxing glove arrow:
I actually have a way to do that [laughs]. To me, it's the only way it could possibly work on the show. So you know, if we get to it. We'd love to because there's some of the iconic moments from the comic books that you want to do for the show but it's going to take the right set of circumstances to pull to off. But don't worry, it's definitely in my mind and if I can make it happen I will.
Showrunner Julie Plec previews tonight's season finale:
"Definitely at the end of the season we're right back to where we started, which is what does Elena really feel and who does she feel it for? One of those three [will also make] very clear steps to move on and start a new life and then the complications that come out of that will be a big part of Season 5... I've always said that, for me, the true love story of the show is the love between those [Salvatore] brothers. Every time they come together, something tears them apart and usually it's their own actions. Inevitably, there's the love for the same girl and history repeating itself that drives a wedge between them all the time, but it's baby steps. This season there were a lot of hiccups and ... with luck, the brothers will be able to survive them."
Additional reporting by Amanda Yesilbas and Charlie Jane Anders.