Yes, some surprising Force Awakens castmembers may be making an appearance in Episode VIII. Nicole Kidman may be out of Wonder Woman. Margaery Tyrell may have a new ally on Game of Thrones. Legends of Tomorrow will bring back an Arrow foe. Plus, a page from Deadpool’s script... sort of. Behold, Spoilers!
(You know what, here’s a third spoiler warning, as the post below includes some discussion of The Force Awakens. You’ve been warned!)
Speaking to the Evening Standard during the European premiere of The Force Awakens, Kathleen Kennedy issued a blanket statement that every main member of the movie’s cast would reprise their roles in next movie, including Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill... and Harrison Ford.
There will be a handful of new cast members in Episode VIII but also all the cast members you see here tonight will be in it as well.
We’re excited to get back together. We start shooting Episode VIII in January, we’ve been prepping the movie for the last year and (writer-and-director) Rian Johnson has been doing an amazing job.
Now, it could just be that Kennedy was speaking off the cuff, or being deliberately generic to protect the fact that Han Solo meets his tragic end at the hands of his son, Kylo Ren, in The Force Awakens—but could Ford reprise the role from beyond Han’s grave through flashbacks, considering his ongoing emotional connection to Kylo Ren?
While responding to criticism that The Force Awakens doesn’t answer enough questions about its new trio of lead characters, Lawrence Kasdan says that certain mysteries about each hero will come into play in Episodes VIII and IX:
Everyone who has seen these movies thinks about ‘I am your father …’ and ‘There is another …’ But neither of those things were in [1977’s original] Star Wars. Star Wars didn’t say Luke was the son of Vader. Star Wars didn’t say Leia was the sister of Luke. You didn’t understand what these references were: the Empire, dark times, Clone Wars. There were these things that were discussed that don’t get explained. George [Lucas] dropped you into a story and respected you to infer everything necessary to understand what you need to know… Can this movie actually also hold, ‘And Rey is this … And Finn is that … And this is where Poe is from …’ This is the first of a series. There is a story to be told. And it will be.
Variety Film writer Justin Kroll has taken to twitter to confirm that the recently rumored Nicole Kidman will not be joining the movie due to scheduling conflicts—and Warner Bros. are currently considering either giving the character to House of Cards actor Robin Wright (who is not playing Hippolyta, Diana’s mother and Queen of the Amazons), or cast someone else.
Christopher McQuarrie discusses his hopes for directing a second film in the series:
You know, my desire as a filmmaker is to always be a better filmmaker than I was on the previous film. I’m not interested in stasis. I really want to grow. I want to push myself. And I think if you look at the three films I’ve done, if you go from The Way of the Gun, to Jack Reacher, to Mission: Impossible, I think it’s very clear that there’s a distinct voice that runs through them. They are each sort of expanding in terms of their storytelling, in terms of their use of technology. I’m learning on each movie sort of the mysteries of this technical craft or that technical craft. And I have things that I specifically learned from this movie that I want to apply to the next. I gotta imagine it will look different. If it looks the same I’ll be disappointed.
Joblo has revealed a page of the script for the movie... including Deadpool’s own crib notes scribbled over it.
Henry Cavill talks about his take on Clark Kent:
Comparisons with Christopher Reeve’s clumsy Clark Kent are inevitable. My Clark Kent is trying to be as small and invisible as possible. If you’re awkward and spilling things constantly, people are going to notice you, and that’s not the best way to go unseen. You have to admit, it’s not a remarkable disguise, just a pair of glasses. He’d like to think that no one will believe he could be Superman. How could such a delicate flower be a living god? Preposterous.
Prepare your butts for a lot of sitting: the film will run for 151 minutes. [CBR]
There’s a little bit of extra footage of Der sonne von Krypton and Die Fledermaus von Gotham in this very low quality (and very German) promo spot.
Briefly discussing the show’s sixth season with Den of Geek, Natalie Dormer says she has a new “partner” to play off in comparison to previous seasons:
I just personally wrapped season 6 last week. What I love about Game of Thrones is every year you don’t really know who your pairing is going to be with. I’ve had some great stuff with Sophie Turner in the past, and some great stuff with Lena Headey. And I’ve got a whole new partner to play with in this season. So, I had a lot of fun there.
Speaking of briefly discussing the sixth season, here’s Liam Cunningham doing the same with Formula-One-focused magazine Paddock:
It is bigger, brasher, bolder and weirder. It’s written by the two biggest fans of the books, so they treat the story with great delicacy, race and with tremendous amount of love. So we’re in safe hands. Kind of.
Comicbook.com has confirmed that Matt Nable will reprise his role as Ra’s Al Ghul in the show. Considering Ra’s perished in Arrow last season, presumably his interaction will be through the oodles of time-travel shenanigans the Legends go through in the show.
During a recent episode of Kevin Smith’s Fatman on Batman podcast, producer Andrew Kreisberg confirmed that Supergirl will battle someone from the Bizarro World later on in the first season. Presumably, it will be Bizarro-Girl, Supergirl’s own twisted counterpart.
Here’s a few pictures from “Blood Bonds”—more at the link. [Spoiler TV]
And here’s a few promo pictures for the second season—once again more at the link. [Spoiler TV]
A gallery of character portraits has been released—more at the link. [Ksite TV]
And finally, some more pictures from the show’s first season. You know the drill: more at the link. [KSite TV]
Additional reporting by Gordon Jackson and Charlie Jane Anders. Image: Star Wars: The Force Awakens.