Who's Bigger Than Thanos In Guardians? And Is Tom Cruise In Star Wars?

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There are more rumors about the villains of Star Wars: Episode VII. Another actor is in talks to join Doctor Strange. Norman Reedus promises a "badass" season five of The Walking Dead. Plus, new photos from Avengers: Age of Ultron and Constantine. Spoilers now!

Top image: The Walking Dead

Star Wars

The latest rumor comes from The Sun tabloid, which claims that Tom Cruise has been in London, meeting with J.J. Abrams, and working out a cameo in the film. [The Sun via Comic Book.com]


From Latino Review come the anonymously sourced details that the "mercenary" villains appearing in the film will be Mandalorians, the warrior group most associated with Mandalorian-armor wearing Boba Fett. They also claim that there will be some kind of Sith witch or witches. No clue if they will in any way be based on the Force witches of Dathomir, and their Dark-sided Nightsisters. As always with unsourced rumors, keep all the salt handy. [Latino Review]

Domhnall Gleeson is deeply terrified of revealing any details, but he did tell MTV why he was willing to do such a major film:

The truth of the matter is, I was in 'Harry Potter' and I can walk in the street and no one bothers me," Gleeson continued. "It's totally fine. The only reason I'm doing 'Star Wars' is because the script is great, because J.J. [Abrams] is great, and because the cast are great. And that's what you look for in any movie. So in a way, it's just another job.

I could destroy my life if I gave away one of the secrets, really quickly. I'm just always with a no-talk policy about it.



Guardians of the Galaxy

Director James Gunn'll be featured an the upcoming issue of BIRTH. MOVIES. DEATH., the Alamo Drafthouse magazine, and in it he confirmed that the giant floating head in the trailers was Knowhere, the Guardians' base, and that the film includes the Celestials:

We have a couple of Celestials who we refer to in the film. They're part of the overall structure of the cosmic universe. They're part of the fun of what the movie is.


He also hinted that there would be characters "bigger" than Thanos, which could mean anything from the Collector (who we know is in the film) to something else:

Our characters, to some degree, have super powers, but at the same time they're just ordinary citizens of the galaxy. They just happen to be renegades - they're basically bikers. They're just these ordinary citizens who get caught up in this thing - because they want money in the beginning - that has completely cosmic overtones. There are characters like Thanos involved, and then there are characters bigger than that. Suddenly these mortals are playing in the fields of gods. I always find that a very interesting thing.


[Badass Digest]

Doctor Strange

Actor Edgar Ramirez has said that he's been talking with Scott Derrickson about appearing in the film, even if he refused to specify what part he could be up for. The two previously worked together on Deliver Us From Evil. [IGN]


Avengers: Age of Ultron

Set video a while ago showed Scarlett Johansson's stunt double riding a motorcycle, which has just been identified as Harley Davidson's Project LiveWire, their first electric motorcycle. It's visible at the 1:17 mark in the video below. [Super Hero Hype]

There are some set photos showing Aaron Taylor Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen on the set with a bunch of stunt doubles. See more at the link. [Just Jared]


Transformers 4: Age of Extinction

Head to the link to see an interview with Li Bingbing. [Collider]

And here are four promos:

Go here for more photos. [TFW 2005]


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Here are four new posters. [Turtle Reveal.com]


The Purge: Anarchy

Here's a new trailer. [Spinoff Online]

The Walking Dead

Norman Reedus spoke with Entertainment Weekly from the set of season 5, describing a show that has all the characters firing on all cylinders:

These scripts are the best scripts so far, and I'm really just excited to be back at it. There are a lot of characters right now, so there are a lot of really different personalities on set. And it's super interesting, everyone's really bringing it. It's going great. It's so dynamic because it's so fast-paced and so complicated. It's great to be back.

... Everybody on the whole team is so badass right now. It's interesting, because a lot of personalities are clashing, or characters' personalities are clashing. But yeah, we definitely have Rick back.


[Entertainment Weekly]


The John Simm and Mira Sorvino-starring supernatural thriller will premiere on August 23rd at 10PM ET/PT on BBC America. [TV Equals]


The Strain

Here's a video featuring Guillermo del Toro:

The Leftovers

Here's the press release for the first five episodes:

Episode #1: "Pilot"

Debut: SUNDAY, JUNE 29 (10:00-11:15 p.m. ET/PT)

Other HBO playdates: June 29 (12:45 a.m., 3:30 a.m.) and 30 (12:10 a.m.), and July 1 (7:45 p.m., 11:00 p.m.), 3 (10:00 p.m., midnight), 4 (8:30 p.m., 1:00 a.m.), 5 (5:00 p.m., 10:15 p.m.), 11 (7:45 p.m.) and 18 (6:45 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates: June 30 (10:00 p.m.) and July 4 (1:35 a.m.) and 5 (10:45 a.m., 7:45 p.m.)

Three years after millions of people – some 2% of the world's population – vanished into thin air, residents of Mapleton, NY weigh the pros and cons of a "Heroes Day" tribute to the local "Departed." Attempting to maintain a sense of normalcy in his strained community, police chief Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux) faces additional challenges at home with his daughter, Jill (Margaret Qualley), who's lost in a cloud of apathy with her friend Aimee (Emily Meade), and son, Tom (Chris Zylka), who has gravitated to a cult led by the charismatic Holy Wayne (Paterson Joseph). Also of concern is a silent, white-clad group of chain-smoking men and women called the Guilty Remnant, who team up in pairs to stake out people and places around town. As tension in Mapleton escalates, the lives of Laurie (Amy Brenneman), an unexpected member of the Guilty Remnant, and Meg (Liv Tyler), a recently engaged young woman, converge.

Written by Damon Lindelof & Tom Perrotta; directed by Peter Berg.

Episode #2: "Penguin One, Us Zero"

Debut: SUNDAY, JULY 6 (10:00-11:00 p.m.)

Other HBO playdates: July 6 (12:30 a.m., 3:00 a.m.), 7 (12:30 a.m.), 8 (8:00 p.m., 11:15 p.m.), 10 (10:00 p.m., midnight), 11 (9:00 p.m.), 12 (9:30 p.m.) and 18 (8:00 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates: July 7 (10:00 p.m.), 11 (1:00 a.m.) and 12 (11:30 a.m., 8:00 p.m.)

In the wake of a series of disturbing encounters, Kevin pays a visit to a therapist. Tom finds himself in a precarious situation with Christine (Annie Q), a favorite of Wayne's. A frustrated Meg is asked to part with pieces of her past. Jill and Aimee tail Nora Durst (Carrie Coon), who became a local celebrity when her entire family disappeared in the Departure.

Written by Damon Lindelof & Kath Lingenfelter; directed by Peter Berg.

Episode #3: "Two Boats and a Helicopter"

Debut: SUNDAY, JULY 13 (10:00-11:00 p.m.)

Other HBO playdates: July 13 (12:30 a.m., 3:00 a.m.), 14 (12:15 a.m.), 15 (8:00 p.m., 11:15 p.m.), 17 (10:00 p.m., midnight), 18 (9:00 p.m.), 19 (10:00 p.m.) and 25 (8:00 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates: July 14 (10:00 p.m.), 18 (2:15 a.m.) and 19 (9:50 a.m., 8:00 p.m.)

In the face of dwindling church attendance and threats on his life, Reverend Matt Jamison (Christopher Eccleston) continues to preach his gospel: that many who disappeared in the Departure were sinners and not saints. Matt's campaign is detoured when he learns he may lose the church to foreclosure, forcing him to launch a desperate, last-minute plan to come up with the cash to keep it.

Written by Damon Lindelof & Jacqueline Hoyt; directed by Keith Gordon.

Episode #4: "B.J. and the A.C."

Debut: SUNDAY, JULY 20 (10:00-11:00 p.m.)

Other HBO playdates: July 20 (12:30 a.m., 3:00 a.m.), 21 (11:30 p.m.), 22 (9:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m.), 24 (10:00 p.m., midnight), 25 (9:00 p.m.) and 26 (1:00 a.m.), and Aug. 1 (8:00 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates: July 21 (10:00 p.m.), 25 (2:30 a.m.) and 26 (11:15 a.m., 8:00 p.m.)

A holiday display goes wanting, sending Kevin scurrying to find out who is responsible. Tom and Christine run into trouble at a hospital and on the road. Kevin retrieves a surprise detainee from a neighboring police station, and receives unexpected visitors at home. The Guilty Remnant put its stamp on the holiday season.

Written by Damon Lindelof & Elizabeth Peterson; directed by Lesli Linka Glatter.

Episode #5: "Gladys"

Debut: SUNDAY, JULY 27 (10:00-11:00 p.m.)

Other HBO playdates: July 27 (12:30 a.m., 3:00 a.m.), 28 (12:50 a.m.), 29 (8:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m.) and 31 (10:00 p.m., midnight), and Aug. 1 (9:00 p.m.), 2 (12:30 a.m.) and 8 (8:00 p.m.)

HBO2 playdate: July 28 (10:00 p.m.)

Laurie's resolve is put to the test in the wake of a brutal hate crime. After his latest initiatives to maintain the peace in Mapleton fall short, Kevin turns down an outside offer to rid the town of its problems. Matt brings his pulpit to the street. Meg takes on a new role.

Written by Damon Lindelof & Tom Perrotta; directed by Mimi Leder.


And here's a trailer:


Here's a new photo from the show's Facebook page:


Teen Wolf

Here's a promo for episode 4.01, "117." [via SpoilerTV]

Under the Dome

Here's a sneak peek and a behind-the-scenes video:

The Last Ship

Here's a preview of Sunday's "Welcome to Gitmo":


Here are photos from episode 1.11, "Cat and Mouse." [SpoilerTV]sa


Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Madeleine Monson-Rosen