A couple weeks ago, it was reported that The Avengers star Tom Hiddleston was in early negotiations to play Eric Draven in Relativity’s remake of The Crow. Arguably, the Loki actor was the best choice to be connected to the role recently (Mark Wahlberg, Channing Tatum and Bradley Cooper were all up for the remake before), so the idea of his playing The Crow was a great one. However, it appears that Hiddleston only had a “simple conversation” about the film, and will likely not take on the role. But who will?There’s apparently a lot of interest in True Blood‘s Alexander Skarsgard (who was recently considering Warner Bros.’ Tarzan film before production was pushed back) to play Eric Draven, and while he hasn’t been offered the role yet, it’s apparently his if he wants it. Production on The Crow, which will be directed by newcomer F. Javier Gutierrez, is expected to begin this fall. [Deadline]
This is certainly an unexpected casting choice. With production beginning this August, casting for the next Mark Millar comic book adaptation, The Secret Service, has begun. Oscar winner Colin Firth, who won Best Actor in 2011 for The King’s Speech, is set to star in the Matthew Vaughn-directed super spy/secret agent thriller. The story follows “a James Bond superspy who works for MI6 and takes his slacker nephew under his wing. Named ‘Uncle Jack’ in the comic, he mentors his nephew Gary in tradecraft in the hopes that Gary can change and become an MI6 agent.” Firth will be playing Uncle Jack in the film, which will be distributed by 20th Century Fox. The Secret Service is set to hit theaters November 14th, 2014. [Latino-Review]
Ever since Thanos appeared in the mid credits scene of The Avengers last summer, it has been heavily rumored that the Mad Titan will be the main villain in the sequel (as well as 2014’s Guardians Of The Galaxy, which is confirmed to be connected to Avengers 2 somehow). However, many fans have expressed interest in seeing other villains take on Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in the sequel (such as Ultron or Kang The Conqueror), saving Thanos for a third installment. Speaking with Desede Hollywood at the premiere of Iron Man 3, writer-director Joss Whedon talked about the villain(s) in The Avengers 2, and how the heroes will face off against a villain as powerful as Thanos. “Well, Thanos is more powerful. He is so powerful he is not someone you can just try out and punch him. Like he did in the comics, you want him to threading through the universe and to save the big finale for ‘the big finally’. He is definitely a part of what I have got going on. The thing about the Avengers is that they are very powerful but not very stable. So, there will definitely be some people that will shake them up in the next installment.” Very interesting. By “some people”, is Whedon referring to the Masters of Evil? There are certainly plenty of Marvel Cinematic Universe villains who can be featured in the team (Abomination, Leader, Crossbones, etc.). Plus, Whedon previously stated that he planned to make The Avengers 2 “smaller” and “more personal”, and “smaller” doesn’t come to mind when Thanos enters the picture. Based on his comments, perhaps we can expect Thanos to be a behind-the-scenes villain, with the Mad Titan taking on Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in the third movie.
Additionally, Whedon shared his thoughts on Robert Downey Jr. possibly retiring from the role of Iron Man. “I am not the guy who should worry about him being replaced. He is Iron Man at this point. When I heard that he was cast I just knew that something has changed, and I don’t usually know stuff like that. I said “Now we are in a new phase”. The way he embodies it… I love working with him. Shane captures it so perfectly in this movie. I want him to play it forever. The thing is that he has a flying metal suit. Is not like in those Charles Bronson or Roger Moore movies, when you are like “Dude, you can barely stand”. He’s got some fight in him. At the same time, if Robert decides to hang it up, he has a perfectly good excuse.” The Avengers 2 is set to hit theaters May 1st, 2015.
In this week’s casting news round-up: Some minor additions to 2014 Marvel films X-Men: Days Of Future Past and Guardians Of The Galaxy, a Spartacus star has joined Hercules 3D, and another addition to the sci-fi thriller Transcendence.
*With Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days Of Future Past now well into production, we have word on yet another addition to its massive cast. Adan Canto (The Following) confirmed on his Twitter account earlier this week that he has landed a role in the ensemble cast of the inbetweenquel, which stars Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and many more X-Men veterans. As for who he’s playing, Canto doesn’t say, but he recently hinted at an upcoming project with “I might turn into a ball of fire if someone pisses me off.” This led to speculation that he will play Sunfire or Sunspot. In other news, Bryan Singer recently confirmed that both Bishop and Warpath will be in X-Men: Days Of Future Past, which hits theaters July 18th, 2014.
*Another minor addition to a Marvel movie has been made this week, as British actress Ophelia Lovibond (Mr. Popper’s Penguins, No Strings Attached) has landed a minor supporting role in Guardians Of The Galaxy. Details on her role are being kept under wraps, but she’s reportedly playing “an aide to a being called The Collector [one of the Elders of the Universe], who gathers artifacts and beings in the hopes of saving them from a foretold galactic annihilation.” Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace and Michael Rooker also star in the space epic, which begins filming in June. Guardians Of The Galaxy is set to hit theaters August 1st, 2014. [The Hollywood Reporter]
*Spartacus: War Of The Damned star Liam McIntyre has found his next major project, as he has joined Kellan Lutz in Millennium’s Hercules 3D, which will shoot next month for a March 2014 release. The actor will play “a young army captain who becomes Hercules’ most trusted battlefield companion. After an evil king deceives them, Hercules and the captain are sold into slavery and must fight side by side to earn their freedom.” This will mark his first major Hollywood role. Die Hard 2 director Renny Harlin will helm Hercules 3D. [The Hollywood Reporter]
*With filming set to begin in May, we have word on yet another addition to Warner Bros.’ upcoming sci-fi film Transcendence, which stars Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany and Morgan Freeman. Cole Hauser, who was recently seen in A Good Day To Die Hard and Olympus Has Fallen, has landed a role in the Christopher Nolan-executive produced film, which will mark the directorial debut of cinematographer Wally Pfister. The actor will play “a military officer called upon to save the world.” Plot details are being kept under wraps, but it is described as “being in the vein of 2001: A Space Odyssey and Inception. Depp stars as a man who creates a computer that develops a malevolent awareness.” Transcendence is set to hit theaters April 18th, 2014. [The Hollywood Reporter
In today’s news round-up: The track list for Hans Zimmer’s Man Of Steel score album has been unveiled, an epic new theatrical poster for Pacific Rim has arrived, a new Marvel One-Shot likely starring Hayley Atwell’s Peggy Carter will premiere at San Diego Comic-Con, and the full trailer for Red 2 is now online.
*The official Man Of Steel soundtrack, which features Hans Zimmer’s original score for the highly anticipated movie, has been available for pre-order for some time. Now, we have the full track list for the soundtrack, including bonus tracks which will be included on the deluxe edition. Warning: The following may tease key sequences from the film, and may be ever-so-slightly spoilerish. Man Of Steel is set to hit theaters June 14th. [Film Music Reporter]
1. Look To The Stars
2. Oil Rig
3. Sent Here For A Reason
5. Goodbye My Son
6. If You Love These People
7. Krypton’s Last
10. You Die Or I Do
13. I Will Find Him
14. This Is Clark Kent
15. I Have So Many Questions
17. What Are You Going To Do When You Are Not Saving The World?
18. Man Of Steel (Hans’ Original Sketchbook)
Additional tracks on Deluxe Edition:
Are You Listening, Clark?
You Led Us Here
This Is Madness
*Warner Bros. has released an incredible new poster for Guillermo del Toro’s highly anticipated sci-fi epic Pacific Rim, which sees giant robots (Jaegers) taking on giant monsters (Kaiju). Fingers crossed that we see a new trailer soon, as the film’s marketing looks to be kick-starting again. Pacific Rim is set to hit theaters July 12th.
*At the Iron Man 3 premiere this week, Marvel Studios co-president Louis D’Esposito confirmed that he has directed a new Marvel One-Shot which will premiere at this summer’s San Diego Comic-Con. While he only said that it will focus on “a strong female” character, it’s likely that the short will star Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell). Atwell recently suggested this when saying that we’ll see what Peggy is “truly capable of” at SDCC. While it isn’t confirmed yet, this short will likely be on the Blu-Ray release of Iron Man 3 later this year. [Comic Book Movie]
*Finally, we have the second theatrical trailer for Lionsgate/Summit’s upcoming action comedy sequel Red 2, which sees the return of Bruce Willis and co. along with newcomers Anthony Hopkins and Byung Hun Lee, among others. The film certainly looks fun, and boasts an impressive cast. Red 2 is set to hit theaters July 19th. [Yahoo! Movies]
Despite stating not too long ago that Robert Downey Jr. was in talks to play Tony Stark in more Marvel films, Gwyneth Paltrow (Pepper Potts) now seems certain that there won’t be another Iron Man film. On the press tour for Iron Man 3, the actress was asked if we can expect another movie starring everyone’s favorite Armored Avenger, and she was rather direct in her response. “I don’t think there’s going to be [an Iron Man 4]. I think we’re done with Iron Man.” With the threequel looking to be another big hit for Disney/Marvel (it’s currently tracking a whopping $160M domestic opening), it would seem ideal to continue the franchise. However, Robert Downey Jr. has also expressed concerns over staying in the role for much longer, as he’s getting older. Although Kevin Feige previously stated that Marvel will likely go the James Bond route and recast the role of Tony Stark when the time comes, it’s hard to imagine the studio getting rid of its most recognizable face anytime soon. [Bleeding Cool]
At the premiere of Iron Man 3 last night, The Avengers writer-director Joss Whedon offered an update on the highly anticipated sequel. He says that writing the film is in a “very good place”, and also talks about Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark. But most significantly, he teases the inclusion of a “brother/sister act” in the next Avengers movie. Check out the quotes below (thanks to Comic Book Movie for the arrangement):
“I have actually finished a draft, we’re in a very good place. It’s going really well, eventually somebody will explain to me that it’s not. But I’ve been writing, meeting with actors, and we’re starting to storyboard and all the preliminary processes. This is the part where it’s all still fun. It’s an evolution, and that goes on all through shooting and it never stops. I’ve done enough shows and movies to be comfortable with that. You do come to a point where we all agree …‘Oh, I’ve got these two characters, two of my favorite characters from the comic books; a brother/sister act. They’re in the movie, that’s exciting.’ You lock certain things in. But then there’s a certain fluidity when you’re working with Robert [Downey Jr.]. He’s going to want to do something new on the day, and you’re going to want him to, because it’s going to be funny. So you always keep yourself open. I try not to think of it as topping The Avengers, I try to think of this as its own movie.”
“And by the way, Shane [Black] not helping! Iron Man 3 not helping! I see this and said, ‘Aw, man, he really got it right!’ The pressure continues! When Tony sees another superhero, he increases his swagger. Tony, he sees Thor, and he says, ‘Yeah, I got a suit of muscles that big. I invented it! Oh, you can pick up a hammer? You’re so special!’ He sees it as a challenge! He loves it.”
The first thing that comes to mind concerning a brother and sister serving as Avengers is Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch (Pietro and Wanda Maximoff), the children of X-Men’s Magneto. While the mutant duo would seem to be owned by Fox due to their X-Men connections, Marvel’s Kevin Feige said last year, “It’s a little complicated; If [Fox] wants to use them in an X-Men movie they could, if we want to use them in an Avengers movie we could.” The Avengers 2 is set to hit theaters May 1st, 2015. [Yahoo! Movies]