October 30, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
It’s been a long process, but it looks like Aaron Johnson will officially be Quicksilver in Joss Whedon’s Marvel superhero team-up sequel “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” with his contract talks finally closing today, according to The Wrap.
The Wrap reports scheduling issues with Johnson’s publicity commitments to another potential franchise, “Godzilla,” was what kept his deal from being finalized for so long. With his schedule now cleared, it must be only a matter of time until Elizabeth Olsen’s deal comes together as well, since his “Godzilla” co-star is in talks for the role of the Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver’s twin sister, and they must have pretty much identical schedules. The two will reunite to join an already established billion dollar franchise with Hollywood heavy-hitters like Robert Downey, Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye in the sequel that will start filming in early 2014 for a May 1, 2015 release.
Johnson broke out in 2008′s “Nowhere Boy” and recently played Count Vronsky opposite Keira Knightley in Joe Wright’s “Anna Karenina.” He’s already a big screen comic book hero having played the titular role in “Kick Ass” and this summer’s “Kick Ass 2.” Gareth Edwards’ “Godzilla,” also starring Bryan Cranston, will be released on May 16, 2014.
October 17, 2013 | Posted by Alfonso Espina
Marvel has unveiled three new clips of “Thor: The Dark World” featuring stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Christopher Eccleston and Jaimie Alexander. This sequel to 2011′s “Thor” is directed by Alan Taylor (who replaces Kenneth Branagh) and also stars Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Chris O’Dowd, Kat Dennings, Stellan Skarsgård and Idris Elba.
“Thor: The Dark World” is set during the events following 2012′s epic blockbuster “The Avengers,” which had Thor joining forces with his fellow superheroes. But in this latest installment, Thor must once again rise up as the sole protector of earth after it is threatened by an ancient race of aliens that is led by a vengeful Malekith (Eccleston). This sequel also reunites Thor with his human companions from the first film, which consists of his love interest Jane Foster (Portman) and her assistant Darcy (Dennings).
October 4, 2013 | Posted by Stacy Radtke
The first clip released from “Thor: The Dark World” reminds us of Loki’s most recognized lines from all of the trailers, “You must be truly desperate to come to me for help,” Tom Hiddleston croons to Chris Hemsworth from behind his glass cage.
Thor and Loki have had a troubled relationship, after Loki’s attempt to destroy his brother (and New York) and claim the throne of Asgard for himself in both “Thor” and “The Avengers,” but our heroes have to put all of this aside in order to team up to defeat a new threat in this sequel which sees the Dark Elves lay siege upon their planet. Also returning to help out are Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster, Jaimie Alexander’s Sif, Anthony Hopkins’ Odin and more.
But we must talk about Hemsworth in that poncho, because um. Yes. “Thor: The Dark World” will be released on October 18th. Watch Hemsworth and Hiddleston talk in out in the clip below.
October 2, 2013 | Posted by Stacy Radtke
During last night’s episode of “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD”, the newest and latest “Thor: The Dark World” TV spot aired. It’s only a minute long but it’s filled with plenty of new footage, including a brief glimpse at the return of a shirtless Chris Hemsworth, which we can thank the Asgardian Gods for. Kat Dennings gets the last laugh in this spot and her Darcy doesn’t disappoint in bringing the comedic relief yet again, so needed in a movie like this.
This time Jane Foster, played by Natalie Portman, travels with Thor back to his realm and Portman gets plenty of screentime here, as does Tom Hiddleston‘s Loki, who may have to team up with his estranged brother despite their earlier differences. This movie is looking great and should be an awesome followup to the first “Thor” film, even though it’s got a new director in Alan Taylor, taking over for Kenneth Branagh.
“Thor: The Dark World” arrives in theaters November 8th. Watch the TV spot below and (as any true Marvel Cinematic Universe fan should know by now) be sure to watch until the very end!
August 20, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
August 22nd UPDATE: Olsen’s deal is in the “final stages” of talks for the role, per THR.
Saoirse Ronan is out, and Elizabeth Olsen may be in for the much talked-about Scarlet Witch role in Joss Whedon’s Marvel sequel “The Avengers: Age of Ultron”, according to Bleeding Cool. Olsen is apparently on Whedon’s radar after Ronan reportedly turned it down at some point, despite expressing interest earlier.
Interestingly, Olsen’s “Godzilla” reboot co-star Aaron Johnson is up for the role of Scarlet Witch’s twin brother Quicksilver, and his deal is apparently still ongoing. If both of them finalize things, they will join an already established billion dollar franchise and join Marvel and Hollywood heavy-hitters like Robert Downey, Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye in the sequel that will start filming in early 2014 for a May 1, 2015 release. Olsen will reportedly adopt a European accent for the role that is described as scene-stealing.
In another interesting twist, Whedon and “The Avengers” aren’t the only ones targeting the hot rising star for their superhero franchise. Olsen’s name has apparently also been brought up a lot in regards to the Sue Storm/Invisible Woman role in Josh Trank’s “Fantastic Four” reboot. Looks like Fox may already be too late if she’s negotiating for the rival studio’s project. Sure things on Olsen’s upcoming slate include “Godzilla” and Spike Lee’s “Oldboy” remake, coming out in November. She’s a very respected and in demand young actress after impressing in her debut, Sundance hit “Martha Marcy May Marlene” in 2011.
July 22, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
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Comic-Con wouldn’t be Comic-Con without a major presentation from Marvel Studios, which has become the cornerstone of Hall H’s film lineup. Thousands of fans camped out overnight in front of the convention center for the last panel of the day on Saturday, July 20th, 2013, and were not disappointed. Tom Hiddleston kicked off the presentation in a big way by showing up in full blown Loki mode, encouraging the crowd to scream his name, then declaring: “It seems I have an army.”
July 15, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Ron Howard’s 19th Century maritime disaster flick “In the Heart of the Sea” has added Frank Dillane, most known for playing the villainous Tom Riddle in “Harry Potter”, according to The Wrap. Additionally, “Skyfall” actor Ben Whishaw is being eyed for the role of American author Herman Melville, whose “Moby Dick” took its inspiration from the true events that will be told in this film.
Chris Hemsworth leads the cast that already includes Benjamin Walker, “The Impossible” star Tom Holland, Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson and newcomer Sam Keeley. Based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s factual retelling “In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex”, Hemsworth will play a first mate aboard whaling ship the Essex, which began a journey from Nantucket bound for the South Pacific in 1819 and was rammed and sunk by a giant sperm whale. The initial crew of 20, to be led by Hemsworth’s character, dwindled as they struggled to survive aboard three lifeboats, facing hunger, disease and inclement weather. Holland is set for the role of Young Nickerson, an aspiring whaler, while Walker has the plum role of George Pollard, Jr., the unqualified, antagonistic captain of the Essex who would be come to be immortalized by Melville as Captain Ahab. Dillane is lining up the role of Coffin, a cousin of Walker’s character. Filming begins in September in London.
Dillane’s only credit post 2009′s “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” was 2012 indie “Papadopoulous & Sons,” in which he starred opposite his father. Whishaw, an increasingly in demand British actor, played gadget master Q opposite Daniel Craig in “Skyfall” and is expected to reprise his role in upcoming sequels. He also starred in “Cloud Atlas” and will be seen in Terry Gilliam’s upcoming “The Zero Theorem” opposite Christoph Waltz.
May 20, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
The cancellation of NBC musical series “Smash” may have been a blessing in disguise for Broadway vet Christian Borle, as he has been freed up to take a role in Michael Mann’s untitled cyber thriller opposite Chris Hemsworth, reports Deadline. Viola Davis, Holt McCallany and Chinese stars Wei Tang and Leehom Wang are also on board the international cast.
There are no plot details available, but the film is said to be in the vein of Mann’s previous thrillers “Heat” and “Thief” but set in the world of cyber theft and cyber attacks, and Tang and Wang will play a brother-sister duo, with Tang also acting as love interest to Hemsworth’s character. Mann wrote the script with Morgan Foehl and along with the international cast, locations for the shoot will include Los Angeles, Hong Kong and others. Filming begins in June.
Borle is one of Broadway’s most recognizable stars, having starred in musicals such as “Spamelot” and “Legally Blonde”, and won a Tony last year for his role in Peter Pan prequel play “Peter and the Starcatcher.” He, like many fellow stage actors, had began in recent years to attempt a transition to screen acting, landing a series regular role as the writing partner of Debra Messing on NBC’s “Smash.” It was cancelled recently and will see its series finale this Sunday night.
May 7, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Stage and screen actor Benjamin Walker has landed a major role opposite Chris Hemsworth and Tom Holland in Ron Howard’s nautical actioner “In the Heart of the Sea”, according to Deadline.
Based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s factual retelling “In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex”, Hemsworth will play a first mate aboard whaling ship the Essex, which began a journey from Nantucket bound for the South Pacific in 1819 and was rammed and sunk by a giant sperm whale, the incident that served as inspiration for Meville’s “Moby Dick.” The initial crew of 20, to be led by Hemsworth’s character, dwindled as they struggled to survive aboard three lifeboats, facing hunger, disease and inclement weather. Holland is set for the role of Young Nickerson, an aspiring whaler, while Walker has the plum role of George Pollard, Jr., the unqualified, antagonistic captain of the Essex who would be come to be immortalized in fiction as Captain Ahab. Filming begins in September in London.
Broadway vet Walker starred in cult hit “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” and most recently in a revival of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” opposite Scarlett Johansson. His big screen metal has not been fully tested following the disastrous “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”, while other potential star-making films like Ed Zwick’s “The Great Wall” and Alex Proyas’ “Paradise Lost”, fell apart before filming even began. Luckily this project seems solid and has great potential to be the breakout that the talented and charismatic Walker is long overdue for.