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.
September 6, 2013 | Posted by Stacy Radtke
Let the rumors begin! Marvel Studios producer Louis D’Esposito recently mentioned the idea of doing a Captain Marvel film, while “Battlestar Galatica’s” Katee Sackhoff recently revealed on the Schmoes Know podcast that she’s in talks with Marvel/Disney for…something, and that there’s been a lot of checking of availability for the first quarter of next year. (Please, please, please!)
It’s all very vague. D’Esposito told Coming Soon about female led Marvel films recently:
“There’s obviously a drumbeat that is banging louder and louder that we want a female lead superhero,” he says. “… [W]e have strong female characters in our films from Black Widow to Pepper Potts to Peggy Carter and you never know. Maybe there’s an offshoot film with one of them. Or Captain Marvel, you know?”
He’s really just saying that there’s a possibility that there could be a movie planned without actually saying it either way. Though with audiences in the comic fandoms begging for a super-heroine led film, this could be a great opportunity for Marvel/Disney. One that others have slept on and let fall to the wayside. With “Avengers 2: Age of Ultron” set to begin filming early next year, what greater place to bring Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel into the fold?
Sackhoff will be seen next along side Vin Diesel in “Riddick”, an action sci-fi film being released September 6th, 2013 about a man left for dead on an alien inhabited planet.
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.”
June 7, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Watch out, Evan Peters, a new Quicksilver may be coming to town. By now we all know of the struggle between Fox and Marvel in their dueling bids to use twin mutants Pietro and Wanda Maximoff in “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and “The Avengers 2″, with Fox and director Bryan Singer throwing the first gauntlet with the casting of Peters. Today the duel got a little more real, with The Wrap reporting Aaron Johnson has emerged as the top choice for the role in Marvel and Joss Whedon’s superhero team-up sequel.
In the comics, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch (Wanda’s superhero alias) were the children of Magneto and are born mutants. With Fox and Marvel splitting rights on these two characters who began life as foes of the X-Men but eventually joined the Avengers, Whedon would not be able to call them by their superhero names, and would not be able to allude to their mutant bloodline or their famous father. On the Fox side, Singer will be able to call them by their code names, but not Pietro or Wanda. Oh what a tangled web rival film studios weave. The Wrap further cautions that Johnson is simply a frontrunner at this point, and no negotiating has begun. There’s also no word yet on who may play Wanda for Whedon, but Soairse Ronan has expressed interest after learning she was the “prototype” of the character in script form.
Johnson is already a big screen comic book hero, having originated and then recently reprised the titular “Kick-Ass” opposite Chloe Moretz and (coincidentally) Peters. This summer’s “Kick Ass 2″ promo tour should be fun! Johnson broke out in 2008′s “Nowhere Boy” and recently played Count Vronsky opposite Keira Knightley in Joe Wright’s “Anna Karenina.” He’s currently filming “Godzilla” for director Gareth Edwards opposite Elizabeth Olsen.
May 31, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Marvel’s Phase 2 blockbuster “Guardians of the Galaxy” has added “Doctor Who” star Karen Gillan, according to THR. She joins Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, David Bautista, Glenn Close, Michael Rooker, Ophelia Lovibond and Lee Pace in the James-Gunn directed intergalactic actioner.
Pratt plays Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord, the leader of the Guardians. Saldana plays green-skinned warrior Gamora, Bautista is the brawny Drax the Destroyer and Rooker iss Yondu on the side of the good guys. Pace is the villainous The Collector and Lovibond plays his aide. Details of Gillan’s role are unclear but she will be the lead female villain. A June production start is scheduled in the UK, with “Guardians of the Galaxy” already set for an August 1, 2014 release.
Gillan recently left “Doctor Who” after playing the Doctor’s companion, Amy Pond, for four years. She’s got a cult following due to this role, and she has already booked plenty of film roles since, including indie British comedy “Not Another Happy Ending”, co-starring fellow up and comer Jessica Brown Findlay and horror “Oculus” wit Brenton Thwaites. She’s currently filming indie rom com “The List” with Jennifer Morrison.
May 23, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
By now we’ve all heard the rumblings that Joss Whedon sees Irish actress Saoirse Ronan as a “prototype” for casting Marvel superhero the Scarlet Witch, who is set to join the team in “The Avengers 2″, but does Ronan have any interest in taking the role herself? The Mary Sue recently caught up with the actress and the answer was a resounding “yes.”
Ronan recently heard about the rumors herself and answered enthusiastically when asked if she would like to join the Marvel family: “I have heard about it and yes, I would. Yeah, of course I would. I love Joss and I love those films, and I love his handle on them and how he portrayed these kinds of superheroes. I think it’s very different from what anyone else has done. So yeah, I’d love to be in it.”
Scarlet Witch, aka Wanda Maximoff, is one of the most prominent figures in the Marvel universe, and she and twin brother Pietro aka Quicksilver have taken both heroic and villainous turns within the comic canon throughout the decades. They are also the children of Magneto, who, of course, falls under X-Men canon and is being portrayed by Michael Fassbender in the currently filming Fox film “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”
It’s been speculated that Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver cannot legally be referred to as Magneto’s children or even as mutants, but we’ll let Marvel’s and Fox’s lawyers hammer that one out. The important thing is Whedon is (allegedly) interested, Ronan is definitely interested, how do we make this happen? Ronan should probably make sure her ever crowded schedule is clear for February 2014.
May 1, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Perhaps this should come as no surprise since “42″ is overperforming like hell at the box office, but Latino Review reports its breakout star, Chadwick Boseman, is becoming a hot commodity and now Marvel has him in their sights for their long-gestating adaptation of “Black Panther”, rumored to make his debut in Phase 3 of the Marvel cinematic universe.
The first black superhero in mainstream comics, the Black Panther predates Anthony Mackie’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” onscreen alter-ego by several years, though Sam Wilson, aka Falcon, gets the distinction as the first African-American superhero. T’Challa, on the other hand, is from the fictional African nation of Wakanda. He got his superhuman superpowers after ingesting an herb, and subsequently became King of Wakanda, ultimately developing it into the most technologically advanced nation on earth. He eventually made friends with other Marvel superheroes and became an Avenger, so Latino Suggest a cameo for Black Panter in “The Avengers 2″ before headlining his own film seems likely.
Of course, this is all in the very early stages and not only is there no official offer on the table yet, Marvel is also taking general meetings with various actors for a wide range of roles, so it’s possible Boseman could end up in the Marvel family in a completely different project, but Black Panther is likely to be the among the highest of priorities and most coveted.
Boseman, an award-winning playwright, stuck almost entirely to television, appearing in guest spots on every show from “Third Watch” to “Lincoln Heights” to “Fringe” and “ER” before landing his breakthrough role as Jackie Robinson in “42″, which opened t the #1 spot atop the box office and is still playing like gangbusters. He’s now filming another sports-related drama, the NFL-sanctioned “Draft Day” starring Kevin Costner, which recently filmed at the actual NFL draft in New York.
April 23, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Marvel is clearly keen on British actor Lee Pace even though they chose Chris Pratt over him to lead Phase 2 blockbuster “Guardians of the Galaxy.” They’ve offered him, and he is now in final negotiations for, a different role in the James Gunn-directed film, that of the villain, according to The Wrap.
Pratt plays Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord, the role Pace originally tested for, and he will be joined by Zoe Saldana as green-skinned warrior Gamora, David Bautista as the brawny Drax the Destroyer and Michael Rooker as Yondu on the side of the good guys. Most recently British actress Ophelia Lovibond joined the cast as an aide to a villainous character known as The Collector, which seems to hint this could be the role Pace is taking on. A June production start is scheduled, with “Guardians of the Galaxy” already set for an August 1, 2014 release.
Pace, who has something of a cult following thanks to roles in short-lived but beloved TV series “Pushing Daisies” and “Wonderfalls”, had a busy year last year on the big screen with roles in “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn”, “The Hobbit” and “Lincoln”. He’ll also be seen in the next two “Hobbit” installments, and recently filmed AMC pilot “Halt and Catch Fire” with fellow buzzy rising movie stars Scoot McNairy, Mackenzie Davis and Kerry Bishe.
April 23, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Sequels have to be bigger and badder than the original, as a rule, and Marvel has clearly been strictly enforcing it thus far for their Phase 2 films. The first trailer for “Thor: The Dark World” has arrived and indeed, it already feels grander, more epic and more dangerous than 2011′s “Thor.” Chris Hemsworth returns as the God of Thunder to battle the Dark Elves, whose Earth-destroying capabilities far surpasses that of the lone giant robot The Destroyer that Thor fought in the first film. More of the action will also take place off Earth this time around, with even Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster transported to Asgard and beyond with her intergalactic superhero boyfriend.
Tom Hiddleston as Loki is back for the third time but I for one am hoping he’ll have a limited role this time around. There are other villains in the Marvel universe, after all. “Thor: The Dark World”, directed by Alan Taylor, will be released on November 8th, following next month’s “Iron Man 3.” Marvel Phase 2 is well underway and we could not be more psyched. Watch the trailer below.
April 22, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
British actress Ophelia Lovibond has been cast in a supporting role in Marvel Phase 2 blockbuster “Guardians of the Galaxy”, according to THR.
She joins Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, David Bautista as Drax and the recently cast Michael Rooker as Yondu. They’re all aliens, so Lovibond will most certainly play one as well in the James Gunn-directed intergalactic actioner. Though her role is not specified, THR does report she will play an aide to a villainous, near immortal being called The Collector, though Thanos, that big blue guy we spied post-”Avengers” credits, is expected to be the Big Bad of the film. A June production start is scheduled, with “Guardians of the Galaxy” already set for an August 1, 2014 release.
Lovibond has done two British indie films opposite Aaron Johnson, “Nowhere Boy” and “Chatroom”, and has had supporting roles in Hollywood studio films, including “No Strings Attached” with Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman, and “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” with Jim Carrey.