Michael Jackson Auditioned for X-Men

The X-Men franchise began back in 2000, and since it was the first time the Marvel Comics property was being brought to the big screen, there was a lot of buzz about who should be cast in the various mutant roles of the titular superhero team. For example, Viggo Mortensen revealed not too long ago that he turned down the role of Wolverine due to a commitment he had to another project. While we’ll always wonder how awesome that would have been, we couldn’t be happier that Australian actor Hugh Jackman ended up being launched into stardom by taking the role that he would go on to play for 17 years.

Beyond that though, you might be surprise to hear that there were some mind-blowing contenders who came in to read for various roles in the first X-Men movie. Believe it or not, Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, came in to audition for Professor X. And he wasn’t the only chart-topping singer looking to play one of the Marvel mutants.

Learn about how Michael Jackson auditioned for X-Men and other surprising contenders after the jump. Read More »

Vanessa Kirby Mission: Impossible

Vanessa Kirby (The Crown) is in final negotiations to join writer-director Christopher McQuarrie‘s Mission: Impossible 6. Kirby will play a prominent, unspecified role in the sequel. If a deal is made, she’ll start shooting the sequel next month.

Below, learn more about Vanessa Kirby’s role in the Mission Impossible 6 cast below.

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Patrick Stewart Not Retiring from X-Men

We’ve known for awhile that Logan was going to be the last ride for Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. The reason we’ve been waiting so long for the movie is because he and director James Mangold wanted to get this one right for themselves and the fans. Thankfully, they succeeded with flying colors.

In fact, Logan is such a sensation that Sir Patrick Stewart was inclined to announce that he was going to follow Hugh Jackman’s example by retiring from the X-Men franchise as well. During one screening of the movie, Stewart was so moved that he just couldn’t imagine playing Professor X again after a movie like this. The bar was set too high. However, the actor has walked back that statement a bit, and there’s still a chance for him to come back to the role under the right circumstances.

Why is Patrick Stewart not retiring from X-Men movies anymore? Find out after the jump. Read More »

SUICIDE SQUAD - Jared Leto as Joker

Disney hit ctrl-alt-del on Tron 3 a few years ago, citing the mixed reaction and not-good-enough box office of Tron: Legacy as key factors. Like the 1982 original, the 2010 sequel had passionate fans…there just didn’t seem to be enough of them. While an actual sequel still appears to be on hold, someone at Disney has faith in the Grid – a new Tron movie is in the works and it’s being built as a vehicle (a lightcycle?) for Jared Leto.

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Han Solo Michael K Williams

As shooting gets underway, the Han Solo sequel is making room for a last-minute addition. And he’s definitely worth the wait. Michael K. Williams will be shooting off into that galaxy far, far away, joining a fantastic cast that includes Alden Ehrenreich and Donald Glover.
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Fox’s Marvel Pilot Casts Geek Favorite Amy Acker

Fox Marvel Amy Acker

Fox’s Marvel show has found its female lead, and she’ll be well known to fanboys and fangirls and geeky types of all stripes. Amy Acker is boarding the X-Men sorta-spinoff, along with BunheadsEmma Dumont (she’ll play Polaris) and Percy Hynes White. They join Jamie Chung, Stephen Moyer, and Blair RedfordRead More »

Inhumans Ken Leung

Marvel’s Inhumans is welcoming another family member into the fold. Ken Leung has just landed a key role in the ABC comic book drama, joining Anson MountSerinda Swan, and Iwan Rheon. Leung was last seen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and recently left a role in NBC’s The Night Shift.
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Vera Farmiga Godzilla 2

Vera Farmiga has faced all sorts of horrors onscreen, from a sinister adopted daughter in Orphan to a budding serial killer son in Bates Motel to the malicious spirits of The Conjuring. Her next new role will have her facing her biggest monster yet: Farmiga has just signed on for Godzilla: King of the MonstersMichael Dougherty‘s sequel to Gareth Edwards’ 2014 movie.  Read More »

cable - Russell Crowe Deadpool 2 casting

We know that Deadpool 2 will introduce X-Force’s Cable to Fox’s X-Men cinematic universe and there has been a lot of speculation about who might play the character on the big screen. When Deadpool director Tim Miller was still attached to the project, rumor had it he was pushing for Friday Night Lights star Kyle Chandler to play the role while the studio was pushing for Liam Neeson.

We haven’t heard anything from the casting rumor mill since John Wick co-director David Leitch signed on to helm the sequel, but outspoken comic writer Rob Liefeld (who created Deadpool and Cable) has taken to Twitter to offer his fantasy casting choice: Russell Crowe. What followed was an interesting exchange between Crowe and Liefeld. Read the Oscar-winning star’s response to Liefeld’s Russell Crowe Deadpool 2 fantasy casting, after the jump.
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Black Lightning TV Series

Hart of Dixie actor Cress Williams has been cast as Black Lightning in the CW’s new DC superhero pilot. Learn more about the Cress Williams Black Lightning casting after the jump.
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