Jason Mewes in Guardians of the Galaxy 2

There’s plenty to enjoy in the surprising Marvel Studios hit Guardians of the Galaxy. Most of the praise for the flick goes to director James Gunn and the primary cast of characters who play the titular ragtag team of misfits. But there’s one actor who deserves some more recognition, and that’s Michael Rooker, who plays the sort-of redneck (or blueneck) Ravager named Yondu.

Rooker is a regular in the films by James Gunn, so much that the two are also very good friends. So it should come as no surprise that if Rooker wants to run something by the filmmaker, he just needs to pick up his cell phone. And that’s exactly what happened as the actor asked the director to put Mallrats co-star Jason Mewes in Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Read More »

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Sela Ward in CSI NY

Independence Day‘s Thomas J. Whitmore is one of the most beloved U.S. Presidents in movie history. But even in a world nearly eviscerated by hostile alien forces, POTUS isn’t a lifetime gig. So in Independence Day 2, the Oval Office will be taken over by Sela Ward. More on the new Independence Day 2 president after the jump.  Read More »

Starship Troopers

Today’s Sequel Bits has a bit of everything: Tons of casting news, some cute set photos, and a bunch of red-hot posters. After the jump:

  • Lifetime’s The Omen sequel Damien moves to A&E
  • An Absolutely Fabulous movie will shoot this year
  • Heroes Reborn picks up The 100 and True Blood alums
  • Jeff Daniels boards the train for the Divergent sequels
  • Common and Deon Cole line up for Barbershop 3
  • Starship Troopers could be headed to the small screen
  • See the photos from the set of Inferno in Venice
  • Ogle a series of Magic Mike XXL character posters
  • Justin Bieber will make a cameo in Zoolander 2

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new spiderman actor

Wednesday afternoon, a rumor began swirling that Sony and Marvel had narrowed down their choices to play the new Spider-Man to five actors. Now, thanks to The Wrap, we know who those actors are. They are Nat Wolff, Asa Butterfield, Tom Holland, Timothee Chalamet and Liam James. Read more about the potential new Spider-Man actors below.

Update: In the days since this shortlist emerged, a new report says that Asa Butterfield is Marvel’s top choice for the role. Since Captain America: Civil War is shooting now and will feature the new Spidey, the actor has to be locked down soon. More details follow our original story.

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Daniel Bruhl in Inglourious Basterds

Five months after Daniel Brühl was cast in Captain America: Civil War, the actor is finally ready to talk about his role. In a recent interview, he confirmed what we’ve long suspected: He’s playing Baron Helmut Zemo in the movie. More on the Daniel Bruhl Baron Zemo news after the jump.  Read More »

Wagner Moura in Elysium

Antoine Fuqua‘s Magnificent Seven is getting close to that lucky number. Wagner Moura (Elysium) has just been added to the cast, joining Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Haley Bennett, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Luke Grimes. That’s seven cast members, but not all of them are part of the capital-S Seven. More on the Magnificent Seven Wagner Moura casting after the jump.  Read More »

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Tyler Perry in Gone Girl

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 is going to be a Tyler Perry movie. But don’t worry, that doesn’t mean the amphibian warriors are getting a dressing down from Madea. Perry is playing Baxter Stockman, a scientist whose inventions spell trouble for Master Splinter. Learn more about the Ninja Turtles Tyler Perry casting after the jump.  Read More »

Rock of Ages

Tom Cruise could follow up his string of action movies with something completely different. The A-lister is reportedly circling the title role in Bob the Musical, a Disney comedy about a guy whose life turns into a musical after he receives a blow to his head. Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist) is being courted to direct. More about the possible Tom Cruise Bob the Musical deal after the jump.

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Rogue One Riz Ahmed

The first Star Wars Anthology film, Rogue One, to be directed by Gareth Edwards, is sounding like an anomaly in the Star Wars lineup. The movie has been positioned explicitly as a war film, and the teaser trailer shown at Star Wars Celebration featured a vibe that is more serious, even adult, than any other Star Wars project to date. And there’s the cast, which is so far led by Felicity Jones, who we know plays a Rebel fighter.

Now Riz Ahmed (above, with Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler) is reported to be in the Rogue One cast as well. Additionally, Sam Claflin is reportedly circling a role. Read More »