Want to read an in-depth interview with Joss Whedon about preparing The Avengers? How about vote on the reveal of a character from The Dark Knight Rises? Which major company now controls the merchandising rights to The Amazing Spider-Man? Want to poke and prod around Deadpool‘s head? What does Michael Fassbender have to say about a sequel to X-Men: First Class? How do the artistic posters for Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance look and what’s the latest on Powers? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
With an August 2012 release date looming, shooting on Len Wiseman‘s remake of Total Recall is set to begin next week in Toronto. We know that Colin Farrell will be Douglas Quaid and Bryan Cranston will be one of the villains but what of the two ladies in Quaid’s life, so famously portrayed by in the original Sharon Stone and Rachel Ticotin? Previous reports have now confirmed to be true as Wiseman’s wife, Kate Beckinsale, will be playing Lori, Quaid’s wife in his “normal” life and Jessica Biel will be Rachel, the girl Quaid meets in his spy life. Also just announced is that Bill Nighy, who played a pretty gruesome character in the Pirates of the Caribbean sequels, has been cast as Quatto, the leader of the resistance. Read more after the break. Read More »
Behind every man on a mental mission to Mars is a good woman. Or, in the case of Douglas Quaid in Total Recall, a good and a bad woman. As director Len Wiseman preps his Summer 2012 remake of the 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger/Paul Verhoeven film set to star Colin Farrell in the lead, the next big step is bringing those women to life. The two man roles are Quaid’s wife Lori, who was originally played by Sharon Stone, and his female counterpart on Mars, Melinda, originally played by Rachel Ticotin. According to Deadline, several major actresses are currently reading for both roles including Kate Bosworth and Diane Kruger for Lori and Eva Mendes, Paula Patton, Jessica Biel and Eva Green for Melinda. Read more after the break. Read More »
Rumor has it that Jessica Biel (Blade: Trinity) has signed on to play Betty Ross in the new re-imagining of The Incredible Hulk starring Edward Norton. We are unable to confirm this news bit which has begun to spread across the internet. The Spider-Man 3 junket happened this weekend in Los Angeles, and one can only assume that this rumor has an origin there, as producer Avi Arad was on location. We will update you on the details when we get a confirmation or denial.
The character of Betty Ross first met Bruce Banner, while he was head scientist on her father’s top-secret weapon project, that transformed Banner into The Hulk. Banner tried to keep his condition secret from Betty, which only served to alienate them. Ross was played by Jennifer Connelly in the failed Ang Lee adaptation of The Hulk.
Norton and Biel worked together in the 2006 magical period drama The Illusionist.
Transporter director Louis Leterrier is at the helm. The movie will be “re-interpreted to be closer to the comic book” than Ang Lee’s 2003 Hulk. Leterrier has said that in the film, he planned to show Bruce Banner’s struggle with the monster within him, describing it as Marvel’s horror movie, “Frankenstein meets Jekyll and Hyde with a little bit of Edward Scissorhands.” Avi Arad describes the film as “more of a love story, it’s more of a heroic Hulk. It’s a kind of Hulk we loved in the show, so it’s kind of more influenced by the show than anything else. It’s very human, very touching, and huge action.” Zak Penn (X2, Elektra, X-Men: The Last Stand, Last Action Hero) wrote the script.
Marvel has announced a June 13th 2008 release.