With the exception of Machete Kills, which is a sequel to 2010 film, everything in today’s Sequel Bits is pretty old school, featuring characters or properties that have been around at least a decade. After the jump:

  • Joss Whedon talks a little bit about The Avengers 2
  • Bruce Campbell says the new Evil Dead is “fabulous”
  • Production resumes on Iron Man 3 after RDJ‘s injury
  • Benedict Cumberbatch reveals when we’ll see Smaug
  • Bobby Farrelly spills Dumb and Dumber 2 plot details
  • Marko Zaror joins Machete Kills, see his character poster
  • See Paul Walker and Vin Diesel on the Fast Six set

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Today’s action-packed Sequel Bits includes updates on Independence Day 2, The Expendables 2, Fast and the Furious 6, and more. After the jump:

  • Dean Devlin says they’ve “cracked” Independence Day 2
  • Skunks invade the New England set of Grown Ups 2
  • Karl Urban would be happy to play Dredd in a sequel
  • Fast Six adds model Clara Paget as a gun-toting sidekick
  • A new featurette goes behind the scenes of Expendables 2

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Today’s edition of Sequel Bits is particularly chatty, as everyone has a little something to say about their next big project. After the jump:

  • Adam McKay teases a minor Anchorman 2 detail
  • Steve Carell talks about reprising his role as Brick
  • Fast & Furious 6 gets an early bit of marketing
  • Tom Cruise is still excited to fly jets in Top Gun 2
  • Lucas Till lobbies for Polaris in X-Men: First Class 2
  • Simon Pegg promises more of the Enterprise in Star Trek 2
  • Damon Lindelof discusses the film’s “nuanced” villain
  • Chris Pine thinks Trek 2 is really about the characters

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A poster, some behind-the-scenes footage, and a rather intriguing bit of potential casting lurk in this edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump:

  • A rumor says David Tennant wants to do Fast Six
  • Peter Berg is still really excited to do Hancock 2
  • Kevin Feige teases a change of pace for Captain America 2
  • Here’s what goes on behind the scenes of Men in Black 3
  • TRON: Uprising poster promises to re-program the future

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Luke Evans Offered ‘Fast Six’ Villain Role

Whether or not Rihanna really is joining Fast Six as a baddie remains to be seen, but if she does, she may have some company on the dark side. A new report has surfaced indicating that Luke Evans has just been offered the villain role in the sequel, directed by Justin Lin. It’s the same part that Jason Statham was in very early talks for back in October, but it seems the production has now moved on to a fresher face. Hit the jump for more.

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With the smashing success of last year’s Fast Five, Universal’s been eager to keep moving forward with its popular Fast and the Furious franchise. A Fast Six was in the works before Fast Five even hit theaters, and for the past several months the rumor’s been that Fast Six and Fast Seven would tell an interconnecting story and shoot back-to-back this year.

But as so often happens in Hollywood, it seems things may have changed. According to the series’ newest superstar lead, Dwayne Johnson, Fast Six is gearing up for a May start — but Fast Seven won’t get going for a little while yet. Read his comments after the jump.

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With Fast Five, Universal started the process of extending the Fast and the Furious franchise beyond movies that are oriented around car-based setpieces and into the realm of action-adventure crime films. The fifth film also featured a gigantic cast, and the idea of locking down all the participants for a few months every two years might not seem like the most feasible idea, no matter what contracts have been signed.

So for many months rumors have flown that the sixth and seventh films could be shot back to back in 2012, and that they might even be one big interconnected story.

Now Vin Diesel more or less confirms that latter speculation, as he talks about the writing process for the sixth film. Read More »

For their latest installment, Fast FiveThe Fast and the Furious franchise brought back a slew of actors from previous films including Vin Diesel and Paul Walker, and then added a huge action star in the form of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Now the next film in the series may expand the family by one more, and no, I’m not talking about Walker and Jordana Brewster‘s unnecessary subplot baby.

A rumor has surfaced that The Transporter star Jason Statham is in very early talks to board the franchise. The same report also suggests that if Statham does sign on, he may be getting to work sooner rather than earlier, as the next two installments in the series (tentatively titled Fast Six and Fast Seven) may shoot back to back throughout next year. More details after the jump.

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