Marvel Studios has become such a moneymaking juggernaut that it is able to bring a diverse approach to casting. Look at some of the great names that have decorated Marvel movies in the past couple years: Stanley Tucci, Idris Elba, Hugo Weaving, and Tommy Lee Jones are just a few. The studio is pulling in other talents, too, and is drawing from the world of comedy to populate some of its second wave films. Chris Pratt of Parks and Rec is in Guardians of the Galaxy, and Kat Dennings returns for Thor: The Dark World.
Also appearing in Thor 2 will be an actor who cut his teeth on British comedy shows before appearing in one of the biggest US comedies of the past few years. Sounds like his Thor appearance will be a cameo only, and to spare those who don’t want spoilers, we’ve got the details below the break. Read More »
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It’s always difficult to rely upon an interview run through one of the various automatic translators on the internet, no matter how good the babel fish in question might be. So take what follows with a slightly elastic spirit — unless you speak Swedish, and want to verify the translation of the original text.
Stellan Skarsgard talked to Moviezine in Sweden and discussed a couple of his upcoming films — Thor 2, and Lars von Trier‘s Nymphomaniac — as well as a film that he isn’t yet cast in, to the best of his knowledge. (That would be The Avengers 2, which is far enough out right now that no one is really cast in it.)
Aside from mentioning that he’d let his kids watch Nymphomaniac — seeing sex is better than seeing violence is essentially his comment — nothing Skarsgard says is too far out there. But if you’re looking for info on either of those two projects, press on. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, September 5th, 2012 by Angie Han
Get a nice long look at some behind-the-scenes goings-on in today’s Sequel Bits. After the jump:
- Kung Fu Panda‘s John Stevenson will direct Sherlock Gnomes
- Is this our first look at the Hobbit trilogy’s Bolg the Goblin-king?
- See pics of Mother Russia and Hit-Girl’s bike from the Kick-Ass 2 set
- Check out more photos from Thor: The Dark World‘s Bourne Wood set
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Briefly: There isn’t a lot of info at this point, but it looks like Thor: The Dark World has a new bad guy to replace the departed Mads Mikkelsen. Christopher Eccleston, known for his films with Danny Boyle (Shallow Grave, 28 Days Later) and his stint as the ninth Doctor on Doctor Who, is in final talks to play the film’s new baddie.
There’s also some confirmation there, as Eccleston will be Malekith The Accursed, leader of the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim. The involvement of the Dark Elves was suspected thanks to the film’s official title, and the statement a stuntman made not long ago. I’ve liked Eccleston a lot in some roles (he’s great in all the aforementioned films; not so much in The Seeker: The Dark is Rising, as pictured above) and it’s almost perfect that he’s done mostly TV work since appearing in the first G.I. Joe film a few years ago. He might almost feel fresh showing up as a Dark Elf.
Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones) is directing the film. [THR]
The Marvel Studios panel just began in Hall H at the San Diego Comic Con, and president Kevin Feige didn’t waste any time announcing loads of new details. He was preceeded by a video reel that proclaimed “Phase Two Begins Now!” and gave titles to a pair of Marvel sequels, Thor: The Dark World, and Captain America: The Winter Solider.
That Cap sequel title should make a lot of people happy, and tells fans a lot about the storyline of the sequel — pretty much everything we need to know, really. We should see scenes that take place in World War II as we learn the truth about Cap’s sidekick Bucky, and then scenes in the present day in which the seemingly dead soldier is revived as a personality that isn’t exactly friendly to Cap.
In addition to those titles, Endgar Wright showed up to help announce Ant-Man, and that’s going on as I type this. We suspect some test footage will be shown, and Germain will have an update on Ant-Man in a few minutes.
In the meantime, Guardians of the Galaxy will be released on August 1 2014. That’s the logo above, and a concept shot of the team is after the break, along with new logos for the other films.
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Briefly: The exciting word that came out not long ago about Thor 2 was that the new villain Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has promised for the film would be played by Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale, Pusher, Valhalla Rising). But then Mikkelsen was also cast as Hannibal Lecter in Bryan Fuller’s new show Hannibal, and we wondered how the possibly conflicting schedules would work out. As it turns out, they won’t. Due to his Hannibal commitments, Mikkelsen had to pass on Thor 2. Read More »
Comic Con kicks off in San Diego on July 11, and with the show only a month away we haven’t had too much concrete news about what will appear, and what is likely to miss the show. We know that The Dark Knight Rises won’t be there, as Warner Bros. and Christopher Nolan have avoided SDCC in the past, and the film opens just after the event, anyway.
But what will be there? Quite a few studios aren’t bothering with the big Hall H panels that have been a cornerstone of the film presence in the past: Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Relativity Media, DreamWorks and DreamWorks Animation reportedly won’t do Hall H panels, and Universal remains undecided on that front.
But Disney and Marvel will be in Hall H, and Warner Bros. has plans to show up with non-Nolan footage. More info is below. Read More »
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Zachary Levi is going from the Buy More to Asgard. The star of the cult TV show Chuck is in negotiations to join the cast of Alan Taylor‘s Thor 2 as Fandral, one of the Warriors Three. But wait, you say. Wasn’t that part was played by Josh Dallas in the first film? Correct. However, Dallas now stars on ABC’s hit show Once Upon a Time and had to bow out of the Marvel sequel for that, leaving the door open for Levi. Oddly enough, Levi was reportedly first cast as Fandral in Kenneth Branagh’s Thor but his show Chuck got picked up for another season and he had to do that. Now the roles are reversed. Read more after the jump. Read More »