Hollywood is full of “what if” casting scenarios, stories of actors who came thisclose to landing life-changing leading roles that may have had huge ripple effects through the rest of the industry. You probably know many of them: Nicolas Cage as Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings, Dougray Scott as Wolverine in X-Men, etc.
At this point, someone could write an entire book about all of the actors who were nearly cast in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and one of those chapters would have to be about Wilson Bethel, who eventually landed the MCU-adjacent role of Bullseye on Netflix’s Daredevil. If things were slightly different, Bethel could have suited up as Captain America. Meanwhile, outside of the MCU, Jonah Hill was close to playing Sean Parker in The Social Network. Read more about both of these what-if stories below.
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Daredevil season 3 will see a return to the first season in many ways: the black costume, Wilson Fisk, Matt Murdock’s overwhelming angst. But there’s one twist teased in the latest Daredevil season 3 teaser that is brand new and unexpected: the introduction of one of Daredevil’s greatest foes, Bullseye. And he’s got his sights trained on the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen.
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Daredevil season 3 is currently shooting, and new details about the upcoming season are slowly emerging. First, it looks like Matt Murdock is giving up his red costume and going back to the black suit he wore in season one (for some reason). Second, Bullseye might be joining the series. Maybe.
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Alan Taylor‘s 2015 Terminator film, Terminator: Genesis, continues to follow the playbook James Cameron created two decades ago. It has Arnold Schwarzenegger as the title character, Sarah Connor played by Emila Clarke, and her son John Connor played by Jason Clarke. Now Taylor and the producers are casting Sarah’s love interest/John’s father, Kyle Reese. At least five actors are reportedly testing for the role next week, among them Boyd Holbrook (The Host), Thomas Cocquerel, Wilson Bethel (Hart of Dixie), Sam Reid (Anonymous) and Jai Courtney (A Good Day To Die Hard). Read More »
Val Kilmer has been part of the Wyatt Earp story once before, playing Doc Holliday in Tombstone. (“I’m your huckleberry” should be a line etched into the brain of any western fan.)
Now he’s going back to the classic tale, and this time he’s playing Wyatt Earp, in the indie western The First Ride of Wyatt Earp. Read More »
A couple weeks ago a short list was leaked, containing the actors that Joe Johnston was considering for Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, in The First Avenger: Captain America. The list included John Krasinski (The Office), Scott Porter (Speed Racer, Friday Night Lights, Caprica), Mike Vogel (She’s Out of My League, Cloverfield) Michael Cassidy (Smallville) and Patrick Flueger (Brothers, The 4400), Chace Crawford (Gossip Girl) and Garret Hedlund (Tron Legacy).
Earlier today we ran a story linking Fox 411 (and a previous Cinematical) report stating that Office star John Krasinski is Marvel’s top choice for the part, after reading four times for producers and recording two costumed screen tests. The Fox report claimed that producers are having Krasinski read with multiple actresses up for the female leads, to ensure chemistry. Of course, many comic book fans were not happy with the choice, calling him too small and unmuscular for the role of the scientifically engineered super soldier.
Now Mike Fleming is reporting that Krasinski is out of the running for the role of Captain America, and that Marvel has expanded its search slightly. Details after the jump.
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