So this week has seen two big pieces of casting news in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. First off, as we reported back in October, Benedict Cumberbatch has long been rumored to play Doctor Strange in the forthcoming film. Well, Marvel confirmed yesterday that this is actually happening. To everyone who doubted the rumor and said we were premature in reporting it? Neener, neener, neener.
We’re super mature here at Nerd & Tie.
In completely different Marvel Cinematic Universe news, Deadline is reporting that Krysten Ritter has been cast as Jessica Jones in the upcoming eponymous Netflix series. Marvel hasn’t confirmed this yet, but Ritter was one of five actresses testing for the part.
Ritter is best known for her roles on Don’t Trust the B and Breaking Bad, and has a pretty good range. Is she the conventional choice for superhero casting? No, but neither was Chris Pratt and that worked out well. Frankly, Ritter has phenomenal comedic timing, but has the chops to do serious drama — I don’t know if we could have asked for a better choice.
Via Marvel and Deadline
So when the teaser for Star Wars Episode VII came out, most of us noticed the little lightsaber noise post title. Well, ABC’s Good Morning America has confirmed that noise was, specifically, the sound of the lightsaber first used by Anakin Skywalker and then handed down to Luke via Obi Wan Kenobi in Episode IV.
That lends credence to the rumors that Luke’s Lightsaber is a central part of the new Star Wars film. A lightsaber we last saw grasped in Luke’s hand as Vader cut it off in Cloud City.
Which is silly, but when it comes to Star Wars, I’m okay with silly.
Deadline is reporting that Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam Carey are the first to sign on to the cast of Cobalt, a forthcoming spinoff of the highly successful AMC series The Walking Dead.
Dillane may be familiar to Harry Potter film fans as he played young Tom Riddle in the films, and of course Carey is best known from that episode of McLeod’s Daughters she did in 2006.
…well, more people probably know her from Into the Storm, but whatever.
Cobalt will take place in the same universe as The Walking Dead, although the casts of the two show likely won’t interact… unless one of the shows gets cancelled.
Then I’m sure someone’ll do a guest appearance.
So yeah, another Zombie TV show. With The Walking Dead, Z Nation and iZombie I’m sure we needed another one. Really.
As if to fend off everyone who’s been asking: “If Suicide Squad is coming out the same year as Batman v. Superman, why isn’t there a cast yet?” Warner Brothers has confirmed the main cast for the upcoming
desperate attempt to cash in on Guardians movie.
- Jared Leto as The Joker
- Will Smith as Deadshot
- Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn
- Tom Hardy as Rick Flag
- Jai Courtney as Boomerang
- Clara Delevingne as Enchantress
We’d been hearing rumors about Leto and Robbie, so no big surprises there. Its also probably safe to assume audiences wont be confused by Hardy playing a totally different DC character as his face was mostly covered in The Dark Knight Rises. I also think it is cool that they cast an actual Australian as (Not a Captain?) Boomerang.
Will Smith is the biggest surprise on this list. He kinda came out of nowhere.
While Amanda Waller hasn’t been cast yet, they are set to start filming in April 2015, shooting for a 2016 release.
Thanks to Random and Arcemise for the Tip
So did you know that there’s a new ReBoot television series in development? I didn’t. Apparently The Huffington Post did though, as they’re reporting that the in development series will be called ReBoot: The Guardian Code.
While people had been speculating that this new series would be a total reboot of ReBoot, the president of Rainmaker Entertainment (formerly known as Mainframe back when they made the original ReBoot in 1994) Michael Hefferon has said that characters like Bob and Dot will make appearances – making the new show in continuity with the earlier series.
Apparently the tone will be more akin to the first two seasons of ReBoot, focusing on a younger audience – unlike the third and fourth seasons, which were a bit more focused on an older audience (who had grown up with the show).
So I guess this means we’ll sort of know what happens after that Season Four cliffhanger, huh.
On this episode, we talk about the Jurassic World Trailer, the Episode VII trailer, Oscar Isaac’s casting as Apocalypse, Constantine’s order getting cut, Guillermo del Toro’s Justice League Dark script, Wonder Woman getting a woman director and, finally, our trip to Daisho Con.
We did a video version for this episode, but I (Trae) had my computer crash before it could be saved — so let’s just be glad the audio version survived, okay?
This has been a stressful evening.
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So obviously with the holiday this week, we’ve been lagging a bit behind here at Nerd & Tie. But we didn’t want too much to fall by the wayside when two new trailers were out this week for films we’re excited about: Jurassic World (because y’know, Chris Pratt + Dinosaurs) and Episode VII (because, y’know, STAR WARS).
So here you go loyal Nerd & Tie-ians. Enjoy.
Star Wars Episode VII
So after expressing interest in doing a Justice League: Dark film for several year, Guillermo del Toro has finally submitted his script, to Warner Brothers. Tentatively titled Dark Universe, the film would follow some of the more magical members of the DC Universe. ( Such as Swamp Thing, Zatanna, John Constantine and Deadman.)
Its worth noting that DC did not list Justice League: Dark among their upcoming movies and its not like del Toro doesn’t have a full plate of projects already, but the fact that he appears to be serious about making my one of my dreams come true is really, REALLY exciting.
Variety is reporting that Oscar Isaac has been cast as the titular villain in X-Men: Apocalypse. Best known for his critically acclaimed performance in Inside Llewyn Davis, Isaac seems a decent choice for Mr. Extendable-Torso-Action-Figure. The film is expected to be much more of a disaster film (featuring mass destruction), but that’s expected with the choice of Apocalypse as the film’s antagonist.
Of course the annoying thing about this film looking good is my personal distaste for director Bryan Singer as a human being.
X-Men: Apocalypse (and my impending moral dilemma about seeing it) arrives in theaters in May 2016.
Finally some positive news out of the DC Cinematic Universe – they’ve hired a competent woman to director the film. According to THR, Michell MacLaren has signed on to direct Wonder Woman. Best known for her work on Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, and Game of Thrones, she seems a solid choice. Her work so far has been stellar.
Well, she also co-executive produced Harsh Realm, but no one’s perfect.
We still don’t know who is writing the film, but people seem confident to say MacLaren will work closely on as-of-yet-unnamed writer(s) on the script. Wonder Woman is due in 2017 and will star Gal Gadot.