It’s Saturday! The end of the week, and this week has been especially ripe with all sorts of movie rumors. We’ve already reported on Evangeline Lilly’s Ant-Man talks here, and Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch’s possible appearance in the post-credits scene of The Winter Soldier here. But here is a quick wrap up of all the biggest, juciyest, most nerdgasmic rumors to hit the web this week, Starting with…
JJ Abrams’ inherited mega franchise is set to begin shooting very soon, but we still haven’t heard any confirmation on the casting process, aside from the confirmation of everyone’s favorite little astromech droid R2-D2. The original actors are all rumored for a return, and pretty much everyone who has ever acted in a movie has said they have auditioned or want to audition, but Abrams’ love for secrecy has put everything at a stalemate. All of the internet is rabidly awaiting any sort of casting news so that they can take to the message boards to voice their disdain for any sort of casting decision. But this week, during an interview with Sky Movies promoting the Robocop reboot, Gary Oldman gave us possibly one of the most dramatic casting hints so far! When asked about the mega franchise Oldman said,
“They’ve called, I don’t know if its, er … You know, I’m more cynical about it now. I’ll believe it when I’m on the plane home. The deal isn’t done, but yeah, they’ve inquired. I mean Planet of the Apes, Harry Potter, Batman and Star Wars … bloody hell!”
Oldman is not one to shy away from big franchises. Having portrayed characters in Harry Potter, Nolan’s Batman Trilogy, Robocop, the upcoming Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and so forth.
If there is any truth to this rumor, it will certainly be exciting to see what type of character Oldman will be playing because of his dynamic style of acting.
INDEPENDENCE DAY SEQUEL
According to Deadline, Will Smith has informed Fox that he is not interested in returning to the role of Captain Steven Hiller, to much fan dismay. That doesn’t, however, mean that the movie isn’t happening. Director Roland Emmerich, and writers Dean Devil and James Vanderbilt have come up with two different versions of the script, one involving Smith’s character, and one without.
Emmerich has confirmed that there are old characters that do appear in the new scripts, however there has been no confirmation on which characters those are. It is also still unclear if any of the original actors will be returning for the sequel, or if they will be following the path of Smith, who probably decided not to do the movie when the producers told him after relentless begging, that there would be no roles written in for his ultra-mature children.
THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON
Big news hit this week when it was revealed that Paul Bettany would not only be doing voice acting for the movie, like he has in all of the Iron Man films and the first Avengers movie as Jarvis, Tony’s virtual assistant, but he will also be suiting up as an avenger himself as The Vision. The Vision, for those who don’t know, is an android, who shares history with the films antagonist Ultron, and joins up with the avengers, and even has a romantic relationship with Scarlet Witch.
Comic Book Therapy reports that they have not only seen the concept art, but the actual costume Bettany will be wearing when he appears on screen.
“It has a helmet akin to the Iron Man armor, but it’s designed more like a face than a smooth Stark helmet. The iconic yellow and green are present in the design, but it’s more metallic shades than bright ‘comic book colors.’ They said it reminds them somewhat of the T-100 from Terminator 2 but it’s not as shiny. The yellow metal “liquid” bits seem to light up. This may or may not happen since there are two designs for that section. One lights up the other doesn’t. That’s the only difference. The cape is present, but they say it appears to only “pop out” when in flight mode. The cap sports some similar shades of yellow as the body. The “neck pieces” are the same yellow but they seem to shift positions from “standing” (for lack of a better word) to “flight mode.”
It seems as if Whedon is staying true to the comic book adaptation of Vision, who was created by Ultron before eventually joining the Avengers.
In other Avengers news, Latino Review claims that the last major casting announcement we will see from Whedon will come when they cast none other than…
That’s right, Ms. Marvel could finally be coming to the cinematic universe.
This would make sense as she has been rumored to appear in the MCU for some time now, and everyone knows how much Whedon loves having leading female roles, but hasn’t really capitalized on anyone under Marvel’s umbrella so far except for Black Widow.
But who will be playing Carol Danvers a.k.a. Ms. Marvel when/if she hits the big screen? The latest report comes from back in September, when Katee Sackhoff, of Riddick and Battlestar Galactica fame, confirmed that she was in talks with Marvel about an unnamed project. For now, this is all we have, but hopefully more news will come soon, as a female led Captain Marvel solo film would be very exciting to see.
Well, that’s all folks. Be sure that you check back next week to see what new rumors are making the rounds. And be sure to let us know how excited, or upset you are about any and all of the rumors in the comments!