Fox's Dr. Doom Down to 4, Pan Finds Smee, Tiger Lily & Controversy, Something Wicked Comes Again, Joss Whedon Does Cap, Sienna Miller Snipes
03.15.14 by BJSprecher
FF Comic book movie fans still have their Underoos in a bunch over the casting of the title superheroes in Josh Trank's Fantastic Four reboot — Miles Teller as Mr. Fantastic, Kate Mara as Invisible Woman, Michael B. Jordan as Human Torch and Jamie Bell as the Thing — but at least they can rest easy knowing that a female actress won't be cast as Dr. Doom, as was rumored a few weeks ago. According to TheWrap, four male actors (with accents!) are on the short list to play the evil ruler of the fictional Eastern European nation of Latveria: Sam Riley (Maleficent), Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables), Toby Kebbell (The Counselor) and Domhnall Gleeson (Dredd). The Fantastic Four reboot is slated for a June 19, 2015, release.
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PAN Warner Bros. has yet to announce the actor(s) who will play the title character in its Peter Pan update, but the rest of the cast is starting to take shape. Previously, we learned that Hugh Jackman will play Blackbeard, mentor to Garrett Hedlund's Captain Hook in Pan. Now, TheWrap has reported that Four Lions star Adeel Akhtar will play Captain Hook's right-hand pirate, Smee, and Rooney Mara will play Tiger Lily. Until now, fans have been pleased with director Joe Wright's casting; however, the casting of Caucasian Mara as the Native Neverland princess has riled up more than a few people, with EW calling the casting news a "giant step backwards" in the portrayal of indigenous peoples in Hollywood productions.
DISNEY Deadline reports that Disney is revisiting Ray Bradbury's classic 1962 novel Something Wicked This Way Comes, with Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter author Seth Grahame-Smith set to direct. The House of Mouse first adapted the novel, about an evil carnival owner named Mr. Dark who gives customers their deepest desires in exchange for their souls, in 1983 from a script by Bradbury himself. Grahame-Smith stressed that he is not remaking the 1983 movie, but making his own, more faithful adaptation of the book.
I have been so crazy about this book, and it was such a formative title in my life that I actually wrote a piece on NPR about why it is so important for young males to read. It is a classic coming-of-age, father-son story about the transition from childhood to adulthood and how kids can’t wait to be adults and adults romanticize their childhoods. I’m not remaking the movie; I want the haunted atmosphere that makes the book so chilling, and I want to reinstate some of the classic scenes from the book that were missing from the '83 film.
WHEDONESQUE If you've seen any of the trailers for or preview clips from Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier than you don't really need to be convinced to see the movie because you know how epic it looks. But, if you somehow missed out on seeing the action-packed footage of Cap (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Falcon (Anthony Mackie) in action, we have yet another reason for you to see the movie: Avengers mastermind Joss Whedon directed one of the post-credits scenes!
SNIPED The hunt for a female lead to star opposite Bradley Cooper in Clint Eastwood's American Sniper appears to be at an end. According to TheWrap, British actress Sienna Miller (Foxcatcher) has edged out Jaimie Alexander (Thor) for the role of the wife of Chris Kyle (Cooper), the title Navy SEAL sniper with the most confirmed kills in U.S. military history. Cooper is producing the movie, which goes into production next month.