Man of Steel 2 Cast Swells, Josh Brolin Batman, Jurassic Cast, Police Academy Reboot, Ultron Set Video, Evans Not Retiring
04.05.14 by BJSprecher
MOS2 The highly anticipated sequel to Zack Snyder's Man of Steel, commonly referred to as Batman vs. Superman, has added three more actors to the cast, each in roles created specifically for the movie: Callan Mulvey (300: Rise of an Empire, Tao Okamoto and Academy Award-winner Holly Hunter (The Piano). In a statement released by Warner Bros., Snyder said:
Holly has always been one of my favorite actresses; she has immense talent and is always captivating on screen. I had an opportunity to meet her a while back and knew instantly that I had to work with her, so as we began writing the script I made sure to create a role specifically for her. ... [Callan is] a fantastic actor and I’m looking forward to having the chance to work with him again. And, quite simply, Tao is a striking presence whose beauty is aptly rivaled by her amazing abilities as an actress. I’m really excited to have her joining us on this adventure.
The trio join Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and Academy Award-winner Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth. The script is being written by Chris Terrio from a screenplay by David S. Goyer. Man of Steel 2 opens May 6, 2016.
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BATMAN Before Warner Bros. announced that Ben Affleck would be the next actor to wear the iconic cape and cowl of Batman in the sequel to Man of Steel, Josh Brolin was said to be a contender for the role. As it turns out, that was one rumor that happened to be true. Brolin confirmed to Yahoo that he met with director Zack Snyder to discuss playing the Dark Knight, but that "there were several reasons...on both sides" why he did not end up getting the role.
Brolin also sounded off about the online vitriol directed at Affleck in the wake of the casting announcement, calling it "so disrespectful."
How can you blame an actor for acting? I understand you’re a fan, but people forget that actors are human. When you’re sitting in front of a computer it’s easy to go, "Well, I wish he would die. Send." But somebody’s going to read that. Their kids are going to read it and the wife is going to read it. We’re so computer-oriented that we forget.
JURASSIC Three new potential victims have been added to the cast of Universal's Jurassic World. THR reports that Judy Greer (Carrie), Katie McGrath (W.E.) and Lauren Lapkus (You Are Here) have joined the cast headlined by Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy) as a dinosaur wrangler and Bryce Dallas Howard as a corporate scientist. There's no word on the roles the three new additions will be playing, but chances are one or more of them will end up as dino food. Start placing bets now! Jurassic World opens June 12, 2015.
REBOOT It's been two years since New Line Cinema indicated it was planning on reviving the Police Academy franchise that fizzled out in 1994 when the seventh installment earned a dismal $126,000 at the box office and now there's finally an update. According to THR, series creator and original producer Paul Maslansky is back as producer, but he will be joined by Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele of the Comedy Central sketch comedy show Key & Peele. Out is Tosh.0 director Scott Zabielski to direct the reboot, which will apparently feature an all-new cast of "great comedians."
AVENGERS Can't get enough of Captain America (Chris Evans) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), even with the duo currently kicking butt together in Captain America: The Winter Soldier? Then check out this video from Seoul, where Avengers: Age of Ultron is currently filming. It reveals Captain America's new costume and shows Black Widow riding a motorcyle and sporting a shorter doo and new duds, as well. Unfortunately, the heroes are portrayed by doubles, rather than by Evans and Johansson. Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.
EVANS And, speaking of Captain America, Chris Evans recently appeared on Good Morning America to clear the air about his "retirement" from acting. In an interview with Variety last month, Evan said that he knew "for a while" he wanted to direct, but that time "never really opens up" because of his acting gigs. This sounded to many like Evans planned on retiring from acting after his Marvel contract was up to devote himself to directing, but Evans explained that he simply meant that he would "love to focus a little more on" directing. He asserted: "By no means am I planning on retiring. It's kind of a silly statement."