Who can make the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs?
Before we had more details about Disney's plans for its newly-acquired Star Wars movie franchise, we asked you who you thought would make a good replacement for Harrison Ford as Han Solo in the planned Star Wars: Episode VII movie. You chose Nathan Fillion by a wide margin — an excellent choice considering Joss Whedon based the character that Fillion played in Serenity on Han Solo — but the more we hear about Episode VII, the more we're convinced that Ford will be reprising the role himself. That doesn't mean that the hunt for Han Solo is over, however.
Last week, Disney announced that at least two spin-off movies set in the Star Wars universe are in development, in addition to the new trilogy that will begin with Episode VII. One of the spin-offs will be set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope and chronicle the adventures of Han Solo before his fateful meeting with Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Obi-Wan Kenobi (Sir Alec Guinness) on Tatooine. Considering Ford was 35 when he played Solo for the first time, Disney will likely be looking to cast an actor in his 20's or early 30's, which puts Fillion, at 41, out of the running for the gig. Put on your thinking caps once again and help us to choose the best actor to play the smuggler, gambler and scoundrel who will one day woo a princess and help save the galaxy.
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Posted 02.11.13 by BrentJS
"Folk songs? I thought you said you were a musician."
Academy Award–winning writer-directors Joel and Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men, True Grit, Fargo) have made movies in almost every genre, but their latest, Inside Llewyn Davis, is a first; a tale of a fictional folk singer named Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) set in the 1960s. Sure, the Coens have made movies set in the 1960s before (A Serious Man) and have even made movies that include folk music (Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?), but this is the first to tackle the folk music in the 1960s.
Reportedly based loosely on the life of Dave van Ronk, an American folk singer who was a part of the Greenwich Village folk scene of the 60s who was an influence on Bob Dylan and others, Inside Llewyn Davis has yet to find distribution, however Thompson on Hollywood has managed to find a trailer sent as a special invite to industry professionals for a February screening on the Sony lot. The trailer, which does have language that is NSFW, offers a first, hazy look at Isaac as the troubled singer, along with co-stars Carey Mulligan (Drive) as a sharp-tongued ex, Justin Timberlake (The Social Network) as Mulligan's husband as well as Coen regular John Goodman (The Big Lebowski, Barton Fink) and Garrett Hedlund (seemingly on loan from On The Road). the latest in folksy trailers
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Which Actor Should Play the Space Pirate?
Unless you've been sentenced to hard labor in the Spice Mines of Kessel or frozen in carbonite for the past few weeks, then you know that George Lucas has sold Lucasfilm Ltd. and that Disney is pushing for a new Star Wars movie to be released in 2015. The details of Star Wars: Episode VII are a closely guarded secret at this point, but we do know that Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine) has been hired to write the screenplay and that Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher have all been approached about it, but whether the trio will be playing older versions of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia Organa or simply signing away their likeness rights for digital proxies is anyone's guess.
As much as we would love to see the original actors come back in some way, shape or form, we would much rather see Disney reboot the characters the way Paramount did with Star Trek. After all, if James Bond, Batman and Sherlock Holmes can survive multiple interations, why not Han, Luke and Leia? We already asked you who you think has the right stuff to play the last Jedi; now, help us choose the space pirate, the scoundrel, the scruffy looking nerf herder.
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Posted 11.16.12 by BrentJS
Which Actor Should Play the Last Jedi?
Ever since the announcement that George Lucas had sold Lucasfilm Ltd. to Disney and that the studio was making plans for a new Star Wars movie, the internet has been flooded with so many rumors masquerading as news that it's become nearly impossible to know which of them, if any, are true. The general consensus among the more reputable of news sources is that Star Wars: Episode VII will see the return of the majority of the characters from the original trilogy, including Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia Organa and Han Solo, with Luke's efforts to rebuild the Jedi a primary focus of the plot.
Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, revealed shortly after the announcement that he had been told by Lucas that a new trilogy was in the works a year before the sale, and he later expressed interested in being involved with it — Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher are also interested in reprising the roles of Solo and Organa, respectively — but it's hard to imagine a 60-something Jedi kicking off a new trilogy (of course, Yoda was closing in on a millenium and that didn't stop him). If Hamill is not going to be headlining the franchise, then who will? Assuming Disney doesn't pull a Clu — Jeff Bridges was digitally rejuvenated to play a younger version of himself in Tron: Legacy — a younger actor will need to be brought in take up the mantle of the last Jedi. Who do you think has what it takes to play Luke Skywalker?
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Posted 11.14.12 by BrentJS
Who Should Ride the Lightning?
For a time, it appeared as if “The Fastest Man Alive” would be the next DC Comics superhero to get his own feature film. After initially commissioning Dan Mazeau (Wrath of the Titans) to pen a script for a live-action The Flash movie, Warner Bros. (WB) ended up passing on Mazeau’s script and hired Green Lantern writers Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim to write the screenplay. That was over a year ago, however, and WB appears to have put the brakes on all of their planned solo superhero movies as they strategize their next movie in the wake of the end of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. Some industry insiders have suggested that WB plans to copy Marvel Studios’ formula for The Avengers, but in reverse — first releasing the super-team movie and then spinning off individual characters into solo movies — which would mean that the Flash's first big screen appearance would be in the Justice League movie.
There have been several superheroes called the Flash, but the current incarnation, and the one that WB is likely to go with in the Justice League movie, is Barry Allen, who works as a forensic scientist when he's not circling the globe looking for trouble. Who do you think has what it takes to play a fast-talking speed freak who is also a detail-oriented detective?
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Posted 10.15.12 by BrentJS
Who Should Rule Atlantis?
First appearing way back in More Fun Comics #73 (Sept. 1941), Aquaman is one of the oldest comic book characters in existence. His longevity in popular culture, coupled with his incredible powers — super strength and durability, telepathy, ability to breathe underwater — and the fact that he is also the king of Atlantis on top of being a superhero should place Aquaman in the upper echelon of comic book characters, yet he has always been considered something of a laughing stock outside of the comic book community. A popular subject of derision on TV shows like Saturday Night Live and The Big Bang Theory, Aquaman's only live-action highlights have come from his appearances on Smallville, as played by Alan Ritchson, and in an Entourage sub-plot in which the too-lean and not-blonde Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) played the "King of the Seven Seas" in a faux James Cameron movie.
Apparently, there is some talk at Warner Bros. about bringing Aquaman to the big screen in a solo movie, but the studio is far more invested in developing Green Lantern 2, The Flash and Wonder Woman so Aquaman's big screen debut will likely be as part of the ensemble Justice League movie. Who do you think has what it takes to not only salvage Aquaman's reputation, but stand alongside Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the rest of the Justice Leaguers on the big screen?
Aquaman art by Jeff Chapman
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Posted 10.11.12 by BrentJS
With the live-action, Americanized adaptation of Akira currently on hold while it awaits a new script, Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy), the only actor that was confirmed for the movie, has found time for another project. Luckily for Hedlund, that project happens to be Inside Llewyn Davis, the latest movie from Joel and Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men, True Grit, Fargo).
Variety reports that Hedlund is in negotiations for an unspecified role in the movie, which is loosely based on the life of Dave van Ronk, an American folk singer who was a part of the 1960s folk scene in Greenwich Village and was friends with Bob Dylan and other famed musicians. After his role in Country Strong, Hedlund has proved he can handle a musical role.
Hedlund joins a cast that includes Coen brothers regular John Goodman (The Big Lebowski, Barton Fink), Oscar Isaac (Sucker Punch), Carey Mulligan (Drive) and Justin Timberlake (The Social Network). Production is set to start soon in New York. Riddick 3 adds bounty hunters; Superman gets help from West Wing alum >> Posted 01.10.12 by Ryan
Late last month, Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy) was reported to be the "front-runner" for the lead role in the live-action adaptation of Akira, and now he's officially landed the role.
THR reports that Hedlund is in negotiations to star as Kaneda, the heroic leader of the Capsule biker gang in the post-apocalyptic city of New Manhattan (replacing Neo-Tokyo in the classic Japanese manga series by Katsuhiro Otomo). Eventually, Kaneda has to fight his fellow gang member Tetsuo who takes over the rival Clowns biker gang once his telekinetic powers awaken.
While Hedlund is the only cast member who has accepted an offer, other cast members could follow. Gary Oldman and Helena Bonham Carter were offered the roles of The Colonel and Lady Miyako, respectively, at the end of last month, and, reportedly, Keira Knightley has also been approached for a role. Serkis to play Caesar in Rise sequel; Emma Stone thinks He's F**king Perfect >> Posted 11.04.11 by Ryan
After three years of push-and-pull, Warner Bros. (WB) has finally given the green light to Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way-produced live-action adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo's acclaimed 6-volume manga ("comic book") series, Akira.
DiCaprio began developing Akira in 2008 after WB secured the rights from Japanese manga publisher Kodansha in a 7-figure deal, but the project stalled out almost immediately when Appian Way pitched the movie as a two-part, $300 million epic. It remained in limbo for a couple years while a string of writers took a crack at the script, and finally generated some momentum when Steve Kloves of Harry Potter fame was hired to polish the script and Albert Hughes (The Book of Eli) signed on to direct. When Hughes dropped out over "creative differences" WB wasted no time in hiring his replacement, Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown), a sign that the the studio was serious about getting Akira into production. According to Variety, WB continued to haggle with Apian Way over the budget right up until last weekend, when the deal was finally sealed. With a planned "late February/early March start" in mind, it's now a matter of locking down a bankable cast. who will star in Akira? >> Posted 10.21.11 by BrentJS
Whether Bourne fans like it or not, another sequel is on the way that won't feature Matt Damon. Instead, Universal is pressing forward with a "stand-alone project" that will feature a new agent with the same training as Damon's character of Jason Bourne. Titled Bourne Legacy, the sequel comes from writer-director Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton), who also worked on all three previous Bourne scripts.
Last month, almost every young actor in Hollywood was reportedly up for the role, but a recent report has four actors testing for Gilroy and the studio nest month. who's testing? >> Posted 03.25.11 by Ryan