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
The wild rumors and speculation are finally over: Ryan Reynolds (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) will play the title role in the upcoming live-action comic-to-movie adaptation from DC Comics and Warner Bros., Green Lantern.
According to Variety, Bradley Cooper (The Hangover) and Jared Leto (Fight Club) were under option to play Green Lantern as well, but only Reynolds' option was extended, effectively making him the "last man standing" in the casting selection process. Other actors recently rumored to have been up for the role include Justin Timberlake (Alpha Dog) and Nathan Fillion (Serenity), who was recently the subject of a popular fan-made Green Lantern trailer that used his likeness.
One of the most popular characters in DC Comics' pantheon of heroes -- but not very well known to non-comic book fans -- Green Lantern is Hal Jordan, a fearless test pilot who receives a ring of unimaginable power from a dying alien member of the Green Lantern Corps, an intergalactic peace-keeping force. When donned, the ring becomes an extension of Jordan's will, manifesting green constructs of whatever he can imagine. To raise awareness of the character, DC Comics recently released the Green Lantern: First Flight animated feature.
Reynolds is not a stranger to comic book adaptations. He has played two characters from Marvel Comics -- vampire hunter Hannibal King in Blade: Trinity and, more recently, Wade Wilson/Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine -- and was often rumored to be interested in playing Wally West/The Flash, another DC Comics character and the teammate of Green Lantern in the Justice League of America.
There is no word how, if at all, Reynolds being cast as Green Lantern will affect the proposed X-Men Origins: Wolverine spin-off film about Deadpool that Fox is supposedly developing for him. Posted 07.12.09 by BrentJS
Jordan Catalano rises again! Yes, brooding, sexy Jared Leto has signed on to star in Belgian writer/director Jaco Van Dormael's American film debut, Mr. Nobody, says The Hollywood Reporter.
The romantic drama, a 'multilayered love story inspired by the butterfly effect' (the theory, not the movie) is about the 120-year-old Nemo Nobody (Leto), the last mortal in a world now full of happy immortals. Sarah Polley will co-star...
...In other news, Anne Hathaway (Brokeback Mountain, The Devil Wears Prada) continues to choose projects that show her range.
During press for her upcoming Get Smart remake with Steve Carell, the actress recently announced to Blackfilm.com that she has signed on to star in Jonathan Demme's next project, Dancing With Shiva, which she describes as a 'dark comedy.' She will play a model/drug addict who leaves rehab for the man who brought Hannibal Lecter to the silver screen.
Hathaway can next be seen in Becoming Jane, which opens in August. Posted 07.17.07 by reelz