With Marvel’s Saturday night Comic-Con panel sure to be chock-full with announcements and surprises, The Wrap are reporting that three-time Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix is being eyed for the role of Doctor Strange for the studio. While we don’t yet have an official release date for the Doctor Strange movie (I think an announcement this weekend is pretty much a certainty at this point), it was recently revealed that ‘Sinister’ and ‘The Exorcism of Emily Rose’ helmer Scott Derrickson is set to direct the film. With Marvel having two mystery “Phase 3″ projects set for July 8th, 2016 and May 5th, 2017, fans have long speculated that one of these films will focus on Doctor Strange. Of course, the studio announced earlier this week further dates to their schedule, so perhaps the Doctor Strange film is even further in the distance than those two aforementioned dates?
Ben Wheatley-Directed ‘Doctor Who’ Series 8 Premiere To Screen In Cinemas – Starring Peter Capaldi & Jenna Coleman
The BBC send word that Peter Capaldi’s first full episode as the Doctor, “Deep Breath, will be screened in cinemas around the world from August 23rd. This follows on from the success of the global cinema release of Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary episode, “The Day of the Doctor”, which was screened in over 1500 cinemas around the world. Directed by acclaimed director Ben Wheatley (Sightseers, A Field in England) and written by lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat, the feature-length beginning of the Twelfth Doctor’s era stars Capaldi as the Doctor, Jenna Coleman as his companion Clara Oswald and sees the return of fan favourites The Paternoster Gang – Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh), Jenny Flint (Catrin Stewart) and Strax (Dan Starkey). The episode is described as a “pulse-racing adventure through Victorian London.”
‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ Concept Art Posters For Quicksilver & Hawkeye (With “The Vision” Also Teased)
Closely following the Scarlet Witch and Iron Man and Black Widow and Captain America posters, Marvel has just set loose these new Quicksilver and Hawkeye concept art posters for ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron.’ Both posters are by artist Ryan Meinerding, and if you look closely at the above poster, you can catch The Vision hovering in the background.
The cast list for the enormously anticipated flick includes Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/Hulk, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Don Cheadle as Rhodey/Iron Patriot, along with newcomers Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Quicksilver, Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch, Thomas Kretschmann as Baron Wolfgang Von Strucker, James Spader as Ultron, and Paul Bettany as The Vision. ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ opens on April 24th, 2015 in the UK and Ireland and May 1st, 2015 in the US.
First ‘Penguins Of Madagascar’ Clip – Starring Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, John Malkovich, Benedict Cumberbatch..
Following yesterday’s poster reveal, DreamWorks Animation has unveiled this “North Wind Headquarters” clip from ‘Penguins of Madagascar,’ the animated spin-off from the ‘Madagascar’ series centered on the fan-favorite penguins. Set for a November 14th release in the US and December 5th bow in the UK, the film features the voices of Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Chris Knights, John Malkovich, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Jeong, Annett Mahendru and Peter Stormare. Simon J. Smith is directing from a script by Michael Colton and John Aboud.
In PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR, audiences will discover the secrets of the most entertainingly mysterious birds in the global espionage game. Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private now must join forces with the chic spy organization, the North Wind, led by Agent Classified (we could tell you his name, but then… you know), voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch to stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine, voiced by John Malkovich, from taking over the world.
‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’: New Still Features Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow On Harley-Davidson’s Electric Motorcycle (UPDATE)
UPDATE: a full image of the motorcycle can be viewed below. Harley-Davidson and Marvel Studios have teamed up to reveal this new image from ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron,’ featuring Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (with Captain America’s shield for some reason) riding Harley-Davidson’s first electric motorcycle during a chase scene. Accompanying the image is the following press release:
Last night both writer-director-producer Christopher Nolan and Matthew McConaughey made their Comic-Con debuts to promote ‘Interstellar.’ In typical Nolan fashion, the plot of ‘Interstellar’ is being kept under-wraps, and ‘The Dark Knight’ trilogy director and McConaughey didn’t do anything to change that. That said, Nolan did share his inspiration for the film, saying, “I’ve always been a huge fan of science fiction, I’d grown up being amazed by science fiction of the past, obviously ‘Star Wars’ and ’2001.’ These are things that made an incredible impression on me. But more than that, I grew up in an era when to be an astronaut was the highest ambition of any child.” He continued, “The single biggest influence for me was ’2001.’ I was able to go with my dad and see it in London on the big screen. We have the opportunity to tell a similarly ambitious story. That’s my ambition for the film, and I’m striving towards it.” The latest trailer for ‘Insterstellar also debuted at Comic-Con – expect to see it online shortly. You can view the Q & A below.
Set for November 7th, the top-notch cast for ‘Interstellar’ includes Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Bill Irwin, John Lithgow, Casey Affleck, David Gyasi, Wes Bentley, Mackenzie Foy, Timothée Chalamet, Topher Grace, David Oyelowo, Ellen Burstyn, Michael Caine and Matt Damon. My hopes are incredibly high for this one!