With the release of ‘Thor: The Dark World’ fast approaching, Marvel has debuted this latest behind-the-scenes featurette for the film. The likes of Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Jaimie Alexander (Sif), Idris Elba (Heimdall), Ray Stevenson (Volstagg), Kat Dennings (Darcy Lewis), Rene Russo (Frigga), Tadanobu Asano (Hogun), Anthony Hopkins (Odin), Stellan Skarsgård (Dr. Erik Selvig) and Natalie Portman (Jane Foster) reprise their roles from the first ‘Thor’ film, while Zack Levi is confirmed to play Fandral, Christopher Eccleston will play the villainous Malekith The Accursed, and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje will be playing Algrim the Strong and Kurse.
‘Thor: The Dark World’ continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s Thor” and ‘The Avengers,’ Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos… but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. To defeat an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor sets upon his most dangerous and personal journey yet, forced into an alliance with the treacherous Loki to save not only his people and those he loves… but our universe itself.
Ben Affleck Talks ‘Batman Vs. Superman'; Speaks On His Initial Reluctance To Play The Dark Knight & Zack Snyder’s Vision
In a recent chat with Al Horton and 411mania, Ben Affleck opened up about playing Batman/Bruce Wayne in the hugely anticipated follow-up to ‘Man of Steel,’ the tentatively titled ‘Batman vs. Superman.’ Ask about his first thoughts when the idea of playing Batman was originally presented to him, Affleck said, “Initially I was reluctant as I felt I didn’t fit the traditional mold but once Zack showed me the concept, and that it would be both different from the great movies that Chris and Christian made but still in keeping with tradition I was excited. Doing something different and new is always tricky and part of the thrill and the risk is that initially it confounds expectations. The truth is, it’s the movie and the execution of it is what all the actors depend on and I believe in Zack’s vision.”
Warner Brothers CEO Kevin Tsujihara recently said that this new incarnation of Batman would be “tired and weary and seasoned and been doing it for awhile”. The outlet asked if that’s how he envisioned him as well, and what would he add to the description on the Bruce Wayne side of things? “Yes, Kevin described it aptly. I don’t want to go further because I want to be able to capitalize on what is new about this iteration by having it be a surprise to the audience.” Additionally, when asked if he has a favorite Batman, the Oscar winner responded, “It has been done very well many times before.”
By PJ McQuade. Artist’s note: “Tatooine has been infected with zombie stormtroopers. Who you gonna call? Michonne from The Walking Dead of course! Pay attention JJ Abrams. Given her prowess with a samurai blade, I always picture her with a lightsaber. We all know she’s a total badass, but now she has interstellar credentials. She even has a pelt of decapitated bounty hunter heads – Bossk, Dengar and she’s about to collect IG-88’s tin noggin. Michonne has this cloak of mystery around her so I imagined her as a bounty hunter to muddy the Jedi waters. I see her as a mercenary of sorts, not always towing the Jedi line note for note (perhaps there was a falling out) but she’s on the side of good when the sugar honey ice tea hits the fan, I think… Designed as the debut issue of her comic, here’s to wishing.”
Jai Courtney has landed roles in two major actor-turned-director helmed projects in the form of Angelina Jolie’s ‘Unbroken’ and Russell Crowe’s ‘The Water Diviner.’ He’ll start with ‘Unbroken,’ the film Jolie is directing that follows the epic life of Louis “Louie” Zamperini,
Set for December 25th, 2014, ‘Unbroken’ marks Angelina Jolie’s second turn behind the camera, after her critically-acclaimed directorial debut, 2011’s Golden Globe Award-nominated ‘In the Land of Blood and Honey.’ Based on The New York Times bestselling book ‘Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption’ by Laura Hillenbrand (Seabiscuit: An American Legend), ‘Unbroken’ begins production this month. Jai Courtney will play Hugh ‘Cup’ Cuppernell, a WWII veteran pilot who gets caught in tenacious midair gunfight alongside Zamperini, who’s played by Jack O’Connell.
’12 Years a Slave’ co-writer John Ridley has come on board to write MGM’s new adaptation of the 1880 Lew Wallace novel ‘Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ,’ which in its time outsold every book but ‘The Bible’ until it was eclipsed by ‘Gone With The Wind.’ Ridley also directed and wrote the upcoming ‘All Is By My Side,’ the Jimi Hendrix biopic starring Andre Benjamin (Andre 3000).
Sean Daniel and Joni Levin are producing the film with Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) directing. Jason Brown will executive produce with screenwriter Keith Clarke. The project began taking shape earlier this year when MGM acquired Clarke’s script, adapted from the 1880 novel. That story focuses on the years prior to those portrayed the 1959 film, centering on the characters Judah Ben-Hur, a Jewish prince and merchant in Jerusalem, and his childhood friend Messala, who returns home as a commanding officer of the Roman legions and betrays the Ben-Hur family.
According to The Wrap, Will Smith is attached to star in the supernatural thriller ‘Selling Time’ for 20th Century Fox. Smith does not have an official deal in place but he is apparently in the process of coming aboard. Coincidentally, he was attached to star in ‘Selling Time’ several years ago before scheduling conflicts got in the way. Several A-list filmmakers are now circling the movie, though no decision has been made yet.
The story follows a man who is given a chance to relive the worst day of his life in exchange for seven years off his life expectancy. The script was initially written by former DreamWorks Television president Dan McDermott, who will rewrite the script as part of his original deal. Several other writers have taken a crack at the project including Spike Lee and brothers Steven and Derick Martini. John Davis is producing the long-gestating project through his Davis Entertainment banner along with Jennifer Klein. Will Smith, who last starred in ‘After Earth,’ is currently producing the ‘Annie’ remake. He’s set to star alongside Margot Robbie in ‘Focus’ and will soon be seen in Akiva Goldsman’s directorial debut ‘Winter’s Tale.’