Latino-Review are reporting that the titular Ultron may have some “bad guy” company in Joss Whedon’s ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron.’ According to the outlet, the second main villain will be Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, one of the leaders of the terrorist organization HYDRA who, according to the outlet, will include in their ranks the likes of Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen). According to Latino-Review, Marvel has shown interest in Marton Csokas and Dougray Scott for the role, but it’s unknown how wide a net the studio has cast.
In the comics, Baron Von Strucker is a super villain, one of the leaders of HYDRA, and an enemy of both S.H.I.E.L.D and The Avengers. He is supposedly ageless and keeps dying yet comes back, time and time again. Strucker first appeared in 1964′s “Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos.” A former Nazi officer, Strucker’s body is host to the “Death Spore Virus,” which gives him powerful healing abilities and has stopped his aging. If he dies, however, the virus can go airborne and wipe out all life on Earth.
EW bring word that even though Anna Paquin shot a scene for Bryan Singer’s upcoming ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past,’ the sequence has wound up the cutting room floor. Singer has revealed to the outlet that a rescue sequence – shot early in the film’s production and featuring Magneto (Ian McKellen), Professor X (Patrick Stewart), Rogue (Anna Paquin), and Iceman (Shawn Ashmore) – has been cut from the final film. Sadly, this means that Rogue’s screen time has been significantly chopped down as well.
Bryan Singer said, “Through the editing process, the sequence became extraneous. It’s a really good sequence and it will probably end up on the DVD so people can see it. But like many things in the editing process, it was an embarrassment of riches and it was just one of the things that had to go. Unfortunately, it was the one and only sequence Anna Paquin was in, the Rogue character was in. Even though she’s in the materials and part of the process of making the film, she won’t appear in it.”
Summit Entertainment has released these two new stills from ‘Draft Day.’ The movie, starring Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner, Ellen Burstyn and Denis Leary, is being directed and produced by Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters, No Strings Attached) from a script by Rajiv Joseph and Scott Rothman. The film will also feature Frank Langella, Chadwick Boseman, Terry Crews, Sean Combs, Josh Pence, Rosanna Arquette, Timothy Simons, David Ramsey, Wade Williams, Chi McBride, W. Earl Brown, Brad Henke, Griffin Newman, Kevin Dunn, Patrick St. Esprit, Arian Foster, Christopher Cousins, Pat Healy, Laura Steinel and Wallace Langham.
In ‘Draft Day,’ on the day of the NFL Draft, general manager Sonny Weaver (Costner) has the opportunity to save football in Cleveland when he trades for the number one pick. He must quickly decide what he’s willing to sacrifice in pursuit of perfection as the lines between his personal and professional life become blurred on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with dreams of playing in the NFL. The film opens on April 11th.
Highlighting Rodrigo Santoro’s Xerxes, Warner Bros. Pictures has debuted this latest character poster for ’300: Rise of an Empire,’ the upcoming follow-up to Zack Snyder’s ’300.’ Planned for a March 7th release, ’300: Rise of an Empire’ also stars Sullivan Stapleton as Themistokles, Eva Green as Artemisia, Jack O’Connell as Calisto, Lena Headey as Queen Gorgo, and David Wenham as Dilios.
’300: Rise of an Empire’ is based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel that takes Xerxes, the Persian leader who is an antagonist in ’300,’ and turns him into more of a pivotal figure. He’s a man in search of godhood after the death of his father, battling an Athenian warlord named Themistokles. The story takes place over the course of several years, but the focal point is the battle of Artemisium, which occured in 480 BC. Previous reports had Zack Snyder – who in my eyes done a fantastic job with ’300′ – pegged to direct until Warner Bros and producer Christopher Nolan signed him up to helm ‘Man of Steel.’ Noam Murro (five-time DGA nominated commercials director) is on board to direct the film. Snyder produces.
According to Variety, Helena Bonham Carter is in talks to co-star with Carey Mulligan in ‘Suffragette,’ a period drama that will be directed by ‘Brick Lane’ helmer Sarah Gavron. The film’s focus is the suffragist movement in the UK and it was scripted by Abi Morgan. Morgan wrote ‘Shame,’ the Steve McQueen-directed film that Mulligan starred in with Michael Fassbender, James Badge Dale and Nicole Beharie.
Alison Owen is producing ‘Suffragette’ through Ruby Films, the UK-based company behind the Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson and Colin Farrell-starrer ‘Saving Mr. Banks.’ The film will be a co-production between Focus Features and Film 4. Based on true events, the story revolves around the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement: women who were forced underground in a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal State.
Following the Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman teaser trailers, Warner Bros. Pictures has unveiled this new “Revolutionary Independence From Technology“ teaser trailer for Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister’s directorial debut, ‘Transcendence.’ The sci-fi thriller has a cracking cast in Depp, Freeman, Paul Bettany, Rebecca Hall, Cole Hauser, Kate Mara, Clifton Collins Jr, Cory Hardrict and Cillian Murphy. The film follows “three scientists, attempting work on stem cell and advanced computer technology, which will change the fundamentals of human life. Tension comes into play when they are met by protest and resistance.” Warner Bros. Pictures will release ‘Transcendence’ on April 18th via its output deal with Alcon.
Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. His highly controversial experiments have made him famous, but they have also made him the prime target of anti-technology extremists who will do whatever it takes to stop him. However, in their attempt to destroy Will, they inadvertently become the catalyst for him to succeed—to be a participant in his own transcendence. For his wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) and best friend Max Waters (Paul Bettany), both fellow researchers, the question is not if they can…but if they should. Their worst fears are realized as Will’s thirst for knowledge evolves into a seemingly omnipresent quest for power, to what end is unknown. The only thing that is becoming terrifyingly clear is there may be no way to stop him.