Another new X-Men: First Class mutant revealed? Plus: Another new Conan photo revealed. Another Walking Dead director revealed. Solomon Kane success revealed. Feeling the pain of the barbecue hangover, it's your Comics2Film 10.7.6!
On his official blog, director Michael J. Bassett tells his fans that his adaptation of Robert E. Howard's Solomon Kane has topped the home entertainment charts in the UK. The movie is #1 on the DVD and Blu Ray sales charts over there.
Fans in the U.S. have yet to learn when they'll see a legitimate release of the movie.
JoBlo.com reports that Michelle MacLaren is directing an episode of AMC TV's The Walking Dead. MacLaren recently helmed a run on AMC's other breakout show Breaking Bad. She's also produced and directed episodes of The X-Files.
For Walking Dead, she'll be working from a script by show-runner Frank Darabont. This would be episode three of the show, which films this week.
The Walking Dead premieres in October on AMC. The show, based on the comics by Robert Kirkman has a six-episode order for its first season.
The folks at Nu Image/Millennium Films continue to wind up the Conan hype machine. They've released yet another shot of star Jason Momoa as the barbarian king. This one feels the most like a studio publicity shot, with an action-oriented composition and richly colored background that evokes 300 a bit.
Why the sudden push? Could it be that there's a big unveiling of the movie coming up? Maybe at a certain comics-oriented event in San Diego? It's been denied before, but expect Conan footage to come online this week, parallel to some presence at Comic-Con.
There's a new X-Men: First Class rumor on the loose, thanks the Straight 2 DVD blog. The blog enjoyed a Q & A with surfer-girl/model/would-be actress Erica Hosseini who told them that she recently read for a part in director Matthew Vaughn's mutant reboot.
"I just went in for a reading for the new X-Men movie First Class,' Hossenini revealed. "I was extremely nervous and reading my lines the best I could but I have absolutely no acting experience. I really hope that I get a call back, but I'm not holding my breath."
She went on to name the character that she was reading for.
"I was auditioning for a role named Willow (hopefully I don't get in trouble for blabbing details on the off-chance that I get it). It's a role similar to Mystique from what I understand," Hosseini said. "Potentially lots of body paint, so that would be really fun."
While Willow isn't a mutant that C2F is well-acquainted with, a quick scan of Wikipedia reveals that there was, in fact, a shape-shifting character of that name in Marvel's X-Nation 2099 book. It seems curious that they'd pluck this rather obscure character from one of the less-successful X-Men books for the film, so our guess is that Willow is a pretty minor background character in the movie.
On the other hand, Fox has played cagey with the casting process in the past, ascribing fake names to characters so that if actors blow them in interviews they're not spoiling anything. Back when X2: X-Men United was being cast, actresses like Ming Na were reading for the role of "Anne". The role eventually went to Kelly Hu, and the character's name turned out not to be Anne at all but rather "Yuriko Oyama", or Lady Deathstrike to fans.
So, it's entirely possible that "Willow" is actually code for another character, such as a young Mystique for example.
X-Men: First Class is set to roll cameras this month.
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