January Jones tops Latest Wave of X-MEN Casting (Mania.com)

By:Rob M. Worley
Date: Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Source: Various

January Jones tops latest wave of X-Men: First Class casting. Plus: Captain America set photos abound! Del Toro talks Hellboy 3 and more! It's your Comics2Film 10.8.18!




Rodriguez Mum On DEADPOOL

Speaking of Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, Hero Complex tried to get the goods on filmmaker Robert Rodriguez and pin him down on the question of whether or not he's doing Fox's Deadpool movie with Ryan Reynolds.

"It’s a great script and a great property," an Rodriguez said of the Reese and Wernick screenplay.

However, when asked what his follow up to Machete would be, Rodriguez would only say that he's, "just working everything out." Several films are vying for his attention including Sin City 2, Nervecracker or even another Spy Kids.

Of course, for 20th Century Fox, the Deadpool clock is ticking and they're going to have to jump when Reynolds has an opening in his dance card, so waiting around for Rodriguez to commit may not be an option.



G.I.JOE 2 and NINJA TURTLES Updates In Leaked Memo

The Wrap has published what is alleged to be an internal email from within Paramount Pictures detailing their development slate. While the memo touches on several dozen projects, there are two of specific interest for this column.

However, before we get into details, it should be noted that a source a Paramount denies the authenticity of the email, telling The Wrap, "This is not a Paramount document. It has some correct information and some inaccurrate information."

G.I.Joe 2 is listed on the memo as being a "Priority/On Deck" project. It comes with the note "happy w/The Reese & Wernick draft. Good chance that Sommers may direct the sequel after all."

The note refers to Zombieland screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, and director Stephen Sommers, of course.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is further down the food chain and ranked in the "Other/Development" category. It carries a less favorable note "Fusco draft not great; looking for another writer to come on this quickly as its a huge Viacom property."

Fusco would be John Fusco, writer of such middling films as The Forbidden Kingdom and Hidalgo.

Click through for more from the purported email.



MISS Gets Director

The filmed adaptation of the Humanoids Graphic novel Miss: Better Living Through Crime now has a director according to Heat Vision. Seith Mann, who has stood behind the camera for episodes of The Wire and Fringe will write and direct the feature for Vigilante Entertainment. Hicham Benkirane is producing for Vigilante Entertainment. Spike Lee is executive producing.

The movie is a 1920s period piece set in New York. It involves, "Nola, a white femme fatale who grew up an impoverished orphan, and stylin’ Slim, a smooth-talking Harlem pimp with gambling troubles. The unlikely interracial pair partner as murderers-for-hire."

The book was published in 2002 from the creative team of Philippe Thirault,  Marc Riou and Mark Vigouroux.

Less than a year ago it was announced that Antoine Fuqua would direct the film from a script by John Ridley.



Hiddleston Talks Jotunheim and THOR

Actor Tom Hiddleston told MTV Splash Page that one of the highlights of playing Loki in Marvel's Thor movie was stepping out onto the land of the Frost Giants.

"I actually loved Jotunheim," Hiddleston told MTV. "It was the first set we were on. Jotunheim is where the Frost Giants live, who are the mortal enemies of Asgardians. It's basically a planet that is made of ice. If you can picture any alpine region like the French Alps or the Rockies or something — it's kind of like that on acid, it's just bigger and spikier and I loved all that. They had really realistic ice flows and snow and mountains and dripping water."

It's not all about the scenery though. The actor also said that it was the biggest action segment for his character as well.



Will Del Toro End HELLBOY?

MTV Splash Page asked filmmaker Guillermo del Tor if, now that he's not doing The Hobbit, might he turn his attention to Hellboy 3.

The director admitted some ambivalence about capping his trilogy.

"I would love to do it," del Toro told MTV. "But the heartbreak for me is that I know how it ends and I don't know if I want to see that ending. But I would love to do it."

Indeed, MTV cites an earlier interview with creator Mike Mignola who is not keen on the idea of seeing the big, red demon-hunting demon's story come to an end on screen while he has fifteen years worth of comic book stories to tell.

Del Toro also joked that there's another roadblock to doing a third movie. "I had dinner with [leading man Ron Perlman] last night. He said 'six hours [in the makeup chair], what do you want?' And he's doing 'Sons of Anarchy' without makeup. He's spoiled! He likes to be the big cheese without the makeup session," del Toro said.



CAPTAIN AMERICA Set Report, Joss Report

Filmmaker Joss Whedon confirmed for Earth's Mightiest that he has lent some polish to the script for Captain America: The First Avenger.

"The structure of the [script] was really tight and I loved it, but there were a couple of opportunities to find [Steve Rogers'] voice a little bit — and some of the other characters — and make the connections so that you understood exactly why he wanted to be who he wanted to be. And progressing through the script to flesh it out a little bit," Whedon explained.

Of course, production on the movie is underway in England with filming on the USO scenes happening at Bourne Woods in Farnham, Surrey. The area has served as a location for numerous films such as Gladiator, Children of Men and The Wolfman to name a few. Naturally with a military camp erected and Chris Evans walking around in the Cap costume (version 1.0) some fans have taken a curious look at things.

The Media Room published a small set of photos from the shoot as well as a nice account of their brush with the film's less-than-intimidating security detail.

Then HeyUGuys.co.uk published an even bigger array of photos and drops a video segment as well.USO set from CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER (photo from HeyUGuys.co.uk)


Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.



January Jones Tops Latest Wave of X-MEN Casting

Whew! The X-Men: First Class cast-o-rama is getting hard to track.

Deadline.com reports this week that actress January Jones has actually signed a deal to play Emma Frost in the movie.

What the what?

It was as recent as June that Deadline reported that She's Out of My League actress Alice Eve was in negotiations for the part. Apparently those talks never reached fruition. We love Jones as the the refined, repressed and put-upon Betty Draper on AMC's Mad Men so we're looking forward to seeing her cut loose as the mutant bad girl.

Deadline has also pegged Zoe Kravitz (daughter of Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet) as being cast as Angel in the movie. Of course, if we're talking the comic book First Class the Angel in question would be rich white boy Warren Worthington. But since this is the movie version and since director Matthew Vaughn seems to be keep to dig into some obscure characters, we're guessing this is Angel Salvadore, a young mutant girl introduced during Grant Morrison's run, who was also born with wings (not to mention the ability to generate sonic bursts with them).

Also new to the cast is Bill Milner (Son of Rambow) as young Magneto and Morgan Lily (2012) as "young raven" (who we have to figure is actually young Raven Darkholm aka Mystique). Actors Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence would be playing the adult versions of those characters.

Amazingly, cameras are rolling on X-Men: First Class next week in London! So, uh, where are Jean and Scott?

What do you think, Maniacs? Do we like the way FIRST CLASS is being called into session? Post your comments below...



Rob M. Worley is the writer and creator of the all-new, all-cat kids comic book series Scratch9. Pre-order your copy today and then come see Rob at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con where he'll be signing copies at the Ape Entertainment booth!

Series: Deadpool, Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor, Deadpool, Hellboy 3, X-Men: First Class, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Live Action, G.I.Joe 2, Miss: Better Living Through Crime