Exclusive photos from the set of Dredd! Plus: Thor gets a poster. Barbarella gets a potential leading lady. Spider-Man needs to get a job and more! It's your Comics2Film 10.12.10!
The Wrap is reporting that actor Chris Zylka is now confirmed to be among the cast of Marc Webb's currently lensing Spider-Man reboot. A relative newcomer with only a few film credits under his belt, Zylka will play Peter Parker's high-school nemesis Flash Thompson.
The bullying jock was played in the previous series by True Blood actor Joe Manganiello. In the comics Thompson proves a foil for Parker throughout his high-school days, but the pair become friends in adulthood.
In other casting news, Superhero Hype reports that actor Miles Elliot has been cast in the role of Billy Connors in the movie. This is perhaps the first compelling confirmation that actor Rhys Ifans will be playing Dr. Curt Connors (aka The Lizard) in the film. That's a point that's been widely rumored for months, but never before confirmed with credible sources.
Cameras are rolling on the film right now, with the 3D picture due in theaters July 3, 2012.
20th Century Fox has released an official synopsis for their X-Men First Class (no colon required) movie. The film is underway under the direction of Matthew Vaughn. Here's the summary:
X-Men First Class charts the epic beginning of the X-Men saga, and reveals a secret history of famous global events. Before mutants had revealed themselves to the world, and before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Not archenemies, they were instead at first the closest of friends, working together with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop Armageddon. In the process, a grave rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto's Brotherhood and Professor X's X-Men.
Some of that was known to us, but we're intrigued by the "secret history of famous global events" part. It kind of keys off the depiction of the Three Mile Island crisis as seen in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. We're also wondering about this "Armageddon" with a capital A. There is an obscure X-villain by that name.
The film is slated for a June 3, 2011 screen date.
Any sense of good will, optimism and open-mindedness this column has had with regards to Seth Rogen's Green Hornet movie is now gone, thanks to this sucktastic Carl's Jr. TV commercial.
A faithful Maniac from Cape Town, one Mhalakai, has sent in these cool photos from the set of Dredd, along with this account of what he's seen of the production so far:
During the day noting is happening on set, they are shooting at night. We went to have a look and took these pictures. A colleague of mine told how his daughter is a stand-in in the movie and he described how he watched them shoot Dredd walking to a closed-off area to look at some bloody bodies. Wish he could have take a picture, but it was not allowed.
Hope these pictures get you as exited as I am about the movie.
We are! We especially like the shot of the grafitti on the wall, as well as the food stand showing what culinary delights are available to the citizens of Mega City One.
Thanks to Mhalakai for the submission.
Maybe this fun clip from Jimmy Kimmel Live will help wash the bitter taste of Carl's Jr. out of your mouth:
Rob M. Worley is the writer and creator of the all-new, all-cat kids comic book series Scratch9. Issues #1 and #2 are in stores now. Issue #1 is also available as a digital download via iVerse Media's iTunes app. Visit Scratch9.com for news and info!