Deadpool has sights on Rodriguez? Plus: Wright talks Ant Man script. More X-Men: First Class casting buzz. Walking Dead gets its Carl and more! Avoiding watching the World Cup since 1930, it's your Comics2Film 10.6.15!
Last week rumors broke that Rosamund Pike was a contender for a role in X-Men: First Class. She had been spotted at the office of casting director Lucinda Syson who has worked on many films with the director Matthew Vaughn. Further, Pike was photographed holding a copy of a Emma Frost comic, leading folks to believe that she might be circling that role.
Now The Playlist (drawing from a firewalled report by Production Weekly) offers some confirmation of the rumor. Production Weekly states that 20th Century Fox has "strong interest" in pike for the role of Moira MacTaggert in the film. Fans of the X-franchise know that MacTaggert is an expert on mutants and runs a research center on Muir Island off the coast of Scottland. As First Class looks at the earliest days of Xavier's school for gifted youngsters, it would presumably depict a pre-Muir version of the character who is colleague and romantic interest for young Professor X (played by James McAvoy in the movie).
The report also indicates that Amber Heard also an object of the studio's "strong interest." They allegedly like her for the role of a young Mystique. You know her as Jessie Eisenberg's hot neighbor in Zombieland (the one who drops in unexpectedly after incurring a zombie bite).
Production Weekly also claims that actor Michael Fassbender has opted not to pursue the role of young Magneto in the film, which he was rumored to be circling last week.
The relationship most central to Robert Kirkman's comic The Walking Dead is that between the lead character Rick Grimes and his son Carl. Now Dread Central reports that the role of Carl has been cast in the AMC TV series based on the comics.
Chandler Riggs is cast in the part. Riggs is a relative newcomer with a couple of TV credits to his name.
Actress Megan Fox told MTV Splash Page that she's such a fan of the late Michael Turner's character Fathom that the movie will happen, even if the lead role goes to another actress. Fox has long been attached as a producer and potential lead on the film.
"That movie will happen, just because I love it and it needs to happen," Fox said.
But don't let any talk of abdication fool you. Fox still wants to play the main character, Aspen Matthews a woman with special ocean-based abilities and a history with an underwater race. However she cautions that the script is still in the works and describes it as being "in the early fetal pre-production stages." Presumably casting decisions will be made once the project takes shape.
She also refuted talk that she is a candidate to star in Red Sonja. Fox seemed surprised to learn that the role was available, indicating that she has had no recent conversations with the producers about it.
Director Edgar Wright told MTV Splash Page that, with work on Scott Pilgrim vs The World coming to a climax, he aims to jump back into Marvel's long-gestating super sprite movie Ant Man.
"Once I finish [Scott Pilgrim] and collapse for at least a month, I'm going to get back into writing it," he said of Ant Man. "I wrote a draft before Scott Pilgrim and my second draft is very much overdue to Marvel."
Wright said the first draft he did with co-writer Joe Cornish was well received by Marvel and they're excited to return to the project.
Here's a new clip from Jonah Hex in which Hex (Josh Brolin) dukes it out with the tattooed Burke (Michael Fassbender) on a dock.
The Playlist reports that filmmaker Robert Rodriguez has been offered the gig directing Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool. The news is re-reported from Production Weekly, but also verified independently by Playlist's own sources.
Rodriguez has been working for the studio on recent projects like Predators and Machete. They had also offered him Planet of the Apes a few months back, but he passed.
The director may pass on Deadpool as well, but the fact that Fox is going out to directors makes it seem to us as if there is heat on the movie.
Ryan Reynolds has been attached as lead since first playing a version of the character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine last year. The movie was a dud but the buzz on the character was so strong that Fox immediately started developing the spin-off project. Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have penned the script, and Reynolds will be wrapping work on Green Lantern later this summer.
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