A new 'Captain America' / 'Iron Man' connection. Plus: Abin Sur actor talks 'Green Lantern'. Another 'Transformers' casting rumor. Some 'Lone Ranger' director talk and more! Totally pulling off blonde, it's your Comics2Film 10.5.25!
With Megan Fox out, the rumor mill keeps anointing successors to the hot girl role in 'Transformers 3'. The latest comes courtesy of Gossip Center who claims that actress Katie Cassidy has been cast in the part.
Cassidy recently appeared in 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' which was produced by Michale Bay and allegedly he likes her for the part.
So far there's been no official word on a new female lead for 'Transformers 3' so it could be Cassidy, it could be yesterday's favorite Rosie Huntington-Whiteley or it could be someone else entirely next week.
Fans in the U.S. who are wondering why the 'Solomon Kane' movie doesn't have distribution here yet are not alone. Famed science fiction and fantasy author Michael Moorcock recently posted a thumbnail review of the movie on his message boards.
"LOVED [emphasis his] 'Solomon Kane'. One of the best supernatural adventure stories I’ve ever seen, true to the spirit and mood of Howard, great camerawork and editing. James Purefoy was perfect as Kane," he wrote, adding, "Why this hasn’t got substantial American distribution I don’t know. I would work with Bassett any day on the strength of this film."
This, of course, is good news for director Michael J. Bassett who reported the comment on his own blog.
"If you’ve read this blog for any length of time you’ll probably know that I am GIANT [emphasis his] Michael Moorcock fan. He is the reason I love fantasy and certainly one of the reasons I became a film maker instead of a vet," Bassett said. "Reading his Eternal Champion series as a teenager the thought in my mind was always: 'Oh boy I’d just love to see this as a movie one day.' – and that was before I had any inkling of wanting to be a film maker. Without Moorcock I wouldn’t have discovered Robert E Howard, who is one of Moorcock’s own great influences."
IGN recently posted a 'Lone Ranger' video report featuring commentary from producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Mike Newell, both of whom are out promoting the new 'Prince of Persia' movie.
They asked Newell if he it was still true that he's attached to direct the masked cowboy movie.
"It's never been true," Newell exclaimed with a fair amount of exasperation. He then takes the internet to task for lazily repeating rumors without vetting the source of such rumors. After the tongue-lashing Newell went on to say, "Jerry is making a film about the 'Lone Ranger.' It's not ready yet...He has never spoken to me about it."
Bruckheimer did provide an update about the status of the movie for IGN.
"It's moving forward. We have a script, we're re-wrtiting it right now. Johnny Depp is still involved," the producer said. Depp was attached to play Tonto in the project from day one.
"[Tonto] is gonna be smart, he's gonna be mystical, he's gonna be funny. He's gonna have all the trappings and things that Johnny brings to the screen," Bruckheimer said.
However, the producer and his leading man will focus their attention on 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' before any 'Lone Ranger' movie gets made.
Latino Review caught up with actor Temuera Morrison who was out promoting an 'Empire Strikes Back' event at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Fans may recall that Morrison is also playing Abin Sur in the 'Green Lantern' movie. His character is a veteran of the Green Lantern Corps of space-faring super cops who, as his dying act, bequeaths his weapon on Ryan Reynolds' Hal Jordan character.
The actor confesses some character confusion when he first was offered the role. "When they called me up for the role I was like ‘The Green Hornet?’ no no they said ‘its for Green Lantern’ so I said sure."
He also confirmed the CGI suits and said that he enjoyed working with Reynolds.
"We did the whole scene together were I give him the ring, our suits are CGI so we had these grey suits with things on them so it was cool and working with Martin Campbell again was great too," Morrison said.
And if the movie is a hit, we'll be seeing more of Morrison and Abin Sur.
"You know [they] are making sequels right?" Morrison asked Latino Review. "They want me to come back in the sequel. They want to show you my backend story for the next movie. They want to show you how I become part of Green Lantern Corps."
Green Lantern arrives in theaters next year.
We've seen the Captain America shield in Tony Stark's lab as an Easter egg in 'Iron Man' and more prominent prop in 'Iron Man 2'. In the latter appearance the shield is among the cast-offs of Howard Stark, Tony's inventor father, with the implication being that the elder Stark may have had a hand in developing Captain America's tech.
Now a Salon article from Cannes reveals that Howard Stark is set to appear in the soon-to-film 'First Avenger: Captain America' movie.
The Salon article is an interview with actor Dominc Cooper who his at the festival promoting his new move 'Tamara Drewe' (also based on a comic strip). Apparently Cooper is set to play the senior Stark in the Captain America movie. 'Mad Men' actor John Slattery plays Howard Stark in 'Iron Man 2' which features footage of him set in the 1970s. So Cooper will play the young inventor during World War II and perhaps will be involved in developing that shield!