Will Fassbender be the Spider-Man Villain? Plus: X-Men casting rumors and location! Transformers 3 photos. Captain America casting and more! It's the daily column that's intercontinental when it eats French toast. It's your Comics2Film 10.6.8!
In case you missed it: There was a breaking announcement yesterday afternoon from Marvel that Stanley Tucci has been cast in the role of Dr. Abraham Erskine in Captain America: The First Avenger.
As with previous installments of the franchise, Transformers 3 will employ the assets of the U.S. Military in its production. Case in point, Army Sky Warriors drone planes are standing by and ready for their aerial close-up. A member of the Sky Warriors support team snapped some photos of them, along with updated models of the auto versions of Ratchet, Ironhide and Optimus Prime, parked at an Army facility.
Found via Superherohype.
Last week it was reported that actor Neal McDonough was in negotiations to play Dum Dum Dugan in Captain America: The First Avenger. MTV Splash Page caught up with McDonough at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday and confirmed the news, and also gave us a first look at the actor's manly Dum Dum mustache.
"I'm so excited — I'm playing Dum Dum Dugan. It's going to be a blast with Chris [Evans], Sam Jackson, Tommy Lee Jones and everyone else. It's going to be fantastic," the actor enthused. "We're going to tear it up!"
The actor confirmed that the Nick Fury's squad's name is currently The Howling Commandos (as it was in the comics) and that he plans to wear Dugan's trademark bowler hat. He also said that Dum Dum isn't some boring character providing exposition.
"Oh, I'm going to see a lot of action. [I'm] the go-to guy, so I'm very happy with that," McDonough said.
Click through for more of the actor's comments, plus the video revealing his awesome 'stache.
As with previous installments of the franchise, Transformers 3 will feature a hot chick as the improbable love interest for Shia LaBeouf. In this go round that part falls to Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. As luck would have it, Paparazzi site Just Jared has posted the first photos of the Victoria's Secret model on the set of the movie.
Comics Continuum broke the news yesterday that Warner Premiere is planning an animated feature film based on Frank Miller and David Mazzucchilli's lauded comic series Batman: Year One. The film is to be directed by Sam Liu (Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths).
As with previous installments of the franchise, Transformers 3 hopes to feature lots of exotic locations, although one such location is being declared off limits to Michael Bay and company, and causing some conflict in Washington D.C., according to an article in the Washington Post.
Apparently Bay hoped to film a car chase scene on the National Mall, the public park that stretches from the Lincoln Memorial to the White House (with the Washington Memorial in between). While that actually sounds very cool to us, the National Parks Services is forbidding the stunt.
"The National Mall is not an area in which Americans come to see high-tech action movies being shot," says Bill Line, Park Service spokesman.
While the production still plans to film in Washington D.C., the filming schedule has been cropped from 14 days to less than a week, which is cause for some disappointment to local businesses and crew members who were hoping to score some of the film's $200 million budget.
Kathy Hollinger, director of the D.C. Office of Motion Picture and Television Development says that the effect of the movie on tourism will still be considerable, regardless of the abbreviated shoot. She expects that seeing the historic DC architecture on film will inspire more families to travel to the district to see it in real life.
It looks like X-Men: First Class is looking to use C2F's home state of Michigan as a stand in for locations in North and South America. MLive reports that the West Michigan Film Office dispatched the following bulletin:
"A location scout is seeking out areas with a 1960's, South-American or Central American island feel for the next X-Men movie, 'X-Men: First Class.' In particular, he needs to find café and bar locations, evoking the Argentinian feel of Bariloche, and an Art Deco Cafe or restaurant overlooking a body of water. Additionally, the movie calls for a Miami styled harbor for yachts. If you know of any locations that seem to match a description, please contact our office."
So if you know of any such spots where mutants might fit in, contact Rick Hert at the WMFO: firstname.lastname@example.org."
The movie is filming in September at Pinewood studios in London, but will probably be looking for some exterior shots. In addition to generous showbiz tax incentives, Michigan has the second largest coastline of any of the United states, due to being nestled among the Great Lakes, hence the call for it to stand in for other coastal cities.
Actor Michael Fassbender, who you've seen recently in Inglorious Basterds and 300 and who appears as a villain in the upcoming Jonah Hex, is apparently up for roles in two competing Marvel movies.
Showbiz 411 reports that the actor is a contender for the role of Magneto (incorrectly identified in the original article) in director Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class movie.
The column also reports that he is up for the villain role in director Marc Webb's Spider-Man movie. 411 does not identify which villain the movie might be making use of.
The two reboots will likely have conflicting shooting schedules, as both are expected to go before cameras this fall so Fassbender will have to make a choice.
What do you think, Maniacs? Would Fassbender make a good Magneto? And if he's in Spider-Man, what villain should he play? Post your comments below...