News Reel: Friday July 18
Guardians Villain Character Posters
As we said yesterday, with the arrival of character posters for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy featuring the higher secondary characters, we could expect in our near future to see ones for the film’s villains. Well, the near future is apparently today, because Marvel has released three new posters featuring Lee Pace’s Ronan the Accuser, Karen Gillan’s Nebula, and Djimon Hounsou’s Korath. The posters look great, the villains sitting into the blue undertones inherent in all the Guardians posters. Check them out below.
Guardians of the Galaxy stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, David Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Glenn Close, John C. Reilly, and Michael Rooker, and comes to theatres July 31 (UK) and August 1 (US).
Jason Isaacs featured as The Inquisitor in Rebels
Lucasfilm has released a featurette with a behind the scenes look at the villain of the Star Wars Rebels animated show as well as confirming that Jason Isaacs has been cast in the vocal role. The featurette (via EW) details where the Inquisitor comes from, that he is not a Sith, and that unlike other Star Wars animated villains, he will not simply roll over and give up at the end of each week. The producers describe the Inquisitor as a villain who is actually a real threat to the Rebels heroes, and when he shows up, things are serious. Jason Isaacs is the perfect actor to lend his voice for the role. Check out the featurette below.
Star Wars Rebels will be released on Disney XD this fall, and also features the voices of Freddie Prinze Jr., Vanessa Marshall, Taylor Gray, and Steven Jay Blum.
Episode VII adds Christina Chong
As casting continues on Star Wars Episode VII and filming winds closer to its scheduled two week break next month, the J.J. Abrams directed film has added up and coming actress Christina Chong in a minor, unspecified role. Chong was most recently seen in 24: Live Another Day, and has recently been cast as the female lead in Sergio Mimica-Gezzan’s Halo: Nightfall, a digital feature project.
Ben Whishaw to voice Paddington Bear
After Colin Firth left the production Paddington because he, in agreement with director Paul King, didn’t fit the character, the two set out on a search to find Paddington’s voice. They reportedly have found their man in rising star Ben Whishaw (Skyfall), as he was asked “quite out of the blue” to audition for the role.
Producer David Heyman said of Firth’s voice for Paddinton, that he “was brilliant, but his voice was, ultimately, too mature. What we needed was a slightly more open, and younger, voice.” Though Whishaw has had very little to no experience with vocal performance to date, his clear talent as a performer will no doubt lead the way for Paddington to finally have a voice.
Paddington also stars Nicole Kidman, Peter Capaldi, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, and Jim Broadbent, and comes to theatres November 28 (UK) and December 25 (US).
True Detective Season 2 Plot Rumors
After last week’s reveal by the show’s creator and writer Nic Pizzolatto that the second season will revolved around 4 central characters, news has been circulating that HBO are closer than ever to finding their leading actors. Colin Farrell is rumored to be in talks for one of the more central roles, and Taylor Kitsch could also be in line for one. However, more than anything we are concerned about the plot of the second series and what our characters will be up against this time, and some detailed rumors have surfaced via an unnamed source who spoke to Film Divider.
“The new mystery is to be kickstarted by the murder of Ray Caspar, City Manager of a fictional Californian city… As [Pizzolatto] teased, some months ago, part of the mystery will involve California’s transportation systems. This plot will involve a corrupt scheme to link North and South California with a high speed train, all in pursuit of profitable land ownership and lucrative federal grants.”
The source went on to discuss the demons Season 2’s characters will be facing.
“Farrell’s character has terrible problems with cocaine and anger management. The young guy, a member of the California Highway Patrol, has been suspended for sexually exploiting a young woman he pulled over. Nobody is clean.”
None of this has been substantiated, but the detail of these plot points is incredibly specific. Hopefully we will be hearing some casting confirmations in the next few weeks or months along with reveals of the directors for this season.
Check out the full report here.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Image
Though the film’s release is still a good six months away, ahead of their presentation at Comic-Con next week, The Hobbit has released an image (via EW) from the film featuring Ian McKellan’s Gandolf and Luke Evans’ Bard. Though the image doesn’t tell us much beyond the fact that the two share a scene, we do know that the film will follow directly from where The Desolation of Smaug left off, with the dragon descending The Lonely Mountain with an army of orcs, forcing elves, dwarves, and men to unite to defeat their impending doom.
Basically, the conclusion of the trilogy will be a massive, three hour long battle, possibly featuring an ending to rival Return of the King‘s. Check out the image below.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies also stars Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, John Bell, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Fry, Lee Pace, and Aidan Turner, and comes to theatres December 12 (UK) and December 17 (US).