News Reel: ‘True Detective’ Season 2 Casting, ‘Wonder Woman’ Movie gets Director, Rumor: ‘Star Wars’ Spin Off Plot Revealed

True Detective Season 2 confirms cast

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Season 2 of the much anticipated continuation of HBO’s True Detective has completed their already impressive and interesting cast. The studio have officially announced that Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch, and Kelly Reilly will be joining already confirmed cast members Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn for the second season, which takes place in California where three police officers and a criminal will “navigate a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder.” Also in their announcement, HBO has given details about the main characters complete with names and character descriptions. As before, True Detective Season 2 will be compiled of 8, hour long episodes.

In the run up to this announcement, these three names have already been tossed around several times in relation to joining True Detective Season 2, so we’re not at all surprised at this announcement, but it does mean that we will be getting some serious talent to add to Farrell and Vaughn’s officer and criminal respectively. Continuous Fast and Furious director Justin Lin will be directing the first two episodes of the second season with at least two more directorial names to be added to the list. Check out the official announcement below.

RACHEL MCADAMS, TAYLOR KITSCH AND KELLY REILLY JOIN

COLIN FARRELL AND VINCE VAUGHN IN HBO’S TRUE DETECTIVE

The eight-episode hour-long drama has begun production in California.

Logline:

Three police officers and a career criminal must navigate a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder.

The series is created and written by Nic Pizzolatto.

Justin Lin will direct the first two episodes.

Previously announced cast:

Colin Farrell as Ray Velcoro, a compromised detective whose allegiances are torn between his masters in a corrupt police department and the mobster who owns him.

Vince Vaughn as Frank Semyon, a criminal and entrepreneur in danger of losing his empire when his move into legitimate enterprise is upended by the murder of a business partner.

Newly added cast:

Rachel McAdams as Ani Bezzerides, a Ventura County Sheriff’s detective whose uncompromising ethics put her at odds with others and the system she serves.

Taylor Kitsch as Paul Woodrugh, a war veteran and motorcycle officer for the California Highway Patrol, running from a difficult past and the sudden glare of a scandal that never happened.

Kelly Reilly as Jordan, Frank Semyon’s wife, a former D-list actress who is a full partner in his enterprises and ambitions.

Michelle MacLaren to direct and develop Wonder Woman movie

Michelle MacLaren

The female superhero revolution is here as not only have Marvel announced a Captain Marvel movie featuring the alter ego Carol Danvers for 2018, but DC are giving the creative reins of the first female superhero film, Wonder Woman, to brilliant TV director Michelle MacLaren, known for her compelling work on Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, and The Walking Dead. Though apparently WB had MacLaren stacked as their top choice for the job, they also considered Jennifer Kent (The Babadook) and Lesli Linka Glatter (Homeland), but upon review came back to MacLaren who has a more extensive resume especially with dramatic and action works.

Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, and Charles Roven – the team dubbed the proverbial DC Kevin Feige – will remain on as producers for Wonder Woman, but according to the report, MacLaren will be given developmental control as she will work with the film’s scripwriters to bring the Gal Gadot starring film to life. Wonder Woman will be making a cameo appearance in the upcoming Batman v Superman – set for release in 2016 – but it has been rumored that the first of her three standalone films will take place in the 1920’s in the Amazon as a prequel of sorts to where we find her in Batman v Superman.

This is an incredibly exciting time for female filmmakers, especially directors, as their talents are becoming more widely recognized and women are being given more opportunities to showcase their eye for film in a massively male dominated industry, and with a woman being given the freedom to develop a superhero movie, more will surely come.

RUMOR: 2016 Star Wars spin off plot revealed

Gareth Edwards

It seems as though the rumors relating to anything Star Wars are coming in en mass meant to tease us for what is already becoming the most anticipated revival in modern cinematic history. Yesterday, the confirmation came through from just about every source that the teaser for The Force Awakens would be shown in selected theatres this weekend, and the Internet cannot do without another rumor to kick around the mill, so /Film have given us our latest mouthwatering morsel to chew on.

According to “a single good source”, the plot of Gareth Edward’s Star Wars spin off film will be centered around a heist as unnamed (at this time) bounty hunters are sent in search of the plans for The Empire’s ultimate weapon: The Death Star. The rumor has the first of three confirmed spin offs taking place in the A New Hope era, putting into motion the events that will eventually lead to Luke Skywalker saving Princess Leia and ultimately blowing up the first Death Star, giving the Rebel Alliance some hope against The Empire. The plot will follow the movements of a group of bounty hunters hired for the job in the vein of Ocean’s 11 meets Suicide Squad, and of course when we hear the title “bounty hunter” within the Star Wars universe, fanboys cannot help but picture the all encompassing presence of Boba Fett himself. It has been rumored before that Fett would be one of the characters starring in his own spin off given his status as a bad boy icon, but nothing has been confirmed as of yet either about Fett’s involvement or the plot details of Edwards’ spin off.

The rumor continues into more detail, stating that the Millenium Falcon will be a key player in the film, but without the presence of Han Solo at the helm, which could mean that either we could see a young Lando Calrissian – as he had the Falcon before Han – but depending on how far before A New Hope the film takes place it could be a wholly new character in charge of the most famous ship in the Star Wars universe. Continuing on, the rumor also plants interesting seeds in our heads as it states that the main character of the spin off will be revealed in The Force Awakens, leading to the inevitable connection between the character’s presumed age in Episode VII and the casting of Max von Sydow, the oldest member of the film’s cast. However, though this connection would make sense, /Film continues on to remind us that not all species within Star Wars age the same, and that the spin off’s main character could be one of those with a longer life span than our human characters, putting into play more than von Sydow as the possible leader of the still far in the future film.

Bounty Hunters

Much like Star Wars Rebels, what is enticing about this particular rumor is the era in which the film could take place, an era unexplored so far which has been left open to interpretation in Star Wars lore. With Disney/Lucasfilm looking to build their universe into this fantastic entity, if these rumors about the plot are even remotely correct, even just in terms of when the film will take place, it is one of the most crucial moments in the buildings for war between the Rebels and The Empire, and it would be fantastic to see some of the backstory behind the Rebel Alliance and how they became the organization we know in A New Hope.

By now, it feels as though all we read nowadays is one unconfirmed Star Wars rumor after another, and this one is no different. Though there is a bit more evidence that at least some of the information about the plot details could be true – the Falcon‘s involvement, the era in which it could take place, and the importance of the heist’s ultimate goal – these rumors should be taken as they are, rumors meant to make us excited for what’s to come. However, it’s almost like shops putting up the Christmas decorations before even Halloween has come around. We still have The Force Awakens to get ready for and excited about, and Edwards’ spin off film is set for release on December 16, 2016 in the US, and trying to reveal the plot details of a film that is still beyond the horizon given that Episode VII is the much more anticipated one as it could decide how we approach this new Disney/Lucasfilm take on the universe could just lead to bitter disappointment when rumors are debunked or turn out to be far better than the reality.

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