Movie Talk: Patrick Wilson to Play ‘Aquaman’ Villain; Mark Wahlberg Leaves ‘Uncharted’

     December 13, 2016

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On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (December 13th, 2016) John Campea, Mark Ellis, Jeremy Jahns, Jon Schnepp, Ashley Mova, and Wendy Lee discuss the following:

  • Patrick Wilson cast as villain Orm in Aquaman
  • Mark Wahlberg confirms he’s not attached to Uncharted
  • First poster revealed for Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk
  • James Gunn says Baby Groot is not a marketing ploy
  • Oscar nominated animated films
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According to Deadline, Patrick Wilson has been cast as Orm, the super-villain and half brother to Aquaman in James Wan’s adaptation of the DC Comics property. Also known as Ocean Master, Orm is Aquaman’s human half-brother and a rival for the throne of Atlantis who wreaks havoc on the high seas when he doesn’t get his way. The movie is set to begin shooting in Australia next year in order to hit its new release date of October 5, 2018.

After years of directors coming on and then dropping off, director Shawn Levy is ready to start filming the Uncharted adaptation next year. But for all those Mark Wahlberg fans who are still hoping he is attached as Nathan Drake, it won’t be with him. Back when David O. Russell was linked to the director’s chair, the actor was attached as the historic explorer and now thanks to an interview with We Got This Covered, he finally set the record straight, confirming that he, in fact, no longer attached.

OPENING THIS WEEK

Rogue One – In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.

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Warner Bros. has unveiled the first poster for Christopher Nolan’s WWII action-thriller Dunkirkdunkirk-poster. Written and directed by Nolan, the film is based on the true events about the evacuation of Dunkirk during the British military operation that saved 330,000 lives as Allied soldiers were surrounded by German forces. The film stars Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh, Mark Rylance and Cillian Murphy. It opens in theaters on July 21, 2017.

Warner Bros. Pictures debuted a new LEGO Batman Movie extended TV spot online. Will Arnett reprises his role of Batman from The LEGO Movie, alongside Michael Cera as Robin the boy wonder, Rosario Dawson as Batgirl, Ralph Fiennes as Alfred Pennyworth, Mariah Carey as Gotham’s mayor, and Zach Galifianakis as The Joker. Chris McKay is directing The LEGO Batman Movie from a script by Seth Grahame-Smith. It’s set to open in theatres on February 10, 2017.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 director James Gunn recently took to Facebook to explain why Baby Groot is not just some shameless cash-grab to sell toys. His explanation came on the heels of some interaction with fans on Twitter, who accused him and Marvel of only creating Baby Groot as a marketing ploy. As he reveals, that wasn’t even his initial plan. Gunn said he came up with the idea to have the film take place right after the first one so that Groot is Baby Groot. This changed opened the rest of the film for him and everything came together.

MAIL BAG 

Imaginext writes:

My question is: Are movies like Die Hard and Home Alone Christmas movies?  I say no.  They are movies set during Christmas, but the ideas in both films aren’t focused on Christmas.  In Home Alone, Kevin’s family could have been on a trip in July and the story would be the same.  In Die Hard, John McClain could have at his wife’s company’s Halloween party.  Films like Elf, Christmas Vacation and A Christmas Story are inseparable from the Holiday Season.

Erin writes:

It looks like the Best Animated Feature race at the Oscars is going to be a tight one. Do you think that any of the animated films will make it into the Best Picture race? Do you think that Moana and Zootopia will cancel each other out in the Animated film category, both being Disney flicks? Or does the Academy love its Disney/Pixar films too much? I thought that Kubo And The Two Strings was pretty spectacular and would love to see Laika get the love they deserve.

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