I think we can safely say that we are living in a golden age … a golden age of comic book movies. From follow-ups to the Avengers franchise, to a newly rebooted Spider-Man series, to past and present X-Men uniting to fight giant robots, who would have thought we’d ever see any of this during the days when we were lucky to get a Blade movie once in a blue moon? Though with this glut of costumed heroes hitting the silver screen, it’s sometimes hard to keep straight what is rumor and what is fact. Seems like the perfect time to walk through what has been confirmed and what is still rumor in the world of Marvel’s mutants, gods, and charismatic billionaires in iron suits.
Hit the jump for an overview of the future Marvel comics adaptations—from Marvel Studios, Sony Pictures, and 20th Century Fox—that we have on tap for the coming years.
With directors Joe and Anthony Russo‘s Marvel sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier opening in North America this weekend, every day this week I’ll be posting a video interview for the film. In the fantastic sequel, we find Captain America (Chris Evans) joining forces with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and the Falcon (Anthony Mackie) to expose a conspiracy, fight off professional assassins, and battle a new enemy, the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan). Loaded with amazing action, a fantastic script, and great character moments, Captain America: The Winter Solider is going to be a huge hit with Marvel fans and regular moviegoers alike. The film also stars Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Georges St-Pierre, Frank Grillo, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, Maximiliano Hernández, Robert Redford, and Samuel L. Jackson.
During my exclusive video interview with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige he talked about when he first knew the film was turning out great, whether he heard about the positive reaction to the film after the first press screening, the post-credits scenes and who directed them, Doctor Strange, Thor 3, Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, if they have cast an actor as Thanos yet, his reaction to the news that Johansson was pregnant just as the Avengers: Age of Ultron is getting ready to shoot, Captain America 3, and more. Hit the jump to watch.
Opening this weekend is director Diego Luna’s Cesar Chavez. Starring Michael Peña in the title role, Cesar Chavez takes a look at the man’s life from laborer to leader, and the non-violent demonstrations he championed. Just in case anyone really hasn’t heard of Chavez, he dedicated his life to improving the working conditions of California farm workers, eventually co-founding the National Farm Workers Association, which would later become the United Farm Workers. The film also stars Rosario Dawson as Dolores Huerta, Chavez’s partner in activism and co-founder of what eventually became the UFW, America Ferrera as Chavez’s wife Helen, and John Malkovich as a farm owner.
At the recent press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Michael Peña. He talked about how he prepared for the role, his audition, his career, deleted scenes, whether he’s going to be in Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man, and more. Hit the jump to watch.
Here’s the latest casting news:
- Corey Stoll is in negotiations to join Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man in an undisclosed role. The Marvel movie, starring Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Michael Peña, Patrick Wilson and Evangeline Lilly, is due out July 17, 2015.
- Damian Lewis has joined the John le Carré novel adaptation, Our Kind of Traitor, for director Susanna White. Ewan McGregor, Stellan Skarsgard and Naomie Harris star.
- Mamie Gummer has joined director Daniel Barnz’s Cake, starring Jennifer Aniston.
Hit the jump for more on each picture.
If you’re even the most casual of Marvel fans, I’m assuming you checked out ABC’s one-hour special, Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe, or will when it airs in your neck of the woods. While the bulk of that hour looked back on Marvel’s cinematic universe, we did get snippets of the upcoming films Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, and, of course, Avengers: Age of Ultron. Since filming just started on the latter picture, we got a cool look at some concept art from the film instead. The early looks feature artist’s interpretations of Quicksilver, the Scarlet Witch, the Hulk, Black Widow, and a very special version of Iron Man. Hit the jump to check out all the goodies.
With Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man starting to film next month in Atlanta, Marvel has started to put together an incredible cast. As most of you already know, Paul Rudd andMichael Douglas are set to lead the picture, with Evangeline Lilly, Patrick Wilson, Michael Peña, and Clifton Collins Jr. all circling the film. As a huge fan of everything Wright has done, I truly cannot wait to see his take on Ant-Man; especially with this cast.
Earlier today, I got to speak to Michael Peña about Diego Luna’s Cesar Chavez (Peña plays Chavez). Towards the end of the interview, I asked about the status of him being cast in Ant-Man. He said he’s been talking to Wright about the role and “hopefully things work out.” Hit the jump to watch and look for the full interview soon.
Edgar Wright‘s Ant-Man has been lining up talented actors left-and-right with Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas set to lead the picture, and Evangeline Lilly, Michael Pena, and Clifton Collins Jr. all circling the film. Now another excellent actor is in the mix as The Wrap reports that Patrick Wilson (The Conjuring) is in talks for an unknown role. Because Wright is already going in a different direction with the story by putting Scott Lang (Rudd) center stage and moving the more-familiar Hank Pym (Douglas) to a supporting role, it’s difficult to know how many of the other characters will be plucked from the comics and how many are from scratch. Either way, I hope Wilson signs on since he’s a great addition to every film he’s in. He’ll next be seen in Joe Carnahan‘s Stretch and he’s also attached to star in the indie The Man on Carrion Road.
Ant-Man will open on July 17, 2015. Bill Pope (The Matrix) will handle the cinematography, and Steven Price (Gravity) is composing the score. Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) co-wrote the script.
In the past several days, Edgar Wright has announced some key behind-the-camera players for his adaptation of Marvel’s Ant-Man. On his official blog, Edgar Wright Here, Wright showed off a picture of Bill Pope. Pope previously worked with Wright on Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and The World’s End. This won’t be Pope’s first go-round with a Marvel superhero. He previously shot Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3.
Also, shortly following Steven Price‘s BAFTA win this afternoon, Wright announced on Twitter that the Gravity composer would be providing the score. Price is another past collaborator with Wright as the two worked together on Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. So yes, the movie is stocking up on more talent. It’s set to star Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, and possibly Evangeline Lilly. Ant-Man opens July 17, 2015.
The cast is filling up quickly for Marvel’s upcoming take on Ant-Man. Director Edgar Wright has already cast Paul Rudd as the film’s lead Scott Lang with Michael Douglas taking on the role of Ant-Man creator Hank Pym, and we recently learned that Michael Pena is also in talks to join the pic. Now Variety reports that Lost actress Evangeline Lilly is in early talks to play the female lead in the comic book adaptation, and pre-production rolls along ahead of an April production start-date. Hit the jump for more, including the non-canon role that Lilly might be playing.
With the recent news that Marvel Studio’s upcoming movie, Ant-Man, would be moving up its release date to July 17th, 2015, as well as the announcements regarding Michael Douglas’ casting as Hank Pym (the first Ant-Man) and Paul Rudd’s casting as Scott Lang (the second Ant-Man), Marvel’s tiniest hero is looking to make waves in a big way. On that note, Collider thought this was a great chance to fill you in on who both these Ant-Men were, what they’ve done, and how this may be shown in the upcoming tentpole. Hit the jump for a breakdown of the smallest Avenger.
Marvel has taken advantage of Warner Bros. pushing its Man of Steel follow-up from July 2015 to May 6, 2016. Marvel announced today that Ant-Man will now open two weeks earlier than planned, taking Batman vs. Superman’s old date of July 17, 2015 where it will square off against WB’s untitled Peter Pan film directed by Joe Wright. The Ant-Man news has been picking up in recent weeks, as Paul Rudd was first confirmed to be leading writer/director Edgar Wright’s film, then we learned that Michael Douglas will play the original Ant-Man Hank Pym. Most recently, Michael Pena (End of Watch) and Clifton Collins Jr. (Pacific Rim) have been eyed for roles in the Marvel pic. This is the second release date shift for Ant-Man, which was initially slated for November 2015 before moving to July 31st.
Though Marvel is certainly taking advantage of the DC property’s move, it comes with a caveat. Batman vs. Superman’s new release date of May 6, 2016 is currently set directly opposite an untitled Marvel film, and Warner Bros. likely won’t be budging. Expect that untitled second film of Marvel’s Phase Three (Doctor Strange, perhaps?) to move into another 2016 slot.
Every so often a film comes along that plays pitch perfect to your sensibilities and hits you with such pinpoint accuracy that it reaffirms your love of the medium. That’s what Spike Jonze‘s Her did for me last weekend. It’s the type of movie I wish I had the talent to make and, at the same time, one that I’m thankful anyone had the talent and passion to make. It’s a film that says so much about our desire to connect, to love and to feel loved, that evaluating it piece by piece (acting, editing, sound, cinematography, mise-en-scène, etc.) almost cheapens its value as a whole. Above all, though, it refuses to be just one thing and therein lies its greatest achievement. It’s comedy soaked in melancholy, drama with hints of playfulness, quirk wrapped in genuine romance, and heartbreaking sincerity set within the most plastic of relationships. Her is an instant classic.
In case my subtlety has left you uncertain about my feelings on Her, feel free to e-mail me at email@example.com and I’ll try to be more on the nose about how damn great it is. In the meantime, this week’s Top 5 features the newly announced 2014 Oscar nominations, Marvel casting news/rumors regarding Ant-Man and Doctor Strange, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit interviews with Chris Pine and more, the trailer for the seemingly interesting doc DOOMED! The Untold Story of Roger Corman’s “The Fantastic Four”, and all of our Sundance 2014 coverage to date. Click on to find a brief recap and link to each of the above.
Check out the latest Marvel casting news below:
- Clifton Collins Jr. (Pacific Rim) is reportedly being eyed for an unspecified role in Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man, which opens July 31, 2015.
- Thomas Kretschmann (Dracula) is set to join Joss Whedon’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron in a villainous role, and is reportedly signed for multiple pictures. The Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.
Hit the jump for more on both films.
The Marvel news is definitely flowing now that everyone is back from their holiday break. Fans have been waiting years to see writer/director Edgar Wright’s take on the Marvel superhero Ant-Man, and production is finally set to begin this coming April. We learned yesterday that Michael Douglas will be playing Hank Pym opposite Paul Rudd’s lead role as Scott Lang, and now another actor looks close to joining the cast as The Wrap reports that Michael Peña has an offer to take on a role in the Marvel pic. Hit the jump for more, including news regarding the female lead.
Yesterday, we learned that Michael Douglas would star as Hank Pym opposite Paul Rudd in Edgar Wright‘s Ant-Man. Even if you’re completely unfamiliar with the character, that trio of talent should have you instantly hooked into this picture. We knew Rudd had been in the mix for months, but the casting of Doulgas took the Internet by surprise, and now the Oscar-winning actor has commented on why he decided to take the big role of a tiny superhero. Speaking to Reuters, Douglas said,
“I’ve been dying to do a Marvel picture for so long. The script is really fun, the director is really good. Dylan (the actor’s 13-year-old son) will love it. He’ll have a picture he can see.”
Hit the jump for more. Ant-Man opens July 31, 2015.