Isaac Hempstead-Wright teases Bran’s journey ahead in Game of Thrones. Simon Kinberg continues to dance around his role in the next X-Men film. The CW is looking to start casting its Lost Boys show. Plus, familiar faces and foes return in new Flash images, and new footage from Iron Fist and The Handmaid’s Tale. Spoilers now!
Following rumours put forth by The Hashtag Show that the venerable Hidden Figures star and cosmic songstress Janelle Monáe was suddenly the number one choice to play mutant mercenary Domino, writer Rhett Rheese quickly took to Twitter to deny the report. Bummer.
Simon Kinberg will neither confirm or deny he’s directing the next X-Men film, but if he does, you can expect him to write the script:
I’ve read those reports. If I were to direct, I would certainly write. As someone who started his career as a writer then transitioned into being a writer-producer, when I make that transition into directing, I would definitely want to be the writer as well. It’s because I can’t imagine directing something that I didn’t create myself. Having made many great movies, the ones I feel the most emotionally connected to are the ones I wrote.
Kinberg also stressed there are no current plans to recast Wolverine in future X-projects, stating that any potential candidate would have to earn the most coveted blessing of all: Hugh Jackman’s approval.
We haven’t even thought of the next iteration of Wolverine. For all of us, we were keeping our fingers crossed that the audiences would respond to Logan the way they have. I can’t visualise in my head another Wolverine but if that day ever comes, we would talk to Hugh about it.
Entertainment Weekly has revealed a few pictures and teasers for Charlize Theron’s spy-fi thriller, Atomic Blonde, adapted from the comic by Anthony Johnston.
Game of Thrones
Isaac Hempstead-Wright ominously revealed to TV Guide that season seven is all about “connections”, and to “take that how you will”. As for his character, he continues:
I think Bran has transcended ‘growing’. Growing up or being an adult is not on his to-do list anymore. It’s doing what he needs to do. He’s on another plane. It’s not like he has to grow up and prove himself a man. He just knows he has to do his stuff.
Once Upon a Time
Andrew J. West has been cast as a young-at-heart mystery character who plays a significant role in the season (and still potentially series) finale. [Deadline]
The Lost Boys
The CW pilot is casting non-union actors for a make-up test for its adaptation the 1987 vampire classic. See the relevant Facebook post here.
The Lost Boys: Males to portray Caucasian, age 18-33, height 5’9 or shorter – this is important! We have wigs if your hair isn’t right. You must be OK with prosthetic make-up, contact lenses and wearing a wig. You should have NO make-up allergies at all and you cannot be claustrophobic. This will work on April 8th and you will go to a fitting prior to the work date. Rate is $100 each for fitting and for work date. Please email if you resemble one of these characters. Please let me know which one you fit (we are numbering them from left to right #1, #2, #3, #4) so when you submit, please put the # of the one you fit best in the subject line. Please email [email protected]
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Former Whedonverse producer Gail Berman is open to more Buffy if Joss Whedon decides to make it (a comment just in time for the show’s 20th anniversary this week).
I would be really happy to get the [revival series] call from Joss.I have my own thoughts of what it would look like, but my own thoughts are not important. It would be what he thought. I will always let everyone know this is all about Joss. I did everything I knew on how to to be supportive of that, but the stories, the direction, the writing and the tale telling, that’s all Joss.
The Walking Dead
Showrunner Scott Gimple has high praise for the season finale:
[Season 6’s finale] was the noose tightening and things getting darker and darker. This season’s finale has darkness and light, real horrific moments, betrayal, and real moments of beauty, redemption, love and friendship. It’s sort of the panoply of human and Walking Dead experience.[TV Line]
Legends of Tomorrow
The Legends re-write history with the Spear of Destiny in the synopsis for “Doomworld”.
After obtaining the Spear of Destiny, the Legion of Doom rewrites reality, leaving the Legends changed, perhaps forever. Frightfully, the Legends’ and the world’s hopes rest with Rory (Dominic Purcell), but being the hero is not easy for him. Meanwhile, there is tension within the Legion of Doom and the reason why the Spear of Destiny needs to be destroyed is revealed.
President Lynda Carter (oh, if only) returns in the synopsis for “Distant Sun”.
A large bounty is put out on Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) and aliens from far and near attack National City intent on taking out the woman of steel. Alex (Chyler Leigh) and Maggie (Floriana Lima) run into Maggie’s ex-girlfriend, Emily (guest star Hayley Sales), who is in town for a week. Hank (David Harewood) gets an interesting order from President Marsdin (guest star Lynda Carter).
Secrets and construction site drama abound in a synopsis for “The Outsiders”.
As Fred (Luke Perry) and his crew are about to start construction he loses his crew, which could put his livelihood in jeopardy. Wanting to help his dad, Archie (KJ Apa) and his friends pitch in to help but after one of them is attacked, the gang comes up with a plan that lands them in Southside Serpent territory. With Jughead’s (Cole Sprouse) secret revealed, he is worried about how his friends will react. Meanwhile, Veronica (Camila Mendes) and Betty (Lili Reinhart) suggest throwing Polly (guest star Tiera Skovbye) a baby shower to make her feel better, but Polly is hesitant knowing how everyone feels.
Abra Kadabra makes his debut in the self-titled episode “Abra Kadabra”:
The Flash (Grant Gustin) battles Abra Kadabra (guest star David Dastmalchian), a villain from Earth-19, who makes him a tempting offer: release him and Abra Kadara will reveal Savitar’s true identity. Desperate to save Iris (Candice Patton), Barry considers taking the deal but Gypsy (guest star Jessica Camacho) breaches in to capture the villain for her own reasons and during the melee, Abra Kadabra manages to escape. Barry is furious that Gypsy interfered but Gypsy refuses to back down, forcing Cisco (Carlos Valdes) to take sides. Meanwhile, Julian (Tom Felton) is still a bit cold towards Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) but when she is severely injured in a battle with Gypsy, he rushes to her side.
Jay Garrick and several ghosts from the past return in images from the next episode, “Return to the Speed Force”. Click through to see more. [TV Line]
Netflix has released a teaser for their time-travel-ish comedy Naked, which involves Marlon Wayans getting caught in a mysterious time loop on his wedding day — one in which he’s perpetually naked.
The Handmaid’s Tale
Hulu has released a brief new trailer in honour of International Women’s Day earlier this week.
Here’s a featurette inviting you to meet Colleen Wing, who is easily the best part of the show.
Finally, a brief synopsis and new images for “The Weeping Somnambulist” have been released. As usual, there are more pictures at the link. [Spoiler TV]
Bobby Becomes a political pawn in the struggle between Earth and Mars.
Additional reporting by Gordon Jackson. Banner art by Jim Cooke.