Vincent D’Onofrio playing a bad guy is about as reliable as the changing of the tides, the sun rising in the morning or…as Vincent D’Onofrio playing a bad guy. We’ll get a little taste of his penchant for fictional villainy next month when Marvel’s Daredevil series hits Netflix, but he’s already made plans for his next dubious role: the actor will play the villain in Antoine Fuqua’s remake of The Magnificent Seven.
The loss of Leonard Nimoy in February was a rather huge one — the prolific actor established himself as an icon through the role of Spock in the Star Trek television series and film franchise, and many of us grew up with Nimoy has a constant figure. Nimoy was a kind, generous spirit, and so much more than his thoughtful yet stoic Vulcan character. Over the course of his 83 years on this planet, Nimoy lived a rather eventful life, and now the story of his life will be told by his son, Adam Nimoy, who is planning to direct a documentary about his father.
Recently, Hugh Jackman expressed a desire to continue playing Wolverine until he dies — or until Fox decides his time is up. It looks like that time is fast approaching, as Jackman himself has announced that The Wolverine 2 will be his final outing as the iconic X-Men character, although whether or not he’ll appear in X-Men: Apocalypse remains uncertain.
With the inclusion of Joker, Harley Quinn and Deadshot, along with rumors of Batman’s involvement in Suicide Squad, it stands to reason that we might see a certain criminal facility pop up in David Ayer’s upcoming film. The director has validated those suspicions, teasing a trip to Arkham Asylum, where we’ll likely see Batman’s foes incarcerated.
A biopic based on the life of legendary Queen frontman Freddie Mercury has been in the works for years, with Sacha Baron Cohen previously attached to star before he was forced off the project by surviving band members who disagreed with his vision. Since then, the project has fumbled, with various actors and directors rumored for the biopic, which has made negligible progress since Cohen’s departure. Now it appears that the surviving bandmates have had a change of heart, pulling Cohen back onto the project, this time granting him complete control.
With a new trilogy, two planned standalone films and a slew of new books hitting the shelves, the Star Wars universe is really expanding. We recently learned more details about some of those books as well as where they fit in on the Star Wars timeline, and now it appears that one of the new characters from an upcoming novel might make be making the jump to the big screen — and better yet: she’s the franchise’s first LGBT character.
The other day, we reported on The Leviathan, an interesting proof of concept short that’s being developed into a film with producers Neill Blomkamp and Simon Kinberg over at Fox. That’s not the only sci-fi short that’s getting the big screen treatment: on the heels of that news comes word that Warner Bros. has just acquired the film rights to Sundays, a short directed by Mischa Rozema.
It’s finally here: the first teaser trailer for Spectre, the next installment in the James Bond franchise. After months of set photos and teases, we have our first legitimate look at the new 007 film, which promises to reveal some dark secrets Daniel Craig’s Bond has been hiding for years and years, as well as the shadowy figure that has something to do with it.
Throughout the marketing for Terminator Genisys, we haven’t really seen much (if at all) of J.K. Simmons, who appears to play a detective who helps Emilia Clarke’s Sarah Connor in the upcoming prequel-sequel-alternate timeline-something-or-other. That changes now with a new TV spot in which the recent Oscar-winner features prominently, also offering up some new footage from the film.
Now here’s some absolutely heavenly news: we heard a while back that one of Steve McQueen’s upcoming projects is a big screen remake of the BBC miniseries Widows, about a group of women performing a major heist. While that project already sounds great on its own, it just got a little more exciting with the addition of Gone Girl author/screenwiter Gillian Flynn, who knows a thing or two about edgy, female-driven stories.