WOLVERINE in 'DAYS OF FUTURE PAST'?Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen might not be the only holdovers from the original X-Men films making an appearance in Days of Future Past: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hugh Jackman is "in negotiations" to return to his iconic role as Wolverine in the 2014 film. Jackman has just wrapped production on The Wolverine, a solo film starring the character scheduled for release on July 26, 2013. Jackman previously worked with X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer on the first two X-Men films in 2000 and 2003. Along with Stewart and McKellen, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult have all been confirmed as reprising their roles from last year's X-Men: First Class. If Jackman does appear as Wolverine in Days of Future Past, it'll be his seventh time in the role, between the first three X-Men films, his cameo in First Class and two solo Wolverine films. STARLORD Hopefuls Deadline reports today that they have confirmed a "short list" for the role of Peter Quill, Starlord, the leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy. The film, due to hit theaters on August 1, 2014, features Quill, the half-human half-alien leader of a band of misfits that includes a talking raccoon and a tree king (think Lord of the Rings' Ents, but with more speed and butt kicking) whose only dialogue is the declaration of his name, "I am Groot." Joel Edgerton, Jack Huston, Jim Sturgess, Lee Pace, and Eddie Redmayne are all confirmed as at least part of the testing list for the role. However, Deadline says Garrett Hedlund, James Marsden, and Sullivan Stapleton have also had interest expressed in one direction or the other. Marsden would of course be an interesting case, already having played Cyclops in three X-Men films and appearing in Superman Returns, though Chris Evans' record of 5 comic book roles in 7 movies (so far) would remain intact. ANOTHER AGENT of S.H.I.E.L.D. Speaking of Marvel live-action, actor Brett Dalton has been added to the cast of Joss Whedon’s ABC pilot S.H.I.E.L.D., according to TVLine. Dalton, identified as a relative newcomer to acting, has appeared in episodes of Army Wives and Blue Bloods and NatGeo’s upcoming TV movie Killing Lincoln. The actor will reportedly play Agent Grant, “one of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s highly-skilled rising stars. He’s deadly, precise, and cool under fire — but not so great with the people skills.” Dalton joins Clark Gregg, Ming-Na, Elizabeth Henstridge and Iain De Caestecker in the so-far-assembled ensemble cast. 'SLUT-SHAMING, HOMOPHOBIC' SUPERHERO SEX BLOG In news Marvel Studios probably doesn't want to draw attention to relating to Guardians of the Galaxy, the director of the film, James Gunn, has had a blog post from his personal website from February 17, 2011 unearthed that contains what's been described as graphic sexual language and hate speech directed at homosexuals. TheMarySue found the piece, pointing out its alleged "slut-shaming," a term used to describe the shaming of people (usually women) for being sexually active, and what the site refers to as homophobic slurs directed towards the men in the list of "The 50 Superheroes You Most Want to Have Sex With: 2nd Annual Poll Results." The post has been taken down off JamesGunn.net, but no official comment has been made by Gunn or Marvel Studios. CARNAHAN LIKELY TO DIRECT IMAGE'S 'UNDYING LOVE'
Joe Carnahan, director of The Grey and The A-Team has been attached to comic book adaptations in the past — including Preacher and his well-publicized bid earlier this year to direct Daredevil at Fox.
The latest is Undying Love, based on the 2011 Image Comics miniseries from Tomm Coker and Daniel Freedman that combined vampires with Chinese folklore. The Hollywood Reporter says that Carnahan is in "final negotiations" to direct the film for Warner Bros., which will be produced by Michael De Luca, Stephen L’Heureux, Chris Bender and J.C. Spink.GIFFEN & GRANT'S 'HARM' GOING TO BIG-SCREEN
Deadline.com reports Dalan Musson has been hired to write Jeremiah Harm, an adaption of the BOOM! Studios action/sci-fi comic book written by Keith Giffen and Alan Grant and drawn by John Mueller, Rael Lyra, and Rafael Albuquerque. It will be directed by Iron Sky’s Timo Vuorensola.
According to the online trade, the story follows "a tough intergalactic bounty hunter tracking three alien criminals to Earth, where they are searching for a sphere that has the capability of being the most deadly weapon in the cosmos."
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