ULTRON Bumps LOKI
Tom Hiddleston’s Loki may be all over today’s new Thor: The Dark World trailer, but don’t expect to see him when sometime next year we get a trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron. The actor confirmed previous reports to Entertainment Weekly that he won’t be appearing in the 2015 sequel to the Marvel mega-hit.
“He’s not in it,” Hiddleston flat-out told EW. “Here’s the thing: I don’t think there’s anything else Loki could contribute to The Avengers, narratively. Joss [Whedon] gave me so many wonderful things to do in that first film that we’d only be trying to repeat ourselves, and probably less well in the second one.”
And he’s fine with it. “When I think of all the things I loved as a child, for example, Hans Gruber wasn’t in Die Hard 2. And in Indiana Jones, by the time he moved from the Lost Ark to the Temple of Doom, there was a whole new bad guy. I think keeping it fresh and new is good for The Avengers even though it’s a shame for me. And let’s face it, there’s seven or eight of them as it is, and Joss is thinking about adding two more, so the screen’s gonna be a busy place. But I had the time of my life on that film. It was the most fun ever.”
And maybe Thor: The Dark World wasn’t the most fun ever, but it sounds like Hiddleston had a good time doing that too. “Oh, I’ve got plenty to do in Thor , believe me,” he concluded. “A lot of new stuff. It’s a new iteration of the character. It’s a new development. Another trick, another poker game for the god of mischief. And he plays it well.”
SINGER Sings On X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Details
Joblo.com has a bullet point write-up of comments director Bryan Singer made during a Q&A at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal earlier this week, where he of course talked about 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, currently filming in Toronto.
Among the more interesting tidbits:
- The film is being shot in native 3D.
- Singer confirmed as expected – the Scarlet Witch will not appear in the film.
- William Stryker returns for ‘Days’ ‘and will be played by Josh Helman.
Helman will be the fourth actor to portray Stryker on the big screen. Brian Cox originated the role In 2003’s X2: X-Men United and was also played by Brad Loree as a younger version of the character in the same film. Then Danny Huston played Stryker (as an again, younger version of the character) in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Don Creech played Stryker’s father William Stryker Sr. in a small role in 2011’s X-Men: First Class.
- The majority of the film takes place in 1973, where the returning First Class characters will be in very different places than they were at the conclusion of that film, and it shows them becoming “who they have to be.”
The ‘future’ portion takes place 10 years after X-Men: The Last Stand, essentially placing the future part of ‘Days’ in real-time.
- Singer revealed that Russell Crowe was once up for the part of Wolverine, with the actor's stipulation he had to play him bald.
- And again reminiscing, revealed before starting 2000’s X-Men he watched all 70 episodes of the 1990’s X-Men animated TV series.
- He revealed he wasn’t pleased with the choice to kill Cyclops in The Last Stand, and wishes he could bring him back. Singer could justify bringing back Xavier because as seen in the film his consciousness survived.
- He was, however, pleased with the casting of Ellen Page as Kitty Pryde.
And speaking of the in-production X-Men: Days of Future Past, Singer’s latest twitpic from the set reveals how he plans to capture the super-speed of Quicksilver (Evan Peters) on film.
Comingsoon.net has the apparent explanation:
“It appears that, to capture Evan Peters' turn as the fast-moving son of Magneto, Singer is capturing footage in extreme slow motion. The end result of 3600 frames per second will appear 150 times slower than standard film and, as such, requires significantly more lighting to expose each frame.”
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Gets DnA Test
Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning visited the set of Guardians of the Galaxy Tuesday, and while obviously no plot points spilled out, Lanning, Abnett, and director James Gunn did have positive things to say about the experience on twitter. Gunn called the pair "the fathers of the modern Guardians of the Galaxy" and said it was "awesome hanging on the set" with them, while Lanning specifically addressed Chris Pratt, the lead in the film as Star-Lord, and later again Pratt, Dave Bautista, and Zoe Saldana (Star-Lord, Drax, Gamora, respectively).
"Great to meet you yesterday Chris. Happy to see Peter Quill in such safe and talented hands. A hero with humor and heart. Cheers!" Lanning told Pratt. He then told the trio that they "ROCK the Guardians!"
Abnett was slightly more subdued, but added, "I had a blast," and "Great to meet you all today," but later beamed to Gunn "I got to high five Zoe Saldana!"
While the pair collectively known as DnA have no official role in the film's production, it's nice to know their contributions to the characters and the fact they assembled this group in the first place is appreciated by those making the movie. Guardians of the Galaxy is filming now in London, England and has a release date of August 1, 2014.
New ENDER'sS GAME Trailer
Finally, Thor: The Dark World isn’t the only new trailer in town. Here’s the latest and final trailer for November’s Ender's Game, based on the Orson Scott Card sci-fi novel