Early Young Jean & Cyclops for X-MEN: APOCALYPSE Rumors, GROOT Featurette, Mid-Season TV Teases

Hailee Steinfeld
Hailee Steinfeld in "Ender's Game"
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Fox has a very early reported idea of who they’re looking for in the roles of the new young Jean Grey and Cyclops for X-Men: Apocalypse, according to TheWrap. They’re looking young for the characters, matching up the ages fairly well with them being early 30s in 2000 (the year the first X-Men came out). Chloe Grace Moretz, Hailee Steinfeld, and Elle Fanning - all three considered young actresses who have hit an early prime, are reportedly on the short list for Jean, though they haven’t had test offers yet. Meanwhile, Ben Hardy, Charlie Rowe, and Timothy Chalamet (We don’t blame you if you said a Korath-style “Who?” to any of those) are on a Scott Summers shortlist. No rumors yet for the young Storm or potential other nascent X-Men.

Come and Get Your Groot

The latest featurette promoting the Guardians of the Galaxy Blu-ray out December 9 (On digital now!) is centered on Groot. It features Vin Diesel saying “I Am Groot” a few times, and he and James Gunn talking a bit about the development of the character. If we tried to put in all the Featurettes, it would literally make this page unloadable, so just have this one and like it.

Comic Book TV Mid-Season Finale Teases

TVLine always comes through with some good scoop and teases, and has some Fall Finale news on each of four of your favorite comic book TV shows. They conspicuously let us down on Constantine, but still, here’s a bit on each one - mild/possible spoilers ahead.

Arrow (Wednesday, Dec 10): "arguably the most epic episode we've ever done," showrunner Marc Guggenheim effuses. "It literally is a game changer in the sense that the series will never be the same afterwards. Everyone here, including the cast and the crew, we all feel like it is our strongest midseason finale yet."

The Flash (Tuesday, Dec 9): "It's a huge turning point for the show and for Barry and what he knows," Grant Gustin teases. "I can't say too much else about it, because I would definitely give something away." EP Greg Berlanti meanwhile promises a "taste" of the Firestorm character that will loom larger in the second half.

Gotham (Monday, Nov 24): While Selina leads a new friend (Bruce, we shall assume?) on a perilous journey through Gotham to evade the assassins who are on her trail, Gordon is reassigned to duty at Arkham Asylum.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Tuesday, Dec 9): "S.H.I.E.L.D. and HYDRA converge on the alien city they've been racing towards, in a desperate fight to gain control of the obelisk," showrunners Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen tell TVLine.  "In the end, our team -- and our show -- will be changed forever."

Check out TVLine for more Fall Finale previews from 20 other shows, including Supernatural, Once Upon a Time, Castle, and more.

Pratt Sticks to Comics Roles?

Cowboy Ninja Viking - Yeah, as Collider points out in their report, it sounds like something that Andy Dwyer might come up with. But his real-life alter-ego Chris Pratt might be taking on the starring role for a film adaptation of the A.J. Lieberman and Riley Rossmo comic book. The movie is setup at Universal Studios, and features a character named Duncan who has three distinct personalities living inside him, a Cowboy, a Ninja, and a Viking (could you have guessed?), who each lend their unique talents in his role as a government assassin. The report says he’s attached to the film already, despite it not yet having a director or release window. Pratt obviously has Jurassic World in 2015 and Guardians of the Galaxy 2 in 2017, plus likely a role in one or both of the Avengers: Infinity War chapters to consider, too, of course.

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