Director McG has come out with new information he and the producers of the long-in-development Masters of the Universe film reboot. Although he says they're still far from the casting phase, he did share what they're aiming for in terms of the characters and the tone.
“I think we want to honor the fan base, first and foremost,” McG told IGN. “We also need to be cognizant of the incredible resonance of what Kevin Feige is doing with Marvel, and the balance of full-bodied entertainment. That it's both credible and emotional, action-packed, and the story of a hero's journey. It's the genesis of He-Man, it's the becoming of He-Man. We want it to be clicking on all cylinders in that regard. We're not going to stop until we get it right…I want it to be full-bodied entertainment that respects the fan base, and is more emotional than you might imagine, inventive and original. Obviously, we're all cognizant of what's going on with Game of Thrones. It's incredible. We're cognizant of what's going on in Guardians of the Galaxy. James Gunn's doing a great job. We're going to try to answer the call and take it higher.”
As for which characters may appear, McG was reticent to list too many names, but said the villainous Mer-Man would appear, and also said that Skeletor's witch, Evil-Lyn, was a priority for the film - a decision that was partly motivated by the women of Suicide Squad.
“I've got to answer the call with Evil-Lyn, that's for sure,” McG explained. “Because I think what Margot Robbie just got up to with that turn [in Suicide Squad] is really, really interesting, and I want to make sure I answer the call. I even think Cara [Delevingne] did a good job in Suicide Squad with Enchantress. I want to make sure our Evil-Lyn is the standard bearer. That's a tall order, isn't it?"
Meanwhile, Skeletor himself will definitely be the film's primary villain, a nemesis McG equates with Star Wars' Darth Vader and Die Hard's Hans Gruber. He also says the villain's look will likely be achieved through make-up effects rather than CGI, and that he doesn't feel it necessary to cast a big name actor in the role.
“I think the characters are bigger than any given actor. I think the right actor is going to be what's most important...Skeletor needs to be an incredible menace. I really think -- again -- I mean it when I say Vader, Gruber, Skeletor."
Speaking of casting, McG also addressed rumors that Twilight actor Kellan Lutz was the frontrunner for the part of He-Man - a role that may or may not also include playing his alter ego Prince Adam.
“We haven't cast the role yet, but I like Kellan very much,” McG confessed. “Obviously, we need a talented entertainer, but we also need a certain physicality, which he embodies. He'll be considered very, very closely. We haven't gotten to the casting process yet. Kellan's a good guy, and we had a great meeting, and he's passionate about He-Man, he's passionate about the Adam story. He really knows a lot about it. I was charmed by his focus and intensity. He'll be considered very, very carefully. We're just not there yet. We've got to get the movie on its feet, then we'll cast the movie.”
No projected release date has been set for the Masters of the Universe reboot film.