In an absurdly long podcast, we dive deep into the Ant-Man contraversy, and review Godzilla, Edge of Tomorrow, and X-Men, while also discussing the movie franchise’s complex continuity.
Each Friday, I will summarize the important casting news or rumors from the preceding week, giving you a preview of who’ll be playing who in the future!
JGL & Rudd as Ant-Man
Variety reported this week that the hotly anticipated Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 3 film Ant-Man is close to being cast: the role now evidently comes down to either Joseph Gordon-Levitt or Paul Rudd.
According to the Variety article that broke the story, the two actors are set to meet with Marvel execs before a final decision is made.
The two actors are 12 years apart in age. Levitt already has experience in comic adaptations, appearing in last year’s Dark Knight Rises, as well as next year’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. The film would, however, be a departure for Paul Rudd, whose career has so far been marked mostly by comedy.
The film is set to be the first of the Phase 3 films, to follow Avengers 2: Age of Ultron on July 31st, 2015. Edgar Wright is directing the film, co-written with Joe Cornish, whose directorial debut Attack the Block made waves in 2011.
Rashida Jones as the Wasp
This is not the last of the Ant-Man news to surface this week, however: according to Superhero Movie News, casting is underway for the titular hero’s wife and super hero Janet van Dyne, a.k.a. the Wasp. According to the site’s source, she will not appear in her superhero identity, but will play the love interest.
Currently, the rumor is that Rashida Jones, best known for her role in Parks & Recreation. Her co-star Chriss Pratt is already appearing in Guardians of the Galaxy as Peter Quill, Star Lord.
She is reportedly being chosen due to her chemistry with Paul Rudd, who may play Hank Pym, Ant-Man himself. The two appeared together in Our Idiot Brother and I Love You Man.
While the Wasp will reportedly not perform any superheroics herself in the film, she reportedly is planned to do so in later films (likely Avengers 3).
The Wasp has already been seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the recently released initial animatics for the first Avengers, a still from which can be seen below:
Hunham Out of Shades
Charlie Hunham is evidently no longer interested in becoming the universe’s most desirable male, as he has left the lead in Fifty Shades of Grey which was all but certain guarantee of that.
While there is no hard fact on the reason for this move, the rumor is that he was refused “extensive creative input”, which he was seeking in the form of script approval. Other speculation involves him not being popular with the franchise’s fans (a petition to remove him from the project received over 88 thousand signatures as of now). The official reason is that his television commitment to Sons of Anarchy was simply too demanding, but logic dictates that he would have been aware of those well before initially agreeing to star in the picture.
Brie Larson in Gambler
Brie Larson (Scott Pilgrim vs the World, 21 Jump Street) is set to appear alongside Mark Wahlberg in the upcoming The Gambler, a remake of the 1974 James Caan original.
The remake is currently rumored to be directed by Rupert Wyatt, who previously did the fantastically engaging Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
San Diego Comic Con International 2013 has just begun. Below are some of the coolest CCI-exclusive posters that were released for some upcoming movies.
First up is Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. The next two movies to come out for them are Thor: The Dark World, set to come out November, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier next April. Below are the posters being handed out for free to con-goers this weekend.
The Thor poster was created by Charlie Wen, and the Captain America by Ryan Meinerding, both veterans of Marvel CU. As both are drawn, they are, at best, artist renderings of what we may expect from the film. Winter Soldier’s prominence on the poster gives us a good idea, however, what we might expect from the character’s portrayal by Sebastian Stan.
While we are still waiting for Edgar Wright’s addition to the Marvel canon with Ant Man, slated for a 2015 release, we do have The World’s End from him for the end of the summer. The movie will be the end for the acclaimed, and very funny, Cornetto trilogy, so anticipation is high.
Finally, we have two posters for next year’s Godzilla, from director Gareth Edwards, who previously brought us the great independent giant monster movie simply titled Monsters in 2010. Obviously tapped for the job due to the aptitude he showed there in handling human story against the backdrop of really big creatures, Edwards’ version of the King of Monsters already looks far superior than the 1998 Roland Emerich version.
As a bonus feature, see below for a picture of Godzilla from the CCI exhibit. While it is not necessarily an exact representation of what the creature will look like in the film, it does give us an idea. It definitely looks a lot closer to his Japanese roots than the dinosaured-up version from the 1998 remake.
Which of these movies are you most excited for? Let me know in the comments!