Earlier this year it was announced that James Wan was producing a new MacGyver TV series for CBS. Well, the network has cast Lucas Till in the title role. Till plays Havoc in the X-Men films. The guy is a talented young actor, and I think he has the perfect MacGyver look. This is a perfect role for him to play, and it will be great to see how he makes the character his own. Joshua Boone (Fan Girl) was also cast in the role of Gunner, who is MacGyver’s best friend.
According to Deadline, the young Angus MacGyver (Till), “is recruited into the clandestine organization from the original series where he uses his knack for solving problems in unconventional ways to help prevent disasters from happening. The drama serves as a prequel to the original series, in which MacGyver was played by Richard Dean Anderson.”
I enjoyed watching the original series when I was a kid and for some reason it’s really weird for me that it’s coming back. It’s just something I never expected to see revived as a series because it’s a one of a kind. MacGyver is coming, though, and I think Till is an awesome choice. It’ll be fun to see the process of how this character actually becomes the MacGyver we already know.
The pilot episode was co-written by Paul Downs Colaizzo and Brett Mahoney, and it will be directed by David Von Ancken. NCIS: Los Angeles' R. Scott Gemmill is an executive producer on the action drama along with Henry Winkler, who was an executive producer on the original run of the series.
What do you think about Till playing this character?
Earlier this month, it was reported that Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Daisy Ridley was up for the role of Lara Croft in the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot. A lot of people seem to love the idea of seeing her in the role, and I think she'd be great! Turns out that report is true. Ridley confirmed the news herself when THR asked her about it at the Empire Awards.
She says that there "have been conversations" about her playing Lara Croft, but as of right now she says, "I’m waiting for someone to say ‘I want you, let’s do it'". Well, it seems like the fans want her. If Warner Bros. and MGM are paying attention, maybe they better give her a call. The actress did say that she is actively trying to fill up her schedule with gigs. It's just such a great casting choice and it would be a shame if they missed this opportunity.
She says there's no script for the film yet but Norwegian filmmaker Roar Uthaug (The Wave) is currently in the process of developing it. Ridley's Star Wars co-star John Boyega chimed in to say that he also wants her in the role as well:
“I played Tomb Raider the game, it’s a new take and I think the movies are going to be based on that version. But I texted Daisy [and] was like, ‘this is you!’ and ‘you need to get on that because you could be Lara Croft.’ She should be."
Ridley was so good in The Force Awakens and she won over the hearts of fanboys and fangirls everywhere. The more I think about her taking on the role of Lara Croft, the more I think she would be perfect in it. It's good to know that there's a chance she could get the part. We'll just have to wait this one out until we get an official announcement of who's been cast.
Here’s another excuse for me to take a trip to New York in the near future. A Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical is headed to Broadway! The musical has already had success in London with director Sam Mendes (Skyfall, Specter), but now Americans will have the opportunity to get their Golden Ticket to see it.
The play is being produced by Warner Bros. Theater Ventures and will start in the spring of 2017. It is based on Roald Dahl’s best-selling novel and also draws inspiration from the classic 1977 movie. This version of the show will not be directed by Mendes, instead, it will be directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O’Brien (Hairspray, Henry IV). Mendes said in a statement to EW:
“I loved directing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and I’m really proud it’s having such great run at Drury Lane. But I knew I couldn’t marry the time commitment to make a Broadway production with the development of my next projects. As such I am thrilled to be turning the keys to the Broadway Chocolate Factory over to the brilliant Jack O’Brien.”
O’Brien offered his thoughts on taking on the development of the show and what he plans on doing with it:
“Why does Wonka want to do this Golden Ticket contest and what compels him to want to give it all away? I started with the question why. This is the dramatic premise I hang the whole show on. Sam and I have both spent our careers putting our personal spin on classics, be it by William Shakespeare or Roald Dahl. Since the first production was created for London, it’s only fair we do an American version, and in America, our connection is to the 1971 movie and the indelible impression of Gene Wilder as the slyly wicked Wonka. The score will pay homage to the beloved Leslie Bricusse/Anthony Newley songs that are integral to the American relationship to the story, combined with all new songs crafted by the American team that created one of Broadway’s most beloved scores, Hairspray.”
I’m such a huge fan of of this story, and there’s no doubt it will make for an entertaining, high-energy musical.
Some new potential SPOILER details have leaked regarding a few characters in Star Wars: Episode VIII. The following intel comes from Latino Review, and it includes information regarding Laura Dern’s character as well as Oscar Isaac's Poe Dameron and Carrie Fisher's General Organa.
According to the report, Dern is rumored to be playing a Resistance Officer in command of a ship. The site describes a scene in which she informs a group of battered soldiers, including Poe, that they are the “last of the rebellion,” and she also informs them that General Organa has been "gravely injured" in some kind of attack and is undergoing medical attention.
The relationship between Dern and Poe isn't a good one. It's explained that they "have an antagonistic exchange of words and Dern’s character is blunt with Poe, like she has some sort of authority over him." The intensity escalates from there as it's revealed that Poe leads a group of Resistance fighters against Dern’s character. They take control of her ship and Poe ends up pointing his blaster at Dern's character.
It sounds to me like the story in Episode VIII is going to take more of a political turn. Like there is a new villainous faction growing within the Resistance that Dern is a part of, and that maybe Leia being gravely wounded was an inside job to put an end to what she was trying to accomplish. The report speculates that Dern's character wants the kind of power that Leia wields, but Poe isn't going to let that happen.
This is all just rumor and speculation, but it sounds like something I could see happening in the Star Wars Universe. If all of this is true, I like where it's going. I can't wait to see how this story plays out!
The film is being directed by Rian Johnson and is set to be released on December 15th, 2017. Do you have any speculation that you'd like to add to the conversation?
The latest full trailer for Captain America: Civil War that debuted Spider-Man has been awesomely recreated in Fallout 4 using mods. The video comes from YouTube user UpIsNotJump, and it's pretty damn enjoyable. It has a fun, crazy style to it, and this is what the creator had to say about the process of creating it:
In this Fallout 4 Video Game machinima parody the Captain America: Civil War trailer 2 was recreated completely in Fallout 4 with mods. This video is similar to work by TGN and Merfish, who remade the first Captain America: Civil War Official trailer in GTA V.
Is Spiderman in Captain America? YES. Who is Playing the new Spiderman? Tom Holland! Now that Spiderman is in Captain America he finally makes his Marvel appearance. In this Fallout 4 trailer remake of the Avengers Universe he is also Modded into the game to complete the ending to the trailer. There are no web mods so Spidey couldn’t shoot Captain America, so I left it out.
The Fallout 4 engine was modded to remake all of the Characters from the movie. Mainly Black Widow (Natasha Romanova), Iron Man (Tony Stark) and Captain America (Steve Rodgers.)
GTA V movies where trailers are remade, like the Captain America: Civil War Official Trailer in GTA V are very popular so I decided to remake the Trailer in Fallout 4 to see if it was possible. There are so many mods on Nexus Mods it turns out that you can recreate almost any character and scene from the Captain America: Civil War Official Trailer 2, even introduce Spiderman.
While making Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, I’m sure there was a lot of discussion about what and who they wanted to have in the movie. A lot of that stuff never made it into the final cut. For example, in a recent interview with Collider, Zack Snyder revealed that The Joker and The Riddler almost made it into the film. This is what he said about that:
"The Joker and The Riddler both came close to being in this movie. We talked about the possibility of putting them in. [Screenwriter] Chris Terrio and I talked about it a lot and felt that their mythological presence is felt in the movie and that’s cool, but I didn’t want to get my eye too far off the ball because I needed to spend the time, frankly, with Batman and Superman to understand the conflict."
There were rumors that Joker would appear in the film, but this confirms that those rumors didn’t pan out. The Crown Prince of Crime is going to make his debut in Suicide Squad, but does this mean there’s a chance The Riddler will show up sometime in the future? If they wanted to include him in Batman v Superman, it seems to me that they might have plans for him somewhere down the road.
As for their "mythological presence" being felt in the film, we've already had a little taste of Joker in the trailers. We'll just have to wait and see how The Riddler fits into it. The last time we saw Riddler on the big screen was 21 years ago when Jim Carrey played him in Batman Forever. I was never a fan of what he did with the character, and it would be great to see a new incarnation of the villain, especially in this new DC Extended Universe.
I always imagined the character being kinda like Kevin Spacey’s John Doe from David Fincher’s Se7en — an insanely dark and twisted serial killer who gets a kick out of teasing and taunting people with his riddles.
Community creator Dan Harmon is set to produce a stop-motion animated film called Bubbles. The movie centers around Michael Jackson’s famous chimp, and it will offer a look into Jackson’s life from Bubbles' point of view, Here’s the description of the story from THR:
"A baby chimp is adopted by pop star Michael Jackson. Narrating his own story, Bubbles the Chimp details his life within The King of Pop’s inner circle through the scandals that later rocked Jackson’s life and eventually led to Bubbles’ release."
This sounds like it will be a fascinating movie. The screenplay was written by Isaac Adamson and was on the 2015 Black List of best unproduced screenplays. The stop-motion in the film is said to be in the same vein as Charlie Kaufman’s Anomalisa. They used 3D printed puppets to bring the characters to life and give the character a unique life-like appearance.
Bubbles was adopted by Jackson in 1983 from a research facility in Austin, Texas. He went to live with the pop star at Neverland Ranch and accompanied him to places including on tour at times. Apparently, Bubbles even sat in on the recording of the Jackson’s album Bad. The chimp eventually became too aggressive and was moved to monkey sanctuary in Florida where he still resides.
I'm curious to see how this movie and its story turns out.
We’ve seen a lot of fan-made trailers for movies that have been recut in the style of the first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This latest one comes from Jonny Halloway ,and he has mashed together the music and style of the Force Awakens trailer with footage from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. The result is pretty cool.
I’ve enjoyed the 300 film that have been made. They are incredibly badass, and I absolutely love the visual style of them. I don’t know if we’ll see any more 300 films set in ancient Greece, but even if we don’t, we might see a series of 300-style films that tell the stories of other historical events. At least, that’s what director Zack Snyder is thinking about doing. During an interview with Collider, the filmmaker said:
"We’ve been talking a lot about sort of different incarnations of 300. We’ve been talking about is there a way, possibly, we move out of Ancient Greece and use it as a framing device for other conflicts that happened throughout history. I think I mentioned that we talked about the Revolutionary War version, and we talked about the Alamo, and we’ve talked about there’s a battle in China, a 'Lost Legion' kind of concept, any of those kinds of things are on the table."
I would absolutely love to see Snyder and Warner Bros. do this! You can read about the George Washington project Snyder wants to work on here. Beyond that, though, it would be so cool to see other awesome historical events brought to life in this hyper-visual style. Of course, Snyder could always just make these movies in his own style without the 300 connection, and they would probably still be just as entertaining.
Miles Teller is one of many young actors up for the role of Han Solo in the A Star Wars Story movie being directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller. During a recent interview with the Happy Sad Confused podcast, the actor confirmed that he had actually auditioned for the role and in the process revealed that he had never seen the original Star Wars trilogy until a couple months before the audition.
“I had never even seen any of the original Star Wars movies until maybe a month or a couple weeks before my first audition because I was like, ‘I should check this out’ [Laughs]. It holds up. I just love Harrison Ford. I think that’s a great character. I love his brand, I mean so many guys would’ve played that part so wrong and he has humor at the right times. Harrison Ford is a very big actor, when you see the facial expressions and the things he does he goes big, but he’s just always the coolest guy in the room and he’s got all of those great qualities.”
I honestly don’t know how anyone could go that long in their lives and not see those Star Wars movies, especially someone who is in the entertainment industry. But I guess it happens. The last report on who might be Playing Solo indicates that he’s not up for the role anymore. As of right now it seems that Jack Reynor (Macbeth), Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service), and Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Caesar!) are currently the top choices. Teller also talked about Fantastic Four, which as you know, completely bombed in every way. He said:
“I think it was Clooney who said you can make a bad movie out of a good script, you can’t make a good movie out of a bad script, and that’s very true. If they’re telling you maybe your part’s not as big and they say, ‘Oh you’re gonna be bigger in the sequel’ or ‘Oh we’re gonna rewrite’ and ‘Yeah we’re gonna take in all these notes,’ if you’re in a position where you can say hold off I’m not signing off on this dotted line until this script is exactly where you want it, then you’re in a very fortunate position. Because I know actors that have been in literally Oscar-winning performances that told me that script was a struggle every day to get it to a place that [they] wanted it, and [they] were always fighting for the best version of it.”
Instead of condemning Fantastic Four, the actor went on to praise all the hard work that was put into it:
“People think that when you make something like a Fantastic Four that doesn’t do well, people think ‘Oh you phoned it in’ and it couldn’t be more untrue. You work harder on the bad films, or the films that turn out maybe not the way you intended, because something’s not working. And I thought it was kind of unjustly critiqued that way; there are even bigger bombs if you’re looking at how much money went into the production and what they reaped back. But I think it’s unfortunate a movie like that becomes a scarlet letter on a resume when so many talented people worked really hard and maybe a handful of people took it in a negative direction. But so many people worked really hard on that that are so talented.”
Still, even though people work their ass off on a movie doesn’t mean it’s a good movie and that people are going to like it. It’s really a shame that Fantastic Four turned out the way it did. That movie could have been great. The Han Solo standalone film is slated to open on May 25th, 2018.