ALL HAIL THE KING
Well, it’s not a Loki-centric Marvel One-Shot after all. Ben Kingsley will reprise his “Iron Man 3” role in “All Hail The King” as Mandarin figurehead Trevor Slattery heads to a maximum security prison. The One-Shot, written and directed by “Iron Man 3” scribe Drew Pearce, runs 14 minutes long and explores what happens when Slattery gets the fame he craved.
“Imagine a real terrorist organization whose beliefs were long held and religious for thousands of years, and imagine a drunk, British actor coming along and essentially telling the world that he’s the face of your organization,” Pearce told Entertainment Weekly. “I think they would be right to be quite angry.”
Debuts on “Thor: The Dark World” Blu-ray on February 25.
AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON
Comic Book Movie has posted excerpts from SFX Magazine’s interview with Kevin Feige about the upcoming “Avengers: Age of Ultron” — specifically, introducing Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch.
“Certainly when it comes to comic book movies, you can fall into the trap of having too many villains and in the case of team-based movies, having too many heroes,” Feige told SFX. “But what Joss has in mind to bring those characters into the story happens in a very natural fashion over the course of the story. It’s also the tradition of the Avengers to switch up the roster every now and again and to have new characters coming in. It’s just part of the fun, but we wouldn’t have included them if it had just been a case of ‘Oh, we want two new figures, two new costumes.’ It very much flows with the story that Joss is creating.”
Opens May 1, 2015
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2
“Amazing Spider-Man 2” actor Dane DeHaan spoke with Digital Spy about his upcoming role as Harry Osborn and the character’s arc through the film.
“When you first meet Harry he’s just graduated from high school, and he has to come back to New York to help deal with Oscorp, and its legacy, and his father [Norman Osborn, played by Chris Cooper],” DeHaan told Digital Spy. “He also sees Peter Parker for the first time in a long time; they were childhood friends. So it’s really about Harry having a friendship with Peter and an allegiance to Peter, but also being the heir apparent to Oscorp, and having to deal with that.
“It’s becoming very obvious that all of these villains are originating from within Oscorp, in one way or the other. There are things that Harry feels he owes Peter, and things he needs from Peter, there are things he feels he needs from Spider-Man, and then there’s his responsibility to Oscorp. It’s a very complicated storyline, really cool and dynamic.”
Meanwhile, the film’s Social Toaster campaign has released a new image of Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy.
Opens May 2
The first report of Paul Rudd in the “Ant-Man” suit doesn’t actually come from anybody directly involved in the project. No, the first impressions of Rudd’s Ant-Man come from the actor’s frequent collaborator Judd Apatow.
“I’ve already seen [Rudd suited up] in our personal lives together, but I’m super excited for him,” said Apatow. “There’s nothing more fun than being allowed into that Marvel world and to see Paul kick ass. I’m ready. It’s about time.”
Opens July 31, 2015
Yahoo! TV has posted two stills from the upcoming pilot for FX’s “The Strain.” Check ’em out below.
Red Carpet TV spoke with upcoming “The Crow” actor Luke Evans about the remake, who stated the production team plans to go back to basics: the original graphic novel.
“We just want to be as authentic and loyal to the original comic as possible. That means the story will be different to what people are expecting. It’s not about ripping off the Brandon Lee movie. That stands alone as a brilliant piece of cult film and a great performance. But we’re going back to the book, the original book, and that’s exciting because we’re bringing to the screen a lot of parts of the story that were never told. It’s our chance to do it differently, but be as loyal and respectful of the original storyline as we possibly can.”
The third series of “Sherlock” is set to air later this month in the States, but the final episode debuts on BBC this weekend. While Benedict Cumberbatch previously confirmed that there would be a fourth series, Radio Times has posted quotes from co-creator Steven Moffat, who revealed he and Mark Gatiss have plotted out through series five.
“Rather excitingly, Mark and I, for no particular reason, we just got out of the rain and sat at the top of the [Sherlock] production bus… and we just started plotting out what we could do in the future,” Moffat said at a special screening of the series three finale. “And we plotted out the whole of series four and five. So we have got plans — but our plans don’t tend to be ‘Let’s blow up the world or cast the most famous person in the world’ they tend to be ‘What exciting twists and turns can we add to this?’ And I think we’ve got some crackers! The ideas we had that day, I thought were the best we’ve ever had.”
Debuts January 19 in the US on PBS.