Cameras are rolling on the “Spider-Man 2” movie (a.k.a “The
Amazing Spider-Man”). Aint-It-Cool-News
snagged a photo from the set featuring Peter Parker and Dr. Curtis Conners.
Character actor Dylan Baker is playing professor to Tobey Maguire’s Parker.
Baker has a long filmography and can currently be seen in the TV sitcom
“The Pitts” (which lives up to its name). “Spider-Man 2”
would only feature Conners in one-armed doctor form. The character will not
transform into the Lizard in this installment.
AICN also reports Donna Murphy is set to play Rosalie Octavius although that
casting has not been verified.
A few weeks back word came out in the trades that Sony was eying Jake
Gyllenhaal (“Moonlight Mile”) to possibly replace Maguire in the
sequel. Some fans poo-pooed the report as mere rumor. However, today’s Variety
features an interesting account of what happened in the behind-the-scenes power
struggle between the studio and the rising star.
The report indicates that the studio was becoming increasingly unhappy with
Maguire’s behavior in the pre-production of the movie and they felt that the
star’s reported back problems were being used as a bargaining chip to leverage
the actor’s demands.
What were those demands? The article is not specific. Supposedly any money
issues were resolved in February. However, the studio decided to push back and
told Maguire they would make the movie without him. Apparently Sony went as far
as to extend an offer to Gyllenhaal.
Following that, the disagreements with Maguire were quickly smoothed over and
the star was back in the picture.
Maguire is reportedly seeking new representation in the wake of the
career-scare, in spite of the fact that his previous agents bagged him a $17
million salary for “Spider-Man 2” and worked out the cricks in his
X2: X-MEN UNITED
it under the heading of “What the,” but Twentieth Century Fox says
that the official title of the “X-Men” sequel is now “X2: X-Men
United.” No word as to why the sudden title change, but the new heading can
be seen on trailers and TV commercials rolling out now.
And if you needed a new poster for the film, check out this new one dug up by
“X2: X-Men United” opens in theaters on May 2.
Will Sean Connery be cast in the “King Conan: Crown of Iron”
Arnold Fans reports and IGN
Filmforce confirms that writer-director John Milius wrote a part in the new
script just for Connery. The part is said to be “Alba Metallus Fortunas,
Conan’s commander and tyrannical Emperor.”
However, actually having Connery in the movie is by no means close to
happening. The movie seems to be snagged in the depths of development hell and,
if it does get made, there’s no telling if Connery will actually be offered or
accept the role.