Casting is complete on “The Punisher” according to today’s Hollywood
Reporter. Seven new members have joined the cast of the movie, which begins
filming in Tampa next week.
Samantha Mathis (“Harsh Realm”) is set
to play Amanda Castle, Frank Castle’s tough and beautiful wife.
(“The Mothman Prophecies”) is on board as Leonard Glass, the
right-hand man of villain Howard Saint.
(“Felicity”) will play Saint’s son, John Saint.
(“Peak Experience”) will play the evil assassin Harry Heck.
comic John Pinette (“Duets”) appears as Frank’s neighbor Mr. Bumpo.
Jemison (“Ocean’s Eleven”) will play Nicky Duka, with Russell Andrews
(“The In-Laws”) starring as FBI agent Jimmy Weeks.
The actors join
the previously announced cast members, which include Thomas Jane (“Deep
Blue Sea”) in the title role, John Travolta (“Basic”) as villain
Howard Saint, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos (“X2”) as neighbor Joan, Laura
Harring (“Mulholland Drive”) as Saint’s vengeful wife Ivia and Ben
Foster (“Big Trouble”) as Spacker Dave.
“What’s terrific about
this cast is that they are all distinguished actors,” Marvel Studios vice
president Ari Arad said. “It almost feels like an indie cast rather than a
big, exciting action movie.”
Allison Mack at Comic-Con International
reports that a series of two to three minute “Smallville” shorts are
being filmed as content for users of Verizon cell phones. Casting sides for the
shorts reveal that they’ll tie in with the “Smallville” season
premiere, take place in Metropolis, and feature Maggie Sawyer, Daily Planet
editor Max Taylor. One will even focus on Chloe Sullivan.
CONAN: CROWN OF IRON
Inside sources tell IGN
FilmForce that development continues on the “King Conan: Crown of
Iron” revival. Director John Milius and star Arnold Schwarzenegger
allegedly remain committed to the project.
However, delays on the film are attributed to a creative struggle between the
aforementioned pair and The Wachowski brothers, who are acting as creative
consultants on the film. Apparently the conflicting visions for the movie, along
with the fact that the Wachowskis are still neck deep in “Matrix”
sequels and spin-offs are slowing things down.
Schwarzenegger is said to be hot for The Rock (“The Scorpion King”)
to take the reins as Kon, Conan’s son.
CHANCE FOR G.I.JOE FAN ART!
has teamed up with Devil’s
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We’re looking for a few good pencil and ink gurus to work up a faux cover for
the “G.I. Joe” comic. The top three entries will be published in the
pages of upcoming Devil’s Due comics.
Time is running out! Entries must be in by July 25th. Click over to the Comics2Film.com
website for complete details and official rules. Then draw that cover!
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