New casting news abound for Joss Whedon’s “S.H.I.E.L.D.” pilot! Elizabeth Henstridge has been cast as Agent Gemma Simmons, science whiz, while Iain De Caestecker will take on the role of Agent Leo Fitz, technology guru. The actors will join Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson and Ming-Na as Agent Melinda May for the pilot, which is rumored to begin shooting in January.
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2
Andrew Garfield has recently popped up online speaking about the “Amazing Spider-Man” sequel — including an appearance on the Ellen Show, where he revealed the film will begin shooting in February.
E! Online spoke with Garfield, who further revealed that there will likely be a redesign of the costume and that he takes playing Spider-Man very seriously.
“It is a responsibility to play that role, and I don’t take it lightly,” he told E! Online. “I think there’s so much to explore with that mythology and within the tension between living a double life, struggling with being good, struggling with choosing good behavior over bad behavior, with the pressures of a city on your shoulders.”
Finally, “The Amazing Spider-Man” Facebook Page posted this video of Marc Webb and Stan Lee teasing what’s to come in the sequel.
Opens May 2, 2014
THOR: THE DARK WORLD
GQ spoke with Tom Hiddleston about his role as Loki in “Thor: The Dark World” and the challenges of following the events of “The Avengers.”
“He’s certainly eaten humble pie,” Hiddleston said of his character. “The springboard for us in the second ‘Thor’ film is at the end of ‘Avengers’ you see Thor and Loki beamed up back to Asgard. The first question that we all asked was ‘what happens next? What does Odin have to say about the events of Avengers? What’s Jane Foster been up to while she wasn’t involved?’ It’s really exciting, actually. We’re literally half way through — we started at the start of August and we should be finished by Christmas. It’s going beautifully.”
Opens November 8, 2013
While there’s not much new footage here — save for one shot of The Huntress in action — the CW has posted a new promo for “Arrow.”
Also, “Fringe” actor Seth Gabel, who played Lincoln Lee on the show, has been cast in “Arrow” as a character loosely based on the DC Comics supervillain Count Vertigo. The character is slated to debut in early 2013.
Airs Wednesdays on the CW.
Here’s a new clip/preview of Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained.”
Opens December 25
FOOTBALL AND THE PRINCESS BRIDE
Here’s something hilarious — Buzzfeed has posted a round up of more than a dozen references to “The Princess Bride” during ESPN NFL Kickoff last Friday. Not only is it hilarious, the references are actually pretty impressive. Check it out here.