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COMIC REEL: Reynolds, Ritter & Cumberbatch Land Lead Marvel Roles; “Flash” Promo Debuts Firestorm

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COMIC REEL: Reynolds, Ritter & Cumberbatch Land Lead Marvel Roles; “Flash” Promo Debuts Firestorm

DEADPOOL

Judging by a report from Deadline and a tweet from Ryan Reynolds, it looks like the actor will be reprising his role as Deadpool in the character’s upcoming solo film. Reynolds took to Twitter yesterday afternoon and, well, all but confirmed his involvement.

Opens February 12, 2016

DOCTOR STRANGE

Marvel has finally confirmed that Benedict Cumberbatch will pay Doctor Strange in the Sorcerer Supreme’s upcoming feature film. The casting was first reported way back in October before the deal was finalized. Cumberbatch has even denied and downplayed his involvement in the month since. The deal is now finalized, and Cumberbatch will be Doctor Strange.

“Stephen Strange’s story requires an actor capable of great depth and sincerity,” said Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige in the announcement. “In 2016, Benedict will show audiences what makes Doctor Strange such a unique and compelling character.”

Opens November 4, 2016

THE FLASH

A new Canadian promo for the “Flash’s” midseason finale, titled “The Man in the Yellow Suit,” has been released. While it may not be as epic as the one released by the CW, it does feature the first footage of Firestorm (Robbie Amell) in action.

Airs Tuesdays on the CW

JESSICA JONES

After being mentioned as a frontrunner for the role last month, The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Krysten Ritter will star as the super-powered private eye Jessica Jones in the character’s upcoming Netflix series. Ritter was previously seen in the TV shows “Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt. 23,” where she played the titular “B,” and as Jesse Pinkman’s girlfriend in the second season of “Breaking Bad.”

Deadline went a step further and reported that Ritter landed the role after doing a read through with actor Mike Colter, who is now assumed to be Marvel’s lead choice for Luke Cage.

LUKE CAGE

While Deadline merely suggested that Colter is Marvel’s choice for Luke Cage, Terry Crews just flat-out congratulated the actor on the gig on his WhoSay page.

Terry Crews, who can currently be seen on the Fox sitcom “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” has been very vocal in the past about his desire to play Luke Cage.

THE WALKING DEAD

Proving that non-Marvel projects can also cast actors in roles, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Cliff Curtis has joined AMC’s “Walking Dead” spinoff in a lead role. The “Gang Related” actor will play divorced teacher Sean Cabrera. While no actress has yet been cast as co-lead Nancy Tomkins, the roles of the character’s two children have been filled by Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam Carey.

Airs Sundays on AMC

WONDER WOMAN

According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Pan” screenwriter Jason Fuchs is in negotiations to write “Wonder Woman.” If hired, Fuchs will join director Michelle MacLaren and lead actor Gal Gadot in bringing DC’s Amazon to the big screen for the first time.

Rumored to open on June 23, 2017

X-MEN: APOCALYPSE

IGN has an interview with new X-Villain Oscar Isaac where the actor talks about playing Apocalypse. He mentioned that he’s already met with director Bryan Singer to discuss the villain’s motivation and point of view.

“In the early conversations we talked a lot about that,” said Isaac. “Of course, you read the comic book, and [Apocalypse is] not so shaded with gray — except his face. [Laughs] That’s the only thing gray about him… Just as Bryan’s done with the other films, I think he seeks to find something a little more interesting than the archetypal aspects of the characters, which work really well in print, but for a film I think you want to see a bit more of the — for lack of a better word — humanity in [Apocalypse]; because ultimately this is a story about humans.”

Isaac also touched on whether or not fans should expect to see Apocalypse’s number one creation, Archangel, in the film. “He’s a great actor,” Isaac said of Ben Foster, who played Angel in “X-Men: The Last Stand.” “I don’t really know how they’re going to put all that together or exactly what characters, or how that’s going to work, but I know Angel and Archangel in particular were some of my favorite characters in that storyline [from the “X-Factor” series]. That was such a cool and dark storyline. I think that would be a cool thing to see on film.”

Opens May 27, 2016

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