X-MEN ORIGINS: FIRST CLASS
It's official. As we reported yesterday here at CBR, Matthew Vaughn is directing the film. The film also has a release date and quick turnaround. "Kick-Ass" collaborator Mark Millar suggests the speed at which Fox wants the film was attractive to the director. "What's great is that they've worked out a way for him to do it exactly The way he wants to and incredibly quickly, The entire turnaround on The project being nine months, Spielberg-style, so he can get it out next June. Totally crazy, but also cool," writes Millar. According to Heat Vision, casting for the film may have already begun via producer Bryan Singer's other film "Jack the Giant Killer". "Word among the Hollywood community is that Singer has been using 'Giant Killer's' casting process as an opportunity to look for potential X-Men, vetting actors who may be qualified to play a young Cyclops or young Jean Grey," they write.
Release date: June 3rd, 2011
Comic Book Movie has another photo scoop, this time revealing the main building of Ferris Aircraft:
Meanwhile, Empire hosted a webchat with actor Mark Strong. Asked to reveal one line of dialogue, Strong responded, "I haven't started shooting Green Lantern yet. If I were to do that, I might get shot myself. 'Hello Hal' is a safe bet."
Starring Ryan Reynolds, release date: June 17th, 2011
KICK-ASS 2: BALLS TO THE WALL
The press release for Mark Millar's new magazine, CLiNT, mentions "'Kick-Ass 2: Balls To The Wall' has been scheduled for production in 2011 for a 2012 cinema release, but fans of the first movie can find out what happens two years in advance by picking up CLiNT." Presumably, Vaughn will pick this up after "First Class."
Release date: 2012?
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER
Also official: Hugo Weaving is the Red Skull. Though we reported on the actor being in talks to play the part sometime ago, Marvel only confirmed the casting yesterday, as we reported here at CBR. While those "in talks" announcements are generally as good as confirmation, the talks occasionally do not work out, such as last summer when Nicholas Cage dropped out of "The Green Hornet." Marvel's press release also clarified the title, which previously had the phrase "The First Avenger" as the main title. Meanwhile, Jon Favreau tells MTV News that Howard Stark (and actor John Slattery) will appear in the film:
Starring Chris Evans, release date: July 22nd, 2011
THE WALKING DEAD
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Laurie Holden has been cast as Andrea. "Holden was in writer-producer-director [Frank] Darabont's "The Mist" and had a recurring role in the final season of FX's 'The Shield,'" they write. With this, Darabont has cast to the lead female roles, which he mentioned still needed doing a few weeks ago. The article also mentioned newcomer Steven Yeun will play Glenn.
THE GREEN HORNET
Collider has a video interview with director Michel Gondry about his new film, "The Thorn in the Heart," but also asks him a number of questions about 3D and "The Green Hornet."
Staring Seth Rogen, release date: January 14th, 2011
IRON MAN 2
Time for some press round up. Ain't It Cool News spoke with director Jon Favreau about the film and other topics, including 3D conversion. "I was very adamant about not converting 'Iron Man 2.' It wasn't designed to be 3D. I think maybe someday when the technology catches up for conversion, when I'm a little bit more convinced that it can be done effectively," says Favreau. Collider and screenwriter Justin Theroux. "The truth is it would be nice to think that, you know, all the writers got together from 'Thor' and 'Captain America' and 'Avengers' and we all sat around and plotted out 10 movies in a row.Â But you just can't do that in these movies. You have to ... there has to be a certain amount of tossing thread out in front of you for someone else to catch so that they can then run with it," he says of the cross-over aspect and the various easter eggs in the films. Finally, Reelz Channel has an interview with Mickey Rourke (featuring a few moments with Robert Downey Jr.):