5 Hollywood Rumors: Are Johnny Depp and Tom Hanks Teaming Up?

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Every week, we take an in-depth look at the latest rumors coming out of Hollywood, from casting news to rumored directorial choices to the latest TV revivals. This week brought us plenty more gossip, including the latest on the next season of American Horror Story and the new rumored update on Netflix’s Iron Fist series. Below, check out five of the biggest Hollywood rumors this week.

1. American Horror Story may focus on Slender Man next season

Source: FX

Source: FX

Ryan Murphy and the other AHS producers are reportedly considering making Slender Man the main villain for the show‘s next season. The meme originated in 2009, with a drawing of tall suited man with no face and spindly hands who preys on children. It has since made worldwide headlines as the focal figure of what’s now known as the 2014 Wisconsin “Slender Man stabbing.”

According to Us Weekly, someone wrote a script centered on the creepy figure, and AHS is hoping to buy the rights. Nothing has been confirmed as of now, so fans will have to wait to see if the character does become the center of the next season.

The report also claims that FX is working hard to bring back Lady Gaga, who won a Golden Globe for her role as “The Countess” in AHS: Hotel.

2. Darth Vader may get more brutal in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Source: LucasFilm

Source: LucasFilm

According to recent reports from JoBlo, Darth Vader will not only appear in the upcoming Star Wars films, but he will also have an even bigger role than expected. Making Star Wars seemed to back up that rumor, recently confirming that Vader will have several action sequences in Rogue One. The site also indicates that Vader will be much more violent in his killing methods this time. Per Making Star Wars, sources close to the movie say that storyboard pitches show Vader dismembering Rebels using his lightsaber and using the Force to levitate bodies as human shields. If true, this will likely be the most brutal Vader we have seen so far.

3. Johnny Depp and Tom Hanks may be teaming up

John Phillips/Getty Images

John Phillips/Getty Images

According to a report from Variety, Johnny Depp and Tom Hanks are both looking to join the movie Triple Frontier. The crime thriller has been in the works for quite a while, with. J.C. Chandor, the director behind All Is Lost and A Most Violent Year, now set to helm the film. While details about the natures of their potential roles haven’t been specified, Variety reports that an offer has been extended to Hanks while Depp is still in talks. Neither actor has officially signed on to the film yet.

4. Marvel’s Iron Fist might share a writer with Jessica Jones

Source: Twitter

Source: Twitter

Marvel and Netflix have revealed barely anything about the upcoming Iron Fist series, but Jessica Jones writer and producer Scott Reynolds may have just revealed that he’s involved his in the developing show. Per ComicBook.com, Reynolds recently updated his Twitter profile so that it read “Iron Fist writer and former Jessica Jones … writer.” Fans quickly noticed and buzz about his possible particilation started swirling. Reynolds has apparently since changed his profile back, though the change was caught in a screen grab, seen above. Marvel and Netflix have yet to comment, so take this one with a grain of salt for now.

5. Hulk might get involved in Thor: Ragnarok in this very weird way

The Hulk in 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'

Source: Marvel

Thor: Ragnarok is still over a year away from its premiere, but the rumors just keep on coming. The latest, from Geek.com, claims to reveal how exactly the Hulk enters the upcoming movie. As fans know, the big green guy took off for unknown destinations at the end of the Avengers sequel. This new report suggests that Thor will cross paths with him again on an unfamiliar planet in the outer reaches of space. Apparently, the mighty god will find himself there after Cate Blanchett’s rumored villain, Hela, destroys his hammer and exiles him. When he reaches the planet, Thor is apparently forced to fight to the death with an opponent. That opponent just happens to be — you guessed it — the Hulk, who has yet to turn back into Bruce Banner.

We’ll have to stay tuned to see if these rumors come to fruition, but it certainly sounds like an interesting way to bring Hulk into the picture.

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