Every week we tap into Hollywood’s psyche, or give it our best shot, to give readers an in-depth look at the latest rumors, casting updates, and other entertainment beats. Everything you read has been incubating in the Hollywood world, and now it’s time to share it with you, Cheat Sheet readers. So, at long last, here is what’s been bouncing around the Internet this week.
1. Did NYCC hint that Jon Snow will be resurrected?
This week, New York Comic Con (NYCC) held a “Game of Thrones: A Panel of Ice and Fire” session with the cast of the hit television show. Present for a Q&A were Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell), Finn Jones (Ser Loras Tyrell), and Keisha Castle-Hughes (Obara Sand). The actors, of course, discussed their characters, and dropped some hints on what to expect in season six.
According to Ajay Kumar of Geek.com, “There weren’t many spoilers dropped, but we got a good sense of some of the major conflicts we should look forward to.” In season five, the conflict/dynamic between Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) and Margaery heightened quite quickly, especially in the season’s waning episodes. Cersei is out of the hands of the High Sparrow now, but she was utterly humiliated during her “walk of shame.” She’s also been charged with incest and fornication.
Dormer’s character, on the other hand, is not in the clear either. She had charges brought against her of perjury to protect her brother, Ser Loras, who is charged with homosexuality. So, what does this mean for Margaery and Cersei? Could it be a possible alliance — between two people who are fiercely, categorically opposed to one another?
According to Kumar, at the NYCC Q&A, Dormer said, “Margaery is trying to be Cersei. She wants to have a child that will end up on the Iron Throne.” Kumar continues, “One possibility that Dormer suggested is that the two may ally against the Faith, [for she said], ‘My enemy’s enemy is my friend…maybe.'”
But, the biggest spoiler dropped during the panel, according to Kumar, came from Castle-Hughes. She hinted that her character will in fact return next season (for she is a fairly significant factor in the Dornish plot line). Kumar writes that when asked about who her favorite character to work with is, she said she hasn’t gotten the chance to work with Jon Snow yet (her filming is in Spain). Kumar continues, “She was quick to clarify, ‘He’s dead so you couldn’t possibly work with him anymore.’ Yeah, sure he is. Fans of both the book and show are expecting Jon to be alive despite the way last season ended, either by having warged into Ghost or because he’ll be resurrected by Melisandre.”
2. Ron Perlman’s casting in Fantastic Beasts…and why that’s perfect
According to Kelly West of Cinema Blend, Ron Perlman has recently been added to the cast of the upcoming J.K. Rowling-penned film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Perlman joins a handful of other prominent actors who have joined the cast recently, including Jon Voight. Others casted include Gemma Chan, Carmen Ejogo, Katherine Waterston, Ezra Miller, Colin Farrell, Dan Fogler, Samantha Morton, and Alison Sudol.
The Harry Potter spin-off, directed by David Yates (who directed the last four Harry Potter films), will purportedly feature Ron Perlman…as a goblin. West writes, “[The Hollywood Reporter] got the exclusive on the news, stating that Ron Perlman has joined Warner Bros.’ Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which is currently in production in the U.K. THR’s sources go on to say that the actor will play a goblin in the film.”
While not short by any means, Perlman may make for a great goblin — if he can channel some of the ire and fiery nature of his Sons of Anarchy character, Clay Morrow. (This works because the goblins are not the friendliest beings in the Harry Potter cinematic world.)
Perlman is no stranger to special effects, as evidenced in his portrayal of Hellboy in Guillermo del Toro’s films of the same name. He is also no stranger to colorful characters — just look at his filmography: He’s played Hannibal Chau in del Toro’s Pacific Rim, Horus in The Scorpion King 3, Corin in Conan the Barbarian, and Felson in Season of the Witch, to name a few. So, with a bit of makeup and special effects, this “hellish” goblin could be a compelling character.
3. What Danny Boyle has to say about returning to the 28 Days Later franchise
According to Mike Reyes of Cinema Blend, Academy Award-winning director Danny Boyle has recently been asked about returning to the 28 Days Later franchise, a set of films that helped spark his surge in Hollywood. He is currently on press tours for the film, Steve Jobs, which he collaborated on with writer Aaron Sorkin. Reyes writes that Boyle talked with The Playlist on returning to the horror franchise. He said,
“I’ve got no problem [with that]. It’s the usual thing: is it’s not about whether people think it’s a good idea that you’re directing. It’s whether you respond to the script or not.”
The last film in the series was released in 2007 (28 Weeks Later), and since then, Boyle has directed commanding films such as Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours, and now, Steve Jobs. So, ultimately, the decision is left to Boyle on whether to return or not.
According to Reyes, “One could see why he could be reticent to make a creative backslide of sorts and return to the series that helped put him on the map. However, if you really think about it, 28 Months Later could be a sweet homecoming for Danny Boyle.”
Since the series’ first release in 2002, Boyle has garnered increasing name recognition, and now even directs and produces the British drama Babylon on the small screen. He is staying busy, his creative wherewithal taking him from project to project. Yet, wouldn’t it be nice to see a 28 Months Later? (And even better if it were less than 28 months from now?)
4. Detailed photo of Ben Affleck as Batman released
Zack Snyder’s Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice is slated for a March 25, 2016 release. That is a little over five months away. And sure, the trailer has already surfaced, with its drab, rainy shots of Gotham City, and its perfectly electrifying introduction to the characters. Yet, DC fans still haven’t been able to see Batman up close and personal.
That all changed yesterday as photographer Clay Enos released a photograph on his Instagram account of Affleck as Batman. He captioned it: “You asked for it…”
Enos’s photo shows an intricate Batman — sans body armor and with a neatly (retrofitted?) Batmobile. There seems to be guns on it too. Does this mean Bruce Wayne went “no holds barred” in his attempt to tangle with Superman?
Brent McKnight of Cinema Blend writes, “According to what we’ve heard, this is a bit of an older Bruce Wayne, one who has actually been retired from crime fighting for years, though he certainly looks jacked as all hell in this picture. The billionaire industrialist may be a bit on the older side these days, but he’s still apparently in way better shape than most of us will ever be…”
5. A new “horror” from English canon casted in Penny Dreadful
Showtime’s Penny Dreadful is returning for its third season next year. So there’s plenty in store for fans of the show. What can they expect in terms of new, horrifying characters? Well today, Christian Today shed some light on the topic.
In an October 9 article, AC Cantuba wrote, “Dr. Henry Jekyll is the newest literary horror character, created by Robert Louis Stevenson in his book The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, who will join Penny Dreadful. The role will be played by Shazad Latif, who starred in the movie The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.”
Latif is not the only actor to join the cast of the Victorian Gothic horror series. According to Cantuba, the following people are casted:
- Dr. Alexander Sweet (Christian Camargo of Dexter and The Hurt Locker), a zoologist who becomes friends with Vanessa (Eva Green)
- Dr. Seward’s mysterious young secretary (Samuel Barnett of 2012 and Jupiter Ascending)
- Kaetenay (Wes Studi of Hell on Wheels and A Million Ways to Die in the West), the Native American who will form a connection with Ethan (Josh Hartnett) and join Sir Malcom’s (Timothy Dalton) alliance
- Justine (Jessica Barden of The Outcast and Far from the Madding Crowd), the assistant of Lily (Billie Piper) and Dorian Gray
The season three narrative is a bit ambiguous at this point, although Cantuba writes that it may chronicle Ethan’s transformation to a werewolf.
He concludes, “Penny Dreadful season 3 is slated to run for nine episodes and is currently being filmed in Dublin, Ireland.”
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