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 Star Wars: Episode VIII and the rumored villains for the upcoming sequels to Thor and Guardians of the Galaxy. Below, check out five of the biggest Hollywood rumors this week.
1.Thor: Ragnarok‘s female villain will be Hela
While details on the upcoming Thor sequel have been kept largely under wraps, a new rumor from Geek.com claims to reveal the identity of the movie’s main antagonist. According to the publication, the film’s villainess will be Hela, the Asgardian goddess of death who rules over Hel and Niffleheim. Per the report, the character will be true to the comics, “complete with her cloak and power over the dead souls of the Nine Realms” and will reportedly travel to Asgard to work alongside Loki (Tom Hiddleston).
Cate Blanchett is in talks to play the female villain, although a deal has reportedly not been secured yet. Marvel has yet to confirm any details regarding the role.
2. Star Wars: Episode VIII is getting a rewrite
Earlier this week, Disney announced that the premiere of the sequel to Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been pushed back from May 26, 2017 to December 15, 2017. No specific reason was given, but speculation is that the screenplay (from Rian Johnson) is undergoing a few minor rewrites as a result of the reactions to The Force Awakens. Per Meet the Movie Press, Johnson is rewriting parts of screenplay in order to downplay the roles of the two new female characters that were expected to be introduced in the movie. According to the report, Lucasfilm and Johnson decided to make the alteration after seeing how taken fans were with Rey in The Force Awakens. As a result, they want to focus more time developing her and the other recently introduced characters instead of continuing to bring in more new faces.
3. The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 villain will be Ego
According to Geek.com, sources close to production have revealed that Ego the Living Planet will be making an appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. For those who don’t know, Ego is exactly what his name implies and probably one of Marvel’s strangest and most unique characters ever. The planetoic creature began life in the Black Galaxy, where it evolved and developed organic attributes — like a brain. He’s giant, intelligent, and — as a consequence of his own ego — quite dangerous and has battled against Marvel heroes for decades, including Thor.
Again, all of this remains unconfirmed, so take it with a grain of salt for now. Still, Ego would undeniably be a unique addition to the Guardians crew.
4. HBO’s Westworld is in trouble
As HBO confirmed this week, production on the TV adaptation of the futuristic theme park thriller has shut down for the time being. The network said the break is only temporary, releasing this statement: “As we head into the final phase of production on Westworld, we’ve made the decision to take a brief hiatus in order to get ahead of the writing.”
But according to reports, the show is actually having some pretty serious problems behind-the-scenes. Per Entertainment Weekly, there have been multiple cast changes, delays, and story rewrites, and showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy are struggling “to figure out the best way to pull off the highly ambitious sci-fi drama.”
Whatever the case is, the show is still expected to premiere in 2016 as of now, with filming set to resume in March.
5. Captain America: Civil War will put the lives of these three heroes in jeopardy
We’ve already heard plenty of death rumors about the upcoming Civil War, including speculation that both Peggy Carter and Captain America himself will die. But according to the latest rumors, three other Avengers could be facing doomed fates as well. Scarlet Witch, The Falcon, and War Machine are all rumored to have filmed death scenes for the upcoming movie, although only one of them will reportedly actually lose their life in the final version. So who will really die and who are just acting as red herrings? Stay tuned to find out.