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 of the sort. 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 has been pulsating throughout the Web this week:
1. Eva Green, Sean Bean to appear in Wonder Woman?
Zulal Serrano, of iDigitalTimes, reported this week that plot-related information was leaked about Wonder Woman, which will star Gal Gadot and is slated for release in 2017. Serrano’s October 26 article writes that Joblo has reported that Wonder Woman will be a prequel to the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and will take place in modern day and World War I. Serrano writes that the movie will include “mythological elements from the Wonder Woman lore.”
Teaming up with Steve Rodgers, the duo will have to eradicate the villains in the contemporary setting. The seemingly dynamic characters that have been reported on thus far, that will be the villains, include Circe, the sorceress, and Ares, the God of War. Each, according to Serrano, have “mythological creatures at their disposal.” Serrano’s report delves deeper into the Joblo report, saying that the film will feature Ares mobilizing an “army” of beasts to take down Wonder Woman before she can take down Circe.
Most importantly, some casting rumors have emanated from this report. Serrano writes that according to the production team, Eva Green and Sean Bean are the top choices to play the film’s villains. Each have had their share of adversarial roles — Green in 300: Rise of an Empire, and Bean in Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (although he eventually comes around here), to name a couple of films. Serrano concludes by mentioning that Warner Bros. has not confirmed the rumors.
2. Pacific Rim 2: Script submitted; is it on hold?
In an October 29 IGN article, Alex Osborn writes that Pacific Rim director Guillermo del Toro (who has his latest film, Crimson Peak, in theaters right now) has submitted the script and budget for the sequel to Pacific Rim. While the project is in flux right now, Del Toro has confirmed with IGN that it has not been “scrapped.”
In Del Toro’s October 29 tweet, he writes,
PACIFIC RIM 2: Budget and script went in. No answers yet. If anything happens, I will post. If nothing happens, I will just keep rambling.
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) October 29, 2015
There were plenty of rumors earlier in the year to suggest that Pacific Rim 2 may not ever happen, as at first it was on indefinite hold and then possibly cancelled. However, Del Toro dropped hints about the possible sequel, saying that he would love to see Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams (who plays Arya Stark) inside a Jaeger. The original film was released in July 2013, on a $190 million budget. It earned $411 million worldwide.
3. Black Sails to return with a vengeance in Season 3
A YouTube video was placed on the Starz Channel account last week, outlining the groundwork for Black Sails Season 3. The first two seasons were marked by increasing tension, and violence, that gripped Nassau as the pirates there passed the leadership of the place back and forth like a hot potato.
Now, however, there looms a larger, more formal threat: the English empire.
In the video, Luke Arnold (John Silver) says that, “We’ve just burned Charles Town to the ground. We’ve taken all this gold from the Spanish.”
Charles Vane (Zach McGowan) and Jack Rackham (Toby Schmitz) are shown huddling around the Spanish gold. Vane says holding the gold, on English territory, “demands a response.”
The formidable English mount an offensive against the island in Season 3, which will be led by provincial governor Woodes Rogers (Luke Roberts), who will demand the assistance of Eleanor Guthrie (Hannah New) in navigating the island, and who plans on “returning commerce” to the place. In the video, Black Sails Co-Creator and Executive Producer Jonathan E. Steinberg says that the threat from England to Nassau is “real” and “has a face.”
Black Sails will return in January 2016.
4. Suicide Squad costumes revealed in Empire Magazine
— Empire Magazine (@empiremagazine) October 30, 2015
This week, Empire Magazine released its Suicide Squad cover pages, and the cast is continuing to impress, probably most notably Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn.
Robbie’s cover on the magazine shows her character (Quinn) sporting a “Daddy’s Little Monster” T-shirt, faded blue eyeliner, a leather collar around her neck, and other quirky accessories. She’s also holding a glamorous baseball bat and a bejeweled handgun. Let’s not forget the low-cut shorts and patterned stockings, either.
Other Squad costumes on Empire’s cover pages have also been garnering attention, especially Jared Leto as the joker (who wears a purple trench coat, Arkham Asylum sweats, and slicked-back green hair).
The film, directed by David Ayer, is set for release on August 5, 2016. It also stars Will Smith as Deadshot, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag, Jai Courtney as Boomerang, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc, Karen Fukuhara as Katana, Jay Hernandez as Diablo, and Adam Beach as Slipknot.
— Margot Robbie (@MargotRobbie) May 3, 2015
5. There will be a Bad Santa 2
Today, Dirk Libbey of CinemaBlend is reporting that Billy Bob Thornton may be back at it as Willie Stokes in a Bad Santa sequel. Libbey notes that Variety has reported Thornton “is on board and principal photography is set to begin in January.” A sequel has been a longstanding rumor, and Libbey writes that in 2014, Thornton said they were just waiting on a final script, although there was the same sentiment in 2012.
The original film, released in November 2003, grossed $76.5 million and became something of a cult classic. Although a few members of the original cast have since passed away — John Ritter and Bernie Mac — it will be interesting to see who returns.
Thornton currently stars as Pat Candy in the quirky political film Our Brand Is Crisis. He also starred as Lorne Malvo in the first season of Fargo and is attached to David E. Kelley’s project The Trial (Amazon).
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