5 Hollywood Rumors: Is Crossbones Returning to the MCU?
Every week, we take an in-depth look at the latest Hollywood rumors, from casting speculation to potential directorial choices to the latest TV revivals. This week brought us plenty more gossip, including the latest on the upcoming Justice League movie, the possible return of a fan favorite character to the MCU, and the rumored ending to Comedy Central‘s Workaholics. Below, check out the five biggest rumors coming out of Hollywood this week.
1. Crossbones may return to the MCU
Though Brock Rumlow/Crossbones (Frank Grillo) may have survived his encounter with Steve Rogers aka Captain America at the end of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, he didn’t make it very far into Captain America: Civil War. The character met his demise shortly after the movie began by detonating a suicide belt with the intention of killing Captain America, along with himself. His plan failed when he was thrown through the air by the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), causing the death of several innocent people and himself. Or at least, that’s how it looked.
Now, Grillo is hinting that Crossbones may not really be gone for good. “You think he dies, don’t you? Did you see the body?” the actor teased to ABC News. “That happened last time. I’m not saying anything except that … you didn’t see a body.”
Hmm… it certainly sounds like Grillo is suggesting a possible return and the MCU is pretty well-known for employing fake-outs when it comes to character deaths. Then again, coming back from a literal explosion may be a stretch, even for Marvel. Fans will have to stay tuned to see whether Crossbones will really resurface in future movies. In the meantime, Captain America: Civil War will be available on Blu-ray/DVD on September 13, 2016.
2. True Blood might be headed to Broadway
True Blood could be getting a second life on the stage. According to the New York Post, HBO is in early talks to revive its vampire drama as a Broadway musical adaptation. Tony-nominated director Pam MacKinnon has reportedly workshopped an initial draft written by YA author Elizabeth Scott. The show’s composer Nathan Barr will reportedly make the music, but series creator Alan Ball is rumored to be overseeing the whole production.
HBO has yet to comment on the speculation, so it remains to be seen whether the project is really in development. If so, it may be a while before the series comes to the stage: According to the post, the script is in need of major editing, with the first act alone currently at a reported 132 pages.
3. The Justice League may have cast its villain
It was previously confirmed that the upcoming Justice League movie will feature the character of Steppenwolf as the main antagonist. The villainous character, who made his debut in the comics in 1971 and is the uncle to Darkseid, is known as the greatest warrior in Apokolips. While casting for the character has not yet been officially announced, new speculation suggests that a candidate may already be in place.
Per the latest rumor, Game of Thrones actor Charles Dance is currently Warner Bros.’ frontrunner to take on the part of Steppenwolf in the upcoming team-up movie. According to CinemaBlend, the casting speculation surfaced on a Twitter account, Wayne Enterprises. While Dance would make a strong choice for the role, the account is unaffiliated with DC Comics or Warner Bros., so it’s important to take the possibility with a big grain of salt. Either way, fans will likely find out who will take over the role sooner rather than later, as the studio is reportedly close to finding someone for the part.
4. Workaholics may end after Season 7
With Season 7 currently in development, Comedy Central’s Workaholics is the second longest-running scripted series on the network — pretty impressive, considering the entire premise revolves around three stoner best friends. But it looks like the end is finally in sight. When asked how long the show will continue, star Adam Devine suggested that the upcoming seventh season will also be its last.
“This is it, we think. We’ve talked as a group. We kind of think now’s a good time to put it to bed,” he told EW.
But in the era of reboots and revivals, that doesn’t mean that it’ll necessarily be done forever. “We’re trying to at least take a lengthy break from it. We’re saying it’s the last season, for now,” co-star Blake Anderson said.
Comedy Central has yet to comment on the future of Workaholics. Season 7 of the comedy will likely air in early 2017.
5. Saw 8 may be coming sooner than you think
The last Saw film debuted six years ago, but the franchise may soon be making a comeback. According to the horror site Bloody-Disgusting, the eighth movie in the horror series, reportedly dubbed Saw: Legacy, will start filming this fall. If the report is accurate, the movie is expected to film between September 12 and October 21. A director has not yet been announced, but franchise producers Dan Heffner and Oren Koules are reportedly set to remain on board. Lionsgate Entertainment, which distributes the horror franchise, has yet to comment on the speculation.