Every week, we take an in-depth look at the latest Hollywood rumors, from casting chatter to potential directorial choices to the latest TV revivals. This week brought us plenty more speculation, including a possible filming date for the upcoming solo Batman movie and rumors of a monster crossover between two of HBO’s biggest shows. Below, check out the five biggest rumors coming out of Hollywood this week.
1. Westworld could get a Game of Thrones crossover
Could HBO’s two epic dramas, Game of Thrones and Westworld, eventually cross paths? In a recent interview, Westworld co-developer Jonathan Nolan revealed that Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin once actually pitched the idea of a crossover between the shows to him and co-creator, Lisa Joy. And though nothing specific seems to be in the works right now, Nolan didn’t exactly rule out the possibility.
“He’s a lovely guy and a stunning writer and it’s flattering he would encourage a crossover. We should be so lucky,” he told Entertainment Weekly.
Many logistical and creative obstacles would have to be worked out before any such event could take place, so it likely wouldn’t happen all that soon — especially since Westworld is only at the very beginning of its first season. Still, it seems the possibility is out there for fans to start speculating over.
2. The Batman solo movie could start filming this spring
Warner Bros. has yet to announce an official release date for Ben Affleck‘s solo Batman movie, but it may be moving along faster than we initially thought. Joe Manganiello, who is set to play the villainous Deathstroke in the film, recently told Entertainment Tonight that production on the movie is expected to begin as early as spring 2017. If that’s the case, that means audiences can likely expect the movie to open in late 2018 or early to mid 2019.
But don’t get too excited just yet. Earlier this month, Affleck suggested that he was still working out the budget for the film. It remains to be seen whether Manganiello’s estimated start date is accurate. Warner Bros. hasn’t confirmed or denied his comments.
3. Kevin Costner might star in Molly’s Game
Costner may be the latest A-list name to join the cast of Aaron Sorkin’s upcoming directorial debut, Molly’s Game. According to Deadline, the actor is in talks to join Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba on the project. Negotiations are still ongoing and a deal hasn’t been officially closed yet, but if Costner chooses to sign on, he could reportedly play the father of Chastain’s titular character, Molly.
Filming is scheduled to kick off next month, so Costner will have to make a decision soon, with more casting announcements expected to follow.
4. Deadpool 2 may feature one of these actresses as Domino
Mutant mercenary Domino will join Deadpool in his next adventure, but who will play the character? Though casting for the role has yet to be officially announced, Fox has reportedly narrowed down its candidates to a shortlist of 10 actresses. According to Collider, this list includes Lizzy Caplan, Marry Elizabeth Winstead, Sienna Miller, Sofia Boutella, Stephanie Sigman, and Sylvia Hooks. Mackenzie Davis, Ruby Rose, Eve Hewson, and Kelly Rohrbach are also reportedly in the running.
The studio has yet to comment on the speculation, so it remains to be seen whether one of these names will nab the coveted role. Deadpool 2 is expected to start filming sometime in early 2017.
5. James Gunn wants a Guardians of the Galaxy spinoff for Nebula
While answering a fan’s question on Twitter, Guardians of the Galaxy director, James Gunn suggested that there’s one character from the franchise whom he’d like to see get her own solo spinoff above all the others: Nebula, the daughter of Thanos and adopted sister of Gamora played by Karen Gillan.
So could it happen? While there’s no doubt that Gunn’s opinion is held in high regard at Marvel, it’d be a surprise to see the idea green-lit anytime soon. Marvel’s slate is currently planned through 2020, with its first female-fronted solo superhero movie — Captain Marvel — not set to hit theaters until 2019.
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