A Dangerous New Stormtrooper May Appear In Star Wars: Episode VIII

A Dangerous New Stormtrooper May Appear In Star Wars: Episode VIII

Plus, director Scott Garrison is thinking ahead to the Doctor Strange sequel. Some Batman rumours you didn’t know existed get shot down. We have out first look at Orphan Black‘s fifth and final season. Plus The Punisher TV series and Aquaman. Spoilers, ho!

The Batman

An “insider” told The Wrap neither of the al’ Ghuls, that is, Talia and Ra’s, will be in the film, not that we had any reason to expect them to be there.

Star Wars: Episode VIII

A new rumour suggests there will be an extra evil Stormtrooper referred to as “The Executioner”. His helmet will feature “a matte black line that goes over half his mask on one side” and he’ll bear a new weapon that is “not unlike [Finn’s former platoon-mate] FN-2199’s at the handle” but also “has three spinning blades on the end that are said to be like something out of Phantasm“.

[Making Star Wars]

Star Wars: Rogue One

According to Gareth Edwards, Krennic is a more blue-collar version of Grand Moff Tarkin:

It feels like if the Empire ever have a job vacancy, they go to the Royal Shakespeare Company to headhunt people. I like the idea that Ben’s character was much more working-class and rose in the ranks through sheer force of personality and ideas.

[USA Today]


James Wan has some surprisingly generic words on the Aquaman/Mera relationship:

It starts off initially with them not quite clicking with each other. But then as the story progresses as they learn to try and work together, they get closer and closer. I think those stories are always such a great place for a filmmaker like myself to have fun with my actors… I think that dynamic will be really interesting between the two.

Not that we aren’t excited for Aquaman, but “It starts off initially with them not quite clicking with each other. But then as the story progresses as they learn to try and work together” describes what happens in 90 per cent of films.


Doctor Strange

Director Scott Derrickson clearly has some ideas for the inevitable sequel.

What made The Dark Knight so great was that the origin story of Batman had been well-told, and then it was time to bring in a villain where you really got to go deep. And not just the Joker, also Two-Face. It was a more visceral experience, I’d love to be able to do that for Doctor Strange. I love the character, I love the visual possibilities, and I know the comics so well — [the first movie is] the tip of an iceberg. There’s so much progress that can be made.

[Den of Geek]

Untitled Demonic Real Estate Movie

Platinum Dunes has hired Michael Chaves to direct “the dark tale of a real estate agent who will stop at nothing to close the sale on a demonic mansion”. The ever-reliable Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunston are writing the screenplay.


Shaun the Sheep 2

There’s a sequel in development.

[Coming Soon]

LEGO Batman

LEGO Batman shows off his Bat-garage in the new image:



The great Alicia Witt has revealed she will play a confident of Castiel’s.


Mads Mikkelson doesn’t think a movie will happen.

They did. They did talk about it [but] let’s be frank: in my world, I don’t see that [happening]. They could surprise me and I’ll be on, but I think that [world] is created for and is perfect for that universe where you can build up slowly, where you don’t have to deliver constantly, where you can bring the audience to you.

[Den of Geek]

Orphan Black

BBC America also confirmed which cast members and characters which will be returning for the fifth and final season of “Orphan Black”, as well as a handful of new characters.

In addition to Helena, Sarah, Cosima, Alison, Rachel and the other Leda clones played by Maslany, Season 5 will include returning characters Felix (played by Jordan Gavaris), Donnie (Kristian Bruun), Mrs. S (Maria Doyle Kennedy), Art (Kevin Hanchard), Ira (Ari Millen), Scott (Josh Vokey) and Kira (Skyler Wexler).

And yes, Delphine (Evelyne Brochu) will be back this season, as well as Ferdinand (James Frain) and Hell Wizard (Calwyn Shurgold).

New cast members making their debut this season include Elyse Levesque as Neolutionist and Detective Engers; Andrew Moodie as Rachel’s new consultant, Mr. Frontenac; Simu Liu as Kira’s new homeroom teacher, Mr. Mitchell; Jenessa Grant as eclectic islander Mud; and Stephen McHattie as the 170-year-old founder of Neolution, P.T. Westmoreland.

[LA Times]

We’ve also gotten our first look at the season, courtesy of this on-set video:

The Punisher

Five more actors have joined the cast:

Daniel Webber (“11.22.63”) has been cast as Lewis Walcott, a young veteran who has had a difficult time re-assimilating into Civilian Society.

Jason R. Moore (“A Lonely Place for Dying”) joins as Curtis Hoyle, a friend of Frank Castle’s and one of the few people who knows he is alive.

Paul Schulze (“Nurse Jackie”) will play Rawlins, a high-ranking member of the CIA whose operations in Afghanistan intersect with Frank Castle.

Jaime Ray Newman (“Bates Motel”) plays Sarah Lieberman, Micro’s wife (played by Ebon Moss-Bachrach) whose marriage has made her life far more complicated.

Michael Nathanson (“The Knick,” “Wolf of Wall Street”) has been cast as Sam Stein, a Homeland agent who is challenged by his partnership with Dinah (Amber Rose Revah).


The Terranauts

The Big Bang Theory‘s Jim Parsons will produce a new CW series based on Zach Helm novel.

The Terranauts is described as an epic story of science, society, sex, survival and, ultimately, human folly and ambition. Said to be inspired by the Biosphere 2 real-life experiment, the story revolves around eight scientists enlisted to run a biosphere that will prove vital for humanity’s survival in an off-Earth colony. Their goal is to successfully create a sustainable environment to house generations to come, but things don’t quite go as planned.


Legends of Tomorrow

Episode 2×09 is titled “Raiders of the Lost Art”.


And finally, episode 5×10 is titled, “Who Are You?”

Additional reporting by Gordon Jackson. Banner art by Jim Cooke.