The Rampage movie finds its villain. Henry Cavill boards the next Mission: Impossible. Expect some really big dragons on Game of Thrones next season. David Mazouz teases the threat of the Court of Owls on Gotham. Plus, a few tiny details about X-Men TV series Gifted, and a new poster for The Flash/Supergirl crossover. To me, my spoilers!
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
We can finally rest easy: In an interview with Complex, James Gunn confirmed Ego is both a living planet and a shapeshifter, able to take on a multitude of avatars and forms — including Kurt Russell.
Ego is a living planet who is able to manifest himself in different ways he’s been alone for millions of years and he’s learned how to control the molecules around him in such a way as to create avatars of themselves, such as Kurt Russell. I think Ego was a very lonely character out there by himself and went off in search of love and perhaps found it in Quill’s mother.
The same was pretty much true of Ego in the comics, so it makes sense, really.
Malin Akerman has been cast as the film’s villain, “a calculating head of a tech company that is behind the [film’s] monsters”. Jack Lacy will play the brother of Akerman’s character. [THR]
Mission: Impossible 6
Director Christopher McQuarrie seemed to confirm (somewhat ambiguously) on his Instagram that Henry Cavill has joined the film in an undisclosed role, with the actor joining in in the comments on the below Instagram post:
Variety eventually confirmed that Cavill wasn’t just joking around on social media; he’s joined the cast, and will reportedly play “some sort of a right hand to the head of [Tom] Cruise’s unit”.
In a press release for yesterday’s trailer, Nick Park divulged a few more character names and the voice actors portraying them:
Today we get to meet Dug’s tribe, a loveable bunch of misfits voiced by some exceptional British talent. They’re essentially a group of inept cavemen and women including Treebor, played by Richard Ayoade, a gentle giant scared of his own shadow; Magma, Treebor’s no nonsense mother voiced by Selena Griffiths and Mark Williams as Barry, whose best friend is a rock. Chief Bobnar, voiced by the brilliant Timothy Spall, leads the pack as their long-suffering leader, and father figure to his tribe of idiotic brutes.
Skydance has teamed with the Madrid-based Ilion Animation Studio, as well as writers Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger for a high-concept animated film which “pulls back the curtain on the millennia-old battle between the organisations of good luck and bad luck that secretly affects our daily lives”. The company is also producing an untitled animated film from Linda Woolveton (The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Maleficent) which will “follow a teenager who comes of age using her magical powers to defend her family when the opposing forces of light and darkness threaten to divide her kingdom”. [THR]
Fangoria interviewed stars Dominc Monaghan and Sarah Habel about their characters in Syfy’s upcoming scifi thriller set in a nuclear power plant.
SARAH HABEL: Abby Dixon is trying her very, very best to do her very, very best, but she’s in a little bit over her head. She cares about the truth and she cares about doing the right thing and she’s in trouble because that is not possible in her current circumstances. I was just so impressed with her resolve and I wanted a chance to try and play that. I think a lot of times female characters are given quirky, sort of charming or other tactics to make them successful. But she was bold and uncompromising in her drive which I found to be a huge challenge but also I feel like that it made me better to let that out.
DOMINIC MONAGHAN: I play someone who has deep, emotional problems. So that was something fun to explore. There’s no real basis, there’s no real template on how to play a guy like that because you don’t tend to know what it’s like to live underground for two years and not knowing any human beings. So, I played him like someone who’s been in solitary confinement for a while. And if you know anyone that’s been in solitary confinement for a while, they tend to lose their marbles a little bit.
Noah Hawley, Charlie McDowell and Justin Lader are adapting Don Delillo’s near-future novel about a businessman and his wife being put into cryo into a limited series for FX. McDowell broke the news to Coming Soon:
The next thing for Justin Lader, my writing partner and myself, is a Don DeLilo book, ‘Zero K’,” McDowell today told CS. “Noah Hawley came to us with it and it’s something we really love. We’re adapting that with Scott Rudin producing for FX. It will be a limited series. It’s an esoteric sci-fi that definitely explores things similar to what we’ve explored before, but in a bigger, more visual way.
To me, it’s sort a dream come true, because I’m obsessed with his stuff and the stories [Noah Hawley] is telling. He’s also such a brilliant mind. To be able to collaborate with someone like that? We haven’t done that before. We’ve only really collaborated between ourselves. Collaborating with someone we like and respect so much has led to such an incredible collaboration so far.
Screen Rant discovered a few casting calls for extras on the website My Casting File. According to the site, the series is looking to cast several “Native Americans at Outpost” with presumable ties to Blair Redford’s Thunderbird, and even “Sentinel Service Techs” to construct the giant, mutanticidal robots.
David Mazouz promised CBR that The Court of Owls “will become extremely present” in the final eight episodes of the season:
The Court of Owls will become extremely present in the last eight episodes. At the center of their plans is Bruce Wayne — Bruce and 514A are instrumental to that plan. Something huge will happen with Bruce and the Court of Owls that will change him forever and ultimately help transform him into the man we know he has to become.
Excellent news: Syfy has officially renewed the series for a third season! [Spoiler TV]
Kyle Dixon and Micheal Stein of the band S U R V I V E spoke to Ars Technica about their work and equipment scoring the second season of Stranger Things. Dixon closed the interview stating that there’ll be a lot of the Upside Down in season two.
There are new characters, fun, and the Upside Down will be more of a place — you’ll spend more time [there]. So we’ll make a lot more weird music this time around.
Game of Thrones
Director Matt Shankman excitedly revealed to EW that Dany’s dragons have gotten rather large by the time we reach the next season:
The dragons this year are the size of 747s. Drogon is the biggest of the bunch — his flame is 30-feet [9m] in diameter!
According to Finn Jones in an interview with TV Guide, it will take a “couple more seasons” for Danny Rand to become a full-fledged superhero. (Hopefully the show can get a lot more interesting before it reaches that point, though.)
The first couple of episodes you see Danny kind of awkwardly fitting into suits. He’s not used to this. He’s in a suit and it doesn’t feel right. Then he’s in regular clothes and it still doesn’t feel right. He’s trying to find his identity. Eventually throughout the series he kind of claims some kind of identity through his clothes — but we’ve got a couple more seasons to go before we get to that point.
Episode 21 of the season is titled “Honor Thy Fathers”.
Steven Moffat shared his advice to incoming showrunner Chris Chibnall on how to EP Doctor Who.
Advice, oh Lord! [Laughs] First of all, he’s a very, very experienced showrunner himself, so he doesn’t need advice. The advice I gave him, which I won’t share, was not about how to run Doctor Who but how to have a life while you’re running Doctor Who. The things you must make sure of. He’s a family man, like myself. You’ve got to make sure that you survive it! [Laughs]
And the support you’re going to need and what it’s going to be like at 4 in the morning when you’re rewriting some other bastard’s script and not even putting your name on it. What that’s going to feel like. That is what I talked to him about. He has his own ideas about how to do Doctor Who. The advice I’ve given him is all prosaic and all quite, make sure this happens, make sure you get that and don’t let them do this. I won’t tell you what those things were! [Laughs] But it’s really about, you’ve got to see your kids now and then. You’ve got to go home now and then. You’ve got to keep living. It is a monstrous workload, Doctor Who, monstrous.
Finally, Barry’s under the Music Meister’s control in a new poster for next week’s all-singing, all-dancing crossover with Supergirl.
Additional reporting by Gordon Jackson. Banner art by Jim Cooke.