The live-action Lion King taps some Marvel Cinematic Universe stars for key roles. Jodie Whittaker talks about the reaction to her Doctor Who casting. The Avatar sequels are going to resurrect a dead character from the first movie. Plus, new clips from Killjoys and Dark Matter, and new Thor: Ragnarok pictures. To me, my spoilers!
CBR notes a recent set photo of Cable's stunt double depicts the character in an outfit nearly identical to the one he wore while racing through time to bring back Hope Summers — Cable's adoptive daughter who also happens to be an extremely powerful mutant he believes is a messiah who will save both human and mutantkind.
— YVRShoots (@yvrshoots) August 7, 2017
The initial reveal pictures of the character yesterday also included a ragged Teddy bear clipped on Cable's belt, indicating the time-hopping search for Hope could play a role in the new movie.
The Lion King
Alfre Woodard has joined the cast of the live-action Lion King remake as Simba's mother, Sibari. [THR]
Meanwhile, The Wrap has word John Kani (the late King T'Chaka in Captain America : Civil War) will provide the voice of Rafiki.
THR has word Ruth Negga has joined the cast of James Grey's next project — an action/adventure film about a man on the hunt across the galaxy for his father — in an undisclosed role.
Matt Gerald will reprise his role as Corporal Lyle Wainfleet, despite the fact he was killed off in the first movie. [Deadline]
Rebecca Thomas (Stranger Things) will direct an adaptation of Malignant Man, the 2011 comic book miniseries written by James Wan, about a man who learns his cancerous tumour is actually an alien parasite. [Variety]
Ant-Man & The Wasp
Evangeline Lily begins filming today. She definitely looks ready to shrink in size and punch some guys.
— Evangeline Lilly (@EvangelineLilly) August 6, 2017
Hailee Steinfeld sports ripped jeans, a a modern but '80s-ish hairstyle, and a sleeveless Motorhead T-shirt in the first released image of her character, Charlie Watson.
— Hailee Steinfeld (@HaileeSteinfeld) August 6, 2017
Here's two new pictures (one of Loki and Thor and one of the Grandmaster) from the latest issue of Empire Magazine.
In response to the new season's all-male writer's room, Carol Banker (The Lone Gunmen) and newcomer Holly Dale have been hired to direct episodes. [TV Line]
Jodie Whittaker discusses her casting as the 13th Doctor, and the reaction to it, in a new interview with BBC News.
In an interview with Comic Book, Drew Powell stated he's "giddy as a schoolgirl" to play Solomon Grundy:
Giddy like a school girl I think is probably the most accurate way to say it. I am very excited. Even shooting that scene with Erin [Richards] and I, it was kind of the end of the day, I remember it was raining, we kind of had to do it quickly, and so it all kind of happened so fast and it was only after that I was kind of like, 'Oh yeah, I guess Butch is dead now.' I do think there's going to be a lot of Butch still in Grundy and I think that makes perfect sense in the way that [producer John Stephens] and the writers have set this up and so I'm really excited to kind of now bring the two together in this new character that I really love.
While promoting her new series, Kevin (Probably) Saves the World, Michele Fazekas stated she and Tara Butters would return "tomorrow" if anyone was interested in a revival, confirming that basically everyone who was involved with Agent Carter is still very much interested in seeing more of it.
Yes, we would do Agent Carter tomorrow, at the same time as this show. I love that show.
The first three episodes of the season are titled, "Girl of Steel", "Triggers" and "Far From the Tree". [Spoiler TV]
A flight manoeuvres test run goes disastrously wrong in a clip from this week's episode.
The Android plays armchair psychologist in a clip from this week's episode.
Syfy Friday continues with Doc playing a high stakes game of poker.
Finally, here's a trailer for the new season of Syfy's Van Helsing.
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