20 items from 2016
In the week that Ben Affleck kinda sorta didn’t rule out directing a Batman reboot, comic book movies once again ruled the roost thanks to the unveiling of the Suicide Squad trailer, a sneak peak at Batman V Superman and the first footage of Wonder Woman. And then of course there was the revelation that the Academy is set to change its membership rules to boost diversity and stop any more harmful hashtag campaigns and angry tirades from Spike Lee.
Imagine a world where you had to change who was in your club so they’d stop being racist…
Speaking of which, Doctor Strange added a new cast member – the excellent Benedict Wong – to play definitely racist (in that “oh, it was the past” sort of way that made the Mandarin “reboot” necessary) sidekick stereotype Wong. Let’s hope for something a little more clever than the original comic. »
- Simon Gallagher
The Important News First Looks: DC debuted the first footage of Wonder Woman. The Flash and Cyborg made their DC Extended Universe debut cool concept art. More DC Delirium: Connie Nielsen will play Wonder Woman's mother. Marvel Madness: Benedict Wong will play sidekick Wong in Doctor Strange. Star Wars Mania: Star Wars: Episode VIII was delayed until December 2017. Box Office: Ride Along 2 overthrew Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Casting Net: Johnny Depp will star in Triple Frontier. Tina Fey and Ronda Rousey will star in a comedy together. Jennifer Lawrence will star in a movie about Fidel Castro's lover/would-be assassin. Remake Report: Tom Cruise is officially...
- Christopher Campbell
Doctor Strange: Benedict Wong, who portrayed the director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Ridley Scott's The Martian, will join the cast of Marvel's Doctor Strange, now in production. He will play a character named Wong, described as a multitalented sidekick to the good doctor (Benedict Cumberbatch). Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Mads Mikkelsen also star; the movie is heading for release on November 4. [THR] Avatar 2: Reportedly, James Cameron's Avatar 2 will not be ready in time for its planned release on December 25, 2017. The movie, the first in a trilogy of sequels, was originally pencilled in for December 2016. It's not known when production might begin on the trio of movies, which will be shot at the same time in New...
- Peter Martin
Marvel is many things, but subtle doesn't seem to be one of them. They've finally cast the role of Stephen Strange's sidekick in Doctor Strange, which will be out later this year. They've cast Benedict Wong for the role of, you guessed it, Wong. Not only does that mean there will be two Benedicts a part of the cast in leading roles (which that, in itself, is impressive), but the sheer fact that the Marvel casting department picked an actor with Wong in his name for the role of 'Wong," is pretty hilarious. Actually, it's a combination of hilarious, awesome, amazing, and impressive.
The only thing that could've been just as great as this would have been Marvel casting Chris Pine in a role for one of their films, thus allowing there to be 4 C's that run the show (Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pratt and Chris Pine).
But we »
- Nicholas Williams
"The Martian," "Prometheus" and "Marco Polo" star Benedict Wong has been cast as Wong, the trusty sidekick to Benedict Cumberbatch's titular sorcerer character in the "Doctor Strange" film at Marvel Studios.
The character of Wong has been around since the 1960s and performs healing duties, assists in occult matters, is skilled in martial arts, tends to Strange's affairs and essentially babysits Strange's body when the hero is astral projecting himself into other dimensional planes.
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- Garth Franklin
Just when you thought that we had heard all the Doctor Strange casting news (especially consiering the fact that production is already underway), out of nowhere comes the news that Benedict Wong (The Martian, Netflix’s Marco Polo) has been cast as none other than fan-favourite Doctor Strange supporting character, Wong.
Of course, seeing as the character of Wong was created in a time where racial stereotypes were considered A-ok, the character was initially the Asian manservant of Doctor Strange who also happened to know Kung-Fu. Here’s hoping that none of that stuff makes it into the movie, because, hey – it’s 2016, and it’s not cool for privileged white folk to have ethnic manservants anymore.
What’s more likely to happen is that Strange will meet Wong during his studies in Kathmandu, and Wong will likely be affiliated with the Ancient One. Perhaps Wong will accompany Strange »
- Dan Woburn
Benedict Wong (The Martian, Prometheus) has joined the cast of Marvel’s Doctor Strange, with The Hollywood Reporter revealing that the British actor has been cast as the Sorcerer Supreme’s sidekick and manservant, Wong.
“Doctor Strange follows the story of neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a horrific car accident, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions.”
Doctor Strange is set for release on October 28th, 2016 in the UK and November 4th, 2016 in the Us, with Scott Derrickson (Sinister) with a cast that includes Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) as Stephen Strange, Tilda Swinton (Snowpiercer) as The Ancient One, Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) as Baron Mordo, Benedict Wong (The Martian) as Wong and Rachel McAdams (True Detective) and Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal) in as-yet-unconfirmed roles.
- Thomas Roach
Production continues on the movie for a little while yet, and it arrives in cinemas in the UK in October.
More on Doctor Strange as we hear it.
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Doctor Strange: Benedict Wong, who portrayed the director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Ridley Scott's The Martian, will join the cast of Marvel's Doctor Strange, now in production. He will play a character named Wong, described as a multitalented sidekick to the good doctor (Benedict Cumberbatch). Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Mads Mikkelsen also star; the movie is heading for release on November 4. [THR] Avatar 2: Reportedly, James...
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Even though Doctor Strange has been filming since November, it's never too late to add a new cast member. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that The Martian star Benedict Wong has signed on to play the Sorcerer Supreme's aptly-named sidekick, Wong. It isn't known if he just recently joined the cast, or if he was part of the production when filming started last year.
Wong has a long history in the Marvel Comics, making his debut in in 1963's "Strange Tales" #110. In the comics, Wong was a disciple of the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) who was sent to America to assist Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) during his journey of learning the mystical arts. The character also performs healing duties and assists with occult matters. One of his primary duties is looking after the Doctor's body while he is astral projecting into other planes of existence.
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There are already lot of people in Marvel's upcoming Doctor Strange: Benedict Cumberbatch, ancient being Tilda Swinton as an ancient being, Chiwetel Ejiofor as the possible villain, Transparent's Amy Landecker, a trained martial artist, and Oscar-nominee Rachel McAdams. Now, like a frat bro ignoring the rules of hot tub safety, Marvel has decided there's space for one more in the party. The studio has cast The Martian and Marco Polo's Benedict Wong as Doctor Strange's sidekick, Wong. In the comics, Wong is Doctor Strange's manservant. In the film, according to The Hollywood Reporter, he performs "healing duties, assists in occult matters, is knowledgeable in martial arts and tends to Strange’s affairs." Wong, who was born in Britain, is the first Asian actor Marvel has cast in a major role in the project, which is based on material that frequently cites East Asian mythology. The »
- Jackson McHenry
A good portion of Doctor Strange’s supporting cast from the comics will appear in his movie this November. Chiwetel Ejiofor is playing fellow sorcerer Baron Mordo, Tilda Swinton is playing Strange’s mentor The Ancient One, and Michael Stuhlbarg is playing Strange’s scientist rival Nicodemus West (Rachel McAdams and Mads Mikkelsen’s characters haven’t been revealed yet). Now another mainstay from the Sorcerer Supreme’s world has been added, as the 2016 blockbuster has found the actor to play his sidekick, Wong. Marco Polo star Benedict Wong (how appropriate) has been cast as Wong in Doctor Strange, according to THR. While no details were provided about his specific role in the movie, like his comic book counterpart, the McU’s Wong will help Strange with his sorcery and everyday affairs, including, as the report notes, performing healing duties, assisting in »
It’s been revealed today that The Martian’s Benedict Wong has been cast as Wong in Marvel’s Doctor Strange, the latest addition to the Scott Derrickson helmed release. With shooting already well underway, this is presumably the final major casting addition. Wong has traditionally been portrayed as Doctor Strange’s manservant in the comic books, but due to
- Josh Wilding
The cast Marvel Studios and director Scott Derrickson assembled for the upcoming Doctor Strange film was already stellar before they went and tossed another wonderful character actor into the mix. Benedict Wong, best known for playing Nasa Jet Propulsion Lab director Bruce Ng in Ridley Scott’s The Martian, has joined the mystical superhero adventure as Wong, Stephen […]
- Jacob Hall
Official character details have not yet been revealed by Marvel Studios, but in the comic books, Wong is Doctor Strange’s assistant, friend and defender. He has also helped a number of other heroes, like Spider-Man, over the years by providing them with information when the Sorcerer Supreme has been absent. However, if you’re at all curious about how he’ll likely be portrayed in this movie, Doctor Strange: The Oath is probably a good place to start, as that’s clearly inspired a fair bit of this film so far.
Marvel needs to be very careful with Wong, as one wrong move could lead to him coming across as a racist caricature, »
- Josh Wilding
Mads Mikkelsen, Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton and Chiwetel Ejiofor are on board to co-star. Scott Derrickson is directing the comic-book movie from a script by Jon Spaihts. Marvel’s Kevin Feige will produce.
Cumberbatch will play Stephen Vincent Strange, a former neurosurgeon who becomes the next Sorcerer Supreme and primary protector of Earth against magical and mystical threats. Marvel Comics artist Steve Ditko created the character in 1963. Swinton will play Strange’s mentor, the Ancient One, while Ejiofor will appear as Baron Mordo, who also studies magic under the Ancient One in the comic-books, before becoming Doctor Strange’s nemesis.
Wong will play Wong, the sidekick to Cumberbatch’s superhero. Wong has several abilities that include performing healing duties, assisting in occult matters, is knowledgeable in martial »
- Justin Kroll
Calling Wong a fan-favourite character might be a stretch, but a lot of people would have been disappointed if he'd been left out of Doctor Strange. It's a good job then that The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Benedict Wong (The Martian) is set to take on the role of the Sorcerer Supreme's manservant and best friend. While details about this version of the character haven't been revealed, you have to believe that we'll be getting a contemporary version, and not the racist sterotype seen in many of the character's earliest adventures (he knows kung-fu!). Doctor Strange: The Oath - which seems to have inspired quite a bit of this movie so far - is a good place to look for an example of how great seeing Wong on screen could be, and Wong - that's confusing - joins a cast which also includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton, »
I was taken on a Seventies musical journey to Donna Summer land, Abba’s Waterloo and the great Starman creator, David Bowie, by Drew Goddard, the screenwriter who adapted Andy Weir's book for Ridley Scott's The Martian, starring Matt Damon with Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Kate Mara, Michael Peña, Sean Bean, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kristen Wiig, Benedict Wong, Mackenzie Davis, Donald Glover, Sebastian Stan, and Aksel Hennie. Daniels (Nasa director Teddy Sanders) who plays Apple CEO John Sculley in Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs - starring Michael Fassbender with Kate Winslet, and written by Aaron Sorkin - is a favorite of Goddard’s since Woody Allen's The Purple Rose Of Cairo and James L. Brooks' Terms Of Endearment.
Mark Watney (Matt Damon): "You understand that he needs food and he needs water. »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Matt Damon: "We didn't name the dog." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
Matt Damon, BAFTA nominee and Golden Globe winner for Best Comedy or Musical winner The Martian, which is based on Andy Weir's book, spoke with me about civilisation, shaving on Mars, Tom Hanks in Robert Zemeckis's Cast Away and Robert Redford in Jc Chandor's All Is Lost. We were at the Twentieth Century Fox 21 Club tea with Ridley Scott, star Jessica Chastain and screenwriter Drew Goddard, who told me he put David Bowie's haunting Starman into the script. The ensemble cast includes Jeff Daniels, Kate Mara, Michael Peña, Sean Bean, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kristen Wiig, Benedict Wong, Mackenzie Davis, Donald Glover, Sebastian Stan, Aksel Hennie with Matt Damon as astronaut/botanist Mark Watney and Jessica Chastain as Melissa Lewis, the Commander in charge of Nasa's mission to Mars.
Mark Watney (Matt Damon)
The charm and lure »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Ridley Scott's The Martian, screenplay by Drew Goddard, based on the book by Andy Weir, stars Matt Damon as astronaut Mark Watney with Jeff Daniels (Apple CEO in Danny Boyle's feature Steve Jobs), Kate Mara, Michael Peña, Sean Bean, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kristen Wiig, Benedict Wong, Mackenzie Davis, Donald Glover, Sebastian Stan, Aksel Hennie and Jessica Chastain as Commander Melissa Lewis in charge of Nasa's mission to Mars.
At the Twentieth Century Fox 21 Club Martian tea, attended by Bob Balaban, Joe Pantoliano, Lee Daniels' Precious screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher, John Dilworth and Warren Elgort, Blade Runner led to Alien and Thelma And Louise, not Robinson Crusoe On Mars. Isabel Marant, Janty Yates' costumes, Baz Luhrmann's Elsa Schiaparelli & Miuccia Prada at The Costume Institute »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
20 items from 2016
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