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It was back in March that we learned Paramount was to look beyond making mere sequels to Transformers movies, in favour of going down a broader cinematic universe route. Thus, whilst a follow-up to Transformers: Age Of Extinction is still very much on the cards, the idea is also to explore spin-off features. You never know, we could end up with at least a Transformers film a year if this all goes to plan. That'll go down well.
Anyway, there's been progress. Paramount has assembled a team of writers to bring its Transformers plan to life. We already knew that Akiva Goldsman had signed up to create writer's room for the Transformers cinematic universe, and now we know the identity of five of the writers to sit in it.
We’re just over a year away from the release of Duncan Jones’ adaptation of popular Mmorpg series World of Warcraft and we’ve been given our first look at Orgim (via Wired), who will be played by Robert Kazinksy (Pacific Rim).
Check out the image below:
“We were looking for someone who would be able to perform the gruffness, the humor, and the toughness of this character,” Duncan Jones told Wired. “We’ve gone beyond the point where these are just creatures in movies. We now have the technology and the ability to make new characters entirely.”
- Luke Owen
See, now this is when you need a good lawyer.
For the first half of the third season in the CW series Arrow, the good guys were doing what they were supposed to do; catching bad guys in Starling City http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Starling_City and turning them over to the police for trial As this column’s about Arrow, the good guys in question are Oliver Queen, John Diggle, Felicity Smoak, and Roy Harper. Or, if you prefer, Arrow, yada, yada, and Arsenal.
(By the way, what kind of name is Starling City? God knows what bullies like Metropolis or Gotham City are doing to it, because with a wimpy name like Starling even Smallville’s giving it a wedgie.)
Now, you might think what I was talking about, when I said someone needed a good lawyer were those aforementioned bad guys. After all captured bad guys »
- Bob Ingersoll
Back in March, actor Hugh Jackman teased that he is playing The Wolverine one last time with the highly-anticipated sequel Wolverine 3. During an appearance earlier today on The Dr. Oz Show, the actor made it crystal-clear that this upcoming sequel will mark his last time as Logan. Here's what he had to say below.
"It is my last time. It just felt like it was the right time to do it. And let's be honest, 17 years. I never thought in a million years it would last, so I'm so grateful to the fans for the opportunity of playing it. I kind of have in my head what we're going to do in this last one. It just feels like this is the perfect way to go out."
There's been a lot of talk about X-Men this week, from our first look at Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler in X-Men: Apocalypse to rumblings of the sequel, along with Wolverine 3, bringing the Bryan Singer X-Men universe to a close in favor of letting the X-Men: First Class timeline continue. We'll see what happens next year, but in the meantime, production is underway on Apocalypse, and Singer is certainly being open about teasing the film. Today he revealed a photo from the set of the sequel showing us Lana Condor and Sophie Turner as Jubilee and Jean Grey, all dressed up in 80s wardrobe and hair. Look! Here's the photo from X-Men: Apocalypse from Bryan Singer's Instagram: Fun second day with @sophie_789 @lanacondor #JeanGrey #Jubilee #Xmen #XMenApocalypse A photo posted by Bryan Singer (@bryanjaysinger) on Apr 30, 2015 at 9:10am Pdt X-Men: Apocalypse is directed by Bryan Singer (X-Men, X2, X-Men: The Last Stand, »
- Ethan Anderton
Back in February was when we heard from director Bryan Singer that Dawn of the Planet of the Apes star Kodi Smit-McPhee would be playing a younger version of the teleporting mutant Nightcrawler, originally played by Alan Cumming in X2: X-Men United. And now, just a couple months later, we have our first look at Smit-McPhee teleporting in a quick little video that Singer posted to Twitter. Though the tweet making the reveal has since been removed, the video is still available online. We don't know anything about how Nightcrawler will be introduced this time, but Smit-McPhee looks good in the blue make-up. Look now! Here's our first look at Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler, originally from Bryan Singer: And here's a still image of what we see in the video above: X-Men: Apocalypse is directed by Bryan Singer (X-Men, X2, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men: Days of Future Past »
- Ethan Anderton
Anna Paquin has said that she would reprise her role as Rogue in the X-Men series on one condition.
The True Blood star said on Twitter that she would be willing return to the 20th Century Fox franchise if her character was allowed to fly.
@AnnaPaquinFans if I get to fly, absolutely
— Anna Paquin (@AnnaPaquin) April 19, 2015
@AnnaPaquinFans no I'm saying that comic book rogue gets to fly and I never did. I want to be badass rogue not shy teen rogue
— Anna Paquin (@AnnaPaquin) April 19, 2015
Paquin was one of the stars of Bryan Singer's 2000 film X-Men.
Rogue had a brief cameo in X-Men: Days of Future Past, although a longer segment featuring her was cut from the original release.
Rogue had super strength and the ability to fly in the comics after permanently stealing Ms Marvel's powers.
Director Bryan Singer revealed on his official Twitter and Instagram pages today that actress Olivia Munn has been cast in X-Men: Apocalypse as Betsy Braddock, a.k.a. Psylocke. The news comes just a few weeks after a report that producers were searching for the right actress to play Psylocke, but no contenders for the role were revealed. Olivia Munn joins a cast that also includes Oscar Isaac (Apocalypse), Alexandra Shipp (Storm), Sophie Turner (Jean Grey), Tye Sheridan (Cyclops), Rose Byrne (Moira McTaggert), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Nightcrawler}, Ben Hardy (Angel) and Lana Condor (Jubilee).
Betsy Braddock, a.k.a. Psylocke made her Marvel comics debut in Captain Britain #8 in 1976. She ultimately ended up taking over as Captain Britain from her twin brother in 1986, and made her debut as Psylocke in 1987's Uncanny X-Men #213. Her primary mutant ability is that she can form a katana blade through her fists by using telekinesis. »
Through his Instagram account this evening, Bryan Singer has announced that Olivia Munn (The Newsroom, Magic Mike) has been cast as Psylocke in the director’s latest X-Men film, X-Men: Apocalypse. Munn has signed on to play Betsy Braddock, a.k.a. Psylocke.
In the comics, Psylocke is “a precognitive with telepathic powers, the ability to project her astral self, and the ability to project directed psionic energy.” The character was previously been portrayed on screen by Meiling Melancon in X-Men: The Last Stand.
X-Men: Apocalypse is set for release on May 19th, 2016 and stars X-Men veterans James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Evan Peters (Quicksilver) and Rose Byrne (Moira MacTaggert) alongside Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) as Apocalypse, Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones) as Jean Grey, Tye Sheridan (Mud) as Cyclops, Alexandra Shipp (House of Anubis) as Storm, Kodi Smit-McPhee »
- Scott J. Davis
Perhaps the only thing more abundant than Disney's plans for a new live-action adaptation of their animated classics is news of yet another cast member joining the mutant ranks of X-Men: Apocalypse. And today brings one more addition to the comic book sequel with director Bryan Singer revealing on Instagram that "The Newsroom" and Magic Mike co-star Olivia Munn will be taking the role of Betsy Braddock, who fans probably know better as the psychic warrior Psylocke. The character was only briefly glimpsed in X-Men: The Last Stand, but this will be the first time the mutant will be prominently featured. Here's the X-Men: Apocalypse casting update from Bryan Singer himself today: Excited to welcome @oliviamunn as Betsy Braddock! #Psylocke #XmenApocalypse #Xmen A photo posted by Bryan Singer (@bryanjaysinger) on Apr 13, 2015 at 1:04pm Pdt Psylocke has also been one of the title villain Apocalypse's (Oscar Isaac) Four Horseman, so »
- Ethan Anderton
Deadpool has been in production for a couple of weeks now, during which we’ve seen several images from the set, both official and unofficial, and now a fan in Vancouver took this photo and tweeted it to ComicBookMovie, showing what is believed to be the character of Colossus…
Whilst this is not confirmed to be Colossus it is assumed that the man in the motion capture outfit is the character due to his height and build. At yet, it’s unknown who’ll be portraying Colossus in the film, with Daniel Cudmore (X2, X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men: Days of Future Past) revealing back in February that the role has been recast.
Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, Deadpool tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, »
- Thomas Roach
From the images and comments, it appears we could see Angel turn to Archangel.
The images show Angel's wings with what appear to be daggers instead of feathers - like those of Archangel.
Ben Foster previously appeared as Angel in X-Men: The Last Stand. In the comics, Angel loses his wings before earning them back by agreeing to join the evil Apocalypse, leading to the creation of Archangel.
Oscar Isaac will play Apocalypse in the new movie, which will feature young versions of Cyclops, Jean Grey, Nightcrawler, Jubilee and Storm appearing alongside the likes of Xavier (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Mystique »
Back in February, we reported that British actor Ben Hardy (EastEnders) had been cast in an important but unspecified role in X-Men: Apocalypse, which is getting ready to start production this month in Montreal. Then last week, a new report revealed that the actor is actually playing Angel, a character who was featured in concept art posted by director Bryan Singer. Today, the director confirms that Ben Hardy is in fact playing Angel, while briefly teasing that, despite his name, Angel isn't very angelic.
"Ben Hardy is Angel - I shall confirm it for you! But he's not a very nice Angel! And that's all I'll say..."
In the comic books, Angel a.k.a. Warren Worthington III is one of Apocalypse's four Horsemen, after being transformed from Angel into Death, also known as Archangel, who is equipped with wings that are made out of knives. While there is very »
First we found out that Ben Hardy scored a “key, as-yet-undisclosed” role in X-Men Apocalypse and the EastEnders actor happens to look a lot like Warren Worthington III, so many instantly assumed he’d be playing Angel. Next, director Bryan Singer shared this production art further suggesting that Hardy is indeed playing the winged mutant. Now it’s confirmed. Singer told Empire that Hardy is playing Angel in the film and also teased what we can expect from the character: “Ben Hardy is Angel – I shall confirm it for you! But he’s not a very nice Angel! And that’s all I’ll say…” [caption id="attachment_415960" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via BBC[/caption] On top of that, Empire also shared two pieces of Angel concept art that show the character with a completely different set of wings than the ones Ben Foster rocked in X-Men: The Last Stand. In fact, they look a lot like metal wings, »
- Perri Nemiroff
A few weeks back, Bryan Singer floated some intriguing production art online, teasing the possible appearance of Angel, the mutant alter ego of Warren Worthington III, in X-Men: Apocalypse. Nothing was confirmed at the time, but popular theory was that Eastender's Ben Hardy, at the time cast in an unspecified role, would be strapping on the pristine white wings of the high flying mutant, originally played by Ben Foster in X-Men: The Last Stand. Now, speaking with Empire, Singer revealed that Hardy will indeed be playing Angel, but added, "But he's not a very nice Angel! And that's all I say...". Couple these cryptic words with the below concept, and all X-Men fans will come to the same conclusion: the villianous Archangel could be making his way to the big screen. Fo those not up on your X-Men lore, Apocalypse (played by Oscar Isacc in the movie) has a penchant »
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Bryan Singer has officially confirmed rumors that the mutant Angel will be in "X-Men: Apocalypse" and the previously cast former "EastEnders" star Ben Hardy will take on the role. Singer told Empire today: "Ben Hardy is Angel – I shall confirm it for you. But he's not a very nice Angel! And that's all I'll say."
Singer also dropped two pieces of concept art regarding the character. The winged mutant was one of the original X-Men and was previously portrayed by Ben Foster in "X-Men: The Last Stand". This version is expected to hew closer to the comics, one storyline of which featured Angel being transformed into 'Death' - one of the four artificially augmented 'Horsemen' mutants who do the bidding of their mast Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac).
- Garth Franklin
The former EastEnders star recently joined the cast of Bryan Singer's upcoming X-Men sequel, but his exact role had not been confirmed. He had also lost out on the role of young Cyclops, which went to Tye Sheridan.
However, The Wrap's Jeff Sneider - who first broke the news of Hardy's appointment - has now confirmed that he will play the heroic Angel.
The news follows Singer's recent social media posts that saw concept art featuring Angel-esque wings in a cage.
A photo posted by Bryan Singer (@bryanjaysinger) on Mar 30, 2015 at 10:57am Pdt
Oscar Isaac will play Apocalypse in the new film, while young versions of Cyclops, »
Earlier in the week, director Bryan Singer confirmed that mutant Angel would be appearing in the franchise sequel X-Men: Apocalypse. He did so by releasing a piece of concept art that depicted the character in some sort of cage, possible as part of a circus. The director didn't, however, say who was playing Angel. Today, a new report from Jeff Sneider at The Wrap claims that previously announced cast member Ben Hardy is playing the fan-favorite Marvel character. There is no confirmation from 20th Century Fox that this is true.
The cast of this comic book adaptation includes Oscar Isaac (Apocalypse), Alexandra Shipp (young Storm), Sophie Turner (young Jean Grey), Tye Sheridan (young Cyclops) and Kodi Smit-McPhee (young Nightcrawler), along with X-Men: First Class star Rose Byrne as Moira McTaggert. X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past stars James McAvoy (Charles Xavier), Michael Fassbender (Erik Lensherr), Jennifer Lawrence »
The Marvel Comics legend has been confirmed for a role in the recently-announced sequel to the 1995 comedy.
Speaking at Emerald City Comicon in Seattle, Lee said that his role would be bigger than a short cameo.
He appeared as himself in the original movie.
"Almost every day, I get invited to do a cameo in some movie or another that has nothing to do with Marvel," said Lee (via Cbr).
"They just call me up [and say], 'Hey, we're doing a movie. Do you want to do a cameo?' It's kind of funny - I've become known as a cameo specialist."
Smith announced in March that he is planning a sequel to Mallrats. »
A character is returning to the world of the X-Men movies. Could this be where Ben Hardy fits in?
Well, we say new, it's most certainly one we've seen on the screen before. It's the character of Angel, played previously by Ben Foster in X-Men: The Last Stand. It's not been confirmed who's going to be playing the role in X-Men: Apocalypse yet, although the smart money seems to be on former EastEnders' star Ben Hardy. Hardy has joined the X-Men sequel in a thus-far undisclosed role.
Here's the new artwork that Bryan Singer posted to Instagram.
As you can see, this is Angel being caged up here. Make of that what you will. A hint towards Archangel, perhaps?
X-Men: Apocalypse is due in cinemas in May 2016.
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