We’ll have wait until December 18 to meet a bunch of new characters in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and while there are a handful of familiar faces waiting for us there as well, the animated Star Wars Rebels on Disney XD has been holding it down on that front. They’ve already brought back Darth Vader, Yoda, Obi Wan Kenobi, Lando Calrissian, and others. And the hits just keep on coming, as Grand Moff Tarkin makes an appearance on the show, which you can check it out in this clip from the episode “Call to Action” below.
Hey, remember the other day when everyone was reporting that Tatiana Maslany, the uber-talented star of BBC America’s clone drama Orphan Black, was going to be the female lead in Gareth Edwards’ upcoming standalone Star Wars spinoff? Well that might not be as written in stone, or, you know, as correct, as people thought, and it’s now being reported that instead of Maslany, Felicity Jones won the role.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jones beat out Maslany and Kate and Rooney Mara, as well as a variety of other actresses who weren’t named in reports ahead of time, for the undisclosed part. She is reportedly officially in talks with Lucasfilm for the film and they suspect to hear more soon.
During the Super Bowl this past weekend, Disney debuted a new TV spot/trailer thing for their mysterious upcoming adventure Tomorrowland, but that’s not all they’ve unveiled. It’s only a small crack, but they’re opening up the Mystery Box a wee bit, and a couple of new stills and a fancy new interactive website have crept out.
We don’t know much about Tomorrowland, but as we understand it, the story revolves round Casey (Britt Robertson), a young girl with a bright scientific mind. When her destiny becomes entangled with Frank (George Clooney), a former boy genius who is now bitter and jaded, they unearth secret details of a place called Tomorrowland that exists somewhere out in space and time, and their journey will change both of them, and the entire world, forever. There promises to be no shortage of action, adventure, and wonder going down before the credits roll.
When The Walking Dead embarks on its annual midseason hiatus, it always feels like it takes forever to get back. Granted, it’s usually around a two-month gap, which is substantial, but it also goes to show you how effective they are at endings, as they always leave you with a “holy shit” moment or a cliffhanger that leaves you dangling, wondering what the hell is going to happen now. AMC’s hit zombie drama returns for the rest of season 5 this weekend, and now you can watch the first two minutes of “What Happened and What’s Going On.” If you’re not caught up, there are spoilers.
Star Trek 3 has had more than its share of problems already and they haven’t even put a single image on film (or, you know, whatever they use these days). Writer/director Roberto Orci stepped off after reports that he clashed with the Paramount Pictures execs over the direction of the franchise, but since then they’ve gradually pieced things together and it’s going to be interesting to say the least. Fast & Furious helmer Justin Lin has taken over the reins, and series star Simon Pegg, who plays the rebooted version of Scotty, will co-write the script. Now it sounds like they might add one of the most badass living actors in a villain role, as well as a bunch of other potentially interesting characters.
According to Film Divider, the production is looking to cast a new antagonist who is supposed to be “Bryan Cranston-like.” While that’s intriguing, it’s not the potentially awesome part. The cool piece of this news is that not only do they want a Cranston-like figure, they want actual Bryan Cranston to play the part. There have even reportedly been talks between the two sides, and though there is no word on his reaction, that’s a prospect worth getting excited about.
Ruh roh. Last month word spread that Netflix’s contract with the BBC was about to end, resulting in the streaming service losing Doctor Who, Red Dwarf, and tons of other noteworthy shows. That story was one of the biggest ones we’ve run in a long time when it came to reader response, proving you folks take your streaming TV seriously. Well, Netflix thankfully renewed its contract and kept Who after all, but now there’s bad news for you Amazon Prime customers out there. Doctor Who and much of Prime Instant Video’s British television programming is about to go the way of the dodo, and it looks a lot less likely that there will be a last-minute reprieve this time around.