Thursday, April 15, 2010

FILM NEWS: "Iron Man 2" Post-Credit Scene, Weisz as Jackie O., and more

• If you're going to see Iron Man 2, stay after the credits. There are reports that there will be a scene at the very end that'll either mention or show Thor and Captain America. Dark Horizons says that that doesn't mean the actors who've been cast in the upcoming adaptations, Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans, are going to be the ones on the screen. Fingers crossed for some continuity.

• Speaking of the iconic American symbol, there are reports that Evans will be "wimpified" to produce the pre-serum, 98lb version of Captain America. Think about it. Instead of having to lose 50-100lbs like Christian Bale has to do for half his projects, they're just going to transform his body like it's an Avatar. Sweet.

• Also, for the first time, I think, in superhero film history, a costume will be completely CGI. Green Lantern producers have decided that the "suit is something that should look alien--it needs to seem other worldly. It encompasses any creature that wears the ring, and Hal Jordan is the first human to ever wear the suit…Hal changes into the suit multiple times in mid scene, and the CG also allows him to do this….the suit will look like a manifestation of his powers." So Ryan Reynolds will never actually be wearing the suit. Sucks for him, but might be unbelievably cool for us.

• I wonder if there'll be backlash after everyone gets wind that Rachel Weisz will be starring in the Jackie Kennedy biopic. An iconic American figure played by a Brit? Blasphemy. Truth is I'm not as enamored with her as some women are. I see the resemblance and I get the casting choice. Jackie may have had an -ie at the end of her name, but she was the epitome of class in the 60s. Weisz can totally pull that off.

Ryan Gosling has an interesting new role coming up. He'll play a slick life coach who helps Steve Carrell's soon-to-be divorced character get his wife back (Julianne Moore). Writing the untitled comedy are John Requa and Glenn Ficarra (Bad Santa and I Love You Philip Morris).

Sharlto Copley (District 9 and A-Team) has signed on for another alien flick. He'll play Alex Pettyfer's (Beastly and Stormbreaker) alien mentor in the sci-fi adaptation of I Am Number Four.

• When I first heard that they were adapting the story of Dorian Gray, I was excited. Then I heard Ben Barnes was attached and I became even more excited, because he was the best part of The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. But after seeing the trailer and growing increasingly bored, I'm not in the least bit surprised that it's going straight to DVD in the US on August 24th.

• Looks like a young Bourne series is in the works. Andrew Klavan's young adult book Homelanders is being adapted for the big screen. It follows a "student who awakens tied to a chair with no idea how he got there. Escaping custody, he sets out to find why both terrorists and authorities are after him and what happened in the year between his last memory and his waking up." No word on who'll be playing the lead yet, but it does seem to have franchise potential.

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