Turns out the guy we thought would play the villain in next year's Thor 2 will not, in fact, be causing mayhem in the Nine Realms or getting He-Man pimp-slapped by Mjolnir. Mads Mikkelsen, who was previously in talks to portray the unspecified bad guy in the Thor sequel, has revealed that the plan to have him join Chris Hemsworth and company went awry, meaning Marvel has to find somebody new to go up against the titular Thunder God and Avenger.
Fandral, Hogun, and Volstagg didn't have too much to do in last year's Thor. They tagged along to Jotunheim and then showed up on Midgard to be all like, "Hey buddy, your dad's in an Asgardian coma and Loki's being a total douche" before a brief engagement with a metallic bad guy. Hopefully in Thor 2 they'll have more to do, but one of them will have a new face, as Josh Dallas won't be returning as Fandral, necessitating a new actor to fill out the eponymous thunder god's posse, The Warriors Three.
With The Avengers, Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston, has now served as the principal antagonist for two Marvel movies, so we couldn't expect that he'd be shouldering the villainous burden alone for a third time. Thor 2 is set to be Marvel Studios' second post-Avengers movie, and it looks the studio and director Alan Taylor have found an actor to play a new villain, as a familiar bad guy is in talks to join the cosmic party.
Just yesterday, Disney announced that Maleficent, the live-action retelling of the Sleeping Beauty story starring Angelina Jolie as the eponymous villain, would arrive in theaters on March 14, 2014. Before she moves into the realm of a fantasy origin tale, though, Jolie might just join a very different type of project for a brief spell. That would be The Counselor, the next film from Ridley Scott that is attracting attention from very famous people and a potential distributor.
About two months ago, The Counselor was a project of which we were wholly unaware. It wasn't even really a project, really. Now, though, the Cormac McCarthy-scripted The Counselor is one of the most exciting things going. The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist's first screenplay immediately got no less a director than Ridley Scott on board, and with Michael Fassbender attached to star, the supporting cast is coming into focus. Right now, a trio of Oscar-caliber actors are in early talks, as Natalie Portman, Jeremy Renner, and Javier Bardem all look to join the film.
Hey look, it's five spiffily-designed posters for the 3D rerelease of The Phantom Menace, all apparently intended to remind us all of the days when we thought The Phantom Menace was a good idea. Anyone who was taking in oxygen back in 1999 will have memories of the delirious hype leading up to Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace. The goodwill towards the Original Trilogy and George Lucas's rare status as a modern mythmaker combined with a perfectly calibrated marketing machine to create total pop-cultural permeation and a collective expectation that The Phantom Menace would inevitably be the greatest human achievement since the pillowcase. Then the movie actually happened and became a symbol of theatrical disappointment and narrative tone deafness.
After the ambitious undertaking that is The Avengers, Marvel Studios and Disney have an ambitious plan to release two Marvel movies a year. The second scheduled post-Avengers release, Thor 2, has experienced some very public growing pains, what with not being able to find or maintain a director for very long. It looks as though Marvel's directorial troubles are over, though, as previously-reported candidate Alan Taylor has been hired to cross the Rainbow Bridge to Asgard with the sequel to this year's surprisingly proficient Thor.
Marvel Studios has an ambitious plan to release two Marvel movies a year after The Avengers hits next summer, but one of the two follow-ups for 2013 is having a bit of trouble finding and keeping a director, which could potentially cause a problem or two with that ambitious plan. Thor 2 is set to be the second post-The Avengers effort, following Iron Man 3 with an already announced Thanksgiving 2013 release date. Yet the the project is no figuratively without a head, as director Patty Jenkins has exited roughly two months after being confirmed to helm the Asgardian sequel.
Right now, zombies are doing a pretty good of shambling through popular culture, with AMC's The Walking Dead cementing its place as the network's biggest show. More than that, zombies have become part of the cultural shorthand to an extent that would've been pretty unthinkable a decade ago, before Shaun of the Dead or Zombieland. Despite the current popularity of the undead, Lionsgate just can't seem to catch a break on Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an adaptation of the novelty mashup novel by Seth Grahame-Smith. After having already had two directors attached, the third, Craig Gillespie has now departed the beleaguered project.
This morning Disney made it known that Thor 2, the sequel to this last summer's big Asgardian adventure and the second post-The Avengers feature from Marvel Studios, would be vacating its original July 26, 2013 release date and would instead drop on November 16, 2013. While the project has long had Chris Hemsworth set to reprise his role as the wielder of Mjolnir, it has not yet had an official director since Kenneth Branagh isn't returning, which is, you know, relatively important. Today, Marvel Studios has officially announced that Patty Jenkins will occupy the director's chair on Thor 2.