Much Casting News, So Little Time...
before school starts and I have to work again...
what you guys have been saying about me.
week the internet went crazy with casting news and rumors,
and thanks to a combination of laziness and running around
and doing other things, I managed not to post anything that
could be invalidated the very next day. (Ms.
Wynter, please call us, we love you.) Now that the dust
has settled (or has it?), here's what has happened in the
past week, most of which should have everybody jumping up
and down in excitement.
Lantern: Black Is Not Back!
week's edition of Entertainment Weekly, Jack Black
lightly scoffs at the story that he would be playing Green
Lantern. For those of us at Comic-Con, it would be well
to remember that Bob Wayne scoffed, too, but the implication
there was more about development hell.
claims that he had a conversation with somebody who had
the rights, and expressed interest, but there is no script.
Let us infer there is even no identification of which Green
Lantern would be used. (Aw, heck, let Phil LaMarr work out
and play John Stewart...)
rate, the actor/comedian says he'd be interested "...if
the script was good," but that it's not a done deal.
Planet Analysis: Black is no dummy. He has heard the
rumblings of fandom, a fandom he himself occasionally dabbles
in. If this had not been a done deal, it would not have
been announced in the trades. And I know that the DC editorial
staff was informed of the done deal. So what happened? One
has gone down in the rumor mill last week. Fansite Superman-V.com
reportedly had it on good authority that director Bryan
Singer has offered the role of Superman to current Smallville
Clark Kent Tom Welling. Should Welling turn it down, Singer
wanted Third Watch's Eddie Cibrian. If this report
from the fansite is true, hell would still likely freeze
over before Welling would accept the role. He has stated
repeatedly that it holds no interest for him. But careers
have been built on such webs of lies before...
a fly in that ointment, however, is a posting that appeared
It Cool News over the weekend. According to that site,
Warner Brothers is holding an open casting call for the
role of Superman. By appointment only, the search is allegedly
still nationwide. I'm putting my money on Vivien Leigh.
only definite thing we can say about the Superman
process is that last week Fox Studios kicked Bryan Singer
off the lot. His production company, that is, because the
studio had given him a two-year deal with the understanding
that he would actually be making more movies for them. Instead,
Singer jumped over to Logan's Run, then Superman,
both at Warner Brothers, throwing X3 into turmoil.
So long-suffering girlfriend Fox threw Singer's stuff out
of the apartment.
on if and when he can get his records back. And that favorite
t-shirt? Pretty sure Fox burned it.
Have Our Lord of Evil...
absolutely agrees on Lord Voldemort. For Harry Potter
And The Goblet Of Fire, now filming under the direction
of Mike Newell, they couldn't just CG in a malevolent presence.
Producers needed a living breathing man. And they found
him in Ralph Fiennes. (It's not the only evil Lord Fiennes
will be playing -- according to the internet movie database,
he's voicing Lord Victor Quatermaine in Wallace and
Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. I don't know
which excites me more.)
series has turned into a who's who of British actors, and
those that have turned expatriate must be kicking themselves
for not yet finding a place in the franchise. Yes, Anthony
Hopkins and Tim Curry often cry into their beers over this.
Return of Wonder Woman
one's for my father-in-law.
Carter, she of the recently released Wonder
Woman - The Complete First Season, has just been
cast as the principal of Sky High, a school for
the offspring of superheroes learning to get a handle on
their powers. The Disney film stars Kurt Russell and Kelly
Preston as the heroic parents of a student.
oh, please, let her twirl around and transform just once.