The Ancient One is a crucial character in the Doctor Strange universe. He’s the mad man –the previous Sorcerer Supreme- that eventually becomes Stephen Strange’s mentor.
It’s still unclear just how big of a role the Ancient One will have in the film since Marvel has explicitly said the Cumberbatch lead project won’t focus on the character’s origin story.
That being said, Morgan Freeman would make for a pretty outstanding Ancient One. He has plenty of experience playing cosmic characters in a variety of genre movies, and would be a perfect contrast to Cumberbatch’s newbie magician.
As the film gets closer to shooting, more information about the casting of secondary characters will be revealed.
Peter Jackson has declared the final Hobbit film will not be called There and Back Again or Into the Fire, so internet meme creators can stop mashing up Johnny Cash and Bilbo photographs now.
Originally, the third film was supposed to be called There and Back Again, but in a Facebook post Thursday, Jackson explained the title didn’t quite capture where Bilbo was currently situated in his journey. Instead, the director said, he and his production team decided upon The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies.
“Our journey to make The Hobbit Trilogy has been in some ways like Bilbo’s own, with hidden paths revealing their secrets to us as we’ve gone along,” Jackson said. “There and Back Again” felt like the right name for the second of a two film telling of the quest to reclaim Erebor, when Bilbo’s arrival there, and departure, were both contained within the second film. But with three movies, it suddenly felt misplaced—after all, Bilbo has already arrived “there.”
Jackson explained he had wanted to change the name since late last year, and when he approached the studio with the possibility, they unanimously decided to wait until the final cut of the film had been seen.
“We reached that point last week, and after viewing the movie, we all agreed there is now one title that feels completely appropriate. And so: “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” it is,” he wrote.
The change has divided people online, who began tweeting about it as soon as the news dropped. While some welcomed the change, others were adamant Jackson’s original title was the best and only choice.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. I like it but I’m waiting to hear all the complaints about it.
Then there were legions of Tolkien fans who were just overjoyed that Jackson and the studio had decided against using the hilariously ominous Into the Fire title that had been spread around as rumour last week.
“The Hobbit – There and Back Again is now The Hobbit – The Battle of The Five Armies” HECK YEAH AT LEAST IT’S BETTER THAN INTO THE FIRE
Jackson added that although the film is a little ways off and their team is still in the editing stages, fans should stayed tuned for more information on the final film soon.
“…Jabez and I happily editing away in a dark cave in Wellington—but those halcyon days are quickly coming to an end. It will soon be time to step into the light. Expect to see and hear much about The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in the coming months.”
Who’s got money down on a trailer announcement within the next couple of months?
So it’s not nothing, but it’s still not much. Sources have told HitFix that director J.J. Abrams will begin filming Star Wars: Episode VII in May. Shooting will continue until September with the finished product hitting screens Dec. 18, 2015.
According to the report, most principal casting on the film is complete, so I suppose we can count on hearing about Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford’s reprisal of their iconic characters any day now.
Earlier this week, Gary Oldman revealed that he is one of the actors who has had discussions about the new film. “They’ve called,” Oldman told Sky Movies. “I’ll believe it when I’m on the plane home. The deal isn’t done, but yeah, they’ve inquired. I mean Planet of the Apes, Harry Potter, Batman and Star Wars… bloody hell!”
Zac Efron also confirmed he’s had talks telling MTV last week, “Yeah, I just went and met with them (Disney executives). So I don’t know. It would be cool. I love the Star Wars movies I love them, but who knows?”
In addition to Oldman and Efron, Saoirse Ronan (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Kick Ass’ Chloë Moretz and Fruitvale Station’s Michael B. Jordan have been linked to the new film. As well, Abrams has confirmed talks with Breaking Bad’s Jesse Plemons. Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Fassbender, Girls star Adam Driver and Hugo Weaving are also rumoured to be involved.
According to a report on THR last month, Abrams’ upcoming sequel has been reworked to focus on the trilogy’s original stars – Luke Skywalker (Hamill), Han Solo (Ford) and Princess Leia (Fisher), with newer characters taking a back seat until Episode VIII and IX.
I’m still not sure how I feel about that, but if there’s one person I trust to reset this franchise and make it palpable again, it’s J.J. Abrams.
If you’re a hardcore Star Wars fan, this tidbit might have you flying out of your chair. According to The Hollywood Reporter, J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars film has been reworked to focus on the trilogy’s original stars – Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher).
THR reports that original scribe Michael Arndt departed the film over creative differences with the director. Arndt wanted the new film to focus more on the offspring of the trio, while Abrams wanted to give audiences another chance to experience the classic characters before a “fitting send-off.”
According to the trade, Abrams and co-writer Lawrence Kasdan have reworked the new characters into supporting roles that will emerge as the focal points in Episode VIII and IX. New characters have been added to the new script, while others have been dropped entirely.
THR also reports that Michael Fassbender, Girls star Adam Driver and Hugo Weaving are in contention for roles in Episode VII. Breaking Bad’s Jesse Plemons has also reportedly met with the director. Weaving, according to multiple sources, has had early talks for a part to play an Imperial commander.
This is in addition to Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael B. Jordan, Jack O’Connell, Alex Pettyfer, Saoirse Ronan and Sullivan Stapleton – all of whom have been linked at one point or another to the new film.
If the Weaving rumour is true it suggests that Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine were not fully vanquished at the end of Return of the Jedi. (Readers of the books can weigh in on the comments and let me know how the storyline was expanded after Episode VI).
Of course, nothing is confirmed until we hear it from Disney. But this is a fun way for Star Wars fans to start their week.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the second instalment of Peter Jackson’s return to Middle Earth, took in a hefty $73 million at the box office over the weekend.
But just who is this Smaug guy? The folks over at Finances Online drew up a nifty infographic detailing why the character (which is played by Benedict Cumberbatch) is the deadliest, richest and most malevolent character in The Hobbit sequel.
Check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments. If you haven’t seen The Desolation of Smaug, you can read Bruce Kirkland’s four-star review here.