Sequel Updates for Red 2, Thor 2, Iron Man 3, Hunger Games 2, Sin City 2, and Machete 2

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Anthony Hopkins

Apparently the Gods responsible for handing out news to upcoming sequels (specifically of the comic book sequel variety) decided today was a pretty good day to start dishing the goods. And so, instead of creating a half dozen new posts for each little tidbit, here they all are in one sitting.

Red 2

Up first, “Red 2″ may have gotten itself a new villain, and his name might just be Anthony Hopkins.

The former Hannibal The Cannibal, currently playing Alfred Hitchcock, is currently in negotiations to join the geriatric cast of Summit Entertainment’s “Red 2″, playing the film’s chief villain. The role sounds familiar, too: Hopkins would play “a genius scientist who was locked up in an insane asylum.” His name isn’t Hannibal, too, is it?

Hopkins would join returning castmembers Bruce Willis, Mary Louise Parker, John Malkovich, and Helen Mirren, with whom Hopkins is currently starring in “Hitchcock” with. He would join new castmembers Catherine Zeta Jones and “G.I. Joe’s” Byung-hun Lee.

Dean Parisot has been set to direct the sequel, which would find the ex-CIA operatives in Europe on a mission that might be their last. Cause, you know, they’re old and such, and you never know when they’ll take a nap and not wake up.


Mads MikkelsenThor 2

Meanwhile, over at Marvel Comic Book Land, “Thor 2″ may have found a new villain in Mads Mikkelsen. Word is, the former Bond villain is currently in talks to star as Thor’s latest nemesis. No word yet on who that will be, but whoever he ends up playing, Mads will have to share the gig with Tom Hiddleston, who has been confirmed as returning for the sequel to continue making his half-brother’s life difficult.

Chris Hemsworth will return as Thor, with “Game of Thrones” director Alan Taylor taking over the reins from Kenneth Branagh. Natalie Portman and most of the cast are also expected back.

“Thor 2″ will shoot later this Summer for a November 15, 2013 release date.


Ashley HamiltonIron Man 3

And speaking of Marvel comic book movie villains, Ashley Hamilton is also in talks to play the villain Firepower in Shane Black’s “Iron Man 3″.

In the comics, Firepower is “the pilot of an experimental armored suit, built by the government, under the secret Project: Firepower project”, which means he’ll be using that suit to go head-to-head with Iron Man. He’ll join the recently cast James Badge Dale (“The Pacific”) as the sequel’s villains, with Rebecca Hall also recently cast as an old colleague of Tony Stark/Iron Man.

Robert Downey Jr. will return as ol Shellhead, along with Gwyneth Paltrow as his girlfriend, and Don Cheadle as his BFF.

“Iron Man 3″ will shoot this Summer for a May 3, 2013 release date.

And if rumors are to be believed, writer/director Shane Black will have even more to work with post-”The Avengers”. Word on the street has it that Marvel was so pleased with how “The Avengers” performed that they’ve given Black and “Iron Man 3″ an extra $60 million to shoot the sequel, bumping the budget from $140 million to $200 million. For Marvel, a notoriously penny pinching studio, that’s a major commitment.

If, you know, it’s true.


Machete Kills / Sin City 2

Meanwhile, in Danny Trejo news, the “Machete” star recently told the site Moviehole during an interview that production on “Machete Kills” kicks off very soon, and that besides Jessica Alba and Michelle Rodriguez returning, you can also expect to see Zoe Saldana (“Star Trek”) as one of the lovely ladies in Machete’s lives.

That’s the first time we’ve heard of Saldana’s involvement in the “Machete” sequel, but I guess if anyone should know, it’s the star of the franchise. My guess is he’s talking out of school, since this is the type of casting news that gets “leaked” to one of the big movie sites. If, you know, it’s true.

Trejo also adds (plainly joking) that he “better” have a role in “Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For” if director Robert Rodriguez (who is also directing “Machete Kills”) expects to get a “Machete 3″ out of him.

Who exactly would Trejo play in “A Dame to Kill For”? Manute comes immediately to mind, but Trejo is a tad small for that role…

Danny Trejo in Machete (2010) Movie Image


The Hunger Games 2: Catching Fire

And finally, wondering what Lionsgate will be calling their “Hunger Games” sequel, which would be based on “Catching Fire”, the second novel in the Suzanne Collins trilogy of books?

The second movie will officially be called … “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”.

Catching Fire Novel Cover

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=686536707 Ray Mush

    not bad at all

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1487102434 Jim Culver

    Michael Clarke Duncan’s gotta come back as Manute for the Sin City sequel.

  • Juggernaut

    Mads Mikkelson as a villain for Thor 2 huh?!?! I have no idea who he could be playing. I love him though and I’m sure he’ll rock the part.
    Ironman 3 is ridiculously stacked with characters! Ironman , Pepper, Happy (maybe), War Machine, Rebecca Hall, Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce, James Badge Dale, Andy Lau and now Ashley Hamilton as Firepower??? I really hope this thing comes together under Shane Black’s direction.

  • M@rvel

    I really hope Thanos makes a brief appearance in Thor 2 so that they can start to pave the way for The Avengers 2 that would be awesome!!

    • Juggernaut

      I’ve been reading posts on this subject on a few different sites. The concensus is that Mikkelson will be playing one of five characters:
      Tyr- one of Asgard’s greatest warriors and the god of war.
      Maleketh The Ac cursed- a dangerous member of the dark elves
      Kurse- a dark evlve with great power
      Mephisto- the dimension ruling demon
      Skurge The Executioner- fierce warrior and ally to The Enchantress

      Of all of these characters Mikkelson resembles Tyr the most. However, any are possible. Mephisto played an important role in The Infinity Gauntlet series so he could show up since the after credits sequence in The Avengers included to a certain unamed villain.

      • M@rvel

        I don’t know much about Thor comics, but I read that in the comics Executioner was freed from prison and wreaked havoc on Asgard. To me that would be an awesome story for Thor 2, because The Avengers left Loki going back to Asgard about to be imprisoned. So I was thinking maybe Loki meets The Executioner in prison and they escape together.
        Tyr could be kill, but I feel like Mephisto would complicate the Marvel universe even more, him being all demonic and such.

        • M@rvel

          *Tyr could be cool

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WII4TJFSZXJRPOYEA2V3M27PZ4 Jon

    Mads Mikkelson should be Tyr. Tyr is Odin’s eldest son- resentful of Thor replacing him as Asgard’s defender and as heir to the throne.