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.
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.
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.
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…
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”.