“Idris Elba to Play Villain in ‘Fast and Furious’ Spinoff Starring Dwayne Johnson”

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Idris Elba is in final negotiations to play the main villain in “Hobbs and Shaw,” the “Fast and Furious” spinoff starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham.

“Deadpool 2” director David Leitch is on board to helm, with Johnson and Statham reprising their roles as special agent Luke Hobbs and criminal mastermind Deckard Shaw, respectively. “Fast and Furious” architect Chris Morgan penned the script, with production set to commence this fall.

The film will see the often-at-odds pair teaming up. Sources say Elba’s character is the antagonist the duo will go up against.

Since his arrival in the franchise’s fifth installment, Universal has tried to find a way to spin off Johnson’s Hobbs character, given his popularity with fans. Statham joined the series in the seventh movie, and considering the chemistry between the two actors in 2017’s “The Fate of the Furious,” Universal took action on plans to develop a spinoff. It hits theaters on July 26, 2019…”

Idris Elba to Play Villain in ‘Fast and Furious’ Spinoff Starring Dwayne Johnson (EXCLUSIVE)

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“Sandra Oh on Her Emmy Nomination for Killing Eve: ‘It’s Not Just Me at This Moment’”

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“Sandra Oh was working when she got the news that she had received her sixth Emmy nomination and first for the show Killing Eve. She was with her friend and fellow actor Michelle Krusiec, talking through the Hansol Jung play, Wild Goose Dreams, which Oh had previously starred in. “My friend is auditioning for the play,” she said on the phone a few hours later. “We were talking about it because I was already familiar with the character that she was going in on.” She finally looked at her phone and saw the news. “I really love the fact that when all those calls were going off, my phone was on silent,” Oh said, “[because] Michelle and I were talking about this play about a North Korean refugee.”

Both of them realized what a historic moment this is: Sandra Oh has become the first woman of Asian descent to be nominated for lead actress in a drama. (Archie Panjabi won an Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in 2010.) Her first five nominations came in a consecutive string from 2005 to 2009, for her work as a supporting actress on Grey’s Anatomy as the prickly and ambitious Dr. Cristina Yang. She left the show in 2014 to pursue new creative projects…”

http://www.vulture.com/2018/07/sandra-oh-emmy-nomination-killing-eve.html

“Batwoman TV Series In Works At the CW”

Batwoman is already scheduled to visit the Arrowverse for the annual crossover event in December; she may now become a permanent member of it, expanding the universe and breaking some TV ground in the process.

In Batwoman, written by Dries based on the DC characters, armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, Kate Kane soars onto the streets of Gotham as Batwoman, an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence. But don’t call her a hero yet. In a city desperate for a savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope.

Batwoman already has been a trailblazer for LGBTQ+ representation in comics. After a long hiatus, she was reintroduced to the DC comic universe in 2006 when she was established as a Jewish lesbian, becoming the first-ever lesbian superhero title DC character.  Now Batwoman would become the first gay lead character — male or female — of a live-action superhero series…”

“Could Marvel’s Big Post-Avengers Franchise Be The Ultimates?

“Although we are all still reeling from the events of Avengers: Infinity War, it’s never to soon to start looking ahead—even past next year’s Avengers 4!—and onto the next mysterious phase of whatever Kevin Feige has in store. And now, we maybe have an idea of what may come. We learned, thanks to an earnings call earlier this week (via The Hollywood Reporter) that Disney CEO Bob Iger made a comment about potential future Marvel franchises. “I’m guessing that we will try our hand at a new franchise beyond Avengers,” Iger said. He made it a point to not rule out future Avengers films, but the suggestion seemed to be another new franchise without Avengers in the title.

By “new franchise,” he probably doesn’t mean just solo films for new characters—we know those are coming. He’s more than likely talking about something that will be as big an event as The Avengers series has been, uniting different heroes from various Marvel films. Given that, the next big franchise could be none other than The Ultimates.

“But wait!” you may be thinking. “Aren’t the Avengers and the Ultimates basically the same thing?” Well, yes and no. I’m talking about the second team to use the name, which consisted of Captain MarvelBlack Panther, Spectrum, Blue Marvel, and Miss America Chavez, and which debuted in 2015. I’ll get into the reasons why I think the Ultimates may be coming soon, but first, a little history lesson on just who the heck the Ultimates are, for you comics newbies out there….”

https://nerdist.com/marvel-post-avengers-franchise-the-ultimates/

“Dakota Fanning, Kōichi Yamadera Join Cast of Rooster Teeth’s ‘gen:Lock’ Starring Michael B. Jordan”

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Rooster Teeth’s Western anime series “gen:Lock” has added Dakota Fanning and noted anime voice actor Kōichi Yamadera to the cast.

The duo join Michael B. Jordan, who as previously announced will voice protagonist rebel pilot Julian Chase in “gen:Lock.” In the series, Earth’s last free society is on the losing side of a global war and desperately seeks recruits to operate the next generation of giant, weaponized robots known as “mecha.”

Fanning (“The Alienist,” “The Twilight Saga”) will voice Miranda Worth, an expert mech pilot and Chase’s love interest. Yamadera (“Cowboy Bebop,” “Ghost in the Shell,” “Dragon Ball Super”) will voice Kazu Iida, one of the new recruits transferring from Japan’s military forces to fight alongside Chase in the gen:Lock program.

“Gen:Lock” is the second anime-style series from Rooster Teeth Animation, and will be co-produced with Jordan’s Outlier Productions. The company’s popular “RWBY” franchise, conceived by the late Monty Oum, enters its sixth season this fall…”

https://variety.com/2018/digital/news/rooster-teeth-genlock-dakota-fanning-koichi-yamadera-1202865297/

“‘Hannah John-Kamen on Playing Marvel’s Newest Villain — ‘Expect the Unexpected'”

“The Marvel Cinematic Universe is about to get a gender-flip thanks to Hannah John-Kamen.

The Killjoys actress plays the villainous Ghost in Ant-Man and the Wasp (in theatres Friday). But in the comics, the shapeshifting baddie was a male who was an enemy of Iron Man.

“What’s brilliant about Marvel is that we’re changing it up,” John-Kamen told the Sun during an exclusive visit to the film’s set in Atlanta last fall.

When the creative team behind Ant-Man and the Wasp were pondering who Earth’s tiniest heroes Ant-Man/ Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and the Wasp/ Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) should square off against, they chose to give the supervillain a gender swap to give things a shake.

John-Kamen, the 28-year-old Brit who also has been seen on Game of Thrones as well as this year’s Tomb Raider and Ready Player One, is part of a Marvel film that is making a big statement about women in the MCU.

Not only is Ghost the villain, but Ant-Man and the Wasp – the 20th film in an interconnected film series that includes this year’s Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War – is the first one to include a female character in a title role…”

http://comicbook.com/marvel/2018/07/04/ant-man-and-the-wasp-hannah-john-kamen-ghost-no-villain/

“Brie Larson Says She Learned Her Own Strength Playing ‘Captain Marvel’ Role”

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“Actress Brie Larson wouldn’t say too much about her highly anticipated “Captain Marvel” film, but she did reveal that she discovered her inner and outer strength through her portrayal of the titular character at the Crystal + Lucy Awards Wednesday night.

“I will say that I learned that I’m much stronger than I realize in playing her,” she told Variety on the carpet at the Beverly Hilton.

For Larson, playing “Captain Marvel” is unquestionably a surreal moment of her career. “A lot of my life recently has felt like it’s happening to somebody else,” she explained. “I think part of it is a defense mechanism. It feels better to kind of continue to have my own understanding of myself, rather than one that was put on me by the outside world.”

According to Larson, she trained extensively for nine months in order to build her physical strength prior to production. “My highest right now is 215 lbs. in deadlifts. 400 lb. hip thrusts,” she shared, while stating, “being able to lift weight like that really changed my perspective and understanding of myself…”

https://variety.com/2018/scene/news/brie-larson-captain-marvel-strength-women-in-film-1202846232/