Here’s a round-up of the latest casting murmurs on several upcoming projects: Star Wars The J.J. Abrams production is still knee-deep in its search for young female and young male leads. With a casting call that spans the US, UK, … Continue reading

Casting Updates for Star Wars, Avengers, Ant-Man, and Terminator

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Here’s a round-up of the latest casting murmurs on several upcoming projects:

Star Wars

The J.J. Abrams production is still knee-deep in its search for young female and young male leads. With a casting call that spans the US, UK, and Australia, they’re said to not be letting any stone go unturned in their search. But that’s not new. What’s new is that there’s a now another role being sought out as well- and that’s a military man in his 40s. Think along the lines of Matt Damon’s character in Elysium.

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Despite the fact that we’ve been saying it for ages, and several reliable sources have all ready confirmed it to be true, Marvel has finally gotten around to announcing that Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen are set to play QuickSilver and Scarlet Witch. Yes, it took them until today, November 25, to state what we’ve been telling you since June.

Ant-Man

The front runner for the role of Henry Pym has been revealed. According to THR, Paul Rudd is said to be who the studio wants for the part. The fact that he’s mainly known as a comedic actor shouldn’t come as a surprise, considering director Edgar Wright’s comments last week regarding the action-comedy tone he’s going for. At age 44, though, Rudd would be one of the elder statesmen of Marvel’s current crop of leads.

A word to the skeptics: Wright was able to make Michael Cera seem halfway bad ass in Scott Pilgrim, so if Rudd does sign on, maybe he can work that magic again.

Terminator

The search for John Connor and Kyle Reese- pivotal characters in the Terminator mythos- is on indefinite hold. Director Alan Taylor, and returning star Arnold Schwarzenegger, are said to be putting their entire focus on finding the film’s female lead, Sarah Connor. THR confirmed recent reports that Emilia Clarke (who, like Taylor, is a Game of Thrones alum), Brie Larson, and Tatiana Maslany have all read for the coveted role. Sarah, previously played by Linda Hamilton, gives birth to the future leader of the rebellion, John. The THR report also suggests that Tom Hardy is the current “type” the production has in mind for its John Connor. Fellow Dark Knight alum, Christian Bale, played John in 2009′s Terminator: Salvation.

  • runner_j

    Paul Rudd’s age should be irrelavent. Robert Downey was around the same age when he was cast in Iron Man, and that turned out ok.

  • http://www.mediacritiquer.com/ MediaCritiquer.com

    If they screw up casting for Sarah Connor, then the movie will have a big obstacle. I wish the new Terminator and Star Wars films all the best, but I think they’re trying to re-bottle lightning.

  • Chris Groves

    Agreed, and for whatever reason…I doubt that they expect “Ant-Man” to be a major cornerstone of their franchise moving forward. I don’t exactly foresee a scenario where we are getting Ant-Man 2, 3, and 4 and he is in any sense the ‘main attraction’ of the MCU. He’s ultimately a supporting player in the grand scheme of things.

  • Shaun Patrick O’Rourke

    I have more hope for Star Wars then I do for the Terminator franchise.

  • Dan Riedel

    Just make of movie of The Sarah Connor Chronicles for f*cks sake. Get Lena Hedy to come back and we can pretend everything after T2 never happened.

    And we can focus more on how Skynet came to be.

  • Daniel Baldwin

    Given that Pym apparently ISN’T the lead, I doubt it will matter too much how fit Paul Rudd is or how much of a badass he needs to be seen as. Scott Lang is the main role here. Wright’s been saying that since Day One.

  • Justmythoughts

    Paul Rudd would be a really interesting casting choice. I like it.

  • Justmythoughts

    You know, Iron Man was really kind of second tier in the mainstream public’s mind (Thor definitely was.) If it is a good movie, I bet we will see a sequel. Just the brief segment that is floating around looks very cool. I’m still bummed that he has no part in Avengers: Ultron. That is his arch nemesis and the reason for his mental break downs. Like making The Mandarin a joke type of let down.

  • Justmythoughts

    I wish I could forget T3 and T4.

  • Justmythoughts

    Really? I hadn’t heard that said. Well, that’s too bad. Pym is much more interesting than Lang. With his split personality, hot rich wife, breakdowns and he is a genius. But, I can see it as more of a comedy as an average guy has to learn how to use the stolen tech. It would be hard to say “I am Ant-Man” with a straight face.

  • Chris Groves

    What they did with The Mandarin was subversive and unique. I can’t recall the last time any big blockbuster truly fooled/surprised me like that film did, and I loved it. Also, they didn’t make The Mandarin a joke, they made him Aldrich Kilian(“I am the Mandarin!”) which was fine with me.

    We didn’t get the traditional version of the character…but that version would have been hard to make work for the mainstream. And creatively, it was too ballsy to NOT respect it.

    And again, I’m fine with Ant-Man not being in Age of Ultron. Yes, I get the relationship Pym has with the character…but in the context of the series, I’d rather Ant-Man get properly introduced in a film that is 100% devoted to him, as opposed to having to be introduced within the big ensemble of an Avengers film. He deserves better than that.