COMIC REEL: "Fantastic Four" Casting News; Cast & Crew Expound On "Days of Future Past"

Thu, February 20th, 2014 at 8:51am PST

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Steve Sunu, Staff Writer/Reviews Editor

FANTASTIC FOUR

Fox's "Fantastic Four" reboot has made some major strides in the last 24 hours in terms of casting -- the studio is reportedly in final stages of deals for the core team, which includes Miles Teller as Mr. Fantastic, Kate Mara as the Invisible Woman, Michael B. Jordan and the Human Torch and Jamie Bell as the Thing. According to The Hollywood Reporter, deals aren't closed yet but Jordan and Bell "look pretty solid."

Opens June 19, 2015

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2

Total Film has posted a spoiler-filled new image from "Amazing Spider-Man 2," which features Spider-Man locked in combat with one of the film's major villains. Go ahead and click the image below for spoilers.

Opens May 2

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

Collider has posted separate interviews with "X-Men: Days of Future Past" director Bryan Singer and cast members James McAvoy and Hugh Jackman about the upcoming film and what to expect.

"I wanted to make Charles quite extreme, relative to who he has always been before," McAvoy told Collider. "When I first took over the part, I was only able to do that to a certain extent, because the film is about Michael’s journey, really. As much as I had a great part and I helped facilitate that -- it was like a buddy movie and stuff, I had nice stuff to play -- it was ultimately his narrative. In this one, it feels a little different in that I can go further with the extremity of it. I can go further with the extremity from what Patrick did, but also from what I did in the last movie, too. So you’ll find him very different. Not just because he’s got long hair, but because of what he is and how shaky his soul is. That’s really the key to him in this one, that his power, which has always been seen as his psychic ability or great intelligence or whatever, really what I think it is empathy."

Meanwhile, Singer discussed moving forward with the franchise and planning out the next few films.

"I think they always understood that the X-Men universe is every bit as exciting and large and potentially fruitful as the remaining Marvel Universe," Singer told Collider "They’re different characters. The Marvel characters are very familiar, they have household names like the Hulk and Spider-Man, things like that, but that doesn’t mean the X-Men universe is any less rich. Time travel is something that is a staple part of the X-Men universe that we were able to explore, and a lot of great new characters. So at some point, it’s just doing it right, you can’t just whip up that formula and go, 'Uh, here is my Gambit movie and my Deadpool movie, this movie, and that movie, and they’re all gonna be hits!' You’ve gotta take care with each one. It’s different, they’re different, they’re not household name characters that you’re smashing together. There’s like Avengers for instance, some of them are ensemble characters, it’s kind of a different universe, it’s more thematic, it’s like a more serious universe, and it requires a different kind of care that I think Fox is anxious to explore."

Finally, Jackman -- who has arguably had the most appearances in X-Men films out of the entire cast -- discussed how the character has changed for "Days of Future Past."

"Well, it very much follows on from 'The Wolverine,'" Jackman told Collider. "You get the feeling that he’s come to terms with who he is – I’m a warrior, I’m Wolverine and that’s who I am, for better or worse, it’s not all going to be pretty, but here we go. And then soon after, as you saw in the teaser, he gets approached. Now, actually, it’s all hands on deck, it doesn’t matter which side you’re on in terms of mutant politics, it’s about survival. So he’s on board, but he’s very much in the center of it in terms of the team, so to speak. And then he’s sent back to try and fix things and, as he says, I’m the last person in the world who should be sent back on this mission."

Comic Book Movie has also posted some new official stills from the sequel featuring Magneto, Wolverine, Mystique and more.

Opens May 23

TERMINATOR

Variety reports that Jai Courtney has been cast as Kyle Reese in Paramount and Skydance's "Terminator" reboot. Courtney joins Emilia Clarke, Jason Clarke and Arnold Schwarzenegger, who have already been cast in Alan Taylor's film.

STAR WARS: REBELS

The short introductions to the cast of "Star Wars: Rebels" continue, this time with a video about Mandalorian demolitions expert Sabine.

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TAGS:  fantastic four, x-men days of future past, amazing spider-man 2, terminator, star wars rebels

 
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