COMIC REEL: "Star Wars: Episode VII" Cast Revealed; SyFy Announces New Comic Adaptations

Wed, April 30th, 2014 at 9:31am PDT

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Steve Sunu, Staff Writer/Reviews Editor

STAR WARS

The "Star Wars: Episode VII" cast has been announced! The cast includes returning actors Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker as well as newly cast actors John Boyega ("Attack the Block"), Daisy Ridley ("Silent Witness"), Adam Driver ("Girls"), Oscar Isaac ("Inside Llewyn Davis"), Andy Serkis ("The Lord of the Rings"), Domhnall Gleeson ("Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows") and Max von Sydow.

That said, the casting process isn't over yet as The Hollywood Reporter indicates there's still another substantial female role to be cast.

Opens December 18, 2016

AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.

Another week, another new promo and synopsis for the upcoming episodes of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." -- this time for "Ragtag."

"Ragtag" - In the last episode before the epic season finale, Ward 's Betrayal and HYDRA's shocking secrets are revealed as Coulson's team goes undercover on a mission that leaves no one unscathed, on "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," TUESDAY, MAY 6 (8:00-9:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." stars Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Brett Dalton as Agent Grant Ward, Chloe Bennet as Skye, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz and Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons. Guest starring are Bill Paxton as Agent Garrett, B.J. Britt as Agent Antoine Triplett; Ruth Negga as Raina; David Conrad as Ian Quinn; J. August Richards as Mike. "Ragtag" was written by Jeffrey Bell and directed by Roxann Dawson.

Airs Tuesdays on ABC

SYFY

SyFy has announced its upcoming development slate for 2014, which includes adaptations of many comic book properties including Frank Miller's "Ronin," Jonathan Hickman's "Pax Romana," Charles Soule and Alberto Albuquerque's "Letter 44" and David Schulner and Juan Jose Ryp's "Clone."

  • Debuting in 1983 as a six-issue miniseries from DC Comics, Miller and Lynn Varley's "Ronin" follows a 13th-century samurai dishonored by has master's assassination who finds himself reborn in a dystopian 21st-century New York City, where he must defeat the ancient demon Agat, the reincarnation of his master's killer. Produced by Warner Horizon Television and DC Entertainment, the adaptation is envisioned as a miniseries; the search is under way for a writer.

  • Based on Hickman's 2007 Image Comics miniseries, "Pax Romana" is about a Special Forces team that travels back in time to ancient Rome to try to prevent World War III by altering the past. Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia ("Warehouse 13") are writing the miniseries, with Scaia and Circle of Confusion's David Alpert ("The Walking Dead") executive producing. Hickman will serve as a co-executive producer.
  • Published by Robert Kirkman's Skybound Entertainment, "Clone" centers on Dr. Luke Taylor, who's seemingly perfect life is suddenly changed when an identical, bloodied version of himself arrives at his doorstep to reveal that he's one of many clones, and they're all after his pregnant wife and unborn child. The drama is written by David Schulner ("Dracula"), who will executive produce with Kirkman and Alpert.

  • "Terminator 3's" Jonathan Mostow is set to write, executive produce and direct the pilot for "Letter 44," based on the Oni Press series about a new U.S. president who learns through a letter from his predecessor that, seven years earlier, NASA discovered an alien construction project in the asteroid belt. A team of astronauts is sent to investigate. Eric Gitter and Peter Schwerin of Oni's movie banner Closed on Mondays will executive produce the Universal Television and Universal Cable Productions project with Rene Echevarria ("Terra Nova").

  • On the non-comics front, there's also "The Magicians," based on the acclaimed fantasy novels by Lev Grossman frequently described as "Harry Potter for grown-ups," or "Harry Potter with sex and drugs." The books -- there are two so far, "The Magicians" and "The Magician King" -- follow Quentin Coldwater and his classmates at Brakebills, an elite college of magic in upstate New York, who discover that a Narnia-like world from a series of children’s books is real. The rights were originally acquired in 2011 by Fox, but this adaptation hails from Universal. Sera Gamble (Supernatural) and John McNamara (In Plain Sight) are set to write the script and executive produce.

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

Less than a month before its release, "X-Men: Days of Future Past" has finally received its MPAA rating. According to ComingSoon.net, the classification is for "intense sci-fi violence and action, some suggestive material, nudity and language."

SFX spoke with Hugh Jackman about returning to the role of Wolverine for a possible sequel to "The Wolverine," and it may be the actor's final turn with the character.

"I don’t know yet. We’re talking it through. I still am very ambitious for the character. And tonally I feel like we corrected the ship with the last one," Jackman told SFX. "But I feel we can still go further, in a way. If I did another one I’m 99.9% sure it would be the last, so that will inform what it is for me."

Opens May 23

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2

MTV spoke with "Amazing Spider-Man 2" Marc Webb, who discussed the possibility of a crossover with the X-Men franchise, saying it would be "the dream."

Plus, if you want to grab some advance looks at the possible Sinister Six, Sony has released a super-secret clip through the Shazam music-identification app. Check out some screenshots of the clip below.

TOP: Green Goblin, Rhino; MIDDLE: Kraven, Chameleon/Mysterio; BOTTOM: Doctor Octopus, Vulture

JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS

The Hollywood Reporter has some casting news for "Jem and the Holograms" -- "Step Up: All In" actor Ryan Guzman has been cast as Rio in the upcoming Jon M. Chu film. In the '80s cartoon series, Rio served as the road manager and technical engineer for the Holograms.

SON OF BATMAN

Check out new screenshots and a new clip from the upcoming DC Comics Animated feature "Son of Batman."

Opens May 6

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TAGS:  star wars, star wars episode vii, syfy, amazing spider-man 2, son of batman, x-men days of future past, jem and the holograms (film), agents of shield

 
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