According to Contact Music, actress Kate Bosworth used Hollywood legend Katherine Hepbern as her inspiration for playing Lois Lane. "I watched a lot of Katharine Hepburn to prepare for Lois," Bosworth said, "particularly 'The Philadelphia Story' and 'Guess Who'S Coming To Dinner.' Hepburn is a great model for how I see Lois -- strong but fragile."
Variety (subscription required) is reporting that actress Lena Headey has been cast as the queen opposite Gerard Butler in the Frank Miller adaptation. Headey will play Gorgo, wife of Leonidas. Also joining the cast are David Wenham, Dominic West, Vincent Regan and Rodrigo Santoro.
Spider-senses tingling! According to a spy report over at Freeze Dried Movies, there's problems with the costuming for the villains already. Their scooper wrote, "The first problem is with Venom's costume, which Spiderman wears first. Instead of being pure black, they took a bit from the comic and gave it a disgusting purple tint. In the comic the reason for the tint was to Venom stood out in the shadows, but in film there's no reason for this. Now I've actually seen the costume designs and they're terrible. The purple looks awful. And yes it gets much, much worse. All I can say about the Hobgoblin outfit is 'yikes!' He looks like a skateboarder or something."
JOHN CARTER OF MARS
Also from Variety (subscription still required), Paramount has tapped Jon Favreau to direct "John Carter of Mars," the epic adaptation of the Edgar Rice Burroughs sci-fi series, which was a Marvel comic book in the seventies. To further show the Marvel connection, Favreau played "Foggy" Nelson in their "Daredevil" movie.
There's a new link floating around the blogosphere showing screen shots from clips from unreleased trailers for "X2: X-Men United" and the upcoming "X-Men 3." Some of the footage was supposed to show with "Fantastic Four" but didn't make it.
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