The cast for the upcoming annual Arrow crossover just keeps getting bigger, as we now know the villain of the piece. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jeremy Davies (LOST) has signed on to play John Deegan, “a doctor at Arkham Asylum for the Criminally Insane in Gotham City, who might just be crazier than the inmates he treats.” This is most certainly a new take on John Dee, a.k.a. Doctor Destiny, famous for villainous turns in the JLA, and Neil Gaiman’s Sandman.
What’s interesting is that this also confirms a Gotham City setting for a good chunk of the crossover as our heroes attempt to stop Doctor Destiny.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, actress Brec Bassinger (Bella and the Bulldogs) has been cast as Courtney Whitmore, aka Stargirl, in the upcoming DC Universe streaming series of the same name.
“There is no other character in comic books more special to me than Stargirl,” said creator and showrunner Geoff Johns. “And after searching far and wide I can say there is no other actor on the planet that embodies her more than Brec Bassinger. Brec’s warmth, strength, humor and positive energy are core to who Courtney Whitmore is. I’m so grateful she’s signed on for the role.”
After rumors of Jordan Peele (Get Out) producing the new Twilight Zone revival for CBS All Access, many of us were hoping the acclaimed actor/director would take on hosting duties, as well. Now, CBS has made it official, as Jordan Peele takes the reins from the legendary Rod Serling, the original iconic voice of the horror anthology.
“Rod Serling was an uncompromising visionary who not only shed light on social issues of his time, but prophesied issues of ours,” Peele said in a statement, according to TV Line. “I’m honored to carry on his legacy to a new generation of audiences as the gatekeeper of The Twilight Zone.”
The BBC has revealed a new trailer for its upcoming eleventh season of Doctor Who, featuring Jodie Whittaker as the titular thirteenth Doctor. The trailer gives us a better idea of who we should expect Whittaker’s Doctor to be, and her motivations moving forward, across time and space.
Whittaker will be joined by an all-new cast of characters in the series, including Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill. Chris Chibnall will take over as showrunner from Steven Moffat for Doctor Who, which is set to return on October 7th with a ten-episode run.
It seems that DC Entertainment isn’t the only name in the streaming service game anymore, as Variety is reporting that Disney and Marvel Studios are developing two limited event series, focusing on Loki, and Scarlet Witch. Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen are expected to reprise their respective roles, with large budgets to ensure the series are done right.
It’s speculated that the shows will be 6 episodes each, with Kevin Feige in charge of production, ensuring that they fall in line completely with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, unlike current television counterparts. Additionally, no creative teams have been attached as of yet, but expect to hear more, soon.
It’s been reported that the annual Arrow crossover has gotten even more interesting with the addition of a supporting character to one of Batman’s villainous rogues. Cassandra Jean Amell (Mad Men), wife of Arrow star, Stephen Amell, has been cast as Nora Fries in the upcoming crossover. Nora Fries is, of course, the wife of villain Mr. Freeze.
While it’s been confirmed the villain won’t be making an appearance, this could set the stage for the villain in the upcoming Batwoman solo series, starring Ruby Rose. We should find out more when the Arrow crossover airs later this year.
Variety is reporting that writer Peter Calloway (Legion) will helm an adaptation of Remedy’s 2010 Microsoft exclusive, Alan Wake, with backing from the game studio, Contradiction Films, and Alan Wake writer Sam Lake. The original game follows the titular character, a novelist, caught in the supernatural happenings of a mysterious town named Bright Falls.
“The story of the original game is our starting point, the seed which will grow into the bigger story we’re exploring in the show. We’ll be expanding the lore of this crazy and dark universe and diving deeper into certain aspects of it than the game ever did.
Not only that, but through the years we’ve worked on multiple game concepts and stories for Alan Wake’s world that have never seen the light of day. All of this material will function as potential source material for the show.”
Netflix has revealed the first official trailer for the incredibly spooky looking Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. The new series follows the comic book of the same name, as a younger Sabrina explores the horrific worlds of the supernatural, occult, and witchcraft.
Kiernan Shipka stars as Sabrina in the new series. She is joined by Lucy Davis (Wonder Woman) as Hilda Spellman, and Miranda Otto (Annabelle: Creation) as Zelda Spellman.
Splash Report and Bloody Disgusting are reporting that Derek Mears (Friday the 13th, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) has been cast as Swamp Thing for the upcoming DC Universe streaming service. DC Entertainment has yet to confirm the report, but Mears has extensive experience performing in heavy makeup and practical effects, and the sources are quite solid.
While Mears would play Swamp Thing, he would not be playing the role of Alec Holland, who has yet to be cast for the series.
Netflix and DreamWorks TV have unveiled the first official teaser trailer for the upcoming animated series, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power. The trailer doesn’t reveal much but gives us our first glimpse of lead character, Adora, and her transformation into the legendary protector, She-Ra.
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power hits Netflix on November 16th.
Crystal Reed (Teen Wolf, Gotham) has been cast in the lead role of Abby Arcane for the upcoming DC Universe streaming series, Swamp Thing. In this rendition, Arcane is a CDC researcher returning to her hometown to investigate a mysterious illness, but a chance meeting with Alec Holland will set her on a collision course with the supernatural and the elemental, Swamp Thing.
The DC Universe adaptation of the classic hero originally created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson is executive produced by Len Wiseman (Sleepy Hollow) who will also direct the pilot. Mark Verheiden (Daredevil) and Gary Dauberman (It) are attached to co-write the series and act as showrunners.
Legendary actor Burt Reynolds has passed away at the age of 82 in his home in Florida according to his longtime manager. Reynolds was most famous for his role as Bo “Bandit” Darville in the classic film, Smokey and the Bandit, as well as roles in Cannonball Run, Deliverance, and Boogie Nights.
Reynolds was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in Boogie Nights, as well as several Emmy’s, Golden Globes, and more throughout his storied career. The actor, once thought to be “the pinnacle of manliness” chose not to challenge himself through his career, only wanting to have a good time. He is survived by his Quinton, and will be sorely missed.
While early rumors pointed to Kelsey Grammer (Frasier) taking on the role, it would seem that the leader of the Doom Patrol, the role of Dr. Niles Caulder, aka The Chief, will be taken by former 007 actor Timothy Dalton (Hot Fuzz, Penny Dreadful), according to Deadline.
Dalton joins an impressive cast for the DC Universe streaming series, alongside Brendan Fraser, April Bowlby, Jack Michaels, Joivan Wade, and Dwain Murphy.
Netflix has announced that Henry Cavill (Man of Steel, Mission Impossible: Fallout) will lead the cast of their adaptation of The Witcher, voicing Geralt of Rivia. Executive producer/showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich has described Geralt as “stoic, circumspect, balanced, fierce, and as hiding a soft place in his heart that he’ll never reveal until the end and even then it will just be a hint.”
The Witcher is set to be an adaptation of The Witcher books, of which there are eight, which have spawned a wildly popular video game series, comic books, tabletop games, and more.
Deadline is reporting that fan-favorite genre actor, Alan Tudyk, has signed on to play the villain for the upcoming DC Universe series, Doom Patrol. Tudyk will play Mr. Nobody, a long-time villain in DC Comics, with the ability to drain the sanity from people.
Alan Tudyk is most known for his role on Joss Whedon’s Firefly, as well as turns in Dollhouse, and Amazon’s The Tick. He’s also an iconic Disney voice actor, voicing at least one character in a Disney animated film for the last several years.