Skip to main content

Marvel Casting Round-Up: DEADPOOL, JESSICA JONES, DOCTOR STRANGE, LUKE CAGE


Thursday afternoon brought a torrent of casting news for Marvel TV and film projects. The long in development Deadpool adaptation was finally a go and it looks like Ryan Reynolds will be back as the Merc with a Mouth. The umpteenth actor rumored and approached to be Doctor Strange finally signed on as Benedict Cumberbatch takes the role and cape. The Netflix series have found their 'Jessica Jones' and 'Luke Cage' in Krysten Ritter and Mike Colter. That's a lot of news for one day but here are more details. 



It seems that old test footage of Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool wasn't a complete waste of time after all as now he's been signed to join director Tim Miller to bring the Marvel character to life. Production begins in March of next year based on a script from Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Miller had been developing the film for years waiting to get the green light from the studio. The time has come.

Deadpool tells the tale of a wisecracking mercenary who undergoes an experimental treatment to gain healing powers like those of Wolverine but while effective also is scarred severely. His indestructibility allows him to face violent criminals with nary a fear and a smart mouth to boot. 

Fox is taking a broader approach with their Marvel film properties as X-Men: Apocalypse is slated for 2016 and need to diversify if they plan on keeping those rights.



The latest actor to be tied to the supernatural Marvel sorcerer film, Doctor Strange, has been signed and Benedict Cumberbatch, the critically lauded 'Sherlock' and recent 'Khan' of Star Trek, is locked in for the November 14, 2016 release.

Neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions after a horrific car accident. He is the earth's defender against evil supernatural forces. 
“Stephen Strange’s story requires an actor capable of great depth and sincerity,” said Producer Kevin Feige. “In 2016, Benedict will show audiences what makes Doctor Strange such a unique and compelling character.”

After the long search for a leading man with names like Johnny Depp, Jared Leto, Ethan Hawke and others it looks like Marvel may have found the best man for the job.  




Beating out Teresa Palmer after having "chemistry reads" with projected 'Luke Cage' choice Mike Colter, Krysten Ritter has been officially announced as the titular character in Netflix's Marvel's A.K.A. Jessica Jones mini-series. 

The 13-episode run is one of four mini-series that will start with Daredevil, then Jessica Jones where Luke Cage will be introduced, his show will follow then end with an Iron Fist mini. All this leads to a team-up film, The Defenders

Jones suffered post-traumatic stress from her short stint as a superhero to lead her to work as a private detective in retirement. She helps the citizens of New York's Hell's Kitchen both heroes and non-heroes alike.

Ritter has mostly played comedic roles like in ABC's short-lived 'Don't Trust the B**** in Apt. 23' but showed some range as a tragic figure on 'Breaking Bad.' As the debate goes on online as it always does when it comes to casting the execs at Marvel are quite pleased with their decision.
"Krysten brings both the hard edge and the vulnerability the role demands," said Executive Producer/Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg. "We can't wait for fans to see her in action, coming to Netflix in 2015."
 "Krysten Ritter has the type of range, spanning the comic to the tragic, that makes for the stuff of the best Marvel heroes," said Jeph Loeb, Executive Producer/Marvel's Head of Television. "As Jessica Jones, Krysten will bring one of the most beloved new characters of the past decade to life in a way we know will delight her longtime fans and introduce her to many more."
As for the role of hero and eventual love interest, Luke Cage, all chatter points to The Good Wife's  Mike Colter. While not official he certainly has impressed the showrunners and not much has been heard of the other candidates which included Lance Gross. Colter looks the part and has been sensational on Wife

We expect his announcement to follow once we presume a deal is made. It's unknown about the Iron Fist casting as that is further out. Jones will probably debut in late 2015.



Comments

Popular posts from this blog

REVIEW: 'Wonder Woman '77 Meets The Bionic Woman' #6 by Andy Mangels and Judit Tondora

The series has been great fun but for fans of the original Wonder Woman TV series starring Lynda Carter and the Bionic Woman starring Lyndsey Wagner it's been a time machine to what could have been when these two iconic heroines meet.


WONDER WOMAN '77 MEETS THE BIONIC WOMAN #6  Writer: Andy Mangels Artist: Judit Tondora Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment Release Date: September 20, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99
Score: ★★★★☆ (4/5)
 Andy Mangels and Judit Tondora have put together a sprawling crossover event that faithfully captures the tone and aesthetic of the 1970's shows. Often complicated and full of exposition, the camaraderie between Diana and Jamie is genuine and to see them in action makes the cover price worth every penny. Bringing together not only the titular heroes but incorporating their respective supporting characters like Wonder Girl and combining villains was no easy feat but Mangels and Tondora pull it off with enthusiasm and precision.
The plot to use Fembots to…

REVIEW: 'Genius: Cartel' #3 (of 5) by Marc Bernardin, Adam Freeman, and Rosi Kampe

Adam Freeman and Marc Bernardin tighten the vice around their hero Destiny when she deviates from the mission to a plan of her own. Now outgunned and trapped while trying to rescue dozens of frightened women from the cartel's sex-trade, Destiny must use her superior intellect to find a way out alive in Genius: Cartel #3.


GENIUS: CARTEL #3 (OF 5) Story: Adam Freeman, Marc Bernardin Art / Cover: Rosi Kampe Colors: Brad Simpson Letters: Troy Peteri Published: October 18, 2017 Diamond ID: AUG170655
Ignoring orders to assassinate the leader of a drug cartel, Destiny pursues her true mission—free two dozen young girls from the cartel’s sex-trade operation. With an army of mercenaries on her tail and the US border over 1,500 miles away, how will she fight her way out while protecting such fragile cargo?
Digital : $3.99 Print: $3.99
Score: ★★★★☆ (4/5)
When Destiny decides to alter the mission leaving her troops to complete the assassination of the cartel leader, she opts to lead the women a…

LONG BEACH COMIC CON Invades the Southland with William Shatner, Dave Gibbons, Cosplayers, and More

It's that time of year again when pop culture fans from all over Southern California and beyond descend on Long Beach to meet and greet some of their favorite stars from comic books, television, and movies. This year the 2017 Long Beach Comic Con offers some new exciting guests, panels, concerts, film festivals, cosplay contests, and an expansive Space Expo.


Visit downtown Long Beach on Saturday, Sept. 2 and Sunday, Sept. 3 for the annual Comic Con at the Long Beach Convention Center. This year's lineup includes legendary actor and cultural icon Star Trek's William Shatner speaking in the Main Stage room on Saturday as well as esteemed veteran comic writer and artist Dave Gibbons (Watchmen).
A con that still values comics will feature comic book vendors, artists, writers, and publishers. Approximately 100 other guests including animators, voice actors, and professional cosplayers will be participating in more than 100 entertaining and informative panels covering animation,…

WONDER WOMAN OF THE DAY: Fitness Model Gia Macool Embodies the Amazon Princess

The closest we'll ever get, probably, to superheroes in real life is through the great work of cosplayers. You see them at every pop culture convention from the very basic to extremely elaborate costume design. However, you don't have to be a cosplayer to enjoy dressing up as your favorite superhero from time to time. Take fitness model and entrepreneur Gia Macool for example. An accomplished fitness competitor and model, Macool is also a big fan of DC Comics' Wonder Woman. She shows her love of the iconic Amazon Princess in her fitness wear, meal prep accessories and even a full blown photo shoot in a Wonder Woman costume. 

For decades comics have featured very muscular superheroes, male and female, epitomizing the human form at its strongest. So when bodybuilders and fitness pros decide to suit up as these costumed heroes, they are the embodiment of those fictional characters in the flesh. Macool looks like she stepped out of the pages of a Wonder Woman comic with a suit …

REVIEW: 'Crosswind' #4 by Gail Simone and Cat Staggs

'Crosswind' #4 delves deeper into the situations that Cason and Juniper have found themselves in. The fates of both are increasingly in danger just as Cason as Juniper begins to stabilize the domestic life. Juniper as Cason has a target on his back and a deception that could cost a life before the two return to their rightful bodies.



CROSSWIND #4 Writer: Gail Simone Artist: Cat Staggs Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: September 27, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99
Score: ★★★★☆ (4/5)
The last issue was a satisfying chapter but things get inevitably messier. Cruz is out to get Cason for sleeping with his fiance Mika and making sure he keeps quiet about killing the idiotic son, Siggy, of the mob boss. He's got to play Mr. Randolph against Cason now and it's sure to set some deadly actions in motion. Meanwhile, back in suburbia, Cason just set Juniper's husband straight about his philandering. He needs help getting away as a woman so he enlists the help of a transgender woma…