Game of Thrones Prequel Starts Casting and More…

We are starting off with casting. As we slowly wind down 2018, we are finally hearing about casting for the much anticipated prequel to Game of Thrones. The news spread like wildfire and now we are wondering how Naomi Watts‘ character, a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret, plays into the history of Westeros. What we do know of the story is that it predates, by thousands of years, the story that we all know and love. The new tale chronicles the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. Intriguing.

Jaime Murray has been cast as Theresa Walker for Gotham‘s last season. She has a dark secret and she will be Jim’s nemesis. TVLine

Pennyworth continues to add to their evildoers. Jason Flemming will be playing a villain called Lord Harwood. Deadline

Movie News: 

As we patiently wait to see Overlord on November 9, the director of the movie (Julius Avery) has been tapped to write and direct Flash Gordon. Did you see the 1980 movie? It is a cult classic that is based on the hero of a space opera adventure comic strip created by and originally drawn by Alex Raymond. It was created to compete with the Buck Rogers adventure strip. Variety

A few hints of whats to come in the upcoming Birds of Prey movie, Director Cathy Yan spoke at a conference and stated the following:

  • The script has a lot of dark humor and as expected, there is a theme of female empowerment running throughout it.
  •  Cassandra Cain, a ward of Barbara Gordon who inherits the Batgirl costume in the comics. Deadline

Upcoming TV Shows:

We’ve known that Disney was planning their own streaming service and that they were going to have shows that revolved around some key Marvel heroes. We now know that one of the shows Marvel is currently developing is a limited series centered on the Winter Soldier and Falcon. TVGuide

Have a Happy Halloween Everyone!

~M.

 

What You Missed…

Season 4 of Outlander will start November 4th, but Starz want the show’s fans to start tooting their bag pipes with the release of the official trailer for the new season.

How can you not love Claire and Jamie. They better get a happily ever after.

Gotham is still rounding out its cast for the final season of the show. Shane West will be playing Eduardo Dorrance, an old Army buddy of Jim Gordon’s (Ben McKenzie). Eduardo Dorrance is Bane. Where is Tom Hardy when you need him? Deadline

A site that I follow on Twitter asked what three shows made an impact on me. I listed the original runs of Twin Peaks and the X-Files as my first two because they changed my view of what TV can be. True Blood was my third and that I feel like True Blood changed TV programming and changed what people wanted to watch on the small screen. But, I could not list another show that changed how we think and how we watch TV. Not many shows can make a person question everything and still make them wanting more. Mr. Robot is one of these types of shows.

While I was on vacation, I heard that Mr. Robot was ending its run after the next season. This is one of the few shows that became a part of a bunch of noir-esque shows that did not shy away from delving into topics like mental health, political strife and the impact it has on society as a whole. We will have to wait for a bit to see Elliot’s journey’s end, I hope he gets the resolution he needs to be healthy.

~M.

New Shows, Casting News, and The Return of Veronica Mars?

Happy Hump Day!

I started off blogging when True Blood came out, so I have always kept tabs on the cast since the show ended. Alexander Skarsgard (Big Little Lies, True Blood, Generation Kill) is slated to appear in The Little Drummer Girl by John le Carré. This production is a joint venture between the BBC and AMC, similar to the partnership for The Night Manager. 

From the Press Release:

NEW YORK, NY – August 21, 2018 – AMC today announced “The Little Drummer Girl,” will premiere in the U.S. as a must-watch, three-night television event with a two-hour episode on November 19 at 9:00 P.M. ET/PT. Additional two-hour episodes will air on consecutive nights at 9:00 P.M. ET/PT on November 20 and November 21.

Based on John le Carré’s best-selling literary masterpiece of the same name, “The Little Drummer Girl” is a six-part miniseries starring Emmy® and Golden Globe®Award-winner Alexander Skarsgård (“Big Little Lies”) as Becker, twice Academy Award-nominated and Tony-nominated Michael Shannon (The Shape of Water, Nocturnal Animals) as Kurtz and BAFTA-nominated Florence Pugh (Lady Macbeth) as Charlie.

Blurring the fine lines between love and hate; truth and fiction; and right and wrong; “The Little Drummer Girl” weaves a suspenseful and explosive story of espionage and high-stakes international intrigue. Set in the late 1970s, the pulsating thriller follows Charlie (Pugh), a fiery actress and idealist whose resolve is tested after she meets the mysterious Becker (Skarsgård,) while on holiday in Greece. It quickly becomes apparent that his intentions are not what they seem, and her encounter with him entangles her in a complex plot devised by the spy mastermind Kurtz (Shannon). Charlie takes on the role of a lifetime as a double agent while remaining uncertain of her own loyalties.

“The Little Drummer Girl,” which hails from the executive producers of the Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning series “The Night Manager,” marks the television debut of visionary filmmaker Park Chan-wook (Oldboy, The Handmaiden, Stoker) and was filmed at locations including the streets of London and Prague and architectural phenomena such as the Acropolis in Athens and the Temple of Poseidon in Greece’s Attica Peninsula.

Fans of Veronica Mars, I’m one, Rejoice! Hulu, is in talks to revive, not reboot, Veronica Mars. The best part is…Kristen Bell would slip on her gumshoes again. EW

Casting News:

  1. Anthony Michael Hall has been cast the Principal of Riverdale High when the Foursome’s parents were students:Riverdale
  2. Karen David (Once Upon a Time, Galavant, Timeless) has been cast to play Emma Tig on the CW’s Legacies. Emma is a beautiful witch-turned-guidance counselor, she is the moral support and shoulder to cry on for all the students at the Salvatore School, even if the person who needs her therapy the most (the headmaster) remains an elusive patient. Deadline
  3. iZombie has lured Kareen Abdul-Jabar to play Zed, one of the two City Council members who didn’t flee after the zombie endemic broke out in Seattle. And while Zed is a zombie, his fellow council member is human — the two are unable to compromise or understand each other’s perspectives that city hall basically is rendered inert. TVGuide
  4.  Inbar Lavi has been cast as “The Original Sinner” Eve on Lucifer. Her backstory is that, “After an eternity with Adam, she’s grown restless in her marriage and longs for a less predictable time when things were exciting. Naughty. Dangerous. She misses her hot and heavy first love…the charming rogue who tempted her so many years ago. That’s right, the devil himself…Lucifer.” TVLine
  5. Brendan Fraser, The Mummy, has been cast as Robotman/Cliff Steele, in the DCU’s live-action series Doom Patrol.  Deadline

Shows Ordered to Series, Renewed, or Cancelled: 

  1. We now know when The CW will air their annual crossover for their Arrow-verse:crossover
  2. Netflix has renewed The End of the F*!king World for a second season and Anne with an E for a third season. Both great shows.
  3. Not only will we get Batman on Gotham, but we may get Bane. Comicbook.com
  4. Watchmen has been ordered by HBO. The graphic novel by Alan Moore, artist Dave Gibbons, and colorist John Higgins, revolved around a superhero team as they seem to decay alongside the ever-darkening America around them. The team consists of Rorschach, Nite Owl, the Silk Spectre, Dr. Manhattan and Ozymandias and we see them reunite in order to investigate who’s behind a teammate’s murder, but what they find out may be even more grim than the world they seek to protect. The cast includes: Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Adelaide Clemens, Andrew Howard, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Sara Vickers, Dylan Schombing, Lily Rose Smith, and Adelynn Spoon. The show will air in 2019 and is produced and written by Damon Lindelof.

Odds and Ends:

When Stranger Things returns, it will be inspired by Fletch! Variety

A show to watch is Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan. Even though I prefer the character of John Clark, Jack Ryan is the every man that works at the CIA and is thrust in to impossible scenarios and somehow comes out of it alive. In the premiere, CIA analyst Jack Ryan uncovers a series of suspicious transactions that take him and his boss James Greer out from behind their desks into the field to hunt down… The show will air on Amazon on August 31st!

If you love Rom-Coms, go watch To All the Boys that I’ve Loved Before on Netflix. It takes us back to a time when the story of girl and boy work together to either fend off the advances of one person or to get someone super jealous after they break it off and ultimately realize that the person they should be focusing on is the one that is helping them out. If you are on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or whatever…than you have seen the posts dedicated to Peter Kavinsky. But, the whole cast did a great job and I hope they make this a trilogy!