Friday, March 15, 2013

News: Jurassic Park, Norman Osborn and more!

There's some awesome news this week for several franchises, starting with one of my childhood favorites: Jurassic Park 4 has finally found a director. Plus, Guardians of the Galaxy has cast another character and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has added yet another major character, and we can finally see Amy Adams as Lois Lane. It's after the jump.

Colin Trevorrow to helm Jurassic Park 4

You may know him from the indie film Safety Not Guaranteed, or from the fact that he was rumored to be up for the Star Wars Episode VII director's chair. Turns out, those Star Wars rumors sprung from his meetings with Lucasfilm President and former JP producer Kathleen Kennedy. Trevorrow seems to have lot of respect for the franchise (as do I), so I'm excited by this decision. This announcement comes on the heels of a rumor that the film plans to shoot in Louisiana this summer. If that's the case, expect casting news to follow soon.

After a misstep, Guardians of the Galaxy finds Drax the Destroyer

Though it was widely reported that Marvel had chosen Stargate and Game of Thrones actor Jason Momoa for the role of Drax the Destroyer in James Gunn's film, the role has now gone to wrestling star Dave Bautista, who joins Chris Pratt as team leader Peter Quill. In the comics, Drax is a human who was resurrected as a green warrior for sole purpose of killing Thanos (the purple villain that showed up during The Avengers credits), because aliens are colorful. Still to be cast, the hot green alien assassin girl, Gamora, and the hot furry Rocket Raccon. Also Groot, the walking tree. Rumors persist that the Nova Corp will make an appearance, but there's nothing concrete there, and it's unlikely that Iron Man will show up, even though his joining the comic team in a couple of weeks.

Muppet villain Chris Cooper to play Norman Osborn

Chris Cooper, whose last turn as villain saw him singing at the Muppets, has joined the cast of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 to play Spider-Man's nemesis Norman Osborn, aka The Green Goblin, a role filled in the Sam Raimi films by Willam Dafoe. Cooper joins the returning Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy. Other additions to the cast include Shailene Woodley as Mary Jane Watson (and for the record I think she's a perfect choice for the role), Jamie Foxx as Electro, Paul Giamatti as The Rhino and Chronicle star Dane DeHaan as Norman's son Harry.

The first real shot of Lois Lane 
in Man of Steel

I mention this only because other than brief glimpse in the trailer, we haven't actually seem much of Amy Adams portrayal of Superman's journalist girlfriend Lois Lane. But now we finally have this promotional image, plus an interview with Adams where she reveals that this was actually the third time she's tried for the role.

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