A number of casting rumours hit the Internet over the weekend, so let’s get started shall we?
First up Scarlett Johansson has reportedly been offered the lead role in Dreamworks’ adaptation of the popular Manga, Ghost in the Shell. It was thought just a few short months ago that the film, directed by Rupert Sanders (Snow White and The Huntsman) had bagged its lead role in Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street), however Deadline is reporting that Dreamworks have now offered the role to Johansson, with a bigger pay packet.
Johansson is said to have been offered $10 million for the role, which has franchise potential.
Rupert Sanders (Snow White & The Huntsman) is directing Ghost in the Shell, from a script written by William Wheeler (The Cape). Avi Arad The Amazing Spider-Man), Steven Paul (Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance) and Mark Sourian (Need For Speed) are producing.
Here’s the synopsis for the original Manga, courtesy of Amazon:
Deep into the twenty-first century, the line between man and machine has been inexorably blurred as humans rely on the enhancement of mechanical implants and robots are upgraded with human tissue. In this rapidly converging landscape, cyborg superagent Major Motoko Kusanagi is charged to track down the craftiest and most dangerous terrorists and cybercriminals, including “ghost hackers” who are capable of exploiting the human/machine interface and reprogramming humans to become puppets to carry out the hackers’ criminal ends. When Major Kusanagi tracks the cybertrail of one such master hacker, the Puppeteer, her quest leads her into a world beyond information and technology where the very nature of consciousness and the human soul are turned upside down.
Buried deep within another casting rumour over the weekend was the news that Tom Hardy has been eyed for the villainous role in X-Men: Apocalypse. The Wrap reported that Hardy “has recently been courted” for the role of En Sabah Nur, the guy seen controlling the pyramid at the end of X-Men: Days of Future Past, Apocalypse himself!
Per The Wrap:
“Tom Hardy was once rumoured to be in contention for ‘Doctor Strange,’ though he has recently been courted for WB’s ‘Suicide Squad’ and the title role in ‘X-Men: Apocalypse,’ so don’t expect to see him join the MCU anytime soon.”
Bryan Singer is directing X-Men: Apocalypse.
Singer has described the upcoming X-Men film, which is expected to feature all cast members including Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and James McAvoy, as the most destructive movie in the franchise.
“‘Apocalypse’ will have more of the mass destruction that ‘X-Men’ films, to date, have not relied upon,” he recently said. “There’s definitely now a character and a story that allow room for that kind of spectacle.”
Singer also suggested that “Apocalypse,” set in the 1980s, could feature younger versions of familiar characters.
“I call these movies in-between-quels. It’s a mind-f**k sometimes in terms of where things fall in the timeline.”
Fox will release the film on May 27, 2016.
Here’s how Marvel.com describe the Apocalypse story:
In the harsh, unforgiving desert of ancient Egypt, ruled by Rama-Tut, a band of nomadic raiders found an infant, gray-skinned and freakish in appearance, abandoned by the settlers of Akkaba. The nomads took the child for their own, giving him the name En Sabah Nur, “The First One,” and teaching him to be “strong” in order to survive the desert as a child.
In recent years, Apocalypse was somehow awakened by the arrival of Cyclops’ son from the future, Cable. Apocalypse made another move against Cyclops and his team, X-Factor, by pitting them against a team of his own creation, the Alliance of Evil. Although he never used his Alliance again, Apocalypse soon formed the Horsemen of Apocalypse to plague humankind, when his ideas to “cull” humanity in order for the rise of mutant supremacy were beginning.