Mads Mikkelsen In Talks for Mystery Villain Role in Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange’ 0 13

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With Hannibal wrapping things up purportedly for good (unless another network comes to its rescue), it appears that its stars are free to pursue other projects. We already know Mads Mikkelsen is starring in the upcoming Star Wars: Rogue One and now we have word of another major project for the acclaimed Danish actor.

Variety reports that Mikkelsen in early talks to take on a villainous role in Marvel’s upcoming Doctor Strange. He would join the already announced Benedict Cumberbatch as the titular character, a skilled surgeon who loses the use of his hands in a freak accident and turns to the world of magic and other dimensions to heal himself.

Also announced is Tilda Swinton as mentor “The Ancient One” (switching up genders from the comic book) and Chiwetel Ejiofor as a friend-turned-foe Baron Mordo. This then means that it’s another comic book movie with multiple villains; historically that hasn’t always worked out so well but in Marvel we trust and, of course, we don’t know the nature of Mikkelsen’s character. No official offer has been made to him quite yet but it’s expected very soon (watch this space).

Interestingly, this isn’t an out of the blue interest in an actor from the studio – it could be perceived they’re just jumping on the bandwagon now that everyone loves him for Hannibal in particular – as they were actually eyeing him for the role of Thor: The Dark World villain Malekith. Mikkelsen got the role on the cannibalistic TV show and thus was no longer available so Marvel cast Christopher Eccleston instead.

Doctor Strange is being directed by Scott Derrickson (Sinister) and is written by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus). It’s set to start filming later this year for a November 4th, 2016 release date.

Source: Variety

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Leonardo DiCaprio Producing Volkswagen Scandal Movie 0 15

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Wow, talk about things moving fast in Hollywood!

It may have only been a few weeks since the scandal erupted around the Volkswagen fuel emissions cheating but there’s already a movie in the works. DiCaprio is on board to produce the film alongside Jennifer Davisson through his Appian Way company.

There’s no mention of stars, writer or director yet – one might assume that DiCaprio might star himself but he’s a known environmentalist who has produced these types of themed films before (the climate change documentary The 11th Hour chief among them) so it wouldn’t surprise me if he kept himself strictly as a producer for this one, too.

Paramount is the studio behind the movie, having nabbed the presumably sought-after rights to the upcoming book by Jack Ewing. Variety has the details on what it exposes:

“…The company placed illegal software in their clean diesel cars that could tell when a car was being tested for fuel emissions and would turn on the emissions control to cheat the test and meet EPA standards. During normal driving conditions, emission control software was shut off  — resulting in as much as 40 times more pollution than allowed by law. Volkswagen is currently facing up to $18 billion in fines from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.”

If there’s one thing Hollywood loves it’s a true story and, more specifically, a controversial one. Getting this one made and out in the world will be crucial for it to feel relevant to audiences. DiCaprio being attached can’t exactly hurt its box office chances.

The actor will next be seen in the amazing-looking The Revenant.

Source: Variety

POLL: What’s Your Favourite Marvel Movie? 0 21

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With both Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man having hit cinemas this year, it brings the grand total of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to 12 films, with lots more including Black Panther, Captain Marvel and the two Infinity War movies to come. It’s hard to believe it only stretches back to 2008!

As part of a new recurring poll feature on the site, we’re curious; what is your favourite Marvel film thus far? This is going by since Marvel Studios have started making the films i.e. just the Marvel Cinematic Universe stuff, from Iron Man onwards (so no Blade or Fantastic Four!).

Let the fight commence!

What’s your favourite Marvel/MCU film?

Iron Man
The Incredible Hulk
Iron Man 2
Thor
Captain America: The First Avenger
The Avengers
Iron Man 3
Thor: The Dark World
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Guardians of the Galaxy
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Ant-Man

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