Star Wars: Episode VII Casting Rumors Get Interesting

If you’re the type to pay attention to movie casting rumors, then you’ve probably noticed the same thing I (and many others) have — two names regularly surface just about any time a big movie role is mentioned: Benedict Cumberbatch and Saoirse Ronan. What they have in common (besides two of the most unusual and nigh-unpronounceable names is the biz) is tons and tons of talent.

In the latest case of casting kismet, both Cumberbatch and Ronan are said to be in the running for major roles in JJ AbramsStar Wars: Episode VII. The lead role is rumored to be female, so that’s where Ronan fits in. Actually, there may be two female lead roles, and Ronan supposedly read for both parts this week.  Cumberbatch is believed to be up for a villainous role — and possibly has already been cast. Cumberbatch’s baddie would have a small part in Episode VII, then become the Big Bad for episodes VIII and IX. Of course Cumberbatch’s camp is denying it, as is Abrams’ production company, Bad Robot — but we heard this song-and-dance with the “We swear he’s not playing Khan” B.S. from Star Trek Into Darkness. (The suckage of which was not Cumberbatch’s fault.)
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New Star Trek’s Spock vs. the Volcano

Forget this “John Harrison” and whether or not he’s Khan Noonian Singh — watch this clip, in which the crew of the Enterprise tries to prevent Spock (Zachary Quinto) from being barbecued inside a volcano even as he quotes Starfleet regulations to discourage them.

Looks pretty exciting to me, but we’ll all learn how it plays out on May 17, when Star Trek Into Darkness opens.

Star Trek Into Darkness: New Poster Rocks; New Trailer… meh.

enterpriserisesParamount has just released what I think is the best Star Trek Into Darkness poster so far — and the greatest poster to feature the Enterprise ever! (Yeah, I said it.)

A new trailer was also released over the weekend, and while it adds nothing of substance to any storyline rumors, it does have the advantage of being fairly dull and generic. So I’m featuring the poster here, and you can follow the jump to get to the new video clip.
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New Trailers Headed to a Theater Near You!

Man-of-Steel-poster-handcuffsDec. 14, just one week from today, will be a big day for fans of movie trailers, as three highly anticipated trailers for big 2013 movies will make their debut. Conveniently, in most regions these should all be attached to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which opens that day.

Here’s what to look out for next Friday:

  • Star Trek Into Darkness
  • Man of Steel
  • The Wolverine

If you are lucky enough to catch The Hobbit at an IMAX theater, Paramount is showing a nine-minute preview of Star Trek Into Darkness – but if you’re stuck in a conventional theater, you’ll just get a normal trailer. I am not so much looking forward to The Wolverine, but maybe some great footage will convince me to give the flick a chance.

During the last week of December, you can expect to see the trailer for The Hangover 3 – in which the producers give up and just move the whole Wolfpack formula back to Las Vegas.

Also, stay on your toes and keep an eye peeled for Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim trailer. He plans to drop it this month, but there’s no telling when it will happen. So be on the lookout for giant robots and monsters!

Star Trek Into Darkness: First Teaser Trailer(s)

The teaser trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness has done its job well, making me want to see the movie, but it accomplishes that feat by showing what I consider to be a lot of great stuff; more than usual in “teasers.” We are able to piece together the bones (no pun intended) of a story.

And, as if this great teaser isn’t enough, the Japanese version contains an extra scene, and it is a gobsmacker, hinting at a reprise of something major that happened in a previous movie. I will place that clip after the jump, because it could be considered spoilery…

Here is the American trailer:

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