What You Missed In The News Today 02/05/14

What You Missed In The News Today



1.  Fox has reportedly been having several screen tests for the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot.  Top contenders at the moment appear to be Emmy Rossum and Kate Mara are in the running for Sue Storm, Christian Cooke for Ben Grimm, and Miles Teller for Reed Richards.  Michael B. Jordan is still thought to be the top candidate for Johnny Storm.  As for Doctor Doom, no name is rumored yet, but sources are saying the studio may cast a female in the role.


2.  A report from Warner Brothers explain one reason that they chose Jessie Eisenberg for Lex Luthor;  they wanted an actor the same age as Henry Cavil, both 30, to reflect modern versions where they grew up together.  The report also showed that internally, Tom Hanks was discussed for the role, though he was never approached.


3.  Painkiller Jane, created by Jimmy Palmiotti and Joe Quesda, has struck out twice on television in forms of a made for TV movie and a short lived series.  The comic is getting a third chance, this time for the big screen.  Solipsist Films has optioned the rights.  Palmiotti co-wrote the screenplay with Craig Weeden and will also serve as producer.


4.  According to Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger, Captain America:  The Winter Soldier will lead into the Avengers:  Age of Ultron due to the repercussions of that film.  The fallout will also reach Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as the spy organization may not come out of the film the same.


5.  Evangeline Lilly is rumored to be up for the female lead in “Ant-Man.”  While the script is being kept secret, reports are saying she would potentially play Hank Pym’s daughter and Scott Lang’s love interest for the film.



1.  Brian Wood and Riccardo Burchielli’s DC Comic, DMZ, has been picked up by SyFy for a television series.  Former Mad Men executive producers Andre and Maria Jacquemetton wrote the script for the pilot and will executive produce.


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